I will leave a light on

I was reminded of this post today so decided to re-post #thursdaythrowback

Last night my two daughters went into the City to meet friends and go out. It was going to be a late night so they were either going to stay out at friends or get the night bus home. As was usual my husband had left the outside light on for them coming home in the dark.

However, last night as I went to bed I turned the light off. My husband was surprised and asked why I wasn’t leaving the light on. I replied that the girls had said that they were probably going to stay out with friends or get back early in the morning so there was no point leaving the light on.

Well this morning the Lord spoke these words to my heart – “I will leave a light on“.

Those words are the title of a song which my youngest daughter loves and plays a lot.

Jesus reminded me that we (His followers) are the light of the world.

We carry the light of Christ.

Jesus left a light on when He went back to His Father God in Heaven – He left us.

Jesus hasn’t switched that light off yet.

I will leave a light on.

We show others the way to Jesus by declaring our faith in Him and living out that faith in loving service.

We shine in the darkness and point the way home to God through faith in Jesus the Son.

One day though the reality is that my earthly light will be switched off. I won’t be here anymore to shine the light for others.

I need to shine whilst I can. Whilst I still have the time.

I hope I can leave a legacy of light behind me too.

You may be the only light in your family, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbourhood, your community – the place where the Lord has put you.

Your light is really important so be encouraged and “let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

I really think there is someone who needs to hear this today.

Don’t give up but let your light shine – It will lead someone home to God.

Leave a light on and it will lead that person home – they may be in a dark place at moment, have wandered far from truth, be in a very very dark place but the Lord is saying:

“I will leave a light on” – that light is you.

Don’t let it go out and it will lead them home.

#TestimonyTuesday

God loves people. He sees their hidden wounds and wants to bring healing. Sometimes, it is a prompt from the Lord which is the catalyst to expose the hidden pain and bring release. I want to share this short testimony today of how God spoke into someone’s life to do just that.

A friend and I were praying in our local town as part of the monthly street prayer team. A man was walking towards us and as he approached, a man’s name came to me. I can’t recall the name now but I’ll say “Keith” for the purposes of this story.

We said good morning and he stopped and asked what we were doing. We explained that once a month on a Saturday, we prayed for people on the street who wanted prayer, either for themselves or others. We asked if he wanted prayer. He said no but continued to chat with us.

Whilst we were chatting, the name came to me again, so I asked him if he knew a man called “Keith”. He considered it and then said No. I thought, ok – I’m mistaken. However, he then went on to say that the only “Keith” he knew had run off with his wife. This opened a floodgate which the Lord alone knew was there. This man poured out the pain of the situation he was in and the loss of his children who he now saw only rarely.

This man then asked me how I knew about Keith. I explained that I didn’t but how God loved him and that I believed God had spoken that name to me because God saw his hurts. God wanted to help him. We asked if we could pray into the situation. This time he agreed. We prayed together on the street and it was beautiful to see God’s love reaching out to this man.

Today, God wants to use you to show His love to someone too. It can be demonstrated in so many different ways. God know what each person needs. I pray that the Lord will use each one of us today to show someone God’s love for them.

Lord God, how do you want us to show your love to someone we meet today. Show us we pray. Amen.

Bring the love letter from God

The Valley of Decision

As we enter into Holy Week, I want to re-post this for those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I urge you – Please don’t leave it too late to choose to accept and follow Jesus.

If you are in that valley of decision, then I pray that this Easter, the reason for the Cross and the Resurrection will become alive in your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. You will realise the truth, your eyes will be opened and you will repent and choose life in Christ Jesus.

If you have turned away from following Jesus, then I pray you will return to the Father’s House.

Are you ready for the King to return.

I heard the Lord say :

Multitudes, Multitudes in the valley of decision. 

Choose you this day who you will serve.   Who will you bow the knee to and honour as your God?  Who will you serve?  

Will you choose to serve the God of self or will you crucify the flesh and it’s wicked desires and submit yourself to the Holy One (Jesus).  

Will you choose to pick up your cross and surrender your life to the Holy One.  Will you sacrifice your life and humble yourself under His Mighty Hand.

This is the time of decision.  This is the time to choose.   Choose you this day who you will serve. 

As for me and my house we will choose to serve the Lord.   We will serve him wholeheartedly.  We will serve him joyfully.  

Though the fig tree may wither and there be no fruit on the vine yet we will praise Him. 

We will go out with joy and be led forth with peace and the mountains and hills will surrender before us.  

We will be overcomers and mighty ones in the Kingdom of our King Jesus, for He will equip us with every good thing to accomplish His purposes and plans.

For His plans are to bless us and use us to be a blessing to many nations and that through us all the nations of the earth will rejoice.  

They will see the light of goodness and grace manifested before them.  

The children of light will rise up and prepare the way for the King. 

Rise up my people and proclaim the King is coming.  

