You Will Have Enough

In times of economic crisis, we can become fearful that we will not have enough to cope with our daily needs.  However this verse encourages us to remember that God is able to provide for us, and he is able to do this in abundance:

And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.

2 Corinthians 9: 8 (AMP)

Regardless of our situation, regardless of the economic climate, God is still in control.  He has unlimited resources.  And as His children, whom He loves, God is able to make His resources available to us when we are in need.

But when we have abundance, which is more than what we need, we are to remember others.  He has given us the abundance, so that we can share what we have with those who are in need.  When we are in a position to show that we care about the needs of those around us or far away from us, we are showing compassion just as Jesus did when he was on earth. By giving, we are being like Him in touching the lives of others for good.

The lesson is for us to receive so that we can give.  To hold on to things in excess of what we need is to stop the flow of love going to those who need it. 

May God open our hearts so we can see how we can do “good work and act of charity.”

Beautiful Bible Verse About Healing

Do you sometimes feel invisible to God?  You are asking for his help, but there is no answer. You are not alone. 

Please remember that God sees everything that we are going through.  He knows when we need help, when we need healing – whether that is physical or emotional healing, he knows when we need to be lead in the right direction, and he knows when to restore to us the things that we have lost in our past. 

However, in those challenging times instead of letting go, we need to hold on to this beautiful bible verse about healing,

” I have seen his ways and will heal him, I will also lead him and restore comforts to him and to his mourners. ” Isaiah 57:18

We may experience painful times in our life, but our Heavenly Father has seen, He cares, and will answer. He will provide the love and comfort we need to go through life, and also for those who are close to us. Let us remain faithful to Him and hold on to His promises.

Whenever you’re feeling that no one cares remember this…

God has poured out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:5

Whenever you’re feeling that no one cares, or you feel unloved, focus on that verse. 

God has poured His love into our hearts, what a beautiful thought.  Imagine a glass that is empty and Imagine a jug filled with water.  The jug has a larger capacity than the glass and that jug of water is being poured into the glass until it is overflowing. 

I believe God pours his love into our lives so that we can be full. Let us open our eyes to see the many blessings of his love each day, and allow His overflowing love to bless the lives of others around us. 

When we feel empty, God can fill us up.  There is always enough of God’s love to go around.

Make a date !

Day after day they met in the temple [area] continuing with one mind, and breaking bread in various private homes. They were eating their meals together with joy and generous hearts. Acts 2:45 (AMP)

In this busy world I have found it a challenge to keep up with friends in a tangible way. Yes we may connect with people on Instagram, Facebook, Whats App or other social media platforms, but how often do we physically meet up with those we care about? Yet I believe this is what we need, especially as singles.

When we live by ourselves, we can easily become isolated.
I remember at one point in my life I left home early to go to work, I was at work for long hours and returned home late. One day I bumped into one of my neighbours and she was shocked to see me,” I haven’t seen you for ages!!” she said, “I thought you must have moved!”

Going home can be difficult. Going home to face those four walls and the silence. I think work had become my life, because there was no one to come home to.
However it doesn’t need to remain that way, we can change things. We can choose to “Make a date”, send out a message to a friend or family member and arrange to meet up. It doesn’t need to only be for special occasions. Find a mutually agreed time to go for a meal together, go shopping or when you have no money then go window shopping! Or why not find free art or cultural exhibitions that may be on; visit a museum; go for a walk in the park or countryside.

Whatever it may be just make a date and meet, make time to connect with others, give each other a big hug and have fun. Help to provide the encouragement and support we are all in need of. We can all make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.
Make a date today!

HEALING FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL PAIN

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds”, declares the Lord,” Because you are called an outcast, Zion, for whom no one cares”.
Jeremiah 30:17

No one can see what is going on in our mind, and we often hide how we really feel inside. Our emotional pain may not be visible, but it is felt deeply.

You may sometimes feel as though you do not fit in because many of your friends are married and have children and you are single and do not have children. You may not be a part of the popular crowd at work, or you may feel  alone if you are different, or hold different values, or opinions to others. But you are not alone in how you feel, I believe we have all experienced different forms of hurt in our lives. We may be walking and getting on with our lives, but we are wounded.

