Hello & a very warm welcome to my site.
I am Helen and I live in England.
I have been enjoying reading a few other people’s blogs for a little while now & have been pondering whether to try this as an outlet myself, as I like to write a little now & again. But for what purpose, you may well ask? I suppose it would be in order to attempt to be a blessing to others as others have blessed me through their writings.
So I shall be posting various articles & poems that I have written, of a mainly Christian nature, in order to see if I can be of any use to you with such offerings. This is a blog designed therefore mainly for those who are Christian followers of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to attempt to be of some encouragement to you in your faith.
The idea for the name of my blog came from the Lord impressing upon me the following passage of scripture.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a GRAIN OF WHEAT falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.
If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
I have myself been a Christian for over 30 years now & have learnt one or two things during that time that I hope to pass on through this site. I was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ, forgiven of my sins, or born-again via God’s Holy Spirit in my early twenties. I discovered that the Bible was True and began to read it avidly and excitedly from then onwards. I have continued on with the Lord all these years and pray that I will do so all my life.
I was brought up in a large family that was originally of the Catholic religion until I was eight years old when my dad threw that religion out of the window (literally into the fire, as I watched him burn a crucifix on the lounge fire!!) & he began a spiral of seeking spirituality via a range of belief systems, that were mainly of a “new-age” flavour, with Eastern mysticism thrown in!
I thus had some knowledge of Jesus, God and the bible as a small child but it was never REAL to me until I reached my early twenties. I was then able to come to a point of desperation in my young life so that when I was given a little hope that there was a God who could free me from darkness I clung to this hope until the point that someone was able to tell me how to ask for forgiveness of my sins, as Jesus’ death had paid the price for them.
I will never forget the tremendous spiritual intensity of a most horrendous hour in a Christian meeting as I desperately wanted to go ask the Christians offering prayer at the front of the church to help me but there was a “battle for my soul” going on as the “enemy of my soul” was keeping me glued to my seat but the Spirit of the Lord was urging me to go ask for His help. Praise the Lord, Jesus was, & always IS, stronger than the devil, and I asked for His help and His freedom & His forgiveness and have never looked back! I found that His name and His shed blood has mighty power to defeat the evil one. I have found the Word of God, the Bible, to be a source of eternal wisdom, power and truth upon which I can be led and fed by God who is the Lord of heaven and earth. This remains as true today as it was upon my first discovering this when I was initially born into God’s wonderful kingdom.
I had initially studied the wisdom of men on the condition of men via a Psychology & Sociology degree until I became a Christian shortly after graduating. Then I have spent the rest of my life studying the wisdom of the Lord God on the condition of mankind – a much better way to understand life, the universe and everything, I believe.
I then became a “church goer“, as new believers tend to do, of course. I had a huge desire to learn the things of God. However, being the 1980s the churches I attended lent towards the charismatic side of things and over the years I was being led in ways that weren’t always right with the Bible’s teachings. Yet it wasn’t until I moved house to my present location back in 2004 that the Lord really started opening my eyes to the “deceptions within the churches“.
That was an exceedingly difficult thing to deal with, as little by little I would read on the internet or in books about these deceptive ungodly doctrines and practices that were being allowed and promoted within Christendom. As some of the things that I had believed and practiced, were being revealed to me as wrong in God’s eyes, and some even from the enemy of the Lord, the devil, then I went through a time of depression as I felt the rug had been whipped out from under my feet! I was left reeling in emotional pain and confusion, not knowing which way to turn and what to trust and believe and then finding that nobody else seemed to want to share my journey of discovery with me; quite the contrary, they seemed to turn on me, with shunning or even with verbal attacks. But I had set my face to seeking and pleasing the Lord so I continued on in my searching out the TRUTH of all matters of faith that were right in God’s eyes, not in mine or some other religious teacher.
My hope and prayers for the readers of this site are that you too will learn to discern the things that are pleasing in God’s sight and to repent of and reject those things that are not so.
So in Summary
I consider that my motivation for writing this blog has the following elements to it:-
- I want to testify what God has done and continues to do in my life as a witness to His glory.
- I hope to encourage other believers in their lives.
- I wish to obey the scriptures that tell me to “Contend earnestly for the faith.”
- By blogging, I have finally also found a way to cast off the constraining bonds of the religious systems that have often forced my silence in things of the Lord. I had always struggled with reading the following scripture but found very little liberty to follow the practice within the institutional church settings.
“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” 1 Corinthians 14:26
I guess that these reasons will be shared by my brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world. I think that the liberty to finally find a forum to speak truth without restraint is proving a blessing to many.
Just prior to starting this blog, I had seen a large flock of birds all flying in a wonderful synchronized pattern together over the sea, which had caused me to pray that the Lord would cause His Body to likewise “fly together” by hearing the Lord’s instructions.
To watch a flock of birds, such as I saw, it is simply amazing how they remain in formation. I remember reading how they take turns in the lead & outer perimeter edges on their long flights to give the birds in the centre a chance to rest. I am thus praying that adding my blog to the Body of Christ could help one or more fellow believers to keep on going on this long (oftentimes lonely) journey of life. I pray that I may in some small way encourage you in your life with the Lord.
So here goes…my BIG adventure into the world of BLOGGING!!
Hoping for a pleasant journey of discovery and encouragement with you my readers, as we seek to serve the Lord together.
May God bless you as you seek Him and His truth,
Ps, You can find my testimony in poetry format here.
NB: On this site my Bible quotations will mainly be from the New King James Version (NKJV)