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

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Holocaust Rememberence Day

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the lib­er­a­tion of Aus­chwitz-Birkenau, a place which is known world wide for the atro­cit­ies that our Jew­ish broth­ers and sis­ters faced dur­ing the Second World War. Atro­cit­ies that I did­n’t know the depth of fully until I vis­ited Yad Vashem in Jer­u­s­alem on my first vis­it to Israel a few years ago. Read­ing through the account of the holo­caust in that place made me feel phys­ic­ally sick, I knew from my his­tory les­sons at school that it was a massive oper­a­tion but I had no clue of the depth of it. No clue of how far it went in terms of the dehu­man­ising treat­ment the Jews had to endure.
Sadly in today’s soci­ety we are again see­ing the rise of anti-semit­ism. It takes dif­fer­ent forms, wheth­er it’s through the BDS move­ment or jihadi attacks in both Israel and Europe, this is what they are and to call them any­thing else for­gets the begin­nings of moments in his­tory like the holocaust.
Today is a day we must remem­ber, espe­cially in the cur­rent cul­tur­al cli­mate, and stand side by side with our Jew­ish broth­ers and sis­ters. As a child of Christ I have an even great­er respons­ib­il­ity to stand with Israel and show them the love their Mes­si­ah has for them.

The One Where I Announce I’m Now Self Employed

There are some posts you dream about writ­ing, posts you’d love to write but nev­er think you actu­ally will. This is one of those posts.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about change. Chan­ging the way I approached some­thing has lead to excit­ing guid­ance and a big change in my career.
It star­ted with a con­ver­sa­tion with two very good friends of mine. One asked how work was, then fol­lowed it up with a query about what I really wanted to do. The oth­er laughed, asked me a ques­tion, set me a chal­lenge and then held me to it. That ques­tion lead me to writ­ing the last post about a change of approach, a change which, thanks to Gods guid­ance is lead­ing to a leap of faith.
What’s the leap?
On Fri­day 3rd August I worked my last day in full time employ­ment and spent my last day liv­ing in sunny (!?) Slough. The fol­low­ing day I moved to Chel­ten­ham, again. A place I atten­ded uni­ver­sity and a place that I love being in.
With that move came a change of employ­ment. I am no longer a rat run­ning a race, but instead a man work­ing as a busi­ness own­er. I’ve finally taken the leap into self employ­ment. Rely­ing on the Lord to sup­ply me with enough work to put food in my stom­ach and to pay the bills.
For a long time it’s been my ambi­tion to work for myself, even while I was study­ing at Uni I knew ulti­mately I wanted to have my own design stu­dio. It nearly happened straight after Uni after a little encour­age­ment from my tutor, but I knew it was­n’t really the right time. There was a lot I still had to learn, well let’s face it there still is. I’ve now been in full time employ­ment for 5 years. I’ve grown a lot, I’ve changed a lot and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve exper­i­enced work­ing for a small com­pany and I’ve exper­i­enced work­ing for a lar­ger com­pany. Both were good exper­i­ences that taught me many dif­fer­ent things, but under­neath there was always this desire to have my own com­pany bub­bling away.
I’m delighted to say that has now happened. I’ve had a little hol­i­day, moved to a new (old) place and am at the end of my first week of self employ­ment. It’s excit­ing, a little daunt­ing but feels like the best decision I’ve made. Except that I did­n’t make it, God showed me the door and I pushed it. Now I’ve got to con­tin­ue push­ing doors, keep faith­ful to Him, and work as hard as I can.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to intro­duce you to a new name and a new web­site. Of course this place will still exist and I hope to increase the level of writ­ing, and hope­fully build on some friend­ships that I’ve estab­lished through my blog over the years. It’s an excit­ing adven­ture, I hope you’ll join me on it!

