Standing Out for Jesus

I can see that it is easy to become hard-hearted in this world. Take London commuters. Never has there been a more miserable bunch of people! Everyone desperate to avoid eye contact, people squash close to each other but try not to touch each other. No one exchanges a smile or even a word of acknowledgement. Everyone just wants to get to their destination.


In this environment people do seem to be out for themselves, not even offering a seat for a pregnant lady and pushing past you so they get on the train. I think this is a horrible way to behave but, if I did the commute regularly, maybe I would become like them. When everyone is doing it around you, it’s hard not to join them.

I was about to travel on the Eurostar for the first time to Paris. I had a large suitcase! I was staying for a week’s vacation, but more importantly I was going to a dear friend’s wedding and I was responsible for doing three of her bridesmaid’s hair. I am not a professional, so I had packed everything I could think of to make these ladies’ hair beautiful.

I had to lug this suitcase through London Waterloo. It was not peek time but I still expected travelers to be ignorant. London Waterloo has so many stairs it’s not funny. I prayed that I’d make it. I prayed that God would help me through this huge train station and I would catch the Eurostar on time.


God blessed me so much. Not one, but three people helped me with my suitcase. Two men and a lady, who I had to comment was very strong for being so dainty. It felt like there were angels at Waterloo.

These people amongst the miserable commuters stood out. Their acts of kindness are remembered a decade later.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Just like these angels in London Waterloo, it is so important to stand out for Jesus. Not be swept away by the ugliness of the world. Stand out and be different. Show acts of kindness in the name of the Lord Jesus and let our light shine.

Thanks to Susan Dreyer for her awesome London Waterloo Photos


Survival Mode

Winter in Maine is tough! It is so stinking cold. Snow and ice, rain and gales. We wear snow boots, thick jackets, scarves and gloves. Never has an extra layer and practical shoes been so important to me. But, this year I will have lived in Maine for five years and I have learnt that these things in winter are a must.


It is all about surviving. Surviving the first snow storm is fine, it’s actually quite beautiful, fresh snow on clean ground is pretty, no sand or mud, it’s pure white. It is after you think we have had enough snow to last a life time and surprise, another snow storm hits. It’s quite depressing.

In life, it is sometimes just about surviving. Surviving the knocks and the hard times that the enemy throws at us. Sometimes, it can seem overwhelming! The weight of the burdens we bare can crush us. This got me thinking about the house that was built on the rock.

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

When we have a foundation of Christ, when we put the Lord’s words into practice, our house is built on a rock. And, we survive because all the knocks and storms that life bring us are fought off, because the Lord fights for us. He carries us with His righteous right hand.

The enemy throws us some horrendous hurdles sometimes, just as the foolish man built his house upon the sand, it would destroy us, when Jesus Christ is not the centre of our lives.

I love this verse, we can take on the world and its storms, we can survive when we cling to Jesus.

Keep going friend. He is carrying you through these storms. He is our firm foundation.

The Holy Spirit as a Dove

Last week I spoke about the Holy Spirit in my post. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our protector against the evil influences of this world. And, when we accept the Lord Jesus as our personal saviour, the Holy Spirit lives within us.

This week, while reading to my son Davis the story of John the baptist baptising Jesus, I was struck by the vision of the Holy Spirit descending as a dove on to Jesus. I had to show Davis this picture, to show him what a beautiful bird doves are:


Matthew 3:16

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, lighting upon him:

I think this shows the kindness of our Lord. Sometimes, believing and having faith in what we cannot see is hard. Understanding the Holy Spirit and knowing who he is is difficult. But, this visual image symbolizing the Holy Spirit is amazing. This bird represents peace and purity and that is what the Holy Spirit brings about.

In Genesis the dove is used to bring Noah hope.

Genesis 8:11

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

Wisdom and understanding of knowing who the Holy Spirit is takes some learning. It takes the Holy Spirit living in us to understand him. It can be confusing but God is good and he gives us this beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit descending as a dove on to our Lord Jesus so that we can get a sense of who he is.

We can know the hope that our salvation brings, just like the hope that the dove brought to Noah on the arc.

Thank you Lord for the dove and who this beautiful bird represents.

We have a Comforter


With the tragedy that happened in Florida last week, it is hard to feel any peace living in this world. It is hard to imagine anyone being that evil and carrying out such an act of hatred.

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There is a greater evil at work. There is an evil spiritual world that we cannot even see. It is such a scary prospect! Evil that is dark and in the high places. But, take heart because “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

The Holy Spirit living in us has great and mighty power. We can depend on him and feel peace because he has been sent by God to be our helper. The Holy Spirit is our comforter in this dark world.

