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Thank you for my Liebster Award Nomination 

I am so humbled to be nominated for a Liebster Award by the very lovely Gail from GailLovesGod.

Gail’s heart & love for the Lord is absolutely infectious & she is one of the loveliest, most genuine ladies I’ve ever met. Gail never ceases to encourage me through liking and commenting on my blogposts. I’m so glad I found her blog on here as her posts brighten up my day & always lead me straight to Jesus. 

My Questions from Gail 

1. What day of the week is best for you to blog?


I don’t have a particular day that’s best for me but I do like to write first thing in the morning as part of my devotional time. I pray & seek God for the day, study the bible & write what I have learned. I don’t use every devotional in my blogposts but my writings tend to be reflective of what God is doing in my heart and speaking to me about.


2. Do you know how much God loves you?


God’s love for me (and all of us) is so great & so vast that its completely unmeasurable. God gave His one & only Son for us so that we could live a life of freedom & peace. There’s no greater love than that. 

3. How often do you post… daily, weekly, monthly?


I post as and when & only when I believe it will encourage & inspire my readers. I don’t put pressure on myself to complete blogposts within certain timescales. I believe in quality over quantity.

4. Do you read other blogger’s posts?


Yes of course! Reading what others write is one of my favourite things about blogging. I love to read and be encouraged by my blogging friends. I’ve met some absolutely wonderful people on here & I’m so thankful I started blogging, purely & simply for that reason. 

5. Do you visit other blogger’s pages?


Yes, definitely! I try to visit lots of different pages and support my blogging friends. 

6. Do you know how important you are?


I honestly do not see myself as more important than anybody else. I know that I’m important to God and that I’m His child & I belong to Him. Its good enough for me just to know that! 


7. Did you do an act of kindness today?


I don’t remember a particular act of kindness for today but I always try to smile & be friendly to every single person I meet. You never know when you might be entertaining angels! 😇 

8. Have you read the Bible… or at least try to?


I read my bible daily, first thing in the morning when I wake up and then throughout the day as and when. I have the bible app on my phone so I use that the most. I like to highlight my favourite verses and look up all the different translations to study & compare. I love the word of God & how it impacts my life in such a positive way.

9. What’s your favorite song?


I love listening to worship music and its pretty much all I listen to really. My favourite worship song at the moment is ‘The war is over’ by Kalley Heiligenthal from Bethel. I love the last part where she sings in the spirit.

10. Who is your favorite relative?


I love all of my family members. I’m so blessed by every single one of them but for the purpose of this post I’ll say my Mom. She’s my inspiration & what I would describe as a Proverbs 31 woman. We nearly lost her in May this year and seeing her on life support was devastating. I thank God that He healed Mom & gave her back to us. She’s the pillar of our family and a rock for us all. 

11. What can you cook?


I make a mean Mexican platter when I have friends over. I cook fajitas, burritos, chilli, tacos & homemade guacamole. I also enjoy cooking a traditional roast beef dinner with all the trimmings for my whole family every once in a while. 

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My questions for my nominees

  1. Where was your last holiday (vacation)? 
  2. If you could go to any period in time, where would you go?
  3. What do you love the most about blogging?
  4. What was the last book you read?
  5. What was the first car you owned?
  6. Who inspires you the most?
  7. Favourite travel: Car, boat, plane or train?
  8. What do you think the best invention is?
  9. If you could spend a day with anyone, who would it be?
  10. Are you a dog or cat person? 
  11. What’s your motto in life?

Please don’t feel obliged to participate if you don’t want to. 

Welsh Rare-bit 

You may be slightly confused by the title of this post so allow me to explain….. Welsh Rarebit is actually ‘posh’ cheese on toast but for my husband & I it means a rare-bit of a Welsh treat for us as we take a three day trip to Wales.

Here’s what we got up to……

Goodbye England, Hello Wales

It only takes a couple of hours in the car until we arrive on Welsh soil; the friendly ‘Welcome to Wales’ sign greeting us. You know you’re in Wales when every road sign you see is now written in Welsh & very suddenly, the terrain and landscape changes. 


