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So, you’re feeling blah?

We have many names for it: "so-so", "not bad", meh, whatever, average or blah.  No matter what you call it, this emotion has become commonplace during the various restrictions and lockdowns of recent years. It describes that feeling somewhere between happy and sad: where you lack motivation and care but can’t really explain why. Psychologist Adam Grant draws on the old word ‘languishing’ to define this emotion. He explains it well by reflecting: It wasn’t burnout — we still had energy. It...

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God is near

Isolation’s been really rough, but it’s also provided space which doesn’t normally exist in the hecticness of our everyday lives. Since the start of Stage 3 I’ve started to attempt to see this added time as a gift to be used well. I can choose to mourn that which can’t be done, or instead decide to make the most of these opportunities to pause and reflect, and reset to prepare for whatever comes next. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading through the Major Prophets - books of the Bible...

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When the story doesn’t make sense

Often we like to talk about good things, the wins and successes.  We wait until the story is finished, with a happy ending before it makes our life showreel (or social media!).  However, that’s not reality for any of us. There are many incomplete stories that still include questions or holes in the plot line.  I’m writing this laying in bed, with a really sore foot, most likely gout.  My foot has been increasingly more painful over the last four days, until yesterday morning.  I was due to...

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ALPHA & OMEGA

Revelation 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the LORD God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet.  In English we would read,  “I am the A and Z.” Just as in Genesis 1, where we read of God being in the beginning, so in the final book of the bible, Revelation, we again read of God declaring that He is the beginning and He is the end of all things. How awesome is our God and how wonderful to know that...

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ABBA – Father

Galatians 4:6-7  “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave but a son and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Abba is the Aramaic word meaning Daddy, Father.  This word conveys intimacy, deep affection and respect. How awesome it is to think, that as children of the Creator of the Universe, we can call upon Him and know Him as Daddy because of His deep and intimate love for us....

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Yahweh Tsidkenu – The LORD our Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:6  “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.  This is the name by which he will be called The LORD our Righteousness.” How wonderful to know that through the gift of Jesus, we have been made right with God and that our righteousness doesn’t come from ourselves; it comes from God and him alone!  It is not by works; it is by faith in the One who is our Righteousness. God is calling us to walk in His righteousness and holiness, so that we might bring glory to...

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YAHWEH YIREH – The LORD will provide

Genesis 22:13-14  “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.  He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.  And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” God saw Abraham’s heart and his willingness to give up his promised son Isaac, out of love and obedience. How wonderful it is to know, that as we choose to walk in trust and...

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YAHWEH RAAH – The LORD my Shepherd

Psalm 23:1  “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Not only is God our Good Shepherd but through Jesus, He also became our Passover lamb; taking our sin willingly upon his holy self, in order that we’d be set free from the penalty of our sin and thereby opening the way for us to enter into eternal life with Him. John 10:14-15 & 27 speak of Jesus being the Good Shepherd – the One who knows his sheep and who faithfully leads and provides for his sheep. As his sheep, are we...

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EL CHUWL – The God who gave you birth

Isaiah 43:1-3  ‘But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel;  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;  I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you walk through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour...” God who created us in...

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EL OLAM – The Everlasting God

Psalm 90:1-2  “LORD, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.   Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” In a world that is constantly changing, how wonderful to know that our God never changes!  He is our eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:4), He doesn’t grow weary (Isaiah 40:28) and He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Declare your praise to God as you read Psalm 93. Worship in...

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