Prepare you the way of the Lord for the King of the whole earth is coming.  He is coming.  

The King of the whole world is coming to judge the world with righteousness and truth. 

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

He has trodden the wine press of God’s fury alone and He has purged and cleansed His own from all sin and unrighteousness. 

He has purchased them and set them free. 

He has raised them to new life in Him.

All hail the Lamb.  All hail the Lamb.  

Choose you this day who you will serve. 

Who will you serve. 

The choice is yours. 

Choose wisely before it is too late and the choice is taken from you.  

Choose wisely and choose now before it is too late.  Amen

 

Fix your eyes on Jesus in this season – Follows His example – Endurance, Sacrifice & Humility

Love letter

A friend from church Jan wrote this many, many years ago – I have kept it all this time: – A love letter from God

From the beginning of time to the end of time – I love you;

For the times when you felt that I was far off and distant – I love you;

For the times when we were very close – I love you;

For the times when you find it difficult to ready my Word – I love you;

For the times when you are constantly in my Word – I love you;

For the times when you are sad and distressed and feel so low – I love you;

For the times when you are happy and full of joy – I love you;

For the times when you simply cannot be bothered – I love you;

For the times when you trust and obey me fully – I love you;

For the times when you go days without even speaking to me – I love you;

For the times when you tell me everything – I love you;

For the time when my only beloved son died in your place so that I could call you my sons and daughters – I love you;

No matter what you say or do – both now or for eternity- I will always love you.

Beloved you are of exceeding more value than rubies to me. Hear my whisper to your heart – Beloved you are not forgotten. I love you.

God’s banqueting table

For those who read yesterday’s post The Grand day out you will know that I am visiting Stratford Upon Avon today. Part of my treat is a dinner at a nice restaurant with my husband. We don’t often get that time to have a dinner on our own. It’s that time of life I guess where we find ourselves juggling all sorts of responsibilities and challenges. This will be a time to relax and chat over (hopefully a nice dinner) about us- no discussions about our children, aged parents, jobs and other responsibilities.

With that in mind, I wanted to share this previous updated post about God’s banqueting table. I don’t know about you but my actual experience of banquets has mostly been from my own wedding and other similar celebrations.

So we were taking communion at church and I was reminded of God’s banqueting table and that His banner over us at this table is love.   

Those words are from the bible -the Song of Solomon but some might know or remember also the worship song about God bringing us to His banqueting table.   

He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.”

Song of Solomon 2:4

It is only through that act of selfless love when Jesus Christ died on the cross that we have the ability to come to that banqueting table and to the place prepared for us there.   

Christ issued the invitation and I accepted.    I hope you have also accepted that invitation.

Christ’s banner of love is over me and all around me when I am there.    You too.

I have a place at the banqueting table and so I have access to the full provision of God.   You do too.

I am dressed appropriately for the banquet with the garments of salvation and the robes of righteousness because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour, so there is no chance that I will be refused entry – you too;

but how often I can neglect to go there and take hold of and enjoy all that Jesus Christ has obtained for me at the Cross – you too?

Thankfully, the invitation from God is always open to come at any time – 24/7.   

There is always a welcome and my place will never be filled by anyone else so there is always a guarantee that I will have a place at the banqueting table – you too.

God can do exceedingly above all that I ask or imagine there because he is a God of abundance.   

The banquet is a picture of abundance and plenty for everyone.   The best food and drink are laid on at the banquet for the guests. 

Let’s not neglect to ask God for the things that we need and to trust Him to provide for us and sustain us.     It might be physical or spiritual sustenance that we need and we can be sure that whatever it is,  He will be faithful to meet our needs.   

Allow Him to fill us there with His love there so that we can be changed and overflow that love to others.     

A few years ago whilst on a retreat, the leader encouraged us all to take up the invitation to come to God’s banqueting table.  

He pulled up a physical chair and invited us to take our seat at the table.  

We did so and as we did, we saw ourselves seated at the table feasting on all the provision of God that Christ had obtained for us through His death and resurrection.

It had a profound effect on me.  

I encourage you to take up your place at God’s banqueting table today. 

Don’t leave it empty.

Link to He brought me to His banqueting table:

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Right but not right?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a good weekend. I just wanted to post some words of wisdom which a friend shared recently.

Our friend had been praying about a difficult situation she had encountered. She had felt justified in her behaviour and the actions she had taken. However, as she prayed about the course of events the Lord convicted her that although what she did was “right” her attitude towards it had been bad. Wow.

Those words really hit home to my friend. She had done the right thing but her attitude was not right.

How subtle that we can sometimes justify our bad attitudes because we know we have acted right.

