Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Are we really connected?

It's been a while since I last wrote. I tend to say something along those lines in a few of my blog posts these days. I suppose it's been a while because I have been busy. I have had a lot to do lately and while I want to write, I don't just write for the sake of it, I have to write at that moment when I feel that inspiration. This post is brought to you by a thought I had and I decided to write about it.

Maybe by the title of this blog post you are thinking of course we are connected. With technology these days the world is more connected than ever. You can call people easily overseas, read everyone's social media, send messages to anyone in the world in an instant. However the resounding question that many ask is does it make us more connected? In same ways it does but in others it doesn't.

It's becoming more of a world where even in company everyone is on a mobile phone instead of talking to eachother. It's becoming a world of where everything is shared, what we are eating, doing and thoughts. It's becoming a world of reading people's social media instead of calling them. It's becoming a world of where human interaction is being replaced by mobile phones or tv or any other form of technology.

I am not saying I don't use technology because I probably use it as much as anyone but as much as I like being connected in a sense, sometimes I don't like it too. I think is technology these days is an addiction and we are all addicted, well a lot of the world population are, if you're not, go you! I remember the days when I didn't even have internet on my mobile phone and I actually only used a phone to call or text people. You know, those stone age days.

All these questions about being connected with technology made me think about our connection with God. We use technology to connect with people. We use the bible and pray to connect with God. In the same way, are we using the tools to connect to God but sometimes are we actually connecting to him? Sometimes we don't look up from our phones to the people around us, sometimes we don't look up after praying to the blessings around us.

The same way we focus on our phones and don't see anything, maybe sometimes we are focused on what we are asking God for and don't see anything. So while we use our phones or technology to connect, are we really connected? And while we read the bible and pray to connect to God,  are we really connected? You can know all about what someone has been doing and saying on social media, in the same way you can know things about God but are we really connected? Sometimes you can have all the tools but if you don't use them in the right way they are not going to work to give you the result you are expecting. Sometimes you just have to change the way you have been using them.

Think of that dial up tone, if you didn't have a dial up tone to connect to the internet and don't know the noise it used to make when it connected, here it is:



I just wanted you to have that noise in your head the next time you are thinking about being connected to people and God, you are welcome. Yes we have come a long way from that dial up tone for internet. Let's just not go away from real connections.

I am not saying there anything wrong with technology or with anything you post, you do what you want, I post all kinds of things too sometimes. I just had this thought about how important it is in life to remain connected to people and God because those moments are the moments you have. It's when certain things break up your connection and that dial up tone doesn't connect, that's when maybe we need to rethink a few things.

With that I will love and leave you,
Until I write again,
Stay connected (think of the dial up tone).
Nicola Hill











Sunday, 4 June 2017

Why does God allow bad things to happen?

I have had this title for this blog post for a while and the other day I saw an article that said a lot of what I was thinking. It's a good question. Why does God allow bad things to happen? So I am guessing all of you were born because you exist right? I'm guessing you've made a lot of your own choices. I'm guessing you've made mistakes. That must be God's fault.

The article I read said take God out of the equation and here we have man. So if there is a God, He is to be blamed and if there is not do we blame ourselves? Who are we going to blame? It must be our parents, someone we are close to, a relative, a friend. It can't possibly be us. Ok it is us, we caused our own things to happen. So why didn't God stop it?

God trusted us first in the garden of Eden and Adam and Eve disobeyed God and that is why all the bad was let into this world. If you trust someone with something do you follow their every move and try to be in control. I hope not. Why should God? He trusted us and that happened.

Today He offers us a choice and a chance to make it right. He didn't just become this all controlling God. He wasn't the one who let all the bad into the world but He does try to save us from it. There are also trials of life that God does allow to happen. He allows trials to happen and it's not because He is a revengeful God but because He is trying to help us grow. If we trust God He will guide us through all the trials of life and we will be stronger.

