25th April 2018
In Church on Sunday I felt the Lord encouraging me to use my artistic skills in my life to a greater degree. I felt Him say; 'I gave you this artistic gift- why on earth would you not use it?' I wrote this down as Peter was preaching. It was like the Lord was perplexed that I was not using my gift, that brings me so much joy and peace. Then there was an alter call for people who were perplexed. I'm mildly and cheerfully curiously perplexed about a few things in my life at the moment (aren't we all?) - but particularly perplexed professionally, and this urge to use my artistic gifts alongside another gifting I believe I have added to the potion. However, I was excited that God had mentioned this to me.
At the end of the service I wanted to put a 'Gideon's Fleece' over what I felt I had heard- so I went for prayer ministry giving a very basic description of being professionally perplexed and not mentioning art at all. I felt Gods presence immediately as the prayer began. Nearing the end one of the women praying for me said, and she looked a little confused- I feel I need to share this with you. I see Jesus as the carpenter and he is making things with his hands, he is crafting things in his workshop- and I feel the Lord is saying that He will bless the work of your hands, specifically your hands as you craft things.'
What a lovely and humbling assurance that He speaks. He speaks to us. He spoke to me....now where are my pencils?
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
5th March 2018
I’m praising God for a wonderful rescue of people who are very dear to me.
My godson Joshua and his wife Lydia were on a ski trip in the Himalayas last week. One morning they set out with her brother and two other guys from their hotel, but Josh noticed that a band on one of his skis was broken, so he had to return to the hotel. Lydia went on with her brother and the other two.
Long story short... they got lost! Six hours later they were completely lost in the Himalayas! No phone signal, tired, cold, and anxious. No way to let Josh or anyone else know where they were, and it was now dark.
Then they noticed some lights ahead of them - and at that moment, Lydia’s phone picked up signal. It only lasted 2 minutes, but that was enough for her to call Josh, who alerted the police, who called the army and set a rescue in motion.
Already this is a great story, but there’s more...
Unknown to them, there had been a terrorist attack on the local armed forces, and orders had been given to shoot on sight anyone who ventured on to that part of the mountain! That two-minute signal was just enough for the police to advise the army not to shoot, but rather to rescue. Can you imagine how it would have been without God’s perfect timing?
They were brought off the mountain to safety by the police and army, who fed them a wonderful meal - Josh was reunited with them too by then - and they were all told off severely for going without a guide! They didn’t tell their parents until they got home, but it transpired that on the day it had happened, both Joshua’s and Lydia’s mums had felt a sudden urgency to pray for them.
God, I am so grateful for Your goodness and kindness and for never taking Your eyes off us!
Posted by Maureen Hopkins
6th June 2017
Here's a testimony from Miguel:
"I went out in Northfleet during May to do some Treasure-Hunting (by this I mean that I had got together with a bunch of Christians who are doing a course with me based in Eastgate church in north Kent, and we asked the Holy Spirit to give us some clues about the people that He wanted us to meet and bless in the street). The clues that He gave me were as follows…
Location: Bread Shop / Cartwheel.
Appearance: Red Tie / Bald head.
Name: Wilfred / Fred / Will.
We walked through Northfleet town and didn’t seem to be finding anything on our list, but then suddenly we saw a horse & cart complete with cartwheels! On the cart were two boys. They offered us a ride on a cart for £10. We explained that we were Christians and that we were doing this spiritual treasure-hunt using the list of clues given to us by the Holy Spirit. They said that they were also Christians and that they loved the Holy Spirit! They told us that they were waiting for their Granddad who was in the barber shop. They excitedly told us that he was a priest & that he had just come back from a visit to Jerusalem!
A short while later the Granddad came out and confirmed to us all that the boys had told us. We explained to him what we were doing and showed him the list that Holy Spirit had given us. He said that his friend’s name was Fred and that he was suffering with cancer.
We prayed together for Fred’s healing, blessed one another, and parted company laughing at how God had amazingly orchestrated all of these details – Cartwheel, Fred, & Cancer - So good to see God’s heart to encourage, bless, and heal people out on the streets on a regular Saturday afternoon!"
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31st May 2017
Posted by Maureen Hopkins