31 Jesus-Benefits: Identifying with Him

“Anyone who believes and is baptised will be saved” (Mark 16:16).

That’s why on day 29 I can say I appreciate:

My baptism – because it’s a reminder that God’s hand is on my life. I’ve believed in Jesus. I’ve identified myself with His death and burial by going under the water, and I’ve come up to follow Him in my new life as a Christian.

Have you been baptised? Or have you thought about it? I’ve known people encounter tremendous pressure not to go through with it, but personally, I’m so glad I did.

My now-retired pastor (Alan) and my friend (Carol) baptised me. Everyone baptised in that church had a baptismal promise – a verse or two from the Bible on a certificate to commemorate the day. Alan and Carol stood in the warm water before I got in, and Carol read aloud the verses she’d chosen for me. They don’t mention baptism, but will always remind me of mine.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

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31 Days of Song: “The Name”

Today’s a pretty special day on my calendar, because 14 years ago today, I went to my friend’s church, where she was backing-singer in the worship group.  If you’ve read this blog awhile you’ll know the rest, but that was the night I said yes to having Jesus in my life.  As a thank-you to her for the invite, I’m choosing my friend’s favourite song today.  I had looked for it before on Amazon and it wasn’t available, but she looked herself anyway and when she found it, we both said we didn’t mind paying 90p for a song like this.  It really is so anointed.  I mean, other songs haven’t got that special something, but this was so clearly created by God for the purpose of worshipping Him.  Which name(s) of God speak to you in this song?

Favourite Days 2011

It’s new year’s eve, so to celebrate, I thought I’d write about some favourite days in 2011 that I’m really grateful to God for. I’ve picked my top 4:
1. Saturday 30 July: I live near some hills. I’ve walked the length of them in the past (about 9 miles), but I don’t often get up there now. This particular day a friend ask me to go, we picnicked in the car, and then we found a bench outside. The sun was shining (I love being on the hills in the sunshine), and we talked about his family – uncles and aunties and grandparents … We headed back just after 3 o’clock. Such a special day.

2. Thursday 13 October: My friend Alex had come to stay so we could record a feature for her radio-show, including some songs I’ve written and some of my favourites by other artists. Thursday was the day we recorded the interview, and I’ve kept a clip of when she asked a question, I didn’t know how to answer and we both burst into laughter. (If it was on YouTube I’d try to share it here, but it’s not!) I’ve known Alex 20 years and she’s like family, so my mum came in the afternoon and we shopped together, then went round to my parents’ house for one of Dad’s casseroles.

3. Saturday 14 May: I was with my friends and their 2 girls in Scotland. We went with the 4-year-old to her little friend’s birthday party in the morning. After lunch the girls’ dad took them home, leaving me and Kate to go shopping (more shopping!), and in the evening we went to church in Glasgow. My friends attend a Pentecostal church and on Saturday nights, all its branches throughout Scotland can meet together at the Glasgow church. Lots of people turn out, and it was the best meeting I’d been in for ages because we heard from God. At the end there was a prophecy, where God encouraged us to keep our eyes toward Him.

4. Saturday 18 June: I posted about that day earlier in this blog – the Compassion UK conference in Manchester – just an amazing morning hearing about some of the miracles in Haiti.

So, I guess I’m happiest when I’m with God, with friends/family, or shopping! When are you happiest? Do you have any favourite days in 2011 you want to chat about?

Thanks for reading this year, and I hope for lots of special moments for all of us in 2012.