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Growing in the darkness

I have read the Bible many times, but I realised recently that although I had read Genesis chapter 1 over and over again, I had missed that God said in verse 3 ‘And there was evening and there was morning the first day!  It struck me that it was strange that God said evening and then morning and that made the first day.  To my mind I would have thought he would have said ‘it was morning and evening the first day!’  But you see God created something in the darkness and at the right time he brought forth the light.  Often when we are surrounded by darkness, painful problems, and difficult situations, it is so hard to see that the light, (the answers) will come.  The darkness seems so dark at 11pm.  However, the truth is that at 12 midnight something happens although we do not see it.  It changes from pm to am – and even though we are still surrounded by darkness, we have turned a corner.  We know that at some point in the next few hours, the light will come.  At the time there is nothing to suggest in the circumstances around us that anything will change, but we know that as we continue to hang on, the light will come.

The same is true for our hard and difficult situations.  It may seem as though darkness is reigning and nothing will change but, if we keep trusting God for the light, we will see a change in our circumstances and a new day will come into sight.  Whatever darkness, problem, or situation is in your life, put your trust in God in the darkness and I tell you his light – his answers – his solutions will come!

I also noticed in the Bible that Jesus says that all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed.  A mustard seed is the smallest seed there is, so our faith need only be small to see miracles happen.  However, something we may have missed is that Jesus goes on to say that when this small mustard seed is planted it will grow and become the largest of all garden plants with such big branches that the birds of the air will perch in its shade.  We all like to quote that Jesus says all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed but we don’t go on to read what Jesus says to do with this mustard seed faith.  We need to plant it!  We need to plant our faith.

So, my question to you is: have you planted your faith?

I taught this during my latest ‘Tea and Cake with Nancy’ and encouraged those who listened to make sure they plant their seed.  What do I mean?  How do I plant my seed?  Well, the first thing I want you to notice is a seed is planted into the darkness – into the earth.  I believe it is important to plant our faith at a time where there seems to be no hope.  Perhaps the doctors have been telling you there is no hope?  Or perhaps it’s your bank account that is shouting to you that there is no hope?  Or maybe you are longing for your family to be saved and/or healed, but there seems no hope.  Perhaps someone has harmed you physically, emotionally, spiritually and you are hurting and there seems no hope – this is the time to plant your mustard seed….in the darkness – when there is little or no hope.

Paul and Silas did just that!  In Acts 16 it tells us they were arrested and put in jail, in fact into an inner cell.  In other words, they were put into the darkest cell where there was no light whatsoever.  They had been beaten, severely flogged and now had their feet in stocks to make sure there was no way they could escape.  What did they do in the darkness?  What did they do when there was little or no hope?  In the darkness they planted their seed of faith, and they sang praises to God!  Remarkable!  We often forget that they didn’t know the end of the story.  They didn’t know a miracle was going to happen.  For them it was a time of darkness when fear and anxiety could have overcome them, but instead they decided to praise God.  They didn’t know that God was going to supernaturally answer their prayers.  We know that’s what happened because we have read the Bible, but they were in the middle of the story, and they didn’t know how it was going to end.  That’s what makes this story so inspiring and so remarkable.  They didn’t know what would happen as they praised God….but in the darkness of their situation, in the darkness of the night, in the darkness of being beaten, they praised God.

The first thing a seed does when it is planted into good soil is to put its roots down deep into the earth to get the nutrients it needs to grow. Water is essential for the seed to grow.  There is much growth underneath the ground – hidden from sight, but then at some point the seed will sprout and we will begin to see what has been happening in the darkness.  The same is true for us.  In order for us to grow in faith we need to plant our seed into good soil, in other words into the word of God.

It is essential that we spend time with the Lord daily if we want to grow….reading his word, talking with him, seeking his face, drinking in his presence, worshipping him, listening to him. putting our roots down deep and being drenched in his Spirit. This is all unseen – this is you and the Lord spending time together – putting your roots down deep into the soil of his word and drawing up his life-giving water and being drenched in the Holy Spirit.

So, let me ask you again – have you planted your seed?  Have you put your roots down deep?   I cannot stress enough how important our relationship is with the Lord when we go through dark times.

It’s good to remember that often in the darkness we see our greatest potential growth.  A seed grows hugely in the darkness and at some point, we will see what’s been happening as the growth shows itself in the light.  The same is true for us!  As we trust God and hold on to him in the darkness, as we keep reading his word, believing the truth of the Bible, keep talking to the Lord and putting our roots down into him – we will see the darkness dispel as the light of his life shines into all our dark places.  Keep trusting, keep rejoicing, keep praising and keep believing the truth of the word of God – let me remind that as you do this in the darkness, you will see the light of his love shining on you!  Woohoo!

Spiritual Health Weekend 2022!

Before my team and I (of 43 people) went to my Spiritual Health Weekend, we asked God that whilst each previous weekend has been incredible, that this weekend would be the best weekend we had ever put on – and God certainly answered our prayers.  What a joy it was to see what God did as we trusted in him.  Before going to the weekend, we prayed, we fasted, we sought God and prepared ourselves even more than we prepared the preaches etc., and we waited to see what God would do.  From the first night, God started to move and it was such a privilege to watch him move deeply in people’s hearts and lives.  There were over 540 people in the room.  I asked people if they wanted to give their lives to Jesus to go to a certain place in the room, where a couple of our team were waiting to lead them through to Jesus.  Three ladies told me their stories later.  One of them who was not thinking of responding, found herself standing up after the appeal.  Her two friends asked her, “Where are you going?”  She told them, “I have to go down the front and give my life to Jesus.”  The other two answered, “Wait for us, we are coming too!”  All three gave their lives to the Lord Jesus.  There were so many who gave their lives to the Lord we had to stop counting – including one who was led to the Lord on the pavement on the way home!  Woohoo!  So good. All these people are followed up by the leaders who brought them. 

