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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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