LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY AND FRIENDSHIP

praying-for-youHi girlfriends! 

Tonight is the night where we come together for a cuppa, cake, conversation, and study of scripture. 

Where: Corsham Baptist Church Hall

When: 30 January, 7:30 PM 

The one anothering subject is “Praying for one another”

We look forward to seeing you all! 

 

 

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A POIGNANT PRAYER

Spring floral background - abstract nature concept with blue skyThis prayer is one that Paul prayed for the Ephesian Christians and is one we would be wise to pray for each other. The fact that he prayed for Christ to be at home in their hearts reveals that our hearts are prone to wander; we can get bogged down by life and all of its demands and temptations. We can push Christ out of our hearts. As Paul prayed,  we need to ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to have power to make godly choices and to trust in God. As we grow in our journey with God and our roots grow deep, the realization of His love for us will also grow, especially when we pray this for each other! The more I grow in the grace of our Lord, the more I realize what a wretch I am apart from Him. Christ RESCUED me because of His amazing love and grace.

Do you know the height, the depth, the length, and the wideness of His love for you? Begin to pray  this prayer for yourself, for your loved ones and your friends in Christ. I will also pray this for you sister. Will you pray this prayer for me? Sisters, when we pray for each other with sincere hearts in this way, God will reveal His love to us more each day!

Next week is our bible study on 30 January at 7:30 in the Church Hall. Hope to see you there!

Kathy x

BUT I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU

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In this prayer that Jesus prays for Peter, Jesus knows the spiritual battle that is going on. But Peter is clueless as he thinks he can stand against the enemy with his own resolve. As we know, Peter will deny Christ. He WILL fail. But Peter will turn again. In other words, Peter repents! He recovers and perseveres in his service for the Lord. Peter goes on to strengthen his brothers as we read in Acts.

The Lord knew Peter would deny him, yet Christ CHOSE Peter. What was true for Peter is true for us. The Lord chose us knowing every sin that we would commit. His amazing grace should move us to repent and turn back to Him when we fail Him. God often uses our failures to teach us some lessons we will not learn any other way. Our failures drive us to trust more fully in the Lord’s strength and purposes in our lives.

Know that there is a spiritual battle going on. But also know that Christ is ever interceding on our behalf!  (Hebrews 7:25) Isn’t that comforting?! And, He has given us everything we need for life and godliness. One of the gifts He has given us is each other. Let us follow Jesus’ example of what and how He prayed for Peter.   Let us stand shoulder to shoulder praying for one another in this way. Let’s remind each other of God’s amazing grace for us and our need for Him to be in the driver’s seat.  Let’s confess our sins to one another; to help each other keep short accounts with God; to pick each other up when we fail; to help each other to persevere in our journey with Jesus.

Let’s thank God that when we fail Him, His brilliant grace points the way back and shines through, giving us hope.

Praying for you sister blogger; that your faith may not fail; that you will repent to our Lord God when your heart wanders; and in so doing comfort and strengthen those around you with the love and hope of Jesus. Will you also pray for me? This one anothering thing….amazing.

Kathy xo

I HAVE NOT STOPPED GIVING THANKS FOR YOU…

9325bd23186ff1a473ad9022ca86d57b remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16praying-for-you

Happy New Year my fellow journeyers in Christ!

Throughout our Christmas break, I have been pondering and praying for you; for me. And now that it is the beginning of 2017, I am considering the fruit of “one anothering” in our women’s group, church community life, life groups… Do we really truly consider our “one anothering” in love, encouragement, and forgiveness as God’s gift to us for our growth in Christ? Or are we just ‘plugging along with doubtful hearts, burdened down by life; so how can I give any more at church?!’

If you feel the latter, I understand the tendency to have this perspective.  I have been there….many times. I can try to visualize many of your lives with children and/or teenagers with the task of just getting them off to school, not to mention the tons of other intricate details of raising children. There are some of you who have work burdens, and trying to make financial ends meet from week to week. There are some of you who are caring for an ill loved one or struggling with illness yourself. There are many of you who are a single parent. I have been there. Unlimited challenges. Single girls? A whole other set of challenges.

But girls, that is why we need each other! That is why God has shown us in Scripture time and again that we are to cling to our church community! (Acts 2:42-47)We are not to live independently and isolated as our world screams at us to do. We are to be counter cultural, living in community with each other, one anothering in a way that we are Jesus’s hands and feet to each other.

Each month, we are reminded of the three aspects of one anothering:

  1. PERSONAL: as God matures our character into Christ’s likeness more every day. Is this happening in your life more and more?

2.CHURCH: building each other up in the body of Christ. Do we see this in our church               community ethos more and more?

  1. WITNESS: as the world around us sees the light of Christ in our lives together. Do you consider how you live your life within the church community as a shining star; a light on the hill for the wider Corsham community to see?

This month, we consider the command, PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. Okay. Hmmm. Do I see  shaking of heads? Do I hear an echo of “Been there done that-Doesn’t work-Too busy- Too tired- Too difficult- Can’t really concentrate on that in my season of life?”

Now before you get jettisoned away by all of those SERPANT lies, let me speak the loving truth to you.

Praying for one another is a command. Praying for one another is all throughout Scripture. Praying for one another is modelled by our Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, among many others. Praying is a lifestyle, not an event. Yes, we are busy and tired. Yes, it can be difficult. But let me ask us, “Why would it be a command, a model, and all through Scripture, if it were a burden to be endured and a rule to be broken?  The answer is because it isn’t! Prayer is the communicative conduit to relationship with God; an awesome wonder, a privilege, the way to get to know and understand our Creator God, Jesus our Rescuer, and precious, indwelling Holy Spirit more every day. And it is a huge part of our lives together to be able to do this “one anothering” thing in the first place.

pray-for-one-another-copyThus, PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER is our next Bible study. We will address many of these challenges. We will consider what Scripture teaches, why it is important personally and in the life of the church. We will consider what talking with our God looks like; which will no doubt be different with each of us.

I am so thankful for each of you blog sister. I pray for you. I will continue to pray that Christ will be stirred up in your heart and His love will fill up to overflowing in you to others in 2017! Yes, we can do this one anothering thing! It is for our good and His glory!