We also experienced so much physical healing.  One lady who could not raise her hands above her head, or uncurl her fingers not only did both of those things but also stood from a wheelchair and walked across the room and stood for 15 minutes.  God enabled her to do all these things and when I announced it from the platform, she raised her hands to show the rest of the audience what God had done.  Another lady who had Rheumatoid Arthritis and couldn’t move her stiff and bent fingers was healed.  After prayer it was as though she could play the piano – she was moving them all in the air to show everyone what God had done.

Every year, I pray for each person who attends the weekends.  Many of the names I don’t recognise, but whether I know them or not, I bring them to the Lord and ask him for a word for each woman.  This word is put on a card and read over them whilst they are at the conference.  One person, after receiving her word, went to her friend who works for ngm and asked her, “Did you tell Nancy about me?”  When she said she hadn’t, she insisted, “You must have told her about me – did you tell her I was creative?”  The team member replied saying she hadn’t spoken to me about her at all.  She then told her that the word was so accurate that she had been convinced that she must have told me.  The girl on the team told her, “It wasn’t me who told Nancy about you – it was God.”  When a lady I know wrote to me before the weekend and told me what difficult times had been troubling her – I looked up her word and knew immediately I needed to let her know that I had got her word several months before she told me the information about her health and her life.  I didn’t want her to receive the word at the weekend and think that I had given the word out of what I knew.  She was astounded when she received the word because she knew it had to be God.

So many women have written after the weekend telling me and my team how much God moved in their lives.  To be honest, I am overwhelmed at what God has done.  He has done more than I could ever think or imagine.  Lives have been transformed as God moved in individuals throughout the conference.  The hotel staff themselves were noticing the difference between this conference and others they have had at their hotel. 

I, went to the Spiritual Health weekend to bless others and came home mightily blessed myself!  As it was the 25th anniversary, I received gifts, presents, cards, flowers, pampering treatments but the most incredible thing I received was a 3 minute video which showed people throughout the years who have attended the weekend telling me what God had done in their lives.  This video reduced me to tears as I could see so many women whose lives had been transformed through the 25 years that this weekend has been running.  What a joy!  Just as the weekend was starting, I also received a message from a man I didn’t know who told me that 33 years ago, the band that Ray and I had started and that we were in, Heartbeat, did a mission/concert at a hall in Worcester.  I remember the event well but didn’t know his story.  He told me he went to that event a total nonbeliever who had never even considered Jesus until that day.  He went on to say that during that event, he gave his life to the Lord Jesus and has not looked back since.  He is now an elder in his church and over the years has led hundreds of people to Jesus.  He went on to say, “I wonder how many people like me are out there on the back of your faith and obedience?”  Wow!  What an encouragement.

Sometimes we see what God does because of our faith and obedience, at other times we may not know until we get to glory but be assured, my friends, that every act of obedience, every act of faith produces huge fruit.  God sees each one and Heaven rejoices.  So let’s keep obeying and trusting in our great God.

Rejoice with me today that God has done so much – but know that, only half of it has been told.

NANCY GOUDIE

Prayer points for Friday 26th November 2021

Are you fearful when you look to the future?  Do you have assurance that no matter what happens to you, your family, your nation and our world in the future, that you will still be loved and protected?  The God that we serve loves us and has our futures in his hand – and what a safe place that is.  He has said in his word that he has already given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) and yet so many of us worry about money, provision for our future and whether our world will survive this virus never mind the effects that this virus has delivered.  Can I encourage you to look to God for assurance and to trust Him for your future?  He has promised never to leave us and never to forsake us – do you believe this to be true?  He has promised never to forget us and never to let us go – do you believe this to be true?  He has said he is Jehovah Jireh – our provider – do you believe this to be true?  With all the negativity that often comes from the media, we can so easily be scared and become fearful.  That is when we need to look into the eyes of our Lord and trust him.  That is when we need to read our Bibles and believe the living words it gives us.  When we trust in Him – this allows us to live in the gifts that God has given us – peace and joy!  Oh, how our world needs the peace and joy that God gives, yet each of us already have these gifts and it is not just any peace and joy – but his peace and his joy.  The kind of peace that passes all understanding – peace in the midst of any massive storm!  And not just any joy, but his joy – the kind of joy that took Jesus through the cross.  That’s the kind of peace and joy he has given each of us and yet although we have already been given these two gifts, we often live with fear, worry and anxiety.  Let’s choose today to trust our incredible, huge God who is bigger, stronger and more powerful than any storm we can go through. 

This is the last National Day of Prayer re: Covid prayer points, but please don’t stop praying.  If you wish to still receive my blogs then please do send me your email address and I will put you on our mailing list – this will tell you when these blogs come out.  If at any time in the future, there is a huge need to call us all together again for prayer, then I will initiate another National Day of Prayer.  It’s been my enormous privilege to lead these days for 21 months.  When I initiated the first one, I never for a moment ever imagined I would be leading these days for so long.  It’s been my privilege to journey on this with you and with many churches too.  Let’s keep trusting, let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and let’s keep being strong in Him. 

