How do you fix a fence?

Let it go!

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Every day we have 86,400 seconds of time, the biggest proportion of that time is spent with other people. Jesus commanded us to love one another, really love one another, not just to give each other empty words and promises, we are to show one another in our actions that we really, truly DO love one another.

I think as a church we do a really good job of loving those in need, we help the poor, counsel the grieving, give, give, give but I really think that we fall down on actually loving one another! To be honest, I’m not surprised, after all we are family, brothers and sisters in Christ, and what happens in families? Arguments! Some get sorted out, others go on and on then eventually divide the family. As Christians we have the same spirit within us that raised Christ from the grave, so why do we find it so hard to let go of things?

Let’s face it, if an outsider was looking in to our church would they see Jesus shining through our relationships with one another? Or would they see a replication of the world, bitterness, anger, hurt, betrayal, jealousy and all the other lousy things that make us sad?

Ephesians 4:1-6 in the message version says this:

1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

If we are sitting around hurt, bitter and holding on to a grudge how on earth can we run the road we’ve been called to travel? Surely this just causes apathy, a bad attitude and sitting around on our hands. It says here, we aren’t to do that.

We need to be quick at mending fences. Let the offence go, fix it, sort it, get rid of it, even better give it to Jesus, ask Him to deal with it. When I think of some of the things I’ve been hung up over in the past they are all irrelevant, pointless and have totally wasted my time, I look back and wonder why it really mattered.

The world is divided, offence causes division, division causes a battle, the world is looking for peace, but how do we show the world peace if we are at battle with one another?

We are in the world not of the world, we are called to be different, 1 John 5:19 says we know we are from God and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one, does our behaviour reflect this truth?

My husband and I quite often differ in opinion, it doesn’t mean I’m right and he’s wrong, it just means we are different. Oh, how boring it would be if we were all the same!

as believers one thing we do all have in common is ONENESS.

Everything we are, everything we do, and think is permeated with Oneness, it says so in the scripture above. Permeated means that we are saturated, soaked in this Oneness that seeps out of us to those we meet on the road we’ve been called to follow, the road we are told to run. We don’t have time to sit around on our hands, let us wipe away the apathetic attitude and get going!

We all have ONE mission, ONE cause all in the name of the ONE that died so that we might have life and an abundance of joy, that ONENESS permeates us, lives in us, and even lives in those we don’t like!

UNITED TOGETHER WE STAND IN ONENESS!

When Jesus began His ministry the first thing he did after battling satan in the wilderness was to go and choose people to work with. Even He didn’t go it alone, He chose 12 people taught them, encouraged them, built them up, empowered them and sent them out.

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

He tells the disciples here that they will go on to do greater things than He! I’m not sure about you but I like that sort of encouragement, and even more so I like to see people go from being encouraged to doing great things.

We are called to UNITE

We are called to ENCOURAGE

We are called to EMPOWER

We are called to LOVE

We have One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. We are each travelling the same road with unique giftings and callings but overall WE ARE ONE! Let us come together as children of God and do what the world so needs to see. We can not change the world alone, but together we can do greater things than He.

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They Made A Name For Themselves.

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In Genesis chapter 11 we see a group of people building a tower to heaven to ‘make a name for themselves’ – but why?

That’s always my question whenever I delve into the word of God, I’m an avid study freak and love to pull things apart when I get the chance. I thought I’d share the things I discovered.

Genesis 9:1 we see God blessing Noah and his sons, he tells them “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth”. I’m not sure about you but I’d say that was an active order to Go! Move, make it happen. Then, fast forward to chapter 11 and we see something that doesn’t quite align with what they were instructed to do.

Now the whole earth had one language, and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another “Come let us make bricks and burn them thouroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then They said “Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we dispersed over the face of the the whole earth.” – Genesis 11:1-4

Do you see that word in bold in the extract above? They ‘SETTLED’there – I will come back to that bit!

They started to build, with bricks! This country was a plain, it produced neither stone nor mortar, but this didn’t discourage them in the least, they made bricks serve instead of stone and slime or tar instead of mortar. The lengths that they went to ensure that this happened was amazing, the resources they pulled together, the encouragement they gave one another, they must have felt such an amazing team by the end of the project – I think that’s what happens when you have a purpose for your efforts.

The trouble was though, the purpose they had wasn’t God’s purpose for them. The people decided that they wanted to build a city for ‘themselves’and lift up a tower to the heavens, making a name for ‘themselves’. – As always my question is “But why?”

