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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Letting Go And Moving On

 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I doforgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Here we are in the final day of 2017. 2017! That alone blows my mind. On this day many start to think of how they can do things differently in the new year. I suggest making a list of things that hinder you and drag you down to ‘let go’ of. Here are a few of my suggestions. You can add to this.

Let go of misspoken words.
Let go of unforgiveness.
Let go of the past.
Let go of your right to get back
Let go of hurt feelings.
Let go of anger.
Let go of wrong thinking.
Let go of need to get the last word.
Let go of the desire to be loved.
Let go of need to always be right.
Let go of wanting people to like you. 
Let go of hate.
Let go of being opinionated.
Let go of worry.
Let go of jealousy.
Let go of comparison.
Let go of expectations. 

You have to come to grips in your own way of things that really aren’t good for you in your life and purpose with God’s help to start anew and what a better time than tomorrow when the clock strikes midnight. Decide to be a new person then get busy and do it!

PRAYER: I love new beginnings and I love the feeling being set free from a bondage that has captured me. I choose to follow you in 2018 and run hard after you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Push Pause

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Whew. 2017 is just about behind you. Where did the time go? Seems like the older one becomes the faster the clock seems to move. Obviously that is not the case but it feels that way. I hope you had a terrific 2017 and look forward to good things in 2018.

Occasionally it may be necessary to push the pause button on life and regroup for various reasons either medical issues, too much busyness, or a traumatic life event. Whatever the reason there are times it is necessary to sit back and just be still. Trying to not overreact or be fearful of things swirling around you. You want to rejoice but you may be scared. This is the time to really get close to God. Let Him hear your heart. 

Pause for a moment and sit and be still. Pray. Sing songs of praise. Try to be thankful even when you may not be. Take time to tell Jesus how much you love Him. Whatever the future holds you know who holds the future. 

PRAYER: Many are hurting and don’t feel gleeful at this time of year and help me be sensitive to that. I pray for friends or family who may have need to be still before you. I pray for your healing touch in those who are enduring sickness. I pray for your perfect peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year Ahead!

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
New Years Day 2018 is right around the corner. Have you given any thought to changes you want to make or goals you want to accomplish in the new year?
Lose weight, get in shape, take a class, read a book a month, be better at studying your Bible? I am sure you have some ideas. The turning of the calendar is a super time for initiating changes in your life. It is whether you make these goals by the end of the year that matters. 
So what do you have in mind for 2018? Give it some thought. You could even add things like skydive, scuba dive, visit people in nursing homes. Pray and ask God what he would have for you then press on. 
PRAYER: Lord help me as I seek to get closer to you in 2018 and not make excuses. Use me to touch another's life as well. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Love Unconditionally

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. For man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20

Today my husband and I celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and I dedicate this devotion to him.  It is hard to believe those years have passed and we have been through good and bad and ups and downs. Whether married or not I am writing to ask you to ponder what the meaning of love and marriage is.

In a Christian wedding, the vows are repeated "for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do you part." When young couples utter these words they are in the throes of deep romance and really don't know yet the trials that will come their way to challenge them to keep those vows they made before God and in the presence of witnesses in most cases. Each person has to do their part with the help of God to be true to their vows. If you are reading this and are divorced I am not standing in judgment of you but simply saying it is important to keep your promises marriage or otherwise. Perhaps someone else broke their vows to you. Try to keep yours. 

Are you able to forgive, not get the last word, not go to bed angry? Can you be best friends? Can you forsake all others and put your spouse and his or her needs first? Marriage is a two way street.

Your assignment for today is to read not only 1 Corinthians 13, known as The Love Chapter,  but to practice living it daily. Turn the other cheek and remember to pray for your husband or wife daily even if they don't do the same for you. Don't compare them to others. Admit when you are wrong. Don't try to get your own way. Don't be rude. And don't forget to say your sorry. Unlike the popular 70's movie 'Love Story' which  said "love means to never having to say you're sorry"  love DOES mean to say you are sorry. And mean it.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my spouse. I pray that you will help me love them unconditionally. I pray we can put you first in our marriage. In Jesus name. Amen.

