Summer Devotional June 16th, 2017

1 Corinthians 9:24:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

A reminder as we head into the weekend of summer busy-ness to keep working for the Lord.  Keep fighting for His plan in your life.  Keep plugging away no matter how overwhelming life may seem.  Keep Him in focus and let the messiness of life and sin fall away.  Our prize is eternal.  Be in it to win it!

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Summer Devotional June 5th, 2017

Colossians 3:23:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

I think this very apropos for a Monday.  Whether you’re an office manager, a CEO, a teacher, a garbage collector (anyone else thinking of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs?), a stay-at-home mom, a lawyer, a doctor, or a McDonald’s server, remember you work for Him.  Always.  When your day is really starting to suck, turn to Him who has a purpose in all things in your life.  Be grateful you have work to do AND you get to do it for Him.  How awesome is He?

Summer Devotional June 2nd, 2017

1 Corinthians 10:13:  “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

My husband is going through a hard time at work and I reminded him of this verse.  God never gives you more than you can bear.  He has a purpose is all that He does and all that happens in your life.  You don’t have to understand it.  You just have to have faith that God will handle it and will overcome it.

Summer Devotional May 31st, 2017

Romans 3:23:  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

This is for the perfectionists out there (myself included).  We all fall short.  Period.  No way around it.  Because of sin.  Be gentle with yourselves when you do sin.  Ask for forgiveness and give it to God.  He knows.  He understands.  He forgives.  He loves.  Then move on with your life.  Quit living in the past or the vicious ‘what if” cycle that only saps your energy and your mind.  Embrace the here and now.  The rest is dust.

Summer Devotional May 29th, 2017

Romans 1:20:  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Fall in Mountains

Fall in Mountains

Most people read this verse as the reason there is no excuse to know God (I posted on this HERE if curious).  What I want you to see in this verse is how God is everywhere, always, in nature, in everything on this planet.  All you have to do is look.  And He is there.  Appreciate Him.  Every moment of every day.  Cause one day the life you know will end.

Summer Devotional May 24th, 2017

Genesis 50:20:  “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

This is Joseph telling his brothers that what they did to him (threw him in a hole, sold him into slavery, landing in jail and all the other resulting hardships he had to endure as a consequence) were God’s plan.  Man intends evil; God intends good.  God brings good out of bad intentions.  Joseph forgave his brothers and left judgement to God.

This is a reminder to all of us that despite the crap circumstances we may find ourselves in, God has a plan and it is for good.  Sickness, death, tragedy, loss of a limb, senseless violence, financial troubles, bankruptcy, emotional trauma, depression, or overall sense of being lost in this chaotic world, God is there and He is working for good in our troubles.  Have faith.  Trust in Him.  He will do the rest.

Summer Devotional May 22nd, 2017

Colossians 3:12:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Focus on every word here:  We are God’s chosen people to be by His side for all of eternity, thus being holy and dearly loved by Him.  As such, we need to be compassionate towards others, show kindness, be humble and gentle and patient.  If we could just remember this one verse throughout our day, imagine how our lives and the lives of those around us would be changed.  He would be the center.  And those around us would be drawn toward Him as we shine God in all that we do.