My name is Rhoda and I am a wife and full time homeschooling mother to three sweet children. I am English, married to an American missionary and Calvary Chapel pastor, and we live and minister in Wales in the UK.
I became a Christian at a very early age and was very blessed to be brought up in a loving Christian family that attended solid Biblical churches. I went to university to be a doctor, secretly hoping that God would call me to be a missionary at some point, or that I could use the medical profession for that purpose!
But during the second year I became more and more convinced that God was calling me to leave, and at the end of the year I posted my letter of resignation, not knowing where I was going. The very next day the youth pastor from my home church who had come to help plant it from the USA, called me and asked me if I wanted to come and help with the youth work that Summer. So I started helping him with admin, outreach, discipleship, counseling and teaching and we also ended up getting married!
I have been doing a long distance in depth Biblical Counselling Course taught by Jay Adams and his associates for quite a few years now, and I am very close to finishing. Now that I am so busy with the children I have a lot less time for ministry, but I do still lead the women’s ministry of the church, and am involved in leading worship.
My Church Background
I was christened in a Methodist church, saved in a Baptist church and baptised in an independent evangelical church! I then journeyed on to a Reformed Baptist church still with my family, and then branched off independently to a church plant affiliated to Calvary Chapel, where I met the man who is now my husband. At university I struggled to find everything I wanted and needed spiritually to grow, so I went to a variety of churches.
My main church was the Free Church of Scotland where the teaching and people were great (Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s church!). I also attended the local charismatic church’s later service because I missed worship, as the Free Church of Scotland at that point only sang unaccompanied psalms. Then I found great fellowship with people who were on fire for God at the Elim Pentecostal in the evenings! So I love believers from all backgrounds. Our current church is affiliated to Calvary Chapel where I am very happy because I think there is a good balance of Biblical teaching and a real vibrant relationship with God (we also have great worship, but that’s like the cherry on top for me!).
My Journey Towards Blogging
I have to confess that I used to be very dubious about the value of blogs! Then I noticed that some pastors who I highly respected had blogs, and also realised they can be used as a source of spiritual encouragement and practical help.
What started me blogging in earnest was when God opened my eyes to two different verses as I was reading the Bible: ‘The lips of the wise disperse knowledge’ Prov 15:7 and ‘What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.’ Mat 10:27. I realised that we shouldn’t keep what God is speaking to us to ourselves, but spread it to others.
After prayer I decided to blog about what I have learned and am learning as a Christian, in obedience to these verses and in the hope that it might help others. It is also a great creative hobby that I can do at home with the little remaining energy I have!
What This Blog Is About
For a long time now my greatest goal in life has been to please God so that is what I have titled this blog. After wandering around various topics that I’m interested in I have finally settled on writing about things that God has been teaching me about my faith and practical Christian living. I hope and pray that God will use this blog to encourage and help others in their Christian lives.
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