Roots and Fruits

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seeds fell among...

Forget

Do you ever feel forgotten?  Joesph, in the Bible, felt forgotten.  Genesis 40:23 says, The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.  Joseph was in prison for a crime he did not commit. The prison warden put Joseph in...

Danger

Proverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. When my father-in-law turned ninety, we took him away to celebrate for four days at a beach near his home. That time together was precious. He insisted on catching a...

Heal

It takes time to heal, and whether it is emotional or physical, the healing process goes at its own pace. One Christmas, my brother, decided to take us on a bushwalk that we took with Dad while growing up. It was a walk down memory lane, so we were all keen on it. Two...

Vision

When it comes to people there are two kinds. One has vision and the other prefers to follow vision, enabling the ideas. Both people play a role in fulfilling vision. I have always been on the visionary side. For example, recently, we bought a house for my son, who...

Both

“But I want both pistachio and peanut doughnuts” “You can’t have both.” How many times have I heard those words in my life? What to choose, I often want both. My husband gets frustrated when we go to a dinner where they have a set menu...

Fast

Three reasons people may fast 1. Health -Although sometimes viewed as unhealthy, depriving, or reserved for religious reasons, short-term fasting can offer excellent health benefits. It generally means it is the withholding of food or drink, though some people will do...

Run

I am no longer worthy of being called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his Father.“But while he was still a long way off, his Father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and...

Deny

But whosoever shall deny me before men, he will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33 The word deny is not a popular one in our 21st-century culture. In fact, we live in a world of gratification, wanting to be satisfied with our wants, needs,...

Explore

Why explore a relationship with God? Pascal, the famous mathematician and philosopher, wrote in the 1600sThere is a God-shaped vacuum in each man’s heart, which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus...

Coffee

Author Sallie Dawkins says ‘You can know the heart of God for your life’ P167, Driving along the interstate through Florida last summer, I stopped for coffee. Coffee might help me stay alert, I thought. So, I diligently searched the roadway signs to find...

Spring rain

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain,...

EASY

What does it mean when someone says, take it easy? The definition of easy is to proceed in a calm and relaxed manner, with little effort, and to be at rest. I have constantly been personally challenged to take it easy. Taking it easy also means proceeding in a calm...

Heavy

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier. proverbs 27:3 My husband has landscaped our large native garden with rocks and stones that he found on the side of roads. We would scour our area for rocks during the lockdowns...

Carry

My dad, in the 1974 floods, needed to carry me. My brother was two weeks old, and I was two and a half; the rain was pelting down with such ferocity that it was hard to hear the other person speak, so mum told me. We lived in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer, which had...

Peace

It was important to connect with my siblings and their families this past Christmas, to intern mums’ ashes next to my father’s. It was important to communicate and connect with extended family. It was our first Christmas without our parents, together, as...

Stretch

The world today seems to prefer living in the grey rather than promoting clear-cut decisions, it is ok for you to do you, so there does not need to be a black or white answer when it comes to decision making. However, when it comes to matters of the Christian faith,...

3 Hope-filled choices

The world today seems to prefer living in the grey rather than promoting clear-cut decisions, it is ok for you to do you, so there does not need to be a black or white answer when it comes to decision making. However, when it comes to matters of the Christian faith,...

Determine what is important

The world today seems to prefer living in the grey rather than promoting clear-cut decisions, it is ok for you to do you, so there does not need to be a black or white answer when it comes to decision making. However, when it comes to matters of the Christian faith,...

What is important?

It was important to connect with my siblings and their families this past Christmas, to intern mums’ ashes next to my father’s. It was important to communicate and connect with extended family. It was our first Christmas without our parents, together, as...