Can Faith Really Help?

Many haven’t got the time to even think about faith, and to be honest; I don’t blame them. This year has been one of the craziest that I can recall.

So where do we go from here?

Do we just hide in our homes and wait for our governments to sort everything out for us? Or do we take it upon ourselves to actively pick up the pieces left by hurricane Corona and start to rebuild?

Maybe its because I’m Irish, but I have a fighting spirit. I’m not used to lying underthings. No matter what happens to me, I get back up and try again.

It’s the only way I know. And it’s impossible to do that if you are in the grips of fear.

You need faith.

So where does that faith come from?

Well, the first step in strengthening your faith is cutting off all sources of fear. Now fear can come in many forms, the main ones, of course, are mainstream news and social media, but I have talked about them already at length.

You might not think that your relative or friend that gives you the latest news each day on the coronavirus is negative, but it is. Over time that negativity will affect you.

Negative news is such a good conversation starter. But all negativity does is hold you back.

If you are looking for the energy and faith to move forward, then the first step is to minimise your time with negative people. Something that I’ve had to do this year. Otherwise, negative thoughts will creep in, thoughts of doubt, and worry, which can quickly lead to fear.

Fear then leads to anxiety.

Anxiety can lead to depression…

and the cycle continues.

To break that negative cycle, we must connect with God daily. That could happen through reading, praying, or by simply having a walk in nature— something that breaks the negative, depressive narrative that seems to be all around us.

Something that reminds us of the fact that we are not in control, the governments are not in control; the coronavirus is not in control.

God is in control.

The only control we have is over ourselves.

We have to be the voice of faith, confidence, positivity that we want to hear. That, in turn, will inspire the people around us to be more positive and optimistic.

And if each of us does that, then the world would become more positive, faithful and optimistic.


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How to Get The Anxious thoughts to Stop Racing Around Your Head at This Difficult Time

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This is an anxious time for all. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, what religion you are or the colour of your skin, or even your sexual orientation.

Even if you live away from all the hotspots where the virus is at its worse, economically you will most probably be feeling the effects.

Without question this has to be the highest level of worldwide fear I have witnessed in my life time.

When surrounded with so much fear, what can you do?

In the Gospel of Matthew there it says:

Matthew 13:12 (NKJV)
For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

There is a lot of debate about the meaning of the verse above, but today  I would like to link it to current events.

So, for those that have faith, to him/her more will be given, and they will have abundance; but too whoever does not have faith, even the little that they have will be taken away.

In the last six weeks, I have seen a lot of people anxious, wanting the truth. So they search the internet for answers, for the whys, and the how’s?

Only to be met with countless conspiracies, which fuels their anxious feelings.

If you don’t know what a conspiracy is, well that in my opinion, is a good thing, but the dictionary term is, a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

When people go down this route, then the little faith that they have will be taken away from them.

What You Focus On Grows

In moments of fear, you need to feed your faith. That way, the faith that you have will be multiplied.

One of the most dangerous things that you can do at this time is to focus on the fear, feeding your mind with content that makes your anxiety worse.

Throughout scripture, and down through history, people have come up against hardship, and in all cases, they have came back stronger than they were before. And the main thing that got them through was their FAITH.

If you’re feeling anxious at this time, I would recommend looking back on your life, at a time when you were very anxious over something. It could have been waiting for exam results, or medical results. Maybe over your future or that of a family member or friend.

It probably felt just as intense as it does now, you probably thought then that all your fears would become reality? You probably didn’t know how you would be able to move on.

But now looking back, events turned out a lot better than you would ever have imagined.

Now is one of those time.

There is a quote, ‘It’s impossible to see the picture when you are in the frame.”

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Wisdom comes from the ability to see our current events through the lens of the past. You are able to use the knowledge you have gained to step outside the current frame of fear, anxiety, stress, worry, and know that all will be ok.

Like all the other anxious moments in your life, this worldwide uncertainty will pass. You will get stronger and strengthen your character and faith.

The Most High God is in control.

Mental Health v Gold

Your mental health is your most valuable asset. So take care of it as such. The next 6-12 months are going to be a very uncertain road. Please don’t look for certainty within the media.

In scripture it says, guard your mind.

Never have them words been so essential to follow.

You will find that you may even have to guard yourself against the friends and those that you follow on social media that share all the latest facts and figures.

