The End of an Era, the Dawning of a New Day

That’s a pretty dramatic title right? lol

Well, it’s exactly how I feel at the moment because if you haven’t heard, I am starting a new blog website on March 1st, 2015. http://www.mythreescoops.co.uk, and I’m so excited because this will be a new themed, and regular blog for me.

The topics I’ll be discussing will be health, life, and God, so in essence it won’t be anything different to what I already do, just now it will be official! This is all very exciting and scary for me, but I’m thrilled to be able to put my official mark on the blog-a-sphere

Here’s the youtube video that will be the about section of my new website:

I’d like to thank you all for your support and following over the years, and I hope you will join me on my new blog website. If you have subscribed to this blog, please subscribe to my new website when it’s live so you can keep up with me. I’d love to have you there!

http://www.mythreescoops.co.uk

 

Rejoicing in prayer

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! (1 Chronicles 16:10 ESV)

Lessons from my devotion this morning:

Sometimes when we’re seeking God for something, we are almost depressed and take an approach that’s more like lamenting or begging than rejoicing!

We are all guilty of this; we set aside time to seek God’s face and immediately the praise and joy from communion with our Father disappears from our prayers. Our prayers take the tone of trying to convince a boss to let you have that week off work instead of (for example) lovingly seeking to know everything about your husband or boyfriend (wife or girlfriend) because you love them so much, you want to know their heart.

What is sorrowful about searching the heart of our great God?

What is depressing about seeking His presence and will?

Why Does our fear of hearing a “no” change our approach?

I believe this is a great indication of how we see God. If we honestly see Him as our loving Father and gracious God, there will always be joy in approaching Him. If we see Him how we’ve experienced our earthly parents or bosses or people in authority, then we will struggle to approach Him with love and joy when we have requests.

Entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise is not only for coming to church, it’s about everything we do!

Let the hearts of those who seek The Lord rejoice!!!

Oh, how He loves us!

It snowed today. Yaaaay!!!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love snow. Love. LOVE.

What does this have to do with God loving us? Well, my relationship with God is as follows: He totally romances me, like He adores me and makes it clear that He does. Simple things please me, and He always creates simple situations to please me and cheer me up when I’m not 100%.

I remember one time I was having a really stressful day at work at I had to go to the toilet to pray for strength (can I get an amen if you’ve been there lol?). By the time I came downstairs, there was a Spanish patient who had recently moved into the area who brought a prescription in to the pharmacy and she couldn’t speak English, but she was on dangerous medicines which I had to explain to her how to use correctly. I got to speak to her in Spanish, help her, and she was so grateful that she was in tears. Needless to say, it cheered me right up. Why? Because I love Spanish and love helping people. That was God answering my prayer and letting me know He heard me and He loves me so much that He’d love on me the way He knows I’d most appreciate the love.

So it snowed today. My days have been a bit pants of recent, and The Lord knows I love snow. I was checking prescriptions at work whilst telling my colleague I couldn’t wait for it to snow because I love snow. She laughed at me and called me crazy. I looked up, and it was snowing outside!!! I immediately turned into a little girl and squealed with joy, and then I felt the warmth of God’s love over me.

God loves us is so many ways, but we don’t usually see the little ways. I’ve made it my mission to see them and I’d encourage you all to do the same.

One thing that a lot of Christians struggle with is the practical, and everyday elements of Christ’s love for us. We know He loves us (for God so loved the world that He…(John 3:16)) but to see that played out daily, is foreign. We only see His love manifested in the new job, passing exams you didn’t really study for, and buying a new car etc.

1 Kings 19:11-13 (ESV)
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I love this passage of scripture so much and it so perfectly illustrates my point. Elijah was looking for the voice of God only in the big things, but He actually manifested in a small still voice. God doesn’t only show His love for us in the big ways and examples I mentioned above, but also by making it snow when I needed cheering up. He makes my favorite songs come up on my iPhone when I put it on shuffle. He had a friend walk by my car one day when I was crying and driving, and that friend knocked on my window just to tell me he (He) loves me.

He is always demonstrating His love for us.

It snowed today!!!

Oh, how He loves me!!!

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The Genesis of Sin, Shame, Fear, and Hiding.

Like a lot of people, I spend the last few weeks of the year seeking the face of The Lord for what He has in store for me in the new year, and I can say that this time I was overwhelmed. I sat as He downloaded, and felt totally afraid and inadequate to do some of the things He was laying on my heart to do. It’s not that I thought I  couldn’t do them, it was more so the thought of doing them on my own, how will I fit it all in? how do I combine it with everything else I already do? what will be people’s reaction? support? acceptance? Fear and vulnerability gripped me.

I can honestly say that these two things have been the biggest hinderance in stopping me fully “going for it” in life, but here comes Jesus!

