Praying God's Word

Dear Friends,
I was reading my journal recently to remind myself of what I had written only a few weeks back. 
I had written down the following verses from Revelation. These words are truths revealed by God to John: Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true,
the one who has the key of David.
What he opens, no one can close;
and what he closes, no one can open:
I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. Revelation 3:7-8 (NLT)

There is so much in these verses that I find encouraging. God knows that I have little strength. He knows that I am weak. Yet despite my limitations caused by poor health, God can still use me if I am willing to keep his word.

I wrote the following prayer in my journal based on those verses:
"Lord God, you know the opportunity you have for me and what you are calling me to. Would you …

A Sacred Space

Dear Friends,
I was so blessed to be brought up by Christian parents who taught and modelled the value of having a quiet time with God. I must admit, in my younger years I didn't always enjoy having a quiet time, but as my faith and relationship with God grew closer, the more important these times became to me. Because I've learned the value of being alone with God on a regular basis, I don't usually find it too difficult to find the time. Over the years it's became as much a habit to me, as it is to have my morning breakfast.
Just as important for me as when I have this time with God is where I spend it. I can't concentrate on him if there are others around me because I find my focus shifts from him to them and I'm not giving God my full attention. I need my sacred space where I can be completely alone with God. 

Moses' sacred space was in the middle of the desert:
When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the …

When I Feel Like I'm Slipping

Dear Friends,
When our children were much younger we took them to Euro Disney for a few days. We stayed in onsite accommodation which had one bedroom and a bathroom. The children had bunk beds and Josh was very excited at getting to sleep in the top bunk.
One night we were all woken up by Jess crying out, "I'm lippin... ('slipping') I'm lippin...I'm lippin..." In her half-awake state she was aware that she was falling out of bed and that she was in need of some help.
Has there ever been a time in your Christian life when you've felt yourself slipping? The ground you were standing on had once felt so firm and secure, so certain. But not now, something happened and the ground beneath doesn't feel quite so stable.  Perhaps you came across a bump in the road which caused you trip, or you lost your footing, or the weight you were carrying overbalanced you. Maybe it felt as though someone had pulled the rug from under you and you found yourself falling, un…

Where Are You Fixing Your Eyes?

Dear Friends,

Our daughter, Jess, never enjoyed school.  She found the work hard and she struggled. It wasn't until she was diagnosed with dyslexia towards the end of her schooling that we then realised, in part, the reason for why she found it difficult. However, she never gave up. She demonstrated perseverance, determination,  and endurance. I think she probably thought that her school days would never come to an end. However, they did and she was rewarded for her hard work and persistence with good GCSE exam results. These grades have given her a good foundation so that she can go on to study the course at college she is interested in.

I believe the qualities she displayed are ones that God wants to develop in all of his children, and he often does this through trials and difficulties. At least, that's been my experience.
As I write this, I'm reminded of the verses Paul writes in one of his letters to the Corinthian believers:
For our present troubles are small and won’t la…

What Are You Feeding On?

Dear Friends, 

Some years ago, (possibly about 10 years) whilst I was on a Women's Weekend Conference, God challenged me about the books I was reading. I can't remember what the teaching was on, but I do remember that at some point during that weekend God spoke to me. Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the books I was reading, just that I could be filling my mind with other, better books. 

(I just want to make it clear that this was something God was asking of me. This post is not about telling you that you need to do what God said specifically to me at that time. God is taking each one of us on a journey, the route he has planned for me will be different to the one he has for you, however, the destination is the same.  As he takes us on the journey, you and I are responsible for listening to his voice and following his directions for our life.)

From that time on, I focused on buying fiction books by Christian authors. I soon came to love and enjoy them far more …

What Satisfies Your Thirst?

Dear Friends,

During our family holiday in Cyprus last month we experienced temperatures ranging from late 30s to early 40s (degree centigrade). Being so hot meant that we were constantly thirsty. I found that nothing quite quenched my thirst like an ice cold glass of water.
It reminded me of something one of the psalmists wrote in a psalm about his spiritual longing and thirst for a relationship with God:
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT)

Whilst David was in the wilderness he wrote Psalm 63:

1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You sat…