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Verse of the Day – Philippians 2:4

Philippians 2:4

Philippians 2:4

I never managed to get out for a walk this morning, I missed the sunrise, that was because at 4am I was sharing messages with a friend that is struggling.  What does it matter if I miss one sunrise, if it helps someone to see a lifetime of sunrises of their own.

IN YOUR NAME by PARACHUTE BAND
Honored be Your name
The king among be praised
Honored of Yourwords
Your promise remains
When in a place of doubt
Your song of faith I shall
Honored of your words
Your promise remains
In Your name
There is healing
In Your name
We are free
In Your name
Our deliverer reigns
Oh, the kingdom of God
Your promise remains

Honored be Yourname
The king among be praised
Honored of Your words
Your promise remains
In Your name
There is healing
In Your name
We are free
In Your name
Our deliverer reigns
Oh, the kingdom of God
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains

You make all things
You make all things
You make all things new
You make all things
You make all things
You make all things new
You make all things
You make all things
You make all things new
You make all things
You make all things
You make all things new

In Your name
There is healing
In Your name
We are free
In Your name
Our deliverer reigns
Oh, the kingdom of God

In Your name
There is healing
In Your name
We are free
In Your name
Our deliverer reigns
Oh, the kingdom of God
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains
Your promise remains

Verse of the Day – Psalm 18:28-32

Psalm 18:28-32

Psalm 18:28-32

He has certainly turned my darkness to light and given me strength to climb the walls that stand before me.  I know I will have many more walls to climb, some great, some small, but I know I will never climb them alone.

IN AWE OF YOU by JESUS CULTURE
What do you do when you’re lost for words?
They all fall short, so I just stand in awe
Stand in awe of you

Melodies come and go
You remain, so I stand in awe
Stand in awe of you

You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, you love me
You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, I love you

What do you do when God forgives
And gives his life so you can live in awe?
We live in awe of you

Melodies come and go
You remain, so I stand in awe
Stand in awe of you

You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, you love me
You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, I love you

You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, you love me
You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, I love you

Holy, holy, we lift up holy hands
All for your praise, your honor and glory
Holy, holy, we lift up holy hands
All for your praise, your honor and glory

Holy, holy, we lift up holy hands
All for your praise, your honor and glory
Holy, holy, we lift up holy hands
All for your praise, your honor and glory

You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, you love me
You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, I love you

You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, you love me
You reign forever and hold me together
And come whatever, I love you

I’ll sing forever, I’ll sing forever
I’ll sing forever, I love you

Spring Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

So far here in the UK the spring hasn’t been that great, thankfully as we have reached the May Bank Holiday, the spring seems to have finally arrived, which made for a pleasant walk to work this morning.

Tree Lined

Tree Lined

Crossing The Sun

Crossing The Sun

Pathway

Pathway

Reflective

Reflective

Morning Swim

Morning Swim

Alone

Alone

Single Track

Single Track

Beyond

Beyond

FIVE CANDLES (YOU WERE THERE) by JARS OF CLAY
A promise or a dare 
I would jump if I knew you’d catch me 
Staring over the edge 
I can’t tell if you’ll be here for me 

I close my eyes and make a wish 
Turn out the lights and take a breath 
Pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

You were never here 

I remember you said 
Love was more than your good intentions 
Empty boxes on the floor 
Things I never asked you for 
I pray that when the wick is burned 
You would say that it’s all about love 

You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 
You were there when I needed you 
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open 

I can’t see the promise of 
Excuses you fall upon 
I pray to God not holding on 
To things you’ve left undone 

You were there when I 
You were there when I 
You were there when I needed you

My Kids Make Me Smile… Sometimes

Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile

It’s safe to say there have been times when I couldn’t really deal with my kids, times when I was drinking that I was happy to have them around and times when I was drinking because I couldn’t deal with being around them.  I guess it depended what mood I was drinking in, the happy mood just embracing the habit or the mood where I was mad with the world and drinking to escape everything and everyone, drinking to ease that anger.

These days though, it’s rare that I can’t deal with my kids, they are typical kids, they can mess up and they can be unbearable, the throw paddies (I used to) and they get a monk on every now and then (monk on: our Newark work for being mardy or being in a mood), but I can deal with it now, not run away or lose my rag or walk around the house mutter and scratching at my arms, not any more.

