God loves us as He finds us, just as we are. Have you ever found yourself listening to a song only to have the lyrics take your breath away? When lyrics hit home so deeply that you feel like someone has taken your journal and turned it into a song? The other day as I listened to ‘As you find me’ by Hillsong United some of the lyrics hit home and put words to things I have been feeling recently: I have wrestled and I have trembled toward surrender Chased my heart adrift and drifted home again …… And every … Continue reading Sounds of Worship: As you find me.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted…Always. Without fail, every time I have been brokenhearted or felt crushed in spirit, He has been near. Every. Single. Time. He is close and near, even when I don’t always feel it or acknowledge it. He is gracious and kind, even when I am not. He is loving and forgiving, even when I am raising my fist to Heaven and raging at Him. He is kind and forgiving, even when I don’t deserve it. And goodness knows that I don’t deserve it at times. In the face of our humanness and our actions … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Near.
Because. This is my journal entry from this morning as I sat with my coffee and bible, reading Psalm 63:3, ‘because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.’ Because? I sat on that for a moment, thinking about why we should praise? And as I started writing, I was reminded why. Because God is not a God that does things because He has too but BECAUSE He wants do. He is a God of love and compassion and grace and all His actions are out of love and compassion and grace. He is a good … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Because.
Life is full of change. Every day, things change all around us; seasons, weather, people. Things are constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up with what’s what. But there is one thing that is unchanging, God. Regardless of what is happening around us, God is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that ‘Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever more,’ and He is. Regardless of what is happening around us, or within us, God doesn’t change. He hasn’t changed from the beginning of eternity and He won’t change now; He is steadfast and constant and faithful. And … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Constant
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
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
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
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.
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