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29
Feb

Love, Kindness, & Trust in God

There are many occasions in life where we can be knocked down and left to feel vulnerable. When this happens, there is often an opportunity for fear to creep in and stop us from getting back up and moving forward.

So what does the Bible say about this?

Philippians 4: 6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Proverbs 12: 9

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.

Psalm 27: 1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

It seems that love, kindness, and trust in God are key in the fight against fear. Let’s help one another and ourselves by trusting in the Lord, loving one another, and being kind to those who are anxious.

We don’t have to live with fear.

Let’s have courage today and allow the Lord to enable us to get up and move forward!

13
Jan

A Call to Generosity

Even though the annual ceremony of Christmas giving is over, it is a good idea to try and bring the habit of giving into the new year.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says –

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Just take a moment to think about your past day. It is certain that you will be able to recall quite a few times when you had the opportunity to give.

2 Corinthians 9:8 continues to say –

“…God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Start getting into the habit today by giving thanks to our Creator for his example of generosity and kindness. Then continue onwards, drawing from His abundant and perfect provision.

15
Dec

Putting Jesus First

The hustle and bustle of this time of year can be an easy distraction from focusing our attention on what is important.

It is not hard to get utterly consumed with the details of a meal or fall into having a two hour debate with a family member on which colour lights ‘need’ to adorn the kitchen window.

Let us be reminded of the events in Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus kindly reminded Martha that being still to listen to Him as her sister Mary chose to do, was much more valuable than all her preparations.

We should be encouraged as we spend time with family and friends and enjoy the opportunity to share the truths of Jesus.

Even if the turkey does manage to run away let’s remember what He said to Martha:

…“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Follow Mary’s example this season and don’t be distracted from the one thing that is needed – putting the voice of Jesus before everything else.

12
Nov

Keep Going

As we head towards the latter end of this term you may be finding that the enthusiasm for homeschooling, which was at its height at the beginning of the academic year, is wearing thin.

There are a lot of factors at this time of year that add to the deceleration of homeschooling gusto. Whether it be the longer nights, the greyer skies, or the colder weather we can often feel downtrodden and washed out.

However, fear not and don’t be downhearted. In these darker days, we as believers always have our constant light, Jesus Christ. His Word is full of truths promising that He is faithful to carry us through difficult times.

In Luke 15:20 we can read about how the Father of the Prodigal Son saw him coming from a distance, had compassion, and ran to embrace him.

Even when we are disheartened and our thoughts have drifted from Him, He is watching and always ready to encourage and comfort us. All we have to do is face Him and He will draw us back into His care.

Friends, have courage and remember that our Saviour is always present to help us and carry us through life’s storms. Whether it be an actual storm or a particularly difficult morning of PACE work – He is there.