‘Ah, Lord God ! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you – Jeremiah 32:17 Nothing is too hard for God. Jeremiah declares, “it is you who have made the heavens and the earth.” God created it all from nothing. He spoke the world into existence. He placed the stars in the sky. He breathes life into us. When we stop and think about all the things that God has made, we can be confident that He can sort our dramas out. … Continue reading Minute Devotions: God of all.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Life can be tough. Life can be hard and tiring and exhausting. No matter who you are, life has a way at throwing random curve balls at us that leave us juggling multiple balls in the air while trying to catch our breath! But here’s … Continue reading Minute Devotions: An easy yoke
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me – Psalms 51:10 NKJV I think it’s safe to say that most of us have good intentions of living a faithful life that pleases God. We want to live in a way that glorifies God and allows us to stand before God and have Him say, “well done, good and faithful servant.” But if we’re honest, it’s a hard gig. Living a life that is righteous and God honouring isn’t always easy because life is hard and messy and temptation chases us from every side, … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Steadfastness
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” – Luke 1:45 When have you doubted God? Have you ever had a moment where you have doubted that God would deliver on what He promised? When you have cried out and prayed and prayed and prayed but nothing has happened. It’s easy to just think that God has forgotten us and is no longer interested in us. It’s easy to believe that God is absent or distant. But the truth is that if God has promised us something, … Continue reading Minute Devotions: A matter of belief.
You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes – Psalm 119:68 God is good. Let me say that again. God is good. It’s easy in the midst of pain and anger and confusion to doubt that, but He is. He is good, does good and wants what is good for us. And that’s the hardest part to believing that He’s a good God, because when our lives are a mess, or when our prayers go unanswered, or when we are surrounded by heartache and devastation, it’s hard to believe, really deep down to our soul, that God is … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Goodness of God
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7 Recently, I went to Fiji with work to do some outreach events. At one of these events, I was walking around with a bag of toys in my hand looking to give it to one of the pastors. At one point, I felt this tug on my pants and looked down to see this little girl tugging on my pants with one hand while pointing at the bag with the other hand. Her mother was reprimanding … Continue reading Minute Devotions – Childlike innocence
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand – Isaiah 41:10 We all have expectations. Some of us have expectations of how we think our life will turn out and we plan accordingly towards a goal or a time frame, only to reach that time and find ourselves standing empty handed, our dreams nowhere to be found. Some of us have expectations for our children and the life they will lead, yet the children … Continue reading Minute Devotions: A sense of expectation
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay – Matthew 28:6 Resurrection Sunday. First came the pain of Friday, then came the victory of Sunday. After three days of silence and darkness, the grave is empty and death has been defeated. Jesus has conquered the final battle, death, and made a way for freedom and eternal life for us. It sounds crazy, this tale that a man would lay dead for three days and then be resurrected back to life and raised to heaven. But this isn’t a crazy story … Continue reading Minute devotions: He is Risen.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” – John 12:13 ESV Palm Sunday. Around the world, thousands will stop to acknowledge Palm Sunday, the day where Jesus walked straight towards what would be the most painful experience of His earthly life; being tortured and hung on a cross to die. It was the day that Jesus triumphantly returned to Jerusalem to meet His death and was met by cheers of ‘Hosanna, blessed is He who … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Palms of Grace
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 ESV How much do you believe you are worth? Do you believe that you are valuable and worthy? Or do you believe that you are unimportant and not deserving of happiness and love? Many people find it hard to accept that they are valuable and worthy; worthy to be respected and loved and listened to and cared for. But you are worthy. You are valuable. You are important. How do I know this? … Continue reading Minute Devotions – What’s your worth?