Leaning on Grace & Essential Fridays #43

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Grace is something I need so much in my life. The older I get the more I realise just how much I need it. Because my weaknesses are abundant. I yelled at one of my kids too loudly only yesterday. I became frustrated with my husband when it was the last thing he needed. I have gone off the boil yet again with my quiet time routine. And I judge people. All the time. I inwardly criticise, apportion blame, assess {Read More}

Prayer Power Cleaning

Prayer power cleaning

Have you ever not prayed for something because you are scared it’s a prayer that won’t be answered? Because, although often prayer is a comfort, a reassurance, a strength-giving opportunity, sometimes it can feel risky, edgy and a bit dangerous. Why? Because trusting God with what is important to us can be hard. What if God doesn’t answer our prayers with the results we are hoping for? Will that feel like some kind of rejection? Like maybe there’s something wrong {Read More}

Spiritual Transformation – A Different Perspective

spiritual transformation

Do you ever get frustrated and wonder where you’re going wrong in your Christian life? You just seem to mess it up all the time. You never seem to be able to shake off those bad habits. It feels like there is no progress. When I set myself goals I’m ok if I can see a little bit of progress. I can then patiently move forwards knowing that bit by bit I’m heading for change. Yet, if I feel like {Read More}

Being Me-Centred – When You Need to be Removed From Yourself

Boy Praying

Today I welcome another of our contributor team of writers, MommySue. This devotion fits so well with our series Spring Clean Your Life and is a wonderful reflection on how to take the focus of ourselves and back to God. “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 ESV Ever feel so {Read More}

Removing the Stains of Regret & Essential Fridays #42

removing the stains of regret

When I look at my life I know how blessed I am, three happy growing kids, a contented marriage and a lovely home. Yet often I feel slight regret. I see friends around me who are in successful careers or thriving ministries and I wonder why I’ve never achieved anything like that. Why hasn’t God used me in this way? Why aren’t I good enough? Today, in our series Spring Clean Your Life we are going to look at removing {Read More}

Cleansing that Mummy Guilt

Cleansing that mummy guilt

One of the things I never saw coming when I became a mum was the lifelong guilt trip you seem to sign up for. We feel guilty because we were unable to have the birth experience we had planned. Or breast feeding didn’t work out. Or we go out to work and are unable to spend the amount of time we would like with our kids. Or we don’t go out to work and wish we did because we find {Read More}

Grace for the Journey

Grace for the journey

An exciting development has happened here at Essential Thing Devotions this month. We now have a team of guest contributors who will regularly be writing devotions for us. Be sure to check out Meet the Team to read all about our fabulous new writers. And if you are interested in joining our contributor team then do drop me an email. Today, I welcome the first of our guest writers, Patty Romack. She shares so openly and movingly about some of {Read More}

The Mess of Sporadic Quiet Times!

the mess of my sporadic quiet times

I have often been open here at Essential Thing Devotions about the sporadic nature of my quiet times. I long to spend time with the Lord consistently but my quiet time habits are often messy and all over the place. As we continue in our series called Spring Clean Your Life today I open the door on my messy spiritual life and share about my personal struggles with my quiet times. So, I write a daily devotions blog, I am {Read More}

Spring Clean Your Life

spring clean your life

Ok, I want to get honest for a while. Brutally honest. You see, in some Christian circles we get used to telling a lie. We get a bit mixed up about what being a follower of Jesus is all about. The message gets lost. Often, our Christian lives become all about showing our spotless bits. We impress each other with our spiritual decors and design touches. The parts of our lives where we think we’re doing ok. That we are {Read More}

Holy Makeover – Glorious Transformation & Essential Fridays #41

Glorious Transformation

Changing ourselves is a multi-million pounds business nowadays. Beauty treatments, cosmetic surgery and millions of products all compete to convince us that we can change our looks for the better. Self-help books, therapy, counselling all promise to change our relationships, emotional well-being and issues. Yet, there is one transformation that will surpass all that the world promises. It’s a transformation that will one day heal us from all our wounds, cleanse us from our past and restore us to a {Read More}