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•March 28, 2015 • Comments Off on The Market

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Bridge and Sunset

•March 2, 2015 • Comments Off on Bridge and Sunset

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Jesus Christ

•November 3, 2014 • Comments Off on Jesus Christ

I am the way, the truth and the life John 14:6

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies John 11:25

I am the Alpha and the Omega … who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty Revelation 1:8



•September 5, 2014 • Comments Off on Inspire

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I Miss God

•August 27, 2014 • Comments Off on I Miss God

If you have come upon this post because you feel a distance from God, and miss Him in the way you’ve once known Him, can I just welcome you.

God has such compassion.

No matter where we are in our lives or what we have done, His heart is one of compassion towards us (Ps.103:8). We are deeply, deeply loved by Him.

‘Come to Me,’ Jesus says. In whatever place we find ourselves. ‘Come to Me,’ He tells us.

God knew us before the foundation of the world, and He knows the problems and the pain we are facing today, and He will not turn us away.

He sees as we are locked in sin and addiction and a cycle of hopelessness, and He will never give up on us (Heb.13:5).

‘For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust’ Ps. 103:14.

‘Come to Me,’ He says. Even in the grip of sin. Even after the millionth failure. ‘Come to Me, and you will find rest for your souls’ Matt.11:29. 

We don’t have to do anything or say anything, just go to Him. Just be. In His presence. In His love, which cannot be earned, and will never be taken away.

He will never turn us away in our brokenness. ‘A broken and sorrowing heart, O God, You will not put from You’ Ps.51:17.

‘Come to Me,’ Jesus says. ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’ Matt.11:28.


*This was originally posted here in February 2011. If you would like to see some of the comments from that time as encouragement, you’re very welcome to here. May His love be with you.

Staying at our Post

•June 12, 2014 • Comments Off on Staying at our Post

‘Stay at your post, watching … I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post.’ Mark 13: 35-37 (Msg.)

As much as we are assured of peace in Christ (John 16:33), and His presence with us in all we go through (Hebrews 13:5), Jesus never promised that our lives would be free from trouble. In fact, He said to expect adversity (John 16:33). To expect trials. The Bible even says to welcome these because of the refining of our character and maturity as we are molded more into His likeness (Romans 5:3-4).

But adversity is hard. Sometimes so hard, and so painful and confusing, that we wonder if we will actually come through it. And then there is the grief and regret sometimes, that life didn’t go according to plan. That we made poor choices. That others hurt us in ways we didn’t expect. I am thankful for a God Who redeems, Who brings beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:3). A God Who restores, even for time itself, when the locust has stolen the years (Joel 2:25).

But what about being in the middle of something really hard, something you know God would have you persevere with? A difficult marriage. A difficult job. Singleness. A strained family relationship. What about the temptation to give up and walk away?

The words of Jesus in the verse above (in the context of His return) have been something that encourage me so much in times that are hard.

‘Stay at your post.’

Keep on, and continue in, those relationships and circumstances I know God has entrusted to me for this time.

But then I came across a (wonderfully paraphrased) section in 2 Corinthians 6 yesterday, which took this idea of constancy and faithfulness in our circumstances one step further. That is, not only to demonstrate this perseverance, but to do so with excellence by God’s grace


Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right …’ 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (Msg.)

When I read this passage I am reminded of what Jesus said of our walk with Him being the narrow way (Matthew 7:13). The high call (Philippians 3:14).

Faithfulness, with excellence.

None of this is at all easy. Especially when I think too long about my feelings in a difficult situation, or about needs not being met, but when I lift my focus to God, to His glory, to His bigger, eternal purposes that may not be clear for the moment, then I find myself strengthened. I find that a kind of joy comes even – not in the difficulty, but in the presence of God’s Spirit at work within me.

‘I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ Philippians 3:14.

In our weariness to persevere, and especially our weariness to persevere with excellence, let’s draw near to God. Let’s wait on Him, until He has renewed our strength (Isaiah 40:31). Let’s behold His beauty and His goodness, His holiness and His love, strong in devotion to this awesome God we serve.

Our confidence in Him, will be richly rewarded (Hebrews 10:35).


*This post was originally published in March 2010, and has been reworked here. © Article and Photo by Birgit Whelan Copyright 2010, 2014.

An Encounter with an Angel

•June 9, 2014 • 3 Comments

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The following testimony was shared with me back in 2007 by a lovely viewer of Revelation TV, for a programme that we were putting together at that time also on this topic of Angels, and which she kindly allowed me to share on my blog. I found this story beautiful, reassuring and inspiring. I hope it also blesses you, as the last post in this series about Angels …


It was an early, winter morning. It was still dark when Derrice received the call. Her mother had been found on the floor, unable to move, unable to communicate, and body contorted. The situation was desperate and the prognosis looked bad.

Derrice arrived at her elderly parents’ home within minutes. She prayed all the way. If her mother was to die today there was so much left to say, so much left to share. And so many questions. Did her mum really know God, Derrice wondered. She grew up in a generation of churchgoing, but you can attend church and still not be saved.

There was an urgency when Derrice arrived with paramedics and other family already making arrangements to transport Glenna to the nearest hospital by ambulance. When she saw her mother, Derrice was shocked and distressed. Glenna’s eyes were wide and frightened, one side of her face was paralysed and her hands were taut and twisted by her body. She could not say a word.

The family formed a circle and prayed to God, interceding for their much loved wife, mother and grandmother.

‘Is it a stroke?’ Derrice asked the medical staff. They thought so, and insisted she get to hospital immediately, as the situation was serious.

Glenna was laid and fastened on the stretcher in the ambulance. A paramedic boarded with her, and strapped himself beside her. Derrice boarded too, and was belted into a seat near-by. The doors were closed, and the ambulance sped away.

