Summer Devotional August 2nd, 2017

1 Corinthians 13:4-8:  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

I know most of you know this one, but it’s the apex of God and who He is.  We need reminded of this daily.  Love (God is love) never fails.  Love (God) is patient and kind.  Love (God) is not easily angered.  Love (God) perseveres.

With God, we can do anything, be anything, achieve anything.  His plans are perfect and all we need to do is trust.

This is a beautiful song about love and God and this video has some cool quotes from famous people.  Enjoy!

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Summer Devotional July 31st, 2017

Exodus 3:14:  “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.'”

I love how God doesn’t have to explain Himself to us mere mortals.  “I am who I am.  Either you know me or you don’t.  Either I’m in your heart, soul, and mind or I’m not.”  It’s clear cut and simple.  And that’s all you need.  Just like His love.  And He’s not going to waste time on any other explanations.

Summer Devotional July 28th, 2017

2 Corinthians 1:4:  “[God of all comfort] who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

We all know someone who is suffering or worse off than ourselves.  Be the ear they desperately need and the prayer they won’t ask for.

Old Post Made New from February 24th, 2011 HERE

Summer Devotional July 26th, 2017

Isaiah 35:4:  “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”

Reminders we need to hear often as we often forget:

  1.  We have nothing to fear with God.
  2. God will come with vengeance.  Our job is to forgive.  God’s job is to punish those who do wrong against us.
  3. God will save us.  Now.  In the present moment when all is hopeless.  And in the future.  He is with us always.  We will be with Him always.

Summer Devotional July 24th, 2017

Proverbs 3:3:  “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Great words that speak for themselves.  Imagine if we responded to everything life throws at us with love and faithfulness.  We’d have no worries, doubts, or conflicts.

Summer Devotional July 21st, 2017

Psalm 63:8:  “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Definition of cling:  Hold on tightly to.

The word cling brings to mind what a baby does to its mother.  What someone on the edge of a cliff does to stay alive.  When your life is in danger.  What we need to do to God.  Cause without Him we have no life.

Believe this in your heart and soul and mind even if you don’t feel it today.  Use it as a mantra.  Repeat over and over.  See Him when in the moment, anger and rage and injustice and pain or whatever else blinds you.  Feel Him.  Know Him.  Believe.

Summer Devotional July 19th, 2017

Job 37:14:  “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.”

I know “stop and smell the roses” is such a cliche, but it’s something we all need to do.  Today I encourage you to stop and take in the wonders of nature (God’s hand) all around you no matter in a big city or a small town, forest or sea, mountains or prairie.  God is everywhere in everything and we often miss Him in all of our busy-ness.  He created this world for us and we miss Him when we ignore the animals and trees and sky around us.

Pet a cat or dog.  Look up in the sky and enjoy the hawk or the gull.  Visit a park and sit and watch the grass and trees sway in the wind.  Go on a hike.  Or a run.  Take a walk with friends.  And stop when you see a blooming flower in bright orange or red or yellow or purple.  Then thank Him.  For all He’s given and all He’s done.  You’ll be amazed at the change in your outlook if you do.