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By Gerry Mellors, Jubilee Church Wirral
I wanted to write a blog about God’s goodness and faithfulness and to share my experience of how He can be trusted, not just when we feel it, or can see it in our lives, but all the time, even when things don’t seem to be going well.
I’ve always known that God is real: I was brought up as a Catholic and talked to God daily, knowing He could hear me, but I didn’t really understand about His goodness in sending Jesus until I was a teenager.
Life wasn’t easy, but I always knew God was with me, and that He would ‘work all things for the good of those who love Him’ (Romans 8:28), so even though my Mum died when I was 15 after a long illness, I can see how God actually used that for good, to bring myself and my two sisters to trust in Him, I believe, as a result of all the people praying for our family.
Life has continued to be very challenging but God’s faithfulness and goodness abound in all circumstances. Having lost my mum prematurely, I also lost my first husband after 11 years together, leaving me at 33 years old, single mother to two newly adopted boys.
The last few years have been very difficult, but God has been my rock through it all. He made me the promise ‘I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11) as my first husband was dying, and confirmed those words through my close friends who kept sending me the same scripture at that time.
My late husband’s best friend made a trip to Israel and wanted to buy me a gift of jewellery. He asked the lady in the shop if she had any necklaces with Scripture on them, and she had only one left, which said these same words. God is in control of every detail and directs all things according to His good purpose.
My family and friends have also given me wonderful support over the last few years and as a result of surviving adversity I made the decision to re-train as a Counsellor, so I could support people going through their own challenges. Having completed my training a few years ago, I continued to work in my usual job but volunteered as a Counsellor on my day off.
I felt God was prompting me a few months ago to pursue counselling more, so I started to look for opportunities. I knew that I could just push doors and see if they opened and leave the rest to God. I saw a job back in April for a School Counsellor but it was only two days a week. I felt prompted to apply and went ahead and did so. I had thought they just needed my CV and a basic application form, so panicked when having left it a bit late, I discovered as I clicked through the form that there were sections requiring much more detailed responses! Thanks to my husband’s support, I didn’t give up and got the application in.
An interview followed which went very well, but after all that I was told someone had just ‘pipped me to the post’. I knew God had my future in hand so chose to be grateful for the experience and the positive feedback from my first ever counselling interview! After all, I wanted more than two days’ work so it hadn’t been ideal for me anyway.
Six weeks later I received a phone call from the organisation asking me if I was still interested. Another job had come up, and they’d kept my details on file as I’d interviewed well. She then asked how many days’ work I was looking for seeing as I’d applied previously for a two-day job. I said ideally four, and was told that the new position was for four days! The lady declared confidently “I believe these things are just sometimes meant to be! They’re planned for us!”….something which I could wholeheartedly agree with – knowing who it was who was doing that planning!
God continues to fulfil His promises to work all things for the good of those who love Him…. bringing out of my losses, a deep faith and trust in Him, and new opportunities to support others through their struggles and trials. There have been and will continue to be difficulties and dark days, but I know God has always been faithful and will always continue to be so.
Gerry Mellors of Jubilee Church Wirral with her husband Arlo
Nicki and Dave on how walking the streets and praying for our neighbours can lead to some unexpected opportunities to spread God’s word.
Gerry on how God promises to build our foundations with sapphires – and that if we trust and acknowledge Him, He will make our paths straight.
Danielle on giving thanks to God in every situation, whether things are going well or when it seems bleak.
Chantal Robertson on how the most important part of being a Christian is being on fire for Christ and in relationship with Him.
Dawne Cooper on how we’ve got a God who is greater than all the troubles we face in the world and who is above it all. Take Heart!
Andrew Greenhalgh on how God wants to hear ALL our prayers in detail – not just the “big” or “important” ones
“I am a creature of habit, I do not like change. I like to know what I’m doing and when I’m going to be doing it. I am an organiser and when I lose control of the events unfolding around me I lose my peace. Not good!”
Helen on Queen Elizabeth II and praying for our leaders – whether we like their ideas and agree with their policies or not.
Denise Griffiths on how our scars, whether visible or not, are not a sign of brokenness, but of God having healed us.
Andrew Greenhalgh on making the most of every opportunity God gives us
Yvonne on the lessons she learned from going to Newday for the first time – as the Jubilee 2022 sous chef!
Newday 2022 is over – hear what our leaders had to say about this year’s event.
A youth leader’s take on Newday and its power
Arlo on obeying what God prompts us to do even when it’s something we don’t want to do.
Chantal Robertson on how God knows best even when our plans are derailed and we can’t do what we had wanted!
Chris on celebrating our heavenly Father every day – and rejoicing in the fact that our celebrations will always be outstripped by his blessings on us.
Danielle asks us “Are you listening to the Lord?” and to pray for our young people a few weeks ahead of their trip to Newday this year.
“Everything that I relied on here on earth had gone and the life I thought was all set out in front of me melted away.”
Tracy, Benjy and Hannah were baptised on June 12, 2022 – here are their testimonies.
How Life Groups (or Home Groups, or Cell Groups) can change your life.
The Friday Tots team on how the new adults and tots group has been a huge answer to prayer.
Andrew Greenhalgh on doing what we were called to do – and doing it for the kingdom and His glory.
Gerry Mellors on the joy of knowing that God is in charge and that it is Him, not us, who has the master plan.
Nicki Frodsham on The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and why we are called Jubilee Church Wirral.