I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 I lift my eyes to the hills. So often when I pray, I … Continue reading Minute Devotions
Christmas can easily become about celebrating and festivities, but we need to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Continue reading Remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season
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
The other day as I was getting ready for work, I found myself feeling weary and tired. I was excited about my day, but feeling weary, I sat for a moment to read the scripture for the on my bible app. The verse of the day was psalm 46:1, which is a psalm that I really love, so I decided to read the whole thing and as I sat there reading, I felt a prompting to make it a bit more personal, so I read it over and replaced each ‘we’ with ‘me’ or ‘I’. (And no, I’m not changing … Continue reading A little bit personal.
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.
I was reading a devotional the other day and I came across this verse: For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls – Hebrews 12:3 (NKJV) As I sat and pondered the verse, my eyes kept going back to the first few words: For consider Him. Consider Him. As I sat there staring at the words, I asked myself how often I consider Him. Really consider Him, not just say some quick thanks for the day and for my food and for safety. But really stop and consider Jesus. How often do I stop … Continue reading Easter Consideration.
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.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 Have you ever found yourself frantically rushing around trying to get yourself organised when your ears prick up and you think you can hear someone calling you? You slow your movements down, eventually coming to a complete stop and try to listen as hard as you can. I was in this very situation last night as I went to meet a friend of mine for dinner. She told me to park my car in the parking garage … Continue reading Be Still.
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