The disciples are in a big storm on the Sea of Galilee and they are cold, wet and scared. In the last watch of the night they see a figure in the waves. They are terrified and think it is a ghost ‘but Jesus immediately said to them ‘take courage! It is I. Do not be […]Read More Dealing With the Storms of Life
Numbers 13 explains how Moses sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to report what the land, people and produce was like. 10 come back and tell the Israelites that there is no way they can take the land because the people are huge, very numerous and have fortified cities. Only Joshua and Caleb bring […]Read More The Importance Of Perspective
Elijah was a man who prayed great prayers of faith and who saw God deliver him time and time again. On one occasion ‘… He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Then he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, […]Read More Persevering in Prayer: Lessons from Elijah
Last week I wrote about how Moses was called and how he had his eyes on himself and not on God (see here). When I read about this in Exodus 3-4, I was also struck by how God reveals different aspects of himself as he demonstrates to Moses that he is the Almighty God. As […]Read More Seeing God’s Nature in the Call of Moses
In Exodus 3-4 God calls Moses to go to Egypt and rescue the Israelites. The Lord Almighty does this by speaking to him out of a bush, revealing wonders of who he is and demonstrating his power through signs. Yet during this incredible encounter with God, Moses does not focus on the wonder and majesty […]Read More Lessons From Moses: Are Your Eyes On You or God Today?
Stories that are worth meditating on are those of the great heroes of faith many of whom are listed in Hebrews 11. All of them spent years and even decades doing what looked like very little on the surface but God was working. In particular Joseph comes to mind, his story is told in Genesis […]Read More Keeping Hope in Our Lives
Earlier this week I was down and anxious and my husband gave me this passage of scripture: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, […]Read More An Antidote to Anxiety: Philippians 4
I am inspired when I read the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament and see God foretelling Jesus’s life, death and resurrection hundreds of years before it happened. Today I read Genesis 21-22 where God asked Abraham to give up his son as a burnt offering1 to him. Isaac asks what they […]Read More Seeing Jesus in Abraham’s Testing
God’s ways are not our ways and are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). This means that sometimes he asks us to do things which don’t make logical sense and require us to take a step of faith. ‘Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1). […]Read More Steps of Faith
Psalm 46:10: ‘be still and know that I am God…’ or as the NASB version says ‘cease striving and know that I God…’ is one of my go to Bible verses. It is a reminder that God is sovereign over everything, that he is in control and that I can trust him. I need to […]Read More Be Still and Know That I Am God
The timeless hymn of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ by Thomas Obediah Chisholm has been on my mind this week, particularly the chorus: Great is Thy Faithfulness Great is Thy Faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies I see And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me After a […]Read More Great is Thy Faithfulness
I have had an anthem this week which I keep coming back to; it has helped me to communicate with God through some tough things and has really lifted me. It’s a song called ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ by Bethel Music and it is all about the power of praise when things are difficult. Here is […]Read More Raise a Hallelujah, Heaven Comes to Fight For Me
This morning I woke up feeling groggy. After peeling myself out of bed and feeling a bit grumpy with that Monday morning feeling, I put on Christian radio. I heard the song ‘Oh Happy Day’ by the Edwin Hawkins Singers and it transformed my mood. The song is very simple; these lines are repeated over […]Read More Oh Happy Day!
I often come to God in prayer and begin straight away with requests and petitions. I was therefore struck by a tweet that I saw earlier in the week where Terry Virgo is reflecting on John 15:9: “Abide in my love” must require our spending time (each day) simply enjoying the wonder that he loves […]Read More Abide in My Love
Queen Esther a Jew is in a high position of influence but also wealth and comfort when an evil man called Haman convinces the King into signing an edict to destroy all the Jews. Mordecai (Esther’s uncle) pleads with her to go to the King and ask for help. Esther is reluctant because by approaching […]Read More Lessons from Esther: a Position with a Purpose