So I started to delve into my study Bible and The New Matthew Henry commentary to find out, here’s what I found:

Skip back to Genesis Chapter 10 in verses 8-10 and we see the birth of Nimrod, it says this;

Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Looking forward again to chapter 11:2

And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and settled there. The study bible suggests that this could be the beginning of Nimrod’s Kingdom.

Hold on a minute isn’t it God’s Kingdom? Who’s Nimrod and why would he have a kingdom?

From what I read in my study Bible it suggests that the descriptions used for Nimrod, Mighty Man and Mighty Hunter before the Lord are used in irony and are probably viewed as a negative description. Nimrord’s aggression as a person runs totally counter to what God had intended for creation and suggests that he was a very proud man as well as extremely ambitious in building his own kingdom.

Now I’m starting to see the whole tower building versus earth filling issue!

So now I see, these people were being led by the ‘mighty man’ Nimrod, with their eyes fixed on him a mere man! They were all so happy together, all speaking the same language, they all understood one another, no difference of opinion.

Oh, how easy it is to love one another when we are all of the same language and opinion! How easy it would be to help one another and stick together, no wonder they wanted to build upon this, and not out as God had told Noah.

Led merrily along by a mere man with a reputation for being mighty together they found a plain and ‘settled‘ there…..

Hang on a minute is that what God instructed them to do? I’m sure he said, “Go! be fruitful, multiply and fill the Earth!” What are they doing settling in one place that will be big enough for just them?!

God wanted them to EXTEND their borders, EXPAND, MULTIPLY, INCREASE, outwardly, under divine protection. BUT, what they did was to stay tightly knitted together in their group, all of the same opinion, same background, same culture, elite and powerful, a great people in a great city with a great tower reaching the heavens!

How can we reach out far and wide with restricted borders?

How can we multiply and be fruitful in a plain just big enough for us?

How can we fill the earth being stuck above others in a tower?

If we are all in one place, speaking the same language and of the same opinion how can we reflect His glorious character?

If we never differed in views or had a difference of opinion how can we radiate His beautiful Grace?

God wants us scattered, He wants us unique, He requires our differences in opinion. Despite the language we speak, the background we have, the culture we are from, the knowledge we are gifted, the experience we have gained, the gifts we are granted, the length of time we’ve known Jesus, we are all instructed to expand as ONE, joined together in unity, in love for our beautiful saviour that resides within each and every child of God.

Let us not fix our eyes on the mere men of the world, those that ironically are seen as mighty, let us “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”

Let us widen our reach, elongate our borders, stretch out our hands, touch everyone we meet with the glory of God!

It’s not a tick box exercise.

I was writing out my to-do list, adding little ticks next to the ones I had done, it made me feel quite good and got carried away, I was about to add to it Bible reading and prayer time, when I heard the Lord say to me “it’s not a tick box exercise”.

How many of us do this? Wake up and speak to the Lord as an exercise that just has to be done,  like cleaning the bathroom or making packed lunches for the kids. Each day is made up of small blocks of time along with a matching task list, we can quite easily slot God into that tick box exercise, that we are doing out of duty.

The fact is, it is not a duty, it’s a true honour. Spending time with God should be something I look forward to, like when I met my husband, my first love, getting butterflies in my tummy, an expectancy that I just can’t wait for, hanging on the every word, a pamper time but for my mind. Psalm 37:4 tells us to take delight in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our hearts. Wow! He does too, many a time I have been completely bowled over with what He has done in my life….. Even the small things, for example:

Last week I was preparing food for a party which quite frankly should by rights have stressed me right out, thankfully I leaned upon the Lord and said: “God, I can not do this on my own, you have got to help me!” A British buffet really isn’t a buffet without good old cheese and pineapple sticks. So there I was 9pm on a Friday night jabbing cubes of cheese and pineapple with cocktail sticks. When I got to the bottom of the last tin of pineapple chunks, I looked down to see just 2 pieces left and there on the chopping my board were 2 beautiful equal chunks of cheese!! I was totally in awe that Jesus cared so much about this party He even gave me equal pineapple chunks for my cheese……I know you have just read that and thought I’m crazy, but let me give you some context.

When I got to the bottom of the last tin of pineapple chunks, I looked down to see just 2 pieces left and there on the chopping my board were 2 beautiful equal chunks of cheese. If there had of been an odd number that would have annoyed me, I’m a bit OCD like that! I was totally in awe that Jesus cared so much about this party He even gave me equal pineapple chunks for my cheese……I know you have just read that and thought I’m crazy, but let me give you some context.

