From One Tiny Mustard Seed……
Hi, I’m Jill,
Thank you for visiting Mustard Seed Blog – so named after the mustard plant growing at my front door, grown from a single mustard seed, given to me by my friend Alice who said, as she pressed it into my hand, “the Lord says that’s all it takes, Jill”. Unbeknown to her, that very morning God had reminded me of a prophetic word given to me by another friend over 20 years ago, that I would go into the field of creative writing (something I had no interest in at all back then)
I took that little seed home and planted it in a tiny 5ml medicine cup on the kitchen windowsill. It grew and grew, and several pot transfers later it is now a big flourishing shrub, in a heavy earthenware pot outdoors, reminding me daily, each time I look at it, that our Faithful God is always true to his promises!
He lives, breathes and works through his people, every single day. It’s good to share what he’s doing, because we can encourage one another that way.
And that’s The aim of Mustard Seed Blog – encouragement. I hope my blog posts never come across as ‘this is how you do it’ – as though I’d ‘arrived’ myself, because I definitely haven’t! Like most other people, I mess up on a regular basis, but I’m a work in progress in the Potter’s loving hands.
Isaiah 35:3-4 is the mission statement of Mustard Seed Blog: “With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
Who is Jill?
I am married to David, have 4 grown up children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I was born Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently live in the beautiful Victorian railway town of Whitehead, on the Northern East coast.
My home church, where my roots are firmly planted, is Jordan Victory Church, Carrickfergus.
What I believe (in a nutshell)
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life – He is the only way to salvation – by faith. Salvation cannot be earned through ‘being good’ or even going to church. It is a gift that is received by repentance and faith in Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.
I believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was God in human flesh. He lived a sinless human life and willingly took upon himself the consequences of our sin by dying in our place and on our behalf on the cross. He rose bodily, victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. Some day, he will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
I believe in the The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer and is available to empower us to lead Christ-like lives. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world.
I’m a firm believer that we don’t ‘go to church’, we are the church. The local church building is a place for a group of believers to gather for worship, prayer, instruction, mutual encouragement and community with each other, and as a witness to the world. Believers are not designed to ‘go it alone’.
I believe that the Bible is God’s unique revelation to mankind, and as such it is infallible; the supreme and final authority in what it teaches and affirms. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
Mustard Seed Blog features regular articles from ‘guest writers/bloggers’ too. All guest post writers have been invited by me and are people I know well, from my own home church, or fellow, like-minded bloggers with whom I have built a trust relationship within the blogging community to which I belong.
Guest Posts can be found in the drop-down menu entitled Blog Topics at the bottom of every page.
PS: You will notice when you click on the highlighted scripture references in my blog posts that they direct you to BibleGateway.com
This is because Mustard Seed Blog advocates the use of Bible Gateway as a Bible study tool. I have used it myself for years; Bible Gatway is so much more than just a Bible app; Bible Gateway assists with deeper study; offerering more than 200 versions of the Bible, commentaries, original language tools, Bible dictionaries, daily devotionals, blogs and many other interactive resources, suited to beginners right through to ‘veterans’ in Bible study.
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