Our prayer today. Lord reveal the true condition of our hearts so that we do right in the right way. We thank you for your grace every day and your mercies which are new every morning. Amen 🙏

Believe in Him

For all things have a set and appointed time. I have ordained all things says the Lord. I do have the power to change times and seasons as you know from My Word. I gave unto my son Hezekiah an additional 15 years and I stopped the sun for my son, Joshua so that he could win the battle. My children, your times are in My hands. I am the one who has sovereign authority over the ways of man. You can run from My presence but on the appointed day you will stand and then kneel before My throne when your eyes are opened to the truth.

O foolish man who has bewitched you that you cannot see the truth of God from the evidence around you. Why have you believed the fables of men. Who are men that they can even understand a fraction of the great universe and cosmos that I have created. There are greater mysteries and wonders than man can ever fathom. It is not enough for man to thing he is cleverer or superior to all living things. I made him a little lower than the angels but man’s pride, he seeks to loft himself over all. Man is made of dust and to dust he will return.

The ways of God are not the ways of man. How dare man ascribe to God works and things that are not God and not wrought by God’s hand. Those that take My name in vain will be ashamed. Do not ascribe to God the weaknesses and folly of man. No eye has seen nor mind imagined the things that God can do. I alone am Omnipotent. I alone can bring all things to pass. There is on-one like Me either now or to come.

It is out of my great love for you that I have not treated you as you deserve. It is out of my great mercy that I have provided a way of escape from the wrath and judgment which is to come. There will be a time of reckoning and that day is set. It will not be changed. All will happen in the fulness of time as I have shown in My Word and revealed to my servants the prophets.

The Lord has shown us His great love and mercy in that whilst we were still sinners and alienated from God, Jesus died for us. Jesus has reconciled us to God through His death and resurrection. He has saved us from the judgment to come and the wrath of God.

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon
.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts
.” Isaiah 55: 7-9

Love is..

The Apostle Paul said it beautifully:

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Have a blessed day.

God’s love which disciplines

Morning everyone. I wanted to share this post again about God’s love which also disciplines and corrects us for our own good. We generally don’t enjoy being corrected but it’s necessary for growth and produces change for the better in us.

We often listen to and sing songs about God’s love for us, how overwhelming and awesome it is. Sometimes we need a fresh understanding of His love otherwise we expect it to be a feel good, warm feeling all the time but as we know God’s love also disciplines us and corrects us when we need it.

The bible tells us that we know we are his children because he disciplines us. God’s love expressed itself in the purest way when Christ died on the Cross for us and it requires us to bring death to our flesh. It can even require some things in our lives to be cut off, wither and die. God’s love will discipline and corrects us when we need it. Hebrews 12 v 3-11 tells us this.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

When we are going through a time of correction and discipline it can be painful, uncomfortable, frustrating and doesn’t feel good. We can be confused, discouraged and start to think all sorts of wrong things and can lose our way. We need to discern God’s hand at work. This is really key otherwise we can think mistakenly it’s the work of the enemy in our lives or that we are out of God’s Will when in fact you could be right where the Lord wants you to be.

If you are going through such a process the please don’t be discouraged and don’t try to short cut the process otherwise as the Apostle Paul tells us we will miss the fruit of righteousness that this process will produce in us.

I believe the Lord wants to encourage us all today. If you are in a difficult season then you may be experiencing God’s love being expressed in this way.

Pray and ask God to reveal to you what is happening in your life. If you are going through a period of discipline or pruning then hold on firm to the truth. Reject any lie that says if God loved you then you wouldn’t be feeling like this or going through this. God is love and He loves you. You are His child.

Submit to God and let Him bring His good work in you to fruition so that you can grow and mature in your faith. Hold on fast to the truth which is the Word of God and don’t be swayed by feelings or what is happening around you.

Ask other christians to support you in prayer during this time.

Strengthen yourself in God and in His Word.

Have a blessed day my friends

Six Things…no wait 7

Ephesians 5:8-10 – “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases God”

As followers of Jesus we are to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. The bible tells us about 6 things, actually 7 behaviours that God does not like at all.

I’m sure you’d agree that some of these behaviours we too would think are extremely bad but some like being proud or telling lies we could be tempted to ignore but this is what Proverbs 6:16 tells us:

“Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion:

eyes that are arrogant,

a tongue that lies,

hands that murder the innocent; and

a heart that hatches evil plots,

feet that race down a wicked track,

a mouth that lies under oath, and

.

a troublemaker in the family”

Lord we want to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to you. Help us keep our feet on the paths of your right ways as you reveal to us in your precious Word, the Bible. Let us live today and tomorrow lives that are pleasing to you as we walk out our faith in your son, Jesus Christ. May your Holy Spirit convict our hearts of sin and wrong and may we turn in repentance to you through the richness of the grace and mercy that you pour out through Jesus on us as your children. Thank you Lord that when you look at us who are hidden in Christ Jesus you see your Son in whom you were well pleased. Thank you that in Jesus and through the work of the Holy Spirit we are empowered to live a life pleasing to you. Praise God. Amen