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Category: Devotions

Self-control

Have you heard of the ‘Marshmallow experiment’ before? It is based on a study done many years ago on delayed gratification (you can look it up on the internet.) A young child is presented with a marshmallow and told not to eat it until the adult returns after a period of time. When you think…
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The Fruit of Gentleness

Have you noticed the words that often surround a young baby? In hushed tones you might hear…Be careful. When you hold her, make sure that you support her head. Give him a gentle rock or pat…that will soothe him. Generally speaking, something softens in us when a baby is near. The baby’s needs become the…
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Faithfulness

What does being faithful look like? One of the Stage Four Elective groups came up with a few ideas… Someone you can depend on. Someone you can trust. Some who is loyal and sticks by you. These are qualities people search for in others, to ride the ups and downs that life presents. Trust, dependability…
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Goodness – Luke 10:30-35

On Wednesday morning, I shared the story of the good Samaritan with the students. Some Year 5/6 students helped to tell the story by dressing up and acting it out. Jesus told this parable: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes,…
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Kindness

What does kindness look like? A gesture? A greeting? Words of encouragement? Sharing time with someone who needs a friend? It can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Can you recall a time when someone showed you kindness? It can have a lasting impact on your life! Yesterday Mr P shared a message…
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Patience – Galatians 5:22-23

You may have heard Georgie ask, ‘How might our relationships look if we served this kind of fruit up on a platter? She was of course talking about the Fruit of the Spirit, the list of which we find in the Bible in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,…
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Fruit of the Spirit…Peace

Jesus is the ultimate peacemaker! In-fact one of his names is ‘the Prince of Peace’. If job descriptions were around back then, I think that peace making would be an important part of his role. I love the time when Jesus and his disciples found themselves in the middle of a loud storm on a…
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Finding Joy

The most recent Marvel movie “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” ends with a question: “Are you happy?” How would you answer that? Are you happy? Happiness is fleeing isn’t it. I suppose in asking that question we mean, “Are you content?” It’s interesting how the Bible separates the notion of “happiness” from that…
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A Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each Mum with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each Mum gives for her children. For the…
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Elephant on the Beach – John 21:1-19

Then he said to him, “Follow me!” ~John 21:19b Ever heard the term ‘elephant in the room’? Not sure if Peter ever encountered a real elephant in his lifetime, but I’ve got the feeling that there was an invisible one right there on the beach that day when Jesus cooked breakfast for his disciples. What…
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