Hand your burden over…

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http://bible.com/111/psa.55.22.NIV

“Little we see in nature…”

Young children often respond to the world around them with a natural sense of wonder and awe, with delight in new discoveries. We can easily lose this sense of wonder as the world, in another sense of that word, closes in around us…

Wordsworth wrote:

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers:

Little we see in nature that is ours:

We have given our hearts away, a sordid love!

It moves us not.”

How long is it since you’ve been ‘moved’ by God’s world? Do you delight in his beauty, majesty and awesome creativity in the natural world around you? Or have you given your heart away to routine, sameness, and the daily demands of life?

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Personally I have melancholic, over-thinking tendencies – and usually prefer to keep my head in a book and curl up in bed than venture into the created world. But God has given us so much to enjoy, and we can see more of him – his personality, character, and attention to detail – when we allow ourselves time in his world, re-visiting that child-like wonder, delight, and keen sense of adventure we lost so long ago…

Speak kind words… It’s good for you and others :)

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http://bible.com/116/pro.16.24.NLT

He planned your life to be holy, ahead of time

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http://bible.com/116/2ti.1.9.NLT

We were planned. HE was planned.

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http://bible.com/111/2ti.1.9.NIV

“God’s special possession…”

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http://bible.com/111/1pe.2.9.NIV

Kindness shines in the dark

In the darkest times, kindness shines brightest.

Do you agree?

When we’re feeling at our lowest and most despondent, a simple touch; an understanding, empathetic smile; or a few words of love and appreciation stand out like beacons.

But we often neglect kindness in favour of well-meaning solutions.

We opt for a lecture over a quiet, listening ear.

We avoid the pain of others instead of entering in.

For fear of saying the wrong thing, we say nothing at all – or rush in awkwardly with trite clichés.

Some of the kindest, most pastoral people I’ve met have perfected the art of a smile across the room, a gentle squeeze of the shoulder, or simply, groceries carried to the car.

Kindness goes a long, long way towards building trust and connection.

Kindness stops and takes a moment – or two – to hear their story before jumping in with our own.

Kindness is a dish of food, a warm hot chocolate, a song if you’re lucky…

Kindness is a hug, a blanket, a teddy bear to cry into.

Kindness is a prayer, a text message, an invitation to walk.

Kindness shows us its importance when we start walking it out – and when we need it ourselves.

Kindness is profound in its simplicity, powerful in nature, and the attribute I most want to cultivate.

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “ (Colossians 3:12)

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