Abdicating Responsibility

Abdicating Responsibility – Is there an area of my life or your life in which we have abdicated responsibility? Stepped aside from our God given responsibilities.

As followers of Jesus we are called to live our lives surrendered to Him. There are behaviours and characters that we are called to model as we live out our lives in a Godly way. The bible teaches us what such Godly role models look like.

Abdicate in the dictionary means to voluntarily give up an area of responsibility. It’s usually connected with great responsibility such as when a King abdicates their throne. Similar words would be to waive or forfeit. It’s a choice that the individual makes to do so. No-one forces us to do so or usurps us. We choose to step aside.

We all have roles in life which come with responsibility. I can name some of mine -wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee and there are many more. I’m sure you have roles that you can name for yourself.

I can have a role but not exercise my responsibility or authority in that role. I haven’t abdicated my actual role but I have abdicated my responsibility in that role E.g I can abdicate from exercising my parental authority.

I am challenged to consider prayerfully and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas in my life that I have abdicated responsibility and why. There can be various reasons for doing so which are personal to each one of us but I am confident that when God reveals something He does it for our good.

It’s that time of year when we reflect and consider changes or “resolutions” for the coming year. Perhaps this is a timely post for someone reading. Have you abdicated responsibility for an area of your life and the Lord wants you to make a change going forward. God will equip you with the grace, wisdom, strength, love and power that you need to make the change. We just need to acknowledge where we have gone wrong and ask God to help us going forward and to make an opportunity for change. I believe it’s never too late and there is no time like the present. God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Have a blessed day my friends.

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547 days..God’s perfect timing

My dear friends, I want to share a reworking of this post today from last new year’s Eve 2020. It was a specific time when the Lord got my attention very clearly about timing and being prepared. God’s timing is perfect in every way. His ways are not our ways. The Lord prepares and uses each one of us for the good works He prepared for each one of us to do. What has God prepared for you and I today and each day my dear friend for His glory to be shown among the nations?

This is what I discovered last year:

I was reading back through my prayer journal and something I had written from a church prayer meeting on 3 July 2019 got my attention. I had written 547 days. That was all.

As I was curious, I decided to find out when 547 days was and so did a google search. I searched backwards.

The result blew me away. It was the exact same date of the prayer meeting 3/7/2019 when I made that note.

So what was the Lord saying on that night in 2019 and why was He on this New Year’s Eve 2020 pointing towards it now.

On that night of 3 July 2019 there was a call to preparation.

God said that He was calling the lost and were we ready to receive them.

I believe God is asking us the same question today. Are we ready to receive the lost?

When there is an incredible revival of people coming to Jesus Christ then we as believers need to be equipped and ready to teach, shepherd, disciple and restore the lost.

There will be a great need to establish sound doctrine and teaching on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ as the cornerstone of our faith and teaching the whole gospel. Sound biblical teaching.

To see people baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit.

To see people set free and healed from the effects of their pasts and discover true freedom in Christ Jesus.

In 2008, I had a vision of a small cloud and God reminded me of the bible story of Elijah at Mount Carmel after the defeat of the false prophets of Baal. After the fire, Elijah prayed for rain and sent his servant back to check for any signs of rain coming as he had already heard the sound of rain in the spirit.

On the 7th time of looking the cloud was seen and Elijah knew the rain was on its way so he hitched up his garments and ran. He ran so fast that he overtook the kings chariot. There was a deluge of rain.

I believe God is encouraging us to look and listen and discern what is coming and understand what He is doing in these days so that we are not unprepared but are like the virgins with our oil ready and more in reserve.

I pray that all God’s people and those called as Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers appointed for these days will rise up for the days ahead to prepare the body of Christ for maturity and to be ready and prepared for all that God is calling us to do in these days.

That each one of us believers will be rooted in Christ, will grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and will discover the spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit has given each of us. That we will be bold in our witness for Jesus and our faith and the reason for our hope. That our family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues will know that we are followers of Christ and where to come in times of need. When people need answers or have needs which only God can provide.

Bless you all in Jesus name.

Christmas “cat”astrophe

We have a family cat and like most cats she is extremely curious. This Christmas Eve her curiosity got us and her into a bit of Santa trouble.

This is her as a kitten looking soooo innocent 😇

Our neighbour has two small children who are also extremely curious (especially when it comes to finding presents) and so our neighbour hides their presents at our house and collects them late on Christmas Eve. We leave them at the bottom of our stairs so she can pop in for them when they’re asleep.

