• Shanley McConnell

Devotion: Consider Worship

"It was planted in good soil beside abundant waters, that it might yield branches and bear fruit and become a splendid vine," Ezekial 17v8.


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"Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow," James 1v17.


Good morning ♡,


It's the 28th of February. I'm sitting in the living room of my friend's student flat-share. The window light behind me is soft, and I can hear the rain settle on the pane. I'm feeling the weight of a week, falling, away.


It's peaceful, and we curl up with lemon + ginseng tea to share stories from our childhood. The years that pass remind us of time and all its effect.


Time reveals the temporal. It highlights the slow, steady change the Earth experiences. How much has changed in a decade, two years, even a couple weeks. How it is that an afternoon brings us all the seasons in odd moments.


God is unchanged. The more anxious I feel, the more I am in awe of the power of his steadfastness. Alpha and Omega. His Spirit, alive and moving in mercy, omnipresent.


As I think about my Creative Writing project, I wonder if this relates to music. It comfort us to recognise a melody. The world is constantly producing new sounds, songs and lyrics. Musicians hear and translate rhythm in different ways, but the melody remains the same.


Consider worship? Our lives should be this way-------the comfort of our day in pursuing Christ and his presence always with us (Psalms 100v5).


♪ 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman



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"I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb," Revelation 7v9.


"The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea," Habakkuk 2v14.


I'm sitting at my desk, reading these verses and thinking about how beautiful the eco-system of God's kingdom is ~ how circular and interconnected his people are, how widespread this nation of truth, glory and hope is, even in the small, center of our own spaces of work & home.


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She said to her mistress, 'I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samari. He would cure him of leprosy.'


2nd Kings 5v3 highlights the story of Namaan-----this blog has surely recounted the narrative before. It's one of my favourites. A unnamed girl thrown into the landscape of Scripture as a political captive. Stolen during a raid on her homeland Israel, the child was sold into slavery, under the service of an esteemed army captain and his wife.


But God was with her. While a captive in Syria, God remained with the child; her courage, and comfort in God's presence, coursed into action restoration between Namaan and Israel, Namaan and the Jehovah-Rapha. Jehovah-Rapha, def. healing is the will of God.


How could this little girl have known the weight of her capture? The significance of her courage.


"We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose," Romans 8v28.


♪ Goodness of God, Bethel Music



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