Last night though I had a great conversation with both of them, which certainly put a big smile on my face.  My daughter Eve came home and said she had asked her mum if she could get Baptised at our next Baptism service, she’s only eight, but she had watched the Baptisms at Church earlier in the day and decided she wanted to do that too.

She told me that Jesus had been Baptised and as she wanted to be like Jesus, then she wanted to be Baptised too.  She was already planning her testimony speech for the service.  She was deadly serious, plus even though Ben isn’t as into going to Church as Eve, he showed an interest too, so you never know.

Then I mentioned my Baptism, neither my kids or Victoria were present at my Baptism, they were at their Cousin’s birthday party and seeing as I hadn’t planned to be Baptised, it was one of those on the day callings, they weren’t really missing it, but what I hadn’t realised is that I had never discussed this with them and they weren’t actually aware of the fact I had been Baptised.

So we had a great conversation about being Baptised, what it meant to me on the day and that feeling of being called by God, we also had a laugh at the fact I didn’t have a change of clothes (no planning) but although I had been found a set of clothes, I didn’t have a change of underwear, so the water eventually soaked through into the trousers and it looked very much like I had wet myself, but at the moment, on that day, nothing was going to steel the elation from me, what’s a little water after all!

I can’t wait to see my kids Baptised, that day the will make me smile, the biggest smile ever.

CHILDREN OF GOD by THIRD DAY
Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

A mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
And so we are called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

We are the saints
We are the children
We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been forgiven
We are the sons and the daughters of our God

Reflections Of A Monday Morning

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Despite the thin layer of frost that covered the ground this morning, the sun was shining brightly, the view of sun on the frosty lake were once again worth taking a few minutes out of my day to see.

Reflective Blue

Reflective Blue

Highlighted

Highlighted

Fishing In The Frost

Fishing In The Frost

Ripples In Reflection

Ripples In Reflection

Swimming In Reflection

Swimming In Reflection

The setting sun beyond the clouds on the journey home was worth seeing too.

Setting Beyond

Setting Beyond

Burning Bright

Burning Bright

Behind The Clouds

Behind The Clouds

DRIVE by ED KOWALCZK
Headed out into my desert
all alone and thirsty for something more
than the whiskey that had become my water
Would you mind if I put this on your shoulder?

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Oooh…

Headed out into my dark night,
like a soldier surrounded in the losing fight.
Probability of a victory’s over.
Would you mind if I put this on your shoulder?

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Oooh….

You’re the only one,
You’re the only one who can save me.

I need something more

Here I am,
standing inside your love like a child.
Falling asleep at the wheel of my life
and letting you drive.
I’m letting you drive.

Here I am,
right where I belong.
On the shoulder, hanging off the keys,
close my eyes and letting you drive
I’m letting you drive.

 

Reflections

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

It’s been a crazy morning at work, at least the sun rise over the lake was worth taking time out for.

Morning Line

Morning Line

On Glass

On Glass

Reaching

Reaching

In Reflection

In Reflection

RUN TO YOU by THIRD DAY & LACEY STURM
I was tired of waiting
Playing all the games and
Living in a place that was not for me
So I thought it was time
For me to get what’s mine
And to do it all, everything I dreamed
What I thought was the best of me turned to be
All the worst I could find

If I run to you
Will you hold me in your arms forevermore
If I run to you
Will you hold me in your arms forevermore

Now I got a feeling
That I’ve got to leave and
Find a way back to where I came from
Though I don’t deserve it
I know it’s unheard but
Living here without you, my life is done
I confess that I shouldn’t have run from you
Now I know I was wrong

Nowhere to run to
And no one to turn to 
I’m dying out here on my own
Long before I even thought of returning
Your arms are wide open
Waiting for me to come home

I Am A Work In Progress, But I Have To Work In Order To Progress

I wrote a post in response to a Daily Post, way back in January last year using the above phrase, ever since this New Year just gone I have had thoughts about revisiting this post and the quote, to see where I was along my journey in relation to the idea which I wrote about.

It wasn’t until last night’s Connect Group, that I really entertained the idea of writing a follow up to the previous post.  The premise of the quote came up in our meeting and I discussed my previous quote and some of the reasons why I add a second part to a quote which is know the world over.

I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS

This is true for us all, we are still growing, still evolving, but we will never be complete, we will always be a work in progress.  Just like the clay in the potters hand, we are always being moulded into something He is happy with.  When He find the imperfection, He will rework it, what is spoiled He will rebuild.

