Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law – Psalm 119:18 NRSV God’s Word is full of so many wondrous and amazing things. Hidden treasures and sweet love letters, when God whispered His words into the hearts of the writers, He didn’t hold back. But we can’t just read the bible like an ordinary book, we need to dig deep within the words, we need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and hearts to better understand God’s heart and will. When we read with our hearts, not just our eyes, we will see God’s … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Eyes wide open.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him – James 1:5 During Solomon’s reign as king, God told him to ask for anything and God would grant it. Most people would request a long life, riches, or victory over their enemies. Not Solomon. All he wanted was to lead his people well and he recognised that he needed godly wisdom to do it, so he asked God for wisdom. God didn’t hold back. He poured it out, making Solomon the wisest man of his time. … Continue reading Minute Devotions: The Gift of Wisdom
Matthew 5:16 – let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” I enjoy spending time in nature. For me, it is one of the ways that I am reminded of God’s awesomeness, especially when I am sitting by the water or walking through a garden full of bright, beautiful flowers. A little while as I was talking a walk along the foreshore in Mandurah, Perth, I came across this beautiful tree. It took my breath away and literally stopped me in my tracks, so I pulled out my … Continue reading Reflecting His Beauty.
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
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. – Psalm 139:4 (NRSV) There are times when we can’t find the words to express how we feel. Life can be tough and trying to put into words your heartache can be hard. Often, the hurt or anger is so deep that praying becomes difficult; not only do we not know what to pray, we sometimes can’t pray, as our pain is so deep. When you can’t find the words, know that your heavenly Father can hear your unspoken cries and can hear the whisper of … Continue reading Minute Devotions: He Hears Your Unspoken Prayer
Integrity. It is a crucial factor in our Christian walk. It’s important to God, so much so that there are approximately eighteen verses about it in the book of Proverbs alone. Obviously, it’s a big deal to God. It’s also a big deal to me. Integrity is something I take very seriously and pride myself on and if my integrity is questioned, I generally don’t take that lying down. So, when I found out the other day that my integrity was being questioned, I was a tad upset. And by tad upset I mean I was mad. I’m fairly laid … Continue reading Refiner’s Fire.
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
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. – Acts 4:13 (NRSV) In the book of Acts we see Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, were repeatedly brought before the religious rulers to defend the faith they were preaching. They were threatened and beaten however instead of backing down, they stood and boldly put their case for Jesus forward. The people were amazed because they weren’t academics or religious leaders, just simple fishermen who followed Jesus when He … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Made New
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want – Psalm 23:1 (NRSV) King David was a man that knew what it was like to have everything. A successful king, he had access to whatever he wanted. He also knew what it was like to have nothing, to lose everything and flee with nothing but the clothes on his back. While there is no confirmation of exactly when David wrote Psalm 23, it’s clear that it was during a time of distress. However David boldly declares that he lacks nothing; despite his circumstances, he had everything he needed because he … Continue reading Minute Devotions: God’s Provision
I like to consider myself a pretty easy-going person. I am relaxed about a lot of things in life and can take a joke, even when it’s at my expense. I like to enjoy life and I don’t let a lot of things get to me, especially when it’s a difference of opinion because I believe everyone has a right to their own opinion, so I don’t get insecure when someone thinks differently to me or thinks my opinion is wrong. All that combined means I do not get offended easily. Don’t get me wrong, I have taken offence … Continue reading Don’t step into the fight – Faith through my eyes