Saturday, 22 February 2014

Who am I and What does God say about me?

Before I became a Christian I always used to wonder why God would want to care about me, it was something I couldn't really get my head around; but then one day, when I was a fairly new Christian, I was reading the bible and something clicked!

I have been fortunate to be able to hear from God on a frequent basis and I have been encouraged to write a journal on what God says to me along with my thoughts and feelings. My very first journal entry is still one that I enjoy reading time and time again, it acts as a constant reminder of who I am in Christ.

I would like to share this journal entry in the hope that it helps others to become familiar with who they are in Christ; if you are a new Christian, or if your reading this and you are further along in your journey, I hope it will cause you to reflect and remember who you are:

The truths of God's word

I am a child of God
God loves me much more than I realise
God knows everything about me
God has a plan for me
God guides, strengthens, encourages and forgives me
God is my best friend
God is for me and nothing can separate me from him
God gives me hope and joy
God is my provider
God pours out blessings upon me
God is faithful, powerful and trustworthy
God gives the gift of faith and the Holy Spirit
God is awesome and amazing
God reigns over everything
God breaks down barriers and pulls me out of despair
Gods light casts out all fear
God can make old things into new and transform life
God can move mountains and make enemies foot stalls
God is my rock and I will never be shaken
God gives me peace
God answers prayer when I pray
God is with me at all times the good and the bad.

Looking back over this list again I am still in awe of how amazing God is!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

God is Love

Yesterday marked Valentines Day, and for many people it's a time to show their partner how much they love and appreciate them; however for many others, Valentines Day can be a painful reminder of the loss of a loved one or perhaps not yet finding that special someone to share their life with.

I came across a quote by Mother Theresea a few weeks ago and it said the following:

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."

For many years I struggling to get a grasp of Gods love for me, I couldn't understand why God would actually want to love someone like me; at the time I was battling the aftermath the rape, I was a very angry person who was carrying a lot of hurt.

I look back upon my counselling days and only now can I understand that receiving Gods love directly was something I felt I was unable to do, however over time my counsellor, through her love which stemmed from Christ's, started to transform me. She was patient and kind when I emotionally lashed out in anger and hurt on so many occasions; she really did know what it was to love thy neighbour as thy self. 

Throughout this week I've made an extra effort to stop, pray, make more time and think of small but practical ways to show Christ's love to those around me who need it most. Valentines Day is just one day; Christ calls us every day to love ourselfs and to extend the love we receive to those around us in whatever situation or circumstance they are in. 

The bible mentions love many times but one verse that stands out for most is 1 Corinthians 13

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

I often like to read this whilst substituting the word Love with the word God, as it rings so true. As the roses fade from Valentines Day, let's not forget to remember all those who need Christ's love and think of ways that we can demonstrate His love through us.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Spring Time Reflection

I was looking out of the kitchen window earlier this morning and my attention was grabbed by a small snow drop starting to emerge from the ground. About five years ago I had planted some spring bulbs in the garden, but to my disappointment they didn't show immediately; I had to wait for a couple of years to get the enjoyment of finally seeing them; it was worth the wait, and now they come back year after year.

Beautiful Spring Daffodils

This got me thinking, sometimes the things we say to try and encourage people may not make them stop and think about God immediately, but we will often never know what long term effect it may have on them.

One of the parables that Jesus blessed us with, talks about seeds being scattered in different places and on different grounds.  The seeds represent faith, and the ground represents the foundations that the faith is built upon:

"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
Mark 4 v3 - 8.

As followers of Christ we are called to sew seeds of faith in other people. We may not know when they will grow, but that shouldn't stop us. We shouldn't push our faith on others, but encourage and help all people whilst showing Christ's love.

There are a couple of people in particular in my own life who I am incredibly grateful for, as through their love, they showed Christ's love, and over many years they shared their faith in a non threatening but loving way. They sewed seeds of faith in me and nurtured me into the Christian woman that I am today.

Before I became a Christian I never really took notice of Spring bulbs, I don't even think I knew they existed. Since my baptism, and particularly this time of year, God regularly reminds me that he saved me; I went from years of being in darkness, like my Spring bulbs, to now reaching up towards the light and blossoming.

I would love to know what Spring time means to you?

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Welcome to my new Blog!

Hello and welcome to my new Blog.

It's hard to know where to start really as the first post of a new blog is always daunting, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce myself before I make a start on the proper content. I am a young women in my late 20's, living in the Midlands (in England); I am married and a mum to two wonderful children; one of which has recently started school, and the other is about to embark on preschool.

My husband and I met whilst at school, and we have recently celebrated 5 years of marital bliss; my husband is the most amazing and kind man that I have ever met; I am very fortunate that he is incredibly supportive of all that I do. He is also a fellow Christian.

What is the significance of a rainbow you may ask, well I believe that a rainbow is given to us by God; it says in the bible -  "The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever". God promises through the rainbow that he will never leave or forsake us. A rainbow is powerful metaphor, it is a very wonderful and positive thing that comes after a very dark storm. I have recently made a concious decision to start living life by focusing on the positives and counting my blessings, rather than dwelling on the dark times that we all face.I know that whatever life may throw at me, God will always be with me.  

I have a passion within that wants to help people, whether that be supporting them in difficult times or sharing in their joys. Life does have it's ups and down, but I feel privileged that I am able to share life and encourage other people on their own journey. 

I became a Christian in my 20's, you can read my testimony of how I came to faith here, and for many years I've sensed God calling me to step up and do more for him, but in the past I felt so overwhelmed and scared that I chose to ignore this calling. 

Well here we are in 2014 and I'm not going to ignore Gods call anymore! I'm excited to see what He has in store for me and my family. The journey will no doubt have it's ups and it's downs, but I hope you enjoy reading my journal as I share my life on this blog. 

If you feel a connection to this blog, feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you. I am also very happy to accept prayer requests for any situations or circumstances that you wish me to pray about, and can assure you that I will keep our conversations in the strictest of confidence; so feel free to pop me an email. 

Sending lots of love and blessings x