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Listening to God
By Helen O’Brien, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
Honestly? I don’t like blogs.
I have read the ones on this site but only because I feel a moral duty.
I have read my friend’s one because I love her. I have been blessed but it is, for me, a lot of effort for a little reward.
Now it’s my turn to write one. I really wanted to make a podcast because when I listen to podcasts I can multitask and get blessed.
Cooking dinner I have Christian radio on. Depending who has been at the radio last, either UCB 2 or Premier Christian Radio. I can’t actually work my digital radio so Harry tunes it for me. I prefer UCB 2 but Mick likes Premier.
But I digress.
I can listen to a sermon and cook tea. I can sing praise to God as I wash up. While I am loading the washing machines (6 people yes it is machines) I can be blessed with scripture.
Blogs require both eyes and at least one hand; that does not allow for much multitasking. I read the Bible for food and novels for escapism. Blogs are neither. However, they are Biblical.
Some blogs are testimonies.
They triumphed over him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony
I will declare your righteousness and your salvation every day, though I do not fully understand what the outcome will be. Lord God, I will come in the power of your mighty acts, remembering your righteousness—yours alone.
But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”
I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.
Other blogs are more in the way of inspiring words.
And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
“Be patient with everyone” – even people like me who don’t like blogs.
This blog does not really fit into either type but by explaining the Biblical foundation for both types maybe I can inspire you to write one yourself.
Or maybe make a podcast or like Chantal draw a picture of the things God is telling you. The important thing is not how you listen to God and tell people what He has said to you and what He has done for you – but that you do.
Helen O’Brien with her husband Michael
Becca Johnson on the meaning of Jesus’ name and the importance of names to God. What does your name mean?
Vernon Martin on worship: Why we should be praying for the gospel to naturally flow from our lips and our actions.
Chantal Robertson on doing what we can to protect our planet without feeling condemned that we’re not doing enough.
Julie Greenhalgh on trusting in the Lord, and being transformed from someone who struggled to make a decision to someone who knew who to ask every time there was one to be made!
Guest blogger Jonathan Kent on the trials and tribulations of the storms we endure – and how we were built for storms!
Andrew Greenhalgh on challenging long-held beliefs and seeing ourselves the way God sees us.
Dave Frodsham on being blessed and knowing God is your comfort and joy and you have real people who care around you.
Nicki Frodsham on running the race with God with endurance – and encouraging others to keep the faith, too.
Dawne Cooper on going through trials, and trusting in God in the darkest times.
Chantal Robertson on being half-French and remembering that God doesn’t make mistakes.
Vernon Martin on the power of the tongue and asking God to heal the scars that words leave on us.
Andrew Greenhalgh on the challenges of living in the world but not taking on its values as our own.
Andrew Greenhalgh on gifts, encouragement and using what God has blessed us with to help others.
Julie Greenhalgh on putting God in the driving seat of our lives – instead of insisting on staying behind the wheel ourselves!