BlogsThoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral
By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral
For my ‘big’ birthday this year, my family got me some new trainers (to replace my daughter’s cast-offs that I usually wear) and a step-tracker watch.
It seemed like my family were suggesting I needed to do some more exercise!
A friend said she had started the ‘Couch to 5K’ running program and I have never been a runner, so I am not sure why I decided it may seem like a good challenge to tackle.
Dave and I started doing the running program together and I don’t think I would have kept going on my own.
It has definitely been one of the hardest things I have ever done. There were a couple of times during the 9 week program where I had to miss a few runs.
Then we picked it up again and continued and although I have not quite managed to do the whole of the 5K distance yet, I’m not far off and I’m determined to complete it.
It has reminded me of these verses in the Bible: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
I have been praying for some friends who have drifted away from their faith over the last 18 months.
There have been many discouragements for people and the challenges have been huge. Whilst I know that God is faithful, it has been hard to persevere and to keep on praying.
I have been really encouraged this week by hearing from one of these friends. This week God very clearly spoke to her and she has renewed her faith and trust in God.
It is a challenge to all of us to keep running the race, so pray for those who are not in the race with us, for those who are running in the wrong direction or those who have stopped.
I urge you to continue to pray for friends and family to come back, to renew their faith, to join us and to run the race and finish well.
Or if you are struggling, I would like to encourage you to find a ‘running partner’. We need our friends and our church community so that we can cheer each other on to keep going.
Paul says to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 4:7: ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Let us keep encouraging others to keep the faith, persevering to keep running the race and wanting to cross the finishing line, still strong in their faith, running with Jesus to the end.
Nicki Frodsham with her husband Dave
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
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?