Holidays

August 6th, 2017

I have been on holidays this past week.  I had last weekend off and I am off today. It has been a really relaxing and refreshing time and has seemed much longer than a week.

For some a holiday is sitting on the beach in some exotic location like in the picture above. For me it is about taking a break from the routine and often means being at home more.

I tend to do jobs around the house, exercise a bit more, pray more, ride my motorbike more and just chill out. These things are a break from the routine for me.

As someone who is more introverted than extroverted I tend to spend more time alone on my holidays. I spend a lot of time with people in my role (which I love), so spending alone time allows me to order my thoughts.

A holiday gives me a chance to review things that have happened in the last year and also plan ahead. As someone who likes to set goals a holiday allows me to do that too.

However you like to spend your holidays I think it is important to know how you tick and what gives you a break from the routine. If it is relaxing on a beach with a book, great. If it is being at home more and introverting, that is great too.

Anyway, that is enough of writing, back to my homidays, oops holidays!

God Bless,

Dave

PS. Homidays was a typo, I think I might have invented a new word for holidays where you stay at home!

Sharing your faith story

July 31st, 2017

I really like this story from today’s Our Daily Bread. It talks about teens sharing their faith with those in an elderly nursing home…

As a group of teenagers visited a home for the elderly in Montego Bay, Jamaica, one young woman noticed a lonely looking man at the end of the room. He appeared to have little left in this world but a bed to sleep on—a bed from which he could not move because of his disability.

The teen began right away to share the story of God’s love for us and read some Bible passages to him. “As I shared with him,” she would say later, “I started to feel his eagerness to hear more.” Responding to his interest, she explained the wonder of Jesus’s sacrificial death for us. “It was hard for this man, who had no hope and no family,” she recalled, “to understand that Someone he’s never met would love him enough to die on the cross for his sins.”

She told him more about Jesus—and then about the promise of heaven (including a new body) for all who believe. He asked her, “Will you dance with me up there?” She saw him begin to imagine himself free of his worn-out body and crippling limitations.

When he said he wanted to trust Jesus as his Savior, she helped him pray a prayer of forgiveness and faith. When she asked him if she could get a picture with him, he replied, “If you help me sit up. I’m a new man.”

The part that got me in this story was the elderly man asking if she would dance with him in heaven. He really understood he would be a new man with a new heavenly body. It gave him hope and something to look forward to.

If you need the hope that is found in knowing Christ, I would encourage you to visit my salvation page to find peace with God. You can find it here.

God Bless,

Dave

Caring for your soul

July 26th, 2017


I just read a really good article titled, “Five necessities of soul care”. It was shared by a long term Pastor who I am friends with on Facebook. Because he recommended it, I had a look. It touched on five areas that are important to keeping a healthy soul.

  1. Solitude
  2. Friendship
  3. Scripture
  4. Prayer
  5. Self care

Now it would be easy to see those headings and think you know what it is about. But I would encourage you to read it as it has practical ideas of things you can do in each section.

One thing that struck a chord with me is found in the self care section. It said that many people feel guilty spending money on themselves. I struggle with this at times, but I have improved as I know it helps me to be healthier and happier

If I am playing golf regularly it helps me to have alone time to order my thoughts with God. It also helps me to walk in nice surrounding and focus on things other than work. I also just find it fun. So spending money on that is good for everyone!

It is a short article but one I recommend. I would encourage you to have a look as soul care in a busy world is just so important. You can find it here.

God Bless,

Dave

He rescued me

July 25th, 2017

Many times in life it feels like we are surrounded on all sides. The pressures of life and the world are against us.

In 2 Samuel 22 David understood what it was to have enemies and war all around him. Yet he understood God’s saving power.

David also understood that God rescued him because God delighted in him. It was God’s pleasure.

For us today it can feel like we have enemies all around. They might not be holding swords and spears, but we often have the worlds pressures on us.

It might be work problems, relational problems, financial stress or health problems. It can feel like a heavy burden that is too hard to carry.

In these times we can trust God to be with us and get us through. Like David said, “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.”

If you are going through something today, I would encourage you to look to God and call on Him to bring you through.

God Bless,

Dave

Access to the Father

July 24th, 2017

One of the things I love about this life of faith we live is that we have constant access to our heavenly Father through prayer.

If we need help, wisdom, comfort, peace, guidance, provision, protection or anythings else, we can come straight to the Father in prayer.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

It also says in Ephesians 3:12 that “in him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Through our faith and trust in Christ we have access to our Father in heaven. Jesus paid the price and opened the way for us to enter in to God’s presence with freedom and confidence.

I have been a Christ follower for just over 28 years and having constant to the Father is something I both love and need. He is my God and I am His child.

God Bless,

Dave