at Caernarvon Way, Trowbridge, Cardiff, CF3 1RU
A time of connecting with women
When my husband went to India, the first week I really felt exhausted from crying, weighed down, worried and tired of being me. God was allowing me more than I could handle, but not more than He could. God revealed to me the process of letting go of my life, in order that Christ can live His life through me. I can rest in knowing that I don’t have to be able and I’m not expected to be able, but Jesus’ Life in me is completely able. The understanding of who I am in Christ shows me that God is patient with me and will bring what I need at His right time. I can trust fully in His love for me. While at a women's conference in March, I began to feel a sense that God was calling me to something more. But in the process he was reinforcing his love for me as a daughter and He as my Heavenly Father. It would be out of my relationship with Him that everything would flow. In this He released me from fears I was having and reassured me to move forward in His purposes for my life. With all this, the time of fellowship, teaching and challenge at the conference, these ladies gave me the encouragement I needed to begin 'living stone" a ladies fellowship taken from the verse in 1Peter 2:5.
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For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do ~ Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
It seems to me that every single day of our lives we need to remind ourselves that God loves us....The enemy of our souls will daily and relentlessly bombard us with thoughts and feelings of inadequacy, guilt, shame, condemnation, insufficiency, insecurity, fear, doubt and rejection.... He is an accuser constantly trying to make us feel that we have blown it so badly this time that God could not possibly want us back. I want to remind you today that no matter what you have said or have not said, what you have thought or have not thought, what you have done or have not done, what you have accomplished or have not accomplished, God loves you. Love is not only what God does; it is who God is. He cannot stop Himself from loving us, because He is love. That means His love for us is based entirely on His character, not our performance. Decide today that you will not listen to the lies of the enemy but to the truth of God’s Word. God has always loved you, and He always will. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15, ESV
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45) Ready is a tricky word when it comes to following Jesus. Why? Because there is a huge difference between feeling ready and actually being ready. Did Moses feel ready to return to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let his people go? No. It seemed an impossible mission. Did Gideon feel ready to go strike down the Midianites and save Israel? No. Did Jeremiah feel ready to be a prophet to the nations? No. Did young Mary, a virgin teenager, feel ready to carry the Son of God in her womb? No. In fact, we can go through the Bible page by page and find person after person who didn’t feel ready to do what God called them to do. But God didn’t ask them whether they felt ready. He decided they were ready! My point is that God starts at impossible! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Let God determine when you’re ready to run for Him and carry His love and the truth of His power into the lives of others.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1). Often we throw ourselves into things and make big promises to God. We tell Him that we will serve Him unreservedly, do anything for Him, and then we wait expectantly for Him to do His part and open up our life purpose and destiny before us. But when God doesn’t respond immediately, we begin to waver. Maybe you have done a lot of asking of God and want to know, “When is the receiving?” You may have been praying for a particular person to get saved, for a marriage or other relationship to be restored, for a business or financial breakthrough, for a miraculous healing. You’ve asked, but you’ve not yet received. I want to encourage you not to give up! Don’t hesitate...keep believing and keep waiting patiently. He who promised is faithful!
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). God is the one who made us, each of us, for a unique purpose and a magnificent destiny. He makes right what the world makes wrong. His plans are for good, not for evil. His ways are straight and merciful. He came to give me a hope and a future – and to give you one too. His promises are true. His love is full of forgiveness and peace, joy and kindness, grace. He saves us from any prison, whether physical or emotional or spiritual, the ones we’re forced into and the ones we fall into on our own. He chooses us. He loves us without condition, unrelentingly, forever. He loves us broken, and He loves to make us whole again. I challenge you to choose to believe this for yourself today. Choose to believe that He is who He says He is!
Many people begin their race with their eyes fixed on Jesus but get distracted and end up focusing on numerous other things: people, possessions, position, status, gifts, their spouses, their careers. They think that these things will complete them as a person, but the apostle Paul warns us that only Jesus can and will do this for us. The source of our completion is found nowhere else but in Christ. Our goal is to complete the course set out for us by God and become more and more like Jesus along the way. Jesus is both the beginning and the end of our race. If we begin to find ourselves empty, it’s time to refocus and fix our eyes on Jesus once again. … he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).... We are definitely living in uncertain times – unprecedented political, social, moral, educational, environmental and spiritual change characterizes our world today. But the one thing that is certain and unchanging is Jesus Christ! Stay close to Jesus, focused on Him and His Word. He will give you comfort, wisdom, insight and discernment to navigate the daily challenges that are an inevitable part of life. Don’t be anxious about the shifting landscape of this world. Set your mind on things above and trust the One who holds the whole world in His hands.
I was talking to a friend a little while ago who told me that her husband had walked out on her and left her to look after their two young children alone......on one occasion she spoke to him on the phone and demanded, “How can you do this to our kids? Even if your feelings toward me have dried up, what about our kids?” Surprised, he responded, “No one else has ever asked me that. Everyone says, ‘What about you? How do you feel?’ Therefore, I really haven’t thought about how this would affect them.” We are immersed in a culture that thrives on pleasing “self,” but we need to go against the flow and set Christ as our goal rather than self-fulfillment..... When we do this, the fruit of His Spirit will be evident in us. We need to learn to love self-control and not always just do “what feels right.” If we want to find God’s best for our lives and truly maximize our potential, we must choose to live a different way. … make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
Remember that old saying, Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.....that thought may help us keep a resilient will, but it’s not true about the heart. We can be hurt plenty by labels. Maybe you are struggling today with a label that someone else has given you. Maybe your head is insisting that God loves you, but your heart and emotions keep punching it away..... Whenever you feel this way, the best thing you can do is pick up your Bible and remind yourself of what God says....His Word is the key to knowing your true identity. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)
I just want to remind you today that ... God speaks. If you feel that God is silent, ask yourself when the last time was that you opened His Word. He has something to say to us every day if we will choose to listen. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
I love the passage of Scripture in Hebrews that reminds us, And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:24-25). You have the opportunity to bless those around you. Encourage someone today and watch yourself be encouraged in the process!
