Devotionals

10 01, 2014

Dad

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Today is my dad’s birthday! Happy birthday dad – I love you more than words can say! Thank you for loving us, providing for us, modeling for us traits such as loyalty and integrity – thank you for being you!

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Ps 103:13

This verse is so comforting! To know that the God of this universe – the one who created the heavens and earth and everything in it – shows compassion to those who fear him just as my dad shows compassion to me! That really is amazing! Now, I realize that not everyone is blessed to have an earthly father to […]

1 01, 2014

How Reassuring! Fear Not

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Happy New Year! It is a new year. Are you happy? It’s time to reflect on the past and look towards the future. How does that make you feel? Are you excited? Or, are you tired and looking for relief? Do you feel dread or do you fear the challenges/unknowns in front of you?

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”—Is 41:10

What does the New Year mean to me? Well, to be honest …the first thing that comes to my mind is usually football. What can I say? I love the bowl season! Watching sports has […]

21 12, 2013

Bigger Picture

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Have you ever prayed to God for healing, yet healing didn’t come? Do you wonder why? Do you wonder if God hears you or cares? He does. God loving us – and our being God’s child – does NOT mean we will be shielded from difficulties or heartaches in life.

“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’”—John 11:14-15

From John 11:1-6, we learn that Jesus receives word from his friends, Mary and Martha, that their brother Lazarus is ill. Yet rather than going immediately to his friends or even healing him from afar (which is what we would […]

12 12, 2013

Flip the Switch?

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The mind is a powerful thing. Thoughts. What do you find yourself dwelling on or meditating on the most? Are they uplifting and positive thoughts? Or do you have trouble with negative thinking?

 “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”—Eph 4:23

As Christians, we are to put off or put away our former deceitful way of life (Eph 4:22) and put on our new self – living a righteous life created after the likeness of God (Eph 4:24). We are made new not just at one specific point in our life, but continually. It starts in our heart and mind. We are renewed continually in the spirit or attitude of our minds. We are what we think. Proverbs […]

25 11, 2013

Voluntarily Yoked?

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Are you continually tired and worn out? Do you need relief? Rest is available – but we must acknowledge that we need help and take the steps necessary at our own initiative to receive it.

[Jesus speaking] “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”—Matt 11:28-29

Jesus is speaking to a crowd (and to us). He offers for all who labor and are heavy laden (or weary and burdened, NIV) to come to him. Jesus doesn’t say if you are or when you might become. It’s a condition […]

20 11, 2013

Mountaintop to Wilderness

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Have you ever had just an awesome experience or spiritual high at some point in your life – and then you seemingly woke up to a nightmare of a situation soon afterwards? Are you there now?

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matt 4:1

Okay – we know Jesus was perfect. But, he must have done something somewhat wrong or that God was a little upset about for this to occur, right? (I mean – he was lead into the wilderness AND allowed to be tempted by the devil?!) Well, actually–no, just the opposite. Jesus is led by the Spirit of God to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil after he was […]

14 11, 2013

Mirror Image

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Seeking God. Do you know him? How well do you know him? Do you have a clear view of him, or is it clouded by your past experiences or limited by your finite thoughts?

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”—1 Cor 13:12

Circumstances and situations around us can be, and usually are, ever-changing and demanding our attention. Yet, first and foremost, I want my mind concentrating on: seeking God. He will provide answers or direction for everything else. With that in mind while reading today’s scripture passages, 1 Cor 13:12 jumped out at me.
Numerous times in the Bible […]

10 11, 2013

Is It Possible?

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When you hear that “all things are possible with God,” how does that make you feel? Do you feel anything? Is it just a platitude you hear about God or does it influence how you live your life?

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’”—Mark 10:27

Jesus had just told the disciples, in Mark 10:23-25, that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Obviously, a camel can’t go through the eye of a needle… So, is Jesus saying it’s not even possible for someone who is rich […]

8 11, 2013

Expectations vs. Reality

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Does your soul and heart ache for those you love when they are hurting? Are you a source of strength for them?…Is someone there for you? Did your expectations become your reality?

“Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.”—Job 30:25-26

We find Job arguing with his friend Bildad for the third time. Can’t you just hear Job’s desperation and frustration? He compares his previous life–the one before he lost everything–to now. He speaks of times in the past where he wept and grieved with those who were struggling and hurting. Yet now that he […]

2 11, 2013

Who Is Your Keeper?

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As caregivers, you are caring for, loving, watching out for, helping, protecting and aiding another. You are either the primary or at least one of the keepers for that person. So, who is your keeper?

“’The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.”—Psalm 121:5

The psalmist discusses who our protector is – our lord. He is our keeper. He is our shade or shelter on our right hand.
No one knows better than a caregiver what this verse means for us. You know what you do to care for another. You know how much you care for and love that person – so think how much more God cares for and loves you! You want to […]