The real key for me is to be determined every day to do my very best for Him, not because I should but because I desire to. Anybody who knows me well will know that I run full pelt at everything and find myself exhausted. However just under a year ago as I was getting out of bed I felt my nose was dripping and when I put my hand up I realised it was a nose bleed. I had never had one before and I couldn't get it to stop. Eventually it slowed down but then an hour later it started again and poured of blood for approximately an hour. I really don't like the sight of blood, that is either mine, or anyone else's so all I could do was pray it would stop and ask God to grant me His peace. Psalm 29:11 ‘The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace’. In fact, I got to the point of wondering just how many pints of blood you could lose before you dropped down dead! For the next week, the nose bleeds continued. We went to the doctors who sent me to the Accident & Emergency Department of our local hospital. As they had no spare beds they couldn't admit me but eventually cauterised the nose bleed on the ward (a minor procedure to seal the bleeding blood vessel by cauterising (burning) it).
|Source: St. Paul's Lutheran Church|
In the middle of my morning prayers, quiet time or bible study, if the phone rang I would have previously answered it, which I realised was stealing God’s time. Now I determine not to answer calls until I have finished my quiet time unless I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so. Something as small as this can make or break the start of our day. If we want to effect change in our own lives as well as in the lives of others we must equip ourselves for the life to which we have been called. God desires a relationship with us. Whilst we could just learn bible scriptures, it is far more effective when they slip into our hearts and we actually live them out. James 1:22 ‘But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves’ (KJV).
My parting words are these, do not live on past regrets and failures which will cripple us as Christians, but allow God to show you just how great and real He is by simply asking for his forgiveness and just see what you and God can do together.
Every blessing to you.
May God bless and enrich your life
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