Last week I wrote a tribute to a good friend of mine called Dai (see here) where I mentioned that the psalm he clung to during his battle with cancer was Psalm 34. Dai and his wife Maggie spent several months away from home as he had his treatment and they attended a different church. […]Read More Jehovah a Provider and Deliverer-Psalm 34
Daniel’s colleagues were jealous of the favour he had with King Darius, they looked for a way to get him removed from the King’s service and discovered that he worked hard and with integrity, there was nothing that they could pin on him. They realised that the only way to jeopardize Daniel was to make […]Read More Daniel’s Resolve to Keep Praying
The people are in great trouble and distress, they have returned to Jerusalem from exile and the city itself is in a state of disrepair. Nehemiah finds this out and he weeps, then he seeks God on their behalf through prayer day and night. He confesses the sins of the Israelite nation as well as […]Read More A Call to Pray for the Nation
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!
Ephesians 6:10-20 (the armour of God) is one of my go-to passages in the Bible. This is because we need all the pieces of the armour to protect us; we are in a spiritual battle as verse 12 makes clear: ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the […]Read More Pray The Armour of God Often
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
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 was reminded recently of how helpful it can be to use the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) as a way to structure a time of prayer. Here are some of my thoughts as I have gone through it today: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name (v9): I often come straight to God with […]Read More The Lord’s Prayer a template for prayer
God has been really trying to get my attention recently on how absolutely vital prayer is. Prayer enables us to connect with God (Jeremiah 33:3), gain wisdom (James 1:5), and see circumstances change (Mark 11:24). I have recently read an excellent book called Dirty Glory by Pete Grieg. It’s about prayer, mission and justice. The […]Read More Growing In Prayer
‘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 came into the kitchen and a bird smacked into my window. I ran outside and it was lying on the ground stunned. I set it on its feet and sat with it (a cat was lurking in the garden) until 45 mins later when it flew off. The reason I’m telling you this story […]Read More How Does God Respond When We Go Through Traumatic Experiences?
During my illness when I heard of healings (especially from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which I had) it would either give me hope or demoralise me. I was often left with questions such as: why them and not me? Why do I still continue to face this daily physical and mental battle? God, why am I […]Read More My Healing From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Have you ever heard someone talk about ‘church at work’? At my church there is a specific group that meets with this name for people to encourage each other as Christians in a work place. Now this is good, it is clearly important how Christians conduct themselves at work. However from my own experience; as […]Read More ‘Church at work’ includes you!
As a Christian how should we tackle difficult and discouraging situations? This is something my husband David and I have thought a lot about in the last few years. We think it is important to have the right perspective when looking at the big picture by focusing on God’s greatness and purposes without losing sight […]Read More Difficulty and Discouraging Situations: The Little Picture
I am exploring Acts and what has struck me is that we need the Holy Spirit each and every day. This means that you can know God’s presence in whatever situation you are in, even if you are ill and at home on your own because ‘…the Spirit of God dwells in you…’ (Romans 8:9). I […]Read More Come Holy Spirit