A Warm Welcome


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Looking from my window, the weather outside belies the fact it is almost winter. The grass is still green and a friend told me yesterday, she was planning on cutting the grass one last time, before the snow comes.

I am not a snow lover. I admit it does look beautiful and does cast a sense of serenity as sounds are absorbed, but that is where its beauty ends for me. It is so often the cause of accidents, with falls and vehicular crashes as the temperature plummets and the landscape becomes icy. Therefore, I can honestly say (sorry snow lovers) it does not provide a warm welcome for me.

On the other hand, God does. In the times when life seems cold and brutal, a quiet prayer or a delve into the Bible provides solace and serenity of a spiritual kind.

God awaits our invitation to come into our hearts and our lives, just as Jesus Christ, whose birthday Christians honour at this time of year anticipates providing us a warm welcome, as we call out to Him and trust Him with our lives. Whether we desire tangible help or want a confidant to share our deepest needs, He is ready and waiting to eradicate the brutal cold of our lives and replace it with His great and gracious love. He waits for our submission that we can no longer ‘do life’ on our own, and He does it with open arms.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (NKJV)

There is more to life than struggle. The emptiness within you is waiting to be filled with Jesus’ spirit – but only you can invite Him into your life.

Prayer: Jesus I cannot continue the way I am living. Everything is so hard and I need rest. I need a breakthrough and some relief and I don’t know how to do that. Please help me and take control of all that I do, say and think. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Rich Beyond Compare!


I am rich beyond compare!

I have family and friends.

I have a roof over my head and heat, water and comfort.

I have clothes to wear and even enough to share.

I have freedom and safety.

That is a life of riches!

But it took me a while to realize how fortunate I am. You know those times, when troubles strike and you cannot see your way through the ‘darkness’. Those are the times when the ‘poor me’ syndrome kicks in and nothing lifts you up out of those doldrums.

Now, with world strife and wars and famine abounding, how rich I am to be where I am, with what I have and with who I have in my life. Rich beyond compare I call it, and I am thankful for it all. Most of all I am thankful for my attitude of thankfulness, it’s a much nicer place to be than the ‘why is this happening to me’ place.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 says it all: Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and is certain we can carry nothing out.And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many arrows. (NKJV)

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Grow Sweet Pea


Beside our house is a sweet pea plant. The previous owner planted it long ago. It is a perennial and it is vigorous where it is.

I, however, do not want it growing in that spot and have attempted on more than one occasion to root it in other parts of the garden where it could be better enjoyed. Each try has failed – despite my careful choice of sites in different exposures and earth.

In desperation I prepared one more spot. I carefully dug the ground and planted a few roots with the command, “grow sweet pea or you’re out of here, once and for all”.

Despite all these failures, the original root still thrives beside the house untidily spreading itself across the ground. I am equally determined to grow a root from it in another part of the garden.

Our lives can be similarly unruly as we are placed in different locations trying an assortment of jobs, homes, pastimes. Sometimes the choices are fruitful but there are others when we fail because we choose to not take root or to use our particular skills. Sometimes, when the changes are thrust upon us, our perseverance fails us – we feel unable to prosper and we wane, unable to deal with the new situations.

Much like the sweet pea, we can each be relocated time and time again in an effort to succeed in a new place, only to fade away and die.

Daily living presents us with many opportunities; each one presumably better than where we are, but unless we can grab hold and ‘take root’, the opportunity will fall on stony ground and we will not succeed.

Mark 4:5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. (NKJV)

After numerous tries I think I have, at last, found a spot it likes. The roots are yielding strong shoots and are looking very promising. Perhaps my perseverance has paid off and I have found the right spot!

Prayer: Abba – we are not perfect but like to think we can achieve much with our dimunitive efforts. Our attempts can fail, despite our determination to make new things happen. Please grant us Your Wisdom and Discernment as we contemplate different careers, new locations and choices. Keep us beside you and let us not become unruly as we are planted in fresh ground. Amen

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