February 19th – Fiona Green

Dear friends,

 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)Thanks

This half term I met up with one of my closest friends and her daughter who is 6 years old. We cheered Millie on, with enormous pride, because she had won a ‘thankfulness award’ at school.

A few years ago, I came across the quote (below) in a seminar at Soul Survivor and it stuck with me.

You may have heard it said that we’re living in the ‘now & not yet’ of the Kingdom of God. Jesus came to bring heaven on earth. While we see glimpses of things being restored to the way that God designed them to be, we also continue to live with the consequences of sin. We hurt people and people hurt us. We experience uncertainty, heartache and disappointment. With last Tuesday being Valentine’s Day, some of us may have felt the pain of lost love, of challenging relationships and of loneliness more this week.

Being thankful allows us, in every season, to lift our eyes to the One who holds the whole world in His hands. It gives us perspective, reminding us of God’s goodness and His ability to provide for all of our needs.

Mike and I have begun to pray more frequently together, taking many opportunities to thank God for all He has done for us and given to us. While we continue, like everyone else, to experience both joy and disappointment, opportunity and uncertainty, we are discovering that thankfulness brings perspective and increases our sense of contentment and security.

How about trying to rival sweet Millie for the ‘thankfulness award’ this week?

Lots of love, Fiona Green (Youth Minister)