Change

For the last few years I’ve been pray­ing about some­thing. I’m sure many of you have as well, but this par­tic­u­lar thing has occu­pied my pray­ers for sev­er­al years. I’ve been pray­ing about it in the same way for pretty much the entire time, ask­ing for guid­ance and dir­ec­tion in rela­tion to the thing. Dur­ing that time the urge to do that thing has grown. One could say its developed into some­thing close to a per­man­ent long­ing, some­thing that left me unsettled because I’m not doing it and I’ve nev­er really known why.
A recent con­ver­sa­tion with a very good friend left me feel­ing chal­lenged. He asked me a ques­tion and laughed at my response because it’s been the same response I’ve giv­en him for the last few years.
My response of course was to ques­tion why he was laugh­ing at me, I guess feel­ing like he was­n’t tak­ing me ser­i­ous. His response was one which caught me off guard. Instead of answer­ing why he was laugh­ing, he simply asked me how I had been pray­ing about this thing. I told him and after a moments pause he respon­ded with a chal­lenge. Why don’t you pray about it in a dif­fer­ent way?
He com­men­ted how that as I have been pray­ing for guid­ance this thing had grown in to a pas­sion and long­ing, that is to say some­thing more than moment­ary desire, then maybe I’d had that guid­ance and it was time to chal­lenge it.
So for the last month I’ve been pray­ing more earn­estly and in a dif­fer­ent man­ner. Instead of request­ing guid­ance about the thing, I’ve been pray­ing: Lord, I think you want me to do this, please show me if I’m wrong.
The res­ults have been breath tak­ing, sur­pris­ing and excit­ing all at once. A change of events has begun that, I believe, God is using to lead me into doing this thing I’ve been pray­ing about for the last few years. I’m a little appre­hens­ive, but the over rid­ing feel­ing is one of excite­ment. This post is not an announce­ment, yet, but maybe more of a watch this space…

That—in spite of everything, no mat­ter what, whatever it cost him—God won’t ever stop lov­ing his chil­dren … with a won­der­ful, Nev­er Stop­ping, Nev­er Giv­ing Up, Unbreak­ing, Always and Forever Love.

Sally Lloyd-Jones on The Gos­pel Coalition.

Gods Love

And keep in mind that hav­ing a daily “quiet time” or “devo­tions,” without com­mun­ing with Jesus, won’t keep your soul alive. Mere read­ing and study­ing won’t do it. By itself, new inform­a­tion about God—glorious as it is—won’t keep our hearts soft and our souls breath­ing. We need the per­son of Jesus him­self whom we find in and through the Scrip­tures. Our souls long for a liv­ing con­nec­tion with the liv­ing God-man. We were made for this.

Dav­id Math­is in Study the Word for More Than Words.

Study the Word for More Than Words

God’s Love

God’s meth­od of awaken­ing love in human hearts has always been to first reveal Him­self as the One who loves us.  Our jour­ney in love begins with and is sus­tained by the rev­el­a­tion of His love for us.  The nat­ur­al pro­gres­sion of our growth in love begins with know­ing we are loved.

Mike Bickle

Trusting God

As Chris­ti­ans, trust­ing in God is some­thing we all must do and for the most part we find it rel­at­ively easy. Going about our day to day lives, to work and back, etc. it can be very easy to trust God. We pretty much know what is com­ing when, and wheth­er we can afford to pay for this, that or the oth­er. With the odd excep­tion most of the time things seem to be run­ning smoothly. It’s easy to take for gran­ted that God has a plan for us and we must fol­low it and trust Him.
As most of you know I gradu­ated from uni­ver­sity at the end of June and since then have been hunt­ing for a job. It’s not been easy and many times I’ve been on the verge of just going for any old job, as opposed to one in graph­ic design. But, I’ve stuck it out. I’ve kept trust­ing that the Lord will provide me with the job he wants me to be in. It’s become increas­ingly dif­fi­cult to do so, but I have to do it.
Two weeks ago I took a bit of a leap of faith. I moved into a house in Slough, along with two of my house­mates from uni, with only enough money to cov­er the monthly rent and some unpaid work place­ments lined up. In the week run­ning up to the move and sort­ing out the details of the house, I began to get quite uneasy. It could’ve just been because things were get­ting real and there was no back­ing out of it, but what ever the reas­on I was scared. I had to fully lean on God, in a way I have nev­er done before, to provide for me and in the days lead­ing up to the move I began to devel­op a grow­ing peace about the situ­ation. Yes, I was still nervous about mov­ing into a house with no guar­an­teed income to pay bills and buy food, but at the same time I knew that God would provide for me everything I need. That was the most import­ant thing. That I knew I would be sup­plied with what I need.
The week before we moved in I received a phone call telling me I had been short­l­is­ted for a graph­ic design job and that I had an inter­view. So at the start of the second week in the house I went for it. On that day my daily bible notes had a read­ing which helped me a great deal.

There­fore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more import­ant than food, and the body more import­ant then clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heav­enly Fath­er feeds them. Are you not much more valu­able than they? Who of you by wor­ry­ing can add a single hour to his life?
Mat­thew 6 v 25–27

It helped me real­ise that even though my wor­ries were legit­im­ate, I did­n’t need to focus on them as much as I appeared to be. Instead I just needed to trust in God and to trust that He will provide for all the things I need. And well he has. Today I star­ted my first pos­i­tion as a graph­ic design­er in a design stu­dio, and I believe He provided it for me.