Tuesday

Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus, the Victorious… (‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:5)

My mother tells a story of how at five years old I almost drowned at our local open air Lido swimming pool.

All I remember about the event is an intense emotion rising as I watched everyone around me laughing, jumping in and having fun and I wanted to join in – so I jumped in too!

Unfortunately, as I didn’t know how to swim I just sank like a stone. I remember sitting at the bottom thinking that this isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be, when ‘something’ (a hand) grabbed me by the hair and dragged me back up to the surface and drew me out. I looked around to see who it was and there was no be there – just more kids running, jumping, laughing and playing.

I’m convinced that there will be many opportunities for our Lord to appear and save us even today. Sometimes He’ll appear as Himself and sometimes as someone else, (Jesus with skin on)!

So wherever you are on this journey – or whoever you’re praying for, He won’t (can’t) let us down. Just trust Him to turn up … ❤️

Sunday

I lie awake each night thinking of you and reflecting on how you help me like a father. I sing through the night under your splendor-shadow, offering up to you my songs of delight and joy!

With passion I pursue and cling to you. Because I feel your grip on my life, I keep my soul close to your heart. (‭‭Psa‬ ‭63)

Go back and think on the first time you actually met GOD… wasn’t it amazing?!? For me it was the time that True Love actually stepped into the ugly mess of my life and blew all my fuses! I couldn’t think of anything anymore and I struggled to even remember to breathe – all my emotions shooting out in all directions like fireworks, as the volcano of my hurts and fears came out and disappeared…!

Well … today is a day to remember. Holy Father, remind me again of Your Awesome Love for me…! Thank You. ❤️

Tuesday

“This is GOD ’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as GOD: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” (‭‭Jer‬ ‭33:2)

There must be a gazillion testimonies out there of people just like us, who have called out to GOD for help and He supernaturally heard and answered their call.

(Jesus speaking) “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?” (Luke‬ ‭11:10) ❤️

Thursday

Why would you ever complain… or, whine, …saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”?

Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.

He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. (‭‭Isa ‭40:27)

How many parents are tired – sick and tired, of watching their children fall further down to the evil effects of drugs and alcohol in their lives? Now is the the time to pray. Pray for the Saviour of mankind to free them – for our Redeemer to break their chains. Amen! ❤️

Saturday

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (‭‭Lam 3:22)

There’s a great line in The Shack where Mac is asking GOD why he still bothers with him especially when no matter what he does, he still gets it wrong!

GOD responds by saying, “Mac, this is only your third attempt, but I know that you’ll get it right on the 48th! You’re on the right track, keep going, only another 45 attempts to go!

Keep going Child of the Living GOD, only a few more attempts to go! ❤️

Monday

… and remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy. So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment! (‭‭Jam ‭2:13‬)

It’s so easy to pronounce judgement over someone – that is until the tables are turned and it’s you who are being judged.

Love IS as love DOES.

All our sins were washed away by our Father’s wholly selfless actions, and all He asks in return is that we Love one another, as He has loved us. ❤️

Wednesday

All you lovers of God who want to please him, come and listen, and I’ll tell you what he did for me. I cried aloud to him with all my heart and he answered me! Now my mouth overflows with the highest praise.

Yet if I had closed my eyes to my sin, the Lord God would have closed his ears to my prayer. But praises rise to God, for he paid attention to my prayer and answered my cry to him!

I will forever praise this God who didn’t close his heart when I prayed and never said no when I asked him for help. He never once refused to show me his tender love. (‭‭Psa ‭66:16)

Thank you my Father for constantly showing us the way out of the holes we dig for ourselves. Hallelujah! ❤️

Friday

Listen to how they whisper their slander against me, saying: “Look! He’s hopeless! Even God can’t save him from this!”

Pause in his presence

But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help.

Pause in his presence

So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby— then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory. Even though dark powers prowl around me, I won’t be afraid. I simply cry out to you: “Rise up and help me, Lord! Come and save me!” And you will slap them in the face, breaking the power of their words to harm me. My true hero comes to my rescue, for the Lord alone is my Savior. What a feast of favor and bliss he gives his people! Pause in his presence” (Psa ‭3:2)

Our Father tells me that we need to hear this today and that we should take time to PAUSE IN HIS PRESENCE . ❤️

Thursday

We reject every shameful cover-up and refuse to resort to cunning trickery or distorting the Word of God. Instead, we open up our souls to you by presenting the truth to everyone’s conscience in the sight and presence of God. (‭‭2 Cor‬ ‭4:2‬)

I used to play Squash in my youth (a lot). One year we had the championships and our local hero took on another guy from another city. The match started well with all the points going to our guy, but then as the other guy started losing, he began playing a really dirty game.

Although we were all jeering and booing, it didn’t faze the referee. Finally the ‘bad guy’ beat our ‘good guy’ and as he exited the court he turned to us (the crowd) and said: “I don’t care what you think, I play to win – and by whatever means I can!”

As a youth, this impacted my greater than I ever realised and it’s one of the things GOD had to really stamp out of me! I had to ‘unlearn’ all the sneaky and dirty tricks I’d gathered in my weapons arsenal and ‘learn’ to trust GOD.

Did I always win? No. So what was the point – my ‘soul’ (my standing before our GOD) is far more important than anything I can ever do down here.

Trust Him – He loves and will empower you. ❤️

Tuesday

“He told me everything I ever did!” (John‬ ‭4:39‬)

My wife and her friends wanted to start a worship fellowship and as I was the only one who played guitar it fell on me to lead. We sang and gave testimony and even though we never advertised, the fellowship grew from 5 to about 50.

She came in with another woman that we knew and although we could see she was struggling with something, she wouldn’t open up much. She broke down during the worship, tears streaming down her face and just ran out. We didn’t see her again for two weeks when she returned and asked if she could give a testimony.

Apparently, she’d had an abortion some time back and even though she’d had 3 children since, the memory wouldn’t leave her. She told us all that the experience became so intense during the worship that she couldn’t cope. She told us that it was like being back in the nightmare, she was back in ‘the room’ surrounded by the nurses and doctor…!

“This time though,” she said sobbing, “YOU were there,” she said looking up and pointing straight at me! “I heard you say to someone “it’s a BOY,” as you passed him on. I looked to see who you were passing my son on to and turning saw Jesus. He looked straight into my eyes and said, “Don’t worry, I’ll look after him for you …”

Her freedom rubbed off on so many others after that night. Her testimony broke the dam for so many other broken hearts.

GOD hears, GOD knows, GOD will act. ❤️