20th January was identified as Blue Monday. It was the Monday of the third week of the new year which is associated with high suicide rates as people fail to come to terms with a cold January, the arrival of Christmas credit card bills, the distance from the arrival of Spring, and much more. All of us, to a greater or lesser extent, experience highs and lows that are often associated with external factors that we cannot control. Our greatest safeguard against such things is endeavouring to keep our own mental wellbeing in good order so that we build resilience into ourselves. This is not always easy as we are complex beings each with our own set of triggers that can take us in all kinds of directions.
To help us, God gives us His peace. Philippians 4:7 says, ‘And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ This verse is given in the context of dealing with anxiety. The peace of God is his gift to us. I pray that in these days you will be filled with the peace of God so that you are able to overcome the anxieties and stresses of the season.
God Bless, Richard
Like most people of a certain age, I struggle to maintain my weight. I finished last year a stone heavier than I began it. Since the beginning of this year, through a combination of regular exercise, portion control, a change of diet and self-discipline, I am within touching distance of being back where I was a year ago. I will then need to continue doing all these things to maintain it. In all of this, I am no different to anyone else but I do want to maintain a level of fitness and health that will sustain me into the future.
Our spiritual life is no different. If we are to retain our spiritual fitness and health, we need to include in our lives the spiritual disciplines that will sustain it. This includes regular exercise through prayer and reading of the word. It means exercising portion control regarding what we allow our minds to dwell on through television, radio or other media. We may even need to change our diet by using daily reading notes, commentaries and other aids to help us understand the Word. But most of all, we need self-discipline to put all of these things in place. The church at large is full of flabby Christians. It is time to get fit and healthy so that we ‘run with endurance the race that is set before us’ (Hebrews 12:1).
God bless, Richard
Friday 17 May – Sunday 17 May 2019
At The Hayes Christian Conference Centre. Derbyshire.
Join us for a weekend of prayer focus: The purpose of prayer, Does prayer work? Opportunities of prayer and Testimonies of prayer. There will be worship, teaching seminars & workshops from our own women within BCC.
See Carolyn or pick up a leaflet on the information table at church on a Sunday morning.
As women we invest a lot of time and energy into our families, churches, communities or work and by spending time together it helps us recharge, feel encouraged, and be spiritually fed.
Our aim at any of our Chosen Women events is:
• encouraging women to grow in their love for God
• providing relevant and inspirational Bible teaching
• enabling women to bring a sense of God’s kingdom to
family, church & community.
Together we learn from God’s word, usually led by a speaker. We spend time in worship, relaxing, chatting and having fun.
This will be our 16th year of meeting together, by way of the annual weekend and day conferences and social activities. We have had a wide range of speakers over the years from abroad, from around the UK and from our own church. Many women can testify to encountering God, hearing what He has for them and from this deepen their love for the Lord.
To be part of what’s going on with Chosen Women, the only criteria is that you are female and over 14 yrs. Why not come along to the retreat in May at Hayes Conference Centre and experience it for yourselves?
You’re welcome to join our monthly support group
6.30-8.00pm every 3rd Wednesday
Venue: Beverley Community Church
49a Saturday Market, Beverley, HU17 8AA
Contact Richard or Angie for more information on 07917 221896