I live between Putney Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge in London. It takes just over an hour to do a circular walk along the north and south banks of the Thames from bridge to bridge and back to my house. I love doing this walk, as I use it as a time to pray. I imagine I am going for a walk with Jesus, and so I talk to Him like a friend. I often speak aloud (if there is no one about!)
They say that being in nature is good for our mental health. I think it also helps to open our eyes to see the beauty of creation, and be reminded of our Creator. I find it makes the problems and issues that I may be facing to fall into perspective.
I try to start my walk by praising God for who he is, reminding myself that He is so much bigger than I give Him credit. Then I give Him everything that I am concerned about, and ask Him to intervene.
The verse that He has been speaking to me through recently is Zechariah 4:6.
'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
This is a good reminder that I can’t make things happen, I can’t perform miracles, but He can, and He does. So I declare this verse as I walk across Hammersmith Bridge, and wait to see His Spirit move in my life, and the lives of those I am praying for.
Jemimah is the Youth Director for the Stewards' Trust. That means she leads all things youth related and manages our team of youth workers. She brings wisdom and calm with her to the office each day. Jemimah has a heart for evangelism, which comes in particularly handy with our schools work.