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Doing First Things First

July 23, 2011

At the time that today's Scripture was my latest major revelation, one day, during my devotional time, I was itching to adjust my work schedule into a more efficient order, when I came across this quotation in one of my … (read more)

Let Jesus' Love Flow

June 20, 2011

Initially in my early church life, I'd be most uncomfortable when anyone preached on the above Scripture. I didn't believe that I could attain to Jesus' love for every Christian in and outside my church. No, not me! Oh, my, … (read more)

Worship Leads To Life

May 25, 2011

Frequently through my Christian journey, education, and wrestlings, the changes the Lord has wanted to bring in my life have turned out as a bungee jump in reverse: no risk to my life at all, but rather leading higher to … (read more)

God's Marvellous Love And Grace

May 11, 2011

After a few weeks of repeatedly throwing kitchen peelings, food scraps, waste, and various animal manures on the top of the other rotting vegetation on my compost heap, it is frequently necessary to open up the heap to merge the … (read more)

Behold Him

April 22, 2011

In a few previous devotionals, I've testified to the Lord's merciful and various healings in my life, for which I gratefully praise His ever-gracious name. Indeed, every merciful healing from our Lord Jesus of every kind in our lives is … (read more)

Offer Praise Continually

March 30, 2011

While his older brother is preparing for university, my youngest grandson and great-granddaughter are learning the alphabet, and reading and writing new words and their names each day. This is Matthew's and Jorjah's preparation of the basic foundation of their … (read more)

Jesus, Our Earthly And Heavenly Treasure

March 20, 2011

In 1980, our estranged family reunited after we became reconciled to Lord Jesus. Such mercy and grace! Praise His ever-saving name! I'd been lovingly warned, but inside and outside, the old farmhouse appeared exceedingly beyond its hundred-year age — every … (read more)

Gifts Of Repentance

March 7, 2011

"Keep short accounts with Jesus! Deal quickly with convictions as they arise. Don't muck about, repent, turn around to God, ask forgiveness, get back to living His kingdom life of righteousness, peace, and joy" was our pastor's regular, humorous exhortation, … (read more)

Giants Or Grasshoppers?

February 27, 2011

As our reconciled family was moving on in the knowledge and love of our Lord, we found ourselves failing to maintain godly peace in our home, which resulted in devastating, ugly, harmful, warring disharmony. Mercifully, God's all-powerful revelation truth did … (read more)

As Many As The Shells On A Beach

February 11, 2011

Throughout my forty-six years in Australia, I have continuously frequented the various parts of the ninety-mile beach along our Victorian coastline. The gold and cream-to-white sand, the blue-green sea with its fragrant foamy spray, the breezes and winds are to … (read more)

A Crown Of Loving-Kindness

January 29, 2011

The Lord's loving-kindness and tender mercy are so awesome. In the early days of my renewed Christian journey, so often after not being selected to serve the Lord in a certain church task, I'd discover that my Lord's loving-kindness had … (read more)

A Jolly Good Clear Out

January 17, 2011

Because we want to "rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly," which definitely hinders our running "the race that lies before us", our family regularly discusses "kicking … (read more)

Old Year Reflections, New Year Revelations

December 31, 2010

At this time of our beginning Australian summer, most of our early mornings are mild, bright, and as yet relievingly flyless. Our many lakes, dams, pools, and ocean inlet waters are glass-still, attractively revealing mirror-like reflections of the sky and … (read more)

Thanksgiving As A Lifestyle

November 26, 2010

I remember a season when I repeatedly heard, "Do not be anxious about anything" during church fellowship groups. They had to be joking, didn't they? Were they not ever anxious about anything? I asked the Lord, "What is wrong with … (read more)

God Hears, God Answers

November 8, 2010

In general, I don't do too badly with words, though I can be silenced by unexpected grievous circumstances. There have been times when I did not know what or how to pray — so emotionally overwhelmed and silenced was I … (read more)

"Yes" Food: The Bread Of Life

October 24, 2010

Like other diabetics, in order to keep the symptoms of diabetes under control in my body, many are the foods I no longer eat. My diet and shopping consists of "yes" versus "no" foods. In my heart and mind, they … (read more)

