Paulines Daily Reflections
Through his power all things were made, things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen. (Colossians 1: 16)
Out of nothing came light. Out of light came day. And then came sky and earth. And God’s mighty hands went to work. Oceans and mountains were made. Stars were flung in the sky and the universe sparkled.
Look around you at the beauty of God's creation. Smell the flowers and feel the sun and the rain and the wind. Listen to the thunder and let each detail remind you of his creation. Can you see it, smell it, hear it and feel it? Encourage others to do likewise.
Do not discard me when I grow old; do not abandon me when my vigour is exhausted. (Psalm 71:9)
Why do we fear growing old? What anxieties does it hold for you personally? In what ways does your faith help you?.
It’s not nice that I’m not able to do the things that I did when I was younger and fitter but I know that ageing is normal. Along my journey in this life there have been blessings and joy and I give thanks to God for them. By the same token when I experience times of testing, God is there to support me through them.
Whatever you or your loved ones are facing rest assured that God will be there on this life journey.
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God." (Matthew 5:43- 45)
Wow that's a hard one. What do you think loving your enemies involves? Are you ready to meet the challenge?
I was bullied as a child. I hated those who bullied me. Recently one of my bullies popped up on social media. They had forgotten how much they put me through but the wound was deep inside me. Could I ever forgive her?
What does it really mean to love your enemies?
First of all, it does not mean liking them, or even feeling affection. (That is stretching it a bit too much) but it means being ready to forgive and to wish good rather than evil and recognise the things that tie us together.
It's a hard one and something that we have to work on. May God teach us about the love that keeps on loving despite all the setbacks.
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them. I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)
Our church choir were introduced to a song "Among the Gods there is none like You" and the chorus is "teach me your ways O lord and I'll walk in your truth give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name."
I used to be a volunteer with St. John Ambulance and I taught first aid. When a person has a heart attack, part of the heart muscle dies leaving the heart less efficient in pumping blood through the body.
A heart of stone is cold, hard and immovable and it can't pump life and love within us. God is willing to give us an undivided heart. A heart that is ready to see, hear and love God. This heart has one single focus: loving God and others with tenderness that we know comes from the Spirit.
We were given our new hearts when Jesus died for us, creating new spirits inside us. God's heart changes everything and creates us as new people with living hearts of flesh.
You will know how to live in the family of God. (1 Timothy 3:15)
Do you have a close family? Or are they spread all over the place and you only hear from them at Christmas when you get a card?
When we study the Bible we learn about God's plan for us. He wants us to be sons and daughters in His family. The Bible gives us verses of joy, courage, satisfaction, forgiveness, togetherness and love. All these things are essential for a happy family life. Introduce someone to God and let them become part of the family.