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Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard.  Eli thought she was drunk … 1 Samuel 1:13

Today you are invited to consider how quickly you judge others.  How does your first impression influence your feelings for someone to whom you are introduced?  How does what you hear about a person influence your reaction to them?  How does the media influence you?  When have you found that your initial reaction to what you know has been wrong?  How has that changed your relationship or opinion of that person?  When have you felt you have been misjudged?  How did you respond to such a situation?  What is God saying to you today?

May God bless you with a spirit of acceptance, willing to leave the judgement to God.

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But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Ruth 1:16

Today you are invited to consider loyalty.  Your loyalty to family and friends, and their loyalty to you.  How important is loyalty to you?  How far will loyalty take you in your relationships?  What happens inside you when you are betrayed?  How do you respond?  Who has betrayed you whom you find it hard to forgive?  Bring the issue of loyalty, betrayal, and forgiveness before the Lord today.  What do you want to say to Him about these things?  How does He reply?

May God bless you with a sense of loyalty amongst all those with whom you have relationships – and may you be a loyal friend.


Don’t you love it when God brings a plan to fruition?  I celebrated with Him, my family and friends as

I celebrated with Him, my family and friends as Disciples was launched on Saturday.

What did it feel like to have a fourth book released to the world?  (See my publications page for the others!)

Firstly, it is humbling.  As I read some of the stories aloud to the people who were there and I glanced up now and again to see their rapt faces as they listened to me, I was moved by what I was reading.  Now there are times when I can write a whole load of stuff that slides off me – because I wrote it, you know, and so I deal with the emotions of the thoughts as I write – and then they are gone.

Now there are times when I can write a whole load of stuff that slides off me – because I wrote it, you know, and so I deal with the emotions of the thoughts as I write – and then they are gone.

But sometimes, it does not matter how many times I read a story I have written, it still has the power to reduce me to tears, or make me laugh.  Then I know that, although it was my pen and my hand that wrote the words onto paper, what I am reading is not my story.

It is God’s story.

And the reaction of the audience testifies to that as I catch snippets of their conversations afterwards.  God speaks through words that are written today, and the thought of Him using me to deliver His message in fresh ways to people brings me to my knees in wonder.

Then it is a privilege.  I recently read to a group of ladies who were between 70 and 90 years of age.  Many of them had tears in their eyes when they told me that it had been 60, 70, 80 years since someone had last read a story to them. The cozy, comfortable memories induced by sitting listening to someone else reading had taken them back to their childhoods, sitting on their mother’s knee, or beside her with brothers and sisters, listening as she read to them.  Somehow, having a story read aloud to you touches some deep chord inside – and to be the one doing the reading and producing such joy is a privilege.

Thirdly it is an honor.  To know that God has used me and brought me to a place where I can share the words He has given me with others is one of the highest awards I have ever received.

And finally, it is worship.  Giving back to God the stories He has shared with me, flinging them to the wind of the Holy Spirit so that He may take them wherever He wills in the world, and watching them fly away to be sown on hard soil, exposed to birds, strangled by weeds – or to be fertilized, watered, nurtured and grown so that each story matures and bears fruit that will in turn bear seeds to fly futher still, is an act of worship.

To God be the glory!  May He use these stories as He plans, and may they draw people closer to Him and enable His Kingdom to grow on earth so that it may become more like it is in heaven, day by day.


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Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Joshua 1:8

Today you are invited to consider how this verse relates to your life.  Where do you find that it speaks truth – and where do you wonder if it applies to you?  How much time do you spend reading Scripture?  How often do you meditate on the words God speaks to you?  How much care do you take to follow God’s commands?  Do you consider yourself to be prosperous and successful?  Spend time with God today talking about these things, and take note of what He replies, especially of any encouragement or commands He may make about the way you live your life.

May God bless you with an awareness of His love today – however you feel you are doing in your walk with Him through life.

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I will proclaim the name of the Lord.  Oh, praise the greatness of our God! Deuteronomy 32:3

Today you are invited to praise God.  Take a moment to write down all the things for which you are grateful at this time.  How do you feel about God’s love and generosity, His grace and care?  Tell Him.  Praise Him for who He is in your life and for what He means to you.  Enjoy Him.  Spend time in His presence and be at peace.

May God bless you with His presence as you praise Him today.

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Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.  Deuteronomy 14:22

Today you are invited to consider what God is saying to you through this verse.  Of course, not all of us live surrounded by fields – but where do you plant seed and grow bread (or earn your living)?  How does the idea of giving a tenth of all you earn to God make you feel?  Why do you feel this way?  Ask God to tell you, personally, how He feels.  Listen to Him.  What is He saying to you?  How do you respond?  What difference has this conversation made to the way you feel about this verse now?

May God bless you as you trust Him and give Him what He requests from you today.

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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, new wine, and olive oil.  I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.  Deuteronomy 11:13-15

Today you are invited to consider what God is saying to you with these words.  Perhaps you live in South Africa where we are desperate for rain.  Maybe you live in an area that has been hit severely by floods.  What do these words mean to you?  Where are you lacking something in your life?  What changes may God be suggesting you make?  Spend some time with Him today and talk these things through with Him.  Make a note of what you hear Him say and refer to it again at the end of the week?  What has been the result of this conversation?

May God bless you with rain or whatever else is lacking in your life today.