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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
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?