Highest places: pray for teenagers in crisis.
Children in care are 4 times more likely than their peers to have a mental health difficulty.
I pledge to pray for families; children in the care system and those involved in adoption.
When I first read on the “Thy Kingdom Come” website find some extreme places to pray and film yourselves doing it. I thought of all the beautiful places I could pray: high on a mountain, in a darkest cave, under water in the depth of the sea, riding my bike through the countryside.
When I read it again I realised that I can see God’s beauty and creation in all of these places.
But to others these are not places of beauty but are the extremes of their lives.
The forgotten families and children of our society, often out of sight and unnoticed.
Dear Loving Seeing God
I pray today for those teenagers that are in the care system.
Teenagers that are angry with the world for feeling it’s letting them down.
I pray that you can help us reach out to these children .
Show them love in such a way that they accept it.
Help us guide them with kindness and love.
For them to learn that rules are their to protect them.
Not to fight against those that reach out to help them.
Allow them to be loved and understand your amazing unconditional love.
In the name of Jesus Christ.
Day Thirty six – Reimagine – lent challenge
I work in a barn, its an old cow milking shed that has been basically converted into small units. When you think of barn conversations you might imagine beautiful houses incorporating features from the barn but alongside modern comforts.
Our barn is basic, we have cold running water, a small area to make a cup of tea, heating is extra clothes a small fan heater and hot water bottles. I often imagine the changes we could make to improve our little place of work, heat and hot water would be first on my list, maybe followed by carpet and a connecting door so I don’t have to walk outside in the cold.
Once imagined I reimagined that I could get an office, painted in business colours, a beautifully designed packing area with boxes stacked high, orders arriving and being packed by staff. I imagine a business looking smart and branded, clean slick painted. Maybe a kitchen with a fridge full of healthy snack’s and we could hold business meetings in comfort instead of issuing weather warnings, and requesting visitors to come dressed warm and offer hot water bottles to those brave enough to stay.
We would look good on the outside but what would in the heart of the business? Would we lose what we are about by working like this?
The way we work provides us with an income to live within our means, it’s basic but keeps us connected to the world, I look forward to spring, look forward to feeing the warmth of the sun. I remember the excitement when we brought a fridge, we celebrated it was a big day, I still smile when I open the door to get a pint of milk.
To reimagine has to be for the good and not out of greed or wants, we need to put our creative minds to helping others, helping others see what a life following Jesus is like.
Jesus was born in a barn – God could have worked it out that a room would be available, but God chose for His Son to be born in a barn. Jesus came into this world humbly and in poverty to identify with the poorest and weakest among us.
I might not always like my barn, but it’s a constant reminder that we need to be thankful for everything we have, from a fridge to running water, their are many in the world that have nothing our barn keeps us dry and provides us with a place to work.
Romans 12:3 The Message (MSG)
3 I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Day 23- lose – lent challenge
Everything has a home, the keys live in the top draw of the telephone table , my bike lock lives in the basket of my bike.
The dog lead belongs in the draw with all the dog stuff, and the tv remote control lives on the shelf under the telly.
All these things have a home a place to keep them, so I and others know where they are.
So why can’t I find any of them when I need them, it’s because I don’t put them away in the right place.
It’s frustrating for me and even more frustrating for my husband as I all seem to do is look for things I have not put away , it’s a good job I can call my phone or I would be constantly looking for that ( this does cause problems if I put it on silent ).
For someone that looses everything, how did I find my faith and allow god to be part of my life.
When I look for my keys I run around using my eyes trying to remember the last time I had them , God has always been with me never lost , just waiting patiently for me to work it out .
Instead of running around, I stopped and kneeled closed my eyes and looked with my heart and prayed .
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Day Three – lent challenge – follow
A Christian is one who follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. The Greek word follow means “to take the same road” as someone else. A Christian is one who does just that — he follows in the footsteps of Jesus down the same road of life.
People want to follow other people ,we all like to be accepted by others. Some of us seem to need this more than others do. we to want to please other people , we have a natural desire to belong to groups to feel secure in our herd.
Even when we are alone we have social media a place to follow others , we have friends we never meet and friends that are not really are our friends, but we still follow them want to know their thoughts, value their opinions or just plain old nosey.
If a stranger asked me today in the street who do I follow would my answer be Jesus . I would like to think it would be, I know it would be the first thing that came into my head, but would it be the first thing past my lips.
It’s surprising easy to build ourselves a little Christian bubble, a safe place to be surrounded by other Christian’s we can safely talk about Christ and tell them how much we love him and follow him .
But once in the real world the world in which as Christian’s we are sent out to spread the world of God , We sometimes fear what others will think of us.
It’s being brave enough trusting enough to be able to show others what it means to have gods amazing love and to follow him.
John 15:14-15The Message (MSG)
11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
Bible society photo challenge
This Lent I am taking part in the bible society photo challenge. Each day I will take a photo around the daily theme set by the bible society and share it with you.
Day One lent challenge – Love .
Jesus died for people who had lost their way. He did not die because it was forced upon him. It was a choice. A choice made in love.
The Cross is love –
photographing this cross was very special, the cross is the grave of my great auntie who died very young of TB back in the 1930’s. She was beautiful lady both in looks and in her personality, when she died the family where devastated, they had very little money but gave all they had to have the stone cross on her grave , they even went hungry .
I can still feel and understand the love they had for her and their love for god.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . . (John 3:16).
God knows what we need to grow in faith if we open our hearts and minds we will see gods love working around us , our prayers may not be answered in the way we would like or within the time scale that would be convenient to us .
My conversations with god might at times seem one sided but I know god listens and hears my prayers , the way god shows he is listening always amazes me and just gives me a WOW warm feeling, how great is god that he loves me as he loves all his children , he loves me so much he feels my pain and gives me all I need to live a Christian life and follow Jesus , The Holy Spirit will lead me and guide me and help me use the beautiful gifts given to me by god.
James chapter 1 verse 2 has been pooping up all week, on blogs I read, twitter feeds and when I randomly open my bible it’s in James.
This week has been tough and I am so tired both physically and emotionally, every step forward I seem to take two back.
My prayers give me strength and the energy to keep going and trust god .
The next steps in my life are potentially very cruel and will try and take away from me the things I am passionate about and will test me to my limits.
For the first time during all this I am scared , very scared I will encounter people that I cannot trust and those that will help us, not sure how I tell the two apart, I have a very trusting nature and trusting in god is the only way forward .
Can I really consider myself fortunate for this trail that’s heading my way, truthfully and honestly I feel very fortunate that I have a life with Jesus , and without these trails that keep being placed in front of me , I would have never allowed god into my heart , never felt his presence in my life .
I am truly grateful that I can pray and know that every step I take I will not fall,
Each trail put before me will strengthen my faith hold me on the right path , when I am exhausted I can rest in gods love , prayer will rebuild my strength I may fall again and again, but god will help pick me back up and set me back on the path.
James 1 : 2 My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, 3 for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. 4 Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. 6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.
I want to tell others how I feel, I can’t express to my friends and family or even my mum how finding God has changed my life. I don’t seem to have the words to do this. I want to tell everyone how having Jesus in my life has changed me.
Friends that I meet, comment my new found confidence, my healthy glow and how much I have changed.
I have started to tackle my inner fears, facing them head on and doing something about them. Learning not to be afraid of my own failings .
I pray that opportunities will come my for me to show others what it’s like to have Jesus in your life.
Yes I am heart broken and full of grief but I have Gods love and that’s why I am changing – God is changing me .
Proverbs 3:5-6New King James Version (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.