 

PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 26th November 2021

 

  • The statistics show us that the cases although reasonably high are mainly due to the young people who are not vaccinated contracting Covid. Deaths and hospitalisations due to Covid remain low although let’s pray that during these winter months that the hospitals are able to cope.  Do pray for every family who have lost a loved one to this horrific virus. 

 

  • Continue to hold the NHS and also all health care providers across the world before the Lord. As I said last month there seems to be a sense of weariness on many of the heath care workers here in the UK, so let’s pray against the tiredness and pray for a way through the increased workload that they have.  Continue to pray for good health and strength for them all and for wisdom and kindness to pour from all they do.

 

  • As I said above, many children and teenagers are contracting the virus, and this is obviously because many of them have not had the vaccine. This is producing fear in our children, so do pray against this fear.  Many children pick up fear from the media and also from those around them.  Pray that fear will be replaced by the love of God and that the children of our world can have happy and carefree childhoods. 

 

  • Let’s continue to pray for our leaders – for the Prime Minister and for all MPs. Pray for those who give them wisdom – that the wisdom they speak will be from the King of Kings.  Pray for our Queen – she has not been well during the last month or so.  Pray for good health and long life for her.  Pray too for our economy, for businesses across our world.  Pray for those individuals who are struggling financially.  Pray for the prosperity of your city and nation.  Pray for generosity to be released in our world and that each of us will look out for our neighbours and friends. 

 

  • Fear is strong in our nation and in our world. Fear has increased our worry and anxiety too.  This virus has brought with it immense fear.  Let’s pray against fear in ourselves, in our families, in our neighbourhood, in our nation and in our world.  Trusting in God, who is the Saviour of our world, is so important.  Let’s display the love of God to all who we meet and allow his deep and wonderful love to take away our fear. 

 

  • Pray for those who constantly suffer with mental health problems – those who live with fear, anxiety, stress and pain. There are so many!  Pray for those who mask their pain but suffer greatly in their mind.  Be kind to others around you and in doing so you will minister God’s grace to them.

 

  • Oh, how we need to have a move of God here in the UK but also across our world. Let’s be salt and light to others around us.  Let’s show by our lifestyles and by our love that God is real and alive.  Let’s not bombard people with our views, but instead let’s show them the love of Christ.  Pray for our neighbours, our families and our friends that they would come to know the Saviour of the world and discover his incredible love for us all.  Let’s live being soaked in our Lord and spreading everywhere the fragrance of our incredible God. 

 

Do you need prayer?  What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent months.  We are seeing many answers to our prayers.  Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray.  Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – prayer@ngm.org.uk 

 

May the good Lord bless you and keep you.  May his face shine upon you and may he be gracious to you.  The Lord is faithful and he can be trusted.  He won’t let you down and will never let you go.  Do keep in touch and remember to send me your email if you wish to receive news, blogs and encouragement from me.  It’s been great having your company here for the last 21 months.  May God bless you and your family hugely as we keep serving and loving him. 

 

With love, your friend – NANCY GOUDIE   

 

For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time:  do read below:

 

Setting the scene

 

On 20th March I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but also for others who live further afield.  A few days after it was over two friends contacted me and asked if I would do a National Prayer Day every Friday, and asked if I would continue to give some pointers each week for prayer.  After prayer, I took up the challenge of doing just that.  Thank you for joining us.  To read previous prayer points and encouragements – go to www.nancygoudie.com/blog/

 

Helpful instructions/suggestions:

 

  1. Set your phone, your watch, your alarm clock or whatever to remind you to pray throughout the day. I would suggest praying every hour for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, but make a time that is suitable for yourself.
  2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, which should be often – then pray a ‘Heal Our

Nation’ prayer – sing or speak the lyrics of ‘Heal our Nation’ and ask God to pour out his Spirit on this land.  ‘Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, pour out your Spirit on this land.’  Sing or speak that twice.  And finish with the first line from the verse ‘Lord we long for you to move in power’ – and ask God to move in the UK but also move in our world.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg

  1. Keep reading Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Psalm 46 to encourage yourself and your family with the truth of the word of God. Perhaps try meditating on Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my Soul in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
  2. Use the UK Blessing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U Play it in your home – make this as a wonderful blessing on you and your family, your children and their children. When you go a walk pray it over your neighbourhood. The song was written in Elevation church, USA. You can watch here and discover how the song came together in the presence of the Lord – no wonder this song is being used at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4&feature=emb_rel_end

 

 

I’m too tired!

Is there anyone like me who knows you need to exercise, because you see the difference it makes, but sometimes find the motivation and the energy to do physical fitness sadly lacking?  I exercise three times a week by swimming around 60 lengths of the pool.  One day just recently as I contemplated going to the leisure club, I could see that my thought process was beginning to talk me out of going.  My energy levels were low and so I thought to myself, “I’m too tired, maybe I should just stay here and get on with some work.  I don’t have the energy today!”  I was on the brink of staying where I was, when I thought I would compromise.  I would go and probably only do 10-20 lengths.  I somehow convinced myself that it was important to exercise and even a small amount of exercise is better than none.  Before I left the house, I ate some protein and drank a little energy drink.  When I got into the swimming pool, I could not believe the energy I had.  I zoomed to the end of the pool and back again with ease and ended up swimming 60 lengths with no problem at all.  The protein I had eaten and the small energy drink supplied the strength I needed.