Almost immediately you become aware of beautiful, rolling hills and green, grass fields that stretch for miles; the hedgerows replaced by Welsh stone walls. 


The car journey went quickly as we took it in turns to play our favourite songs and listen to podcasts. 

As we chatted & laughed together, I was reminded of the scripture found in Genesis 2:18, Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 

In the business of life its easy to forget how well we get on together and how much we enjoy each other’s company. We both agreed that we needed this rare-bit of a trip in Wales, in order to regroup and reprioritise. 

Cardiff

We arrived in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, at around 9am. This was just a ‘stop off’ as Jon had a work meeting to attend, before our holiday could begin properly. 


While Jon was in his meeting, I waited in the car and wrote my blogpost ‘You are doing a great work, do not come down’.

We didn’t spend long in the beautiful city of Cardiff, before making our way, further down the coast, to Swansea. 

Swansea

This was our first visit to Swansea & we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful, breathtaking scenery & interesting places to visit. 

Dylan Thomas Birthplace 

We visited the house where the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, was born. The house sat at the top of an extremely steep hill & dated back to 1914. Inside, the house was furnished exactly the way it would’ve looked when first built. Absolutely fascinating!


Rhosilli

As we approached the edge of the land that meets the ocean, the magnitude of the beauty of God’s creation that was before our eyes took our very breath away & rendered us speechless. 

The bible verse that came to mind as we looked on at God’s creation was, Psalm 95:4-5 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 


The photos do not do the stunningly pretty village of Rhosilli justice. You can see in the bottom photo that not only does it have the loveliest golden beach, but on the opposite side, boasts the most glorious, green hills you have ever seen. 

The only downside was the fact that it was extremely windy, as you can see by my hair! Well what did we expect? We were in ‘Windy Wales’. 


Mumbles 

Such a cute name for a sweet little village on the edge of the sea; Mumbles has a lovely pier to take a leisurely stroll down. 


Swansea by night

The pavements are lit and the harbour glistens as street lights bounce off the clear-blue water. Laughter can be heard as restaurants begin to fill with couples & families taking time out to spend together. Just lovely!


And then it was time to go home; sad to leave Wales but refreshed, revitalised & ready for a new adventure to begin! 

I shall leave you with a line from the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas:

Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.


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You are doing a great work, don’t come down.

Nehemiah 6:3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave to come down to meet with you?” 

We are builders for the kingdom of God on this earth & are part of God’s building network to restore what has been destroyed by the enemy.

You are a massive threat to the enemy & Satan will do all he can to prevent you from walking in your God given destiny.

No matter what the circumstance looks like, we must continually set our minds, not on the things of this earth but on things above (Col 3:2). 

Nehemiah was so distressed to see his people; vulnerable & open to attack from every side, that he took on the quest to rebuild the walls around the city of Jerusalem. 

Nehemiah was not prepared to stand back and watch the enemy devour and defeat his people and instead, took action. 

Let us take action today. 

Let us get alongside each other in encouragement; recognising one another’s potentials for the kingdom of God. 

Let us show our support and encouragement to one another in love as we pray God’s protection over every precious heart.

Nehemiah was persistent in his pursuit, though he was not without opposition. 

In Nehemiah 4:8 it says that, “They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion.” 

Attempts from the enemy will be made to confuse you and take away your focus. 

Don’t believe the lies of the enemy, instead stay focussed on the truth and believe that you are doing a great work for the kingdom of God.


Nehemiah 6:9 For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands. 

There are times when we can allow the spirit of intimidation and fear to engulf and overtake us, to the point where we become immobile through utter discouragement. 

Therefore, it is so important that we do not go down but must stay seated in high & heavenly places, confident in what God has called you and I to do. 


God will strengthen us as we fully rely on Him. Gods grace is all you need to accomplish every task He asks you to complete.

God has given you the mandate to lead people to Jesus; where chains are broken, lives are restored and hearts are set free. 

I pray that these words will be on your heart as you continue on in your walk with Jesus. 

