‘Ah, Lord God ! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you – Jeremiah 32:17 Nothing is too hard for God. Jeremiah declares, “it is you who have made the heavens and the earth.” God created it all from nothing. He spoke the world into existence. He placed the stars in the sky. He breathes life into us. When we stop and think about all the things that God has made, we can be confident that He can sort our dramas out. … Continue reading Minute Devotions: God of all.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Life can be tough. Life can be hard and tiring and exhausting. No matter who you are, life has a way at throwing random curve balls at us that leave us juggling multiple balls in the air while trying to catch our breath! But here’s … Continue reading Minute Devotions: An easy yoke
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
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7 Recently, I went to Fiji with work to do some outreach events. At one of these events, I was walking around with a bag of toys in my hand looking to give it to one of the pastors. At one point, I felt this tug on my pants and looked down to see this little girl tugging on my pants with one hand while pointing at the bag with the other hand. Her mother was reprimanding … Continue reading Minute Devotions – Childlike innocence
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.
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there – Mark 1:35 I am someone that enjoys being alone. While I like being around people, I am just as content being by myself, and so I tend to spend a lot of time alone with my thoughts. So when I was challenged the other day to carve out time and sit in silence with God, I thought it would be pretty easy. I was wrong. Sitting in silence and waiting on God may … Continue reading Minute Devotions: In silence and solitude
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ – Galatians 6:2 One of the greatest blessings in life is having people around you that love you and care for you. People that champion you and will be there to support you when you need it. When Moses had to keep his arms raised all night to win the battle, it was only through the support of Aaron, his brother, and Hur, a companion, that he was able to do it because when his arms got tired, they stood either side of him and raised his arms for … Continue reading Minute Devotions: A burden shared.
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 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. – Matthew 14:28-29 How would you feel about walking on water? Not standing on ice, but walking across moving and flowing water? In the bible, we read about Jesus calling Peter out of the boat to walk towards him on the sea, and Peter did it. He stepped out and walked towards Jesus on flowing water without sinking. And then he took his … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Walking on Water