Summer Devotional July 17th, 2017

Matthew 7:7:  Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”

I know this is probably a bible verse many of you have memorized but I wanted to emphasize the importance of ASK.  If you don’t ASK, odds are you won’t receive.  That’s why we ask for Christmas presents.  How else are others supposed to know what we want?

God knows.  He knows what He’s going to give you as well.  But He wants to hear it from you.  He wants to give.  He wants you to know He is the one doing the giving.

ASK, ASK, ASK, AND ASK SOME MORE.  TRUST, TRUST, TRUST, AND TRUST SOME MORE.

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Summer Devotional June 26th, 2017

Proverbs 3:24:  “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

This is for all the insomniacs or at-times insomniacs out there (so all of us) who lie down at night and who cannot turn off their brains from the worries, the heartaches, the struggles of life this side of heaven.

Rest is so important to everything we do.  We need to shut off our brains, heal our bodies, and regenerate in order to do God’s work every day, day in and day out.  Mediate on Him and His word at these times.  He will grant you rest.  And one day it will be for eternity.

Father’s Day Devotional June 18th, 2017

Ode to Fathers:

Proverbs 4:1-2:  “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.”

Hug your dad today, tomorrow, and every chance you get.  The sacrifices they made/make for their children every day is infinite and beyond words.  One of God’s greatest gifts to us:  Mom and Dad.

Happy Father’s Day!!

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!

Summer Devotional June 12th, 2017

Galatians 1:10:  “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Paul is emphatically telling the Galatians he is working for Christ.  He is not trying to please man.  My question for you today:  who are you trying to please?  God or your mom?  God or your dad?  God or your spouse?  God or your kids?  God or your boss?  God or your neighbor?  God or an acquaintance who is skinnier than you?  And most importantly:  God or yourself?

Summer Devotional June 9th, 2017

2 Corinthians 9:11:  “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Since we do all of our work for God (Colossians 3:23) and we give Him thanks for everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18), He blesses us and in turn we are able to bless others.  So today:  be generous.  Hold the door for someone.  Give a compliment.  Smile.  Give of your time.  Give of your energy.  Give yourself.  It’s nothing compared to what God has given us (Jesus).

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?