But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning.

They hit me when I was down, but GOD stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! (Psalm 18:16)

When I read this my reaction was “huh?!” But then I began to remember all the times Papà has rescued me and instead of the expected ‘telling off’ I got love!

How He loves us. X



So here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you.

He will watch over his lovers, never letting them slip or be overthrown… My life’s hope and trust is in you, and you’ll never fail to rescue me! (Psa 55:22)

Many (too many), times, we view the situations we’re in through OUR eyes and pull back. We have a choice, as Jesus told Jairus, “… don’t yield to your fear. Have faith in me and she will live again.” (Luke 8:50) X


… we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said: I will make my home in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (2 Cor 6:16)

This brings to mind the accompanying scripture:

Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary.

You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God! (1 Cor 6:19). X


(GOD speaking) “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.

‘Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.

‘Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

‘I will be found by you,’ says the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and I will [free you…] (Jer 29:11)

A fabulous hook to hang 2019 on. Thank you Lord. X


God, give me grace to guard my lips from speaking what is wrong. Guide me away from temptation and doing evil. Save me from sinful habits and from keeping company with those who are experts in evil. Help me not to share in their sin in any way! (Psa 141:3)

My wife hates the expression: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!”

Unfortunately, in this age of ‘fake news’ and ‘spin doctors’ we’re becoming immune to the effects that ‘exaggerated’ speech has.

One thing for sure, it pushes away and grieves the Holy Spirit – who we need more than air!

GOD, please give me grace to guard my lips from speaking what is wrong. Amen! X


Jesus answered, “… My sheep recognise my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

Christian radio is on, playing worship songs. The Bible is open and so am I, and just as I begin to wonder why I’m not getting a word for today, Papà breaks through and says: “My sheep know my voice …”

Be encouraged, Child of the Living GOD. He’s the GOD of the breakthrough… x


(Jesus speaking) “… And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” (John 17:3)

The media machine is already full on and as Christmas begins to fade, people are already being set up for New Years resolutions- and of course the January Sales!!

But, as someone once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

So, as I stood in line at the returns desk at Tacky Max, with a gazillion others I thought, “Is this ‘real’ life? Is this really ‘living?’”

Lord Jesus, keep us in the Christmas Spirit that GOD wants us to enjoy, and help us to choose the resolutions that please You. Amen. X