Last week I wrote about the inspiring story of Esther (see here). This week I am staying on the theme of amazing women in the Bible and looking at Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite, Moab is a country that seduced Israel into doing evil (Numbers 25) and was not at all liked. Despite this, when […]Read More Ruth: A Woman of Faith and Noble Character
Queen Esther a Jew is in a high position of influence but also wealth and comfort when an evil man called Haman convinces the King into signing an edict to destroy all the Jews. Mordecai (Esther’s uncle) pleads with her to go to the King and ask for help. Esther is reluctant because by approaching […]Read More Lessons from Esther: a Position with a Purpose
Today was very special for me; I walked the 20 minutes up a valley needed to see this beautiful bluebell carpet, it was breath-taking and the smell was amazing. Due to four years of chronic illness (more on that here) and living away from the area before then I haven’t seen them in years. The […]Read More Cultivating a Spirit of Thankfulness
I’m going to dedicate this post for a lovely friend of mine who I have known my whole life called Dai. He was a wonderful man of God and such a joy to be around. He made people laugh and gave the warmest welcome to everyone. He drifted into his Father’s arms a few months […]Read More Dai’s Story: An Inspiration When He Faced Cancer
A pastor in a war zone shovels coal throughout Saturday night at two locations; as he moves between them he sticks to the shadows because there is a curfew; if he is seen he will be arrested and sent to prison. He does this to prevent the pipes of his church and ministry bursting; he […]Read More Difficulty = an opportunity for God to move
I have been reflecting today on how profound and wonderful it is that God loves me. God loved me before I acknowledged that he existed (Ephesians 1: 4-6) and he loved me before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour and admitted my sin. I love how Romans 5:6-7 puts it: ‘You see, at […]Read More God’s amazing love for us
The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23) has been speaking to me about strongholds in thinking. In this parable Jesus is talking about the four different things that can happen to people when they hear about his Kingdom. He illustrates each type of person by a seed and whether it grows to a healthy plant: […]Read More Breaking strongholds in thinking
I’m in a season of change and uncertainty about what I will do moving forward; I’m finding it tough particularly not to get anxious about the future. Writing this post has forced me to look into what the Bible says about change and anxiety and it has brought me peace and comfort. When I feel […]Read More Change is hard but God is with you!
Jeremiah 40-45 tells of how the Babylonians had left a remnant of Jews in Judah after they had conquered the country and taken many Jews into exile in Babylon. Now the Jews left in Judah freaked out because the governor that the Babylonians had put over them was assassinated and they were worried of repercussions. […]Read More God’s will not mine
Last week I wrote a post entitled: ‘My identity is in Christ’ and then I went away for a few days to do a course where it was a prominent theme! God is clearly trying to get my attention on how vitally important it is that I know my true identity and live my life […]Read More Speak words of truth over yourself
This week my identity in Christ has been on my mind, I have been dwelling on the fact that I am chosen (John 15:16), loved and accepted by God because of what Jesus did on the cross for me (Galatians 2:20; Romans 15:7). I am in fact God’s child (John 1:12), this is profound and […]Read More My Identity in Christ
I am currently reading through 2 Corinthians, it is a really helpful book in the Bible to go to if you are facing difficulties. This is because Paul wrote it when he was facing many hardships including: beatings, imprisonment and sleepless nights (2 Corinthians 6:5). He had a remarkable attitude through all of this which […]Read More God Comforts Us In Troubles So We Can Comfort Others
The world tells us that we can only be content when we are healthy, successful and rich. This is thankfully not what the Bible tells us, as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12: ‘I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or […]Read More Learning the secret of being content
‘If my mind is not settled toward God as the author of it all, and if I’m not putting him first, I might as well quit. It will all be in vain, it won’t bring me any peace, and the true battle is being lost.’ (Rachel Wilson writing in The Life You Never Expected p44) […]Read More Am I Putting God First?
I have been really challenged by Philippians 1:12-14 where Paul talks about how being in prison has served to advance the gospel. This is through him: (1) having access to a different group of people such as his guards (v13); (2) other believers hearing about his ministry whilst in chains and being encouraged to speak the […]Read More Paul’s chains advance the gospel, do mine?