Summer Devotional: 1 Peter 4:10

1 Peter 4:10:  “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

You are gifted.  There is something (no matter how little) that you do better than anyone else.  Use it.  Share it.  Live it.  Be blessed because of it.

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Saturday’s Snippet July 21st, 2018

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” –Mark Twain

Summer Devotional: 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Image result for painting of scrubbing floors2 Thessalonians 1:11:  “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.”

There is a purpose is what you do.  Even when the drudgery seems unbearable and all you want to do is quit.  Don’t.  Pray instead.  Ask God to show you His purpose.  His calling.  His will for your work.

Pithy Prayer July 19th, 2018

Image result for giving one's life for anotherThank you for being there in my past when all others forsook me. Thank you for being there when I was unaware of your presence until I looked back and saw the evidence of your grace. Please give me courage to truly believe your promises, especially this one about always being there.

Sovereign Lord of all creation, Thank you for your incredible love for me. While I know I don’t deserve your overwhelming and generous grace, I rejoice in it. While I know my best attempts at honoring you fall short, thank you for promising to welcome me into your presence, care for me and comfort me when I come home to you. Your love, O Lord, is beyond my comprehension and exhausts my appreciation while filling my heart with wonder and praise.  I thank you dear Father, for your wonderful and extravagant blessings. All that I have, all that I am, and all that I ever hope to be exists only because of the mercy or grace you have lavished upon me. Thank you, Jesus, for your incredible sacrifice.

Amen.

Summer Devotional: Deuteronomy 7:6

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Deuteronomy 7:6:  “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God.  The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the people on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.”

You are chosen.  You are special.  You are loved.  You are His.  Please, please, please remember this!

Pithy Prayer July 17th, 2018

Image result for transitory nature on earthAs I age, I am constantly reminded, O God, of my transitory stay on earth and your eternal reign in heaven. Give me a sense of my place before you as I seek your will.

Thank you for sending Jesus as the demonstration of your love. I love you, Father. I love you for who you are and what you have done. I love you for what you have promised. I love you for the blessings you shower upon me. I love you for giving me hope. I love you because you first loved me. I love you because you are worthy of all love. But I confess that my love is not as strong as yours, so please, fill me with your love by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Almighty and everlasting Father, I believe that because you have adopted me into your family that death will never claim me because I am yours through Jesus, your son and my Lord, risen from the dead.

Lord, I confess that I have not been on fire for you as often as I would have liked. Please kindle in me a renewed zeal and passion for you and your work in the world.

Amen.

Summer Devotional: Proverbs 22:6

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Proverbs 22:6:  “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Great reminder to us parents (and encouragement) to instill in our young ones a love of God from the beginning.