The Cathedral
Photo courtesy of Nathan Berry,
Image Copyright 2022 TakeN Photography.

Welcome to the latest Devotional Treasures News (No.5), which is quite busy this week. I would like to begin by highlighting a new series of photography begiining this week, donated by Nathan Berry Photography. Nathan is the son of Andy and Jo Berry from BerryBunchTV. I an excited by Nathan’s talent; today’s photograph which I have named “The Cathedral” reminds me of a woodland walk I loved when I was a lad. The trees were like the side walls inside a cathedral with light streaming through stained glass, and the canopy met high above my head like the ceiling of the sanctuary. I often walked slowly there listening to the choir of birds and praying as I went, it was a peaceful experience. Thank you Nathan for reviving this precious memory.

Another development this week involved making new artwork for Devotional Treasures, which was needing revitalising. I love using the Canva App for creating such things. The one just above here is the new Twitter page banner. Just in case you didn’t know Devotional Treasures uses other social media sources such as Twitter, DingDash and Tumblr . Another Devotional Treasures logo appears below in a circular badge format, first use of this is to be on Tumblr.

The last week has been fruitful with regards to blogs I have read and been blessed by recently. “The Secret Place” by StopAndPrayTV was a comforting read, reminding me of despite the evil of this world I have a secret place with Almighty God where the world can’t touch me. It reminded me of my secret places in the woods as a boy where I could hide away…just me, the birds, trees, the wind and God. Nowadays I need not go so far to find Him, He is always here. “Something Found” from A New Life written by Amy Blount was a poem that touched the same memories as the previous post; it reminded me of Father God’s exuberant joy as we return to Him from our dark place. “Becoming God’s Masterpiece” by DEVOTIONSBYCHRIS reminded me of my childhood past where I was told I was worthless by my own dad, he mocked me at every opportunity. But a day came when I found God my Father who loved me and cherished me for who He made me to be. From that day my dad’s power to hurt me was broken, and he didn’t like it. I don’t look back in sorrow but in rejoicing at how God rescued me and began making me whole in Him – I am always thankful for Him and praise His name. In “Constancy” by PASSIONATE CREATIVE CHRISTIAN written by Faye I was thrilled to be reminded of Him in whom my faith is anchored in. The fact this poem is posted by a dear sister who is recovering from her own health issues made it all the more special to me. “In The Time of Your Favour” in I Love The Psalms by David Kitz is always going to be a good read, just like any of David’s Psalms devotionals which get to the heart of the Christian walk with God. In this particular devotion I was reminded of my need to be patient in my prayers with Father God – He has all things in His hand, His timing is always perfect. “Time For A Jail Break” by KRISTI’S MORNING DEVOTIONALS was a thrilling read…our God is still in the Jail breaking business as He was with Peter in this post! The temptations and sins of Satan are our Jail cell, but if we call on our Father He will break the chains and open the cell doors before us – hallelujah!

In a recent discussion with sister Mandy regarding something that I was seeking clarification on she pointed me towards APOLOGETICS INDEX which is a great resource. These sorts of resources are worth knowing about, and sharing. Thank you Mandy (Blue Collar Theologian).

This weekend is special in the Kearns household; on celebrate two birthdays on Saturday and Sunday. Samuel our son is 22 today and I am 55 tomorrow (gulp!); we had the family over today for dinner and birthday cake which was fun. Tomorrow Sam and I are off to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh for a Classical concert by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, which we are both quite excited about. I am most excited about hearing a live performance of A Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams; even though it is not Christian music it does sing the praises of the beauty of creation at the hands of our Creator God.

36 thoughts on “Devotional Treasures News No.5

  1. The photo by Nathan is splendid. Especially for a teenage lad (gotta say it like a Scotsman)๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ I have also updated my site with a new logo. Andy B., Nathanโ€™s dad, did it for me. Thank you for the news update. David Katz is definitely a blogger I plan to read more of. Happy Birthday. Iโ€™ll be 54 next month, older brother! ๐Ÿ˜€ Blessings!

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    1. Hi David, thank you for your encouragement little brother ๐Ÿ˜
      I certainly would recommend David Kitz ‘s Psalms devotionals, which are also available as a three volume set on Amazon if you wish to have a hard copy.
      God bless you this weekend, and on the Lord’s Day. ๐Ÿ™

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  2. Dear Alan, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Praying for the Lord’s richest blessings upon you & your family!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful Devotional Treasures (both written & video!) that are such a blessing and encouragement to my own soul as well as to so many. May you be richly blessed through this wonderful working of the Lord and for His glory! With love and blessings in our Lord to you & your family from your sister in Christ, Susan

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  3. Thanks for the great update.

    โ€œThe Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.โ€ โ€“ Zephaniah 3:17. Happiest of birthdays to you, my friend. May God hold His comforting hand over your life in the coming year.

    Shalom!

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  4. Thank you. A very Happy Birthday dear ‘younger brother’ . Thank God for who you are in HIM. Blessings1 a truly beautiful post in every way. Musically pictorially and WORD.

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    1. Thank you for your comments David, but most of all thank you for your service of our Father and the encouragement that brings to many people. God bless you brother.

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  5. Happy Birthday Alan! Adding another year means you are richer in wisdom. Nathan’s photograph is beautiful. The play of light and dark with the pop of color at the end of the archway makes “Cathedral” the perfect name. I look forward to seeing more of his photography featured on your site. I enjoy visiting and reading the devotionals you share each week in your “news” post.

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  6. Hope youโ€™ve had a great birthday Alan. It sounds like a fun packed and exciting time. Love the new art work. Encouraged me to think about refreshing my site too. Time for a spring refresh. Also love the introductions you make to new blogs and sites. Itโ€™s a great blessing. I love the recommended posts and your news slot. ๐Ÿ‘

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  7. It’s a pleasure to have my photos featured on your blogs. Happy Birthday to you and Sam.
    And I’m glad my photo reminded you of a fond memory.

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