Mothering Sunday provokes varied emotions. Of all things I have experienced, becoming a mother has had the most profound impact on my relationship with God. It has changed how I understand his overwhelming, sacrificial love. It has challenged the way I engage with him (toddlers and 'quiet God time' do not easily mix!)
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A few weeks ago I went on a day retreat. I began my retreat with a written ‘conversation’ with God. “Lord, how do you want me to spend this day?”, I wrote. His reply seemed to be “Learn to love me more”. I wrote “What does ‘more’ mean? More often? More intensely? More consistently? More purely?”. He seemed to say “More consistently. Focus on this.
For the last few weeks some members of ECB and Highway Church have been attending a church planting course in London. We are the largest group on the course and I am truly thankful for the commitment of our Churches in Bicester family to joint endeavours to spread the Message of Christ locally. I have found it an amazing experience to go on the course.
Oscar Wilde famously said “I can resist anything but temptation”. A saying I think we can all relate with!
This year has already been quite challenging for me in every area of my life; physical, emotional and spiritual. Without going into details, I have been in fairly intense physical pain, work pressures, and emotional pain. In this process, I feel a challenge to choose to trust and walk with God in it - and grow in Him through it.
There is a timeworn word ‘Journey’ used to describe Christian living. Our lives are not static – we go through various landscapes as we mature, and come across stumbling blocks. Learning to negotiate around these is what gives us character and strength to keep going. We learn who we really are, at core.