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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 23.09.2022 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. Psalm 3 verse 3

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Sometimes we just need to exercise a little less caution, and be a bit cheeky. I once heard a great sermon from a preacher who was talking about how the Holy Spirit sometimes works in what appears to be a sneaky way. Now, I’d interpret that to mean that the Holy Spirit works in a cheeky way – sometimes the Holy Spirit does things we were simply not expecting.

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 21.09.2022 A good marriage isn’t all about compromise. A good marriage is all about sacrifice. Compromise may help in the short term, but sacrifice lasts a life time.

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 20.09.2022 Don’t invest so heavily in the future, that you forget to invest in the present. Planning for the future can be great. But, so is living in the present.

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The seas crash against the shoreline, and the shoreline gets claimed by the sea and it is the same in our lives – things come along to erode away at the very foundation of who we think we are.

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Do you ever have those moments when you’re listening to someone who is in the middle of saying something, and it is as if somebody just slapped the back of your hear. Because what they just said was absolutely not what you were expecting.

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Excitement is contagious isn’t it. Well, unless that excitement is at the cost of something you’re losing out on. Although, sometimes it can be super exciting to see someone get they something they really deserve – that excitement can even transcend our own disappointment.

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Do you ever have feel that something has changed around you? But you can’t quite put your finger on what it is? It’s a little like sitting in your car, when the car next to you starts pulling away – while you’re stationary. You suddenly feel as though you’re moving backwards…our perception can be so easily distorted!

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If you’re too busy take 30 minutes a day to be with God, then you’re simply too busy. In busy seasons this might be 30 x 1 minute moments. But time with God is never wasted!

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Are you too busy? Are you overdoing it? In a world of 24/7 emails, it’s almost possible to never leave work – especially when we forget to turn our phones off at night (or the phone always switches on when it is charging…just sayin!!).

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 06.09.2022 We can either panic and fear what is coming. Or we can embrace Jesus, embrace people, embrace our communities and do something about it.

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I’m sure you have met some people who build you up. Or those people who do quite the opposite and to all they can to tear you down and squash you. I’ve worked under both sorts of bosses and the one thing that I still find a little curious is that the types of people who do all they can to make you as low as possible; who go out of their way to make you feel utterly terrible still express such consternation when they don’t get you performing very well.

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 05.09.2022 The world is shaking. The enemy is shouting, but God is still victorious! The sacrifice of Jesus on a cross is still won!

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As the problems in the world seem to overwhelm our own ability sometimes even just to breathe, let alone think of meaningful solutions, we need to remember that, whatever we are facing, God is still very much in control!

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A Brief Pause with Andy B, 02.09.2022 Jesus prayed before doing…not instead of doing. Just sayin…