Last year while on holiday in America, I bought a chronological bible and I started reading it today; Genesis 1-3. OH MY DAYS!!!

Genesis 2:25 ends by saying: And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (ESV).

Gen 3:7-10 then goes on to say
7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
(ESV)

And immediately God slapped me upside my head.

They hid. They felt shame and they hid. I feel vulnerable so I hide.

Adam and Eve only felt shame, fear, and sin as a result of the fall. These are things that God never intended for us to feel. Our sinful state has brought on fear, and shame, and as a result we hide and run away like they did in Genesis 3:7-10. For most of my life I’ve struggled with the fear of vulnerability (and this passes just with sin, this includes with many walks of life ie friends, and just the boldness to be me) that has meant I have hidden myself from God especially when He is calling me to Him, but that is me submitting to the fallen identity that the fall of man brought.

But what am I afraid of? What am I hiding from?

I’m saved! Christ has redeemed me. He has given me a new identity and to still feel the shame and fear that came as a result of sin entering the world means that there are parts of me that still submit to my fallen identity above the salvation of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

There was no shame before the fall. There was no fear before the fall.  The was no hiding or vulnerability before the fall. I am no longer subject to the fall.

2014 – I’m going hard.

Psa 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
(ESV)

2Ti 1:6-12
6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self- control.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
(ESV)

Happy New Year guys. No hiding! Continue reading

Christianese – My Reward is in Heaven

So for the past few weeks, God has been teaching me about a heart of unhindered service and He has begun to show me scriptures in such a new light that it is exhilarating. 

Two scriptures He’s really been speaking to me about are

1 Corinthians 15:18 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain

 

and

Matthew 5:12 – Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you

 

Let’s focus on Matthew 5:12; many Christians quote this scripture when speaking Christianese to our fellow saints and we have no clue to the depths of what we’re saying.

This scripture means that for every act of service you do for the Lord on earth, or for every injustice you receive on earth, your reward for the service or the justice for your injustice is in heaven. DON’T CLAIM IT UNLESS YOU ARE READY TO RECEIVE IT!!!

It is in the scriptures, so it is going to happen anyway, but you are continuing to speak it reinforcing a biblical principle into your environment. If you speak this verse over your life, don’t complain when people don’t serve you back, or people don’t treat you the same way because you are asking God to let your reward be in heaven, which it will be. 

On the other hand, this is such an amazing and comforting scripture for those who serve unhindered, because it means that God sees, cares, takes note, and our reward will be in heaven, eternally. This life is fleeting. Any reward we receive on earth is temporary and limited, but we have the promise of an eternal reward in heaven, seated at the feet of our gracious and loving Father. Wow. Awesome!

Go back to reading the scriptures for what they really are; if you quote scripture, there WILL be a performance of that word, so don’t be upset when God does what He said He would do and fulfils His word

Love you all!

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Biblical Womanhood – The Ministry of Reconciliation

So earlier this year (March, 2013), I was given the privilege of speaking at a women’s conference **eeek** lol.

They gave me 15 to speak on the topic “Woman, who are you?” and this was my talk. Sorry for the bad recording quality; initially I only recorded it to listen back to it and make sure I was talking sense lol.

I couldn’t expand on the scriptures read much more than I did due to my time limit, but please study the scriptures I quoted in your personal time because they are so rich!

God bless you guys

Ask Me About Jesus – May 6th Evangelism Event (London & Manchester)

I’ve posted this on my facebook, but thought I’d post it here too. I’m hosting an evangelism event on May 6th in London and Manchester and I’d love if you all could come!

Hey guys,

I’ve been asked about the video that shows us singing at the last event and the questions have been along the lines of “how is that evangelism?” so I thought I’d shed a bit of light on the day.

By no way, stretch, or form do i think singing is evangelism. It isn’t. It IS however a door and heart opener. We can all testify to the fact that if people stopped you whilst shopping to talk to you, not matter what they are selling, you’ll walk away.

What the singing does is makes people stop on their own accord. When they stop, we go over to them (whilst some carry on singing) and share the true undiluted gospel with them as in the death, burial, resurrection; you need to repent and believe in the gospel.

We have found that this approach works as it enables us to have sometimes 15 minutes sharing the gospel with people where before they would not have given us 10 seconds.

At the last event, people got saved, and we were even able to pray for people for healing, comfort, and peace etc and we also were able to follow people up in the faith.

I’d like to apologise for a misleading promo video, I just didn’t have any clips of us talking to people as I was talking to people on the day also.

Please come ready to share the gospel! Don’t get caught up with the singing…

Manchester 12pm – The Arndale Centre (outside tkmaxx)
London 12pm – New life Bible Church

Fatmohn🙂