Simple prayers to the Lord Maybe one has prayed before, maybe one hasn’t. I uttered a simple prayer just now, but I felt I needed to stretch the prayer out to be done properly or to be heard. However, I remembered that God does not want to hear long winded prayers that are just words.… Read More The simple cries of the heart
What’s on my mind devotionally this week is a verse of scripture that is in the gospel. Jesus said: “Better to enter into life maimed than to have you whole body thrown into hell.” The spiritual life Jesus offers is also an antidote to feeling left behind in life.
The creation Six days unveiled the fresh green earth, the deep blue sea; A display to behold of cosmic beauty. Land and ocean rising in symphony. At the end of each day, God’s greatness turned a page And the earth resounded in God’s good grace. God’s own, Adam and Eve, agreed; and… Read More Creation chorus: begin again
Genesis 1:20-31: God created the creatures of the sea and the earth, and then God created human beings in God’s likeness.
Do you give enough? I feel I don’t whenever I read the passage in the gospel of Matthew about the rich young man as if I am rich, which I am not. Saint Francis of Assisi took the passage literally and lived a life of poverty. Isn’t the writer’s life the same? A vow of… Read More A vow of poverty to write, but we need more ministers of God
In the Bible, in the gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 16 verses 24-28, a follower of Jesus Christ is challenged to live life in such a way that when he is judged by God, he will enter into life, rather than spiritual death.
Until we meet again May our farewells speak blessings until we meet again
Over a week, I wrote five devotions, which gave me a choice of which ones to submit to the editor. The first two I wrote were the right ones this time. I learnt once again , if that makes sense, that If I only have two devotions to choose from (two was the number I… Read More Choosing the better ones
There comes a time when I must decide on what devotions I am going to submit. The pain of it all. Agonizing. But somehow exciting. I honestly struggled and labored with the idea of what ones to send. It was a to-and-fro, back-and-forth decision, until I revised and revised again. In the end, I had… Read More Submitting agony
The servant does not deserve thanks for obeying orders, does he? “It is the same with you [Jesus’ disciples]: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, ‘We are ordinary servants; we have only done our duty’.”(Luke 17:7-10, Good News Bible). Thank God for Jesus’ disciples who brought us the true… Read More Thank God for Jesus’ disciples
I have seven devotional ideas to write into devotions, with probably more inspired by my readings each day. I don’t like to have devotional ideas on the back burner, because I like to have nothing devotional pending on any given day. Ideally, I like to write a devotion a day based on being inspired by… Read More Grist to the mill
I find it interesting that a verse on giving is juxtaposed with a verse on not judging others. I don’t know why this would be, but a Bible scholar may have more insight into why this is the way it is, as the two verses seem contradictory. Why these seemingly two unrelated verses together? There… Read More These two verses make better sense with an explanation
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.… Read More Good proverbs for living
Once this week I thought: I’m still ruthlessly deciding on what devotional ideas to use or not to use. If any are worth writing up formally, so I can relax by writing less. But the material’s mostly gone –been rubbished, binned and formally incinerated. Remnants, though, survive. Even those I thought I could recycle in… Read More Binning one’s work may be premature
Wrote a short devotion of about 200 words that I’ve sent off to a devotional publisher, hoping it will do well. The same publisher is going to publish an older devotion of mine that was submitted over two years ago.