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Being changed by God
By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral
A pinch of this and a pinch of that..
I wonder which way you cook? Do you follow a recipe to the letter or do you treat each dish as a blank canvas, one to be artistically ‘created’ and considered unique each time?
I recently watched a film with my children where the main character, a young American girl, had a passion for cooking and spent the summer with her relatives in Paris. Her uncle was a baker and had a well known ‘patisserie.’
She was one who would usually follow a recipe and not deviate from it. Her uncle, however, was not. He would search high and low, looking for something ‘special’ to add to each recipe to make it different each time and improve the quality. He called it the ‘Je ne sais quoi’ practice and suggested that she should get used to it if she wanted to improve her cooking. In French it means ‘ a quality that cannot be described or named easily.’
It occurred to me that this ‘Je ne sais quoi’ should be something we aspire to…something that we lack that the Lord knows we need.
Sometimes we are aware of it and sometimes we are not. Is it wisdom we need? Is it more patience? Is it kindness towards others? Is it something that is beyond our understanding but not the Lord’s?
The Lord is refining us and shaping us. Sometimes that can feel uncomfortable. Sometimes it can take a while! Perhaps we should ask ourselves….Do we want to change? Do we want to be more like him?
We have so many promises over our lives. Are we seeking God to understand and receive them? Are we hungry for more of him?
What is the ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that the Lord wants to give us that we need to find today?
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Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?