“I am doing a good work and I cannot come down”. 

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Heart Matters

The ‘heart’ is mentioned no less than 830 times in the Bible so we can make an educated guess that its something that God wants us to take notice of. 

King David was known as a man after Gods own heart and we know that he was chosen by God, not because of his stature but because of his genuine heart for the Lord.

But what are those true qualities that God saw in David’s heart & is now looking for in us?

Here are a few examples, with scriptures for you to consider, reflect & meditate on. Be encouraged!

A heart that seeks – that wants to know more about God, who He is and His character. 

A heart that is hungry – for intimacy with God, to have a relationship with Him and to encounter His presence.


A heart that let’s go – letting go of every doubt and human reasoning and instead, adopting faith just like a child.


A heart that trusts – knowing 100% that God is in control & wants the very best for you.


A heart that is grateful – thankful for every blessing, expressed through constant praise and acknowledgement of a good father.

A heart that embraces change – understanding the importance of progression. Forget the past, move forward & focus on the future in Christ. 


A heart that chooses – putting God before all others, making God your first priority & choosing to fellowship with God regularly.


A heart that believes – belief in Gods word for your life, even though in the natural it has not yet come to pass. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I pray you are blessed and encouraged greatly!


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Mary the ‘risk taker’

I admire Mary. She took a risk and demonstrated boldness to sit at the feet of Jesus. 

Mary broke the condemning boundaries of her era and acted in a way that was seen to society as socially, politically and morally incorrect. 

Mary was not afraid to sit before Jesus. She trusted him, knew him and wanted to know him more. 

Mary had heard Jesus’ words before and had a desire to learn from him. 

Mary was seeking the truth and she knew that Jesus spoke the truth and was the truth. 
She was compelled to listen and learn from the very voice and heart of God. So compelled was Mary, that she threw away all moral conduct and womanly status in light of hearing straight from the mouth of God. 

Mary was drawn to Jesus, she put everything else aside in order to spend time with him and learn from him.

Mary must have known that her sister, Martha was going to be angry for leaving her to do all of the work on her own. 

The two sisters would usually share the workload and yet here Mary was, assuming a male dominated role, as a disciple before her Lord’s feet. 

Mary risked facing disappointment and anger from her sister in order to spend time with Jesus. This was an easy choice for her. 

You see, Mary knew who Jesus was, not only as an amazing teacher but she knew who Jesus was to her. 

She knew him personally and he had captivated her heart enough for her to stop doing what other people thought she should be doing and just sit and listen.

 It is very possible to know a lot of truth about someone but not really know them. We live in a society that celebrates Christian festivals like Christmas and Easter that are centered around Jesus. 

A whole nation recognises a birth and resurrection of a Saviour. They know about Jesus but do not know him personally.

What does it take to get to know someone well?

You have to be willing first of all to want to get to know that person and you have to take time to be around them. 

You have to be willing to listen to what that person has to say and you also have to be willing to share your innermost thoughts and feelings with them. 

This is a real relationship and this is what Jesus wants to have with all of us. 

It’s not enough to just know about him but we must really know Jesus personally for ourselves. 

Unless we do this, then it’s just second hand experiences passed down from someone else and that’s really not much of a relationship.

My Nan unfortunately died two years before I was born. My sister, Shelly, is fifteen years older than me and had a wonderful relationship with our Nan. 

Shelly often recalls the lovely times they had spent together and misses her greatly. It was such a sad loss for the whole family when she passed away and it makes me sad to think of my loved ones hurting.

I didn’t ever got the chance to meet Nan, let alone build a relationship with her, so therefore it’s difficult for me to miss her. 

You can’t really miss what you never experienced or had.

My experiences of Nan are all based on what the rest of my family have said about her. 

I know what she looked like because of photographs and I have built an image in my mind of what her character was like. 

I’ve been told she was very funny and loved to have a good joke and that she was a woman of faith who adored her family. 

All of this information, however true, is based upon relationships that other people had with my Nan. None of it is based upon me knowing her for myself. 

