Posts Tagged ‘peace’

How to Fill Your Spiritual Void

April 1, 2008

Most of us like to enjoy the things of this earth like having stylish clothes,  a comfortable spacious home,  nice car,  great wealth,  supportive friends ,loving relationships ,  exciting travel experiences,  or a promising career path.  These are some of the goals that most people may  aim for in their lives.  There is nothing wrong with these things.

As we strive to achieve these goals, we may believe that once we have acquired them, we will be ultimately satisfied in the long term. However many individuals discover when they finally realise these goals that their  still is a feeling of emptiness in the core of their being.

In a short documentary about a famous band, the lead singer (who shall remain nameless), expressed the fact that when he finally achieved success in terms of millions of records sold world wide and ultimate fame,  there was still an emptiness inside him.  This forced him to ask himself  – “why do I still not feel happy even at this high point in my career? What am I missing in my life ?  What is it that I still need”.

I had a friend (who has now passed away) who once shared with me some experiences in her younger years.  She had been a highly attractive woman who was like the “rose” of high society.  Sought after by many suitors she admitted that she had never had her heart broken but fortunately always had the upper hand when it came to men.  Naturally she would be invited to all the grand parties and played hostess to many of her own.   However when these were all over and everyone went home, she admitted to a feeling of  emptiness in her soul and thought to  herself   “is this all there is to life?  Surely there is something more?”

In one of my songs called “It’s Christmas” there is a line which says ….”there’s a void we all have in our souls that only one can fill”.  I would like to suggest that this feeling of emptiness that these two people felt, is the longing for spiritual fulfilment which is present in every human being .  We all long for something deeper than just surface satisfaction provided by the material things of this world.  Our longing is to be re-united with our Creator – to restore our relationship with God so we can experience the innocence of the Garden of Eden .  This can only be achieved through Jesus Christ and his saving work of the cross.   Through his death on the cross He is able to forgive and wipe away our sins so that we can have a direct relationship with our Maker once again.   What we must do, is to ask God for the faith to believe, ask Jesus’ Holy Spirit to fill  the empty place in our souls, and from then on, commit our lives to following Him.  It is only though this commitment that we can experience the peace,  cleansing and innocence once again for the rest of our lives. 

Fortunately for my friend she eventually found Jesus later in her life to fill the empty void within her soul. Jesus is like the missing link in our lives that we are searching for.  Some may think that relationships,  wealth or earthly pleasures will ultimately satisfy us.  However the truth is, that only a knowledge and relationship with  Jesus can give us lasting inner spiritual peace and fulfilment that we need.  Through Jesus we can also become part of the family of God which includes all of his true followers here on earth.  We are like another pearl added to a beautiful pearl necklace, where Jesus is the strong clasp that holds us together to renders us wearable to fulfil it’s purpose .

Finding Jesus  is also like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The ironic thing is that when we experience the unconditional love and saving work of Jesus in a real way,  the blessings on this earth become more enjoyable.  The reason for this, is that we now realise who is responsible for giving us all good gifts on this earth, whether they  be material possessions or the beauty of nature , and therefore can now marvel  rejoice and praise God for  His creation and the different ways he provides for us.

Knowing Jesus can enrich our lives in a greater way.  Have you found your missing link yet?

By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist
http://www.strengthinyourstruggles.com/

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How to Say I’m Sorry

January 8, 2008

I wanted to write about my discovery that men often find it hard to say sorry or apologize to their friends,  girlfriends or spouse.  Perhaps it is due to the fact that some men can possess a lot of pride and are loathe to admit they may be wrong in a certain situation.  Hence to some men saying sorry may seem to them a sign of weakness and even be something that they would never even consider doing.  Of course this can apply also to very strong willed and proud women as ,  especially those who are not open to correction or are very teachable.

However I believe that to apologize and truly mean it,  can be a great way to heal the rifts in a relationship.  After we realize we may have hurt or offended another person,  saying “I’m sorry”,  can  help to restore peace harmony and achieve reconciliation.

Instead of writing a long article about this topic I found it easier to express it in the words of this song:-

I’m Sorry
By Adelle Arwen

Why is it so hard to say “I’m Sorry”
Between a husband and wife? 
Is it our pride that stops us inside
From admitting we’re wrong not right?

Why is it hard to say “I’m Sorry”
Between the closest of friends?
Do we think we’ll be seen as weak in the end
And deny there was any offense?

If you’ve never been taught how to say “I’m Sorry”
Here is how I use these magical words

I’m sorry I hurt your feelings
It’s not what I intended to do
I can see now,  the words that came out
Were arrows that wounded your soul

I hope that you will forgive me
I earnestly seek your grace
I’ll be sensitive kind,  when we speak next time
Through God who can change me inside

It’s never too late to learn to say sorry
Between a husband and wife
As we humble ourselves with the help of the Lord
In courage and strength we’ll apply

It’s never to late to learn to say sorry
Between the closest of friends
The one who was hurt can reveal his wound
“I’m sorry” can help make amends

These words may seem foreign at first
But said from the heart with remorse
Can help to heal all resentment
To restore peace and love in due course

(c) Adelle Arwen January 2008

Let us make a decision today to keep short accounts with one another

God Bless

Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist

http://www.StrengthInYourStruggles.com