REVIEW: “Jesus and the Lions’ Den” by Alison Mitchell and Catalina Echeverri

Have you ever found the Old Testament hard to understand? Have you ever wondered about the relevance of the stories to the New Testament or to us today? This is a comment I hear frequently amongst Christians today. Aside from the wonderful stories and characters, they...

Like Play-Doh in the Carpet Threads

Mothering is one of the greatest joys and greatest challenges of my life. As my children grow, I find the seasons and demands change and yet this truth remains. Mothering is the thing I want to do to the best of my ability, though it also consistently works to bring...

COVID-19 and Wisdom for Home

Since COVID-19, now more than ever parents are seeking a manual; something to show them how to parent full-time, work full-time, all the while staying in the confines of their home. In light of the fact no step-by-step is going to make a perfect playbook for the days ahead, it is biblical to gain wisdom from others who have gone before.

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. 

Much Love,

Emily x

 

Topics on the Blog:

Following the Saviour

Following the Saviour

On this journey of following Jesus, I have come to appreciate and understand more fully the verse- "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Proverbs 16:9). As a planner, I have always mapped out (at least in my mind) the direction my life...

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Christians and the Art of Tidying Up

Christians and the Art of Tidying Up

This was originally published at The Gospel Coalition Australia. A New Year heralds the start of new things: new health, new diaries, new resolutions. Regardless of the year we have just finished, we look at our blank calendars and our heart waits expectantly, longing...

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My Year in Books

My Year in Books

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...

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The New Aussie Idol: Home Renovation

The New Aussie Idol: Home Renovation

Like many Australians, my weekend will often include a trip to Bunnings. We pile into the car and head off to look at a new toilet, grab some more paint, or now that it is Spring, we pick-up a few plants to flesh out the garden. Clearly, we are not alone in this. Most...

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Biblical Fiction Author Spotlight: Tessa Afshar

Biblical Fiction Author Spotlight: Tessa Afshar

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...

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The Local Church in a Digital Age

The Local Church in a Digital Age

We live in the digital age. Information has never been more readily available. If I don't know something, my kids ask me to check with 'Google'. It is a time when we have podcasts (yes, we have one at PursuitsofGod!), blogs, online sermons and even conference...

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Latest on the Podcast:

Episode 2: Kara Martin on Working for the Glory of God

Episode 2: Kara Martin on Working for the Glory of God

In this episode, I chat with Kara Martin, author of "Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God". We talk about the idea of work, a brief theology of work and practical ideas for using your work to worship God. Read my full review of Kara's book here. Links: To...

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Other Places to Find Me:

GoThereFor.com

GoThereFor.com is an online library where gospel-minded Christians can find resources, ideas and encouragement for fulfilling Christ’s commission to make disciples of all peoples.

The Gospel Coalition Australia

TGC AU is a website and organisation similar to its US counterpart. This is a great resource for articles written by Aussies tackling current Australian issues from a theological perspective.

Growing Faith

Growing Faith is a website with online resource for Christian Parenting Tips, Advice, Articles and Resources.

“…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.”

-Psalm 1:2-3