How to get God to write you love song

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God is love quotes
Give thanks to the Eternal because He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind. Psalm 118:1 (VOICE)

I sing and dance a lot. 

I try to keep this a secret because I dance like the white women that I am. Elbows up in the air on all the wrong beats. 

My husband who wasn’t born white, and has moves I’ll never have, laughs at me and tries to teach me to find the rhythm of the song. 

It’s a long running joke between us. 

And one I use when Xylon’s feeling down. I know that if I enter a room singing and dancing to just one line of a song it’ll lift his mood considerably. 

This is how I found myself singing, Sara Bareilles the other day,
I'm not gonna write you a love song
'Cause you asked for it
'Cause you need one, you see

I stopped in the middle of flinging my hands out from my body, as the thought ran through my head, 
God will write me a love song just because I asked for it. (tweet this)
love song quotes
I love that I know that about God. I love that I can have that confidence in God. 

God isn’t fickle like other lovers. And that is such a relief to me. 

Some days I really need God to write me love song. Not because I deserve it, or earned it, or because I dance well, but just because I ask for it. 

Some days God doesn’t write me a love song but he shows his love for me in other ways. 

God will send me sunlight or sparrows or rainbows just because I ask for it, just because I need it.

And on days like that I know that God will remind me of his love, because he is always good, he never ceases to be loving and kind, and God’s love never quits

And knowing that, makes me want to move my uncoordinated limbs, and sing a song about how awesome God is.

Ponder: Do you need God to write you a love song? Ask him to surprise you with a love song today. (And when he gives you one will you come share in the comments). 

Prayer: God, could you write me a love song today simply because I asked for it. 


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When you have to do something you don't want to

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A note from Wendy: I first heard of Bronwyn via an online friend who told me they knew another South African blogger who lived in California. And then I bumped into her online one day and we both went, "I've heard of you!". I loved her writing and invited her to share on ilovedevotionals. 
devotionals about gardening
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hebrews 12:1a (NIV)

I sometimes overhear people talk about their love of gardening: how they lose track of time, how they look forward to time alone with their plants, how they fantasize about spending tens of thousands at the local nursery.

I am not one of those people. 

And yet, every now and then, I find that I can no longer walk to my front door: I have to pick a path through the weeds. 

And the children can no longer play ball out back, because the grass has grown so long that it absorbs even the biggest bounce. 
John 15 picture quoteAnd then, with a sigh, I dig out my crocs and ratty wide-brimmed hat, and head outside with tools in hand to tackle the jungle masquerading as a yard.

I loathe yardwork, and yet every time I obey the call to Responsible Home Ownership and set outside to Tend My Piece of Earth, I find a strange magic at work: I grumble for the first half hour, and then find myself falling into a rhythm of easy breathing and deep thinking. 

For, I cannot trim unwieldy branches without thinking of Jesus talking about the way he prunes us in John 15: not to hurt us, but to bring forth fruit.

I cannot plant seeds in our vegetable boxes without remembering the mystery of ministry: how we sow, and others water (even when some are drips!), and yet it is God who gives growth, and each leaf of faith unfurled in someone’s life is a spiritual miracle.

And then there is weeding. Oh, how I hate weeding. But that simple act of tending to my soil tends to my soul in a way that no other practice does.

For I cannot pull weeds without kneeling. (tweet this)

And I cannot pull weeds without getting my hands dirty.

And I cannot pull weeds without being forced to think deeply on sin and weeds and how the Master Gardener picked the perfect metaphor for those unwelcome things that grow amidst the good we try to cultivate, and throttle and threaten the fruit. 

I cannot weed without noticing how deep the roots go: how pernicious and pervasive they are, embedding themselves far deeper than the eye can see, and resisting with every tug of removal.

As it turns out, I cannot weed without confessing.

“Let us therefore get rid of the sin that so easily entangles,” writes the author of Hebrews. For “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9).

quotes about gardeningDavid the Shepherd wrote that the Lord was his Shepherd (Psalm 23). Our God is the Shepherd to shepherds. 

And it only takes a few minutes on my knees with the weeds for me to remember that He is the Gardener to gardeners: pruning, clearing, cleansing, digging, removing that which chokes, and making space for things beautiful.

