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Homesick for Heaven

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Dear Friends,
I've been feeling homesick for heaven. 
Is it even possible to be homesick for a place you've never been? Yes, I think it is. I think perhaps that is what Solomon is referring to in Ecclesiastes 3:11 when he says God "has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." (NLT)
I also think it's what Paul meant when he wrote the following words to the Philippian believers "I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live." Philippians 1:23-24 (NLT)
There are various reasons as to why I'm feeling this way right now. My husband and I were recently at Spring Harvest (a Family Bible Week). We were so blessed by the times of worship there. To be together w…

Easter - The Greatest Act of Love

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Dear Friends,

Last year I joined the Facebook group 'COME Together' (Christians Overcoming ME Together) and I have joined their team of writers for their quarterly newsletter. Today's devotional is from my first article in that newsletter.
The greatest act of love the world has ever known was at Easter. God sent his Son because he loved you and me so much. It was his purpose that Jesus would give his life for us that we might have and know a loving relationship with God. 

"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 John 4:9-10 (NLT) 

Jesus' love for us was so great that he willingly submitted to his Father's will, taking upon himself our sins as he hung on the cross. Never has there been and n…

The Story of The Three Trees

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Dear Friends,
I came across the following story last year and I want to share it with you today as we lead up to Easter.
Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be travelling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”
The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.…

Book Review: Whispers of Rest by Bonnie Gray

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Dear Friends, 

I first heard about Bonnie Gray's book, "Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God's Love to Revitalize your Soul" on Facebook in the middle of January this year and was immediately drawn to it because of the title. We live in such a noisy, busy world that 'Whispers of Rest' seemed so inviting to me. I knew I wanted to revitalise my soul with God's love. I was also drawn to it because I felt it fit so well with my Bible verse for the year: "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3 (NLT) 
I purposely carved out time during the day to read this forty-day devotional and took my time over it, savouring what I was reading and resting in God's love for me. I bought the book on Kindle and used my journal to record my thoughts as I journeyed through these forty days. (If you buy it as a paperback book it includes space for …

Mary Anoints Jesus - A Creative Retelling

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Dear Friends,
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Today I want to focus on the account of Mary anointing Jesus' feet which can be found in John 12:1-8, Matthew 26:6-13, and Mark 14:3-9. Below is my creative re-telling of this event which I have based on the accounts found in the gospels: and other events in the life of Mary. I tell it from Mary's perspective. It might help you to look at her story with fresh eyes. God may have something new he wants to say to you, or he may want to remind you of something.

(You may like to imagine yourself as Mary or as one of the other dinner guests.)


I've experienced such a range of emotions lately as there's been some real high and low points in my life. It wasn't that long ago that my brother, Lazarus, became sick. He was so ill in fact that my sister, Martha, and I sent for Jesus to come. We waited and waited but he didn't show up and Lazarus died. If you've lost someone you love you…