Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Just got in from the boomerang night we do every week on Wednesday,with people who are on the poverty line.
Am currently lying in bed, thinking about tonight.
It certainly wasn't as packed as last week. Our Christmas extravaganza. To be honest not even 10 people turned up tonight, which could put you on a downer, after the awesome week of last week, but there was some right gems in the last 3 hours.
Talking about God to a few of the lads and hearing what they actually, truthfully think on God. At the end one of the lads stayed whilst we prayed, then we prayed for him, and we had good time, just telling him through prayer and scripture just how much God loves him. It was very good, mellow and calm. God really shone his love to him, through us, in a peaceful way, which was refreshing tonight. A Good chance to focus in Prayer on one person.
This makes me very excited for the year of 2012 and where God will take us...
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
I found a photographer whose work is absolutely stunning as the above picture's show...
Lee Jeffries photographs the homeless in black and white and shows the fragility of the human, in a real raw way...
Click on the link above to see the rest of his work.. Love it..
Sunday, 18 December 2011
This new plan I'm making with Israel
isn't going to be written on paper,
isn't going to be chiseled in stone;
This time I'm writing out the plan in them,
carving it on the lining of their hearts.
I'll be their God,
they'll be my people.
They won't go to school to learn about me,
or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.
They'll all get to know me firsthand,
the little and the big, the small and the great.
They'll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,
with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.- Hebrews 8
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
And Mary said,
Yes, I see it all now:
I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.
Then the angel left her.
Blessed Among Women39-45Mary didn't waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. Luke 1:
I was reading this scripture this morning, armed with my cuppa tea, Milly my dog and my mum cleaning around me (am reading this along with the 24-7 Advent videos). When Mary has a visit from an Angel and he tells her about the pregnancy she is about to have.
Now what got my head wrecked this morning, is not that she has just been given some pretty big news that is gonna change her life and everyone else on the planet for ever and she needs to start thinking about how to tell her husband to be. Or the fact that she could be put to death because of the issue of her now with child, or the fact that Gabriel Angel extraordinaire, who I bet looks pretty smart in real life, wings and all, has stopped for a quick natter. Now this would all be a mind wreck, but no what got me, is verse 29: Mary didn't waste a minute.....WHAT!
She just gets right on and starts to plan for Gods work to be born. Pure faith. Now if it were me, I would be having a few days ranting at God, then a few days crying, maybe a few more praying, have a few prayer meetings and then my rock up to my church and ask them what they think of this crazy situation. Before starting to get my head around it, But Mary just gets on with it.. How mad is that? Isn't it mad that God knew this young Girl. would just deal with it and have so much faith to just get on with Gods work, where as me, I'd would spend a few weeks in disbelief mode.
Blew my mind this morning. God totally knows what he is doing!
This is alot more poignant this morning, as I had a bit of a moan yesterday at God about the man who went into a shopping market in Belgium and shot loads of people. Asking him, Why did he let it happen, and generally being moody.
How good and wise is our God? He knew Mary could handle it. and he knows I am a moaner, sometimes my heart hurts and I get disheartened.
But he has got it all under control.
Love it. X
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Have been reading these books, like crazy, the first one took a week, half way through number 2.. love them and am excited to see the trailer for the movie of the 1st book which will be out next year, am also looking forward to the 'The Girl with the dragon tattoo' movie coming out at Christmas
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
So after lots of prayer and seeking God. I have decided that the year of 2012 for me, will be one of serving... I have decided to take a year out from my normal work schedule to volunteer with my church. Helping out with the different community projects that we have started and would like to nurture. Being able to work on a few dreams and visions for my church and also get back into some serious bible study ..
Working in a church is so out of my comfort zone, those of you that know me, know that being around a structured church is not my most comfortable and natural area. But I am excited about the lessons and growth that will be learnt from this. Also getting back into some serious study of the word and applying it to my local Neighbourhood and mentoring is going to be so freakin awesome..
I will be keeping two days a week at the shop, for a small amount of fiance and help and prayer from our great customers.
This is so exciting and scary (good scary). I am so stoked as for what I will be taught and just to be able to focus on Gods work.
But I also know its going to be a season of pruning of excess baggage in my life that I don't need and that is going to hurt but God loves me so much, he wants to see me grow more in him.
Matthew 10 : 5-8 really nailed it for me where it said 'Go to the lost confused people right here in the neighbourhood' and further down in verse 9 it says' you don't need alot of equipment, you are the equipment'.
Thanks so much if you have been praying for me. I really appreciate it...
What an unrestrained loving God we serve!
'And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Yet it shall not be so among you is a stinging rebuke to the manner in which the modern church looks to the world for both its substance and style. Plainly, the church isn’t to operate the way the world does.
Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant: In the Kingdom community, status, money, popularity should never be the prerequisites for leadership. Humble service is the greatest - and only - prerequisite, as exemplified by Jesus’ own ministry.
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve: Real ministry is done for the benefit of those ministered to, not for the benefit of the minister. Many people are in the ministry for what they can receive (either materially or emotionally) from their people instead of for what they can give.
I read this from 'Blue letter bible' this morning and thought it was pretty good...Espically with where and what I am thinking about for the future... ewww exciting...
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Just got back from Belfast, was great to catch up with friends.. I went out with a Friend's Night club ministry team and saw Maverick Sabre On sunday night. Also went to 'Made in Belfast' one of my favourite restaurants and had a laugh and a banter...
Gotta love the Northern Irish Crew....
Friday, 11 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
9-10"Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.- Matthew 10...
Friday, 4 November 2011
For the first time ever, I am actually trying to write and finish it. My spell check at the moment is getting thrashed. I am doing this with the help on NANOWRMO. I am 5 days into it and I am actually getting into the writing process now. The first day was freaking hard, was literally at war with my body to say still and write, but am now really enjoying it, its just hard finding an hour out of each day, so at the moment I am writing mostly on my lunch break, on the bus and a few half an hour slots here and there.
I have always wanted to write a book, it doesn't matter if its the worst book ever written, as I don't plan on showing it many people, but its just another thing crossed of my list.
Only another 45,000 words to go....
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
God, Today, I have had to eat, a blueberry muffin, a bowl of mushroom risotto, a stir fry, peach cake and whipped cream, and Scottish Toffee tablet and countless cups of tea.
God ,what has this other Child of yours had?
Why are the Tables so turned in My favour God?
I am not moaning, but sometimes I just don't understand...
I see the above picture, and I just cry, and I know this is nothing to the way your heart hurts...
I can't imagine the pain of this...?
Why do you not step in?
How Ridiculously blessed am I ?
Last night we had a meeting about one of our church initiative's. The Boomerang food project.. We were discussing idea's for the future, and it's got me really excited, about all the possibilities and visions for this program....which is really good, after last week I had a pretty tough night, speaking to one of the men...
The Scripture below is just so apt of how I am feeling at the moment. Even though some of them are like lost sheep, wandering aimlessly. Jesus heals hurting and bruised lives and leads the wayward sheep home.There is so much work to be done. And I cant wait to start to see real fruit from it..
'Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!" -Matthew 9:35-38...
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Friday night, I went to a Dark Medieval Banquet at Coombe Abbey. An old abbey in some gorgeous woodland,about 20 minutes from where I live. Which is suppose to be haunted, but is just interior gorgeousness, if you are into architecture, this place is a must see.
The best part of the night was exploring the abbey, and getting scared going through to the food hall, by some evil monks and other dark people in the stables, didn't see them coming and I did scream, but a woman in front of me screaming and yelling ' Don't hurt me I'm a christian' was classic..
A very Unique experience..
Monday, 24 October 2011
The other day I was looking for a folder of paper to do some writing and I found an old pile in the bottom of a drawer. I Picked it up and this single piece of paper literally fell out. Its scribbled in crazy handwriting, which looks like mine, but with passion and urgency behind it. I read it and I have absolutely no recollection of penning it. But it sounds like me all over. Lots of questions, I think it must of been of when I was a christian about a year, and was really wrestling my some self worth stuff..'
Its Defiantly Interesting, let me know what you think!
'To Be a servant of Heaven and all the things it brings, to walk into the shadow places. where darkness rests and and draws more strength for its evil schemes. To walk boldly into these destitute places, daring to go, with my lamp burning brightly. To walk the path of uncertainty and yet at the same time know that I will be looked after is certain.
A light bringer, a vision of sunrises to the Hell's on Earth's. Can I be that bold?
To speak to those whose eyes and face tell of unspeakable pain, to try to break through their built up facade. Can I do it ?
To know that I may never see a harvest, yet plant so many seeds. Can I be that patient?
What would happen? If the places of hurt, that can't feel God were to come to his glory?
Am I bringing my full potential to God?
What do I have to offer?
Can I be used in his grand scheme of things?
I want to be on fire his his kingdom. I want to see society's fall down in awe of the holy spirits presence. I want to see nations come before you God, thousand getting baptised at a time, where heavenly songs proclaiming your name as mighty, will be heard all over the earth, bringing peace to all.
Can I have a part to play in that?
Am I already?
Am I of any use in that plan? I know the lord will use me, but with my small head I cannot comprehend how.
But the lord is mighty and I don not worry about such things, he will guide me and lead me to still and beautiful waters.'
I feel I can answer these questions back to me, from 4 years on down the road with God ... What an Amazing journey it has been so far....