I always arise from weeding a different person from the one who first knelt down. (tweet this)

Having done the dirty work, I arise cleaner, humbled, and forgiven. I brush the dirt off my knees and see the good that has come from the hard work of digging deep.

And every time, I give thanks.

Ponder: Are there physical practices which lead you towards spiritual enrichment? If so, how can you cultivate a mindfulness of God’s presence as you garden, work out, paint, (fill in the blank….)

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Bronwyn Lea is a South-African born writer-mama, raising 3 littles in Northern California. She writes about things that make her laugh and things that make her think at bronlea.com and at various places around the web. She’s friendly: follow her writing and say hi on Facebook or twitter.

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When you feel invisible (or one way God reminds me he keeps his promises)

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Rainbows and the bible
When that rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember this eternal covenant I have made with all living creatures. Genesis 9:16 (VOICE)

I used to walk into university singing, “I hate the world today”. 

I did not sing it to anyone in particular. 

I sang it under my breath, in my head. 

quotes about GodI sang it to all the people I walked past who did not know I was inhaling the same air as them. 

I sang it in defiance, and I sang it in despair, because I did not know how else to get through each day. 

Around the same time, God started painting the sky for me with rainbows. 

It was outrageous and ridiculous and beautiful. 

Some days I would see three or four rainbows. 

I’d even see rainbows in the sky when it had not rained for days. 

This continued relentlessly for weeks on end. 

My only explanation was that these rainbows were denying the laws of nature and upholding the nature of God. 

I would be singing, “I hate the world”, and then look up to see colours rainbows suspended from the sky with invisible twine.

I’d see a rainbow and be reminded that God loved me, that he saw me, and that he would keep his promise to never leave me or forsake me. 
Whenever you see a rainbow remember God loves you
Even years later, I think God sometimes sneaks in a rainbow on a sunny day just to remind me that he will keep his promises, and that even when I feel unloveable he loves me. 

Ponder: What has God used to show you that he sees you and will fulfill his promises in your life?

Pray: Lord, thank you that you make me feel seen and loved. 


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When you're not sure which way to turn

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bible verse about following God deuteronomy 13:4
Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)

“Turn left in 70 metres.”

“At the round about take the third exit.”

My husband and I have been following Charles, the British GPS voice, wherever he tells us to go for the last few days.

We’ve been driving round tiny one-way roads in Madrid and Lisbon. And somehow finding our way, thanks to Charles. 

Most of the time, I don’t have a clue where the GPS is taking me but I trust it will get me to my destination.

Yesterday while listening to Charles tell us where to go I had this thought that maybe God wants me to follow him as blindly as I follow the GPS.

I think it would be easier to do this if I knew God was a little voice that came out the dashboard and told me to, “drive on the highlighted route.”

It gets a little more complicated when I’m not always sure which way God wants me to turn. 

I can’t just turn the volume up to hear God’s voice. (tweet this)

I find God speaks quietly; mostly I hear God when I lean in.

following God picture quoteSome times God’s direction feels more like a tap on the shoulder, than a voice telling me where to go. (tweet this)

And I’m talking about the kind of tap where I turn around and can’t see anyone there who could have touched me.

I don’t know about you but often I get anxious about where God is taking me, and I start asking questions about where the destination is and how much longer it will take. 

I realised as I drove that maybe instead of worrying so much about working out where God is directing me I should rather just trust God to guide me one turn at a time. 

Almost all of the time I can’t see the route God has mapped out for me but I’m learning to trust that he will help me find my way on unfamiliar roads.

Ponder: Do you ever wish God’s voice was more audible? Do you think that would help you to obey it?

Pray: Lord, draw me closer to you so I can hear your direction. 

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When trusting God is all you've got

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Bible verse about trust
 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Psalm 25:1 (NIV)

“And babies?”

It’s a common question I hear these days.

It’s slipped in between, “How are you?” and “What are you up to?”

Each time I hear it I think back to our whispered fears and hopes outside a sperm bank: 
“Do you want to do this?” Xylon asked.
“No…do you?” I whisper.
“Not at all.” He says.
“Ssshall we go?” I stutter.
In reply, Xylon turns the key, and drives out of the fertility clinic.

My husband and I drove all the way to deposit sperm after he was diagnosed with cancer, and then we couldn’t do it.

We’d talked about it, we’d prayed about it, we’d researched it and met with doctors about it.

