My Normal Hero

Towards the end of each year, I like to try and share something of a summary post. This year is no different, and yet, in other ways, it will never be the same again. This Christmas, for the first time in my life, I’ll be facing the end of the year without my father.

On Friday 2nd December, just a couple of weeks ago, my dad passed away. He had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for several years, and had deteriorated rapidly in the handful of months since the summertime.

As we prepare for his funeral this week, I was asked to sum up his life in a few short words. “What’s the one thing you would want people to take away from it?”

I answered like this.

He was a “normal” hero – as opposed to a “super” hero. There are no stories of he and I climbing Mount Everest together, nor times we went trekking in the Andes. We just “did life” together, and he was an ever constant presence in my world. He worked hard his whole life, putting food on our table and taking care of us. He enjoyed the simple things in life, and I cannot be more grateful to him.

There are countless lessons he taught me over the years – both directly and indirectly. There are too many for me to share in this one short post, but a few things I must mention.

It is ok to live a normal life

When I was a boy I dreamed of being a police officer, astronaut, fighter pilot and a hundred other things. As I grew, I looked ahead to college and university, and then on to marriage and children. My vision has always been set forward, and I was always “waiting” for my life to begin. When I became a Christian, and really before I knew anything of God, I felt the tug toward ministry. Again, I waited for it to begin, thinking “One day…” I’ll do this or that. In some respects, now I have completed university, have a career, am married with a family, and in small ways I minister in God’s kingdom, I am still looking ahead.

As I reflect on my dad’s life, I now realise it is ok to just be normal. I need not seek fame, fortune, an international ministry or seek ever exciting things to add to my bucket list. Make the most of life – absolutely – but my dad has taught me not to miss today, looking to tomorrow.

Do not miss out on the blessings of today, because your eyes are fixed on tomorrow #wisdom

Appreciate what you’ve got

Many people lose loved ones having never told them what they really mean to them. While I do not feel as though that was the case for me and my father, the illness he had meant that we lost much valuable time over recent years.

If you have people in your life who you love and care about – tell them so. Don’t waste a day, as life is always shorter than we would like, and opportunities to talk and live with those you love are limited. It is not morbid or dark to say that a time will come when you can no longer tell them (on this Earth) what they mean to you – seize those chances whenever you can. That is one thing my dad has taught me.

There is more I could say – much more, yet a thousand-page post would somehow seem inadequate. I’ll leave you with something that would make my dad smile.

He used to enjoy a TV show called Red Dwarf. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it? It is a sci-fi comedy starring a man who is the last remaining human being alive. This character, Lister, lives abord a spaceship called “Red Dwarf” which is rather loosely controlled by a computer AI called Holly.

In one particular episode Holly, through his ineptitude, endangers the crew and is replaced by a rather stricter computer AI. This new personality forces the crew to work and earn rations, and before long they miss the rather slapdash former AI. In a duel to the death over a chess board, the two AIs battle it out and Holly is no match for his replacement. He is deleted, much to the crew’s sadness. In the final scene of the show, and spoiler alert, Holly appears and admits it has all been a practical joke. He was having them on the whole time. His closing words are very apt for me, and I hope you also:

“The moral of the story is “appreciate what you’ve got…” because, basically, I’m fantastic!” – Holly

I do not know what 2022 has thrown at you, nor what 2023 will bring. Take this advice however, and appreciate what you have.

I will miss you Dad

Queen Elizabeth II Funeral

At church yesterday evening, we thought about how we mark or celebrate special days in the year. In the UK today, with Mark a particularly special and historic day.

On this, the date of Queen Elizabeth II funeral, we remember her life and service, and we give thanks to God for her Christian faith.

It is likely to be an emotional day for many, particularly so for the Royal family. I expect that many of us will not just mourn the loss of the Queen, but will remember friends or relatives who are also no longer with us.

Many millions may watch the funeral today, and I pray that her Christian faith is front and centre, and that many people will hear the gospel.

