Category: Encouragement

Finding Common Ground for God’s Glory (1 Cor 9:22)

I found this moth sitting on our door last week. At first I thought it was a leaf. On closer inspection I noticed the “leaf” had legs. What great camouflage! From a hungry bird’s perspective: almost impossible to distinguish between this insect and the gum leaves in surrounding trees and garden beds. This got me …

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God’s Wonderful Wisdom and Works (Psalm 104:24)

I saw this print displayed on the wall at Questacon, a science museum in Canberra, last week. Isn’t this Tokay gecko’s eye just spectacular? I find it fascinating that a small creature’s eye can remind me of scenes I’ve observed through airplane windows. An interesting thing to google is NASA’s satellite photo of Siberia’s Lena …

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Self-control (Prov 25:28)

I took this photo in Germany, 2000, at Heidelberg Castle. We don’t have castles in Australia, so I was like a kid at Christmas whenever I saw one during my travels! Many European cities still boast enormous stone ramparts — remnants of centuries past, when city walls were used as a defense against invading armies. …

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Put on Your New Self (Col 3:9-10)

I spotted this empty cicada skin last week, during a brief stroll. We used to climb trees and collect them as kids. Fun memories! What a curious creature the cicada is! It starts off as a wingless, rice-shaped insect that burrows under the ground and remains there for somewhere between two and 17 years — …

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An Earthly Tent and a House in Heaven (2 Cor 5:1)

Our kids are camping in the back yard for the next few nights, as there aren’t enough beds to accommodate everybody inside the house (no room for them at the inn – how apt 😆). The kids are absolutely loving this sleeping arrangement; it’s an adventure for them! Recently, we enjoyed meeting a young boy …

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Set Your Minds on Things Above (Col 3:2)

I took this photo while walking down the road, years ago. I was struck by the tenacity of those little flowers: doggedly opening their petals towards the sun, soaking in light from above to keep them blooming. All this regardless of their crumbling, neglected surroundings. When I got home I just had to put words …

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The Gift of God (Rom 6:23)

Here’s our growing pile of Christmas gifts. I bet you can’t guess what that big, red one is… 😬😆 It’s been a turbulent week for me, spiritually. I’ve been pulled up on an area of sin in my life. Not a huge one, just a niggling one. The type that you let sit there, unbothered, …

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God of Compassion and Justice (Isaiah 42:3)

Our God is gentle and compassionate. He is also a God of justice – he will not let hateful and harmful acts go unpunished. God’s judgment is something we don’t like to talk about or even think about. I guess the “hell, fire and brimstone” sermons of times past might have gone a bit overboard! …

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Light of the World (Matt 5:14-16)

I took this photo in a medieval village near Lyon, France, in 2004. What a stunning place for an Aussie like me – we don’t have many old buildings here as we’re a relatively young nation, and the ancient aboriginal people (the land’s original inhabitants) were nomadic. I’m pondering the idea of light today. Jesus …

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Fruitful #4: What does God think of you?

In Fruitful #3 we asked, Is our view of love distinct?. Today we’re looking at God’s love and asking: Are we building our identity on what God thinks of us? A free printable Bible study is included at the end, to help you put into practice today’s ideas. I pray that Fruitful #4 will bear …

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