John 14:16-18

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

I forget while I worry about the evil in this world, that God has not left us on our own. He has left us the Holy Spirit, God living within us. This is our protection from the dark world and our comforter from the sadness that we face.

It is still so hard living in this world with the evil and sin. God knew that it would be hard for us and comforts us with these words:

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Our Father Delights in us

Ever since I can remember, I have thought very highly of my Dad. He is very funny, wise and he is extremely compassionate. I love my Dad so much! I am so blessed to have him as my Dad.


One of the things that I love most about my Dad is how obvious it is that he loves his family. He loves my Mum, my sisters and I very much. When I asked my Dad for his wisdom on parenting, he said to me, “enjoy your children and let them enjoy you.”

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Our mighty God rejoices over us and has joy over His children. He is our perfect Father and he rests in His love for us.

Psalm 147:11

The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Our Lord takes pleasure in us. It is hard to imagine this, especially when we feel burdened by our own sin, but when we put our hope in Him, He is mighty to save. He wants to save us, He wants us to trust Him and know Him, to find joy in Him and He will joy over us.

No Goodbyes in Heaven

I have just spent three wonderful weeks with my brilliant parents. Three weeks flew by and we really appreciated every day with each other. Since moving to Maine from Britain, I have missed my parents very much. I am fortunate that they can afford to visit me every year, usually twice a year but last year, because my sister Jan was having a baby, they could only visit once.

Last year was a tough one. One of the reasons it was tough for me, was that I had to say goodbye to dear ones.

Saying goodbye to my parents last January, not knowing when I would see them next. Also, the first friend that I made here in Maine, my bestie Nicole, moved to Arizona. She is a warm-hearted friend who greeted me and welcomed me into her home, even though she didn’t know me from Adam. She lights up a room! Maine will miss her so much and so will I.

My dearest friend and fellow blogger Ashley moved to Utah. I feel like she’s a kindred spirit, we both call ourselves quiet friendly people, who love the Lord. We bond over this a lot.

My family have had a few other friends who have moved but we also suffered a great loss in our family too. A great Aunt, who I tear up every time I think she’s not here to give me advice anymore.

Saying goodbye is so hard. And yet goodbyes are a fact of life, one I do not think we get use to because they’re a reminder that this isn’t our home. I do not think we will have to say goodbye in Heaven, we really will be able to say “see you later”, because we are going to be praising the Lord and we will be in fellowship with Him for all of eternity.

Growing up my Mum used to sing ‘When we All Get to Heaven’ regularly to us and when I think of how there will be no goodbyes in Heaven, I think of the chorus of this song:

When we all get to heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

(by Eliza E. Hewitt pub. 1898)

While I think how my heart is sad to say goodbye to dear ones, I think of that wonderful “hello” I will say to the Lord Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Always be with the Lord. How wonderful!

Investing in Eternity

I wish I was good at saving. I wish this blog post could be “Caroline’s helpful hints on saving”. Truth is, I like spending.

Saving takes discipline, it takes sacrifice and it takes time. Three things that do not support living in the moment.

When I think of life as a Christian, I think that similarly it takes discipline, sacrifice and spending time in His Word and in prayer. It can feel so hard going against the flow of the world and earthly desires. Every day it is a fight against our own flesh.

The apostle Paul explained this struggle in Romans 7:17-19:

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing.

We have to fight against our own flesh every day and the desire to sin. We continue to fight the good fight against our own flesh to invest in eternity with our Saviour.

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

It is worth it, to keep fighting the good fight to which we have been called Heavenward in Christ Jesus, it is for His good purposes.


Sometimes, it seems harder than others to keep fighting. Right now, my family and I are going through a season that’s been hard, a season of heartbreaking trials. While going through this time, a quick fix is very tempting! Something to take the edge off, completely escape this earth and its hardships and the on going fight.

Going along with the world and its quick fix, as tempting as it is will not help in the long run, it will make matters worse.

The world’s quick fixes are the enemy’s way of tempting us away from drawing near to God. But we have this promise from our Lord: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

We need to keep running the race for Jesus, and sometimes, like a race, this life is simply about enduring.

Hebrews 12:1b-2 “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I need to remember at this time, to ask for His strength, fix my eyes on Jesus and keep on enduring and invest in eternity by keep on fighting the good fight of faith. In the end there is that wonderful reward of eternity in Heaven with my Lord Jesus.