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...

Encouragement / 29.09.2016

This week I am reminded yet again that God’s perfect timing is not mine. It is a frustrating and painful place to be in, yet, if we allow it, it can also be a place of incredible beauty. Psalm 37: 7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” I have always thought I had a good amount of patience. In everyday situations my level of patience has been on my terms, on my plans. This year has not been how I planned it. Naturally what follows graduating...

Encouragement / 22.09.2016

Psalm 46:10a “Be still and know that I am God” We all lead busy lives and priorities that we are constantly juggling never seeming to find the right balance. I never really understood what Psalm 46:10a meant and the whole meaning of ‘quiet time with Jesus’ just went over my head. Jesus used one book to change my perspective on how we, Jesus and me, should spend time together and thus grow our relationship. The book is called Beautiful Uncertainty by Mandy Hale. Hale spoke of her experience of how...

Encouragement / 15.09.2016

Ecclesiastes 3:11a ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time’ Signs of spring are everywhere: in the birds chirping, to new flowers opening in bud, to people just being generally happier. I love all seasons for the variety and good things that happen during that particular season. Summer, for the long sunny days perfect to be outdoors. Autumn, for the vibrant colours on the trees. Winter, for the bonfires. Spring, for flowers blooming. I love spring the most, it reminds me of fresh starts and new beginnings. I have contemplated...