But I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. – Luke 22:32 (NRSV) If Jesus demonstrated anything while He walked the earth, it’s that He is a cheerleader of people. He is an advocate, especially for the sinners and the unrighteous. When Peter passionately declared that he would die for Jesus, Jesus tells Peter that he would, in actual fact, deny Jesus before the night was out. He knew fear would overtake Peter in the hours to come, but instead of rebuking him, Jesus encourages Peter … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Your Cheerleader
Christmas is almost upon us. Decorations are going up, carols are playing and Christmas presents are being wrapped and stored under the tree. It is an exciting time of year where we get to stop and fix our eyes on the miracle that is Jesus. It is a time when we can gather together and give thanks for the year that has been; the blessings and joys and highlights that were sprinkled throughout 2017. It is a time when we can sit with our loved ones and enjoy a meal and make new memories to tuck away in the … Continue reading Tis’ the Season
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. – Psalm 139:4 (NRSV) There are times when we can’t find the words to express how we feel. Life can be tough and trying to put into words your heartache can be hard. Often, the hurt or anger is so deep that praying becomes difficult; not only do we not know what to pray, we sometimes can’t pray, as our pain is so deep. When you can’t find the words, know that your heavenly Father can hear your unspoken cries and can hear the whisper of … Continue reading Minute Devotions: He Hears Your Unspoken Prayer
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