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Denise Crook writes

I was blessed this year with a birthday gift of art classes from my lovely husband! I've wanted to do this for a long time and although I'm enjoying it overall, at times I find it quite frustrating and can understand now why it's called a 'work' of art. I have also been surprised at my emotions at times. One thing I've struggled with is that (after asking for my permission) my art teacher has painted on my piece of art to show me what she's trying to explain!

I can feel myself squirming in my seat trying desperately hard not to say "what are you doing? I don't like it the way it looks now!"

Yet on other occasions I've been able to see the improvement and been pleased with the advice.

It's made me think about our 'gifting's' and that usually we have to work at these things to improve and often we need to humble ourselves to be shown a better way and that we need some determination and persistence to move forward to see some surprising results we perhaps don't think we're capable of!

Last week I shared a verse that has challenged me lately 'Love each other as if your lives depended on it!' I wonder, do we do this as a church?

Have you discovered your gifting and blessed somebody recently?

When was the last time I/ we encouraged someone?

Just think how amazing our church family would look if we all 'loved each other' as that bible verse challenges.

People who feel on the edge would feel included and really cared for not just on a Sunday, our children's work would grow, our teenagers would be feel they belong being mentored & empowered as the next generation etc.…just imagine! (even if it is messy at times) & remember that He knows best!

Luke 9 (Msg)“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Selfsacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you?”

1Peter 4:8 ‘Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.’