He loves all people. He offers all people a chance and choice. One day He will put a stop to everything but not without giving us a chance to make things right first. If we didn't have this chance we wouldn't be here. Jesus died to save us. What if you had no choice and just control? Because as human beings we just love being told what to do. God must cure the diseases that we let in? God's giving us this second chance. Man caused the bad things to come into this world we are living in but God is helping us through it. Remember we aren't living for this world but for eternal life. God is giving us a chance to get there! If He controlled us and took away any choice we'd have no chance because it is only through our choices we can get there.

Whether it's things that happen through illness or things other men or ourselves cause. God is there to help us through all these moments. The better question is: Why does God always want to help us when bad things happen? The first of human beings let Him down and they let all the bad into the world, why would He want to help us?  Maybe He should just say good luck it's your fault. He wants to help because He is a forgiving God and He loves us unconditionally.

"I have said this 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." John 16:33

It's hard when bad things happen but you know what is harder? Trying to deal with it on your own. Everybody needs God.

With that I shall love and leave you,
Until I write again,
Nicola Hill





Friday, 3 March 2017

Waiting

The first question I want to ask you is "What are you waiting for?"

There must be something you are waiting for. We are always waiting for something. Think about it... Is it forgiveness? A new job? To fall in love? To get engaged? To get married? A new friend? A new item? A restored relationship? A new opportunity? A new holiday? To have a child? What do you want? It could be any number of things. Now I want to ask you again, "What are you waiting for?" Have you got something in mind? Ok read on. 

Waiting is one thing we all don't always like but it's also the one thing that helps us more than we realise. If we got everything straight away, where would our appreciation be? Sometimes it's best if we don't get the things we are waiting for at all. You hear a lot of stories of people whose lives didn't turn out the way they imagined and they are thankful for that because it turned out even better. Sometimes waiting is a gift. Sometimes it feels tiresome. 

I have heard a lot of people say that God feels silent when they are waiting for something. They pray and they don't feel like God is there. It reminds me of the phrase, "the teacher is always silent during the test." Waiting is a test of our faith. At the same time, you can't sit back and do nothing and say "I'm waiting for God." Yes you are waiting and praying for something and God is always listening but you must also think about the things you need to do too. 

There is a reason why you are waiting. Maybe there is something you need to learn before you can receive all that God has for you. Maybe there is something you need to change about yourself. Maybe what you are waiting for will hurt or damage you. Maybe there is something better than what you are waiting for. We don't know the plans God has for us but we trust in His plan for our lives. 

Waiting is ultimately one of the most special things. No I didn't type that wrong. It is special. We don't realise how much it helps us and it certainly doesn't feel great at the time but the outcome of waiting is always worth the wait. Just because you are waiting for something and it hasn't happened yet does not mean it's not going to happen. Just because you are waiting for something doesn't mean it's going to happen. 

That sounds great doesn't it, it could happen, it could not happen, I guess it really doesn't sound great... What is the purpose of waiting? There it is. That is the ultimate question. Waiting is a test of our faith. It's easy to become disheartened when we are waiting for something. It's easy to believe God has left us. That's easy when we are putting everything into something we are waiting for instead of God. God's still there but are we focusing on Him or what we are waiting for? 

At the same time you could be waiting around and God's providing you with opportunities you don't even realise because you are so focused on what you are waiting for. In the meantime God is trying to give you what you are waiting for but you don't see it. If you are waiting for something to find you it wont, you also have to put yourself out there. 

Wait but don't rush. Don't push the waiting process because sometimes you need that wait more than you know. We have got to serve God while we wait. It's not just a case of pray and wait and do nothing. It's a case of pray, wait, focus on God and do. You can't push things to happen, everything happens in God's time not ours. Do you know why it happens in God's time and not ours? It's because if it happened in our time we would have everything right away but we would learn nothing. 

