Theme for January 2018: Heart

Hot-hearted in serving thee

Hot-hearted in serving thee

Keerthana’s tasty treat (Photo: Irene Bom)   In this series of prayers by Chinese Christian women, practical tasks inspire prayer for parallel spiritual virtues. Use and adapt the prayers to enrich your own daily (prayer) life. Prayers by Chinese Christian women Prayer when opening a door I pray thee, Lord, to open the door of … Continue reading "Hot-hearted in serving thee"
Heart’s desire

Heart’s desire

(Photo: Lindy Twaddle)   Take delight in the Lord,       and he will give you       the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) Reflection The secret is to connect with – and pursue – the desires that God has placed in our heart. Recommended listening Ashton Gustafson in conversation with John Philip Newell, the celebrated … Continue reading "Heart’s desire"
United by love

United by love

(Photo: Irene Bom)   I took this photograph of John and Ruth Robertson's wedding plaque when I last visited them in South Africa in 2015. Both have since passed away after a long life of loving and prayerful devotion in God’s service. I first met John and Ruth the year after they were married, when … Continue reading "United by love"
From a grateful heart

From a grateful heart

(Photo: Lindy Twaddle) A Prayer based on Psalm 103:1-5 Come! Come praise the eternal God! Let all that is within us — body, emotions, mind, and will — praise God’s holy name! Despite our failures, He forgives and releases us. More than any doctor, He heals our diseases. When we are famished and weak, He … Continue reading "From a grateful heart"
Give me a heart of flesh

Give me a heart of flesh

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland (Photo: Irene Bom)   God said to the Jews in exile in Babylon, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, NIVUK) Here is a prayer dating … Continue reading "Give me a heart of flesh"
To keep our hearts in tune

To keep our hearts in tune

Children learning about God’s heart for the world (Photo: Irene Bom)     In October 2017 I visited the Scots Kirk in Lausanne, as part of a Local Church Review team. At lunch one day I met Geraldine Ewen (82) who has been a part of the Lausanne congregation for 23 … 25 years. She … Continue reading "To keep our hearts in tune"
Unite my divided heart

Unite my divided heart

(Illustration: Irene Bom)   This post – the first post in 2018 – introduces the theme for the month of January: Heart. (source: Logos Bible Software)   In other words … Here are some other English translations of Psalm 86:11 to help flesh out the meaning of the words, “unite my divided heart” (from The … Continue reading "Unite my divided heart"

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Prayer sheet: Theme: Do not lose heart