I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. – John 13:34 (NRSV) Some people are easy to love. They treat you well, so loving them in return isn’t difficult. However not everyone is easy to love. People can be difficult and it can be hard to love them because we may not think they deserve it, but God’s command is simple, we need to love people. We’re not called to just love the people we like, but to love ‘one another’, to love our neighbors … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Loving the unloveable.
Integrity. It is a crucial factor in our Christian walk. It’s important to God, so much so that there are approximately eighteen verses about it in the book of Proverbs alone. Obviously, it’s a big deal to God. It’s also a big deal to me. Integrity is something I take very seriously and pride myself on and if my integrity is questioned, I generally don’t take that lying down. So, when I found out the other day that my integrity was being questioned, I was a tad upset. And by tad upset I mean I was mad. I’m fairly laid … Continue reading Refiner’s Fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 Have you ever found yourself frantically rushing around trying to get yourself organised when your ears prick up and you think you can hear someone calling you? You slow your movements down, eventually coming to a complete stop and try to listen as hard as you can. I was in this very situation last night as I went to meet a friend of mine for dinner. She told me to park my car in the parking garage … Continue reading Be Still.
God is not a human being, that he should lie, or a mortal, that he should change his mind. Has he promised, and will he not do it? Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? – Numbers 23:19 (NRSV) Ever been let down by someone? Whether it is a betrayal or someone going back on their promise, we have all experienced hurt and disappointment at the hands of other people. When you’ve been repeatedly let down by people, trusting others becomes difficult. But there is One who is faithful and never breaks His promises, and that is God. … Continue reading Minute devotions: He is Faithful
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. – Acts 4:13 (NRSV) In the book of Acts we see Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, were repeatedly brought before the religious rulers to defend the faith they were preaching. They were threatened and beaten however instead of backing down, they stood and boldly put their case for Jesus forward. The people were amazed because they weren’t academics or religious leaders, just simple fishermen who followed Jesus when He … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Made New
One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Ruth. We all know the story; Ruth loses her husband and needs to make a choice between staying with her mother-in-law, Naomi, or walking away like her sister-in-law and starting a new life. Ruth decides to stay with her mother-in-law and journeys back with Naomi to her homeland of Bethlehem where she meets Boaz and gets married and starts her happily ever after. It’s a beautiful story of loyalty and love but the more I read it, the more I see it’s a story of courage. Specifically, Ruth’s courage to step out … Continue reading Going boldy to the Throne.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path – Psalm 119:105 (NRSV) Have you ever walked in the woods in the dark? You walk slowly, arms outstretched touching the trees for guidance and balance. The danger isn’t what you can feel but what you can’t see; the weeds hidden beneath the leaves, tripping you up as you walk and bringing you to your knees. Life is like a walk in the woods at night, some things we can feel however there is much that we can’t see. Yet God loves us too much to … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Walking in the light.