This party was a last minute decision, it was a surprise for a beautiful friend of mine, I had been in prayer a few weeks earlier and really felt on my heart to do this for her, the thing was there wasn’t really anyone available to help me organise it, so in the natural it should have been a complete burden. But, because I had bought it before the Lord and asked Him to intervene everything went wonderfully, and this was His way of showing me He was in it all. It was the confirmation that I needed to say everything was going to be ok, the food would be plentiful, the guests would turn up, and my friend would enjoy.

I delighted myself in Him, gave Him praise and was in wonder at His beautiful work, the party went smoothly, an enjoyable night had by all, the people turned up, my friend was totally surprised, cried tears of joy, the food went well, and I didn’t melt down at all, all because I went to the Lord with a humble heart and told Him exactly what I needed, He loves to answer our prayers, the little things are the things that are the most special to me, I pray that I never go a day and miss where He is at.

Disaster 

I was born into a home that was loving, kind and caring. My Dad had his own business and my Mom was a secretary for a local business, we had a good life, even when Dad lost the business he managed to find a good job that paid well, we had nice things and a lovely home. I always remember the day he came home with a new TV, it was around the time the infrared remote control was introduced, I was well happy with that!

Disaster struck at Christmas time, Father Christmas had been and gone and so had Dad. I was 8 years old, I don’t remember much but I do remember the day he came back to tell me that he and Mom were separating, it was awful. Once he’d broken the news he collected some of his belongings and left. Mom was broken, she chased after him tears streaming from her face, kicking and screaming, the anger was so intense, so much so when she came back into the house I picked up Dad’s favourite beer tankard and threw it across the paved patio out of the back door, I dropped to my knees and sobbed like never before. It was just me and Mom from now on.

It wasn’t long before Mom met someone else, and there were 2 weddings to attend, My Dad was marrying his girlfriend and my Mom the guy that came from nowhere and swept her off her feet, well kind of! At 9 years old I remember the feeling of loss, I felt so alone, all around me I could see happiness, joy, belonging, laughter and there was me, alone with my bears in my room.

I don’t know why I felt so alone, it’s not like I was pushed out, I just didn’t feel like I belonged in either my Mom’s home or my Dad’s. They were all so happy with one another, I just felt like an inconvenience to them, Dad had his new wife and her daughter that he loved, Mom had her new husband that she so desperately wanted to keep happy, and there was just me drifting along.

Looking back now I think I was depressed, and withdrawn, I pulled myself away from people in order to create a wall of protection, that way I would never get hurt.

I found peace in books, I‘d shut myself away in my room, line up all of my teddies and read to them, my favourites were the scripts from Roal Dahl stories, I would act out all the different characters in lots of different voices, It was my way of escaping myself, I just hated being me.

I was around 12 or 13 and left at home alone a lot, I remember that I would walk around the house acting out my desired life. I would pretend I was a wife, the house was mine and I had a loving husband and 3 children, I’d speak aloud to them, anyone listening in would have thought I was crazy!

This escapism carried on throughout my life, books turned to other things I used to escape, people pleasing, taking drugs, drinking, lots of things that sent me down a path of darkness, discovering much more grief, sadness, anger, loss, and dismay.

Things did get better over time and I grew out of the drugs and drinking and finally at the age of 29 I met my husband and we had our children. It took a few more years and I met someone that totally changed my life, and showed me why things always seem to get better. Jesus.

We’d been going to church for a while and I’d had many encounters and deep moments of joy with Jesus but nothing in comparison to what I was about to experience at Cherish.

I walked through the doors of the arena and instantly felt the overwhelming presence of the most unexplainable love I’ve ever felt! The tears began to well up inside me and with each step forward another would roll down my face.

I found my seat and the music began to play and I felt God’s arms lift me up onto His lap, I felt the warmth of His arms wrapped tightly around me I was 8 years old again and He whispered into my ear:

“I love you, you are the most precious princess of the highest king, you are special and I will never let you go, all these years of misery are behind you, I will replace them with years of joy, I am taking you on a journey that will never end, take my hand and walk with me my precious child, I will make up for the years of the locusts, all they took from you I will replace double”

That weekend was one of the most amazing experiences I had with God, I knew after then life was going to be different, He was with me and He was never ever going to forsake me.

I’m pleased to say that my life now is still as eventful but a different type of life. Now, I have joy, peace and I don’t fear every circumstance, I don’t feel the need to escape anymore, I don’t have to please people to be accepted, I now have someone in my life that truly makes me feel I belong, He carries me, He comforts me, He whispers into my ear all of the wonderful things I can be, He makes me feel I can achieve anything in His strength and encourages me when I fall.

