It has been an interesting start to the year, and it’s only past our second week. Well, I officially handed in my notice to return back to part-time, as I know I’m not likely to be given a full-time contract. The Company would rather have me work on a summer pay rota, and quite simply I don’t want to waste my time doing just that, especially when I juggle with various duties across several departments. My reason for returning back to part-time is two-fold. For one, I wish to pursue freelance work. Not only do I wish to unleash the creativity that lives in me, but I also want to use my time wisely and somehow get involved in local mission in Glasgow. Whether that involves volunteer work with some local charities, or simply exploring Christian ministry. It is something that has been screaming in my heart lately, and I wish to take the step in faith to move forward in life. Despite the mixed reaction to the recession, I can be content with a full-time job (on a part-time salary) and not see light of what potential I could achieve in life – or I can take a risk and explore the potential of what I can achieve in life, whilst being content with a part-time job (on a part-time salary).

At the end of the day, I simply want to value the time and money that God has entrusted me with, and each week I grow with passion to somehow serve in God’s Kingdom to make a positive impact in the life of others. Sometimes, we simply need to step out and see where God takes us.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. -Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

I also want to add a wee mention of a Healing Rooms Scotland Conference that I attended earlier today. I was inspired to write a prayer journal. I may write prayer points and I have written prayer letters in the past, when I was teaching abroad in South Korea, and when I was studying at seminary school. Nonetheless, I want to be in a habit of writing a prayer. Sometimes, our hearts can only express so many words with our mouths there and then, that we wish we could write a prayer to God. Well, I think it’s fair to say that we can write a letter to God, and the LORD God knows our hearts and intentions – and He longs for us to know Him and to be drawn more close to Him through the Holy Scriptures and in the dwelling of the Holy Spirit. So why not make it a habit of practice?

Heavenly Father, you know the concerns of our hearts, whether we come with an understanding of the things we have experienced lately in life, but I just pray that you may draw close to us. Give is comfort during times of trouble. May we find peace, as we seek your strength and refuge in our daily lives. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

~Richard