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.
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.
Recently I was driving through the South Island of New Zealand on my way to some work events. I had never been to the South Island before so it was a new experience for me with new scenery to observe and gush over. And there is lots to gush over in the South Island. Beautiful mountains, long winding river beds and lush green pastures are just some of the delightful landscape you will see as you drive around. We needed to get from Christchurch to Nelson, which meant we got to travel some long winding roads; roads that were hugged … Continue reading Up close and Personal
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 ESV How much do you believe you are worth? Do you believe that you are valuable and worthy? Or do you believe that you are unimportant and not deserving of happiness and love? Many people find it hard to accept that they are valuable and worthy; worthy to be respected and loved and listened to and cared for. But you are worthy. You are valuable. You are important. How do I know this? … Continue reading Minute Devotions – What’s your worth?
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.
But those who listens to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster – Proverbs 1:33 In the beginning, God intended for us to live a perfect life of joy and communion with Him. Unfortunately, sin entered the world and perfection was tainted, leaving a world full of hurt and brokenness. But it’s not all lost because we can still have joy and peace if we walk closely with God. God’s Word is our guideline for a life of peace and protection, with all the instructions we need to get through this life until we … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Walk in the shadow of His love