Sunday, 30 September 2012

Baggage...

So, today I went to Birchfield church to see a couple of young people get baptised (which was amazing). And the head of the church showed this video about carrying Baggage. Its a really amazing video and made me think - what is the baggage in my life?

When we are/get/were baptised we died to our sinful nature, we left our baggage in our old life and started a fresh life. But I wonder, what baggage have we either re-picked up, or picked up for the first time since that day of baptism?

Christ invites us to leave our baggage at the cross with him.  Matthew 11v28 says: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

What are you lugging around with you? What is making it difficult for you to follow Christ today? Is it a situation? Is it an attitude? Is it a past hurt or experience?

I challenge you (and myself) to leave it at the cross today, let Jesus take care of it, and walk freely with God.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

SWYM

So, Returning from my CRAZY summer, I started SWYM! YAAAAAAY!

SWYM = South West Youth Ministries.

So, I am doing the foundation year with SWYM, called Be Transformed and it includes a course called Engage. My placement for this year is in Yeovil as part of the Urban Warriors team :)

For the first week, we had Induction - which is for all the first years of SWYM to get to spend time together and learn together! It was an amazing week and I've already made many friendships that I know will last! We had lots of time to spend with God, Lectures, worship time etc etc! We went out into Bridgewater to do evangelism on the street which was sccary but AMAZING! God defineatly challenged me this week in many many ways, including searching my heart for what my heart behind a lot of my actions is - is it love? or is it just that I know its good and its what I've always done! Also learned a way to get to sleep when I can't sleep - The thankful alphabet, which works most of the time :)

Then, after 6 days, 30 more people arrive (totalling 60) and then we have to learn everyones names again (and by this point, having hardly slept for 6 days and been super busy I literally couldnt take in information and process it anymore)! But once we got to know each other it was another amazing four days! We got to learn about discipleship and different areas of it, and got to get to know each other a little better in our small groups - mine is AMAZING!

God spoke to me a lot during those two weeks (and continues to do so...) and some of the things were really difficult to hear, some of the things were really challenging to do when god said to do them, but I have also learnt to trust God, his plans are for good, and if we are obedient to him then we can trust that he has the best plans for our lives!

We then got Commisioned to go out into the south west and love people - specifically young people, but not exclusivley! What a challenge, and what a priveledge!

Busy Busy Busy Summer!

So, I don't know about you, but I have had a CRAZY summer!

It started off with being in North Wales for a week with my mum and my brother - staying with my amazing grandparents! It was an awesome week, getting to spend time with family I don't see very often, seeing the beautiful countryside of the Glyn Ceriog Valley and generally enjoying relaxing!

When I returned late on the friday night, I then worked and went straight to my first EVER New Wine - CSW week - where I worked on the Thirst (15-18s) team in the Vibe cafe! It was an amazing week, getting to chat to so many awesome young people - praying for them and seeing the ways God is working in their lives - such a priveledge to be a part of what God is doing! We did have some interesting points - like flooding venues and tents - but God never leaves us, and he saw that everything carried on as he wanted it!

Returning from New Wine, I had 3 days to recover, wash clothes and re-pack before going to my first week of soul survivor! This week was spent with the youth from my church and the wonderful 15+ leaders! It was an amazing week - NO FLOODING TENTS! I've never worshipped with so many people in one tent - I have been to soul survivor before but normally go for week C which is less busy! I then carried on to do Soul Survivor Week C - working in the Soul Action Cafe with my friend Susie! This was an amazing week too, I got to see some people I had met at New Wine, hear all the talks twice - this time in a more spacious tent! I worked with an amazing group of people on the soul action cafe and loved every minute of it - despite flooding tents (AGAIN!!!)