We Are Not Alone

I have felt lonely recently. After I had a whole month in Britain filled with people I love, close friends and family who know me well, tease me for embarrassing childhood memories and know my sense of humor. Every day I saw someone who I share great memories with, it was so wonderful.

Getting back to life and back to reality, has meant I’ve spent time on my own. It has been a bit of a shock to the system.

While feeling lonely myself, I thought of all the lonely people out there and I wondered how could I bring words of comfort to them. Then I remember the wonderful truth, we are not alone.

Matthew 28:20b “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Our Lord Jesus is with us and he has sent His Holy Spirit to comfort us.

John 14:16 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”

Our Lord Jesus asks the Father on our behalf for a helper for us, we have that comfort wherever we are.

While studying away from home at University, I felt lonely and in my loneliness I decided that I would write what I was thankful to God for in a Christian journal. I wrote prayers and I made it colourful. At first, I didn’t feel any better, I felt worse in a way because feeling sad and lonely, my attitude was not very grateful. But, over time, I realized this was reminding me of God’s wonderful truths.

I also saw answers to prayer, I had a record of what I had written and I saw how God had answered these prayers. Thirteen years later I still write a Christian Journal.

James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

This is such a wonderful promise, I feel that while I write in my journal I draw near to God and He promises, as it says in James, that when we draw near to Him He draws near to us.

We are not alone, He is with us.

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Life Giving Water

While in Britain, my friends asked me what I love about where I live in Maine. I love the water! I love seeing it, splashing in it and I love all the smells that come with it.

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Where I live I am very close to the ocean, to lakes and I can walk to the river running through our city. There is something extremely therapeutic about water.

While pregnant, it was drummed into me that I had to drink gallons of water, you cannot have enough it seems. I was advised to gulp down at least a liter in the morning, so that I was off to a good start.

Water is essential for life and so is it any wonder that Jesus used the illustration of water when talking about his Salvation.

John 4:14

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Without Jesus in our lives we have an unquenchable thirst. We strive to fill the hole that a Savior brings us. With him we find fulfillment and joy. We find peace. The water here on earth makes me happy, I am always glad of a family day to the beach. This is a good gift from Heaven, that illustrates a fraction of the excitement and joy of seeing our Savior in Heaven.

Nowhere to rest His head

I was thinking about creature comforts, I like to surround myself with them. My own bed is made the way I like it, I have a thing about having nice hand soap in our bathroom and I enjoy being at home with my family and animals.

These things, on an earthly scale, give me rest.

It makes me consider Jesus’s life and how in Luke 9 verse 58 Jesus says, “…the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

When I read that, it makes me wonder how tired Jesus must have been, if I do not get a good enough sleep, I worry how I will respond to people. When I am grumpy and tired I am very blunt.

When at my women’s Bible study in Brunswick (that’s a plug by the way, we’d love any of you to visit) we were talking about how Jesus withdrew from the crowd. Jesus found rest in praying to his Heavenly Father.

Luke 5:15-16

But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

As Mothers, as people in general with noise pollution and disruptions in the night, it can be rare to get a good night sleep. I hate being so tired I feel emotional. But, when we are that tired, it is good, and it is rewarding to cry out to our Lord. Give Him thanks and praise and we can rest in Him. We find rest in him by reading his word and praying to him and thanking him for our salvation.

I really hope that you can all find rest! A good sleep is great but rest in Him is beyond anything this earth can offer us.

Wow! What a Thank You!

This Sunday I was at my old Church St Mary’s, this would be the last time I would visit this trip to Britain. It has been wonderful! Seeing lots of familiar faces who have prayed over me and who have been such an inspiration to me in my walk with Jesus.

One lady really made my day this Sunday, my dear friend Amy, who I met through her sister Sammy. I was bridesmaid for Sammy, and Amy was Sammy’s chief bridesmaid, I got to know Amy then. We really hit it off and we went to the same gym classes together too.

Amy became a Christian and got baptized after I left Britain. This Sunday, Amy saw that I was at church and gave me the warmest hug and told me how pleased she was to see me.

She then told me that she had been meaning to thank me, she said that I had been a part of her journey to becoming a Christian and now knowing the Lord Jesus was the greatest gift she could be given.

To hear this blew me away! I had had little conversations with Amy about the Lord, I knew she was earnestly searching for the Lord Jesus and I had been excited to think, while I was far away in Maine, that she had committed to giving her life to the Lord Jesus.

