No slave to fear…

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

2 TIMOTHY 1:7 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/2ti.1.7.AMP

I was listening to Chuck Swindol this morning and he said something that resonated with me in connection with this verse. “It’s natural to have some fear but that fear should not be because of our call when God’s power is at work within and through us” (my own paraphrase from Chuck Swindol’s message)

I’m just in the last week of my TESOL course and it’s probably been the singling most challenging course I’ve embarked since college.

The course has also thrown up all kinds of self-doubt in my abilities where I’ve questioned “can I really complete this? ” something many people go through facing school, college and uni at exam time. 

This morning I take heart from Paul’s words to Timothy and I love the way the amplified bible expands on “self-discipline” with, “abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control” know this and take heart (speaking this to myself also) you can do it! He has put it in you! Do your bit, commit to doing the work and trust in the abilities that God has made in you! Finally let him add his gifts and with that fan into flames!

Yes you CAN do this!

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Latest News Update | July 2017

Dear Awesome people!

it’s been awhile since i wrote a newsy letter and i’ll try and keep it brief and easy reading ’cause i know we all have busy lives and no time to read letters!

I really find it hard to believe that this year i have turned 50 and I’ve been in Ireland 8 years this September! I believe this year I’m going to see some changes, and part of that is taking time out in August to do a TESOL – it became apparent to me end of last year when I was over visiting a friend in Slovakia, that both my love for media, teaching & working with students, that a TESOL would be a benefit to me, whether through extra income or a new venture – it’s a first step! So i finally made the plunge and will be stepping out in faith to start the course in August. It does mean that I wont get paid fully in August, so making my budget work, in September (general living) and the course fees is a good faith challenge. However, the good news is, I’m only short of around €300 to cover the remainder of the course fees. I’m so grateful to everyone who has helped so far, if you’d still like to help then please let me know. My bank details are on the bottom of this letter.

Moving forward, my passion for mission and seeing children & young people mobilised doesn’t go away – it’s part of my DNA! I am sure I will still be part of Christian radio here in Ireland, yet I sense Father God is preparing me for something new as we go into the Autumn. Watch this space!

There is so much more I could write here, but I do want to keep this news short. I am so grateful to my church family here in Bray and I am looking forward to see some new things take shape in the autumn. (heck where’s the year going!?!)

Finally, I’m hoping to get over to the northern half of the UK in the autumn. I’d love to connect with you, and with those churches I enjoy a connection with. Please subscribe to my blog at http://www.richnews.info where i will endeavour to keep you up to date with my goings on.

Thank you for your continued interest, support and prayers. Look forward to catching up soon!

God bless you!

Richie

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Its not about just me

How much we need rest in His presence!
Just sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a coffee. In reflecting on this verse I got thinking “what if, instead of seeing the coffee made by the barista’s for my enjoyment, it was about me and i was made for the coffee” how would that change how i interact with the coffee? It would mean my ego would be self-inflated ’cause it would be all about me not well just to sit and be and enjoy the coffee as it would be an object and legal requirement to revere and obey!

How much I need that regular Sabbath rest, to enjoy just sitting in his presence yet its not a passive thing we just see the things Jesus did on the Sabbath. Instead out of resting in Him we see what he is doing and just maybe he will give us our part to play in it!!

Father everyday I desire to sit with you in your presence and see what you are doing and allow you to lead me in my part. Amen.