It has been a few weeks since I last wrote…life has been so busy. But in those weeks I have been blessed enormously by the One who created me.
So I found out back in April that I had been successful at interview for a job I had applied for. I had to keep it secret until the end of April whilst others found out whether they had also been successful. Since then it has been a waiting game. References, health checks, identity checks and so on. I found out yesterday that I will officially be starting my new job in the NHS on Monday. But I will not be doing the role I was interviewed for. I have been asked to cover a higher position until September. I was so surprised when I was asked. At this moment in time I am agency staff. I have worked for the company for only twelve weeks but they still chose me. I truly believe that God made this happen. When I started back in March I was overwhelmed with how much there was to take in. The workload was huge and due to reviews within the NHS a team of five suddenly dropped to two and a half (two full time staff and one part time). I love the job I am doing and I try my best all the time. Most days I want to go and hide in a corner until the end of the day. But I persevere and that is down to God’s strength not mine.
If you have read my blog over the last few months you will know that my brother passed away suddenly in January. As you can imagine it broke my heart. He was everything to me and I miss him more than words could ever say. God called my brother home. He took one of the most precious people in my life and five days later I started a new job. Although nothing can replace my gorgeous brother, life does, unfortunately, have to go on. I have not forgotten about him or moved on and I don’t think I will for a long time. But God has been faithful and good. Work is not a replacement but a distraction. It is helping me come to terms with adjusting. It is one of God’s many blessings. And for that I am grateful!
100/365: Children — I believe children are gifts from God. I can imagine being a parent is a privilege. However I know that children can make the lives of their parents or guardians difficult. My evidence? Me. I have not been the best child; I have messed up, got things wrong, let my parents down. But they still love me. I think that takes strength. One day I hope I am blessed with a child. I believe I have been taught well in being a parent.
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95/365: Alive — Yesterday I wrote about the burial of Jesus. I finished saying that death could not beat Him. Today Christians remember that on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. He defeated the grave. He is alive. I believe that He lives inside of me. I thank God often that Jesus died and rose again. It is by His grace and mercy that I am free. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus my sins are forgiven and I have eternal life.
He said to them “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day.” (Luke 24 verse 26)
Where Your love ran red and my sin washed white, I’m in awe of You
Jesus died on the cross to pay my debt, a debt that I could never pay myself. He suffered because of me and my sin. Despite my imperfections and my failings He stretched out His arms and declared His love for me. It is only through His love that I am free.
93/365: Blood — Today marks one of the most important days in the Christian calender. Christians across the world will be remembering the day that Jesus died. His death was cruel and painful. He did not deserve what was thrown at Him. It should have been us on that cross. He was nailed to the cross because of us, because of our actions. But God loved us far too much to see us die. I would imagine that He loved Jesus so much more. His love for us saw Him sacrifice His only son. Jesus suffered and died on that cross because of God’s love for us. Jesus died so that we could live. We needed a Saviour because we would never be able to save ourselves.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3 verse 16)
91/365: Blessing — We can all be a blessing in the lives of others. I have many people who are blessings in my life. People who have given their time to help me and care about me. God never fails to pour blessings into the lives of those who love Him. I believe that He blesses the lives of His people every single day. It may not always be a huge thing that is easily noticed. Sometimes it is a little thing such as someone buying you a coffee or paying for your bus fare when you do not have enough change.
77/365: Luck — There are thousands upon thousands of people across the world who believe in luck. They have lucky numbers, lucky pieces of clothing and even lucky people. I do not believe in luck. I believe in God and the power of prayer. I would never count myself as lucky but I would count myself as blessed by God. I do not believe that walking under a ladder or smashing a mirror gives you years of bad luck. I do not know about you but I just cannot grasp the concept of glass shards having control over my life. I have walked under ladders before and nothing incredibly bad has ever happened to me.