I also have the husband and 3 kids I used to imagine!

I pray that anyone reading this has a similar experience, with an open heart invite Him to show you all that you are. I watched a film at the weekend called Miracles from Heaven, if you’ve not seen it I recommend it, in it a lady says this “God gives us miracles each and every day, they are all around us, we just have to have the faith to notice them.” She’s right, I see my loving Father in everything I do now, I’m so thankful to Jesus for this wonderful gift, ask Him to show you too, he will never let you down.

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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Reviewing the Restricted.

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I had unfollowed and restricted all of the people that were bugging me on dreaded social media, sat on the sofa getting angrier, holding back the tears, I typed out a text very quickly signed with an angry-faced emoji to my friend telling her all about it.

The reply I received not only made me smile it was filled with wisdom and sent a very well known and irritating song spinning around my mind, “If I knew were coming I’d of baked a cake, baked a cake, If I knew you were coming I’d of baked a cake!”

A situation with some other friends (and use the term loosely) had been ongoing and once again something had happened to provoke negativity. I was feeling hurt, angry bitter, let down and rejected, the words to my dear friend were ” I wish God would just take it away, I don’t like feeling this way.”

Her response was spot on. Firstly, I needed to repent for any negative feelings toward the people involved then, rebuke satan’s lies in the name of Jesus, accept God’s forgiveness, pray for the people involved and ask that God open their eyes, thank God that I am walking in freedom and receive His perfect peace, she described it as a cake recipe! (Hence the well-known, irritating song!)

My next move was to get off the sofa and go into my room, close the door behind me and to pray, my words were:

Father, please forgive me for negativity towards these people, I’m sorry but my heart feels heavy and burdened, I’m tired of their attitudes, and I’m sad that I’ve been pushed away, I’m hurt that they no longer want me, I’m surplus to requirements and they are getting on with life without me, with their ‘elite group’ or at least that’s how I see it.

Lord, I know these are lies from satan and you came so that I may have peace, I rebuke these ill feelings in Jesus name, I feel so hurt, please help me, I don’t want this burdensome heavy heart, I want your perfect peace, I want to be filled with joy, love and kindness, please release me from this weight, what they do has no bearing on my actions, nor does it dictate who I am in your eyes, I know that you love me for who you made me, you have a plan for me that has nothing to do with this nonsense….

….Then BANG … It came to me….

You can’t use me with this heavy burdened heart, can you? You’re teaching me, aren’t you? Teaching me to overcome things, love people that are difficult, see beyond my own opinion,  love without rival, teaching me to learn how to see other people beyond their actions!

Proverbs 17:17 in the NLT says: A Friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in the time of need.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary: 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him, this text did receive and still receives its most glorious fulfilment

So, in a nutshell, my reaction to my friend’s actions is completely my choice, the fact that I’d gone on to social media and restricted all of the people that made me feel this way was ridiculous, I have a choice!

I am most happy when I’m being kind, considerate and caring, giving encouragement, kind words and loving people is what I do best. But, here I was bittering and hardening my own heart, not to mention anything else I was worn out, it’s hard work being that angry! I remember reading somewhere that negative energy makes you ill and that is just how I felt.

Our wonderful God wants me to love people despite how they make me feel, Jesus had to contend with much more than I do, how must he have felt when Peter denied Him, or when he asked the disciples to stay awake and pray and they fell to sleep?

What if I get treated like a doormat God?

Psalm 28:3 Says– Do not drag me away with the wicked–with those who do evil–those who speak friendly words to their neighbours while planning evil in their hearts.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 28:1-5 David is very earnest in prayer.Observe his faith in prayer; God is my rock, on whom I build my hope. Believers should not rest till they have received some token that their prayers are heard. He prays that he may not be numbered with the wicked. Save me from being entangled in the snares they have laid for me. Save me from being infected with their sins, and from doing as they do. Lord, never leave me to use such arts of deceit and treachery for my safety, as they use for my ruin.

And there it was, a prayer for me to pray to the Lord our God for help and protection in my time of need, He will fight my battles, I don’t need to worry how they may treat me, all I need to do is be the person I enjoy being, the person that my beautiful Father made me to be, the person that spreads light, love and laughter without effort, the one that enjoys blessing and loving others, the person that brings great glory to the name of God our Father, Jesus His son and the Holy Spirit.

