Perspectives on Personal Devotions

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Another gloriously sunny day greeted 14 of our Refuge women on Saturday, 24th November as we gathered for another Coffee Morning. Janice always makes people feel so welcome when she hosts and Saturday was no different. There were several remarks about how peaceful her home feels.

After enjoying (way too much!) cake and coffee, we began our morning by hearing the testimony of Anna and how she came to know and love Jesus. Her story reminded us that our God pursues us, even when we are walking in total darkness. Her life is a powerful example of Christ’s rescue of broken people.


Following Anna’s story, we moved into an open discussion about what it looks like to have a personal time with Jesus every day. We typically have one teacher at our Coffee Mornings, but we decided it would be valuable to hear a variety of perspectives on how our women meet with Jesus each day. There was a small panel who had prepared answers to some questions, but the discussion was open to everyone. Fiona did a wonderful job facilitating our chat.

We talked through questions such as:

  • how to work through difficult passages

  • what resources we each use

  • tips for memorising Scripture

  • ways that each woman fosters intimacy with Jesus in the midst of busy schedules.

We had a very honest conversation and everyone seemed to be very encouraged at the end. As a result we’ve decided to work on memorising a passage of Scripture each month as a group and are working to build up our community through praying together. God is doing a work amongst our women, calling us to His Word—through reading, study and memorisation.

Please pray for our women to know and love God’s Word and to see it as it truly is—a treasure.


My son [daughter] if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
— Proverbs 2:1–6