Privacy, Revelation and Psalm 19

How do you feel about your privacy? Earlier this month, Apple released their new update ios 14.5 that has a range of new features. These include better FaceID unlocking when wearing a mask and Apple watch (thanks COVID-19), new emojis and the ability to teach Siri...

Book Review: Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Perhaps...

Reflecting on Beauty

Have you looked in the mirror today and told yourself you are beautiful? Have you jumped on the scales and congratulated yourself? Have you delighted in a mouthful of moist chocolate cake, savouring each mouthful without the aftermath of guilt? Frankly speaking, how...

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:

Desiring a Risen Motherhood

Desiring a Risen Motherhood

Over the past month, for the majority of mothers, motherhood has stepped up a notch in intensity. Not only are mothers unable to work, socialise, shop or serve as they once did, mothers of school-aged children have also become teachers of their children, educating...

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Enjoying God- Part 2

Enjoying God- Part 2

Throughout the New Testament, we are reminded to consider our trials joy (James 1:2), to rejoice in our suffering (Col 1:24), to live a life of joy (a key theme in the book of Philippians); yet in the midst of trials and heartache, joy is often far from our minds. I...

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Enjoying God- Part 1

Enjoying God- Part 1

Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is God’s will for my life? Aren’t these so often the questions that each of us wrestle with? In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, it says that the chief purpose of man is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Many Bible...

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Hello Pharisee, Check Your Plank

Hello Pharisee, Check Your Plank

Over the past months and years, morality has been on the cultural menu and as Christians we have served up a good dose of guilt without much gospel. Recently, as a young lady I know came to meet Jesus, I sat and chatted through the questions she had about her newly...

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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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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