We wanted to be wise about our fertility.

We didn’t want to play games with the future generations God might give us.

But in the end we couldn’t go through it.

We turned around and left, because we felt that God was telling us to not only trust him with our lives, but with our fertility.

I don’t know exactly what that means for us.

All we decided was that we were content to allow God to determine how we become parents of the children he has for us.

I don’t know if it means we’ll have birth children one day, or whether we’ll adopt, or whether God has something else planned for us. 

I don’t know the stresses and strains it might put on our relationship or how it might change us.

quotes about trust in God
All I know, is that in that parking lot we decided to put all our trust and hope in Jesus – to trust him completely.

I have learnt “We’re trusting God for X” isn’t a guarantee that I’ll get what I want or even what I think I need. 

Sometimes I use “We’re trusting God” as euphemism for “We’re going to get what we want.”

I don’t think that’s what trust it, I think trust is more a quite confidence that God will always give me his best (even if I think that looks like the worst possible outcome).

When I don’t know the outcome, or when the situation I hoped would turned out for one way turns out differently to what I hoped that’s when I’m really trusting God.

I’m learning that when I wonder if I can trust God in something, I can whisper like David: “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”

Ponder: Is there something in your life that you need to trust God with? 


Prayer: In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.


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Does diversity matter? I’m #GoingThere

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God looks on the heart 1 Samuel 16:7
But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (MSG)

I grew up in a country where apartheid wasn’t just a word it was a policy. 

I grew up in a country where at 9 years my best friend had skin darker than mine. And we spent our Monday afternoons with a dozen or so kids who spoke a mother tongue that grew out of African soil. 

I never knew that my actions, that my families actions, went against the policy of the government. I never knew that by embracing diversity I was breaking some kind of taboo. 

In 1994, when I was 11, South Africa had its first democratic elections and became the “rainbow nation”: a group of people with every skin shade and a dozen or so languages embracing each other. 

Over a decade later, I met a man who looked nothing like the husband I thought I’d marry. Xylon was dark, where I thought he’d be light. He was short, where I thought he’d be tall. 

And he was handsome, kind and full of grace for the people who struggled to see bones covered in white skin and black skin holding hands. 

Xylon invited me to join him in pursuing a life that would not be ordinary. A life where I would learn to look past the colour of a persons skin to the colour of their heart.

Recently, I gave Xylon the book of the “Colour of Water” to read and told him how in the book a little boy asks his mother, “What colour is God?” And his mother replies, "He doesn't have a colour… God is the colour of water."

Then last night, he said to me, “If God is the colour of water, than wouldn’t that mean that he sees all of us as the colour of water too?”

I thought about what Xylon said, and about 1 Samuel 16:7, about how our hearts are all the same colour under our diverse skin tones.  

diversity #GoingthereAnd how, if our eyes saw hearts instead of bodies how different our idea of human worth would be. (tweet this)

I know, because of my countries past, because of my past, that diversity is a choice. 

Relationships don’t happen by accident, they happen by choice. And if I'm honest right now, my friends all look a lot more like me then they look like my husband. And if it wasn’t for him my world would be pretty vanilla. 

I don’t want to live in a world of my own creation. I want to live in a world where I reach out to people who are different from me, who look different, who do different jobs, and who think different things. 

I’m praying that God will open my eyes to see hearts. I’m listening when people who are different to me speak. And I’ve decided that to be intentional about pursuing friendships with people who are nothing like me. 

And I’m allowing the words of tobyMac to challenge me and change me: My world is diverse, because I wanted it to be, because God placed that in me. If we’re ever going to be the shining city on the hill, we have to be a “diverse city.” I think we’re more beautiful diverse than we are separated and divided.

Ponder: How diverse are your friends and family? What stops you from #GoingThere? 

Pray: Lord, give me your eyes to see hearts instead of skin. Give me your ears to listen first and speak second. Help me to be a good friend to people who look nothing like me. 

I have friends online who are #GoingThere. Deidra Riggs is a woman you should get to know online, and she’s been #GoingThere for a good long while now. But she’s getting tired. So others are coming alongside her and throwing wide their fears and slips of the heart and extending the conversation. Others like Lisa-Jo, and Jennifer, and Alia, and Kate. And they’re inviting you to go there, too.


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