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) ❤️

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. ❤️

Saturday

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes…” (‭‭Jere 29:12)

I remember listening to the amazing testimony of a man who ran a huge drug and prostitution ring. He was into money laundering and pretty much every vice going – all for money. In his own words ‘he modelled himself on evil and ruthlessly ran his empire that way.’

He took his pleasure wherever he found it and nothing touched him … until he met a certain lady!

This lady was different, she was ‘special.’ In face he became so engrossed with her that he took her as his special woman. When she became pregnant to him, he built a house for her and placed her and his new daughter safely miles away from the dark side of the city he worked in.

In effect he ran two lives. One as kingpin of his evil empire, the other as a loving, doting father. Until his secret life became known and he was challenged by one of his subordinates. He was beaten severely, his body, legs and hands broken and unceremoniously dumped in the trash to die.

As he lay there, bleeding out the last of his life, he met with the Lord … He turned his life around and is now a minister for the Lord.

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes…” (‭‭Jere 29:12) ❤️🙏🏻❤️

Tuesday

Love GOD, your God, walk in all his ways, do what he’s commanded, embrace him, serve him with everything you are and have. (Jos 22:5)

Love is an amazing emotion. On every level it has the ability to transform even the hardest of hearts.

Likewise acts of kindness are embedded In our very psyche. My father was a brutally broken man after the war, who had little or no regard for any of us, and yet throughout all his mistreatments I still vividly remember one particular act of kindness where my love and respect for him soared upwards as a flame.

Sometimes our perception of our Heavenly Father can seem distorted. We feel hurt, wronged by life and our natural reaction is to blame someone – even Him!

We easily forget that He doesn’t take any pleasure in our suffering and that He wants to lead us out from under the oppression we’re suffering and yet, like a frightened dog, we snap at the hand that’s trying to help us.

Lord, please open my heart and give me the Grace to see your way of life through all the mess. Thank you for not giving up on me. ❤️

Sunday

(Jesus speaking) “Do you believe in the Son of GOD?” The man whose blind eyes were healed answered, “Who is he, Master? Tell me so that I can place all my faith in him.” Jesus replied, “You’re looking right at him. He’s speaking with you. It’s me, the one in front of you now.” Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshiped Jesus and said, “Lord, I believe in you!”

And Jesus said, “I have come to judge those who think they see and make them blind. And for those who are blind, I have come to make them see.”

Some of the Pharisees were standing nearby and overheard these words. They interrupted Jesus and said, “You mean to tell us that we are blind?” Jesus told them, “If you would acknowledge your blindness, then your sin would be removed. But now that you claim to see, your sin remains with you!” (John‬ ‭9:36)

How many of us genuinely think that we have a handle on GOD? Like the Pharisees we’ve read the instructions from cover to cover, we’ve been to all the lectures and studied under all the best … and yet we still remain wilful to do ‘our own thing’ and in so doing our hearts remain hardened and our eyes blind to His visitations?

Open my eyes Lord, I want to see You … ❤️