From One Tiny Mustard Seed……
Hi, I’m Jill McIlreavy,
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 before, that He would lead me into the field of creative writing.
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 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 North East Antrim coast. My home church, where my roots are deeply planted, is Jordan Victory Church, Carrickfergus.
At the end of 2019, I published my first book, ‘A Mustard Seed Life’, and am currently about halfway through my second book. My personal time is divided between my passion for writing and of course the Bible study that accompanies this, and the great pleasure found in designing and creating jewellery ~ I love to put on some worship music (my favourite is Jon Thurlow) and hide myself away in my studio for hours, at my workbench.
What I believe (in a nutshell)
I believe that Jesus Christ, who was God in human flesh, 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 unequivocally in the virgin birth, and in the bodily resurrection of Jesus ~ He triumphed over death. I believe Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, the believer’s advocate and mediator and will return, to fulfil 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 empowers us to lead Christ-like lives. He 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 just ‘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.
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 I highly recommend 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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I recently decided to combine my shop, Miss Maisie’s Wee Shop, with my Blog. At Miss Maisie’s, I create jewellery and gifts from up-cycled vintage and antique watches and discarded, unwanted industrial materials. In so many way, this is a picture of what the Lord does ~ He takes our broken, discarded lives and makes them beautiful: gives us “beauty for ashes”.