Month: February 2019

Return to Me

I always remember our family holidays and being amazed that my mum would always know where we were driving, even though we didn’t live there. I also remember many guide DofE walks we did and got lost on. I have just got back from a few days in Birmingham and just before we left I saw my mum planning a journey that she was about to take to Leicester (from Birmingham) – I know now that this is how she used to spend the evenings in the tent when we were younger after my brother and I had gone to bed!

How many journeys have you been on? How many times have you got lost? When you’ve got lost have you ended up in the correct place eventually?

We are about to start the season of Lent, a season of the Church calendar that leads up to Easter and that the Church of England this year are referring to as a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage being a religious journey, with the aim of developing faith and growing closer to God. We too will be using this term to journey to God, learning about God and our relationship with Him.

At Easter we celebrate Jesus dying on the cross so that we can be in relationship with him, however that journey is going to be different for different people, and as our thought for the week from Max Lucado says

“God never said the journey would be easy, but He did say the arrival would be worthwhile.”

We can’t get where we want to go unless we go on a journey, we can’t go on a journey unless we make a start. Lent gives us the opportunity to think about where we want to go, what we might need to do to start the journey to reach our destination and to actually make that start. As long as we are ready for the journey to not be exactly what we want or expect then it’s an exciting adventure we are called to be part of, which will help us return to God who is calling us!

I pray that you enjoy your journey this Lent… no matter where it takes you! AMEN

Feel free to share your Lent experiences by emailing hnetherton@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

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Making an effort

On Christmas Day my husband was working – he works in a hospital so somebody has to. Therefore I knew that I would be home alone, I happened to be chatting to a friend who was talking about all the people who would be going round to their house, so I ended up inviting myself round as well. I figured if you don’t ask, you don’t get. I ended up having a lovely Christmas lunch, and all because I asked.

Our Bible verse this week encourages us to take those bold steps, but not in inviting ourselves round for dinner but in prayer to the Father. In Matthew 7:7 it says

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”

It is so easy for us to complain when things don’t go the way we want them, or if we don’t achieve what we want to but, the question we always have to ask ourselves is…. Did we put the effort in?

Our thought for the week comes from Winston Churchill who says

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential”

I love this quote because it shows that we all have potential, but we are the only ones who can bring that potential out. If you see any professional athlete, dancer, singer, musician, actor they are the ones who have had to keep putting in the effort to get better, to develop their skills, it couldn’t just happen because they wanted it to.

What is it that you are passionate about? Where do you need to put in more effort? What will that effort be?

Prayer: father God, thank you that you have given us all gifts, and strengths. Help us to put in the effort to develop those to be a blessing to others and to glorify you. Amen