Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

Dig Even Deeper February 5, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 7:52 pm
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One of the things I love about my job is getting a pile of new books at random intervals thanks to the lovely people over at IVP.

One I’ve loved in the previous lot is “Dig Even Deeper” by Andrew Sach and Richard Alldritt. It’s a book dedicated to showing how the Old Testament applies to us in the 21st Century through applying the tools from the book “Dig Deeper” to Exodus. We’ve been doing Exodus at church over the last couple of weeks so reading this alongside has been really helpful. The one thing that has struck me from Exodus is in chapter 2 seeing the way that God prepares Moses for his task. Moses was 80 years old when he finally went to free God’s people from their slavery. But it wasn’t that God had forgotten, or that he didn’t care about what his people were going through but that he was preparing Moses. God was making sure that his plan was fulfilled in his perfect timing. Amazing.

But there’s two things I absolutley love about this book (more than all of the other things I love)

1) The subtitle “Unearthing Old Testament treasure”: So often the Old testament is seen as being something that we can’t understand and has no relevance. But yet there is real treasure there that shows us so much about our God. This book is really easy way to see that practically worked out in one Old Testament book and gives the skills to see it in other books too.

2) It makes you read the Old Testament! One of the things I find a little too easy sometimes is to read a book about the bible rather than the bible itself. Some books help by having quotes in, but this one goes one step further by forcing you to stop after the introduction to go and read Exodus. Love it! Also, it makes you think . . . there’s questions that are asked that mean you need to dig into sections of the bible … and they deliberatly don’t give the answers afterwards so that you have to think and look for yourself.

So . . . in conclusion the Old testment is full of treasure and this is a great book for helping us to see how we can handle it for ourselves

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So quick to forget February 3, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 10:42 pm
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If you asked me what God has taught me over the last year I think my first response would be that He’s been teaching me that He is good and He will always provide for me what I need. There are many occasions I could point to where God has provided miraculously.

And yet, when (very!) similar circumstances arose a couple of weeks ago my first response wasn’t to remember God’s goodness and all he has provided, but to panic! And I found myself driving home from CU this evening thinking all these things, but wondering would God answer my prayers fully, or would He just give me the bare minimum. What a stupid thing to wonder! Of course God will fulfil all of my needs, not only has he always done so, but He promised that he would!

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

What an amazing God –  he provides all we need, not want, but need.

 

A Prayer Answering God February 2, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 7:55 pm
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posting twice on one day kinda makes up for not posting a couple times in the last few days right…!?

As previous posts on this blog will point out, I have a teensy weensy bit of love for the little known yet beautiful country of Moldova (shock for many of you I know 😉 ). A friend of mine from Moldova has been through the visa application process – a long one that includes much paperwork, and interview and a long wait. And very regularly (in my previous experience of trying to help people get visas) they get rejected for no obvious reason. To be honest I expected the same this time, but I prayed that God would do his will and that Albina could come somehow. But everything seemed to go against us. The official invite letter I posted before Christmas hadn’t turned up, the original letter had been lost on a bus in America (a whole seperate story!) so an emailed letter with no signature had to do instead. We hadn’t quite sorted the finances until the evening before Albina’s meeting so that was again a emailed letter with no signature. I was praying that the letters would turn up so that the embassy could see that Albina’s request was genuine – but they didn’t. So we were left to wait the five working days minimum to fourteen working days for an answer. And then three working days later the embassy rang to see Albina again . . . that didn’t bode well but we continued to pray to our God of miracles and … Albina’s visa was granted! Albina said: “[the lady] didn’t tell me anything, just asked me to sign a paper and gave me the passport, it was open at the visa page, but first i didn’t realize that, I thought it was my Romanian visa somehow, well, i was so scared…it was after I left the room that i started realizing it was my visa“. So so exciting. But for me the most exciting thing was what Albina told me later – that she was praying that the letters wouldn’t arrive . . . here’s why!

” last thursday when I applied and asked them if it’s possible to bring the letters if they come and the lady told me if I manage to bring them before they make the decision…well, I prayed that they might not come:) I knew God could make a miracle and it was not in vain that the letters didn’t come, almost 3 months passed and all people could do was done…so, I knew God had a plan. But i know myself, and knew i could later on think it might have been a coincidence or “luck”, whatever…so, i wanted a real miracle”

And a real miracle is what she got! And a challenge for me. So often I think that God can only work out situations in a certain way so I  pray for that to happen. I so often don’t pray that God would turn the sitatuion round but that he would do it my way. But he’s God and always does things his way in his perfect timing and it always works!

So… in just a few weeks we’ll be reunited! Praise the Lord!

 

A breakthrough!

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One of the things I’ve found hardest over the last couple of years as I’ve done Christian work which involved moving to areas that I don’t know, has been to meet people to be friends with who aren’t Christians. It’s really hard to build genuine friendships. I’ve been praying that my new neighbours (an Indian family) would be a good start . . . and it is! The lady was stood by her front door and I asked her on a whim whether she’d like to come over for coffee sometime – and she said yes AND would I like to come over for some real Indian food some time! Amazing!