I would much rather have made my own opinions on my Nan through having experience of knowing her for myself. Don’t you agree?

Similarly, how much do you want to experience the love of God for yourself and how much do you want to experience the amazing power of God at work in your life?

I can tell you until the cows come home how God has transformed my life for the better but unless you have experienced Jesus for yourself, it would be of no benefit to you. 

That’s why a one to one, personal relationship with Jesus is so important. 

The bible says in Psalm 34:8 to ‘taste and see that the LORD is good.’

I invite you to do that now, to accept Jesus as your Saviour and make Him your first priority and Lord of your life. 

Ask God to help direct your steps for your future and repent and turn away from your old life and old way of thinking. 

Make a commitment now to get to know Jesus. Spend time with Him at every available opportunity and you will find out the answer to why Mary laid everything down and stopped to sit and listen.  

Love & blessings,

Hayley 😊 

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I am with you

For a very long time I lived my life in complete fear; afraid of death & illness for myself and others. The fear & anxiety I felt was irrational and practically took over my life to the point where I was merely existing & not living.
When I had finally reached the end of my rope, I returned to my Father God; on my knees, broken & desperate. I had exhausted all other options and God was my last hope.

During that time of repentance, God spoke into my heart and moved me in a way that only He can. I did not ask a question nor was I expecting God to speak but, nevertheless, He spoke! 

God’s life changing words to me were: 

‘Do you not know that I am protecting you wherever you go?’ 

My spirit quickened and my mind was taken back to points of fear in my life. One of those times was when I was driving through Cannock Chase where a man had crashed into a tree and died. I became afraid that the same could happen to me and I was filled with anxiety & irrational fear. 

God took me back to all of those similar moments of fear in my life and spoke into my heart that He was protecting me always, that He was surrounding me, that His hand was on my life, that the enemy could not harm me, that I belonged to Him. Whatever happens in my life He would sustain me. 

Then God continued to speak these words into my spirit as clear as anything:

I am Your God, The Lion of Judah and I will give you the courage of a Lion and you will be afraid no more and you will trust in me’. 

Wow! God was going to give little old me the courage of a lion?! I wasn’t so sure at first but I wanted to believe it more than anything. 

Well, the rest is history and needless to say, God did fulfil His promise to me that I would be filled with His courage & boldness.

I cannot remember the last time I had an anxiety or panic attack. My trust in God has grown as I have felt the power of His hand on my life.

This is why I tell my story because I am moved with compassion for every person out there that is suffering with anxiety. I know how it feels and I know there’s an answer.

Fear does not come from God but fear comes from the enemy. Satan wants to rob you of your life and fill your mind with lies. Don’t allow him to! Instead, place your life in Gods hands, give Him all of your fears and worries. Accept that you are in desperate need of Jesus as your saviour and confess that you cannot live this life on earth without Him. I promise, it will be the best decision you ever make and you will never look back.

If you are reading this and are in need of prayer then I will be happy to pray for you. If you want to reach me privately then you can email me at realredletters@gmail.com

Love & blessings,

Hayley 😊❤️

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Dare to dream

Have you ever felt so deflated and so discouraged that all you want to do is give up and quit altogether? 
That has been my story since I was a child. 

I have, unfortunately, been known for quitting and running away from lots of things: new hobbies, college, university, friendships, even God! 

When the going got tough, my initial instinct would always be to just, quite simply, give up! 

I once erased every single song I ever wrote and recorded, spanning over 4 years worth of artistry, in the space of 20 seconds. I’d like to say I was upset at myself for doing this but I genuinely wasn’t. 

I can’t even remember why I erased them but it was probably due to my own insecurities. Anyway, I wasn’t in the least bit bothered and would think my songs were rubbish so what was the point in sharing them. 

This has been an ongoing pattern of behaviour for so long and even now I have to stop myself from deleting things I have written or recorded. 

So, what changed? 

Over the last few years my love for Jesus has grown and grown. I’m learning more about His beautiful, loving nature every day and I’m learning to solely trust and rely on Him. 

