Do you ever feel like a broken song playing on repeat? Sometimes I feel as if I’m a broken record, bringing the same tune to the Lord over and over. Help me, Lord; take away the pain, Lord; fix the situation, Lord; take away the loneliness, Lord; help me to do the right thing, Lord. I often wonder if God gets tired of hearing the same broken lyrics of my song. I know I do. But, God. God in His love and grace and gentleness reminded me through a song the other day that He welcomes my broken song. The … Continue reading Sounds of Worship: A Broken Song
Have you ever felt that God is trying to get you to just stop and give praise? The other day, as I was going about my day, the song ‘Raise a hallelujah‘ by Bethel popped into my head: I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me! I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar Up from the ashes, … Continue reading Sounds of Worship: God wants us to sing louder
I enjoy spending time in nature. Being in nature reminds me of God’s awesomeness and creativity. I especially find myself in awe and wonder when I am sitting by the ocean or am standing on a mountaintop. Earlier this year, I found myself looking out at the Andes Mountains, in Chile, and I was struck by their magnificence. They took my breath away. These beautiful mountains that sat as an amazing backdrop to Santiago were incredibly huge and majestic. No matter which angle you looked them from, you couldn’t help but be struck by their presence. I found … Continue reading Reflecting Jesus.
You don’t need a significant other to be significant. Yes. Just, yes. I think we need to have an honest discussion about this perception and belief that we’ve allowed to infiltrate our social norm that people are not complete on their own. When I saw this poster online, everything in me wanted to jump up and scream, YES! For as far back as I can remember, happily ever after and a ‘complete’ life was presented as being married with kids and having a house and a dog. For years Hollywood and books and social media have pushed this belief … Continue reading Significance
I have a love hate relationship with social media. For the last few days, I have been thinking about social media. The benefits of social media are many and varied, such as connecting with friends and family around, keeping up to date with the latest news and innovations and events, and meeting new people. But social media also has its downside, such as becoming all-consuming, breeding insecurity and shame, and making bullying of people on the other side of the world easier. It is a machine that can influence our hearts and minds more than we realise if we are … Continue reading Social Media Struggles
Well, happy new year, folks. 2018 is well and truly behind us and we’ve settled into 2019. A new year, new opportunities and new seasons. I’ve been reflecting on 2018 and must say, it was a hard year. I remember sitting in a hotel in New Zealand towards the end of the year talking to a friend of mine in the US and she was praying for me. It was a sweet prayer, but one line stuck with me: “Lord, would you help her because she is battle weary.” Battle weary. As she prayed those words, I felt the weight … Continue reading A year of hope.
Yet another Christmas has come and gone for another year. For most of us, Christmas was spent with loved ones, sitting around a meal exchanging presents and just relaxing. It was spent attending church services and reading prayers and giving thanks. For many, it was a sweet day reflecting on the love of God, sent to us in the form of a baby born in a manger. While for many of us it was and is an exciting time of the year where we share love and laughter with those around us, for just as many, it’s a time of … Continue reading Christmas hope.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you – Psalms 32:8 Correction is rarely fun. It generally comes on the back of having done something wrong, or incorrectly, and if we are honest, we rarely if ever enjoy it. It can be painful. But it’s also necessary. In order to keep our hearts right and our actions right, we need to be corrected when we go off track. It’s not a form of punishment but of love; when you love someone you want them to do … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Loving Correction
The picture below was my journal entry on Sunday. Abide in His presence and His peace and joy will abound. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy that is life and forgot that we need to take time to sit at His feet. That we need to make time to recharge and be refreshed and renewed. That we need time with our Creator to realign our hearts and minds when they get out of whack, which they so easily do. I’m not one to sit still for too long. Sitting still for me is either sleeping, reading … Continue reading Abide.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid – John 14:27 In a world that promotes instant gratification, craziness and endless to-do lists, peace can be hard to come by. It’s even harder to come by when our own personal world is thrown into chaos. But if there is one place we can find peace and rest from the storm, it’s at the feet of Jesus. Jesus offers us a peace that can’t be found anywhere … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Peace