• 18 Dec

    Finish Strong

    Empowering Thought

    “Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic”
    Robin Sharma

    Reflect On This:
    I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize
    (Philippians 5:12 CEV)

    December is here; it’s either a sigh of relief or a sigh of “ooh dear I can’t believe the year is ending already”. But wherever you are on the journey I want to encourage you to keep pressing on and reaching for the high life that Jesus promised you. It’s within your reach and you are closer than when you started. If you can just take a moment and look behind you. You have covered a lot of ground you have continued through the year to where you are now. You are stronger than you think, you are here because you kept going and you need to finish strong.

    The desires of your heart that you haven’t seen this year are still possible. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible”. (Audrey Hepburn)
    Remember God is not limited by days, months and the year after all He is God and faith is now. It is this moment that you are in right now.

    So I’m cheering you on, and heaven is cheering you on to keep stepping and keep going and don’t ever ever give up.
    Let’s all finish strong it’s not how you started but how you finish. So finish strong my fellow traveller. The Lord is with you.

    Think On This:
    And then GOD answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming-it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
    Habakkuk 2:2-3 MSG

    God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
    Numbers 23:19 NLT

    By Jayne Banful Uncategorized
  • 24 Nov

    Slow To Speak

    Empowering Thought

    “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom” – Francis Bacon

    This is my daily mantra now; ‘Jayne be slow to speak…’ and a daily confession that enables me to navigate my relationships. Being watchful of my words, speaking from my heart and not off the top of my head. I don’t always get it right but I’m learning to become mindful of functioning this way. When I get it wrong I also try to be quick to make things right. I treasure relationships and do my best to hold onto them.

    Our words are containers of life and death and they build and destroy. So, where you cannot think of something positive or words that bring encouragement then remain silent. Where you have to speak ask the Holy Spirit who is your internal Helper to speak through you and to enable you to speak graciously.

    I pray God’s strength, His grace into your relationships and your life as you embrace learning to speak faith filled words and only speak where necessary.

    Reflect On This:

    “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

    James 1:19 NLT

    “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”

    Proverbs 17:28 NLT

    Ecclesiastes 3:7

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 04 Nov

    A Wise Person Can Learn From Anybody

    Empowering Thought

    Wisdom starts in your heart not your head

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates

    I have learned some of my most pivotal lessons in life and gleaned wisdom from the most unlikely sources and experiences. For example, teaching teens and young people has taught me not to take everything to heart, they would say “it’s not that deep”. This simple statement that young people often make has enabled me to travel lightly in my heart and not allow stuff to get deep.

    You will be surprised how you can learn in any and every situation when you are open and humble in heart. God also says He takes and uses the ‘foolish things of our world to show His power’ (paraphrase: 1 Corinthians 1:27)

    In a world with so much on offer and knowledge abounding especially in terms of social media and being able to google everything! We need the wisdom that is from God to navigate daily life effectively and successfully.

    I pray that you always seek His wisdom in all you are doing and open your heart to whoever and wherever God is speaking through after all He spoke through a donkey before.

    When you reach for God’s wisdom you have everything you need.

    Reflect On This:

    “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! [Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”

    Proverbs 6:6-8 NLT

    1 Corinthians 3:19

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 28 Oct

    Perspective: How You See It

    Perspective is simply your interpretation or how you view something. To me you can see autumn as messy with all the leaves on the ground and sometimes sticky and messy when it rains on it. Or you can see the autumn season as the forerunner to the next season. It’s all about your perspective. There is power in how you see everything and your attitude and interpretation. How you see a situation and how you interpret it will impact the change you are desiring. Besides for you the believer faith is based on what you don’t see with the natural eyes but focusing on the spiritual aspect which is what is not visible to the 5 senses.

    I offer to you the live changing power of perspective – how are you looking today?

    Are you looking at Jesus?

    Reflect On This:

    “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiated and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

    Hebrews 12:2 NLT

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 01 Oct

    The Seasons They Are Changing

    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer…”

    It seems and feels like it has been a long summer, we have enjoyed great weather and we have experienced heats waves, we have seen floods in summer. In Europe and all over the world the summer has been long and drawn out.

    Yet no matter how long the summer has been I notice that the seasons they are changing. Autumn and the Fall season is gradually emerging as the leaves start to change colour and fall to the ground making way for the next season.

    So, it is with the spiritual season, your season will change and whatever you are waiting for in this new season will begin to bud in your life. In the same way that the emergence of the Fall season sometimes feels slow and drawn out, but the winter will be upon us in no time, so friend stay expectant and be expectant as the new season is here.

    Don’t give up on what you are expecting and continue to hold onto your hope and remember I’m holding it with you.

    Reflect On This:

    “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

    Genesis 8:22 NLT

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 24 Sep

    The Way

    Empowering Thought

    “I am always doing things I can’t do”

    In the New Testament the Christian life is described as a way of being and doing in the world. This means that my daily life and all the practices and things I do reflect the way- the way of life I have embraced in deciding to make Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

    But what I love about this new way of living is that I don’t have to do it in my own strength and you also don’t have to do it all by yourself and in your own strength. We started this journey by grace the strength of God coming to us and we also continue by His grace. This is how I like to put it, whenever I feel frustrated and stressed out I take a step back because I’m doing it in my own strength. My strength is limited, and it means I need to draw from His grace.

    Today draw your strength for the way from Jesus who is the One who started this process in you and who will also be the One who will complete whatever He has started in you.

    We are the people of the way who enjoy the ‘way’.

    Power Thoughts:

    Philippians 1:6

    John 14:6

    By Jayne Banful Uncategorized
  • 01 Sep

    Being Mary & A Bit Martha

    Empowering Thought:

    Don’t allow yourself to be distracted

    When Jesus addressed His family friends Mary and Martha about being present and taking time to sit at His feet, He was talking to me and He was talking to all of us about getting so caught up in multi-tasking. Busyness and activity is the order of the day in the 21st century.

    In the busyness of life and in all your activities I want you to hear the words of Jesus today “ One things is necessary…” ( Luke 10:41) it is the most important part of your daily chores, taking and making time to sit and pause at the feet of Jesus. The second part is learning to be intentional and purposeful about taking time to pause on your daily life journey. The eternal words of Jesus ring so true in our world today Mary was in the present; she was engaged, she was tuned in to hear the Master and she had a teachable heart to be taught. It is called meekness- ‘being teachable while being taught’

    I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded daily on the importance of being a

    ‘Mary’ who on the way of life and where necessary to adopt a posture of stillness regularly. However, you can still be a ‘Martha’ who performs the daily tasks of the day.  The word of caution is balance.

    Reflect On This

    “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things”

    Luke 10:41

    “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.…”

    Romans 12:1 (Message)

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 27 Aug

    Smell The Roses

    Empowering Thought

    God is here right now, right here, in this moment with you!

    When my husband drives me I always see things I have never seen before on the same route. I have discovered that there are sights to take in along the way and beautiful smells of the flowers near the countryside as we drive especially in this season. Why haven’t I noticed all the beauty around me? This is probably the last thing on my mind and possibly yours when you are on the way.

    The spiritual comparison I want to draw is learning to enjoy the journey of life. Take a moment and smell the roses on the way and don’t focus only on taking out the thorns.

    You can get so caught up in waiting for life you end up being focused on what you are reaching for and end up missing out on all the other sights on the way. There are things the Heavenly Father wants to show you and share with you along the way.

    Will you take a moment today and take in all that is around you being open to the fact that God can use anything and everything to speak to your heart.

    Take a deep breath and gently breath out. Stay in the moment you are in right now.

     Power Thought

    “The Word became flesh and lived among us”

    John 1:14 (NRSV)

    “Be still and know that I am God!

    Psalm 46:10 ( NLT)


    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 21 Aug

    Slow Is The New Fast

    “Eliminate all hurry from your life”

    – Dallas Willard

    Learning to take life slow is one of my hardest lessons, however it is the most fulfilling and healthiest choices I’m embracing and that’s why I’m sharing this with you.

    Jesus was emphatic in His teachings on staying in the present, at any given time to focus on the moment you are in and enjoy and take in what life is giving you right now!

    Take a deep breath and embrace where you are right now. When you think and rush into tomorrow, the unknown it tends to lead to worry and then anxious thoughts and feelings. Truth is because “He lives you can face tomorrow”. Right now is the time you are in.


    If you are taking a break this August then enjoy your rest.



    Think On This:

    “Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”

    Mark 6:31 NLT


    Psalm 127:2   NLT

    Matthew 11:28-29

    By Jayne Banful Uncategorized
  • 27 May

    Too Many Choices?

    Empowering Thought:  “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”   – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Why are people so unhappy, unsatisfied and miserable? Yet we live in a day and time where there is so much choice and you can have things immediately!

    The world lies to us and this is nothing new. I have decided to choose the eternal unchanging truths of God’s word. God was here before I got here and will be here when I’m long gone.

    I believe in the principle of the seed. Everything that God started He starts with a seed, it is a process and every process has a beginning, middle and an end.

    You and I have the power of choice or the free will to choose how we will travel in this life, what we will allow in our life and what we will not allow. The power of choice is the most powerful thing given to humanity by God. You cannot control events but you can control how you will react or respond to anything. Response is a much more carefully thought out plan that comes from your heart, however when you react it is usually ‘off the top of your head’ in the moment.

    I want to encourage you; whatever decisions that are in front of you this week, this month and any choice that you have to make remember you have the power of choice!


    Think On This:

    Deuteronomy 30:15

    Daniel 1:8

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
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