God’s gift of life and grace can overflow from us and enlighten others going out even to the nations. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us- so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67v1-2 I can be so … Continue reading Overflowing Grace
What’s fair? I want life to deal me a set of cards within the expected range of probability. When life fails, I call it unfair. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Philippians 2v14-15 When I grumble … Continue reading Fair?
When I am weak, and empty do I say it’s impossible or go to Jesus? When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately … Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. … Jesus … had compassion on them … Matthew 14v13-14 Jesus hears of his cousin’s execution … Continue reading
A commercial view can invade my spirituality. when I see a need I can evaluate by what is “Necessary and sufficient”. Cost becomes king. Looking at the tenderness of Song of Songs shows our Lord expressing a different value system. I am the spring crocus blooming on the Sharon Plain, the lily of the valley. … Continue reading Tender Grace
One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out. The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. … Continue reading Blessed are the meek
God can develop us with silence! I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. Psalm77v2-3 The writer longs for help. Faith is stretched. When something urgent is approaching, … We can think God does not care, or is not able, or … … Continue reading Silence!
In a world clamouring for attention the Lord draws people to himself. We are drawn in praise to his dwelling. What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. … All of us must come to you. Psalm 65v1-2 Sadly, though life’s direction is God himself, we evade his call to peace and seek our … Continue reading Attention Seeking
God desires us to have a Jesus life of completeness. You … are complete through your union with Christ. Colossians 2v10 That life is not gained through learning techniques and belief systems, but union with Jesus. How is that union developed? Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on … Continue reading Desire completeness?
What happens when I know that I cannot trust those wanting my support? Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? 2 Corinthians 6v14 When wickedness is taking over it is hard to align with anyone. I might vote for the least bad option, but I cannot … Continue reading Foundations destroyed?
How do I behave when troubles have mounted up and I am squeezed beyond what I can cope with? Whenever I have been through such times my experience has been – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. … Continue reading When do I squeak?