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W@W WRAP – Week 370

Whatever comes next, we will praise our Lord! – In this world, we are bound to face unexpected challenges, injustice, wars, health issues, difficult decisions, evil and hurt. However, no matter what comes next, let us always respond by praising our Lord because He is good, loving and faithful. Our Heavenly Father is the only constant in our lives, and His truth propels us to embrace a Kingdom mindset, find hope and experience joy. Furthermore, we don't have to go through life alone; our Lord blesses us with a community of believers from whom we can draw strength and learn from their experiences. His grace ignites us with His divine plan and purpose for our lives so that we can earnestly praise Him through each and every situation and share His transformative love with the world around us. (Psalm 100:1-3)

W@W WRAP – Week 3702024-02-03T08:39:35+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 369

The Presence of God – From Genesis to Revelation, there are many promises made by God to His people. The beautiful truth is that we can, without any doubt, hold on to these promises as the Bible assures us of God's faithfulness and that we can trust that He will fulfil what He promised (Romans 4:21). One such wonderful promise from God is that He dwells among us and His divine presence will never leave us! So, let us open our hearts today as we draw closer to God and long to experience more of Him. May we let go of all distractions and enter into the Holy presence of our Heavenly Father. (Revelation 21:3)

W@W WRAP – Week 3692024-01-27T07:48:07+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 368

Joyful Hope! – Do you ever feel there is no hope or find yourself in a difficult situation that makes it hard to believe that anything can change? Take heart, because with Jesus, all things are possible! In His presence, we find life even when our lives seem complicated and our circumstances overwhelming. So, instead of being anxious and worried, let’s find comfort in the fact that Jesus has already overcome the world and all its troubles and be filled with hope, joy and gratitude towards our Lord. (Philippians 4:6-8)

W@W WRAP – Week 3682024-01-20T08:16:36+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 367

Paying the Price! – In today's world, everything comes with a price tag, including things like a cup of coffee, a piece of land, or a gift for a loved one. But have you ever wondered about the cost of following Jesus? When we look back at the lives of those who have gone before us, like Mary, Joseph, Abraham and Moses or modern-day figures like A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon or C.S. Lewis, we see that they were willing to follow God's plan for their lives, even when it meant paying a high price. This leads us to an important question: Are we also willing to pay the price to follow Jesus? (Galatians 2:20 & 1 Peter 1:3)

W@W WRAP – Week 3672024-01-13T07:44:56+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 366

Fuelled by Jesus’ Love in 2024! – A ‘love story’ has been written that reaches from eternity to eternity. This story begins with, "In the beginning God" and ends with the affirmation that our Lord, the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, and the Bright Morning Star is not only coming soon again, but is with us always! This story is about our Father in Heaven's amazing and unconditional love towards us, His creation. His love is so great and deep that He gave us His perfect and gracious Son, our Prince of Peace, the Light of this World, the Way, the Truth, and the Life so that we may be part of ‘the greatest love story’ ever written. As we turn the pages and allow God to write our 2024 chapters, may each word, emotion, action, pause, doubt and thought be fuelled by Jesus' LOVE for us! (Isaiah 43:1-2 & Romans 5:8)

W@W WRAP – Week 3662024-01-06T07:44:35+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 365

Our Father in Heaven, please guide our steps in 2024… – As we approach the end of 2023 and look forward to a new year, I would like to propose some questions for us to consider. How have you impacted and influenced the lives of others this year through God's guidance? How can you make yourself more available to pursue your calling and make a difference in the new year? What needs has God met for you this year? How has He been faithful to you in the past, and how does that strengthen your expectations for what is to come? Do you feel optimistic about the future, or do you have some doubts and a touch of despondency? What disciplines, habits, attitudes and practices will you continue, and which ones do you need to let go of? The list could go on, but most importantly, let us remember that even though we may reflect on 2023 and plan for 2024, God ultimately determines, directs and establishes our every step. (Proverbs 3:5-6 & 16:9)

W@W WRAP – Week 3652023-12-30T07:50:36+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 364

The Gift of God's Perfect Peace – Our prayer for you today is: "May our Father in Heaven bless you and your loved ones with an abundance of peace, love and joy during this festive season. May you be aware of His presence as you receive the gift of hope and eternal life by celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May your homes be filled with the light of our Lord's unending love, amazing grace and eternal glory!" (John 14:27)

W@W WRAP – Week 3642023-12-23T07:46:06+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 363

Being Grateful – It's amazing how our Creator grants us the freedom to choose how we live. We can either spend our days complaining about the things that haven't gone our way, or we can adopt an attitude of gratitude and thank God for all we have been blessed with. Many people we encounter on life's journey always complain about something – be it their job, their family or friends, how others treat them, their living conditions, their government, and so on. As followers of Jesus, however, we are called to live differently. Our Lord has made it very clear that we should look at each situation from His perspective and give thanks for what we have and the lessons we learn through each circumstance we face as we draw closer to Him. (Psalm 100:1-5)

W@W WRAP – Week 3632023-12-16T08:13:05+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 362

Worship or Worry? – In his book "Winning the War on Worry," Louie Giglio explains how the evil one uses worry to make us focus on the negative situations of this world. The devil even uses worry's companions, such as anxiety, fear and depression, to distract us from Jesus and the abundant life that He offers. However, we have a choice to make… By relying on the strength and grace of our Lord, we can choose to worship God for His goodness, faithfulness and provision instead of worrying about what tomorrow may bring. (Philippians 4:6-7)

W@W WRAP – Week 3622023-12-09T08:10:36+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 361

Our Only Constant! – We live in a world that is constantly changing. There are changes in political parties, weather patterns, interest rates, inflation, our health, relationships, finances and jobs, among other things. However, knowing that our God remains constant and unchanging is a wonderful truth. He has been the same yesterday, today, and will be the same tomorrow. In this ever-changing life, our Lord is our guide and anchor through all the inevitable changes that we experience. (Malachi 3:6)

W@W WRAP – Week 3612023-12-02T07:38:07+02:00
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