I’ve learned that Jesus has a plan and a purpose for me and that I cannot fail if I am following where He leads me. 

I’ve learned that the songs I write & sing to Him are personal and to be treasured. Even if no one else ever hears them, its okay cause God hears every note & loves it! 

Dare to dream….. the song 

The song, Dare to dream, came about when Jon and I were at a crossroad in our life. We felt like God was leading us to a church called Create Church in Cannock.

This all happened right at the beginning of the new year and we received many confirmations from the Lord to say we were making the right decision in moving on.

For the last year our vision had been buried and it felt like we were just going through the motions and not really gaining ground in anything. 

In Proverbs 29:18 it says: ‘Without vision the people perish’ and we were surely perishing! 

After moving churches we started to feel alive again and God began reminding us of the vision He had given us.

It was time to ‘dream again’ and we both began to get excited about what God had called us to do.

It was time to step out of the boat, trust God and walk in the promises He had for us. We knew He wouldn’t let us down.

If you’re in need of some encouragement when it comes to a vision that you believe God has given you, don’t give up! 

God has it all in hand. He won’t let that vision die even when the flame is burning low. 

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed future time It hurries toward the goal of fulfillment; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait patiently for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay. Amen!

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I dare to dream again. Step out of my boat and onto the water. Fan the flame inside that drives my sense of adventure. Becoming braver, bolder as I go deeper, never losing who I am in Christ my Saviour. I dare to dream again, I dare to dream again.’ 

(Dare to dream – Red Letters) 

A verse from every book of the bible


Genesis 12:2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you abundantly, And make your name great exalted, distinguished; And you shall be a blessing, a source of great good to others.

Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you while you only need to keep silent and remain calm.

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take revenge nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbour acquaintance, associate, companion as yourself; I am the Lord. 

Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? 

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed intimidated, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Judges 1:2 …..I will never break my covenant with you.

Ruth 2:12 May the Lord repay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

1 Samuel 16:7 ……For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.


2 Samuel 23:5 Truly is not my house so blessed with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things, and secured. For will He not cause to grow and prosper all my salvation and my every wish? Will He not make it grow and prosper? 

1 Kings 18:37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You.

2 Kings 20:5 …….I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Behold, I am healing you…..

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually longing to be in His presence. 

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His. 

Ezra 10:4 Stand up, for it is your duty, and we will be with you. Be brave and act.

Nehemiah 8:10 ……And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.


Esther 4:14 Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, And at the last He will take His stand upon the earth. 

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I a rock that is too high to reach without Your help.  

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me; And those who seek me early and diligently will find me. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity a sense of divine purpose in the human heart a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God—yet man cannot find out comprehend, grasp what God has done His overall plan from the beginning to the end.

Song of Solomon 3:4 ….I found him whom my soul loves. I held on to him and would not let him go…..

Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.  

Jeremiah 29:13 Then with a deep longing you will seek Me and require Me as a vital necessity and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 

Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul; “Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” 

Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 

Daniel 12:3 Those who are spiritually wise will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead many to righteousness, will shine like the stars forever and ever. 

Hosea 12:6 Therefore, return in repentance to your God, Observe and highly regard kindness and justice, And wait expectantly for your God continually. 

Joel 2:28 “It shall come about after this that I shall pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 


Amos 5:24 But let justice run down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream flowing abundantly. 

Obadiah 1:17 But on Mount Zion in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance for those who escape, And it shall be holy no pagan will defile it; And the house of Jacob shall possess their former possessions. 

Jonah 2:7 When my soul was fainting within me,I remembered the Lord, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. 

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look expectantly for the Lord and with confidence in Him I will keep watch; I will wait with confident expectation for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. 

Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows He recognises, cares for, and understands fully those who take refuge and trust in Him. 

Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord God is my strength my source of courage, my invincible army; He has made my feet steady and sure like hinds’ feet and makes me walk forward with spiritual confidence on my high places of challenge and responsibility.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love making no mention of your past sins, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. 

