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.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10 Love is an action. Four simple words that rang loudly in my ears and stirred around in my spirit and got me thinking about my own actions. She was right, love is an action. Yes, it’s a feeling we have, but more than that, it’s a choice we make. We choose to love someone, or we choose not to. We choose to serve someone, or we choose not to. Love requires a response of some sort from us and we choose what that response will … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Love is an action.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord – Hebrews 12:14 Love thy neighbour. It’s a beautiful mandate that Jesus gives us, but it’s not always easy to live out. In a world where we have virtual neighbours and everyone can give an opinion on something from behind their keyboard, it can be hard to love people, especially when they are being malicious or are dragging you through the mud because you hold a different belief to them. But if we want people to see Jesus, we need to be Jesus … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Seeking Peace
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
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m happy to report that I’m back! Life has been rather busy lately and I’ve been doing a lot of travel for work (which is a story for another blog), which has made writing a little difficult, but I’ve settled into a grove now and I’ve pulled the laptop back out to do some writing. I’ve spent a lot of time up in the air lately and while I would have used that time in the past to write, the words just didn’t come. So I decided to use it for … Continue reading The right to remain silent.
It’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting on the couch having tea and eating chocolate. Everything is done; presents are wrapped, the leg of lamb is marinating nicely, the table has been set in preparation for tomorrow and my outfit has been selected for church. So I sit here, chilling out before I head up to church for our Reflections service, pondering life since last Christmas. There is a lot to ponder. Life has been challenging and beautiful and just plain interesting since last Christmas. Life has taken some interesting turns: up, down, sideways, through underground tunnels. There has been new … Continue reading My Christmas wish for you
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….with madness in every store! You know that it’s Christmas when you go to the shopping centre and find yourself faced with countless people running around madly, shopping bags dragging behind them and frowns that can be seen from a mile away. So much Christmas cheer and peace, especially when you hear the car horns blaring in the car park. I’ve learnt to keep my windows closed in the car park because I really don’t want to hear all the charming phrases people throw at each other. You really gotta wonder about what … Continue reading Tis the season…