There is a saying that I remember hearing when I was a child, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” I do not believe that is true. Words do hurt.

Unkind words spoken in childhood, in educational institutions, in employment, or in relationships still ring in our ears and hurt our heart. But the Lord is declaring today, that He cares about YOU, and the wounds that have been inflicted on you, and He will restore your emotional health and provide healing. Pray his word of promise over each painful part of your life each day and believe that He will restore you day by day. Keep repeating and holding on to His promise, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds”, declares the Lord.”

Be encouraged.

MANAGING ANXIETY

Cast ALL your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

I love the way the word “all” is used in this verse, it takes care of everything. It includes everything, it provides a sense of security.

So when I cast ALL of my anxiety on God, I know he is able to provide answers to ANY situation I am facing. Whatever is causing me concern, He cares about it, and He will deal with it in his own way.

We may get ourselves into a tailspin of anxiety because we don’t know how God will resolve situations. But He’s not asking us to figure things out by ourselves, He’s asking us to place ALL of the burden on Him because He cares. Not place just a little bit of our anxiety, not even most of our anxiety, He said cast ALL of it. He is asking us to trust Him to take care of the things that make us anxious, those thoughts that whirl around in our head, for singles it could be …. am I going to remain single and never marry?

Maybe its those things that we ignore and hope will disappear, like that unexplained pain that we haven’t checked out with the doctor. Those things that cause us panic attacks, or keep us awake at night.

So there is an antidote for any anxiety we feel… cast it ALL on the Lord by telling Him all about it. Then each and every time we feel the anxiety resurface we need to remind ourselves that He has promised to care for us. We can also take action to deal with the situation when He reveals to us what we can do. In return He will show that He cares by giving us peace. He says, ” My peace I GIVE YOU.” John 14:27.

What a special blessing.

SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH OTHERS

So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed.

James 5:16

I believe as singles that we should get together to share our experiences, and to pray for each other.  I also believe that as a church family on a whole we should support each other and pray for those singles who would like to be married so that God may provide for the need of a husband or wife.

There are many challenges and problems that we experience as people of faith. We are not perfect. Our lives are not perfect. Believing in God does not make any of us immune from difficulty, and in fact it often makes us a target for problems.  That is why we need to speak openly about what we are going through, as singles, and as couples, as families, as younger or older people, by carrying each other’s burdens, and praying with each other, we can find healing. There is something about being vulnerable with others that can then open the door to healing.

When in a counselling situation we speak to a therapist, and open up about the problems that we are facing, it allows them to explore with us our thoughts, our feelings, our habits, reactions, triggers, and cycles of behaviour.  When we can admit what is going on in our lives, we can look at it, and call it by its name, this process can help us to understand things more clearly.  Sometimes we are too close to our own negative patterns to see them clearly for what they are.  It may take a trusted person, or a counsellor, to help us explore, and excavate the deep recesses of our lives to clear the debris and get healing.

I believe prayer is a vital part of our healing.  The individual prayer time that we have with God creates a bond with Him.  It gives us an opportunity to be real and honest with Him about everything we are going through, we can open up about our true selves, and we can trust Him not to drive us away or cast us out (John 6:37).  If we have sinned, and confess our sins he will forgive us (1 John 1:9).  If we are discouraged he will be with us to strengthen and uplift us (Isaiah 41:10). We are reassured that “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5), He suffered so we can get the healing we need.

When we pray for each other, we are sharing each other’s pain, we are giving support and understanding.  We are carrying each other’s burdens, and taking it to Our Father who can help.  This is what God wants us to do for each other.  To be there for each other in time of difficulty, as well as times of Joy, is good for our mental health.

WORDS CAN HELP OR HURT

Don’t say anything that would hurt another person.  Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help where ever it is needed.  That way, what you say will help those who hear you.

Ephesians 4:29

In a world that celebrates being in a relationship, with a church culture that elevates the value of marriage and family, it can be tough being single. 