Haggai 2:9 The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I shall give the ultimate peace and prosperity,’ declares the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 9:12 Return to the stronghold of security and prosperity, O prisoners who have the hope; Even today I am declaring that I will restore double your former prosperity to you as firstborn among nations. 

Malachi 4:2 But for you who fear My name with awe-filled reverence the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap joyfully like calves released from the stall. 


Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened by religious rituals that provide no peace, and I will give you rest refreshing your souls with salvation. 

Mark 11:24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer in accordance with God’s will, believe with confident trust that you have received them, and they will be given to you. 

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing is or ever shall be impossible.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy; I have overcome the world. My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding. 

Acts 17:28 For in Him we live and move and exist that is, in Him we actually have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the unlimited love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let everything you do be done in love motivated and inspired by God’s love for us. 


2 Corinthians 12:9 but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation; for My power is being perfected and is completed and shows itself most effectively in your weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may completely enfold me and may dwell in me. 

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ that you have been saved actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life through faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves not through your own effort, but it is the undeserved, gracious gift of God.
Philippians 3:7 But whatever former things were gains to me as I thought then, these things once regarded as advancements in merit I have come to consider as loss absolutely worthless for the sake of Christ and the purpose which He has given my life. 

Colossians 3:2 Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above the heavenly things, not on things that are on the earth which have only temporal value. 


1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you to Himself for your salvation, and He will do it He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own. 

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we should and are morally obligated as debtors always to give thanks to God for you, believers beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Spirit that sets you apart for God’s purpose and by your faith in the truth of God’s word that leads you to spiritual maturity. 

1 Timothy 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness spiritual training is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control. 

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth spiritual transformation, regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Philemon 1:6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ. 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance title deed, confirmation of things hoped for divinely guaranteed, and the evidence of things not seen the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses. 

James 4:10 Humble yourselves with an attitude of repentance and insignificance in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you He will lift you up, He will give you purpose. 

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a special people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light. 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord does not delay as though He were unable to act and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is extraordinarily patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit, and all of you know the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error. 

2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in accordance with His commandments and are guided continually by His precepts. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should always walk in love. 

3 John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but imitate what is good. The one who practices good exhibiting godly character, moral courage and personal integrity is of God; the one who practices or permits or tolerates evil has not seen God he has no personal experience with Him and does not know Him at all. 

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher, pray in the Holy Spirit…..

Revelation 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give water from the fountain of the water of life without cost. 

Phew!! We did it! Isn’t Gods word just amazing?! What’s your favourite scripture? Hayley

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Working out my own salvation

My mom & dad got saved when I was around 2 years old, consequently I was raised in the church and had a Christian upbringing. I cannot fault my mom and dad and my childhood was idyllic. 

As I became a teenager I started feeling, quite simply, like I didn’t measure up to all of those ‘perfect’ looking Christians that I came across in church. Of course this was just my teenage perception. 

I always felt like I messed up, no matter how hard I tried. The more I knew I shouldn’t do something, the more I would do it.
I was definitely what you would describe as a rebellious teenager. I would go round and round in circles, behaving in a way which was not ‘Christ-like’ then feeling awful guilt and shame that I felt I couldn’t share with anyone. 

This cycle continued until I eventually came to the conclusion that I could no longer be a Christian.

It was too hard!

I was attempting the Christian walk in my own strength and failing miserably. I had not discovered for myself the real power of the cross; of Jesus’ forgiveness, grace and mercy. 

(A lot happened in the years following and these ‘in between’ times are definitely for another blog post). 

What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was living my salvation out through my mom and dad. 
Philippians 2:12 tells us to ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’. 

Eventually I did this. 

I got on my knees, asked God for His forgiveness in complete repentance and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I realised that I could do nothing apart from God and that He was essential to my life.

I came to realise that it is only by His grace (unmerited favour) that we can stand before Him, faultless & blameless. 

So, yes, the Christian walk is hard,  but only when you’re striving to live as a Christian in your own strength. 

In fact, its near on impossible. 

In any area of weakness in our life, God is stronger.

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

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