All posts by Gareth Jefferies

My First Post

Sean and I began this blog to bring glory to God. I am not a person that finds it easy to speak out and since doing my little test to discover my Spiritual Gifts I have found out this is so. I am a behind the scenes man, I do what we would call the grunt work and I love it. I don’t need recognition from anyone but God and even then I don’t need recognition, knowing that I am in some small way sowing into the Kingdom of God is enough.

I want this blog to be about Christian attitude and Christian themes. I want to let others know that being a Christian is one of the greatest things I could ever do. I am proud to call myself a follower of Christ. I struggle daily and I mean DAILY to be better and more in tune with Christ. Some days I feel down right low when I don’t do things right but I remember that I am still loved and still saved by the blood of Christ. Someone, JESUS CHRIST, died for me. I must admit it brings tears to my eyes that someone would do that for me.

I don’t have the way with words that my brother has. I read his words in his posts and from one sentence to the next I am moved between laughter and heartbreak. Sean says many things I would love to be able to say besides having any enviable knowledge of God’s word that I couldn’t hope to possess. For the way you say what you say Sean you are an absolute gem and mentor. I too have my skills and that is photography. My aim for this blog site is to continue in glorifying God. I would like to use my God given talents to capture images that reflect God’s glory in this broken world of ours, that show the way God moves amongst us his people. So my prayer is for God to open the doors (or a window, as mentioned in previous posts) that will allow me and Sean to show off God’s amazing grace in our world yes but starting off here in Cape Town where we believe his Grace it sometimes feels it is most needed.

An Introduction

On the eve of Whitmonday (the day after Pentecost) in 1865, an English school teacher and curate, Sabine Baring-Gould quickly knocked out the lyrics to a marching song for a group of kids that were to march from Horbury to Yorkshire, later apologising for the faulty lines and the speed with which the marching song was written – 15 minutes.

Today however it is one of the enduring hymns of the church. Sometimes the things with smallest beginnings endure to everyone’s surprise.

On 27 November 2009, while visiting Tracy in hospital she told us all that she had dreamt about this song and that it was for us. Tracy was in hospital because of a lung disease that was never diagnosed – she fell asleep on 11 June 2011 at 36 years of age – and in the intervening years, like soldiers, we her family have had to continue marching.

The meaning of this life and the next is found in knowing God, who created us and has a plan for all of us, and this is the truth that we walk in and the truth that Tracy walked in and is our destiny.

Meet your new manager
Meet your new manager

In Paul’s letter of 2 Timothy he says to “endure suffering along with [him], as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” The world is a fallen place and there have always been wars and there always will be wars until the return of Christ, and soldiers have therefore always been with us, as has suffering. The motto of the United States Marine Corps is the Latin ‘Semper Fidelis’, where they pledge to always be faithful to the Corps. We are in a greater army, a heavenly Corps and we will be faithful to our Commander and King. This blog is an invitation for you to consider your place in His Kingdom and continue to march as a good soldier into the future and destiny that He has laid out for you, never giving up or surrendering to temptation or despair.