Christian Living 

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: God uses the little people too

And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralysed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Luke 5:18–19 I like some of the smaller characters that show up in the New Testament. Perhaps because I feel I…

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Devotional: Your children are a blessing

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14 Our children are a blessing from God, even on days when it may not feel like it – like the day I found my two little ones hiding under the sofa with a box of icing sugar and a teaspoon each. But with blessings come responsibilities. As mothers, it is our responsibility to share our faith with our children so that they…

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Devotional: You need your church

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another… Hebrews 10:23–25 At times, for all kinds of different reasons, church can feel like hard work. But Paul encourages us not to stop meeting together. We need each other. Our enemy is likened to a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). My son is…

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Devotional: It is finished

When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high… Hebrews 1:3 …fixing our eyes on Jesus… who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Once I’ve got the children in bed, I don’t like to stop and sit down until I know I’ve got all the jobs done and am ready for the next day. If I stop and sit…

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Devotional: Rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice. Philippians 4:4 Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. Philippians 3:1 If you’re rejoicing, you can’t be complaining, it’s almost impossible to do both. You can see it in little children. They might get grumpy over something and begin to whine, but if you can coax a smile, or a giggle, or even a laugh out of them, then the grump is…

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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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