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Ephesians 4:1-3 So, as a prisoner for the Lord, I beg you to live the way God’s people should live, because he chose you to be his. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit. Do all you can to continue as you are, letting peace hold you together.

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Life slips by so incredibly quickly. Days turn into weeks, then into months, years, decades … and bang … one day your life will be snuffed out. That’s it. And that casts a whole different light on how we’re living life today.

So can I ask you a question? Are you living the life that God always intended for you to live? I’m not talking about next week, or next month, or next year, or one day perhaps. I mean today, here and now.

If you took a snapshot of your life right at this very instant … go on, are you living the rich, abundant, vibrant, sacrificial, loving life that God always intended for you to live? And if not, why not?

We can come up with a lots of excuses.

Come on, I’m too busy. Well, if I did that, I’d have to give up this or that. If I lived that life … well, maybe He’d send me to be a missionary in some far-off, distant land. I could never do that!

Excuses, excuses, excuses. We can rationalise all we like. But if you’ll pardon the intrusion, allow me to get right in your face for just a minute. You and I, we get one chance at this life. Why wouldn’t you live that life the way God always intended? I mean, why wouldn’t you?

This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to his friends in Ephesus from his prison cell:

Ephesians 4:1-3 So, as a prisoner for the Lord, I beg you to live the way God’s people should live, because he chose you to be his. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit. Do all you can to continue as you are, letting peace hold you together.

Live the life.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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There is so much that the world around us does and can control.
Everything is controlled on earth through connections with people and they have the jobs and also give you a job, if you’re a friend of one of their friends or you’re known by them.
I heard a story once of a woman who defrauded a business of a lot of money and she was jailed .
Her and her friends were sitting at a table in a restaurant once sniggering at me and pointing to my daughter with their hands cupped around their mouths and it was obvious that they were being unkind and so I told another woman about what had happened and she said “oh her, she ripped off the company where she was working hundreds of thousands of dollars”.
That same woman had a job at the time serving over a counter.
Her crime was not petty.
Her family and friends must still have good reputations so she got to the heads up to keep on working .
People control a lot here on earth and if you’re unliked , life is extremely difficult .
I was bullied in high school because my mum insisted that I had a pixie family photo taken.
A girl older than me who was working in Coles at the time went back to school and made it a joke .
Forever more I was bullied by the older girls “pixie, pixie boom boom” they would taunt.
Apparently I moved my hips too much when I walked and my bottom moved from side to side.
I used to go home for lunch to escape the taunts and it didn’t help me either that I was the only one wearing lace up shoes as granny shoes were all the go back then but I wanted to be a model one day and I decided that I wanted to wear lace up shoes.’
I didn’t realise that I would be so bullied!
God has a life for us but it’s so hard to be our unique selves when surrounded by bullies and it really is and it’s even harder if we are attacked by our own family too.
It is crippling !
Add a psychosis diagnosis on top of that, that came about through a so called friend not wanting you around anymore and didn’t know how to get rid of you other than to tell you that they’re taking you for a drive into the city and stopping by at a mental hospital to hastily report to them that you’re suicidal when you’re not but by saying that it’ll keep you imprisoned inside of what you thought was a drug rehabilitation because you were educated about drugs and alcohol but nobody said anything about a psychosis.
People are BULLIES!
it’s a cruel world that we live in and those anti psychotic. drugs cause people to have dulled impaired senses and our own defence mechanisms are shot and we become victims of rape and other attacks because our receptors cannot receive messages clearly and although we may sense something isn’t right we will not know how to respond or react and if family tell us that we are schizophrenic because an old high school social worker told them so well we are lost in the abyss somewhere . What a cruel horrible man to attack a woman a relation while she’s obliterated mentally emotionally and her spirituality is elsewhere too.
ITS DANGEROUS TO BULLY OTHERS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM and it causes a persons life to become so severed so divided and so ostracised ridiculed insulted and to be attacked while on those drugs because of another human being casting lies to medical staff is a LIFE SENTENCE!

You know what though?
Having believed in God entirely and having faith and not giving up on life even through all the cruel attacks .
I know that God really does touch down and He really is there for us.
I know that there is a lot of sorrow heartache and pain in our mental health and tragically lives are lost through suicide and it’s profoundly difficult to even comprehend or put words down to empathise for such a cause BUT I can say what it feels like to have been through a cycle of where the medications doses were so high with anti psychotics and mood stabilisers and anti depressants and the fortnightly blood tests to check the liver because all those drugs must be bad for the liver and on top of that we cannot feel ourselves .
Thoughts of suicide are very very scary so scary that I took myself to the hospital because I just did not know .

It’s cruel to be the receiver of another person’s hateful attack and then treated for psychosis when in fact it’s the trauma repeating itself and the culprit is still infecting your life and affecting it.
God is for everybody , yes, for He so loved the world that He gave His only Son Our LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ so that we can have life.
However we have work to do and it takes courage and strength .

In order to live our lives we sometimes need to sacrifice our own lives in order to remain alive.’
People cannot see properly or clearly our lives but God knows and God does.

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