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
Sometimes I find it hard to know what to pray about, the world is so vast and there are so many needs, it can be hard to know where to start. Or sometimes with my fatigue I struggle to think of anything to pray for. In these situations one thing I find helpful is to think […]Read More Prayer Ideas: What Has God Put Directly In Front Of You?
I’m really tired today (when I wrote this a few weeks ago not when it was published) and also depressed. Not a great combination with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as they make each other worse… I find it really hard when I’m like this. Well meaning people remind me that this would have been a good […]Read More God’s gentle reminder of his providence on a bad day
Matthew 6:8 says: ‘…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’ I have found that what I think I need and what I actually need are often different. I have begged God on so many occasions to heal me and I’m not completely well yet although I believe one day in his […]Read More Our daily bread: God’s provision
Let me be upfront I find giving God my best time really hard and I often don’t manage it. When I get some energy I will often go straight to my ‘to do’ list (which is always long) without giving God a second thought. It isn’t easy to stop and decide to engage with God […]Read More Giving God Your Best Time
I have just worn myself out over a couple of hours by finding the number and then texting each person I could think of that would pass my house on the way to church. This was to find out if they could give me lift tomorrow. Every ‘no sorry’ or delay in response made me […]Read More Ask and it shall be given to you