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Bringing Out the God-Colours In The World

Mandy and Andrew encourage their children to join in their adventures with God.

One day after school the kids were doing some drawing and colouring in, Ethan was deep in concentration making what looked to me like a rainbow, when he was finished he decided to give it a title, and named it “The Colours Way”.  I was amazed, I had just been at a conference a week or two before and we had looked at Matthew 5 in the Message.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG

I showed these verses to Ethan and explained how his picture was just like this verse- he couldn’t believe it, and said he didn’t know that was in the Bible, he just wanted to draw it. We chatted about how Good can give us pictures and speak to us through them, and how his picture showed us as a family that this should be our motto, that our purpose in life is to love God and be loved by Him, and through that relationship we see His kingdom coming in all the areas of our lives and our homes, we bring out the God-colours in our world.

So Ethan’s picture is now framed and up on the wall by our front door, to remind ourselves that that is who we are, wherever we go and in our home every day.

Jess, our daughter has encouraged so much recently too and regularly talks to us about her relationship with Jesus. She told us the other day that she knows God loves her and lives in her heart but she finds it hard sometimes to let Him into her head, but she was trying to ask Him to help her make decisions, to help her temper and make good choices. She’s spoken to us about lies too, how you need to not just stop telling them but break them so we don’t use them again, and that God helps us to do that.

We’ve been blown away that a four year old can have such insight and such a confidence that the Holy Spirit works in us to change and grow us, to have a grasp of the gospel that hasn’t simply been learned but experienced. We have prayed for years that our children will be part of our adventures with God, and have been supported by our bands and community group through prayer and interaction with our kids. Seeing the fruit of this begin to show has filled us with so much joy, seeing them working out their faith with us, in their classrooms and their friendships, has been an example to us that simplicity and love for God and for others is all we need to bring out the God-colours in the world.

Testimonies

“I feel more confident in who I am as a Christian but also as a leader in Christian ministry.”

Our Learning Community became a time of blessing when we were challenged to recognise and accept the missional presence of God in our lives, and to consider the practical implication of the great commission directives for our group as a mission base. Mitchelstown, 2017

“Using this format (fellowship band), and the ideas from Inspire has been the most formative and indeed inspiring ‘thing’ for want of a better word, that I have been part of for years.”

“No matter how tired I have been going to these sessions I have always come away spiritually encouraged, refreshed and enthused to continue on in God’s mission wherever I am.”

“The Inspire Learning Community has helped me to intentionally reflect on where God is at work. It has given me to the space to explore, reflect, & learn more about what it means to ‘church’.”Dublin, 2017

“Thanks so much for the teaching sessions this year. I found them inspirational and I love the discussion format – it really engages those present, and we learn so much more than listening to a talk. It is one of the few places that ministers get “fed” and so is very valuable to us”

“When you are with other people in band, truth becomes the louder voice over shame and guilt. Fellowship band gives Truth it’s place as priority over our lives.” Ballynahinch, 2017

The difference already that Band has made to my life? It has got me through some really difficult times building me up and encouraging me.  It has led me into new and exciting things and it is always a time where we encounter God.  We come away blessed because we have met with God and … Continue reading

“I have been helped (by Inspire) to practice God’s presence more intentionally in my everyday life and seeing God at work to pray and see answers to pray and see God working in the lives of those I come across in my daily life and in the life of the other participants.” Belfast, 2017

“From the Inspire sessions, I have being trying to practice the Presence of God in a more consistent way and am slowly improving! I have found this good, and I am so reminded of His presence during the day and at the end of the day. I am much more aware of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

“I have been so blessed in prayer band, its hard to think how my Christian life progressed before I had this support, encouragement and missional mindset.” Enniskillen, 2017

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