Welcome to Devotional Treasures News No.1, which will be a platform for sharing my ramblings on various subjects. Primarily the focus will be on prayer topics, blogs that inspire me, what I am reading and, updates on projects.
On the subject of prayer, I and my family are grateful to the support of many of you in recent weeks. In your prayers for the wedding of our daughter Amy and John our new son-in-law. Also your prayers in recent days for the outbreak of Covid in our household, myself, Susan and Samuel our son all being infected. As I write Susan has just tested negative, we pray for her second negative tomorrow which means she is free from isolation. On other prayer subjects, I often read of other brethren in many sources with some trials in their lives – be assured of my prayers for you in that moment when I read of your trial.
Heidi Viars blog was this last weeks great find, not just from a devotional point of view but because what I found there was simply exquisite use of words and description. I recommend Heidi’s beautiful posts highly. Another recent discovery was Charlene Anderson, a new devotional blogger who I would highly recommend. Charlene has been writing devotions for some time and has just recently started blogging. Mustard Seed Blog by Jill McIlreavy is a favourite read too, whose devotional writing on gardening first drew me to her blog. Her first book “A Mustard Seed Life” is one which I am reading slowly at present alongside “Walking With God” by Martin Lloyd-Jones; I heartily recommend both devotional books! I really need to catch up on these books.
And now we arrive at projects news…drum roll please! I begin by thanking all those who have encouraged me in my recent short devotional videos, I must admit I am surprised how popular these basic videos have been. These are totally unscripted made with only my trusty Samsung mobile phone, as the Spirit guides me. I will continue these as and when I can. I have created a YouTube channel for these now at Devotional Treasures. Incidentally, you can also find me on Twitter at Devotional Treasures…catchy name that! Last year was supposed to be the year that I wanted to publish a book of devotionals, but it was not God’s plan…silly me. But this year I have had a clear indication to begin such a project. The prompting came from my collating of devotionals into categories on my PC, and a “still small voice” suggested that these categories could be books. I even have a working title of “Devotional Treasures on…..” whatever subject may be first, which I feel may be prayer. Thus I plan to share my progress in this with you dear readers in the however long it takes to see this project through.
Dear readers, as always I am always glad to hear from you, either in comments or by email. I hope you have enjoyed this wee insight into mind of this Scotsman. If you have any ideas don’t be shy and speak up please; be it a comment or a wee devotional ditty, pass it on (which is a good song by Bryn Haworth by the way!). On the subject of music, a lovely musical find for me in recent days has been the Irish group “The Rend Collective” whose strong Celtic contemporary voice I really love, here I share one of my favourite tracks.