Wishing you a blessed 2018!

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Hey guys,

Happy new year, I wanted to share my latest blog from cross rhythms which I pray blesses and encourages you as we start this new year,

http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/Redeeming_The_Past_So_We_Can_Move_Forward/61751/p1/

Many blessings,

Kat

‘Tis the season

Christmas is just a few days away and last-minute preparations are underway. Christmas music is playing in every shop you step in and Christmas films dominate television.

In one of the films I was watching a family end up having a huge amount of unfortunate things happen to them on a crazy Christmas evening. There are numerous trips to the hospital, broken bones, towed cars, getting stranded in a snow storm, being held up at gun point and being trapped in a burning building. Of course, everything is alright in the end. One of the characters is lying in a hospital bed recovering from smoke inhalation when suddenly “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” starts playing on the radio and she goes crazy but manages to laugh once she has let out all her frustration.

The reality is Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year.  This resonated for me this week when I was singing Christmas songs at a local event. Something kept jarring and left me feeling uncomfortable. There are so many flippant phrases in these songs: “soon all your troubles will be out of sight”, “mistletoe and turkey make the season bright”, and “it’s the most wonderful time of year”.  The more I sang these songs, the more and more it felt like giving false hope and continuing the illusion that something magical happens at Christmas and all your troubles just take a hike and everything will be fine.

In so many Christmas films, Santa grants a magical wish and suddenly things work out, but that isn’t real life.  In reality some people are struggling, lonely, sick, or afraid at Christmas.  Their circumstances don’t change just because we have put the trees and lights up. For some it actually makes things worse with financial strains adding to their list of concerns.

One of my favourite melodies is ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ but singing these words to dear people, some of whom I know are going through so much, left me empty and feeling rather heartless.  So I decided to write some alternative lyrics – lyrics that talk about real hope and the truth of Christmas.  I believe the reason for the season is celebrating that God sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth. He came as a little baby, was born in a stable and laid in a feeding trough.  He grew up to live, die and rise again to save us and forgive us for our sins, and restore our relationship with God. He came to give us peace, hope, strength and joy.  He is our provider, restorer, king and friend.  This is the true hope and message of Christmas, and one that lasts past Christmas Day.  So I want to leave you with these lyrics which I pray will bless and encourage you.

If you are struggling, alone, or afraid, I pray that you would know God’s amazing blessing, provision, love, and peace in your hearts.

Many blessings,

Kat

Have yourself a blessed little Christmas,
May you know God’s peace,
In his strength and love you’ll find your strivings cease,

Have yourself a blessed little Christmas,
May you know Gods joy,
He brought love and freedom through this baby boy

Let us join as the angels sing,
Praises to the king of love,
The son of God, who has to come us,
To restore our broken hearts,

As we walk through mountains and the valleys,
Through his love sustained
In his gracious love he’ll take our fears away,
So have yourself a blessed little Christmas now,
Yes have yourself a blessed little Christmas now,

lyrics (c) 2017 Kat Mills

Grace of God

I recently had an operation, and after a week when I was still mostly sleeping, I was getting frustrated and cross with myself.  I felt I should be doing so much more.  A friend texted me and reminded me of the importance of embracing this time of rest and learning to enjoy it. For a few days that message fell on deaf ears as I felt like I had missed the summer through illness. That same day a friend knocked on the door with a beautiful big gift bag.  In it was a painting set, a jigsaw, a beautiful adult colouring book and some lovely colouring pens.  It was like God was giving me a very clear hint of how to spend my recovery and to enjoy this time of rest.  These were all things I loved to do, and were fun and relaxing things.  So I decided to start by focusing on the colouring book.  I spent many lovely hours sitting in front of a film or a quiz show colouring it in.  I was so proud and pleased of my beautiful work after several weeks I had a number of pages completed.

You can imagine my horror when I heard a commotion in the dining room and heard my husband say to my son “Oh dear, what happened to the cup of tea?”. I rushed into help and saw tea gushing across the table – a tidal wave of beige engulfing everything in its way including the beautiful book which I had so painstakingly and lovingly coloured in.  I wanted to get cross and angry that my son’s carelessness had stained my beautiful work, but as I reached to rescue the soggy book and looked at my son,  I stopped.  He looked very worried to see how I would react, it was clear he had realised he had made a mistake.  “Sorry Mummy, I help clean Mummy, it’s okay, Mummy, don’t be sad”.  The love and compassion in my heart for my son overcame my anger and frustration.  I put a tea towel in my book and put it to dry.  We then all calmly cleaned up and then sat down with Dom and talked to him.  We said it was totally ok to have a “Whoops” moment – we all make them and that’s alright.  We went further to explain that he needed to tell Mummy and Daddy so we can help him clean up and make things better.  It was clear he had been afraid to tell us and therefore the tea had had longer to soak into things and get everywhere.

Later, I looked sadly at my book and the way the cold tea had seeped into some of the work causing colours to blur and leak onto other pages.  I then flicked further in the book and was amazed to see some beautiful pristine white pages.  And this whole thing got me thinking about God’s amazing grace: when we mess up and make mistakes He’s not there shouting and yelling at us angrily, but lovingly correcting us. He lovingly intervenes and covers us with grace.

I believe God created the universe beautifully, exquisitely and intricately but our sins ruin that perfection. After Adam and Eve’s chose to disobey God, their sin caused them to hide from God. We can be so overwhelmed with what we have got wrong that we feel we need to hide from Him, but the beauty of God’s grace is that instead of rejecting us, He sent Jesus to die for us, to take away our sin and to make us new.

We are human and mess up regularly, but we have this incredible gift of grace. When we simply come to Him and ask for forgiveness He takes us away from the stained pages where our sin has tarnished the beauty and gives us a brand new beginning. The Bible says that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3v22-23.

Whatever we have done and no matter how much we feel we have messed up , always remember that God is a loving and heavenly father, waiting for us to call out to Him,  waiting to lavish His grace on us.  We simply have to go to him.

Today I want to share with you the lyric video for my song, ‘Grace of God’.  This song looks at the importance of remembering God’s grace and that just as we are covered by His grace; we are also called to cover others with grace too.

I pray this blesses and encourages you.

Many blessings,

Kat

Into the unknown

`Hey guys hope you are well! So it’s been an interesting summer with yet another health issue, but thankfully I am on the mend and nearly recovered!  Please check out my latest blog for cross rhythms.  I pray it blesses and encourages you, ministers you and I pray the song really speaks to you!

http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/articles/life/Into_The_Unknown/60919/p1/

Many blessings,

Kat

 

Till the morning comes

So I always like to think every cloud has a silver lining! So although I have been pretty unwell recently and been housebound, I have had some extra time on my hands and have been creating some lyric videos for my songs.

Today I want to share ‘Till morning comes’. Sometimes life can be really challenging and things can happen which are difficult and painful to deal with. I wrote this song after a miscarriage; it was about choosing to trust in God even when my heart was breaking, and even when I was finding life really challenging. It’s a simple prayer saying God please help me hold on – and to know that morning will come. I pray this song encourages you and speaks to you and that no matter what you are going through, that you would know God’s incredible peace in your life, and to know that the morning will come.

Many blessings,
Kat