Encouragement / 23.02.2017

Isaiah 49:10 – 11 “They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.” Last week in Uniquely You I wrote: I might get really excited to study something, volunteering opportunities have the possibility to increase or I may gain some work – who knows but God. He knows the next step in...

Encouragement / 11.01.2017

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This week I read a book called When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes it explores suffering and where God fits into the picture. This book shook me to the core and broke my heart. Suffering and healing for me are sensitive because of the very personal implications in my own life and of those around me. Please note that if you are going to read this book I...

Encouragement / 05.01.2017

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” New Year’s Eve was not how I planned. I wanted to celebrate. I had organised to catch up with friends but that didn’t work out so I thought I would go join in local festivities. What I wasn’t counting on was being overwhelmingly exhausted. Chronic Fatigue is ever present, it has been A Mountainous Journey. Sometimes I have a good day of energy (or few) where I feel full...

Encouragement / 29.12.2016

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” The New Year is just around the corner. How do you feel about it? For me, I have mixed emotions that only can be described as anticipation. When I looked up the synonyms for anticipation the results were interesting: Expectation. Hope. Apprehension. Joy. Promise. Trust. I think for me 2017 will be the year of anticipation. There are times when I am...

Encouragement / 22.12.2016

Christmas is a time to celebrate and a time to give. I want to give you a gift that keeps on giving all year round not just at Christmastime and that is encouragement. Jesus has given me so much encouragement this year at just the right times. I want to share 12 pieces of encouragement that gave me love, joy, hope, peace, trust and patience throughout the year. I love this quote, it comes to mind when considering catching up with friends, quiet time with Jesus or even working out. [caption...

Encouragement / 16.12.2016

Luke 3:16 “I baptise you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” I never really understood baptism and the significance of doing so. I didn’t want my getting baptised to be just a religious act (tick the box kind of thing) or because everyone else was making the individual choice to do so; I needed to be motivated by my heart and Jesus to...

Encouragement / 24.11.2016

Jeremiah 1:5a “Before I formed you in the womb I chose you, before you were born I set you apart.” My older brother’s birthday is coming up soon and it has got me thinking on purpose. God chose my brother and in fact all my siblings to be my very own brothers and sister. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. My teasers. My protectors. My helpers. My mates. [caption id="attachment_340" align="alignnone" width="604"] Photo credit: Pinterest[/caption]   And God chose me to be their sister (for better or worse). Although for a...

Encouragement / 17.11.2016

Psalm 23: 2 – 3 “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” I have been learning to drive for a couple of weeks now through lessons in a modified car (hand controls), it is a challenging and exhilarating experience so far. I have been learning to put theoretical concepts into practice from maintaining speed to driving to the conditions (dirt vs. sealed roads) all of which require following road signs. If I ignore these instructions, such as a...

Encouragement / 10.11.2016

Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” I have written about Patience and Trust in the Storm but what about joy? Could we truly be dancing in the midst of a storm? I believe we can. No, my circumstances have not changed since New Beginnings, except I get to chat to you lovely people each week. Yet my attitude has. I have a spring in my step, a song in my heart and a smile that actually...

Encouragement / 13.10.2016

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Jesus communicates in many different ways that is unique for each of us. Jesus whispered an important truth to my heart, He said: “I have come to set you free Cathy, will you let me?” I was blown away, I mean are we talking about the same me? The flawed, broken, sinful and constantly failing me. Sure enough, Jesus was! And He wanted to help me with my struggles so...