Friday

(Jesus speaking) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (‭‭Mat ‭11:28)

As normal, I ask our Father what He wants to say and this scripture jumped right into my mind.

To me, the fundamental parts are: “watch how I do it” and “keep company with me…”

Enough said. ❤️

Thursday

God’s marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone. This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age. For we continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of our hope in the dawning splendor of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One.

He sacrificed himself for us that he might purchase our freedom from every lawless deed and to purify for himself a people who are his very own, passionate to do what is beautiful in his eyes. So preach these truths and exhort others to follow them. Be willing to expose sin in order to bring correction with full authority, without being intimidated by anyone. (‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11)

On the day I came to Christ and (humbly) recognised all my sins and asked (begged) for his forgiveness, I became clean – and for the first time in years, I felt at peace! I swore to him that day that I would NEVER sin again! Little did I know then that battling my desires would be a daily affair!

But … I’m no longer alone in this! My life is a daily affair that BOTH of us now battle together! Hallelujah! ❤️

Thursday

God’s marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone. This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age. For we continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of our hope in the dawning splendor of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One.

He sacrificed himself for us that he might purchase our freedom from every lawless deed and to purify for himself a people who are his very own, passionate to do what is beautiful in his eyes. So preach these truths and exhort others to follow them. Be willing to expose sin in order to bring correction with full authority, without being intimidated by anyone. (‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11)

On the day I came to Christ and (humbly) recognised all my sins and asked (begged) for his forgiveness, I became clean – and for the first time in years, I felt at peace! I swore to him that day that I would NEVER sin again! Little did I know then that battling my desires would be a daily affair!

But … I’m no longer alone in this! My life is a daily affair that BOTH of us now battle together! Hallelujah! ❤️

Wednesday

The LORD is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;

He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him. (‭‭Nah ‭1:7‬)

Knowing / to be Known.

When you hear long standing friends talk to each other, it’s almost as if they’re using code. You can catch the basic conversation, but you know that there’s an imperceptible thread to the dialogue that you’ll never catch. Their bond is strong and they ‘know each other intimately.’

Likewise when a husband and wife are together, their intimacy is caught through their eye and hand gestures and expressions. All these are a form of ‘knowing each other.’

Our Father longs – yearns for us to ‘know’ him in this way. He invites us into a ‘living’ relationship – a two-way relationship.

His Spirit is calling – will you come? ❤️

Tuesday

If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands.

Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.

Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure.

And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.

And he has all the power needed to do this—forever! Amen. (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:6)

I began with just the first paragraph, but then couldn’t stop adding all the others! Powerful ❤️

Monday

… The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord, and God delights in every step they take to follow him.

… If they stumble badly they will still survive, for the Lord lifts them up with his hands. I was once young, but now I’m old. Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him, nor have any of their children gone hungry. Instead, I’ve found the godly ones to be the generous ones who give freely to others. Their children are blessed and become a blessing.

… don’t be impatient for the Lord to act; keep moving forward steadily in his ways, and he will exalt you at the right time. And when he does, you will possess every promise, including your full inheritance.

… the Lord will be the Savior of all who love him. Even in their time of trouble God will live in them as strength. Because of their faith in him, their daily portion will be a Father’s help and deliverance from evil. This is true for all who turn to hide themselves in him! (‭‭Psa 37)

Our daily portion will be our Heavenly Father’s help and deliverance from evil … Hallelujah! ❤️

Sunday

Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. (‭‭Eph 4:30‬)

It was during the early days of my marriage that my wife and I had a huge row. I was still fuming by 10pm and foolishly decided to walk out and go back home to my mother’s house.

The darkness hid my cowardly skulking and the cold sleeting rain my tears.

I could feel the Holy Spirit trying to speak to me, but I didn’t want to listen … then after about 10 minutes I ‘heard’ running footsteps behind me. As they caught up I felt a hand gently searching for mine. I was still angry and shaking the hand away I turned and snapped “GET AWAY FROM ME!”

There was no one there!

‘Something’ in me though told me it was the Lord!

My mother was asleep when I got there so I let myself in quietly and laid on my old bed, I was feeling wretched. What had I just done? It was bad enough falling out with my wife, but now I’d pushed GOD away too! As I lay there in the dark I realised that i had blown it BIG TIME and that nothing mattered anymore. No matter what excuses my mind conjured up, all my pathetic arguments seemed to dissipate into the endless stream of contrite tears from my eyes.

It was hours later when my heart stilled enough to hear His still small voice calling me back – such Joy!

I think I was still apologising to the Lord and my wife for weeks afterward… ❤️