 

It got me thinking how many of us do this in our spiritual lives.  We get exhausted spiritually.  We then convince ourselves that we are too tired to spend time in God’s presence.  We know we need to read our Bibles and talk to our Papa God to not only grow in life but also to survive and be victorious, but we don’t have time and it seems too difficult to get ourselves motivated.  We forget to eat the word and drink in the presence of God.  When we do that, our spiritual energy levels get depleted and we are not able to overcome the enemy’s tactics in our life.  We want to soar spiritually, to zoom our way through life as he takes our hand and guides our path, but in order to do that we need our daily spiritual food.  Let’s not forget to exercise spiritually every day; let’s make sure we tone our heart and get the Bible pumping through our veins.  His presence is our life blood.

 

If you find it difficult to exercise spiritually, then I have the ideal book for you.  Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Encounters will give you a daily plan to help you tone your spiritual muscles.  This book is full of creative spiritual exercises which are fun to do, yet take you deeper than you have gone before.  If you want to meet God, communicate with Him and find out what it is like to have a vibrant living relationship on a minute by minute basis with the Holy Spirit, then this book is for you!  It’s not so much a book you read, but a book you do.  Try it and see, I tell you it will give you the spiritual energy you need to thrive.  You will soon see the difference when you exercise spiritually every day!      

Prayer points for Friday 22nd October 2021

Have you ever been disappointed?  I’m sure you have at some point in your life.  Just this last week I had a huge disappointment.  My younger son and myself were due to fly to the USA on 2nd November to see my other son and my daughter-in-law.  It was to be a real joyous family time as well as attending a leaders’ conference at Bethel Church in Redding, California.  We were so looking forward to a special time in the States.

Unfortunately, the American government aren’t opening up their borders until 8th November and therefore I had to cancel our flights.  I am still trying to work out my flight, but my younger son cannot travel with me as he has work and home commitments during the rest of November.  To say I was bitterly disappointed is a huge understatement.  I was at a speaking at a conference in Cheshire when the news came through, and therefore, I couldn’t check the situation until I came home.  When I came home and the reality of the situation hit me, I could not stop the tears pouring down my face.  I was so disappointed that I would not be able to travel to America with my younger son and there is a very real chance that I will not be able to see my older son this year.

Disappointments happen to each of us from time to time.  It’s so important that our disappointments cause us to run into God and allow him to heal the pain in our hearts, rather than cause us to walk away from the Lord and perhaps blame him for what is happening to us.  I wonder what you have been disappointed about recently?  Is it driving you into God or is it causing you to run in the opposite direction? 

The amazing thing about God is that he loves each of us so wonderfully and as we continue to love him, he will take each disappointment and bring good out of it.  I don’t know at this point when I will get to see my son in California.  I haven’t seen him for over two years because of Covid and I have a mother’s ache in my heart to see him face to face soon.  However, despite all that, I trust my God to bring good out of this disappointment.  I have seen him do this in the past – especially when my husband died and I had the pain of losing someone who was more than a husband to me – he was my very best friend, my partner in ministry and someone who I always thought I would grow old with.  Disappointment has a way of robbing you of your joy if you allow it to do so, but I discovered that as we trust in God and look to him to change the circumstances around us, joy is just one of his precious gifts to us. 

Whatever disappointments you may be going through, can I encourage you to do what I am doing and trust in our amazing God.     

 PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 22nd October 2021   

 

  • The good news is that the statistics tell us that the death rate and the hospitalisation rate are remaining low, however every death from this virus is unacceptable. The Covid cases seem to be still very high, but the government are saying this will come down when the young people are vaccinated.  Let’s pray that this is so.  As the government have said, this virus is not going away, but the vaccinations have protected many of us.  Let’s continue to pray that the vaccinations and the booster helps to control this virus.  Let’s pray for God’s answers to this pandemic and thank him for all he has done and is doing at this time.

 

  • We continue to hold the NHS in our prayers and also all health care providers across the world. There seems to be a sense of weariness on many of the heath care workers here in the UK, so let’s pray against the tiredness and pray for a way through the increased workload that they have.  Continue to pray for good health and strength for them all and for wisdom and kindness to pour from all they do.

  

  • A lot of young children and teenagers are contracting the virus so let’s pray for our young people that fear does not lodge in their hearts and that their health is restored quickly. Do pray for teachers and parents as many of them are catching the virus from the young people.

  

  • Let’s continue to pray for our economy and for the businesses across the UK. Pray for the prosperity of your city and nation.  Pray for those who are struggling financially or having trouble getting a suitable job.  Pray for generosity to be released in our nation and that each of us will look out for our neighbours and friends.  Pray that we will make sure our neighbours, friends and family have enough to live on.  Ask the Lord to open our eyes and ears to the cries of those who are living on the breadline.

 

  • Do pray against fear of the future. There are so many fearful news reports coming out about soaring energy bills, about not having enough food or petrol in our nation, about not being able to purchase Christmas presents and of course all the uncertainty of this virus!   It’s so easy to allow fear to reside within us.  Let’s pray against fear in us and also in the nation.

 

  • Let’s continue to pray for those who struggle with mental health. There are many who mask their pain and grief but suffer hugely in their mind.  Pray that many of us will have eyes to see beyond the natural and offer a kind word in season to those around us

 

  • Above all, let’s pray for a deep and wonderful move of God. Our hearts want to see revival come and for there to be a great awakening to the spiritual things in our nation and our world.  Pray for our neighbours, our families and our friends that they would come to know the Saviour of the world and discover his incredible love for us all. 

