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12.2.16

Introducing Resolutions for Men



Introducing The Resolution for Men!


After our first Girl's Night in January the women were buzzing so much that the men insisted on having their own night too! We are so excited because we have a special night for men and women now where we focus on resolving to be the men and women that God intended us to be. In a society with so much gender confusion and uncertainty, even in the churches, we want to get back to the basics.

Hosted by Charlton King's Baptist Church but open to all - you are welcome to join us at our Girl's Nights or Men's Nights.  If you wish to set up your own group and study along with us in your own church let us know how we can support you.

Get a copy of the books from Amazon.
Girl's and stay connected through www.resolution.kingsdaughters.co.uk
and King's Daughters on Facebook or your men can join in at www.mensnight.adlife.uk or AD Life on Facebook.

It's time for the church to shine brightly, for men to boldly stand out as men and women to courageously stand out as women.  The world wants to be gender neutral but God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 

Let's resolve to be all that God created us to be!


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7.2.16

And then there were three!

It's been a while since I have updated you on our family news. This announcement is the most exciting news ever.  I am a GRANDMOTHER now! Wow!

It's been nearly three years since this special day. Samuel and Lorah were married in a beautiful barn wedding in Gloucestershire and it was a perfect day in so many ways, despite the cold and windy March weather. Eric had the privilege of conducting the wedding ceremony and then they flew away off to Spain for a sunny honeymoon.


Samuel and Lorah are a shinning example of how to build a great marriage, how to overcome life's many challenges with finesse and even how to build a business together. It has been such a joy to watch this lovely couple grow together. Just when things could get any better it did! Tears of joy and champagne flowed freely as we celebrated the amazing news that a new little person would be joining our family. Oh my goodness I have never been so excited in all my life!!!  


Now, onto a not so happy part. I have never been so fearful in all my life! Lorah had the most horrific 4 day labour which ended in a caesarean - a story that's not mine to tell but what I can tell is that all faith went out the window as I spent days and nights crying and pleading with God for their very lives. It might not have been quite as dramatic as that but for me it was. I feared so much, it was horrible. Sam was absolutely brilliant through it all, not only being a rock for Lorah but also keeping all the family across the globe informed every step of the way and keeping us comforted too. Sam has always had a special place in my heart but now I have a whole new level of respect for him.  As for Lorah, well I simply don't know how she did it!  But after all the crying and drama they was great joy when little Emily Beard finally made her entrance into the world just after 2pm on Tuesday 26th January weighing just over 8 lbs.

Here I am!!! Grandma with baby Emily. 


And more importantly, here is the happy new mommy and daddy.


Excuse the nasty camera phone photos from the hospital but Lorah hasn't quite got back behind the camera yet. In weeks, months and years to come I am sure we will have some lovely photos to share with you :)



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6.2.16

Our Job Story - Part I


Job has come up a lot in conversation lately. This could potentially be a very difficult book of the Bible to understand. Or not. After I asked God to show what the whole point of the book is I discovered some really amazing keys. My revelation is only a part of the whole picture but I would like to share my piece of the puzzle with you.  I would also very much like to hear your thoughts. Please do join in, see this as a discussion, chat to us in the comments box below.

Bible scholars can't prove or agree whether or not Job was real person or whether the book is in fact a parable.  I believe that it doesn't matter either way as long as we learn from it and get closer to God through it. We are all at some stage in this story.  Either at the beginning in prosperity, easy and peaceful living with much blessing or in the middle in extreme hardships where it seems that everything is difficult and you are barely holding onto your very life or at the end where you have stood firm, held onto God for dear life, passed through the valley of the shadow of death and come out the other side refined and blessed once again with so much more than ever before.  I believe that we are all on our very own Job journey writing our very own Job story. Or more accurately, we are all on our very own journey with blessings, hardships and wonderful testimonies made and in the making. We are all writing our very own story.

In the beginning of your story, there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, 

“From where do you come?”  

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

This is true because we are warned in I Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."  The devil won't let up, he is constantly walking around looking for his next challenge.

