A big Aussie hello friend. Welcome to Pursuits of God.
My name is Emily and I am a wife to Dave, a Pastor on the beautiful North Coast of New South Wales. Together, we navigate parenting three children. I love to read, create and drink lots of cups of tea (apparently I would fit right in the UK).
This blog began as a way of sharing and reflecting on my journey with Jesus. At the time, I was a mum to two young kids and was jealous of my husband’s growing relationship with God and his ever-expanding knowledge of the Bible. I felt left out. As I was washing up one day, I felt the Holy Spirit gently but firmly convict me- the treasure of God’s Word isn’t hidden or kept secret; it isn’t off-limits to the majority of us. No. God longs and invites us in to read his word, pull it apart, question it and grow in our understanding of it and the God who wrote it.
From these humble beginnings, Pursuits of God began. It is still a humble little blog, a place of safe questioning and learning. It is my hope and prayer that through my journalling, you would come to discover the beauty of our gracious and loving Saviour Jesus and come to treasure His Word.
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This was originally published at The Gospel Coalition Australia. Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson This is my favourite read from 2018 and I am almost considering rereading it just to gain more of Anderson’s wisdom. The...read more
I love reading fictional books as a way of relaxing. An author I was recommended this year was Tessa Afshar, an author published by Tyndale House Publishers (also the publishing house of Francine Rivers). I think since that initial recommendation, I have read every...read more
"Tea & Thread: Portraits of Middle Eastern Women Far from Home" is a new collection of stories, recipes and traditional handicraft projects from refugee women. Written by Sally Bathgate and Katrina Flett Gulbrandsen, It is a beautiful book; a welcome accompaniment...read more
Over the past 12 months or so, a few resources have come across my path that I have found so helpful and encouraging. As a creature of habit, I very much like having one set resource to help guide me with my Bible Reading time. The last few years though of parenting...read more
This week, Bible Studies will resume across the country for the New Year. As they kick into gear, it is important to take a moment to think about the small group studies that operate in your church and the church-at-large. As the days turn into weeks, which turn into...read more
"Grace in Strange Disguise" (October, 2017, self-published) is Christine Dillon's latest book and her first work of fiction. The book follows the story of Esther, an Australian physiotherapist who attends a megachurch and appears that she has life all together. Her...read more
Latest on the Podcast:
In this podcast, I chat with Kara Hartley, Archdeacon for Women in the Sydney Anglican Diocese. We talk about her recent work on the Domestic Violence Taskforce and how to help victims of Domestic Violence in the church. *Please not that some aspects of this podcast...read more
In this episode, I talk with Steph Judd, the Director of Women's Ministry at City on a Hill, Melbourne. In this podcast, we chat through the practicalities of women's ministry, Steph's role as Director of Women's Ministry and also talk through how God uses the...read more
This week, the Pursuits of God Podcast features a discussion I had with Harriet Connor. In this episode, we chat about God's purpose for parenting, the role of the church (and singles!) in parenting and a few practical tips to help those of us currently in the...read more
“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”