Month: December 2015

God is Faithful

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GOD IS FAITHFUL.

This is my testimony at the end of the most difficult year of my life.

It’s hard to put into words exactly how and why 2015 has given me such a kicking – but it would be fair to say that I have reached December 31st emotionally, physically, spiritually battered and exhausted. This year, more than any other, I have dwelt far longer in the valley depths than I have danced on the mountain heights. I have known more stress, wrestled with more doubts, shed more tears and known more fear and loneliness than at any other point in my life.

But I made it.

By God’s grace.

Because HE IS FAITHFUL.

God has proved His faithfulness to me in putting amazing people in my life, not least my wife, whose love, care and patient wisdom has blessed and helped me more than words can express. I have been blessed with a wonderful and supportive family, good friends and gracious leaders who have sought to guide and encourage  me throughout the year.

But all these people are in my life and a means of grace to me because my GOD IS FAITHFUL.

There have been multiple moments throughout this year when I honestly didn’t think I would make it to the end of the year sane or still in gospel ministry. Times when I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognise the man looking back at me.

But I made it.

By God’s grace.

Because HE IS FAITHFUL.

God has also proved His faithfulness to me through His Word. I have battled to spend time every day reading the Bible, sometimes more out of discipline than devotion. And this year there have been more occasions than I can count when the dark clouds that I have felt gathering above my head were pierced by precious, powerful words of light from the Scriptures that delivered timely grace and sufficient hope for the day.

As I write this post on the last day of this year, and as I look forward to a year of unknown days and mysterious providences that lie ahead, I do so persuaded more than ever that I can’t do this alone. That I don’t have what it takes in and of myself. That I have nothing to offer anyone apart from Christ crucified.

But also utterly persuaded of this – that my God is unstoppably faithful.

And I can rest in that beautiful truth.

Happy new year guys!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
– Lamentations 3 v 22-23

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My Year on Instagram, 2015

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I take a lot of photos. Consequently last year I posted a review of my year in photo format, and I have the done the same again this year. As with last year I found it really hard to narrow it down to just one photo per month. But I did. I’ve tried to make the photos as varied as possible too – some local, some international. Some rural, some urban. Some colour, some black and white.

Enjoy…

Jan
JANUARY: snow-swept tree in Trevethin
Feb
FEBRUARY: gorgeous, hazy winter sunrise from Trevethin
March
MARCH: heading home after a family adventure up Garn Wen
April2
APRIL: sun setting over the Eastern Valley from our front gate
May
MAY: a man and his dog, Llanhilleth
June
JUNE: stars, stripes and skyscrapers, Miami
Jul
JULY: view down the valley and across the Severn Estuary from the Folly
August
AUGUST: just another incredible Trevethin sunset
Sep
SEPTEMBER: clouds and crowds in Cardiff
Oct
OCTOBER: autumn adventure with Elen, Jo and Cassie, Lasgarn Woods
Nov
NOVEMBER: Newport transporter bridge above the Usk in thick fog
Dec
DECEMBER: tree silhouette against a crisp Trevethin sunrise