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Bible Society  Bringing the Bible to life at home and around the world. Telling weekly #mybible stories of the Bible impacting lives. 📖

'I was in my late twenties and working at a radio station in London. One of my colleagues invited us all to a carol service at All Soul’s Langham Place. We all sat in the row. At the end, I was in tears, which later I learned was the Holy Spirit touching me. It was a difficult time in my life and my colleague gave me the verse Matthew 6.33. It says, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”. I was struggling, worrying about the future. I wanted to be married and that was not happening. All my friends had already got married and were having kids. I felt really sad. That verse was about putting God first as opposed to putting my desires first. It was about being obedient to God and that obedience being blessed. I didn’t understand that at the time. I came to a point where I thought, “Do you know what, I’m OK with the fact if I don’t get married and don’t have children.” But then, I met my husband. Now we have two children. When I look back at that verse now, I know it to be the truth. That verse is talking about not worrying and I am a great worrier. It’s basically talking about the Father’s protection, love and care. He knows what we need.' #mybible #bibleverse #bible #relationships #matthew6

'I had an encounter with God in a nightclub in the middle of a drug deal. I went out dealing on a Saturday night and at 1 am, I had a full-blown vision of Jesus. I was 18. It was a road to Damascus experience, so Paul’s story in Acts 9 really speaks to me. From there I got the sense that there was a call on my life to be in ministry. That’s what I do. I kept meeting Christians who hadn’t had that kind of experience. Now, reading Acts I have discovered that I’m not that strange. Paul’s experience was a big eye-opener for me. When I first read it I was unemployed and going to the job centre to sign on. I felt the Holy Spirit saying, "What are you doing?". I knew that if I got a job I couldn’t take it, because I had to be in ministry. So, I said to the woman, "I’m no longer available for work to be honest, I’m working for the church." That was 30 years ago. The Bible has changed my life and changed me. It’s given me a tremendous foundation.' #bibleverse #bible #mybible #acts9 #drugs #holyspirit

‘In August 2016 I lost my job. My biggest worry was financial. I have three daughters. I had a mortgage. I was already struggling with the mortgage and three daughters on my own. That was the biggest thing. I had to sell the house last year and I was on benefits for about seven or eight weeks. Now I share a flat with a friend. Two of my daughters sleep on the sofa and I share a room with my friend. The passage that spoke to me through this was Proverbs 3.5-6. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I ate those verses. I really needed them. That’s what’s kept me through this in one sense. As Christians, we are meant to live by faith and not by sight. I said to God, “It’s bad, but it’s not going to be bad for ever.” I have drawn so much strength from these verses. I felt very reassured when I read it. There I was, the facts of my life were really bad, but the word of the Lord was saying, don’t look at how you understand it. I have had to trust the Lord and that hasn’t been easy, because I’m not a very patient person. But I’m starting a new job on Thursday. I’m looking forward to it.’ #mybible #bible #bibleverse #proverbs3 #redundancy #godsguidance

‘My favourite verse of all time is the story of Philip in Samaria, when the Holy Spirit says, “I want you to leave this thriving ministry and go to the road which is currently deserted”. He must have thought, “Why?” Then along comes the eunuch in the chariot and Philip tells him about Christ. That has brought home to me how personal faith is. I can choose to accept what God says or go my own way. We are all big talkers in my family. My mother and grandmother could talk for Britain. As a couple, we got interested in evangelism just a few weeks after we had become Christians. People encouraged us to share our faith. So that’s been in us from day one. I find it easy to chat to people. You can’t always see why you are sharing your faith with someone. You can’t tell if it makes a difference. But God uses what we have done in ways that we can’t imagine. Philip is an inspiration really.’ #mybible #bibleverse #acts #bibleverses #evangelism #holyspirit

‘I’m a vicar, so people would expect me to say that the Bible is the foundation of what we believe in. But on a personal level, I’ve found that scripture isn’t just about guidance; it’s not just a foundation of what we believe, it’s an ongoing resource. I found that to be true in 2009 when my Mum – who’s now about to turn 70 – had breast cancer. She found a lump and put off going to the doctor’s. When she found out, my sister, who’s a nurse, went ballistic. I think my Mum knew that it was a problem. In the end she had a partial mastectomy and had her lymph nodes removed. My Mum said that as she was being taken into theatre, she remembered Psalm 23. That was the lynchpin during that experience. She felt that that God wasn’t going to heal her of the cancer, but he would walk through it with her. For me, when I read those verses, I realised that there weren’t any quick fixes. God doesn’t come along with a magic wand and wave it all away. But he does promise to be a source of strength and support.' #mybible #bible #bibleverses #psalm23 #breastcancer #cancer

'I couldn’t see the point of Sunday School. My friends were more interested in football and I preferred it too, so I refused to go on Sundays. My parents weren’t that happy. We went to the Keswick Convention, a Christian camp. I wasn’t that interested. But we were taught about Isaiah 40.11-12. It talks about God holding the waters in the palm of his hand. We were in the Lake District, so I could picture this. I had had a picture of a soft and easy God and that was completely torn down. I could see how big and impressive God is. I was quite shocked. I realised that, if this was the case, I needed to pay attention. God was probably a bigger deal than I had thought. That started me on a journey of wanting to learn more. I could still play football at school. But my priorities changed. Now, I want to be a youth and children’s worker. That’s because of the impact of those verses. I want other young people to understand that God is so much greater than the smallness of our imagination. He’s incomprehensibly powerful. If he can sustain creation, then the things that we struggle with in this world are nothing compared to God’s power.' #mybible #bible #bibleverse #isaiah #lakedistrict #youthwork

