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“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” (Psalm 36:9)

Hello again. Hope you’re all well and ticking along. You may have noticed that I didn’t write a blog last week and this is because Kev took a week’s holiday from work. We have this week in February every year to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my birthday, two days later. We had initially booked a few days in York but obviously had to cancel, so thought we might go out for some meals. But the restaurants and pubs are still closed, so we made do with a combination of home cooking and M&S ready meals! We got out for a few local walks, did a lot of lounging about, and basically had a thoroughly nice week together. I am including a few photos that Kev took from our local walks.

Lymm canal

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.” (John 10:14)

I’ve already told you that my birthday was last week but what I haven’t yet told you is that my second birthday is on 25 February. This is to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the date that I became a Christian. I can hardly believe it’s been so long and the time really has flown! I have told you my testimony in great detail in previous blogs so won’t repeat myself, except to say that I am so grateful that God waited patiently for me to decide to commit to Him.

Thanks to God’s gracious kindness and forgiveness, I am now happy and proud to call myself a Child of God. Jesus is indeed the Good Shepherd and I have the assurance that He does know me and I certainly know Him. I am so looking forward to meeting Him face to face.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

God knew you, as He knew Jeremiah the prophet, long before you were even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always considered you valuable and that He has a purpose in mind for you.

Woolston Lake

“Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Luke 12:7)

I love this verse. It reminds me yet again how amazing our God is, that He even knows the number of hairs on our heads! Our true value is God’s estimate of our worth, not other people’s. They may evaluate us according to how we perform, what we achieve and how we look. But God cares for us because we belong to Him. Never allow yourself to feel that you don’t matter – each and every one of us is special and precious to God. He created you and He knows you better than you know yourself.

“But God shows His love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:3)

The whole basis of the Gospel – Christ died for us, in order that we may be forgiven, enjoy a relationship with God and look forward to an eternity spent with Him. What a package! Unlike a lot of so-called good deals, though, there is no hidden catch to this one. It really is as simple as believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose again three days later and ascended to heaven to be with his Father. Then you only need to ask Jesus to forgive you, invite him into your life, and begin to live for Him.

Before I became a Christian, I thought this life would be too difficult for me. I wanted to go my own sweet way without the ‘petty and boring’ rules and regulations of the church and the Bible. When I started to attend church, out of gratitude for what the Lord had done for me in guiding me out of a breakdown into relative sanity, I was very reluctant to do so. I only went through gratitude. I didn’t come out of my first church service singing joyful hymns and quoting the Bible! It took me a while to get into it but what I did find is that the more you put into your relationship with Christ, the more you get out of it. He really does want to help you and to make it easier for you to follow Him. It just takes trust and patience. I am still not over-endowed with this virtue but I keep it on my prayer list!

Looking back ten years to who I was then, compared to who I am now, there really have been a lot of changes to my personality. Apart from having settled into a happy and fulfilling marriage with a godly man, my priorities have altered so much. I still get depressed sometimes – I think that’s part of my nature – but I have such a lot of peace from my relationship with Jesus. I’ve said it so many times but I won’t apologise for stating it again – I really do not know how I would cope without my wonderful saviour, Jesus Christ.

As I have said many times, becoming a Christian certainly doesn’t make you snow-white. I still have to battle with my impatience, quick temper, laziness – you name it! The difference is that the Holy Spirit within us does actually prompt us when we are doing, saying or thinking something which we shouldn’t. In my case, He is very busy! That said, I love the Lord and genuinely want to please Him, so I keep praying and reading the Bible and learning as much as I can about how He wants me to live. I like to think I am making very slow progress and I won’t ever stop trying.

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

God’s work for us began when Jesus died on the cross in our place. His work in us began when we first believed. Now the Holy Spirit lives in Christians, enabling us to be more like Christ every day. We may sometimes feel like we’re not making much progress in our Christian lives but when God starts a project, He completes it. When you’re discouraged, remember that God will never give up on you.

As always, I wish you all a pleasant, safe and healthy weekend.  I wish you God's wonderful blessings.

Love Ann

No Christ, no hope - know Christ, know hope.