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. 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 🙂

  2. 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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