Sit back, grab your popcorn or whatever you like, get comfortable and wait. Enjoy this season of waiting because you know that your next season is reaping what God has for you. What are you focusing on? God wants to draw us closer to Him, we need Him in our lives. We need to be thinking more about God than what we are waiting for. Notice I didn't say, put your feet up! There are still things you need to do while you wait. It's not a passive waiting it's an active waiting. 

If we ask God for an opportunity and then we just sit back. Yay, God's going to give me that opportunity I have prayed about. I will just get on with my life. I won't try anything different, I will just sit here, God's got it and I'm just waiting for Him. It's been 2 months now and nothing has happened. Why when I am praying, does God feel silent? Why isn't God helping me? Has He left me? I keep praying and praying and why hasn't it happened? I haven't done anything because God's going to do everything. This is an example of the focus being on what we are waiting for and everything else revolving around it. That's a bit of what it is like isn't it? No just stop! God first.

I asked you two important questions:
"What are you waiting for?" and "What are you focusing on?"

Remember just because it feels like God is silent does not mean He is not there. Think about where your focus is. Is it on our relationship with God or the thing we are waiting for? God knows the difference.

I pray that God gives you what you are waiting for or that you see what else God has planned. 

Until I write again,
Wait patiently :).
Nicola Hill










Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Re-evaluate Your Point

Hi it's been a while since I posted anything, I only write when I feel inspired to write something and in the busy day to day of life it's finding time to. Isn't that something. Just as I wrote that the "busy day to day of life" it made me think, what do we keep putting off because of our busy lives? When do we find the time to do things? And why did I just write that?

You know sometimes it takes something to happen for us to re-evaluate things in our lives. Sometimes we don't see everything clearly until something happens and you think wow hold on a minute. You think how could I miss that? Why have I been so blind? You're getting on with your day to day busy life and in the midst of everything bang! And suddenly you're aware of everything around you. It's not that you weren't aware of it before but it's all the more real now.

Ok let me get to the point. I know what you're thinking if you have read my blog posts before, is there a point? What point is that? What is the point? Is it all pointless? Or may you're thinking just get to the point? And why do I keep saying the word point? The biggest point I am making in this blog post is the point of our lives.

Notice the title now. That's it, there you go, look up, "Re-evaluate Your Point." Can anyone guess what that means? I know you have no time for this, with all these questions I am making you feel like you are in class again but keep reading. That maybe should be a motto for my blog posts "just keep reading, just keep reading." I do promise I am this annoying in person too if you haven't met me before or know me well, just ask anyone I know.

Anyway back to the title. I will tell you a story that got me to re-evaluate my point recently. As you may have seen for those of you who have me on social media such as Facebook I had a car accident on Saturday 1st of October 2016 in the afternoon. I was turning on to a busy road and I looked left and then right and there were no cars so I then went and next minute a car hit me on the front of my car on the drivers side. Probably from the time I looked left then right he came on my left, I don't know it happened so quickly. I didn't see him and and the three of us in my car didn't even have time to process we had just had an accident. On the short drive up to main road we were just talking about an accident that happened recently on that road and the next minute we had an accident ourselves. The other driver was ok and my friends and I were ok and that's all I could think about when it happened. All that was running through my mind was, "Is everyone ok?" We had a few minor injuries but nothing serious.

The rest of that day and in all the days following all we thought about is how precious life is. How any minute anything could change and anything could happen. I know God was watching over us because the other driver swerved to try and miss my car and if he hadn't I am not so sure I would be here writing this blog post. We were all in shock when it happened and later we were also so thankful we still had our lives. My car was a write off but we were alive that's the main thing.

You know every day we wake up, we get on with our busy day to day lives and we just don't stop to think how lucky we are to be alive. A lot of the time it takes something like that to re-evaluate your point. By that I mean your point of being alive. We all have a point of being alive. We all have a purpose. So what's your point of being alive? What do you do with your life?

