Advice to a friend…

Hebrews 13.8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

My friend is facing some tough times at school. She feels like her friends just don’t “get her” any-more and she feels like darkness surrounds her on all sides…

I compiled a bunch of advice that was given to me when I have been in hard times and I thought I’d share it with you guys too…

 

 

 You are amazing. And so strong. Keep fighting this. Don’t let the devil and his darkness win!
I sometimes feel so lost and overwhelmed by what’s happening to Chloe that I just can’t see a way out, like everything around me is falling to pieces and that darkness is trapping me on all sides. I feel alone and scared and so so sad.
I don’t know if that is what its like for you… but if its anything like that then I know it is horrible.

But we are never alone. God is always here and he never stops listening to us. Our pain is his pain. He sees every tear. And when we are sad, his heart breaks for us. He never leaves us to manage on our own. He is right there just waiting for us to say “here god, I can’t do this any more. Take everything. All this crap in my life because I can’t hack it any more”.
The most amazing part is, not only does he lift up that weight off your shoulders, he carries you too.

True, friends fall away from one another. When I was in upper sixth I fell out with Kerry and shauna in September because of a blog I wrote.. it was about how scared I was that two of my best friends (ie. Kerry and shauna) weren’t Christians and had no real interest in god. They got offended and refused to talk to me. I apologized again and again and tried to explain that I meant no harm. That I had written the blog because I cared and loved them… but they wouldn’t listen
They still don’t talk to me…
It broke my heart and I felt like I would never be happy again
But sometimes friends grow apart.

And no matter what, God has a plan. Even though it feels like the darkness and pain will never end. Even when you ask yourself “what’s the point anymore?” (As I do so often) he has a plan. He’s teaching you. He’s going to use you. Because he has an amazing plan and a beautiful future mapped out for you…

Just love your friends. No matter what. Try to take an interest in what they’re talking about. Be happy for them.
“Kill them with kindness” like Jesus so often did. Love them.

And remember that you are never alone. You have your family and your God (and me ;))

Love you lots and praying for you xxx

God and Bad

Romans 8.18

for I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us

Romans 8.28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

 

So we all have those days (or weeks, or months or years…) when everything is going wrong. It feels like the world is against us and we just keep hitting brick wall after brick wall.

Nothing is going right. Nothing seems to happen the way it’s supposed to.

 

It’s times like this that we can start to doubt if there is a God… or if he is there, why is he letting this happen?

 

I have questioned this myself… If these circumstances are a test of faith, why am I failing? Why did he trust me with this? What made him think I could do this?

 

It’s important to remember in times like this that God has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29.11). And that even when things are going wrong, he has it all in hand… even when it seems like all these bad things are happening, God will turn it around and make it good.

 

It’s like maths… two negatives make a positive. 

 

So when bad things happen again and again… just remember that God is going to turn all those bad things into good things… you just need to wait and get to the other side of the equals sign.

Another “Pslam”

God you created all things

Thank you for everything you do

Thank you that you know more about me than even I know about me

Than you that you never leave me. Ever.

God, when I struggle, help me to trust you enough to let you take my problems

I want to trust you

I don’t want to be alone

Father, you love me. You guide me and help me

God, I want to be more like you

I want to please you.

When I feel down and tired

Lift me and help me to fight on

I love you God and I want to serve you with all that I have

Help me O’ God.

Why Me?

“For I know the plans that I have for you” declares the Lord “plans for good, not evil, to give you a hope and a future”

-Jeremiah 29.11

 

“I am with you always”

-Matthew 28.20

 

“I will never leave you or forsake you”

-Hebrews 13.5

 

I know several people who are going through tough times at the moment, myself included! Sometimes when we go through trials and difficult situations (ok, actually, a lot of the time) we ask ourselves, others, God… “Why Me?”

I have actually found myself asking this question a lot lately.

It sometimes seems like the world is against us and that everyone is out to get us. Sometimes we can be knocked down to the point where we just don’t see the point in getting back up again. it can seem as though we are drowning in a sea of worry, doubt and other dilemmas that happen in life… But what is key is that we do keep going.

Having a supportive family and friendship circle is my help. They constantly reassure me and tell me that everything will be ok and that God has a plan. 

Even though you’re a Christian, it can sometimes be helpful to be reminded that God has a plan and that everything is in his hands. We sometimes get swept up by daily life and the problems and pressures of this world. We can easily lose perspective and lose sight of what truly matters…

My mum has been a total inspiration to me lately. A constant encourager and helper through the tough times. A true blessing!

She reminds me daily that I am safe, blessed and loved by her, my family and, most importantly, God. She reminds me that even though this is tough, Jesus is always with me, he always listens and I can do all things through him, because he is my strength.

She told me this morning, just before i got on the train, “You are in Gods hands”

and she’s right. 

I don’t need to be afraid. Lonely. Sad. Stressed. Because I am safe, loved and blessed. I am held in the Hands of The Mighty and Eternal God. My Rescuer and Saviour. My God. My Father. My Friend.

 

 

A short “psalm”

God I ask you “Why me?”

why won’t you answer?

are you just going to let me drown in my troubles?

I have asked again and again

I need help and I cannot do this alone

I give up. I am beat.

 

My Child. I love you

you are mine.

I have heard you and I am weeping over you

But I have never and will never leave you

I am here, forever.

Give me your troubles, your burdens. I can manage

Together we can do this.

 

But God… Father… Why?

Why must I struggle?

Why are you challenging me? 

Why must I feel like this?

Why can’t you stop this?

 

You can do this. I know you can, because I made you and I know everything about you.

You are stronger than this.

I love you and I am here, every step of the way

I will carry you

I have a plan for you. It’s a great plan.

Just hang in there and trust me.

 

-amen

 

 

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Psalms

So I haven’t blogged in well over a year, But I have been writing.

Over the summer I was inspired by the Psalms, particularly those by David. And so I began to write my own. It’s more poetry or like mini prayers. But I intend to share some on here… so… enjoy!

 

 

Lord you are amazing

Beyond anything I could imagine

Thank you for your love 

You forgave me when no one else could

you loved me when even I couldn’t

You never leave me

you never fail me

there is nothing I cannot do with you

You are My God

The one and only

My King

My saviour

My Friend.

It must be love, love, love…

But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact that the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners.
Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!
-Romans 5.8-9

Easter! First thoughts? Chocolate? Chicks? Eggs? A giant bunny? A man hanging on a cross, suffering for you, me, everyone?

Ok, trick question.
But that’s what Easter really is about!

Easter is about LOVE!

THINK!
This man. Jesus. Wasn’t just a man. He was Gods son. Gods only son.
This divine stranger died for you, before you were even born.
This guy Jesus suffered for you

God loved us so much that he gave the most important thing in the world- his son- to die so that we could have a better future. A future with him.
We did not deserve this, and neither did Jesus.

We were and are sinners
Jesus was perfect. Sinless.

It’s our sin that separates us from God. It prevents us having a relationship with him because God hates sin

But God sent his son to die. Die a horrible, slow and agonizing death on a cross…
Death on a cross was a slow death. Blood loss was not the killer. As the body grew weaker and weaker it drooped more. The person hoisted themselves up again and again, until they had no energy left and their body drooped and they suffocated.

But Jesus loved us enough to go through that so that we could live.

He died to give us life.

But he didn’t stay dead…

He rose again.

He ascended into heaven.

And he’s waiting for us.

Just trust him. That he loves you and accepts you and died for you.

Easter is a time to celebrate Gods great love!!

-God bless.