Happy New Year!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

That is one of my favourite verses in the bible and I listened to our Matlock church’s talk online today and it was spoken about. I love how God is described in this verse, not how a lot of people seem to see him, as some sort of uncaring being watching all the problems in the world and not helping or caring but as our God who never ever stops loving us and from whom every good gift comes and no matter what our circumstances there are plenty of good gifts.

Moving and living in a new place (completely new) really brings home the saying “different place, same old sh..” (sorry for almost swearing), don’t get me wrong, we are glad we have moved, it is where we are meant to be, and I am starting to get very excited about the place again! But nothing takes you away from your problems or worries, even moving, or actually, especially moving!

What I’ve found is that it has exposed a lot (and I mean a lot) of things that I depend on for comfort and didn’t actually realise that I did. Television, the internet, my stuff around me (especially beds and settees) and even the everyday routines you don’t even realise you have! This is good, awareness is good and it also has caused me to go to God, read his word and look at who he is and what we actually have in him.

What we have is safety, freedom from fear, freedom to be us and to want to please him not people. He gives good gifts and we are able to look at and see them, rather than be blinded by our own thoughts or feelings. When we come to Him, He changes everything, for the better, time and time again. He has and is doing so with me yet again at the moment.

Why not try him? Ask Him if He is there? Try believing He is good and He is for you, not against you. See what happens. Read a gospel, I particularly like John, the beginning (and the rest of course) is awesome. He loves you, you were made by Him and for Him whether you believe it or not. Here endeth the sermon!

Happy New Year

Cathy x

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A Jesus follower who with her family are attempting (probably comically) to start a different type of life in a totally different place, but starting where we are and rolling with it and seeking God all the way, well trying to... #theshepherdsadventure

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