So, we were sitting having our Christmas Eve dinner when suddenly the peace was broken by the unmistakable sound of breaking paper and much caterwauling. We rushed out to find the cat had jumped from the stairs onto the largest present which wasn’t solid and she had gone through the paper and got stuck inside. The paper was broken and this was the special paper that all the Santa presents were wrapped in. Nooooooooooo!!

Just at that moment my phone pinged and neighbour was texting she was coming around to collect the gifts. I did the only thing possible in the situation….

I sent my husband to break the bad news.

Hiding in shame 🤣

It’s a Wonderful Name

Choosing a name….. I asked my Mum the other day why she had decided to call me Nicola. I knew why she had called my brother, Ian. She wanted a really short name that couldn’t be turned into a nickname. Ian would always be Ian. It so didn’t work because my family all called him “E” usually shouted at high volume in one long “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee”.

My name, Nicola was just one of the names she happened to like. It didn’t have any specific meaning or significance for the family. My name gets shortened to a nickname all the time as you can imagine. I don’t think anyone calls me much by my full name anymore. It’s usually, Nic or Nikki.

Names give an impression and expectation but can get lost in translation. Our school ran an annual cultural exchange trip to France when you stayed with a local family who then returned to stayed with you. When I went I was the last kid left on the coach and I could see a bit of a kerfuffle outside amongst the teachers. It turned out that in France and much of Europe “Nicola” is a boy’s name and the poor family were expecting a boy. They weren’t prepared to receive a girl. Fortunately, there was also a sister, Fabienne, so she ended up being my exchange pal but her poor brother had to stay and wait another year. I was so what he wasn’t expecting by my name. What a disappointment to him but an unexpected gift to his sister.

There is a name that I have found never disappoints and it is Jesus Christ. When we choose to put out trust in that name it is life transforming, not only our present but also our future. The name of Jesus has power and authority.

Yesterday, as we celebrated Christmas our bible verses were:

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Jesus is given a lot of names and titles throughout the bible. Just in this one passage of scripture we read 5 of them. It made me think how I often overlook or “shorten” and don’t fully consider and understand the names given to Jesus, what it means for me as a believer now and the riches that are there waiting to be discovered in the names and character of Jesus. Getting to know more about Jesus through each facet revealed about Him in His names.

It’s something I’ll be delving into in the New Year to discover more about those names starting with “Wonderful” and sharing the riches of blessings in Christ our Lord.

Have a blessed day my friends.

Awake Awake

My dear friends, I was awoken in the early hours by the sound of a loud alarm clock. It was only one long note before the sound stopped but it was loud enough to waken me. I looked at my clock and it wasn’t my alarm clock that had sounded but the sound was so loud I thought my alarm had gone off.

I believe it was a sound in the heavens which had woken me. This has happened to me before and so the Lord was getting my attention. I checked my previous posts and it is 3 months to the day that I posted this post called Awake, Awake which was also a repost of 3 words. Perhaps there is someone who will be blessed by this today. Please follow the links and they will take you to each post.

Morning my friends. The Lord has reminded me of 3 words which I posted in 2020 which started with a post called “Awake Awake”. This post is a warning that the Lord God is a God who will judge righteously. We are called as followers of Jesus to stand for truth, justice and righteousness and not conform to this world. It’s a call to be ready and persevere in the times we are in. Trust in God.

I am re-posting these words again as I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so. Please read them again or for the first time. I hope they bless you and speak to us all in some way for God’s glory and to advance His Kingdom. Perhaps there is a word in season for someone that will speak to their heart today.

The second post that linked to Awake Awake was The Heavenly Steed which talks of Jesus’ second coming and the glorious horse that bears Him. A reminder that Jesus is Lord and is coming again. The time is set and will not be delayed. He is the King of Glory. It’s a call to salvation for those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord. Call on Him whilst He is near and there is time.

The third word in the series is Take hold of today – Make it count which reminds us as followers of Christ that we are called to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus and do His good works. The power of the Holy Spirit is at work in each one of us who has been born again into the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus. One day we will each give an account to our loving Master Jesus.

Have a blessed day my friends.

Christmas Boot

Festive Greetings to all, If you have read my blog before you will know that I occasionally give an update about our local “boot” which sits on top of a post along my favourite walk.

I don’t know whose boot it was or who put it there but someone decorates it with different themes during the year. It is called the “Ounty Boot” and has a name for itself in more ways than one.