 

Do you need prayer?  What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent months.  We are seeing many answers to our prayers.  Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray.  Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – prayer@ngm.org.uk 

 I am planning on continuing with the National Day of Prayer for Covid -19 until the end of this year but feel it is right to finish it before 2022.  However, having said that I do believe it is important for us as individuals and as churches to continue to pray and seek God for our nation and for our world.  Prayer is so important.  I will be continuing to pray and I hope you will too.  So, from the end of November, I will no longer be doing these prayer points.  So much has been done through our prayers and so I want to encourage you to continue to pray into this situation.  It has been a privilege to pray alongside each of you since March 2020.  My last prayer points will be released on 26th November 2021.  Well done to those who have continued on this 18-month journey with me – it has been an incredible journey seeing God’s goodness and blessing as we have prayed.

Let’s stay strong knowing that our Heavenly Father is hearing our prayers and is answering.  His love and his power are so wonderful and because of him, we are seeing miraculous things happening throughout this Covid time. My heart rejoices in my God and in his salvation.  May God continue to bless you and keep your safe!  With love, your friend – NANCY 

For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time:  do read below:

Setting the scene

On 20th March I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but also for others who live further afield.  A few days after it was over two friends contacted me and asked if I would do a National Prayer Day every Friday, and asked if I would continue to give some pointers each week for prayer.  After prayer, I took up the challenge of doing just that.  Thank you for joining us.  To read previous prayer points and encouragements – go to www.nancygoudie.com/blog/

Helpful instructions/suggestions:

  1. Set your phone, your watch, your alarm clock or whatever to remind you to pray throughout the day. I would suggest praying every hour for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, but make a time that is suitable for yourself.
  2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, which should be often – then pray a ‘Heal Our

Nation’ prayer – sing or speak the lyrics of ‘Heal our Nation’ and ask God to pour out his Spirit on this land.  ‘Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, pour out your Spirit on this land.’  Sing or speak that twice.  And finish with the first line from the verse ‘Lord we long for you to move in power’ – and ask God to move in the UK but also move in our world.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg

  1. Keep reading Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Psalm 46 to encourage yourself and your family with the truth of the word of God. Perhaps try meditating on Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my Soul in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
  2. Use the UK Blessing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U Play it in your home – make this as a wonderful blessing on you and your family, your children and their children. When you go a walk pray it over your neighbourhood. The song was written in Elevation church, USA. You can watch here and discover how the song came together in the presence of the Lord – no wonder this song is being used at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4&feature=emb_rel_end

 

 

 

 

 

JOY IN THE DARKNESS

I love the book of Philippians, especially chapter 4 – it is so full of practical and transforming truth.  Ever read it?  Try it now – it’s amazing!  It talks about rejoicing, always!  I remember recently when I was feeling quite down, thinking about how much I had lost when my husband died and a thought came into my mind, “Phone Louise.”  Louise is a good friend of mine, so I called her and during our conversation I started to laugh at some of the stories she was telling me.  We laughed so much that when I came off the phone, I realised I was in a much brighter mood.  Laughter is a massive gift from God that we need to use regularly.  So next time you feel down, why not call a friend who you know will encourage you to laugh, or watch a funny film or recall a hilarious story that has happened to you in the past – and rejoice!  As you do, the thoughts within you will change.

 

If you are worried about something then do what it says in verse 6 – train your mind not to worry, instead present your concerns to God in prayer, thanking him that although you don’t know the answer, he does.  Then notice what verse 7 says, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus….wow!!  We all want the peace that passes understanding, but we only live in it if we don’t worry and decide to give our problems/difficulties to God in prayer.  The peace of Christ is a gift that Jesus has already given us.  John 14:27 says, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you!”  He has already given it to us, but we need to learn to live in it by not worrying, by changing our thoughts and receiving the peace that I have experienced and can testify is so wonderful.  When my husband died and I was in mourning, God gave me two gifts.  One was the gift of a peace that passes all understanding and the other was what I called a bubble of joy (The full story is in my books – Who Would Ever Have Thought and Our Greatest Adventure).  These two things were exactly what I needed to experience after not understanding why God had allowed my husband to die.  I took the deliberate step of praying out loud to God telling him that I trusted him even though I did not understand what had just happened and God flooded my heart with peace and joy right in the midst of mourning!

 

When we are worried and concerned about issues, it’s so important to control our thoughts and Philippians 4:7 tells us clearly how to do that.  Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, then think about such things.  When we begin to realise that our thoughts are taking us down the wrong route and we are getting overwhelmed with sorrow or pain, then drag your thoughts away and begin to think and dwell on the truth of the word of God, begin to think about good and positive things, things that are good, lovely, right, and pure – and in verse 9 it tells us that the peace of God will be with you!   The Bible is not just a history book, it’s a book that speaks truth and points the way to freedom.  Woohoo!  So pick up the Bible, open it at Philippians and let’s experience the joy and peace that God has for us all.        

Prayer pointers for Friday 24th September

Have you noticed how the scriptures can change our mood, encourage our spirit and brighten our day?  I woke up one morning some time ago feeling tired, worn out, feeling as though I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, but then as I always do, I spent time in the word of God.  My reading (I use my Bible Planner to read the whole Bible each year) that morning was the Psalms 115 – 118!  Wow!  What encouragement I received.  Here are a few of the verses God used to speak to me: 

The Lord remembers us and will bless us (Ps 115:12). 

May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.  May you be blessed by the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (Ps 115:14-15). 

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live (Ps 116:1-2). 

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you (Ps 116:7). 

