Be better than you, not better than others!

2017-02-16T00:43:16+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Confidence, Contentment, Heart Issues, Identity in Christ, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

The comparison trap The only way to thrive in life is to be yourself—to flourish where you are right under the patch of grass God has placed you on. The dangerous mistake so many of us make is that we compare ourselves with others. Brennan Manning made the observation that "we are all cracked pots". In [...]

Forgiving yourself

2017-02-16T00:44:31+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, The Sinful Nature|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you still feel as though you deserve to be punished even after you have been forgiven by another? Do you put yourself down, saying, “I’ve made too many mistakes for God to use me!” Do you assume that others will be blessed by God, but believe that you have forfeited His blessings because of [...]

3 ways to find God in everyday life

2017-02-16T00:44:38+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Gratitude, Hearing God, Heart Issues, Serving|Tags: , , , |

Sometimes it is hard to see God’s fingerprints in the push and pull of everyday life. It can be hard to see how God is present in the moments between opening your eyes and that first cup of coffee.  You’ve barely gulped down your coffee, when a child who can’t find a textbook, or a [...]

3 vital steps to ensure a healthy heart

2017-09-22T00:54:45+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , |

I love being with happy people! There is something so contagious about their joyful and fun filled lives. On the other hand, I avoid the company of miserable and bitter people. They are not pleasant to be around. Why? Because generally they are full of complaints, their countenance is dark and they exude an atmosphere [...]

Keys to controlling your thought life

2017-09-22T00:54:52+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Bible Study, Devotionals, Heart Issues, Overcoming, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

We all battle with our thought life to some extent. Here is a very helpful Bible study compiled by Vicky Chilvers giving some keys to controlling your thought life. Imagine you are helping a psychologist, minister or emotions coach compile a book on Thought Life. What five chapters would you like to see in the [...]

The Holy of Holies

2017-09-22T00:55:42+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Prayer, Time with God|Tags: , , , , |

Which room in your home is your favourite? Researchers once surveyed people about their favourite room in the house. The top answer was the kitchen. People love that one. Perhaps yours is the kitchen too, or maybe somewhere else? Most husbands said theirs was the bedroom. Moms of young children said their favourite room was [...]

Don’t give people permission to hurt you

2017-12-08T10:52:33+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Ministry, Overcoming Anger, Relationships, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , , |

I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes My mood was dark as I pondered a couple of mean spirited people in our church. "How could they be so critical?" I said to myself. We were pastoring a large church in Australia, working hard, doing our best, and all this couple could do was [...]

The 5 secrets to controlling your anger

2017-09-22T00:56:33+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Heart Issues, Overcoming Anger|Tags: , , , |

Is anger a sin?  As Christians, are we supposed to try not to be angry? What do we do with anger issues? Anger is a very real human emotion we all experience. God put within us the ability to feel all kinds of emotions, negative and positive ones. Anger serves a very real purpose in [...]

4 simple steps to healing inner wounds

2017-09-22T00:57:10+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Forgiveness, Heart Issues, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

Pain is awful – any kind!  But, I think emotional pain is the worst kind of agony.  When someone has intentionally hurt you the daily torture from that emotional wound can be unbearable. Adding to the pain and confusion are the questions that swirl around in your head.   How could God allow this?  Why are [...]

What do YOU want from God?

2017-12-08T10:53:00+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Categories: Heart Issues, Perseverance, Prayer, Stress, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Read 1 Samuel chapter 1 so that you can better follow this story. Some background to Hannah's story Hannah was in a polygamous marriage. Her husband, Elkanah, had two wives, although Hannah was his favourite. However, in a society that valued a woman’s ability to bear children almost above all else, Hannah was childless. This [...]

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