My YouVersion Reading Plan

I started a plan to read the whole Bible in 6 months on 6th June. It’s coming up to 6th December now, and I’m sorry to say I am nowhere near finished. I’ve found it quite hard at times to get into a routine for reading regularly, so I am only 43% through the plan. However, I’m not too disheartened, as the Own it 365 reading plan was supposed to be a 1 year reading plan, so I knew I was being quite ambitious. I’m...

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Isaiah 49:15-16

This was the theme of the service at Church a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since. How cool is it that God cares so much about us that we are written on his hands?  No matter what you may think, he doesn’t forget about you. Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my...

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Philippians 4:4

Part of this bible verse popped into my head on the way home from work tonight: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It’s highlighted and marked in my bible as it’s one of my favourites, and I’m glad that it came into my...

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Album of the Week – Love Shine Through by Tim Hughes

I bought this album at the start of the week – I didn’t realise it was released a couple of months ago. I love the last two Tim Hughes albums, and I can say that I’m definitely going to think the same about this one after a few more listens. He has a way of writing songs which end up stuck in my head, I’ve had ‘At Your Name’ going round on a loop ever since I first listened to it. Lord of all the earth ...

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Bible in 6 months?

I sometimes have problems picking up the bible and reading it. Sometimes, I can open it and find exactly what I needed, and other times, I seem to lack the motivation. I’ve recently been reading a 100 day reading plan, which takes you briefly through the bible in (you guessed it) – 100 days. Although I am really enjoying reading this and the notes that come with each day’s reading, I am not really reading anything that I have...

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Just what I needed…

There have been a couple of times in the last week or so when I have heard/read something that was exactly what I needed. I have a couple of Bible reading plans, one is a 100 day reading plan in an old book I bought from Wesley Owen, and the other is Project 3:45 on YouVersion (great website btw – check it out). Last week, this came up on my reading plan and I thought it was perfect. 1 Peter 5:6-9 Humble yourselves, therefore, under...

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Sometimes, the answer is no

On the day that Brad Paisley’s new album has been released, I wanted to share my favourite Brad Paisley song – No. I love the words to this song. It is very easy to think that God isn’t listening if you are praying for something and it doesn’t seem like you get want you want, but God knows how your life should go, and sometimes, the answer is no. We just need to realise that this God has a plan, and everything will work...

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone! It’s hard to pick one quote to sum up the sacrifice that was made for us, but this is what I was reading this morning: John 21:29 Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’ I also wanted to share a picture of the present my Uncle Alan brought me back from his holiday, hand carved in Costa Rica.

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Isaiah 41:13

This is the perfect bible verse for when you are feeling a bit alone or maybe not quite sure what to do. A perfect reminder that God has a plan for us, and he will help us to get to where we need to be. For I am the lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

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The simple ones are the best

Sometimes, the simple songs are the best ones, and the ones that resonate the most. I downloaded an album called ‘How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live from the Grand Ole Opry‘ from iTunes, and this song is on it The version on the album is by Vince Gill, but there was no video for that on YouTube. I did find this version which is very similar. There are not many words to the song, and no extra bells and whistles, but they are...

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Philippians 4:6

My favourite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, but this one from earlier in the chapter is a very close second. It is very close in meaning to verse 13, which is probably why they are both my favourites. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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James 4:7

This quote was in Josh Hamilton’s book – Beyond Belief. It is a story of his descent into and recovery from drug addiction, and it was this quote that helped him to recover from the depths of crack addiction while living in his Grandmother’s house. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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1 Samuel 16:7

I think this verse is particularly apt in our society, where so much value is placed on appearance. It may sound like a cliché to say “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”, but it’s so true. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the...

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Merry Christmas

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  

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Colours of Day

We used to sing this hymn in Primary school, and it was always one of my favourites. Looking at all the snow outside, the words ‘Light up the fire and let the flame burn’ sounded very comforting this morning! Colours of day dawn into the mind The sun has come up, the night is behind. Go down in the city, into the street, And lets give the message to the people we meet So light up the fire and let the flame burn Open the door, let...

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Spanish Lords Prayer

I got a Spanish/English Bible last year for Christmas, which has Spanish down one side of the page and English down the other. I thought it would help me improve my Spanish. Not so much, but I do like this. Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos Santificado sea tu nombre Vénganos tu reino Hágase tu voluntad, así en la tierra como en el cielo El pan nuestro de cada día, dánoslo hoy Y perdónanos nuestros ofensas así como nosotros...

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Romans 8: 38-39

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord

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Thank God

Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God I heard this quote last year and it really stuck with me. It reminds me that God is with us through everything, and we should be thankful for everything that he does for us.

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