For you O Lord have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living (Ps 116:8-9). 

How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me (Ps 115:12)? 

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I will look in triumph on my enemies (Ps 118:6-7). 

I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.  The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation (Ps 118: 13-14). 

By the time I was finished, my heart was revived, my soul was no longer down, I was encouraged and blessed.  The word of God has a way of doing what other things cannot do.  It changes us from the inside out. 

 Are you feeling tired, worn out, feeling like everything is getting on top of you?  Is this Covid virus weighing you down?  Have you got problems that feel much too heavy for you to carry?  Then, can I suggest you read a Psalm or two – read the word of God until you begin to feel better.  Keep reading the scriptures until you meet with God and discover his unchanging love for us all.  You may even have brought the pressure on yourself, yet God forgives us and changes us from the inside out.  As the psalm says – The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid!  Trust in him and believe what he says. 

 

PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 24th September 2021           

 

  • The government have continued to tell us that the virus has not gone away – and from all the statistics issued we can see this to be true. However, we have loads to thank God for because his amazing grace and his faithfulness to us means that although we may be feeling hard pressed on every side, we are not crushed or in despair (2 Corinthians 4:8) because we know he continues to show us a way through this virus.  Praise God that the death rates in the UK and the hospital rates in the UK are not huge and pray that they will decline in the coming weeks.  We have seen the trend differ from what the scientists predicted before – so let’s continue to pray for this.

   

  • Let’s continue to hold the NHS and the health care practitioners around the world up before God. Pray for good health and strength for them all and for wisdom and kindness to pour from all they do.

 

  • Fear is one of the biggest threats to us all. Let’s pray against the fear in ourselves and in others.  If we allow fear to go unhindered then we could see many more die from this virus.  Pray against fear and pray for a genuine Biblical hope (an expectation that something good is about to happen) to begin to grow in us all.

 

  • Let’s continue to pray for those who have relatives abroad that they have not seen for some time. I personally can identify with this.  I have a son and daughter in law in the States and haven’t seen them for over two years now.  Pray for international travel to open up when it is safe to do so.  Praise God that many have been able to travel within Europe to see relatives or to have a holiday.

 

  • Pray that we will be generous and kind to others. Pray that we will make sure our neighbours, friends and family have enough to live on.  Ask the Lord to open our eyes and ears to the cries of those who are living on the breadline.

 

  • Pray for those who struggle with mental health. So many smiling faces around us mask the hidden grief and pain underneath.  Again, pray that we would all follow God’s nudges to contact a friend or speak to a neighbour who needs help at a time of crisis in their lives.

 

  • Let us never forget that this is a rare time we are living in. It’s a time when we, as the church, can see God move in extraordinary ways.  Let’s be people who hear, obey and trust God and see many come to know and love our God.

 

Do you need prayer?  What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent months.  We are seeing many answers to our prayers.  Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray.  Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – prayer@ngm.org.uk 

 

I feel it is important to keep praying and therefore the next National Day of Prayer for Covid will be on October 22nd.  As I said last month although these prayer points are only issued monthly, let’s keep praying daily as this virus hasn’t gone away.  Many are still getting Covid and some are sadly dying.  Our prayers are making a difference to our nation so let’s be encouraged and keep praying!  Let’s continue to pray for a move of God that changes not only our nation but also our world.  Also do remember that although I am not doing the prayer points each week, there is a new blog every so often on my website: www.nancygoudie.com/blog

Keep going and do not give up.  God is with you all the way!  As Psalm 116:1-2 says, I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live

With love, your friend – NANCY 

 

For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time:  do read below:

 Setting the scene

On 20th March I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but also for others who live further afield.  A few days after it was over two friends contacted me and asked if I would do a National Prayer Day every Friday, and asked if I would continue to give some pointers each week for prayer.  After prayer, I took up the challenge of doing just that.  Thank you for joining us.  To read previous prayer points and encouragements – go to www.nancygoudie.com/blog/

Helpful instructions/suggestions:

  1. Set your phone, your watch, your alarm clock or whatever to remind you to pray throughout the day. I would suggest praying every hour for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, but make a time that is suitable for yourself.
  2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, which should be often – then pray a ‘Heal Our

Nation’ prayer – sing or speak the lyrics of ‘Heal our Nation’ and ask God to pour out his Spirit on this land.  ‘Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, pour out your Spirit on this land.’  Sing or speak that twice.  And finish with the first line from the verse ‘Lord we long for you to move in power’ – and ask God to move in the UK but also move in our world.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg

  1. Keep reading Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Psalm 46 to encourage yourself and your family with the truth of the word of God. Perhaps try meditating on Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my Soul in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
  2. Use the UK Blessing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U Play it in your home – make this as a wonderful blessing on you and your family, your children and their children. When you go a walk pray it over your neighbourhood. The song was written in Elevation church, USA. You can watch here and discover how the song came together in the presence of the Lord – no wonder this song is being used at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4&feature=emb_rel_end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know how much you are loved and valued?

Many years ago, my soon to be husband spoke some words to me which I found difficult to believe.  No one had ever told me this before or if they did, I really didn’t take the words in.  Ray said to me, “You are beautiful.”  Those words astonished me and at the time I wondered if he really meant them.  However, as life went on and we got married, those words and many other ones were whispered in my ears many times.  I remember one day waking up with Ray lying next to me staring at my face.  As I opened my eyes, he told me he was just lying there thinking how beautiful I was!  To be very honest, it took a long while until I really began to believe the words he spoke.

