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Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 (NIV) Comment I hate rows! It’s because they just erupt seemingly out of nowhere and stuff gets said that I don’t want to hear; and I say stuff that I would rather have kept hidden! O dear! “I...

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  John 17:23 Comment I find unity hard.  I...

Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 NLV Comment  Weariness does not just affect our work life. We can get weary with...

Jesus and the disciples try to get away for some rest … Then because so many were coming and going that they did not even have time to eat, he said to them “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”.  Mark 6:30-34 Comment Jesus planned for his disciples to have some peace and quiet...

Keep on asking and you will be given what you ask for.  Keep on looking and you will find.  Keep on knocking and the door will be opened.  For everyone who asks receives.  Everyone who seeks finds.  And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.  Matthew 7:7-8 Comment We once heard the Korean pastor Yongghi Cho speak about prayer...

‘Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.  Heart my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  In the morning you hear my voice; I lay out my requests before you and wait expectantly.’  Psalms 5:1-3 NLT Comment There are many reasons for it, but for most Christians, there come times when praying seems...

Joy

He has taken me to the banqueting hall and his banner over me is love.  Song of Songs 2:4 Comment This is my youngest daughter and her husband!Look at the expression on their faces! Joy and anticipation! We celebrate love in the wedding service and at the reception. If there was a banner over the top table it would be...

Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.  Proverbs 18:15 MES Comment Whether you have been married one or fifty-one years are you still teachable? My wife and I have been married for 51 years and have done many marriage weekends, courses and other marriage events but still each time we find new things that we...

Scripture Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate.  For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.  James 1:12 MSG Comment Our daughter has sat her final GCSE exam, finished school and now set her body alarm clock to sleep 12am-12pm. When awake she flops...

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3 NIV Comment E-numbers are substances added to food to enhance flavour, for example. These additives are supposedly not harmful to health – but in relationships, E-numbers can be destructive. I’m talking about Expectations. For example, I may EXPECT my spouse...