In conclusion, when satan comes knocking on the door and starts to whisper his lies into your mind remember to sing “If I knew you were coming I’d of baked a cake, baked a cake, If I knew you were coming I’d of baked a cake!” smile then follow these simple steps:

  1. Repent for any bad feelings.
  2. Rebuke the lies of satan in Jesus name.
  3. Accept forgiveness from God.
  4. Pray for the people you’re angry at.
  5. Thank God for His Perfect Peace.

 

 

 

I have all that I need.

I love this scripture, when my husband and I were in the early days of our walk with Jesus, this was a portion of scripture that we studied at a small group, it really got stuck in our minds. They are words that we held on to whilst developing and growing in trust for God, in the times we questioned God we reverted back to this scripture, we have all that we need.

No matter how dark a day may seem, when we actually think about what we need, it soon becomes apparent that we have it all. Is your heart beating? Yes. Are we still breathing? Yes. Do we have food, water, shelter? Yes. Even if we lost all of our material things we can still live on what we have.

Trusting God is a choice and if we choose to take these words literally and trust God we will have much more. He will work for us, with what we have, where we are at. We just have to trust him.

Think about it, what is it we actually, really and truly need? There are probably many things that we want, but there is a huge difference between needing and wanting. A need is a vital source, and want is a desire. And if we are prepared to live with all that we need and trust God he will give us many things that we want.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires Psalm 37:4.

Thank You God that You are all that we need, that You are our shelter and refuge all of the time despite us running to You only when we are in need, forgive us God for only ever coming to you in times of darkness, we love You God and praise Your wonderful ways.

Open Doors

How do we know when or if to walk through a door of opportunity?


How do we know when or if to walk through a door of opportunity?

When I first came to know Jesus I had many plans, mainly for myself I admit, I was going to build a huge marketing agency and earn lots of money, well it wasn’t quite that shallow but all the same I had BIG plans.

I was stopped completely in my tracks by the Lord and I entered a period of stillness, at the time I thought this was laziness, all of my creative faculties started to shut down and I found that I couldn’t think, all I could do was turn to the word God and discover.

I soon started to discover Who I was, Why I was here, and What I needed to do, BUT, I had no idea how that fitted into my previous plans. So there I was, still wandering in the wilderness with no direction, no inspiration and no creativity.

I wasn’t listening! God asked me to start to delve into my old plans and compare them to the discoveries I had made about WHO He said I was, WHY I was here and WHAT I was sent to do.

I soon discovered a pattern, a very unique pattern. It was unique because this pattern was displayed in all I had done my whole life, from a tender age of nursery school right up to this present point in my life. Those business plans I had were NOT about making myself money, they were about helping others to achieve their goals, from the customers I served to the staff I had planned to employ, each element was about other people and how I could help them to achieve what they wanted.

Proverbs 16:9, tells us that In our hearts we plan our course, but the Lord establishes the steps.

No wonder there was a pattern, it wasn’t the actual industry, job, or physical task that would be my calling, it’s what that physical thing would enable me to do in the name of Jesus. I was sent to encourage, inspire and teach people that through Christ we can achieve all things!

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.- Proverbs 37:4

Once I discovered this I soon started to recognise doors that began to open, not just in my business but at home, in my marriage, in my husband’s business, at church, with my friends, even this blog. I just had to be courageous enough to step out and say what I knew God wanted me to say or do what He wanted me to do.We just have to be bold enough and brave enough to walk through that open door.

Receiving this courage comes from renewing our minds with His Word, it’s there to give us confidence that in Him all things are possible. He tells us in John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. He doesn’t want us to be miserable!

1 Corinthians 16:9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

The words above from Paul tell us that it won’t be a smooth ride, but irrespective of the opposition he faced, he continued to move on, continued to walk with God and live out what he knew in confidence the Lord wanted him to do.

Since these revelations, I’ve been so much more comfortable in my life with making decisions, and when I make those that are aligned with God’s will he confirms I’m on the right track with His wonderful favour, I feel peaceful and joyful inside and I have a consistent smile on my face. Life is just easier with God’s word in it. Life is just easier with God in it!

My prayer today is that anyone that may be struggling with their calling in life, or recognising God’s open doors, that they feel the spirit of God fall upon them to inspire action.

I pray, Father that each and every person that is questioning a decision right now, that they feel your presence, they hear your voice and you give them courage and confidence in you and your word.

I ask you, Father, to reveal to them their calling in life, give them desires in their hearts that won’t let go until they act upon them, and when they do Lord I ask for fulfilment, comfort and peace to outpour into their spirit.

Lord I pray that they seek your will and glorify your name by living a life filled with abundant joy.

In Jesus name, Amen.