I wonder how many of us believe that we are beautiful.  God has made each of us special, unique and beautiful.  He looks at each one of us and says, “I love and value you – you are beautiful in my sight.”  Do we really believe that this is true?

One thing that Ray struggled with for a long time in life was to know that God loved and valued him.  The day he heard God whispering in his ear, “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”, it changed his life for ever.  As the words found a resting place in his heart, he dissolved into tears and he was transformed.  At times throughout his life, he could hardly hold his tears back as he talked to others about the love of God.  He was overwhelmed by gratitude that no matter what he had done in his past, he was loved, valued and forgiven.  He was beautiful in God’s sight.

Today take time to sit in God’s presence and just ask him a question, “Lord, how do you see me?”  Sit a while soaked in the presence of God and hear his voice whisper in your ear – “You are beautiful, you are loved, valued and are extremely precious to me!”  His healing words will bring much joy as you begin to believe the truth he speaks.  The truth is you are beautiful, loved, valued and so very precious in the sight of God.  Woohoo!

Prayer points for Friday 20th August

Just recently I went by car to see a friend who lives in Yorkshire.  On the way back home, the queue of traffic that I was in suddenly came to a halt on a busy motorway.  I had to urgently put my foot on the brake and managed to stop in time thus avoiding hitting the car in front of me.  I looked into my rear mirror to discover the car behind me struggling to do the same.  He narrowly avoided hitting the back of my car.  I was shocked at how quickly and easily an accident could have happened.  I was so grateful and I immediately thanked the Lord for keeping me and everyone else on the road that day safe and praised him with gratitude for his steadying hand on our lives.  It could have been so different. 

In the days we are living in, we can often face sudden and sometimes shocking situations but it’s important to know that our God is facing them with us.  It’s important to know that he has his hand on our lives and that we can trust him.  It’s important to know that he loves us and that he cares deeply about us.  When we don’t know these things, we can allow fear to take a hold of us and cause us to live restricted lives.  I could have said I would not travel again on a motorway for fear that on my next journey I would not be able to stop in time.  I was not travelling over the speed limit and yet an accident could have happened so easily.  We face so many things these days where fear can easily take a hold of us, whether because of Covid and the fear of getting the virus, or perhaps of worrying what others think of us if we express a different view to the one that seems to be accepted by the majority in life.  Perhaps we allow fear of illness or fear of being rejected to dominate our lives and cause us to live a life that God did not intend us to live.  It could be that as we hear and see through the media of the many terrible things that have happened in our world (the horrific situation in Afghanistan, the out-of-control fires in Greece, the earthquake in Haiti, the shootings in Plymouth, the severe flooding in Germany and other European countries etc) that despair and fear of the future seem to overcome us!  Let’s take a hold of our Father God’s hand and trust him to lead us through life’s many problems.  Let’s trust him with our lives as we live as he intended us to live – life in all its fullness.  Let’s not allow fear to restrict us, but instead let’s allow these things to lead us to pray for ourselves and for others.  Let’s trust God to bring us into freedom – even in this pandemic.  We have every reason to trust God – so let’s do that and show others by our words and lifestyle that we need not be tied up or restricted by fear.  We have such an amazing message to show our world today so let’s not live by the world’s standards, instead let’s live in God’s grace and with his wisdom in our hearts.

  

PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY 20th August 2021      

  • There are many reports from the government and the scientists telling us that although Covid is not gone, we are on our way back to life looking much more normal. So, let’s start these prayer points by thanking God and praising him for his amazing grace and for showing us a way through this difficult pandemic. The Lord loves to show us a way when to us there seems to be no way!  Let’s spend time praising him for his goodness to us all.
  • The statistics tell us that the cases are coming down, deaths and hospital cases are not growing at an alarming rate. So, let’s thank our God for health care practitioners around the world.  In the UK, lets praise God for our NHS.  Health workers all over the world have been stretched to the limit with this pandemic, so let’s pray for each willing and faithful worker and ask God to renew their strength.
  • Let’s continue to pray against the fear and anxiety many people are feeling at this time because of Covid-19. Many are struggling with knowing whether to have the vaccination or not.  Let’s pray that fear would not stop people from having the vaccine, but that they would seek God for wisdom as to what to do.  Let’s praise God for each vaccine, but also pray that the vaccines would not affect even one person in a negative way.  Pray that as the world begins to open up more and more, people would have confidence to walk into the future.
  • So many people all over the world whether young or old are struggling with Mental Health issues. Let’s pray for a way through this hard, difficult and awful situation.  Do pray that the churches up and down our land will find good and positive ways of showing the love of Christ to each sufferer.  Pray that those who struggle in this area will discover the peace that passes all understanding and that many find Christ during this time.
  • It’s good to see that international travel is beginning to open up. Do pray that people will soon have a way of not only being able to go on holiday safely, but they will be able to see their loved ones soon.  So many have been separated at this time and are longing for the day when they can safely travel to see them once more.
  • Praise God that our economy has opened up again. Do continue to pray that we will all adhere to the government guidelines and make sure we stay safe.  Pray for those who have suffered financially through this time and pray that they will discover that God is faithful and he will provide all we need.
  • It has been wonderful to hear stories of people coming to know the Lord through this pandemic, however we long for many more. Do pray for a move of God that will change our hearts and heal our nation.  We know the Lord longs to draw us all closer to him, so let’s continue to seek and live in his presence.  When we do, we will know his love and show that unfailing love to all around us.  Ask the Lord to heal our nation and heal our world.  Take some time to pray for Afghanistan and for all the situations (and more) that I have mentioned in my blog above.    

