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
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.
And just like that, Christmas has arrived. Each year it seems that the days go by quicker and quicker and suddenly, you’re standing in line waiting to pay for an armful of Christmas gifts. I don’t know about you, but certainly in my life, it has felt like Christmas has crept up on me and I am completely unprepared for it. However now that it is here, I am so glad because I am ready to stop and rest and just be. I am ready to stop and breathe. It has been a big year. Life has been challenging and … Continue reading On this Christmas Day
The Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. The story in John 4 (4:1-10) is well-known: Jesus encounters a divorced woman at the well, they chat, and He tells her all about her life. She in turns run into town and tells everyone about the man who could be the long-awaited Messiah and brings half the town back with her. For me, it is a great story, one of redemption and grace and a beautiful reflection of the heart of God. But there is one verse that really speaks to me in this story and it’s verse 4:4 ‘Now he had to … Continue reading It’s about the one.
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
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
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. – John 13:34 (NRSV) Some people are easy to love. They treat you well, so loving them in return isn’t difficult. However not everyone is easy to love. People can be difficult and it can be hard to love them because we may not think they deserve it, but God’s command is simple, we need to love people. We’re not called to just love the people we like, but to love ‘one another’, to love our neighbors … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Loving the unloveable.