Starting your day off with the latest tragedy is the last thing that you need.

The first hour of the day for me is about connecting with NATURE and the body through EXERCISE. Both being vital for good mental health.

Collectively we must have faith; we must believe that there will be a better tomorrow. What we choose to focus on will grow in our lives, so focus on faith for the next week and see the difference that it makes.

It’s A Time To Pray. It’s A Time To Show Love. It’s A Time To Connect To The World Around You.

Thanks for reading.

Enjoy your weekend.

Does Worry Ends Where Faith Begins?

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Worry has a way of consuming us; one thought leads to another, then the next thing you know the thoughts have turned to a feeling. You no longer feel good; there is tension in your stomach; you’re unable to eat.

“A few drinks will calm me down,” you say to yourself, it does take the pain away but now if the worry returns you’re in such a more heightened state. Your thoughts will be on overdrive.

When we are worried faith can be the last thing we want to think about, but that is when you need faith the most. Some people will say, but it’s not that easy, you can’t just wish worry away, and yes they are right.

So do this instead, ask yourself this, Is there anything I can do to relieve the worry?

If yes, then do it as soon as possible, ask for help if need be.

If the answer is no, no matter what you do, it will not change the outcome. Why worry?

 

 

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Falling deeper into fear during this Global Pandemic will not bring us closer to health. Nor will it make us feel safer. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣

On the contrary, ⁣⁣⁣⁣it will only lower our immune system, cause our body to get sick, and damage our brain’s ability to think clearly and find creative solutions.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣

Fear is the most deadly virus in the world. And under fear, there is no health, no safety, and no peace: only darkness, panic, and suffering.

Speak words of faith every day, not only to yourself but to family and friends.

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In these Fearful Times Has Your Faith Been Shaken?

In difficult times, it can feel like your losing your faith. Your confidence can fade, doubts can start to creep in… and before you know it, your mood has changed.

Usually happy and carefree, now you take everything seriously.

People comment on your change of behaviour, but all that seems to do is deepen your negative mood. Annoyed and anxious, you take yourself off somewhere that you will not be disturbed.

Maybe you can relate?

What happened?

You lost your faith.

Coming up to the New Year I had so many plans for 2020; I had a few legal issues that were almost resolved after months of delay then within 90 days, the world went into lockdown.

My perfect plan was put on hold.

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Like me, maybe some of your important plans got delayed, and like a row of domino’s falling, one delay led to another, and another… One negative thought led to another, and another… leading to your life feeling out of control.

It’s not your fault. With the world stopping everyone is affected.

Fountain of Youth

When I was younger, when I would become fearful, my dominos would fall, and they would stay down for weeks, maybe even months. Mainly because I had no idea why they had fallen, they were so neatly arranged and spaced.

Everything looked so good.

The problem was I spent most of my time questioning why is it happening? Rather than what was I going to do, or change, so that it wouldn’t happen again.

Difficulties in life will knock down your dominos. That’s just a fact. You can’t stop it from happening, but you can change what you do when they fall.

At this moment, everyone is fearful, locked in their homes glued to the news, which is doing nothing more than driving more fear into their hearts.

Fear can quickly drive out all the faith that you have within.

In scripture it says, More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it (Proverbs 4:23 CEB).

Protecting your mind, means its up to you to cancel out all the fear coming from the media. Its up to you to feed your mind with faith and keep that faith at its highest level.

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Feed Your Mind With Positivity

In times like these, we need to focus on reading the word of God. We need encouraging words; we need to listen to people that bring us up, that make us feel better about ourselves and humanity.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

In my opinion, the news is poison, designed to do one thing— keep you in fear.

So, during this challenging time when you feel like your faith is fading, realise what has happened. You’ve let your dominos fall. You let one negative thought roll into another, and another… and another.

Finding your faith happens when you realise that no matter how bad your story is right now, you can change it. With faith, belief and hard work, you can turn everything around.

It’s your story, God has a plan for you, and you are the hero.

The people in your life need you to save the day. They need you to be the best that you can be, to give them value, showing them faith and encouragement.

In this difficult time, work on your faith, feed your mind with content that inspires you, motivates you, and makes you stronger.

Share your faith with others. 

Let’s use this lockdown as — a time of growth, a time of sharing, a time to make this world a better place. 

Psalm 91(1)

1. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

What To Do If Fear Gets The Best Of You?