Our Garden Hearts

October 9, 2010

In Australia, autumn has ended, though there are still heaps of colourful, crinkly, dry leaves for me to crunch and kick around in my garden. Due to loving family help, I joy that roses are pruned, spring-flowering bulbs are planted, … (read more)

Senior Service

September 26, 2010

Now that I'm at that latter stage of life as an "Oh, you're looking well" person (which I insist on interpreting as "merely grown-up"), one or two may ask, "Isn't your work done yet? I thought you'd retired." Well, not … (read more)

Blessed, The Peacemakers

September 14, 2010

As with other parents, my role often called for the function of peacemaker between my daughter and son during their childhood and teenage years. Now, I have the honour and blessing, with just a little amusement, of seeing my children … (read more)

They Shall See God

September 2, 2010

Blessedly, Bible study teachers encouraged me in simple belief when reading the Scriptures, especially those that contain a promise, also to ask, "What does God want from me?" "What is my part?" "How do I qualify for this promise?" "Blessed … (read more)

Blessed, The Pure In Heart

August 18, 2010

The repulsive stain looked like a black river across my silver thumb ring. Quenching my exceedingly great disappointment, I first applied silver cleaner, then vinegar, without effect. I thought of soaking the ring in a dish of the silver cleaner, … (read more)

The Dove Found No Rest

August 7, 2010

I used to be the worst of those restless people. My watchword was "Let's just get it done!" At times, even getting things done yesterday was "nuisance late" for my preferred schedule. Yes, I was one of those overly-exacting eager … (read more)

My Hiding Place

July 27, 2010

I enjoy a measure of aloneness. I greatly desire to return constantly to my private place where I am most comfortably free to be myself — to think things through, speak my thoughts aloud. Yes, I can come to my … (read more)

I Am Delivered

July 14, 2010

As far back as I can remember, I have had an active imagination with the ability to visualize. This can be pleasant and sweetly exciting when it works for good. But in the past, I frequently experienced periods of extremely … (read more)

In The Name Of The Lord

July 2, 2010

As often as my name is called, used, or written, there is no godly power in it to overcome any dark besetting negatives or sickness in others or myself. Jesus warned His disciples, "without Me you can do nothing." (John … (read more)

Dying Without God

June 18, 2010

I have experienced the abysmal hopelessness that can enter a heart, spirit, and soul. I have experienced believing that there is no way out and no way back to a better life. For a season, I believed that I was … (read more)

A Time To Be Born

June 6, 2010

Because I'm intolerant of wasted time, in the past, I didn't handle well being let down in agreed arrangements or any other time-broken promises, especially those without any prior notice. It's the wasted waiting time that I objected to most. … (read more)

Christ's Name: The Word

May 30, 2010

I praise the Lord that soon after my covenant renewal with Him, I was taught in church by God-loving teachers about our triune God, and at home by the Holy Spirit by reading the Bible, by studying and reading Christian … (read more)

Spiritual Life

May 23, 2010

How constantly happy I am to be saved to this abundant life, to eternal life, and by God's grace to live as God's child in this new covenant dispensation. In this new covenant of God's grace, loving Father God saved … (read more)

Mountain Journey

May 16, 2010

Through my family's and the church's prayers, and even after thirty years of daily study of God's Word, my spiritual journey in the Lord and my little knowledge of Him still seem to me rather like and ant climbing a … (read more)

Amens From Our Hearts

May 11, 2010

In three most important ceremonies in my life, I gave my solemn promises, vows, and agreements. I gave assent to, and made my marriage vows from my heart to the boy I loved, I made my renewed covenant vows to … (read more)

Blessed Are The Merciful

May 3, 2010

Through God's perfectly gracious mercy to me thirty years ago, I was given a lastingly grateful heart, ever growing in thanksgiving, praise, and worship. Through my family's godly mercy I was given their total "let's not remember" forgiveness, and shared … (read more)

Ask, Believe, Receive (Part 2)

April 19, 2010

Just one aspect of my renewed relationship with Jesus my Lord was that here was a perfect model whom I could rely on, depend on, love, trust, and believe in totally. I could follow our Lord Christ, and be guided … (read more)

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