This is also a particularly special and difficult day for my own family. I will not go into details here, but needless to say I would very much appreciate your prayers.

I will return to normal posting tomorrow on the blog, but could not let today pass without saying these few words.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your prayers. God bless you this day.

Queen Elizabeth II

There have been many eloquent words said about Queen Elizabeth the second, and I cannot hope to match them here. Like everyone else, I was both shocked and saddened to hear the news announced yesterday of her passing.

Given my own family circumstances and as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth the second, I will join a number of others in pausing the blog for several days.

As the UK and indeed, the rest of the world mourns her passing, let us reflect with Thanksgiving her Christian faith

We thank God for her faithful service over many decades, and pray for her family at this time.

Thanks for reading

Change of plans

It was my intention this week, to begin a series on Psalm 37 and to also write about the Prodigal son. however, I have had a change of plans…

Unfortunately my father had a pretty bad fall at the weekend, and has had a stay in hospital.

I thank God his injuries were not worse, and I’m pleased to report he is now home.

It has been a tough situation on all the family, so would very much welcome your prayers at this time.

As you can imagine, I have not had much time to write! in the next few days therefore, I will share some older posts of mine and posts from fellow bloggers who I am sure you will enjoy reading.

I hope that normal life, whatever that is, will resume again shortly and I can return to my keyboard.

In the meantime, I thank God that he is indeed in control. He has watched over us as a family, and I praise him for that.

If you are going through a difficult time at the moment, I can relate! I would love the opportunity to pray for you to, so do get in touch.

Have a fabulous day, whatever you are getting up to, and keep on keeping on! don’t allow a change of plans to derail your faith, and know that Christ is always with you.

Weekend away

This weekend just gone, our family & friends went to a luxury campsite in Norfolk in the east of England. Hence I have not had much opportunity to do any writing!

I’m just sharing a couple of photos from the weekend, and hope to return to normal writing service soon!

You will see in the background of that final photo some Chemical toilets… not exactly my idea of luxury! But we made do!

I’m pleased to report we had mostly sunny weather, and almost no rain! Astonishing for the British summertime!

My only regret is not getting a photograph of myself flying a novelty octopus kite on the beach! We will have to return to recapture the moment!

Have a great day!

Welcome to the Weekend

Welcome to the weekend! Whether you have exciting plans or not, I pray you get the chance to rest and relax, see friends or family, and most importantly spend some time with the Lord.

I have seen a number of new followers in the last few months so want ted to take this opportunity to say a very warm welcome. It is a real honour that you have chosen to follow my writing, and I do hope it blesses you and enhances your relationship with God. Please do share the blog with anyone else you feel may enjoy it, as it really is the best way to get the word out.

You may have already figured out that I am not the most consistent poster! I am trying to be better, but have a rather hectic lifestyle and so sometimes my writing can suffer. If I could post daily with any regularity, then I certainly would, and although it comes in fits and starts, I hope you understand and enjoy it when it arrives!

There are now over 500 posts on the blog, which is amazing to me. Who knew I had so much to say?! Feel free to look around and use the search to see if I have written anything on a particular subject you are interested in.

If you like the blog, then you may also like the 40-day devotional book I wrote a few years ago called – A Journey with Jesus. It is available on Kindle and paperback,and you can also find a large print copy if that suits you better. Click on the Books section to find out more.

If you ever get fed up of reading my words (heaven forbid!) you can always click on the Audio link and listen to my dulcit tones instead. I have posted a number of audio messages and sermons on the site, and like the written blogs, hope you find them interesting, challenging and encouraging too.

Finally, if you have any questions for me personally, or on particular Bible topics, then do reach out. There is a contact form where you can get in touch, and I’d love to hear from you. Find me on Facebook at and also on Twitter as @andrewbrown100

Welcome aboard, and so pleased you have joined me here. Hope you have a great weekend, and looking forward to getting to know more of you through the comments. I have met some amazing Christians on this blog, and some true friendships. Do connect with people through WordPress as it is a great way to do so.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lent 2022

The season of Lent is approaching once again, with ash Wednesday next week.