It is painful to hear, and to be taught, that God will provide the desire of your heart when that has not been your experience in relation to his provision of a husband, or wife. You can be left feeling isolated, alone and that you don’t fit in to the married clique.

Within the church setting I have found that people can be insensitive towards single women, and at times single men.  Especially in the church where you may have grown up, or you are known to a lot of people, it doesn’t help to get comments like, “when are you getting married?” Or if people you know haven’t seen you for a while, “are you not married yet?!”

Then you know things are really bad when you are older and if your single status is mentioned and you happen to say you would like to be married, the following comment is made in shock and disbelief!… “Really!!  You still want to get married at your age!!” (Believe me… It has happened! People say these things! Or the looks speak instead.)

Yes comments can be hurtful.  I do not think that people mean to be hurtful in what they say, it may not be their intention, but that doesn’t mean that their words do not cause pain.  People need to think more before they speak.  Consider if the words they are saying our helpful, words that are good for the other person.  Consider how they would feel if they were single and would like to be married and someone said those words to them. 

When we consider that there are more single women in church, many of whom would like to get married, and there is an unequal number of men available, such comments are not only hurtful but also unhelpful.  As someone once said to me,” if the person’s intention was to introduce me to their brother, cousin or friend in order to help me find a compatible mate, then I could understand they want to help me, but they are doing nothing to help.”

So please consider the words you say, be helpful not hurtful.  

WAIT PATIENTLY FOR WHAT YOU DESIRE

“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently… in the same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness.”
Romans 8:25-26

It can be challenging when we have to wait for things that we desire in life.  We do not always understand God’s ways, God’s timing or God’s plans for us.

I have often been encouraged when I read about Abraham and Sarah who faced a challenge when they had to wait for the promise of a son.  You can read about that in Genesis 15:4, when God told Abraham at the age of 75, “… a son coming from your own body will be your heir”.   However they waited many years and the promise remained unfulfilled.  Had God forgotten?

“Abraham fell face down, he laughed and said to himself, ‘will a son be born onto a man a hundred years old?  Well Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Genesis 17:17.

 As humans we are weak and we often doubt that things will happen for us when they are taking a long time.  God understands that we are weak, and that sometimes we don’t understand Him, this is why he provides the Holy Spirit to help us in times of weakness. We need to call on Him because God is able to provide us with the strength we need in order to wait patiently for him to answer our prayers.

At the age of one hundred Abraham became a father and Sarah was 90!  God himself said

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14.

Let us continue to remind ourselves that nothing is too hard for the Lord to do.  Whatever you are facing remember, if God can answer the prayers of Abraham and Sarah he can answer that prayer for you too. 

Continue to put your hope in God and wait patiently.

Help is on the way

And I will ask the father, and he will give you another comforter (counsellor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthener, and standby), that he may remain with you forever.
John 14:16

There might be times in our life when we feel as though we are all alone.
We may be facing disappointment, loss, rejection, unemployment, singleness, there are so many things that can knock us down. It may appear that no one understands what we are going through, or we may not feel able to talk about it.

We can be reassured, that Our Father God understands. He has already sent help in the form of the Holy Spirit, the comforter. He is never too busy to hear our call for help.

Not long ago my mother had lost her bus pass. She had used it to travel to London and somehow it disappeared the following day. She looked everywhere for it, in her bag, in her coat pockets, she couldn’t find it anywhere. She had prayed to find it but it looked as though she would need to get a new pass after all. This would be a long process of completing forms and paying out money to replace it.

When I arrived home a couple of days later, I was greeted by my beaming mum telling me that she had found the pass!
She had felt impressed to look again for the pass and it had been lodged in between some things she had in her bag, and she had not seen it before. How happy she was that God had helped her in her time of need.

Our helper, our comforter never leaves us alone to solve our problems, even small ones. If he can help us with small situations that we deal with each and every day, let us also believe that he will help us when we face the larger challenges of life.
How privileged we are to know that we can call on him at any time because he is with us forever.