Additions

2 Peter 1: 5-8

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This verse seems pertinent, not just to me but to all Christians. We all are works in progress, and will be until the day we die, but there is nothing wrong with expanding our knowledge of Christ, that we may better glorify Him.

For me personally, this is a verse that reminds me that I must not simply wait for Gods knowledge to come to me, but to actively seek it out, and through it glorify His name and work more and more with each increase in knowledge.

I have felt as though i have had a blessed day today, and I have felt God move through me. I hope to add all of these above things to my faith, that I may become a better Christian as a result.

“Come as you are, but don’t stay as you are”.

Have a blessed day.

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Additions

Creating Altars

It’s been a while since I have been moved to post anything here. I have a feeling that has been because God has wanted me to focus on my personal issues that were preventing me from opening my heart fully to Him.

I feel as though I have made a breakthrough today (although it is up to me to capitalise on it). The sermon at church this week was about building altars. One of the verses that were quoted was this:

Genesis 8: 20-22

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

God took the offerings and they pleased him so much that he promised never to destroy life as he had done with the great flood. God also feels the same way when we praise him, whether at church or at home. Our bodies are the altar and our praise is the sacrifice that we offer up to God.

I got on my knees and I prayed and I felt uplifted. It felt wonderful. I felt reconnected to God again. It is now up to me to take that feeling out of Church and spread it throughout my daily routine.

Have a blessed day.

Creating Altars

Sadness, and the ability of Gods word to remove sadness and uplift.

Most days I feel contented, when I can pray and glorify the Lord without the burden of a heavy heart. Some days I feel depressed, and I think that I am not good enough and my heart feels like it is made of lead.

It is on those leaden hearted days that I turn to my Bible for words of solace, words that will help me pray for the strength to get through to the next contented day and to keep the devil at bay. It does not disappoint:

Psalms 34:18

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5: 6-7

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

At the end of the day, these days of sadness are a test of faith, a test to see if you trust God enough to make things better, to help you through it and to make you a more blessed person as a result. As it is written:

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold

and He will always be, through the bleakest of days as well as the most blessed of them.

Sadness, and the ability of Gods word to remove sadness and uplift.

Dyspraxia and how God has used it to make me better.

 

I have decided to take a different approach with this blog and talk about a condition that has shaped my life and will continue to do so for as long as I am alive.

My condition (as far as anyone has been able to work out) is neurological in nature and affects my memory, balance, hand-eye co-ordination, my ability to write, my thought processes and possibly other things too. For a disorder that is fairly common, it is not a well known thing, and that is reflected in how people have treated me because of it.

I have had teachers call me lazy and stupid and say that I would never even make it through school, let alone get to university and get a degree. I have seen them refuse to accept the fact that this condition is very real, and has a very real effect on me and how I learn. All of this, and other things as well, drove me to depression and to a point where solvent abuse seemed my only escape.

It was at this point that I believe God decided to help me. He moved through my parents and got me the help I needed. He spoke through them and told me not to give up with school. He gave me the strength to prove people wrong and to get through my A-Levels and to get to the university that I wanted to go to and do the course that I had set my heart on. He also gave me the grace to forgive my detractors/

Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

We all have our trials to bear, whether physical, mental or otherwise. God will always be with you through your problems, and he will always provide help if you ask for it. The fact that I can sit here typing this with a degree under my belt, the love of the Almighty in my heart and the realisation that my problems have strengthened me and made me into a better person is testament to this.

May the blessings of the Almighty be with you today and all days.

 

Dyspraxia and how God has used it to make me better.