This year it is looking very festive with holly & mistletoe.

Have a blessed day x

Each of us an “Emmanuel” too!

Each of us an “Emmanuel” too!

http://lordmychef.com/2021/12/17/each-of-us-an-emmanuel-too/
— Read on lordmychef.com/2021/12/17/each-of-us-an-emmanuel-too/

This is a beautiful post by our dear brother in Christ which I was blessed to read today. I hope you find it a blessing too in thinking about Joseph’s character and behaviour from Jesus’ story as an example to us.

God will show Himself strong for you

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

I felt prompted to share this blog post again today.

I believe there may be someone who needs to hear and be encouraged by these words – the Lord is on the look out to help those who are his and to show himself strong on your behalf.

Do you need God to show himself strong for you today? If so, then take comfort from those words and pray this promise over your situation.

How strong is the Lord?

He is strong enough to bring you out of captivity and bondage.

By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 13:14

He is strong enough to heal you.

Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases” Psalm 103:3

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” Matthew 9:35

Are you feeling weak?

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak Isaiah 40:29

Do you need direction?

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13

Are you in need of support? Feeling overwhelmed?

Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees” Job 4:4

Are you facing opposition?

You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me ” Psalm 18:39

Do you feel lost and vulnerable?

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak” Ezekiel 34:16

Do you need help to rise above your circumstances?

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights Habakkuk 3:19

Take courage from the words of the Aspostle Paul who encourages us:

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

I pray that God shows himself strong for you today in whatever circumstances or situation that you find yourself in.

The Awe and Wonder of Christmas

This Sunday, my talk at church was about “Christmas Means”. I had chosen as my theme: “Emmanuel which means God with us.”

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:23

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:the Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel “. Isaiah 7:14

As I was preparing for my talk the Lord spoke to my heart about rediscovering the AWE and WONDER of those incredible bible verses.

GOD WITH US.

about rediscovering the AWE and WONDER of the story of Jesus’ birth.

These bible verses are not just for Christmas!

The nativity story is so familiar to us that we can easily skip past these bible verses, perhaps even only read them once a year, without truly meditating on them. Contemplating the miracle that has taken place.

A Virgin has become pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit and given birth to God’s own son, There are angelic visitations, hosts of angels appearing from heaven, a bright new star has been seen in the sky which draws men from a far land. This is no ordinary event. It is momentous.

A Holy God, who we were separated from by sin, who could not be touched by human hands or His face looked upon, has Himself come to us and lived with us. I encourage you to read the story of the God of the Mountain in Exodus 19 which helps us to gain an understanding of how much of an incredible privilege we now enjoy through faith in Jesus to be in relationship with God.

When God tells Moses he will come down and appear on Mount Sinai there is a warning to the people…don’t approach the mountain or touch it or you will die. The people have to be kept at a distance and they can only approach the mountain when they hear the trumpet. They have to be cleansed and prepared over 3 days ready for God to appear. When God comes down on the mountain there is smoke, thunder, lightning, fire, the mountain shakes and the people are terrified. I think I would have been too. The people are too scared to go up the Mountain and remain at at distance.

That is the reality of the effect of sin and our separation from a Holy God. That’s why we needed Jesus. It was death to approach that Mountain. There is separation from God, there is distance. God can’t be seen as He is covered by a dark cloud.

Jesus laid aside his heavenly glory to take on human flesh. Jesus came in the Father’ love to save us from our sins and restore us into relationship with God. Jesus, God’s only son came and lived with us. Fully God yet man. God of the Manger.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Jesus came to show us God’s goodness, compassion, mercy, love and justice. Jesus could be touched, he allowed himself to be touched and He touched people. He touched lepers who were unclean and sinners. He reached out and touched the untouchables.

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. I am willing he said “ Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy, Matthew 8:3

Jesus showed us the Father God who loves us with such incredible love.

So this week I have been thinking. When was I last truly filled with Awe and Wonder as I read the Bible, see and experience God’s beautiful creation, consider the miracle of My Salvation, consider the miracle that God now dwells in Me by the power of His Holy Spirit! God in Me.

God of the Mountain. God of the Manger. God living in Me and you.

Dear reader, does God want to restore your sense of AWE and WONDER at His Story too x

If you would like to listen to more then you can access my preach here on YouTube by clicking this link to the service. Have a blessed week.

https://youtu.be/nQZ9eCDxVII