Ooo careful when you start to ask yourself those questions it really gets you thinking the ultimate question, what am I doing with my life? Your life is a precious gift and if you are re-evaluating your point and you find things you need to change then you need to do it. Life is too short to get wrapped up in the busy day to day. Life is too short to get stuck in the same situation over and over again. Life is too short already and at any moment anything can change.

Writing that just reminded me of the Dash Poem. Have you ever heard of it? I am going to copy and paste it here from youtube of the author who wrote it reading it:

Click on this ----  The Dash or watch below:


This was my car just after the accident:




Thanks for reading! I am so thankful and appreciate all my friends and family in my life! I have been blessed with wonderful people in my life. I thank God that we walked away from that accident! 

If there is one thing I learnt from this and I have a learnt a few times in my life but it seems even more real now is that we need to re-evaluate our point

Love to you all,
God Bless,
Until I write again,
Nicola Hill














Friday, 15 July 2016

Substance

I feel it's that time again when I've got things on my mind and I feel like I want to write. I love writing it's my thing. It's always been my thing. I may not be Shakespeare quality but at least I can form words. This is just my sense of humour if you haven't encountered it before or if you have I apologise. See this is what I love about writing. I just start a post and the words come together as the post goes on. I know what you're thinking what sort of word coming together is this. It's a lot of rambling but you've read it all up to here haven't you?

Ok so go back on the link to this blog post and like it if - (no!). The whole "like this post if" doesn't work and I'm not going to bribe you in to liking my blog post. You get absolutely nothing by liking it. You probably looking for that X in the top right hand corner right about now or you're wanting to see where this goes. Is there anything in this blog post with any form of substance. Hmm that is the question.

A couple of sentences before this one I just discovered what I will call this blog post - Substance. I don't always start my blog posts with a title sometimes I write the title after. That's how I write. I have to find the right title to fit what I'm thinking. Now I looked up definitions from googling substance.

In this post I am talking about substances such as liquids - actually no that's not the use of substance I had in mind. That's not my style of writing. The word substance that I'm using is in relation to man. Have you ever heard of the phrase "a man of substance"? What does that mean to you?

To me in short it means someone with a good character, humble, honourable and loyal. There is a lot more you can write about what it means, there are many definitions. I found the quote below which I liked:


Substance is one the things we look for in friends and in leaders and in family and we are always looking for substance. For that special substance in them that makes them who they are and makes them unique and draws us to them. Do you know who has substance? All of you. Everyone has substance however it's their choice whether they use that substance or not.

God made us with substance. 

"The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives life." ~ Job 33:4

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." ~ Ephesians 2:10

"Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." ~Psalm 100:3

With that I shall love and leave you,
Until I write again,
God Bless,
Nicola Hill






Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Power of Love

I have written posts on love before but no matter how many posts I write about it, I won't even scratch the surface. I wrote recently that without love everything else is pointless, we need love in this life. We do, everyone needs to feel love for others and to feel loved. It's what drives our life, our relationships with others and what we do. The lack of love also drives our life, our relationships with others and what we do. You see the difference between the outcomes with the presence of love and the absence of it.

I started writing this blog post in February and I kept thinking about it and writing more and having more ideas for this topic. When I think of the title it makes me think about the song called the Power of Love and some of the lyrics that go, "The power of love, force from above, cleaning my soul." I don't know who wrote those lyrics and what the person wanted them to mean but those words made me think that love really does clean our souls. It takes away all the bitterness, contempt and hate and it leaves us with love in their place which is powerful. It also comes from above because we learn love first from God.

Our lives stem from love and when they are driven by love and when we feel loved we thrive and when they are driven by other motions or we feel a lack of love we fall. You can see in life from people you know what the absence of love does or what happens when someone doesn't feel loved. The distress caused from this just shows you the power of love. You can see in life what the presence of love does and how happy love makes people feel and how it builds then up and this shows you the power of love.

