My Favourite Scripture

Journeying with God

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As a Christian, I have read the Bible a LOT. I try to do a full read through every year.

In doing this repeated practice, I have found that some verses just seem to stand out to me more than others.

I don’t know why this is, but I’m okay with that. I like to think that it’s God choosing these verses to communicate to me in a certain way.

My absolute favourite verse can be found in Isaiah 41:10, and it says:

“Fear not, for I am with you. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Having spent the best part of my life being bullied and put down, often scared to even go outside my front door, this verse brings me great comfort.

It isn’t necessarily the most dramatic, dynamic, or impactful of verses, but there is something in it that speaks to me deeply on an emotional and spiritual level.

I choose to believe that this verse is God, telling me that He is right beside me, and that it doesn’t matter what’s coming at me, because He will be there, and He will never let me go.

What are your favourite verses?

Let me know in the comments!


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.


Prayer

Prayer

My Year With God

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Prayer is one of those things that people either find easy, or they don’t. In my ten+ years as a Christian, I have always struggled with prayer. I see people praying, speaking so eloquently, and I just can’t find the words. I see people talking with God in a way that I wonder if I will ever be able to.

My words always seem so inadequate. I can’t get to grips with the flowery language used by some, and my simpler prayers seem to be just that; simple.

The thing though, is that God doesn’t want flowery language and words. He simply wants us; He wants me. He wants me to come to Him and talk to Him, as if we are friends. He wants to share every intimate part of my life, and when I get so caught up in the words of prayer, then that is when I struggle to actually get to grips with what God actually wants, which is all of me.

This week, I am going to try and remember that. I am going to try and keep my prayers simple and honest, and when it comes down to it, if I can’t actually find any words, then I will go back to what Jesus teaches in scripture, and I will use the prayer that He taught His disciples; the prayer that I said every day for the entirety of my primary school education.

And I will try to accept that this is sometimes all I can do, and that God says that it is good enough.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Rooted In Scripture

Rooted In Scripture

My Year With God

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This year so far, I am pleased to be able to say that I have read my Bible every day. I am sticking to the Bible In One Year plan that I began, and am really enjoying the approach of it.

I thought it would be a more linear approach, but actually, I am finding more insight in it, with it not being so.

I am currently part of the way through the book of Job, which, incidentally, was one of the first books of the Bible that I read after becoming a Christian (John was the first).

When I first read the book of Job, I couldn’t understand it. I didn’t understand why Job seemed to be complaining about his woes, and if I’m honest, I actually sided with his friends who were telling him that if he was going to be that miserable about things then he may as well just give up. I almost gave up and I was only reading it.

I am so glad that this book was one of the first ones that I read. It wasn’t until a good few months later, after a discussion with a very dear friend (and fellow bookworm; but that’s another story) that I realised the true importance of this part of scripture.

We all go through suffering. It is an absolute; an inevitable fact of life. Job’s life shows us this, but it also shows us what can happen if we cling to God throughout it. Job never once spoke out against God. He simply trusted Him to look upon him kindly, and to see him through in the end, which is what happens.

The thing is, when we go through hard times, our tendency can be to not turn to God; to not read His word, and in reality, that is the worst thing that we can possibly do.

I have read passages of scripture on and off before, but I have never delved into the Word like this before, and as I travel deeper into what God wants me, (wants us all) to hear, I can see how much I have missed out on, and how much I may now gain from being rooted in scripture.

If you’re struggling to get into the Word, I can highly recommend the Bible in one year plan by Nicky Gumbel. It has helped me more in a month, than other reading plans have helped me in my ten+ years as a Christian.


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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Conversations With God

Conversations With God

My Year With God

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In days gone by, if you look at Christianity and the Church, and the ‘organised religion’ of it all, people didn’t really get taught that you can actually have a conversation with God.

When I was younger, we were given set prayers that we could use to pray, but we were never encouraged to actually make up our own.

I still remember those prayers. The ones that we would sing at the end of the day at school, or recite like parrots, simply copying sounds, rather than truly understanding and connecting with the meaning behind them.

It is only in the last ten years, since I became a Christian that I have truly gotten to understand what it is like to actually talk to God, and to listen for His voice in all of this.

Sometimes, it’s so quiet, I can barely hear it, and other times, it is so loud, I wonder why no one else can hear. The thing is, gone are the days of reverent repetitions. I think we’ve come to a stage now, where we truly understand what it means to be in relationship with God. What it means to have fellowship with Him.

In reality, we can’t have a conversation with someone if we’re doing all the talking. This is how it is with God, too. Sometimes we have to be patient, pause and really listen, but if we do, we’ll find an even deeper layer to our faith.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

Forays Into Journalling

Forays Into Journalling

My Year With God

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Over this last week, I had planned to focus on journaling my relationship with God, in order to explore my relationship with Him in a new way.

Unfortunately, life got in the way, and while I was able to spend the time doing my readings, and getting into scripture, I found myself unable to find the time to look at journaling.

I know it sounds like a really lame excuse, but it’s the truth and I just want to be honest in this blog series. There’s no point in my telling you that I journaled every day without fail, when it simply isn’t true.

So, for the next week, I am definitely going to take some time to read up on Bible journaling, and to spend some time trying to actually journal.

I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I’m going to give it my best attempt, and hope that it brings me a deeper relationship with God.


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.