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Father, as I enter a new year and a new day, may I lean on Your grace and strength alone to sustain. May I trust that You will provide, and Lord help me to understand who You really are in all Your sovereignty and may this knowledge influence everything i do. Thankyou for giving me the gift of life and may i live my life to glorify Your precious name.

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Jeremiah 29:11

i know what i am planning for you, i have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. i will give you hope and a good future

I have had a crazy year. Probably my craziest, and these are just to name a few. I have spent three months in Kenya, my parents have been uprooted by God from our home town and been filled and sent four hours away to work and live in Leeds… i unexpectedly got an A in my biology exam and therefore secured a place in university (which i NEVER thought was going to happen), i left home.. and moved to live in the big city..

I am AMAZED, in awe, and humbled by what God has done. How He has worked through me, and placed me perfectly according to His will over this past year. i have been through some of the toughest and challenging months of my life, yet when i was at my lowest, when i was isolated and thought i didn’t have the strength to go on… God picked me up, built me up and made me strong.

His plans are for the best and its sometimes hard to see that when we’re going through the storms which life does bring. We can often pity ourselves and think we’re on life’s largest struggle. But take heart, God can see the bigger picture and He’s placed us there to prosper. Its amazing to look back and see where God has, and is working and building us for future purposes.  We know very little,  and we often can have our own plans and visions for the future, and sometimes things just don’t work out quite how we’d like them to? BUT when we come before our God, a God who’s knowledge and greatness is UNFATHOMABLE; we will begin to realise we are weak and incapable in comparison, and that it really is best to trust and leave our plans in the Creators hands.

We CAN be everything God wants us to be.

Exodus 14:14

The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.

This is the message Moses gave the Israelites when they were pursued by their Egyptian slave masters in the wilderness. When it seemed as though they would be at the hands of their oppressors once more God prepared a way…. a path through the sea to safety.

Thousands of years down the line God keeps his promises and continues to make paths for us which lead us to safety. Lets not forget the God who turned water into wine, the God who parted the red sea, who made the blind to see and the deaf to see…is the God of the 21st century and he still fights for us today. Don’t be afraid and don’t give up…cast your cares on the Lord… be still and allow the God of miracles to take the fight for you.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time

God restores us. However we feel, however useless or inadequate, God is able to turn our greatest mess into a masterpiece. He can use us for His purposes no matter how weak or unworthy we are. No life is too wounded or broken for Him to work through, or revive. When we put our trust in the Lord through the pain and sadness…. fruit will bloom forth from fertile grounds.

Lord make us new.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

 

This photograph is from a series of pictures entitled ‘La Jument’ taken by the photographer Jean Guichard during a storm in 1989 off the coast of Brittany, France. A group of lighthouse keepers were seeking refuge in the towers lantern away from the terrifying storm which posed great threat to their lives and was destroying everything in its path.

As Jean Guichard’s helicopter approached the tower to photograph the event he was unaware that the keepers were waiting for a rescue helicopter. One of the keepers Théodore Malgorne, heard the sound of the helicopter and naturally assumed it was the rescue helicopter. He opened the lower door of the structure and as he looked up at the helicopter and realized that it was not the rescue chopper, he also realized that a giant wave was about to engulf the tower. He immediately turned around and pulled the door closed behind him. Had he not done so at that second, he surely would have been killed.

Just like the lighthouse protected the keeper from the raging storm, God is a lighthouse to his children. We can run into his loving arms and find shelter and safety. Whatever we face….no matter how fierce the storm is or how dull the outcome looks we will always find shelter in Him. God alone is the one place of safety for his children.

The ‘name of the Lord’ suggests EVERYTHING about his very being, there is not one single aspect of God which can fail us. When trouble does come, we are not to attempt to solve anything in our own strength, we are to ‘run’ as the verse says with our trouble and pour out our complaints and worrys into Gods listening ear. We are to put God between ourselves and our trouble.

So… when the storms rage- hold fast. hold onto the one un-changing, faithful and all loving God who has promised that we WILL find safety and security in Him.

 

I have countless things to be praising God for this morning…especially after a Christmas day full of food, fun, presents and more food. But this morning i especially thank God for family. Just up there is a photo of me and two of my cousins for maybe what is the second time we’ve seen each other this year? I thank God for relationships, and placing such amazing people within my family in whom i can confide, laugh with, and cry.

So thank you Jesus for this precious gift.

Luke 2:9-11

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Its Christmas day! Hurray!

On this day hundreds of years ago God Himself entered our world to meet with us and to be the Saviour of the human race. He came to us as a baby – vulnerable, shamed by the gossip surrounding His very existence, His life under threat, and was born in the dirt and squalor of a  borrowed stable because He loves us so much he wants to draw us back to Him.

In this broken world today, the Birth of a Saviour continues to bring joy to the lives of people who turn and follow him. As Christians we should let this joy penetrate our everyday lives. We have a hope that is steadfast and certain, we’ve found fulfilment in the Bethlehem babe. May this unfathomable joy be our strength this Christmas!

Happy Birthday Jesus. We give you all the glory and praise!