Certainty


How often do we ask for advice?

My husband is constantly asking questions, it used to really bother me, he was always interrupting my programmes to ask something I deemed as irrelevant! Now though, it’s something I quite admire him for. He’s brave enough and confident enough to ask questions at all times, he’s courageous enough to say when he doesn’t understand something and as a result, he is always learning, growing in wisdom and knowledge at every opportunity.

I’m not quite sure what happened in my life to stop me from asking people their opinion or advice, there must be some reason I hold myself back but I’m unsure of it at present. This is an issue though, and God knows it.

Get all the advice and instruction you can. So you will be wise the rest of your life.

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:20-21

So, I’m to take advice but ultimately if I get it wrong God will make sure what He planned WILL be revealed, right?

After hearing a sermon last year about using our natural gifting for the God’s glory I decided I would start planning lots of fundraising events for the church. I was so excited to get on and do things for Jesus I made a couple of early day mistakes.

The first mistake I made was to not pray about it,  was this the will of God?

The second was to not ask anyone else if they thought it would be a good idea, I ran in all my excitement to the leadership team and said:

“I’ve got all these plans to raise money and I’ve booked all these dates!” You can guess what happened next.

The first event came around and whatever could go wrong, did go wrong! The rain came lashing down, the roof started leaking, the electrics were at risk of blowing, people didn’t turn up, it was a complete shambles.

Needless to say, I repented for my hasty decisions and canceled all other events until I had the go-ahead from the bossman! Note to self, never, ever make a move without diligently praying first.

So my method for seeking God’s will for any plans now is:

1. Ask questions, seek advice, and see what others in the church or around you think.

2. Pray ask God to confirm that this is a desire He placed there, ask Him to show you scripture to support this.

3. Don’t rush things, be patient and worth for His go before moving.

Love & Blessings

Rach xx

It’s not you..it’s me..

I’m sorry, forgive me, it’s not you, it’s me. How can I possibly believe your truth when the day is so dark, when I can’t see how you can say all these things about me, I’m so angry, I’m so bitter, I’m unforgiving, impatient, I can’t face the world, I struggle to leave my room, I have absolutely nothing good to say!

I sit gazing at the words in the bible, I read testimonies, I pray, I cry, I shout, I scream, and still I feel a hardness and feel no joy. 

What am I to do Lord? 

How can I be who you say I am? 

The words I speak are of death and not life, I’m slowly killing my spirit, I read the words, I repeat them over and over in my mind, although I know them I don’t speak them, speaking them aloud is the way to live. This negativity is drowning me, slowly and painfully, this is not your plan, please forgive me.

This an extract from my journal I wrote on a bad day, feeling at an all time low. When I reflected upon it I began to think how powerful the things that we tell ourselves. Those deceptive thoughts if left unattended can be most tragic to our walk with God. So I prepared a list of thanksgiving prayers I could replace those destructive thoughts with.

Thank you, Father, for making me so Wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous- how well I know it. – Psalm 139:14

I choose to love myself and others because You loved me first, I don’t have to earn it, You just do. – 1 John 4:19

You know the very number of hairs upon my head. – Matthew 10:30

You loved me so much You gave Your one and only son so that I might live to eternity – John 3:16

Nothing in all creation can separate me from Your love, no matter how badly I think of me You don’t see the same. – Romans 8:39

I accept Your perfect love and douse myself in it, expelling all fear. – 1 John 4:18

You know the plans You have for me, they are for good and not disaster, to give me a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

I can do all things through You, You give me strength. – Philippians 4:13

I will stand in Your whole armour and battle against these deceitful words. – Ephesians 6:11

Because You are for me, so who can be against me? – Romans 8:31.

Repeat these verses over and over again, remember them, write them out and stick them where you can see them, record them and play them over and over, cement them in your mind, stand on them daily and accept who God made you to be, He loves us and wants the best for us.

Have a GOOD Friday!


Today, as I sit and enjoy this extra day off with my children I’m reflecting on what this day means to me. Prior to being a Christian it was just another day off to enjoy, but now it’s so much more.

I’m reflecting today how thankful I am that Jesus gave his life for me, my family, you the whole world, so that we might accept a life of peace in His presence. That we might say YES! to His intervention in our daily, worldly walk and accept the place He made for us in Heaven.

He was betrayed by His closest, arrested, tourtured, beaten, lashed, spat at, humiliated, denied, had a crown of thorns pushed into His head, bleeding heavily, in suffering and pain He was made to walk carrying a very large, solid wooden cross that he would be nailed to and left to die, and he did that for me, my family and the whole world!

My writing here doesn’t even give justice to the sacrifice He made for us. Would I do that? I don’t think so, in fact I know I wouldn’t.

Not only that he was denied by one of His closest friends, which makes me wonder about my actions sometimes, do I deny Him? Yes I do. There are times I could share His word and I don’t, I fear the response, I worry I’ll make myself look silly. Should I deny Him? No! And this sacrifice is why. It makes me want to shout from the roof tops, to the world and tell them, make them understand, make them come to know Him, but what use would that do? Some would, some wouldn’t? How can I really give glory to Him?

He tells us in the Bible to accept His peace, He tells us to love, love Him, love ourselves – because He is within us, love others, good people, bad people, everyone, just as He has loved us. I find that hard too, He loved us so much He died for us. Could you imagine laying down your life for our worst enemy? Could you imagine going to execution knowing that some would believe in you and some wouldn’t? I can’t imagine doing that.

One of the things that strikes me most about it is that He barely even spoke let alone yelled. I would be screaming and shouting like I don’t know what! Then, when He did speak His words were to His father asking for forgiveness for the people that had taken part in his killing! 

So, today as I reflect I’m going to concentrate on His words, I’m going to consider the way I approach the day, my attitude to life, my mood, my approach with my children, my husband even my enemies and really think what would Jesus do? 

Of course I should do this everyday but the fact is we all fall short, that’s why we needed Him to save us. I’m not saying it’s good to sin and that I actively go out with the intention to be disobedient, but I am saying if we concern ourselves with His sacrifice life is easier to live as he told us to.

Jesus loves each and every one of us, let us recognise this as we go about our day. No matter who you are, what you have done or will do, He wants us to live in peace and harmony, so much so, He gave his life for us to have it.

Who doesn’t want a life of peace, joy and love?

Happy Easter
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