When I became a Christian, the hardest thing for me was surrender – surrendering my life, my heart, my dreams, everything. God has a sense of humour because He has made me fiercely independent and put a control streak in me, yet He regularly asks me to hand over control to Him, and that has been hard for me. Very hard. So when God started asking me to completely depend on Him, it was foreign ground and I found myself wrestling with God instead of being still before Him. I found myself handing things over, only to try and wrestle … Continue reading Wrestling with God
The picture below was my journal entry on Sunday. Abide in His presence and His peace and joy will abound. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy that is life and forgot that we need to take time to sit at His feet. That we need to make time to recharge and be refreshed and renewed. That we need time with our Creator to realign our hearts and minds when they get out of whack, which they so easily do. I’m not one to sit still for too long. Sitting still for me is either sleeping, reading … Continue reading Abide.
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
At the beginning of the 2018, I sat down in the early hours of the morning and decided that I would choose a word for the year. A word that would define my year and my actions and that would keep me on the right track. As I thought about it, the word I ended up with was ‘intentional.’ Intentional. The more I thought about it, the more the word grew on me and from that point on I decided that I would be live intentionally. I decided that I would be intentional in every area of my life; my faith, my relationships, … Continue reading Live intentionally.
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.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalms 27:14 Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. Especially when you are waiting for something you really want; a job, a test result, a prayer answered. While waiting is hard, it is also a necessary part of our life as it builds our resilience and patience. It also builds our faith as it requires a lot of trust in God. It requires us to stop striving to fix or change things and to trust that God has it under control. … Continue reading Minute Devotions: A time of waiting
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:144 One of my favourite games as a child was hide and seek. When it was my turn to hide, I would seek out the best place that I could hide in that also allowed me to see or hear when the seeker was coming. I used to find it really comforting being hidden but still being able to see and hear what was going on; it was as if I was wrapped in an invisible blanket. That’s what its like when we turn to God. In the … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Hiding Place
A few years ago, I was given the privileged to volunteer in an Indigenous community in far north Queensland. I was to be a teacher’s aide for classes one and two, which I was excited about because I love children and spending a few weeks playing teacher was a nice break from the corporate world I was in. I prepared as best as I could and was sent on my way with another lady, both full of excitement, talking about all the things we would do and how fun it would be. Until we landed. On arrival all excitement fled … Continue reading Finding God in the darkness.
And just like that, the new year has well and truly come and gone. The celebrations have settled down, the streamers have been pulled down, along with the Christmas decorations (mine, anyway) and everyone has gotten back into the daily grind. For many, the changing of the calendar is a time to reset. A second chance. A new beginning. A time to hope and dream and visualise all that could be. To say goodbye to what was and usher in a new season. While we are almost at the end of January, I am still reading many new year posts … Continue reading Unchanging