“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.  Jeremiah 18:2-6

I know I have so much to learn and indeed relearn, I have so much to put right and to get right, I may never get it all right, I may keep making the same mistakes over and over again, I’m human, that what humans do, we aren’t perfect, we fail all the time.

When I started this Sober journey, I had so much to learn and as I say relearn, I had to make small changes to my life, day by day, just a little bit, remove a little bit of imperfect clay here and there, remould the odd bit every now and again, than also add pieces of clay here and there.

There were times I felt I was progressing nicely and times when I felt progress was slow.  It true I can always say I am a work in progress, it’s a great quote we are all a work in progress.

THE EXCUSE

The problem is we can hide behind this quote, it can become the worlds biggest excuse, one instead of using as a genuine reason, we use to cover up the fact we aren’t even trying. 

When things are half done, half built, it’s true we can call them a work in progress, that’s what they are.  But when left and untouched, when actually the work has just stopped, it not really progressing, because nothing is happening, we still call it a work in progress, but why?  There is no work going on and therefore no progress.

I know I’ve used this quote as an excuse, too many times, without justification, I’ve just not been working, I was standing still expecting everything to change around me.

We can stare at the lump of clay all day, but it won’t change,
not unless we put our hands to the wheel, get dirty and start working it!

I know last November I had to stop working, my progress all stopped, instead I slipped back in some ways.  I can’t really put my finger on one single reason, there were a multitude of reasons.

Had I really stopped working before everything collapsed, I don’t think so, I believe I was working hard, but not actually in the right way.  Sometime we can make hard work for ourselves, or try to carry to much, we overload ourselves until we start to drop everything, then it all hits the floor and smashes into one big mess.

Distractions also come into the equation, keep your eye on the clay you are working, a distraction takes your focus off your hands and the work before you.

Complacency can also come into effect, we just get to familiar, we just keep doing the same old things, never actually working to improve anything, just doing our everyday thing, taking the easy way, one involving minimum effort.

Back in November I made everything so much harder to carry, I added weight to everything, until I couldn’t carry them any more, I was struggling under the weight of everything, until I could go on no more, I fell and everything dropped to the floor.

I had to stop working, I couldn’t move forward any more, I had to rest.  Progress had to stop while I rested for a while, brushed myself off and tidied up everything that had fallen, reorganising them all into something I could carry again when it was time to stand up and start progressing once more.

I don’t think it’s wrong to stop and rest every now and again, I feel we have to, sometimes it’s a necessity.  Tiredness is also a recipe for disaster, it can destroy so much of what we have already built.

I know I have drifted a little in the last couple of months, I feel I was ready to start progressing again some time ago, I should have started working again to make progress.  So now I know it’s time to start working once more, to pick up the pot again and start working it, start progressing it, to remould it.

It’s true I am a work in progress, but I’m determined not to hide behind it anymore, not to use it as an excuse, it’s impossible to progress without work, simply put….

 I HAVE TO WORK IN ORDER TO PROGRESS

I’ve been carried enough, there has been one set of footsteps in the sand for far too long, it’s time to set my feet down upon the sand and start walking alongside God once again.

BROKEN BONES by REV THEORY
Walking a fine line between wrong and right
And I know…
There is a part of me that I try to hide
But I can’t win
And I can’t fight
I keep holding on too tight
Running away from the world outside

Now I am calling
Hoping you’ll hear me
We all need somebody
To believe in something
And I won’t fear this
When I am falling
We all need somebody
That can mend… These broken bones

Caught in the confines of the simple life
And I am…
Holding my head high in the rising tide
And I can’t win
And I can’t fight
I keep holding on too tight
Running away from the world outside

Now I am calling
Hoping you’ll hear me
We all need somebody
To believe in something
And I won’t fear this
When I am falling
We all need somebody
That can mend… These broken bones

But Oh
Yeah

I’m not coming home now
I know…
I’m so far away
So far from home
I’m not coming home now
I know…
I’m so far away
I’m so far away

And I can’t win
And I can’t fight
I keep holding on too tight

Now I am calling
Hoping you’ll hear me
We all need somebody
To believe in something
And I won’t fear this
When I am falling
We all need somebody
That can mend… These broken bones

And I can’t win
And I can’t fight
I keep holding on too tight
Running away from the world outside

And I can’t win
And I can’t fight
I keep holding on too tight
Running away from the world outside