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By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral
We were blessed to have the opportunity to visit friends and family in America last month.
It was an ambitious trip to several cities with two children and an elderly mother with mobility issues. I was really looking forward to it, but slightly apprehensive about how we would fit everything in. I love to travel but I knew this trip might be a bit more challenging. I prayed before we left as the preparation took a considerable amount of time. I prayed throughout the trip for so many things.
And wow. Just wow.
I noticed God’s blessings every single day. It was the little things I noticed the most: the bus turning up just as we arrived at the stop whilst at Disney, beating all of the queues early in the day, getting front row seats on so many occasions for so many things, water fountains perfectly placed when we needed to refill in 92 degree weather.
Even on one occasion when my son cut his ankle and needed stitches we were blessed. The next door neighbour was an A & E doctor who came to stitch him up in my friend’s bathroom – saving us time and money.
Some may say ‘you just had a good day’ or neglect to attribute any of these things to God. I believe He hears when we ask. As mentioned recently in another blog, God cares about the detail as well as the bigger things. When you keep God at the centre of your life and you pray continually you see the difference!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
Not only is it important that we pray continually but that we give thanks in all circumstances.
Are you someone who gives thanks when things are going well? Or do you rejoice and give thanks when things seem bleak too? We need to rejoice no matter what situation we find ourselves in because we have a great hope, a hope in the salvation Jesus brings to us.
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?