10 November 2015

Step by Step

As thou goest, step by step I will open up the way before thee”.
 Proverbs 4:12 (A Literal translation from the Hebrew)

At the moment, I am living on the 4th floor of a building. I can choose to use the lift/elevator or take the stairs. If I take the lift, I press a button, walk in, press another button and a minute later, I'm on the 4th floor.

The staircase is different. You can only see one section of the stairs at one. You have to take steps. The only way to the top is to keep taking the next step. You can't jump up a whole flight of stairs at a time.

Living life is like going up a flight of stairs. You can't know ahead what the future will hold. You just have to take one step at a time. When you've taken one step, you can then take the second step. You need to live one day at a time.

My life is filled with changes at the moment. My baby has been in intensive care for the last 6 weeks since she's been born. Sometime she will need heart surgery. As we don't know exactly when it will happen, everything is a little uncertain. She also has Down Syndrome.We have 3 other little children. Maybe you can understand a little why I have often felt very overwhelmed over the last few months! I have to remind myself over and again to just take each day as it comes and not worry about tomorrow.

I still need to think ahead, make plans and pray, but I can make the most of today and trust God for His help tomorrow. And God has supplied all our needs so far. And far above!

Do you have decisions to make? Changes ahead? Are you moving to a new place? Health problems? A job to find?

You don't need to feel overwhelmed! Just live one day at a time and take the next step. God will open up the way as you go.
This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 11:24

27 September 2015

What Has God Promised?

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for all trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.
~Annie Johnson Flint~

30 August 2015

Peninnah's Pride

(Lessons from Women in the Bible)

And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
And her adversary (Peninnah) also provoked her (Hannah) sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 1Samuel 1:2,6-7

Peninnah had children; Hannah didn't. So Peninnah teased Hannah and made life miserable for her. Peninnah's ability to have children had nothing to do with herself; her children were something God had given to her. How could she laugh at someone with no children, when her own children were a gift? Things could have been the other way around—herself barren and Hannah having children—and she couldn't have changed things either. So why the pride? Are you the same?

What do you have that others don't have?
Expensive things?
Good looks?
A healthy body?
A boyfriend/fiancée?
A good family?
A Christian background?
Knowledge of the Bible?

Not everybody has all these things. Do you ever feel proud because of what you have? Are you proud that you can do something so well? That you are pretty? That you come from a good family?

There is no reason to be proud of something God has given you! God could have chosen to give these things to someone else instead of you. It has nothing to do with you. True, maybe you have worked hard to develop your talents, skills, looks etc. But they still come from God. God could take away your ability to do them at anytime if He wanted to.

Don't be like Peninnah! Instead of being proud, be thankful for all the abilities and blessings God has given you. Instead of looking down on other people who don't come up to your standard, pray for them and ask God to help you to be a blessing to them.

21 August 2015


What secrets do you have? Are your secrets good or bad?
2 Kings 17:9 says "And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God,..."
Secrets can be bad! Is there anything you are doing secretly that is not right? Maybe a relationship that God and your parents wouldn't approve of? Going too far in a relationship? Watching movies or reading books that are not good? Visiting bad websites or having a secret relationship on facebook or somewhere else online? Taking something that's not yours? Are you doing things behind your parent's back?
Remember, God knows your secrets! He sees everything you do secretly. Is He pleased?
Bad secrets are just not worth having.
They're not worth...
... the bad reputation
... the shame
...the broken trust
...the hurt to others
...the distance between you and God
...the fear of people finding out
... the guilty conscience

If you have any bad secrets, stop right now! Confess your sin to God and put things right.

20 August 2015

9 August 2015

A Lesson on Prayer from Achsah

And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou?
Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs. Joshua 15:16 -19

The way Achsah asks her Dad for what she needed is an example of how we can ask God for what we need.
  1. She came to him.
    And it came to pass, as she came unto him,...” For God to answer your prayers, you must pray! You must come to God in prayer. It's a no-brainer! James 4:2 says “...ye have not, because ye ask not.”

  2. Her request was reasonable.
    Land is not much good without water. She wasn't just being greedy and wanting more and more. Have you thought about what you are praying for? Is there a good reason why God should give you what you are asking for? Or are you just selfish or greedy etc.?

  3. She was respectful.
    ...she lighted off her ass;...” She showed respect for her father by getting down from her donkey. How much more should you be reverent when praying to your Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Universe? You don't have to be in a church or down on your knees, but remember who you are and who you are praying to!

  4. Caleb was willing to hear her request.
    What did Caleb say to her before she even opened her mouth? “What is it you want?” God is the same to you. Many times in the Bible He invites you to pray.
    Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

  5. She acknowledged what Caleb had already given her.
    ...thou has given me a south land;” God wants you to ask, but he wants you to ask with a thankful heart. What has God already given you or done for you? Your attitude makes a big difference. In Philippians 4:6 we are told not to worry about anything but to pray about everything. But it says to pray 'with thanksgiving'. Don't be like a spoilt child who only sees what they don't have and forgets about all that they already have!

  6. She was specific.
    She told him exactly what she wanted and needed. “Give me also springs of water.” If you're specific when you pray, you will see specific answers.

  7. Caleb gave her more than she asked for.
    And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.” When you pray, God often gives far more than you ask for.
    Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

    God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we want Him to, but He does always answer. "No" and "Wait" are answers too! We can trust that He will answer in a way that is best for us. He knows what's best.