I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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Encouragement

Last sum­mer when I came back from my first year at Uni I found things very hard in regards to my faith and liv­ing it. At Uni I am sur­round­ed by friends from CU, my house mates are now all Chris­t­ian, my girl­friend is a Chris­t­ian and we are all togeth­er liv­ing it out. Last sum­mer I did­n’t feel like this at home, yes I have my friends here and most of them are Chris­t­ian but it was just not the same. So this year, when I returned from Uni and met up with my friend Mark, he asked if I would be inter­est­ed in join­ing a cell. He too had been won­der­ing how we can sup­port each oth­er more when we are at home and came up with idea of the cell. Now it makes per­fect sense real­ly, we are all here, we are all in the same boat so why not.
So last Thurs­day we had our first cell of the sum­mer, explor­ing 1 Peter. Instant­ly, I think, the whole group realised that we will all ben­e­fit so much from these meet­ings. It has been such an encour­age­ment to me already, I real­ly came away feel­ing I can do this and it won’t be as hard as last sum­mer was. But not only was I instant­ly encour­aged for the sum­mer, I was also encour­aged for my life. We only real­ly explored the first two vers­es, but the sec­ond verse real­ly is a great verse. Its mes­sage is just so amaz­ing it real­ly makes you thank­ful that you are who you are.

God planned long ago to choose you by mak­ing you his holy peo­ple, which is the Spir­it’s work. God want­ed you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood of the death of Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace be yours more and more.
1 Peter 1 v 2

How can that not just make you smile, not make you want to live your life for him.  He did­n’t leave it to chance that I have a rela­tion­ship with him, that I know Jesus and that he is in my life.  He chose me.  He want­ed me to know him.  He wants me to love him.  He wants me to live for him and he has a plan for me.  That just makes me so thank­ful and gives me so much hope, that even though I may find things hard, I know I am not alone.  The fact that I have friends around me sup­port­ing me and who know the same thing just makes that all the bet­ter and some­how all the more eas­i­er.

4 responses

  1. hmm.. take that as a no, it does­n’t work. i’ll find a way to share it with you!!
    mwa­ha­ha­ha­ha
    hope you’re well x x

  2. ok some­how i man­aged to post it onto my blogspot so you can see it there…i still want a mac though. just thought it was fun­ny and that you could prob­a­bly relate 🙂

  3. i love phil, i love mark, i much­ly love katie… hmm, i love south­well. i need to vis­it.
    the cell sounds an amaz­ing idea — good on you all…!
    xx

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