Do you need prayer?  What a joy it has been to pray for those who have asked for prayer in recent months.  We are seeing many answers to our prayers.  Remember if you or others need prayer do drop us an email and we will pray.  Don’t forget our prayer line if you or others need prayer – prayer@ngm.org.uk 

The next National Day of Prayer re: Covid-19 is on September 24th.  Although I am only issuing these prayer points monthly, let’s not stop praying as this virus hasn’t gone away.  Our government still need wisdom.  The health care workers still need our prayers.  Many are still suffering with fear and anxiety and our Lord cares for them all. So, let’s continue to pray for a move of God that changes the face of our world.  Let’s not be silent, but instead let’s pray knowing that our prayers are making a huge difference.  Do remember that although I am not doing the prayer points each week, there is a new blog every so often on my website:   www.nancygoudie.com/blog

I am hoping to see many of you at my Spiritual Health Weekend in Birmingham at the Hilton Metropole Hotel on February 11th – 13th 2022 – for details follow this link:  http://nancygoudie.com/spiritual-health-weekends/    I would love to meet you in person and be able to say to you a huge well done for your prayers and encouragement to others.

Keep going and do not give up.  God is with you all the way!  With love, your friend – NANCY 

 

For those who are reading these prayer points for the first time:  do read below:

Setting the scene

On 20th March I called for a National Day of Prayer, not only for the UK, but also for others who live further afield.  A few days after it was over two friends contacted me and asked if I would do a National Prayer Day every Friday, and asked if I would continue to give some pointers each week for prayer.  After prayer, I took up the challenge of doing just that.  Thank you for joining us.  To read previous prayer points and encouragements – go to www.nancygoudie.com/blog/

Helpful instructions/suggestions:

  1. Set your phone, your watch, your alarm clock or whatever to remind you to pray throughout the day. I would suggest praying every hour for a few minutes or for as long as you wish, but make a time that is suitable for yourself.
  2. Maybe pray for one of the above pointers every hour – or take one for each day of the week.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, which should be often – then pray a ‘Heal Our

Nation’ prayer – sing or speak the lyrics of ‘Heal our Nation’ and ask God to pour out his Spirit on this land.  ‘Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, Heal our Nation, pour out your Spirit on this land.’  Sing or speak that twice.  And finish with the first line from the verse ‘Lord we long for you to move in power’ – and ask God to move in the UK but also move in our world.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZwje7Ogkg

  1. Keep reading Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Psalm 46 to encourage yourself and your family with the truth of the word of God. Perhaps try meditating on Psalm 62:5-6 – Find rest, O my Soul in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
  2. Use the UK Blessing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U Play it in your home – make this as a wonderful blessing on you and your family, your children and their children. When you go a walk pray it over your neighbourhood. The song was written in Elevation church, USA. You can watch here and discover how the song came together in the presence of the Lord – no wonder this song is being used at this time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4&feature=emb_rel_end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Recent Thoughts

Just recently I was tidying my office and going through some cards and papers.  I have kept cards and letters to Ray and myself from our sons and also from each other.  I wanted to keep the cards from over the years so that I could have them as a record of what we had said to each other.  As I went through some of them recently, I was astounded at the love Ray had for me.  Of course, I knew he loved me and I loved him, but to see his adoring words on paper was so very special.  Tears came to my eyes as I realised afresh just how much my husband had loved me and I loved him.  He is no longer here to tell me how much he loves me – so it was wonderful to read them again.  I also read the amazing cards that my two sons gave us through the years – it was such a blessing to read each one.  However, it was two cards from my son, Aidan, that made me weep with tears of joy.  His beautiful and wonderful words of love touched my heart again and again.  He has a wonderful gift of being able to lay his emotions out in display within his words.  He talked about how much he loved us both and how he appreciated the childhood he had through the years.  He spoke too about how he wanted to be a man like his dad and how he felt he had the best mum and dad in the world.  His beautiful words reduced me to tears.  I am so glad I kept these cards.

My son’s love for Ray and I displayed in his card is just a small reflection of our Heavenly dad’s love for us.  We are all loved unconditionally.  Ray and I were not the best parents in the world, but we did try to be.  We didn’t always get it right, in fact at times we both had to apologise to our sons for getting it wrong, but despite our failures, our sons both love us without conditions.  That is worth more than gold.  The wonderful truth is that we are all loved unconditionally.  Our God pours out his love over us every second of every day.  His loving words are spoken in the Bible as well as whispered to each of us – the still small voice is not just for a few – it’s for all of us.

Can I encourage you to re-read his words like I did with Aidan’s – it will reduce you to tears to know how much you are loved.  If we really knew how much we were loved by God, it would change us completely.  We would never be the same again.  Read the words of Jesus when he says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  Or what about reading 1 John 3:1 – which says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God – and that is what we are!”  Or what Jesus says in John 15:9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.”  Or what about verse 15, “I no longer call you servants…. but instead I call you friends.” Then verse 16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you….”  We are loved so much – let’s read God’s incredible words in the Bible and let them bring tears of joy to your heart. There is no one more loved than you.  Listen to the Lord’s still small voice – you are valuable and precious.  Hear him say in Isaiah 43:1, “You are mine.”

There is no doubt about it – let’s sing and rejoice with tears of joy as the Lord whispers, “My child I adore you!”  Let’s eat and believe the words he speaks to each of us.