When did Jesus first get your attention ?
As a 12 year old our family moved to Dalmeny and I started going to girls club and youth at a church with my new friends. It was through these friends, their families and the church that Jesus caught my attention, and I came to understand how I could have a personal relationship with him. Jesus became a friend, the word of God became real and the Spirit’s presence was a comfort as I began a journey of faith and discipleship.
There have been many faith markers in my life, as God has shown Himself to be faithful and trustworthy in so many ways. Early in our marriage my husband, Scott struggled with colitis which over a few years led to his hospitalization for many weeks at a time, several surgeries and then almost a year off of work. As a wife and mom of two little kids I felt the presence of God in many amazing ways through that time comforting us, providing for us, giving peace and then complete healing for Scott. He is a God who sees us and comes near; and He often uses difficult circumstances and others who come alongside to show us that.
What is Jesus Doing in My life right now?
Jesus is lifting my eyes to look beyond my own circumstances and to things that are on the Father’s heart. He has a deep love for all people and for hearts to be made whole; to bring beauty from ashes, mourning to dancing, freedom from bondage. Isaiah 61:1-3 Without Jesus so many things seem hopeless and without meaning in our lives and the world around us.
As I reflect on 1 Thess 5:16-18 I feel an invitation from the Spirit to these things: Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances. For this is God’s will for all who belong to Christ. If honest, these things are hard for me to live out moment by moment in my life. At times I get stuck in a narrative that leads me to lose focus on the promise of Jesus and His purposes. It is only through the power of the spirit that I can hear my Father’s voice and walk out these truths of scripture.
I love the blessing in Romans 15:13 “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” How encouraging to think of the Lord as a GOD of HOPE and that He is the one that is able to fill me with all joy through the Spirit, when I put my trust in Him.
Why do I love our church?
The people and the mission of our church is what I love. What a blessing it has been to walk out my faith journey with so many good people who love the Lord and desire to serve Him and others. I am thankful for the many leaders and families who poured into discipling my children as they grew up; many who have prayed for them, given them opportunities to grow and use their gifts. I love that we are a church that seeks to have an impact locally and globally, and cares about discipleship and the needs of others. I love that we are a church that seeks to develop leaders and work collaboratively with others in our global family of Christ.