Psalm 23:1-4 NLT The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
God promises to be with us always. He says He will protect and comfort us. If we think about protection it is like God surrounding to keep us safe from harm. Comfort is when we feel bad and we need help to feel better. I like the imagery of God leading us by still waters. It is both a safe place and a comfortable place to be.
Dear God, thank You that I am both protected and comforted by You. Thank You also that You lead me by still waters that restore my soul. Amen.
Romans 8:38-39 NLT says, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Once we are connected with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. It is an eternal bond that cannot be broken. We are adopted as God’s children (John 1:12). We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Jesus had prepared a place for us and He is coming back for us (John 14:2-3). Our salvation is finished (John 19:30).
Dear God, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love. I thank You for all that Jesus has done in saving me. I thank You that there is a place prepared for me in heaven and that one day Jesus is coming back for me. Amen.
Proverbs 11:3-5 NLT says, “Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.  Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.  The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.”
Honesty directs our way and keeps us in a right place before God. Dishonesty destroys people and their sin is like a heavy load on their back. We will all stand before God to give account – both the honest people and the dishonest. Let us purpose in our hearts to be honest before God.
Dear God, help me to be an honest person. Help me to walk in Your ways and be obedient to You. Amen.
In today’s message I want at two verses from Deuteronomy 10. They are two verses that are not usually verses would would quote or memorise, but there is a lot of truth in them that can speak to us today.
Deuteronomy 10:17-18 says, “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.  He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.”
Four truths are found in these two verses.
1. God is above all other gods
Moses spoke these words at a time when the people had many local gods they worshiped. Moses spoke about the one true God who is all powerful and above all others. The Lord God of the Bible us truly is great and mighty in power.
2. God shows no favorites
God is equal in His love and concern for all. He loves all His children the same and shows no partiality. It doesn’t matter if you are a Mum or Dad at home with your kids, a greater preacher on the world stage, a homeless person or a Mother Theresa type. God loves us all the same and we all hold the same value to Him.
3. God oversees the rights of orphans and widows
God looks out for those who can be the most venerable is our society. In ancient times a widow often had no source of income or protection. The same goes for orphans. They were often at the mercy of others. God says He ensures they will receive justice.
4. God lovingly provides for foreigners
In a world that often does not care for people who have been displaced by war or economic problems, God shows love and provision for those foreigners in our midst. This inspires me to help others in this way because if it important to God, it needs to be important to me.
These two verses are packed with truth about God and His interactions with the world. He is above all other gods, He has no favourites amoungst His children, He watches over the rights of orphans and widows and He care for those who are foreigners in our midst.
Daniel 9:4 NLT says, “I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.”
This prayer happened at a time when the people of God had turned away. The Bible tells us that God is always ready to accept those who have gone astray. Always ready to welcome the heart who honestly confesses their wrongdoing and their desire to come home. Just like the father in Luke 15 who welcomes the prodigal son home, the door is always open.
Dear God, I am sorry that I once followed You and I have gone my own way. Please forgive my sin and rebellion. Today I ask to come home. I pray I will follow You all the days of my life. Amen.
One of my passions is healthy eating. I have been paying attention to my eating since my late teens, over 30 years!
My first interest in food came about when I was crippled by Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 18. I was diagnosed with it when I was 12.
In the early years RA effected my knees, feet and ankles, but in time it spread to other areas of my body. This became very debilitating and I was bedridden at my worst and unable to work.
Initially I started researching diet and arthritis to see if it would help. After reading a book called “There is a cure for Arthritis” I find that eating a whole food diet that focused on fruit, vegetables, water and juices really helped.
Within weeks of adopting this type of eating and drinking much of my pain, swelling and stiffness improved dramatically. I could walk, I could see my ankles again, and my flat feet from swelling improved.
In time I was able to return to work and live a fairly normal life, despite having RA. I was able to work, get married, have children and have hobbies. Healthy eating changed my life.
Once things settled down I went on to a maintenance diet which of being a lacto ovo vegetarian. This means eating fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, dairy and eggs. For most of my adult life I followed this.
More recently I have gone vegan. For me this was a natural progression. Now the bulk of my food intake comes fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, legumes and instead of dairy I use soy and rice milk products.
Healthy eating changed my life. It took me from a future with not much hope for working, to one where I work in a very physical job in my early 50s.
Healthy eating started the journey to healing for my arthritis and God finished it…but that is for another post!