Devotionals

  • 18 Dec

    Finish Strong

    Empowering Thought

    “Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic”
    Robin Sharma

    Reflect On This:
    I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize
    (Philippians 5:12 CEV)

    December is here; it’s either a sigh of relief or a sigh of “ooh dear I can’t believe the year is ending already”. But wherever you are on the journey I want to encourage you to keep pressing on and reaching for the high life that Jesus promised you. It’s within your reach and you are closer than when you started. If you can just take a moment and look behind you. You have covered a lot of ground you have continued through the year to where you are now. You are stronger than you think, you are here because you kept going and you need to finish strong.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 24 Nov

    Slow To Speak

    Empowering Thought

    “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom” – Francis Bacon

    This is my daily mantra now; ‘Jayne be slow to speak…’ and a daily confession that enables me to navigate my relationships. Being watchful of my words, speaking from my heart and not off the top of my head. I don’t always get it right but I’m learning to become mindful of functioning this way. When I get it wrong I also try to be quick to make things right. I treasure relationships and do my best to hold onto them.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 04 Nov

    A Wise Person Can Learn From Anybody

    Empowering Thought

    Wisdom starts in your heart not your head

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates

    I have learned some of my most pivotal lessons in life and gleaned wisdom from the most unlikely sources and experiences. For example, teaching teens and young people has taught me not to take everything to heart, they would say “it’s not that deep”. This simple statement that young people often make has enabled me to travel lightly in my heart and not allow stuff to get deep.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 28 Oct

    Perspective: How You See It

    Perspective is simply your interpretation or how you view something. To me you can see autumn as messy with all the leaves on the ground and sometimes sticky and messy when it rains on it. Or you can see the autumn season as the forerunner to the next season. It’s all about your perspective. There is power in how you see everything and your attitude and interpretation. How you see a situation and how you interpret it will impact the change you are desiring. Besides for you the believer faith is based on what you don’t see with the natural eyes but focusing on the spiritual aspect which is what is not visible to the 5 senses.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 01 Oct

    The Seasons They Are Changing

    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer…”

    It seems and feels like it has been a long summer, we have enjoyed great weather and we have experienced heats waves, we have seen floods in summer. In Europe and all over the world the summer has been long and drawn out.

    Yet no matter how long the summer has been I notice that the seasons they are changing. Autumn and the Fall season is gradually emerging as the leaves start to change colour and fall to the ground making way for the next season.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 24 Sep

    The Way

    Empowering Thought

    “I am always doing things I can’t do”

    In the New Testament the Christian life is described as a way of being and doing in the world. This means that my daily life and all the practices and things I do reflect the way- the way of life I have embraced in deciding to make Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 01 Sep

    Being Mary & A Bit Martha

    Empowering Thought:

    Don’t allow yourself to be distracted

    When Jesus addressed His family friends Mary and Martha about being present and taking time to sit at His feet, He was talking to me and He was talking to all of us about getting so caught up in multi-tasking. Busyness and activity is the order of the day in the 21st century.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 27 Aug

    Smell The Roses

    Empowering Thought

    God is here right now, right here, in this moment with you!

    When my husband drives me I always see things I have never seen before on the same route. I have discovered that there are sights to take in along the way and beautiful smells of the flowers near the countryside as we drive especially in this season. Why haven’t I noticed all the beauty around me? This is probably the last thing on my mind and possibly yours when you are on the way.

    The spiritual comparison I want to draw is learning to enjoy the journey of life. Take a moment and smell the roses on the way and don’t focus only on taking out the thorns.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 21 Aug

    Slow Is The New Fast

    “Eliminate all hurry from your life”

    – Dallas Willard

    Learning to take life slow is one of my hardest lessons, however it is the most fulfilling and healthiest choices I’m embracing and that’s why I’m sharing this with you.

    Jesus was emphatic in His teachings on staying in the present, at any given time to focus on the moment you are in and enjoy and take in what life is giving you right now!

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
  • 27 May

    Too Many Choices?

    Empowering Thought:  “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”   – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Why are people so unhappy, unsatisfied and miserable? Yet we live in a day and time where there is so much choice and you can have things immediately!

    The world lies to us and this is nothing new. I have decided to choose the eternal unchanging truths of God’s word. God was here before I got here and will be here when I’m long gone.

    By Jayne Banful Power Thought
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