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Being a man of great faith, it takes a lot to get to me, but even I needed a few words of faith the other day. I’ve had a head cold for a couple of weeks that I can’t shake off, with every other conversation being about the Coronavirus and it all over the media, fear started to creep in.

On a phone call to my mother, parents always seem to sense when you’re not yourself, she said what was needed to restore my faith. She highlighted to me that Coronavirus has been on cleaning supplies labels for years. This is just another strain.

Of course, it’s essential to take preventative measures to make sure yourself and family are safe, but it’s important to remember that your future has already been planned out.

For me, this outbreak is to make people aware of what matters, health, family and friends. Everything else is just noise.

Seeing The Sun When the Sky is Grey

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. Maybe the silver lining here is to make us reflect on what matters in life, the signal, them things that you can’t live without.

When it boils down to it, social media, technology, and money are meaningless if you haven’t got your health, if you are without the people that give your life purpose.

Take time with those that matter and let them know how much you care, how much they mean to you.

When it comes down to it, love and health are the bedrock of a successful life.

So like me, if fear starts knocking at the door what do you do? In my opinion, the solution is to strengthen your faith.

People that look fit and healthy maintain their bodies by eating healthy and taking regular exercise. Faith is no different. At certain times in life we need to have stronger faith to overcome the obstacles in our path.

To keep fear at bay, you need complete trust that all will be ok. Trust that God will not let anything come into your path that is not part of your destiny. And if something does, that it will strengthen your character and make you better in some way.

I would like to share with you 5 method that I used to strengthen my faith and keep it at its highest level.

5 Simple Ways To Strengthen Your Faith In Times Of Uncertainty

1. TRUST

We must trust God in all things, have complete trust and complete confidence. If we have faith in God feelings of worry, stress, anxiety, fear, and doubt should never surface.

If we have faith in God, then we completely trust that He will provide everything we need when it’s needed. Not only do we trust Him to provide provision, but we are completely confident that He will provide us with a healthy life as well!

Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

We have to remove doubt from our hearts, replacing it with belief, and trust Him! In doing so our faith will grow stronger and stronger as we see Him lead us in the directions we are truly meant to go.

2: PRAY

Mark 11:23 instructs us to pray without doubt in our hearts, and believe that what we say will happen. In the same verse Jesus says that if we do this, it will be done for us.

Daily prayer centres our minds on what really matters , it invites God into our lives and helps us establish a deeper trust. Our faith will grow when we make prayer a centre part of our day.

Pray for love, health and happiness, the essential ingredients of a successful life.

The best time to pray is in the morning as the sun rises, in the stillness of the morning the world is so peaceful and calm. Sitting in the presence of nature is like sitting in the presence of God.

3: READ SCRIPTURES

We must make time to sit down and read the word of God. We need His Word inside our minds and in our hearts. Knowing God’s Word goes hand in hand with trusting God and praying.

Read His promises, and then have great faith that they will come to pass. Pray them over your life. In God’s Word we will find strength, hope, love, peace, and joy.

We will also find promises of provision, and instructions to keep us away from harm. We will gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in our lives through His instructions.

Read Matthew 17:20… and then believe that faith can move mountains.
Read Philippians 4:19… and have faith that God will supply all your needs.
Read Malachi 3:10… and believe that if God is first in your life He will pour out blessings for you until they overflow.
Read Ephesians 6:10-17… and know that you have The Amour of God, what can possibly come against you.

I’ve made a rule for myself, that has helped me greatly. Until I’ve read for 30 minutes a day, no social media, no internet, and no T.V. God’s Word has to be priority in our lives if we want to strengthen our faith.

4: LIVE OUT HIS WORD

I think our world would be a better place if the people who claim to be Christians acted like Christians. I understand this statement is incredibly blunt, but it’s how I feel.

Jesus main message was one of faith, love and forgiveness, yet I know people who don’t speak to their neighbours, or some family members, that go to church. It makes no sense to me, come to hear Gods word but not listen to it?

No one is perfect, i know, but we have to commit to grow in our faith and commit to living out His Word. Make your goal to be better than you were yesterday.

5: BE THE LIGHT

You are the light of the world, so shine bright. We are to be loving and caring towards each other. We are to be encouraging and build one another up. We should be joyful people who don’t spend our days complaining.