I felt so encouraged that my feeble attempts at sharing the gospel with my friend had been used for God’s glory. That he had used me to be part of Amy’s journey and be there at a time when He worked in my friend to become a child of God.

I cried happy tears when Amy thanked me. I fill up now thinking that God uses even me.

So often I think I am not doing enough, I am not sharing what’s so very important to me, especially people I hold close, but this ray of sunshine, this gift from God, that I can celebrate my friend coming to know the Lord Jesus as her personal saviour is so very precious to me! Thank you Lord!

The Lord Made Today

My trip to Britain has been filled with lots of people. Catching up with family and old friends. Every day I have seen a different dear friend and I am reminded of the good times we shared.

This is me with my school girl friends, my Hannah has moved to Canada so could not be with us but these are the rest of my oldest friends.

I am reminiscing a lot! And, a lot of it is good reminiscing! Especially with these girls who give me so many laughs. I really was blessed with a good school experience because of the Christian School I went to, The Kings School and because I had the best class.

Psalm 139:16
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

It blows me away that God wrote every day of my life, the days in which I lived in Britain and however many days he has appointed me in the future in Maine.

Every day is a gift. Right now I’m looking back really appreciating where I came from! But, every day in our future God has written.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I love these verses, it gives me peace that every day we experience His mercies.

I am guilty of reminiscing without appreciating fully the day I am living in. Although right now I am thoroughly enjoying every day of my trip.

It is so important to see every day as a day that the Lord has made and while we look forward to the Lord Jesus coming back, to remember he has a purpose in the day that we are living in and glorify him in it.

Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Shout out to all the Mothers

Being here in Britain, I have caught up with some very dear friends. It’s been wonderful. Last week I caught up with my friend Lois, whose sister has twins.

We caught up with all that’s going on in my life and hers with my sister Susan, who has a 7 week old baby girl.

My sister Susan and her Evangeline

I am in awe of Lois’s sister Phoebe, who had double trouble with twin babies, both being at the same stage at once. Lois was telling us how Phoebe coped with two and getting to know her babies. Lois said, “I don’t know how you Mothers do it. I have major respect for Mothers. Big shout out to them all.”

I thought about that newborn stage, especially staying with my sister and being reminded of that hard stage. I thought, “how did I do it?” Feeding every two hours, settling a baby who was crying for seemingly no reason and more recently looking after an active toddler at the same time.

My children with my cousin Craig, love them.

I look at my children and I know the only reason I could get through it is because I love them. The love that we have for our children is so deep, we can even get through the toughest stages.

Isaiah 66:13a
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you

The Lord instills that love within us, it gives us the strength to go on, so that at that stage, it is the hardest but also the most wonderful time of our lives.

As it says in 2 Corinthians, when I am weak, then I am strong, God gives us the strength in our weakness.

Praying in those weak moments, when I just wanted to rest my head and I have to feed, or feeling that awful effect hormones have on my state of mind, I could not have got through any of it without the Lord’s help.

The love the Father has for us is so great. Resting in it gives us the strength to get through and gives us great comfort.

Home

I am here in my home town, Basingstoke, in the United Kingdoms of the British Isles (that’s its official title). My family and I flew here on 1st May, and we’ve been here a week.

It all feels like a dream! I’ve been dreaming about being here with my Clark family amongst my family in Basingstoke for 5 years and now that dream has come true. Thank you Lord!

I forgot how green and pretty it is here! British countryside is stunning! I love going to all the familiar places, but this time going to these places with my very own wee family.

I do miss it in Britain and I’m so grateful for this visit. I feel I’ve been patient to have come back and God has blessed us so far with great weather and no sickness in my family.

Often, in Maine I feel like my heart is in two places, I leave some of it behind in Britain and my heart is so full with my family and friends in Maine.

In both places, I have things to miss. Today my husband had to go back for work, I really do miss him already.

Feeling this way reminds me that this earth is not our home. My heart doesn’t need to settle in one place here, or to love one place more than the other, because my citizenship is in Heaven.

Philippians 3:20

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

Both places have been part of God’s plan for my individual story. I am thankful that both places are amazing in different ways.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope

There is quite an unsettled feeling loving both places at once. While I’m here, I reminisce about the past and in Maine I look forward to my kids growing up there. God’s plans are incredible and he works it out for our good.

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

I put my trust and my hope in the Lord and I look forward to following wherever he leads me. Ultimately, it leads to Heaven, my permanent home.