Christians celebrate Lent in many different ways. Some give something up, while others try to pick up a good habit. in a previous church I belonged to, we tried to read a Christian book during Lent and discuss it as a church family.

If you wish to follow this practice, then may I humbly suggest my own book.

As you can see, it is a devotional book which you can read over the 40 days of Lent. it was written with lent in mind, and tries to think about some of the things Jesus would have considered during his time in the wilderness.

It is available to buy on Amazon, in both paperback and kindle formats.

A Journey with Jesus: 40 Day Devotional

If you decide to take the plunge, I do hope you enjoy it and that it challenges you. Please also leave an honest review on the site, as I value your feedback!

Happy reading!

Andy’s Aims – Audio

Andy shares a brief audio update.

A short update from Andy about his writing projects.

In case you missed it…

The Great Commission

Next week on the blog, I want to think about the Great Commission as given to us by the Lord Himself in Matthew 28.

Here’s the text:

But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them. 17 When they saw him, they bowed down to him; but some doubted. 18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go[b] and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matthew 28:16-20 (WEB)

Do spend some time reading it through and thinking about what it says. On the whole, how well do you feel like you are fulfilling it in your life? I hope that as we study the passage together over the coming days, we will all be encouraged and challenged to share our faith more and more.


As we study this Great Commission which you gave us, please open our eyes to its truth and power. Show us how we can fulfil it in our corner of the world. Give us the desire, the discipline, the faith and the tools we need to do the job for and with You.

We thank You that You are with us, and that no one comes to the Father except through You. May we present all that You are to a world which needs You so much.

In Jesus’ Name.


Word Count – Update #1

It has been a productive day! I decided to take the day off of work and spend some dedicated time writing.

If you read my previous post – Word Count – you will recall that I am working on two separate book projects right now, and keen to get them done! I said I would keep you posted on my progress, not because you find it all that interesting, but rather to ensure I am accountable. It may only be a personal goal to progress these projects, but it is one I want to stay on course for.

Well, I started the day with a word count of around 17,000 and pleased to report I have been able to add another 4,000 to the total! As I said before, word count is no indicator of quality, but at this phase in the project, I just want to get the words down.

I am hugely encouraged by this, especially as writing does not always come easy on some days. The blog is up to a healthy 18,000 words for the year to date, so I feel that completing these projects is achievable.

Keep me honest, please!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Follow me

I hope this post finds you well!

This is just a very brief note to say that as well as the blog, you can find and follow me on my Twitter and Facebook.

My Twitter handle is @andrewbrown100 which is the same as my WordPress name.

On Facebook, search for my page

I primarily use these to keep people updated on activity on the blog, but also some personal updates from time to time.

Do feel free to check out those social media connections and hope to see you there.

God bless and have a great day!

Word Count

WordPress helpfully keeps a total of the words you have written on your blog each year. Although we are only about a week into 2022, I am reliably informed that I have written nearly 4500 words so far.

This is good for me to know, because I really do want to make good progress on some unfinished books I am writing this year.

One project has around 10,000 words written, and another approximately 17,000 words completed.

Knowing that I’ve already written 4500 words on the blog this year, helps me to believe that it may even be possible to complete both projects in the coming 12 months!

why am I telling you this? Simply for accountability!

I want to try to post regular updates on how the books are progressing, as a way of keeping myself honest! Do pull me up dear reader, if I do not do this!

I also ask for your prayers, and that my writing would be fruitful. Please ask the Lord to help me complete these projects this year, but more importantly that they will be a vehicle for him to bless those who read them.

Word count is not the best way to measure the quality of a book… But in this stage of the project, it sure does help me keep track!

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers!