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Doctor Oliver.

Posted by lauraoli on May 25, 2012

This week I have had a manic time. I finished my finals last Friday, I returned to Preston from  Brighton on Monday, I went to Glasgow on Wednesday and then yesterday I was in Blackpool in the morning and waiting for my finals results in the afternoon. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about my results, but the crazily busy week beforehand helped me from focussing on them for too long!

God has been completely amazing over the past few months, I have had many people at church praying for me, and although I have been working hard and feeling stressed, there is no way I could have got through the exams without Him.  The verse of exam time for me is always Phillipians 4:6-7; ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’  I have most definitely felt God’s peace over the last few months.

In my quiet time on Wednesday evening, I read this; ‘Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.’ (Ephesians 2:19). This was a brilliant reminder for me that although my results that were coming on Thursday were incredibly important, and whatever happened would shape my life for the next few years to come, that in the end, I have been adopted in to God’s family, and the end result, no matter what is eternity with Him. I have been saved from my life of sin and transgressions by God’s grace, and have been given life in Christ Jesus. That is way more important than those results! This knowledge doesn’t stop me caring about my results, and doesn’t (entirely) stop me worrying, but it does give me a great perspective on what they mean.

The results came through yesterday. I passed.

I am now, officially, a doctor.

Thank you Lord.

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CRASH CALL

Posted by lauraoli on February 22, 2010

CRASH CALL: an urgent appointment with the living God

A couple of weeks ago I went on the annual Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) student conference. 350 medical students, from all over the UK get together to spend a weekend learning about and worshipping God.

I went on the CMF conference last year, for the first time. I hadn’t yet committed my life to Christ, (although I was on my way) and I spent the weekend absolutely terrified, hoping that no-one would talk to me for very long, completely freaked out by the arm waving in the praise and worship and by the praying out loud.

What a long way I’ve come in a year!


This year I couldn’t wait to go to the praise concert, or to participate in discussions in the seminars, or to buy as many books as I could carry, or to try and meet as many people as possible in 2 and a ½ days.

I’ll probably blog at a later date about some of the talks and seminars since many of them were interesting and challenging.

For now, it is enough for me to say that spending a weekend in a conference centre with 350 other people, all intelligent medical students or doctors, all with amazing testimonies, all who believe in and follow Jesus is possibly the best way I can imagine spending 3 days! Being a Christian amongst so many other Christians makes it easy. And makes it joyful. And it comes naturally. My church’s key verse for the year is appropriate here, I think:

‘I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ’                                                                                                                                                                                        Philemon 1:6

When so many Christians are together, sharing our faith with one another happens naturally. And with that, we remind each other ‘of every good thing we have in Christ’. If we can constantly remind ourselves of our inheritance, then living for Christ, 24/7, becomes much easier! Something to try and remember to do more often with Christian brothers and sisters, I think.

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2009… the best year yet.

Posted by lauraoli on January 15, 2010

Lots of things happened in 2009.

  • Barack Obama became the first black president of the US.
  • Man Utd won the Premier League for the third successive year (woop!).
  • The King of Pop, Michael Jackson died.
  • I managed to pass third year of medicine without completely falling apart.

But for me, 2009 will be forever memorable for one reason that outshines all of these.

2009 was the year I came to know Jesus, asked for His forgiveness and started my new life living for Him.

I’ve started this blog so that I can keep a record of my spiritual path as I continue in my new life. I’m hoping that I can write down things that affect me, things that I learn, problems I might be having or just whatever might be on my mind. I’ve no idea how it’s going to go, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

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