Then God proudly mentions your name in verse 8. Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job [replace with your name], that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? [Replace with your special characteristics]”  

You see, God loves you and is so proud of you that He might be saying, "Have you considered my servant Angela, there is none like her on the earth, a dedicated wife and month who always does her best with her life. She is positive and kind, funny at times and also deep and thoughtful."

You are the apple of God's His eye. He loves you so much and has only good things to say about you. I imagine He is like a proud Daddy telling everyone how wonderful you are! God has full confidence in you, that even when tested to the limits, You will praise Him! That is the beginning of your story.




And so the devil begins his prodding and poking into your life, trying to devour you, doing his best to steal, kill and destroy every part of your life. The middle part of your story begins.  For some it begins early and for others it comes later, but to all it comes. None can escape the fact that devil is on earth and is allowed to try to get you to deny your God.  But what does the rest of I Peter 5 say,

"Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

And James says to us in James 1:2-5,

" My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Even Jesus said in John 16:33,

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

Trouble in this world is a given. It is guaranteed. Trouble is not a maybe it is a certainty. You cannot escape it, it is a part of life here on earth! Our story is a job story - no one gets a different option but we all get a choice as to what we do with it and this will determine how our story ends.  So let's learn all we can from Job because he had a happy ending to his story.

Part II will follow but in the meantime please let me know your thoughts.

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2.2.16

Girl's Night - A Resolution to Champion Biblical Femininity

Oh my goodness tonight's discussion was heated! We didn't even get to some of the discussion questions as we were in very serious debate about this subject. It seems that there is a real aversion to the word feminism, submission and other words that are used to describe us as women. At Girl's Night we broke up into three groups and each discussion one of the sections below. By the end of the evening we had no conclusion or consensus about Biblical Femininity  but we all agreed on one thing - that we would go home and diligently seek God for a revelation of Biblical Femininity. Next month when we meet again we will share what we feel God has said to us and then if we all agree we will sign the resolution together.

You must be curious now about our discussion so let me get on with sharing an outline with you.

THIS IS WHO I AM



Pretty in Print?
This section took a look at how the pendulum make have swung a little too far over to the other extreme as a result of women fighting for their rights for years. It hits a tender chord of self worth where women have often confused their identity, gender and self worth. Have we gone too far?

Discussion questions:

  1. How have you seen feminist ideals affect women in the way they . . . dress? Act? Make decisions?  
  2. What are some of the most noticeable ways you see young women turning away from biblical womanhood? 
  3. What biblical principles of womanhood strike you as stifling or repressive? Why do you think you feel that way? 
  4. As you continue to read, offer your concerns about this issue to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him to use this time to answer your concerns and reaffirm His priorities for you in this area.

It’s Good to Be a Girl
God created us in His image - both male and female. Women are worth neither less nor more than our male counterparts. We are different but only in function. Sadly since the beginning of time women have been subjugated and abused because they are women. Jesus demonstrated how to treat men and women equally! We women are important and necessary.

Discussion questions:

  1. Choose one of the many roles you currently play in your life, and record for each one how you are . . . good for it . . . necessary to it . . . an important component of it .. . worthy to be a part of it . . . trustworthy to fulfill your role in it. 
  2. In what situations and around which people do you find the biblical value of womanhood most challenged and questioned?
  3. How do you raise daughters to be ambitious, educated, and sure o themselves while at the same time help them appreciate the rewards and blessings of submission? How do you raise boys to view women with a similarly high regard? Discuss with friends some creative approaches.

Role Reversal
This section took a look at..... dare I say the word..... submission. We looked at the divine arrangement of roles, boundaries and responsibilities that are intended to exude blessings in all directions.

Discussion questions:

  1. In preparation for signing your second resolution, read this statement again: “A woman’s strength is best seen not in the demonstration of her power but in her ability to harness it under the authority of God-given leadership.” Consider it carefully and determine what it will look like when fleshed out in your own life. Make this resolution with confidence, knowing that you are choosing to align yourself under His all-wise plans. Enter with freedom and sign your name to signify your commitment.





You are welcome to join us at our Girl's Nights in Cheltenham or if you wish to set up your own group and study along with us where you are get a copy from Amazon and stay connected through www.resolution.kingsdaughters.co.uk and Facebook where we will post every study and chat in the comments boxes below each post.

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