The siren blared. Ahead was a sea of red brake lights, as cars parted to make way for their speeding vehicle. They lurched forward as the ambulance took a bend at speed. Just as well Mum is strapped in, Derrice thought.

She looked over at her mother. She looks so frightened. What is she trying to tell us? Will we ever be able to communicate again?

Glenna was extremely distressed, twisting and making noises. Still unable to speak and desperately looking around the ambulance with wide frightened eyes.

Derrice was scared and helpless, what was going to happen to her? She started to pray again. That God would heal her mother and give them all a second chance. That He would give Glenna a divine encounter with Him, so that she would have a chance to know Him for real.

Suddenly the atmosphere in the ambulance changed. Derrice felt a powerful presence over her mother. She recognised this as the presence of God. “I could describe it as a hovering blanket of power or mist,” she says, “but it seems far too holy to describe it in such a way.”

Instantly, Glenna’s hands stopped twisting, the expression in her eyes changed and she became calm. Fear left her. There was a thick peacefulness. At that moment, Glenna’s speech returned.

“I can’t believe it, your mum is talking,” the paramedic said. “That’s the power of prayer.” Derrice replied. “It’s something,” he said, nodding his head in almost disbelief.

*          *          *          *          *          *          *          *

A week later, Derrice sat with Glenna in her hospital room. They talked about the trauma of that morning that had brought them here, and what had happened in the ambulance. “Do you remember anything unusual?” Derrice asked.

“Not really,” Glenna said casually. “Just the three of us in the back of the ambulance, and that other woman.”

Derrice paused, puzzled. There was not another woman in the back of ambulance. “Do you mean the lady at your house earlier, the paramedic?”

“No, not her. That lady said good-bye to us the ambulance door. She asked you if she should drive your Dad to the hospital behind the ambulance.

No, the woman in the ambulance, was a very tall lady. She stepped into the ambulance just before the doors closed.”

Derrice’s heart began to race. Maybe her mum was confused. There was no other woman in the back with them. She began to test Glenna to see if her mind had been muddled, but Glenna recounted every detail correctly – the conversation Derrice had had with the hospital paramedic, where they were each sitting, even the route to the hospital.

“This lady was extremely tall. She had very fair, almost white hair, down to her shoulders. She stepped into the ambulance, with her head down and stood behind the ambulance man next to my bed. She was dressed as a paramedic. I remember you waving at me from your seat, Derrice, then the lady moved forward and stood over me, and I couldn’t see you behind her.”

Derrice remembered how she had sensed the presence of God so strongly over her mother on the journey.

“The lady touched the equipment above me. As she did, she said to me, ‘Don’t worry, you will be alright.’ She had the most beautiful light in her hands as she touched the equipment. Like golden, crystal, diamonds. It was a very bright light and I was admiring how beautiful it was. It seemed to get brighter and brighter, and suddenly it got so bright I couldn’t look at it anymore, and turned my head.”

Derrice remembered the expression in Glenna’s face change, the way she became peaceful, and wondered if that was the moment.

“I did think it was funny, you know,” Glenna said; Derrice looked at her.

“Well, we were all strapped in, but this lady wasn’t. She wasn’t even holding onto anything. The ambulance was going all over the place, and she didn’t fall. I remember this one very sharp turn, and I really thought the lady would fall on me as she was standing right over me, but she didn’t.”

Glenna sat taking it all in, questioning her own sanity. Physically, there had only been three in the back of that ambulance that morning. Her mother, herself and the hospital paramedic. As she reflected, words from Scripture came to her mind, “For He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways,” Psalm 91:11. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14. The excitement set in. Derrice was filled with awe and joy that an angel of God had ministered healing to her mother. That God had answered her prayer for this healing, and for a divine encounter so that Glenna would know God is real.

“Needless to say, my Mum feels so blessed,” Derrice says. “It has totally changed her. She realises that I am not “quite so mad” after all. And how privileged she is to be healed by Almighty God Himself, through Jesus Christ, who came for us. She of course is back home and doing very well.

The medical staff did think she had a stroke. It didn’t make sense to them though because there was no sign of it on the scan.”

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?  Hebrews 1:14


If you would like to read any of the previous posts in this series, you can find these here:

The Archangels

Fallen Angels

Guardian Angels

All About Angels


For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.         Psalm 91:11


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Guardian Angels

•June 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

It’s such a comforting thought that God gives His angels charge over us. This verse says that because we have made God our dwelling place, the Person in Whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), then no harm shall befall us. For He will give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. They will accompany, defend and preserve us. They will lift us up in their hands, so that we will not even strike a foot against a stone Psalm 91:9-13.

This gives me confidence to pray in line with this promise and ask God for His angels to accompany and preserve my family and me in situations that may feel uncertain or unsafe, for example. And I believe He answers at these times and I am reassured that I am in the presence of His angels.

But what about a particular angel? One special angel that the Lord has set aside and assigned just to me, to watch over me for my whole life?

The truth is, Scripture is not definitive on this question, except in the case of children. When Jesus was speaking about children one day, He said to His disciples, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven” Matthew 18:10.

We can infer from this that particular angels are assigned to particular people. But then, from what Jesus is saying here, there is more than one angel assigned.

Whether or not there is a specific angel for each of us, we know that God has commanded His angels to guard us. I am so thankful for this, but then for me personally, nothing compares with knowing that God Himself, Who is all-powerful, is the One protecting me and looking after me. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One Who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6.

In tomorrow’s post, I will be sharing an account of an encounter with an angel. This will coincide with the day that our programme To the Point will be broadcast in the evening, all about the topic of Angels (if you would like to see this, you can view the programme online at 20:30 at or on Revelation TV SKY 581 in the UK).

© Article by Birgit Whelan Copyright 2014