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Devotional: A priceless gift

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. John 3:16 Our Saviour is not distant, far off or out of touch with our reality. Our Saviour knows what it is to be human. To be tired and hungry. To feel the pressures and demands of people and the…

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Devotional: Treasure the truth

Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 Mary, a young woman, found herself in a shed having just given birth to a baby that she’d had to put in an animal’s feeding trough because she had nowhere else for him to sleep. I imagine she was exhausted, in pain and aching after childbirth. Then a bunch of scruffy, out of breath shepherds show up with a tale of angels filling the skies, saying that this newborn, helpless, utterly-dependent-on-her baby is the Messiah, the Saviour…

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Devotional: Opposites attract

…put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 I’ve discovered that there’s a certain level of tidiness that I need to feel peaceful and calm in my home. Unfortunately it’s not shared by the rest of my family! One day, after I’d had a good session of tidying up and putting things in piles, my young son, looking slightly baffled, said, “Daddy, mummy’s not like the rest of us is she?” He’s quite right! My husband and I are opposites in many ways. At times it’s…

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Devotional: An ever present helper

…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26 Sometimes when I think of the Holy Spirit, I only think of power, miracles and gifts of healing, or prophecy, etc. But there is another side to Him too. The Holy Spirit is also a Helper. A teacher. One who reminds us of God’s word. These characteristics don’t seem very glamorous, they could almost seem a bit mundane.…

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Devotional: A trustworthy father

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 One of the things that I’ve learnt as a mother is the importance of being consistent. If I say no to something, I have to stick to it even if it results in a tantrum. It doesn’t help my children if I say yes one minute, then no the next – they don’t know where they stand. When I am consistent…

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Devotional: Be still & know

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 God has used this verse to help me and guide me on more than one occasion in my life. The first was when I was applying for my first job after graduating from university. It was the night before my interview and I couldn’t sleep. I was nervous and anxious, then this verse came to mind. Being worried was doing me no favours. I needed to stop, to quieten my mind and soul. To know who was God and who…

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Devotional: Watch out for weeds

And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it becomes unfruitful…’ Matthew 13:22 My mum has an allotment and from the spring she is there most days sowing, weeding, watering, and eventually harvesting the vegetables she grows. If she is away for a week or two she asks someone to water it for her, but there is always extra weeding to do when she’s…

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Devotional: Everlasting Arms

There is no one like the God of Jeshrurun Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; Deut 33:26-27 Whatever happens in the year ahead, God is there. Whether it’s a year full of excitement, new beginnings and anticipation, or whether it’s a year already tainted by disappointment and pain, God is there. However raw the emotions we may face, whatever situation may shake us to the core, God goes deeper.…

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