Vinyl and cricket

Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

One of our clients has recently had a complete re-shuffle in it’s management so we’re going through the process of getting to know a whole new bunch of people. It’s never easy. So, they all flew into town and we did an all day meeting sessions and dinner. (Like you do). It can cause some anxiety, so prior to them coming I prayed that I would just simply be able to ‘get on with them’. As the day went on and we got more familiar with each other we started to talk about our personal interests. One of the client’s husbands turns out to be a record player repairer and the other one, who is Australian, a huge fan of cricket. What’s the chances? Collecting records is a passion of mine. (and her and her husband’s)  and, guess what?…my player isn’t working too well. One of the speakers cuts out occasionally. The other client was at the SCG in Sydney in 2003 when I was also down there for the Ashes. (cricket series between England and Australia). I won’t go into details but, needless to say, both topics lead to a lot of conversation and was a good ice-breaker. It was an exhausting day but when I got home I had to pause. I realized that none of what happened was a coincidence. I don’t know how God worked it all out but I do know He did. He had it all under control. A simple prayer was all that was needed.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, help us to turn to You in prayer when we are anxious – Amen!

Let God do the hard work

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you

It’s perhaps not in our nature to make things easier for ourselves. As we work our way up the ladder work gets more intense and pressured. Expectations are high and so are salaries. We feel we should be working hard to earn that money. And to be seen to be working hard. Early mornings and late nights. First in. Last out. The twists and turns inside our bodies can make our work harder. The worry, the anxiety, the stress, the frustration, the anger, the ego and the pride. We use up all our energies on them and it drains us. We look exhausted because of these things. There was a time when even though I believed in God, I couldn’t believe that He could help with the problems I faced at work. But through my own experiences and what I read in The Bible I came to believe and trust that God had control over all situations. Nowadays, when I remember to, I give it all over to God. And when I do that it all becomes much easier. I am aware that all the issues are still there. I can’t completely forget them but knowing He’s in control can give me tremendous peace. Of course, I don’t stop doing my job. I’m not sitting back and watching. I’m just letting God work through me and work out the situation. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way I expected or wanted to, but that’s the way it works with God. If we give it all up to Him then we have to be open to a different result to the one we planned. So today, as you head towards your place of work, give any concerns you have up to God. Let Him do the hard work. I suspect it’s quite easy for Him.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, we ask that You take on all our burdens so we can be at peace at work today – Amen!

 

 

 

 

He feels your pain

Matthew 27:46

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”?

Have you ever had one of those conversations with someone and at the end of it they say “I feel your pain”. It’s usually in reply to something we’re moaning or complaining about. I suppose it’s just a sympathetic response.

But we all have times when we are genuinely feeling pain. Not physical pain but a mental and inner pain that really aches. It can be with for us for a long time. Who can we turn to apart from the sympathetic colleague? God knows all about the pain. If we think we have it tough then we should take a look at what He went through in the form of his son, Jesus. Is this an obvious thing to say? Maybe, but The Bible does tell us to be joyful in all circumstances and not complain. And when I think about what happened to Jesus versus me having to go backwards and forwards to Boston each week then I feel ever so slightly humbled. And when that happens, something else happens. I start to look at all the positives. All of the blessings that I have in my life that I should be thankful for but hardly ever am. I think that is one way to view joy. Joyful that He died for us and anything life throws at us He can deal with for us. Not so painful after all.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, You took it all on for us. Thank you for helping us overcome our pain through the joy of knowing that You are with us. Always. Amen!


BostonView from the train heading to New York from Boston. Thursday March 20th, 6.20pm.

 

Ready for battle?

Lyrics to ‘When a Knight won his spurs’

‘When a Knight won his spurs in the stories of old, He was gentle and brave he was gallant and bold. With a shield on his arm and a lance in hand, for God and for valor he rode through the land….No charger have I, and no sword by my side, yet still to adventure and battle I ride. Though back into story land giants have fled. And the Knight s are no more and the dragons are dead. Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed, it’s the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed. And let me set free from the sword of my youth. From the castle of darkness, the power of truth.

Whoa…that’s a bit heavy for a Monday morning! We sang that song at school in England. If you click on the title above you can hear it. It has a lovely tune. The song has stayed with me with all of my life. It pops into my head when I’m about to venture into an environment or situation that I’m not particularly looking forward to. The word’s in bold on the ones that I say to myself. It’s an emotional piece for me because I know that God is with me. Always. I know he is because He’s proved He is over and over. So, as I venture into my next battle, it’s a case of “Here we go again God, the same concerns and worries. Sorry, I can’t stop having them but as long as you’re with me I guess I’ll be okay.”

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed!

Prayer

‘Heavenly Father, Forgive us for ever doubting your presence and help us remember when you’ve been with us and how you’ve helped and protected us. Encourage us to look to you always for strength’ – Amen!

Is it possible to be perfect today?

Psalm 18:32

“God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

Conversation

Can we really be perfect? Somewhere in The Bible it suggests we can never truly be but I can’t remember where. I often say to myself “Today, I’m going to try and be like Jesus”. That means that every second of every minute of every hour of every day I have to be the following in the work place and everywhere else:

– Kind, Loving, Wise, Strong, Forgiving, Joyful, Peaceful, Humble, Patient, Encouraging…

The list goes on. But I know what you’re thinking. “That’s impossible to be all those things”! Truth is, I sometimes blow it within the first 30 seconds of walking into the workplace by not saying a friendly hello to a co-worker because I’m too wrapped in myself and my own thoughts. Unfortunately or fortunately, (depending on how you look at it ), God wants us to be all the above words. Demands it actually. But the good news is we can’t be that way by ourselves. We just have to know that we’re aiming for it and be active in doing it.  As Psalm 18:32 suggests, we need God’s strength to help us.  But what does God’s strength mean? And how do we get it?  Through prayer we can pray for strength through the power of the Holy Spirit. Regularly reading scripture is a reminder of how we should behave. Talking to fellow christians also helps through sharing concerns, worries and difficult situations.  When we feel closer to God we become more aware of His presence and that helps us check ourselves before we may say something wrong or take action in an inappropriate way. 

So, let’s try and aim for perfection today. Not just for ourselves but for the benefit of those around us who might just notice something different about us. Jesus shining through us!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not being perfect. Forgive us for not behaving in the way that glorifies you. We humble ourselves before you and pray that you can give us the strength to make our way perfect. Amen.

Picture of the Day

I love this picture of Jesus forgiving. When I’m praying for forgiveness I have an image like this in my head. It’s incredibly comforting. 

We can let go of our past sins knowing that God has forgiven us.

Who do you really work for?

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Colossians 3:23

‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than the people’.

Take a moment to say thanks to God for your gifts and blessings.


Conversation

One of the first questions I’m ever asked at  a function or social dinner is “what do I do?” or “who do I work for?” It’s a default question to break the ice. Of course, I always politely reply by saying who I work for or what I do. But the truth is, I work for God because it’s he who has given me the gifts and skills to do my work and it’s he that gives me the strength and confidence to face the issues in my work place. It’s all come from God because he created me, not the company I work for. Of course, the company benefits, and I try to be a loyal and hard-working employee because God wants me to behave in that way. And hopefully I benefit as well. As it goes on to say in Colossians 3:24, ‘Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ’. I pray that one day when I’m asked that question, I can simply reply ‘God’ and then explain why.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today, give us the faith to turn to you in our work places. To praise and thank you when things are going well and for strength and wisdom when we’re facing difficulties. For it is you we serve and glorify. Amen.