'When I was studying at Homerton, Cambridge, my good friend walked into my room one day, blew the dust off my Bible and said, “Why don’t you read your Bible?” At the same time, I’d taken up pottery. I carried on doing it until I was 80. It was the most satisfying thing I ever did. I loved the feel of the clay in my hands and getting it central on the wheel. That’s essential. If you do that, you can do anything at all with the clay. One day I was asked to give a Bible study and I read a passage from Jeremiah about God being the potter and us being the clay. It’s an amazing exposition of what it is like to be a potter and what happens if the pot goes wonky and you have to start again. That really spoke to me a lot. That’s how God is. It’s no use working with hard clay because it will resist you. If the clay is too soft the pot goes sloppy. But in the hands of a master potter, if anything does go wrong, you can start again and the second time it will come exactly right. You have to be very patient, which I think God is. Looking back over my life, not all that has happened has been good. But in all of it I could trust what I read in the Bible and I was sure that I could rely on that.’ #mybible #jeremiah #potter #pottery #potterywheel #homerton

'Last year I was in a relationship with a girl. One day she broke up with me. Since then I have been really heartbroken. I needed someone and something, so I started to reconsider my relationship with God. Like, before that I had always believed in something. But since December I’ve been trying to get back with God. But I wasn’t feeling anything. Then one day I was watching a film and I broke down in tears, and I was crying. I said, "I’m trying to see you God, but I’m not feeling you." When I stopped crying, I looked at the Bible app on my phone, and I looked at the Bible passage of the day and that’s when I saw this. It said, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away". When I read that, I was like "wow". I guess God was saying, "I am with you. I can see you are struggling, but I am with you by your side". That was a real sense of relief. It showed me there’s a God.' #mybible #revelation #revelation21 #breakup #heartbroken

'Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices that they had prepared. When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance, they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, and they did not know what to think.

Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them. The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said, “Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive? Jesus isn’t here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you, 'The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.'" Then they remembered what Jesus had said.’ Luke 24.5-8 (CEV) #easter #jesusisrisen #hehasrisen #eastersunday

‘When my mum was pregnant with me, my parents read Psalm 121 a lot. It’s comforting and very beautiful. It gives an atmosphere of peace and support. Then there was a fire in my mum’s house about a week before I was due. The house burned down. My dad was away at work. My parents had to stay with friends. My mum went into labour. Still they were praying the Psalm 121. I was due on February 7, but I was born early just before midnight on February 1, so my birthday was 1 February 2001 – 121. From the age of two or three, my parents taught me Psalm 121 and I learned it off by heart. My babysitters used to get a surprise when I would read it to them. I couldn’t read, but I’d learned it. It’s travelled with me quite a bit. Not only are the words comforting and beautiful, but the idea of something that has been with me always is so special. No matter where I am in life, no matter how unsure, I go back to that verse and find comfort in it. Those verses are completely essential to me. I still read it all the time.' #mybible #bibleverse #bibleverses #psalm121

‘I was 19, working in a West End store selling what was called occasional furniture — mirrors, coffee tables, bureaux. It wasn’t for me. I went to St Martin in the Fields Church and volunteered in a nearby hospital. I thought that this was something that I wanted to do. I was told that, if I wanted to do that kind of work—anything with people—I’d need a degree. I was all too aware that all I could offer were five O Levels and they didn’t include science or maths. I remember going out into Trafalgar Square and spending time reflecting. I was thinking, “Now what do I do?” when the first ten verses of Joshua came into my head. It says several times “be determined and confident”. I knew that I had to take my courage in both hands and do a degree, but I didn’t feel very courageous. At that point, I didn’t have much of an expectation of life or myself. Without those verses, I might still be working in retail. I knew I wanted to get out but I couldn’t see how. But these verses gave me the confidence to step out. I got a degree and became a house master in a school and later a priest. When people ask me for a verse to encourage them, I always give them that. Behind it is all the things that Christianity helps us realise. It’s about the love of Christ.’ #mybible #bible #bibleverse #joshua #trafalgarsquare #courage

‘On 6 August 2014 ISIS came to our city and we were forced to leave. ISIS had said that Christians should convert to Islam or they would be killed, or taken with them. I was a teacher and had an ordinary Christian life. We wanted to stay Christians and we wanted to stay serving God. I stayed with my grandmother and my husband took the two girls and went back to Turkey. They went into the ocean in a small boat trying to get to Greece. The motor on the boat broke down. The boat started to sink. My husband had an internet connection so he called me and told me to take care of his mother, to forgive him and say hi to everyone. I told him, “God will be with you. God will save you”. I started praying for them and asking God to save and help them. Then I put their pictures on Facebook and people started praying for them. I lost the connection with them. I was only praying to God. After that I got a call from an unknown number. It was my husband saying he was in the detention centre. "The Turkish authorities picked us up," he said. "We were sinking. We were drowning." The girls were with my husband. "I will be with you until the end of the world,” says Matthew 28.29. I believe in this. I know that God answered my prayers, especially when my husband and daughters were in the middle of the ocean. We are now together in Jordan. He even helped us when we came here. We found a place to stay and schools for the girls. He has fulfilled all our needs. We didn’t need anything. Everything was prepared for us.' #mybible #bible #bibleverse #refugees #refugeeswelcome

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