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Daily Devotionals

Day 12 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Psalm 33:3 NLT

‘Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.’

I’ve had the privilege of being happily married twice. I have only ever been out with three women, two of which I’ve married. Katey and I were married for 30 years before MS ended her life. Jayne and I have celebrated five years so far. My learning is that every one of us is a unique individual, and there are no general principles when it comes to establishing relationships.

Katey was a very forthright character. She knew her own mind, and was always ready to express it. For some, this made her somewhat intimidating, yet she had a huge heart, deep love of people, and offered warm hospitality. In marriage, she would anticipate getting on with her teaching while I travelled with my evangelistic team. It was before the days of mobile phones and Internet, so she would only expect me to contact her over something significant. So I learned to keep communication to a minimum.

Then I married Jayne. Quickly I learned that not to have texted her between her leaving home and arriving at work was neglecting her! Jayne loves constant messaging and occasional phone calls. Consistent communication has become a foundation for our flourishing friendship and love.

God invites us daily to sing a new song. That song might be something new we have discovered about him, or something we appreciate about him, yet is always a declaration of the degree to which we value God and include him into our daily lives. It prevents me from taking God from granted. Every aspect of God is daily a fresh encounter both with the divine and with my redeemed self. It’s a reminder that each new day is a new opportunity to discover God. It counters the danger of falling into a pattern where I take God’s grace and favour for granted, and reminds me to live for Jesus ahead of my natural inclination to live for self.

QUESTION: How stale is your friendship with God?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, teach me of your mercies, which are new every morning. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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