We should practice thankfulness and be forgiving. Im Mark 11:25, Jesus stated that when we pray, we must not hold anything against anyone, but we are to forgive, so our Father can forgive us of our sins.

We must be giving off our time, our talents, and our treasures. When people see you, let them not only see a person that is a believer in God, but let them see a person that shows that faith in their lives.

Let your actions draw people closer to God.

Wake up each day with the intent to do good. To spread light, not darkness, it’s really that simple. Give compliments freely, smile kindly, give generously, don’t complain, speak only kind words, and never tear people down.

Fear can get to the best of us, and if it does, you must learn to put your attention back on God, through prayer, walking in nature, and reading his word.

Do you know someone who would be encouraged by this post? If so, please share! By doing so, you are helping spread faith into a world that is currently full of fear. 🙂

Doctors Advice Kills Woman!

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Recently i read a true story about a lady in her 80s who went to her doctor for a check-up.

He asked if she stayed active. She gave him a smile and said, I jog about four or five miles every day. Surprised, he told her she needed to be careful and not over do it. ‘Take it easy,’ he suggested.

She took his words to heart and decided to slow down. She reduced her jogs to slow walk, and cut back to one or two days a week. Within a year she was dead.

After hearing about her death, the doctor who’d given her such advice told a friend, ‘Never again with I tell a patient who is doing so well to slow down. The Bible is filled with stories with people who lived on because they had something to live for!

As long as God choose to leave you on this earth, don’t just exist — live! Claim the promise: ‘You will come to the grave in full vigour,’ (NIV Job 5:26). Keep dreaming. Accepting new challenges. And don’t even think about taking it easy!

11 Things To Know Before Letting Go

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Letting go has nothing to do with weakness, and everything to do with strength.

We let go when we finally realise our worth, when we finally realise that our mental health is more important. That said, I know that letting go of certain situations can be extremely difficult. So, i would like to share 11 points to reflect on before you decide if it’s time for you to let go.

1. The past can steal your present if you let it

You can spend days, weeks, months, or even years sitting alone in the darkness, over-analysing a situation from the past, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could have or should have happened. Or, you can choose to leave the past behind you, and walk into a future full of sunshine and new experiences.

2. Don’t be too hard on yourself

There are enough people that want to pull you down and hold you back without you being one of them. Tell yourself, “I am doing the best I can with what I have at this moment. And that is all I can expect of anyone, including me.” Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do, even your mistakes. Because even mistakes mean you’re trying.

3. You are in control of one person, and one person only: yourself

The fastest way to happiness is to stop worrying about things that are beyond the power of your control. Letting go of control doesn’t mean that you don’t care; it shows that you realise that the only person you can control is yourself.

4. Not everyone, and not everything, is meant to stay

There are things you don’t want to happen, but have to accept, things you don’t want to know, but have to learn, and people you can’t live without but have to let go. Some circumstances and people come into your life to strengthen you so that you can move on without them.

5. Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them

Imagine all that we could achieve if we could forget the hurts or disappointments of the past! Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.

6. What might seem correct to you will be wrong for others, and vice versa

As you will probably know yourself, trying to tell someone they are wrong when they think they are right, doesn’t end well. Save yourself the stress and sleepless nights. Don’t waste your energy; the only way some people learn is from making mistakes.

7. Some people will refuse to accept you for who you are, so don’t try to impress them

When you are comfortable with who you are, not everyone in this world will like you, and that’s okay. You could be the most helpful, compassionate, caring person in the world, and there’s going to be someone out there who doesn’t like you for having them qualities. Just be you, 100%.

8. The world changes when you change

You are today where your thoughts and beliefs have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts and beliefs take you. If you want to change your life, you must first change your mind. The world around you changes when you change.

9. You can make decisions, or you can make excuses

Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem-solving. A mistake doesn’t become a failure until you refuse to correct it. Thus, most long-term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions.

10. It only takes a few negative remarks to kill your dreams

Don’t let people interrupt you and tell you that you can’t do something. If you have a dream that you’re passionate about, you must protect it. When others can’t do something themselves, they’re going to tell you that you can’t do it either; and that’s a lie. These people are simply speaking from within the boundaries of their limitations.

11. Sometimes walking away is the only way to win

Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who refuse to understand you.  Sometimes the best way to win an argument is to walk way. They will never change, it’s you that has too.