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By Dawne Cooper, Jubilee Church Wirral
I don’t know about you, but with everything going on in the world at the moment and even just in the everyday, life can seem overwhelming.
Wars rage, loved ones die, there’s constant power struggles, storms and the damage from them ensue, just to name a few things. You’re probably thinking, wow this is a cheery blog! But don’t worry we’ll get there.
Time after time I’ve been reminded of the verse in John 16:33:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”
A few years ago I wrote a song when we were in the midst of the covid pandemic which was inspired by this verse. Have a read through the lyrics to see what this verse inspired in me.
When you see the world around you
And it seems to much to bear
Just lift your eyes to heaven
To see someone who cares.
He hasn’t tired or abandoned
Or left you all alone
He’s standing right beside you
And he cannot be overthrown
So take heart, He’ll lift that weight up off your chest,
Take heart, He holds you in His hands.
In this world there will be trouble, but I have overcome the world,
So take heart, take heart.
It may seem overwhelming
But he’s really in control
He’s the voice that calms the storms
And it’s Him I will extoll
He’s omniscient and omnipresent
He won’t leave you all alone
And knowing he’s omnipotent
Means I know he’s on the throne
So when you feel so tired and helpless
And you don’t know where to start
Take heart knowing that he’s got this
He won’t let you fall apart.
What does the verse inspire in you?
There are so many troubles we face day to day, but we’ve got a God who is greater than this, we’ve got a God who is above it all, and why? Because he’s already overcome it all!
Take heart, these troubles are only momentary. One day they will all be gone and we’ll live with Him in glory. In the meantime He’s got you! Trust in Him to get you through all these battles and uncertain times.
Listen to Take Heart:
Dawne Cooper of Jubilee Church Wirral
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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?