Do you remember how thankful you were when you first came to Jesus? Stepping out of one world and into another and suddenly everything looks great! When I first got saved, every day was an adventure with God and I was grateful for every blessing He sent along. Most new Christians are the same. But it doesn’t seem to take long before all those things that were once “awesome” about our new life in Christ begin to lose their gloss. Why? Because we quickly forget to be thankful. It’s easy to go from gratitude to familiarity, and from familiarity to disappointment. Let’s determine to keep nurturing a spirit of thankfulness and allow it to infuse everything we do. Every day there is something we can be thankful for ... what are YOU thankful for today? Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 NKJV)
Just want to thank everyone for their hard work setting up/taking down and everything in between...those who prayed..served..talked and just hung out with us.. we praise God for you...it has been a wonderful day...and it was great to see so many people new and old friends and we hope to see you all on the Sundays to come...join us at 10.45a.m and 6.30p.m New Hope Community Church...Ball Road.Llanrumney..Blessings to you and yours
You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If it seem too good to be true, it probably is. Everything that goes up must come down. Our world has programmed us to avoid risks and play it safe. But I have discovered if we want to fulfill our destinies and live lives of faith, then RISK must become our friend. Risk and faith are synonymous. An infinite God has woven RISK into the fabric of our finite beings – we have a purpose to fulfill! Today I want to encourage you to step out of the boat, get out of your comfort zone, be generous like never before, extend a helping hand to someone you would normally avoid or ignore, make that call, sign up for that course, go on that date, start that business, serve in that ministry ... AND WATCH GOD turn up big time. Remember, without faith it is impossible to please God ... (Hebrews 11:6).
There is no doubt you awoke this morning, as I did, mentally rehearsing the endless list of things you have to get done today. Isn’t it exhausting?! As I was drinking my extra cup of tea and going through my to-do list, I began to feel overwhelmed and exhausted before I had even begun the day. But then I remembered . . . ...those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV). In Christ, we already have all the strength we need to do whatever we are meant to accomplish today. Our only requirements are to wait, trust and rely on God and His strength. Today, choose to wait on Him! I’m going to!
Don't ever let fear keep you from what God has called you to do in this life. Proclaim His truth over lies and you will win!
It’s a well-known fact that our lives are full of challenges! We can’t avoid them, but we can choose how we will react during unexpected circumstances. When trials and tribulations come, make the decision to run to God FIRST and allow Him to speak to you about how you are meant to handle the situations you find yourself in. Wait on God, be sensitive to His Spirit and be committed to finishing your race. Second Timothy 1:7 tells us, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. And as Christians, we have His Spirit dwelling within us! I want to encourage you to not allow difficult circumstances become your excuse to grow weary or give up, but rather hold on to His promises in every challenge life throws your way!
Do you sometimes sit in church as your Pastor is preaching and you feel like hiding under the chairs because it is like he was at your house, in your mind, in your heart every word feels like a bullet because God is dealing with you
I want my husband to lead me and our family. But in order for him to do that I must be willing to submit to his lead. This does not mean I surrender my opinions or input or wisdom…it means I surrender my grip of control and selfish ways and trust him!
If it stops you from getting closer to God then it needs to go....
I'm going to challenge you to slow down enough in your life to pay attention to the God that's there for you..... and thank Him for every little, teeny, tiny thing that He does for you
During tough times, it’s especially important to stay connected to God through prayer and reading His Word... Pour out your prayer requests to God with the confidence that He cares and is always listening, but make sure that you’re asking God to do what He knows is best for you rather than just trying to convince God to do only what you want. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you bring your prayers into alignment with God’s desires for you. Get biblical truth regularly by hearing, reading, studying, memorising, and meditating on the Bible....
You need some YOU time. For some, this looks like sitting in a comfy chair, sipping a coffee and reading a good book; for others, it’s putting on the running shoes and going for a jog in the park. It can be listening to inspirational music, gardening, cooking or simply sitting watching the sunset. An essential byproduct of stopping to breathe is we quiet our spirit and mind, and give God time and opportunity to speak to us! Psalm 23:1-3 says, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (NKJV). Today, simply take the time to stop, breathe and lean into the presence of God. You will be grateful you did!
I believe this is a word for you today! When you feel like everything is falling apart, when things do not work out quite how you planned or anticipated, when people let you down or hurt you, that is not the time to retreat, react or recoil, but rather to simply KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. Just keep doing whatever it is the Lord told you to do. Keep your focus on Him, not the obstacles, hurdles, disappointments or circumstances, and you will find that He will go before you, protect and shield you. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalm 91:4 NKJV)
Many marriages suffer because spouses are holding on to past mistakes, past failures, past disappointments, past heartbreaks, past rejections & past relationships... You cannot revisit the past & undo the hurtful wrong that happened.... You cannot unwind the hands of time.... You cannot erase the scars.... But you can choose to forgive, trust God & move on.... No marriage can ever see a better future without letting go of the past.... Every marriage has some degree of regrettable past.... But the successfully married practice daily forgiveness on the altar of prayer..... Don’t build a monument of your spouse’s past sin in your heart & when you’re wrong don’t be too proud to apologize..... Give your marriage a new breath of life..... Today; let-go & forgive your spouse for everything in the past.... “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32....Yes, You can do it....