And just like that, the new year has well and truly come and gone. The celebrations have settled down, the streamers have been pulled down, along with the Christmas decorations (mine, anyway) and everyone has gotten back into the daily grind. For many, the changing of the calendar is a time to reset. A second chance. A new beginning. A time to hope and dream and visualise all that could be. To say goodbye to what was and usher in a new season. While we are almost at the end of January, I am still reading many new year posts … Continue reading Unchanging
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law – Psalm 119:18 NRSV God’s Word is full of so many wondrous and amazing things. Hidden treasures and sweet love letters, when God whispered His words into the hearts of the writers, He didn’t hold back. But we can’t just read the bible like an ordinary book, we need to dig deep within the words, we need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and hearts to better understand God’s heart and will. When we read with our hearts, not just our eyes, we will see God’s … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Eyes wide open.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them! Psalm 139:17 God thinks about you. Often. It’s hard to understand sometimes; the Creator of heaven and earth thinking about us, but He does. Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, God was thinking about us. He was designing us, our personality, looks, fingerprints, all designed by Him. From the moment He breathed us into existence, He has had His eyes on us and His thoughts on us. His thoughts towards us are pure and precious and innumerable. What a wonderful thought to know … Continue reading Minute Devotions: You are on His mind.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him – James 1:5 During Solomon’s reign as king, God told him to ask for anything and God would grant it. Most people would request a long life, riches, or victory over their enemies. Not Solomon. All he wanted was to lead his people well and he recognised that he needed godly wisdom to do it, so he asked God for wisdom. God didn’t hold back. He poured it out, making Solomon the wisest man of his time. … Continue reading Minute Devotions: The Gift of Wisdom
Matthew 5:16 – let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” I enjoy spending time in nature. For me, it is one of the ways that I am reminded of God’s awesomeness, especially when I am sitting by the water or walking through a garden full of bright, beautiful flowers. A little while as I was talking a walk along the foreshore in Mandurah, Perth, I came across this beautiful tree. It took my breath away and literally stopped me in my tracks, so I pulled out my … Continue reading Reflecting His Beauty.
2018. It feels like a moment ago we were all celebrating the clock ticking over to 2017, yet here we are on Monday the 1st of January 2018, looking ahead to a new year. A new year. A new beginning. A new season. 2017 was a full-on year for most people, and I for one am glad that it is over. While I would usually write a bit of a reflection post on new year’s, I have decided to do things a little differently this year. This year, I have chosen a word that will define my year and my … Continue reading A new day.
And just like that, Christmas has arrived. Each year it seems that the days go by quicker and quicker and suddenly, you’re standing in line waiting to pay for an armful of Christmas gifts. I don’t know about you, but certainly in my life, it has felt like Christmas has crept up on me and I am completely unprepared for it. However now that it is here, I am so glad because I am ready to stop and rest and just be. I am ready to stop and breathe. It has been a big year. Life has been challenging and … Continue reading On this Christmas Day