Sunday

Hatred keeps old quarrels alive, but love draws a veil over every insult and finds a way to make sin disappear. (Pro 10:12‬)

So love finds a way to make sin disappear! What an amazing statement. If GOD has made love that powerful then what do we want from love?

Most of us will agree that when we mess up (and we do – often), we don’t want recrimination. What we actually want is kind, constant, and honest communication. We want to see love in action and not a rebuke. We want to see the seed of hope we have left flourish in a garden of peace. A place of willingness that works through difficulties and disagreements.

Likewise, we all have to go through the stress and strain of daily life, so we want our relationships to be interwoven through with a sense of humor, some fun that will act as a bit of distraction from all the la la the world throws up.

Bottom line, it’s a scary world out there and who better to help us all through life lessons than the One Who Overcame them all …?!

Lord Jesus, only you can ever know what my heart is feeling right now, and only you can remove and heal me from the harming flotsam and jetsam that wash up onto my shores daily. Come into my life and help me to love as you do me. Amen. ❤️

Saturday

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end…

…we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (‭‭1 Cor‬ ‭13) ❤️

Monday

I can testify that the Word is true and deserves to be received by all, for Jesus Christ came into the world to bring sinners back to life—even me, the worst sinner of all! (1 Tim 1:15)

We’re living in unprecedented times where the effects of unchecked fear grows rampant in our society. Fear from false news, fear of Covid-19, fear of job losses, fear of financial issues, fear of physical and mental issues, fear of loneliness, fear of what we’re becoming …!

But take heart, for just like Paul, we too can be saved – even from ourselves!

… I was captured by grace, so that Jesus Christ could display through me the outpouring of his Spirit as a pattern to be seen for all those who would believe in him for eternal life. Because of this my praises rise to the King of all the universe who is indestructible, invisible, and full of glory, the only God who is worthy of the highest honours throughout all of time and throughout the eternity of eternities! Amen! (‭‭1 Tim‬ ‭1:16) ❤️

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 … ❤️

Monday

… the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. (‭‭1 Cor‬ ‭6:17‬)

I gave my life to the Lord at a time when there wasn’t really much teaching on the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, seemed to be the pinnacle of achievement.

I didn’t learn to lean on Him through books and tapes as much as by hard fought experience. I leaned the hard way through His Spirit, His Guiding Presence ‘in me’ – that the end wasn’t the goal but rather that I should let go of my selfish desires, to relax, appreciate what I had, stop moaning and relish the ‘journey!’

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. (‭‭Prov 3:5‬) ❤️

Tuesday

Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them.

As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals.

Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground. (‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:7‬)

As a I write this, I’m looking at a card that says: “Don’t laugh at your husbands choices, you’re one of them!”

Seeds of anger, bitterness, toxic jealousy, revenge, cannot be allowed to live in us because:

We pray to a GOD Who tells us that He IS Love. We pray from the NEW heart He gave us, a heart of Love. We pray through GOD’s Holy Spirit for those in need, with the compassion that comes from a new heart of Love.

Love one another … ❤️

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) ❤️

Sunday

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 ‭63:8‬)

Whether you’re meeting today online, making your way to Church, or having Church in your home – it all only makes sense when we keep our souls close to His heart.

… Jesus was moved deeply in his spirit. Looking at his disciples, he announced, “I tell you the truth—one of you is about to betray me.” Eyeing each other, his disciples puzzled over which one of them could do such a thing. The disciple that Jesus dearly loved was at the right of him at the table and was leaning his head on Jesus. Peter gestured to this disciple to ask Jesus who it was he was referring to.

Then the dearly loved disciple leaned into Jesus’ chest and whispered, “Master, who is it?” “The one I give this piece of bread to after I’ve dipped it in the bowl,” Jesus replied. Then he dipped the piece of bread into the bowl and handed it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. (‭‭John‬ ‭13:21)

When we keep our souls close to his heart, we only have to whisper to get his attention. Holy Spirit please help me to place my soul close to your heart – and to then choose to leave it there. ❤️

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! ❤️

Thursday

So then, my soul, why would you be depressed? Why would you sink into despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior.

…Here I am depressed and downcast… My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love. Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow over my soul, carrying me away, cascading over me like a thundering cataract.

Yet all day long God’s promises of love pour over me. Through the night I sing his songs, for my prayer to God has become my life…

So I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will break through for me.” Then I’ll have plenty of reasons to praise him all over again. Yes, living before his face is my saving grace! (‭‭Psa 42:5)

Anyone with children will relate to this immediately. Do you stop loving them just because they’ve made some wrong choices? No! So why do we believe the lies that GOD, who loves us with a perfect love, would act in this way with us?

GOD ‘WILL’ BREAK THROUGH FOR YOU! Trust Him. ❤️