Some wonderful devotional writing has emerged from some very inspiring rivervalleyians, we have asked these writers if they would work at sharing their talents with us. Their contributions are below

3rd December

If Only          Max Lucado


So now you are not a slave; you are God’s child, and God will give you the blessing he promised because you are his child.   Galatians 4:7

Maybe your past isn’t much to brag about.  Maybe you have seen raw evil.  And now you…. have to make a choice.    Do you rise above the past and make a difference? Or do you remain controlled by the past and make excuses?

Many choose the convalescent homes of the heart.    Healthy bodies, sharp minds, but retired dreams.     Back and forth they rock in the chair of regret, repeating the terms of surrender.  Lean closely and you will hear them… if only.

If only I had been born somewhere else….
If only I had been treated fairly…..

Maybe you have used those words.   Maybe you have every right to use them. If such is the case, go

to John’s gospel and read Jesus’ words:   Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the Spirit.  (John 3:6)












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