I'm on the edge

There is a state park near Rochester (Letchworth State Park) that has a gorge that was carved out many millions of years ago by a glacier, creating the “grand canyon” of New York. The gorge walls rise up to 550 feet (170m). I was there recently with a few friends and we had stopped at one of…

Starting with the basics

It’s been a couple of months, but brand new fresh devotional posts are back! And to kick off we are having a quick look at the foundational things you need to get in place if you are serious about growing in your relationship with God. When building a house, builders put in the foundations first…

Not my name

“They call me girl They call me Stacey They call me her They call me Jane That’s not my name” ~ The Ting Tings – That’s not my name Several years ago the song That’s not my name by The Ting Tings became quite a hit, with its catchy chorus of “That’s not my name”…

Denied

Peter, Peter, Peter. What were you thinking? Only hours earlier it had been going so well. Only hours earlier you had promised to never desert Jesus (Matthew 26:33). When they came to arrest him you drew a sword to fight back (John 18:10). But then came the questions in the courtyard as Jesus was being…

Keep God first

The other day while reading through my daily bible reading plan passage I came across this challenging verse in 1 John 5:21 “Keep away from everything that might take God’s place in your heart.” And it got me thinking. So often I prioritise stupid, pointless, meaningless, non-lasting stuff over God. I chose an hour in…

Fear God not man

Exodus chapter 1 sees the Israelite people trapped in a life of slavery in Egypt, making bricks and building cities for the Egyptians. And because they are getting stronger and stronger while doing so, and the Pharaoh is worried about them overthrowing him, he declares that the midwives are to kill all the baby Israelite…

All or nothing

Jesus asks us to give him our heart and our soul and live for him alone. We can’t be half-hearted. We can’t dip our toe in the water. You can’t be part Christian. It is all or nothing. He has so much on offer for us, if only we would dive in rather than standing…

Fragile

Something we often take for granted is how fragile life is. We don’t dwell on the fact that some day our life will end. Some day we will die, or Jesus will return and earthly life will end. Life is a precious gift, and it is like a sand egg timer slowly draining away, expect…

Platform

I write devotional blog posts. And sometimes people read them. And sometimes the people reading them are people I know. And sometimes they tell me how they appreciated it. How it spoke to them. How they found my writing funny. How it encouraged them. And sometimes people I don’t even know read it and say…

Annoying Obligation

Chances are you know someone who is a tad annoying. That kid in your youth group who never shuts up. That girl in school who always has to be the centre of attention. The socially clueless guy that no-one invites anywhere but who always manages to turn up anyway. The one everyone laughs at. The…