We get hurt the most from the ones we love and we get the most encouragement from the ones we love. Love in itself is pure. Love isn't what causes pain, it's the absence of love that causes pain. Love is important. Love is needed. You don't love people because they are perfect because you wont find a perfect person. You love people because despite the fact that they're not perfect you choose to love them anyway. That is true love.

Love is sacrifice. The greatest sacrifice was when Jesus died on the cross for us. It wasn't about Him or His life but it was about us and saving us. I am not saying you have to die for people you love, I am saying that love is not thinking about yourself all the time but thinking about others first. It's sacrificing what you want to do for what someone else wants to do.

Love does not take advantage. Some people use love as a way of controlling another person. They use someone's love for them and can take advantage and abuse and manipulate. In this case they're not showing love and people become afraid to get away from it. If someone says they love you but they're hurting you constantly that's not love. Love does not deliberately hurt.

When we are thriving off love and giving love we are using the power of love and being the best version of ourselves. Remember love in itself is pure and good there is no bad in love.The bad stems from other feelings and emotions. We are not always going to be perfect even though we love because we can hurt those we love but the people who love you in spite of being hurt is where love is in its truest form.

Love doesn't have to be returned. Yes I typed that correctly. Love is not a give and take. God asks us to love even when it's not returned. That's right even when someone doesn't love you back, you love them anyway. Love is an act of giving not receiving.

Love doesn't die. If you truly love someone, you will always love them. No amount of time, space and distance will change that. If you've chosen to love someone you will love them forever. The real power of love is that it doesn't die. You may think but sometimes love does die. No that is the absence of love when love isn't there anymore. If love stays it does not die.

This brings me to the last thing on love in this topic. We control the power of love. Love is a choice. No one can make you love someone and no one can tell you not to love someone. You choose who you love. When you don't love anymore you've chosen not to love. When you love in spite of everything you've chosen to love. You can't kill love, love is always there but it's your choice whether you use it or not.

I hope if anything this has helped you see just how powerful love is and how important it is in life. Love is behind a door but we have the key. We have the choice of whether is open the door to love or not. We have the choice of whether to flip the switch and leave the power of love turned on or not. God asks that we always keep using the power of love in our lives and never turn off the power.

The Power of Love. How will you use it?

With that I shall love and leave you,
Until I write again,
Nicola Hill













Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Beauty of Writing

I recently went on a trip to South Africa to see my family. I brought back my poetry books where I wrote many poems and my diaries that I wrote in when I lived in Zimbabwe. When I was in Africa, I sat on the floor reading through what I had written in them. It brought back a lot of memories of my life in Zimbabwe.

Reading through the things I had written back then also made me realise how much I love writing. Even as a teenager I was writing poetry and writing in my diaries then I wrote a book and now I have a blog. Wherever I have gone in life I have always been writing.

I also came across letters and cards to my family while I was in South Africa. This flood of memories went through my mind and it was such a special feeling. Just through reading I took a trip down memory lane.

If I hadn't had all that writing to read I wouldn't have had that moment. That's what I love about writing and reading other people's writing. Writing keeps things in the moment and you have something to look at years later. 

In a modern world one thing we are missing is letters and writing. Everything is very short hand these days, quick texts and quick posts. Quicker ways of keeping in touch. It's fast and simple but I think it misses things. This is just my thought, we all have our own :). There are other means of communicating too with those such as phone calls etc. 

I don't exactly have a theme for this post it's just my thoughts. I was just thinking of the beauty of writing. Even people who say they don't write, when they need to write something for example a speech or letter it's beautiful. 

I like that writing lasts. Look at all the authors whose books are still read today. Look at all the letters from loved ones people cherish. Look at the writing you have done that you can look back on.

We all have things we love to do and I love to write. Everybody has their thing and I like that everybody has different things they love to do. 

It was good to read some of my writing from years ago and I may post some of it on my blog sometime.

Until I write again, 
I shall love and leave you,
Nicola Hill