Don’t Worry About Anything . . .

. . . instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 4:6-7

Ecclesiastes 6

It’s very difficult to know what to say about the current crisis. I don’t want to come across holy-moly or like a bible-basher. But I do know what God has done for me, and how He keeps me grounded in His love.

This year I am making my way through a devotional on Joy. About week 3 I almost gave up, because I’m not a usually joyful person, and was really struggling. In fact, until I started this journey, I had never really experienced Joy in my life. I am so glad I have persevered because I am learning that Joy is not a feeling of satisfaction in something I have done, or a happy feeling, or anything I thought it was. Joy is found in Jesus, and the sacrifice He made for me at Calvary. With Easter on the horizon, this is an opportunity for us to hone in on what is real in our lives and on where each of us is going with our life.

Somewhere in the new testament (not good at remembering references) it says that God has put eternity into the human heart. No wonder we keep trying to find ways to live forever. AH! But this is exactly the question for our times. Jesus is the only way to God and eternal life. He is the Way and the Truth and the Life, and no-one can come to God the Father except through Him ~ John 14:6

In these troubling times, what with bush fires, volcanoes erupting, wars, many other world events, and now this virus, I urge you to turn your eyes toward Jesus. I urge you to look to God. I want to encourage you to ask Jesus to come into your heart and help you. He will give you peace. He will guard your heart and mind and fill you with Joy.

Joy in the knowledge of Him, regardless of what is going on around you.

If you would like to learn more please click on the link at the top of this page Prayer For Salvation

I live in Sale in the Gippsland area of Victoria, Australia. The local Baptist church is my church home. We had church for the first time last Sunday via live streaming. If you have ever wanted to come to church, or even return to church, and have been too shy to actually walk into one, then why not consider joining us via the internet this Sunday at sbc.org.au/online at 10am.

 

Spending Time With God . . .

DAY 1

Spending time with God is not just attending church on Sunday. In fact, it is far from it. I have my ups and downs when it comes to doing this, because what happens is I start to think of all the other things I could be doing instead. The enemy loves distracting me from time with God. I’ve had great times for weeks at a time, and then weeks or even months of dragging myself through the desert, so parched for lack of time spent with God that it’s ridiculous. But, you know what, God is Good, and He gently steers me back on track, because He knows I have a heart to serve Him and that I want to succeed at doing His Will.

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There are many ways of spending time with God. I believe that it’s not always quantity of time, but quality of time. Praising and worshipping God with my favourite music, reading His Word, listening to a good teaching, going for a walk and quietly praying/appreciating His wonderful creation, or just sitting quietly and listening for what God wants to say to me.

I don’t get to know God unless I spend time with Him, just as in any other relationship.

You may have a very demanding job and find it difficult to set aside time every day ~ you may do shift work ~ you may be a busy mum who has trouble finding any time to herself. Whatever your situation, it is very important that you commit to a time each week if not each day to spend time with God. You may want to do just one of the suggestions above each day, or each second day or incorporate them all into one time set aside each week, it doesn’t matter. God knows your heart and your situation and He will work with you. Really, it only takes a moment to be prayerful or thankful. It’s not quantity, but quality. Getting ready for work, putting your make-up on, driving, sitting on the train or bus, anywhere, anytime.

In “The Purpose Driven Life,” Rick Warren says, “God wants to be our best friend. Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with Him.”

To do this we need to spend time with Him, not only a weekly appointment as suggested above, but in all we do. Thinking of Him, praying to Him, handing over the cares and worries we may have for the day ahead, thanking Him for the days blessings, praising Him. Walking, shopping, driving, washing the dishes, cleaning the house, washing the car, mowing the lawn, on holiday and even at work. Being mindful of Him in every aspect of our lives.

The little things He does for us each and every day. That’s Friendship.

DAY 2
Psalm 27:4 ~
“The one thing I ask of the Lord, the thing I seek most, is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His temple.”

DAY 3
Psalm 34:1-3 ~
“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises.
I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.”

DAY 4
Psalm 46:10 ~
“Be still and know that I am God!”

DAY 5
1 Corinthians 1:9 ~
“God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

DAY 6
Philippians 3:8 ~
“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

DAY 7
Colossians 3:1-4 ~
“Since you have been raised to new life in Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at the place of honour at God’s right hand.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.”

If you can, it’s always worth reading the before and after verses surrounding these scriptures, or the whole chapter. That will give you the whole picture instead of just a piece. Shalom.