Note to unmarried: if you are reading this and wanting to be married pray that the person you marry will love God more than they love you. If you don't have a passion for the Lord why not ask him to put a burning desire for Him in your heart today.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalms 55:22
Are you one of those people who maybe pray but then just keep fretting or not allowing God to work? You don’t see change so you try to manipulate circumstances? First of all, you are not God. Let God be God and you rest up ok? 
Stop striving and be at peace. Leave your burden at the foot of the cross and trust that God has a plan and He has your back. Don’t allow yourself to slip into doubt.
It takes lots of mental energy to strive and the enemy loves it that you can not rest and trust God. Whatever it is pray about it and let God have it. He has a plan so trust Him. 
PRAYER: Often times I wear myself out trying to orchestrate things or figure things out when in fact I need to cast my cares on you and wait patiently. I choose resting in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Stinking Thinking

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 

Bible teacher Joyce Meyer coined the phrase ‘stinking thinking’ which is when we allow our minds to wander or imagine things that are not even real and before you know it you are caught up in all sorts of fabricated stuff. This then leads to fretting, worry, and saying stuff you could regret later.

The mind is a valuable asset but it takes discipline to keep it pure. The enemy loves to try to get your thoughts on wrong stuff. Don’t allow him to take any ground in your life. 

Think on good things. Don’t sit conjuring up stuff in your mind or thinking wrong thoughts things or concentrating on ‘what if’s’ cause before you know it your mind is mush. Get it under the control of the Holy Spirit. If this is a weak area ask God to help you. 

PRAYER: I hate stinking thinking and I know it is from the pit of hell. I choose to start disciplining my mind with filling it with good thoughts and right thinking. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Simply Christmas

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

It's here. After days and weeks of hearing non stop advertisements and walking through crowded malls the day of The birthday celebration of Christ has arrived. It is time to remember the real meaning of this day. 

A manger, a star, a baby who was King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Not Santa Claus and reindeer but a time of celebrating the birth of our Savior. A time we give gifts but sometimes don't even know why. A time many think of snow but this is a time of reflecting on the meaning of the True story of Christmas. 

Does Jesus go beyond December 25th in your life and that of your family? Today just remember this day is Simply Christmas. 

PRAYER: Lord I am ever grateful for your birth. I pray for those who don't know you and those who ignore you. May hearts be light on this day and filled with the anticipation of your return. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Darker? Why?

Finally , brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

The latest book of a popular series is out and I beg to ask those who are hooked on these novels and movies why? The earth is pretty dark already without adding more darkness on purpose.  Dwelling on bad stuff is not good for your mind. Just as the verse for today says, “think on good things” and if you do you will have less desire for junk that drags you down.
It is okay not to fall prey to the latest junk out of Hollywood that attempts to reel you in to a web of wrong thinking through bad language and inappropriate conduct. It takes self discipline to insure you guard your mind and your heart. Why not in this season where the concentration should be on the birth of a savior try to do the right thing by not allowing the darkness of this world to penetrate your heart. Guard your heart and mind as it says in Proverbs 4:23.
Start your day with feeding your mind on good things such as a dose of Psalms or Proverbs. Be still before the Lord and be careful what you choose to set your eyes upon.
PRAYER: Lord I love you and I love your word. There have been times I have allowed myself to be captivated by things in the world that make me think wrong thoughts. Help me as I choose to look upon good things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Trying To Be Somebody

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

Have you ever caught yourself in the mode of trying to prove to someone that you matter? If you have why do you do this? Shouldn't your walk with Jesus and what you do for him be all that matters but yet by the world's standards people seem to expect more. It is as if not having a busy job makes you less than a person.

Things like ladies who say "I'm just a mom" as if apologizing for not being in a Fortune 500 company. Or you don't have a viable important job so there may be those who think you just sit around all day when in fact you are very busy. If you catch yourself slipping into the mode and allowing the enemy to distract you from your purpose pretty soon you will be in tears.

Start now accepting what God has you doing.  Don't let what others say throw you off course. Don't look down on others whose choices are different than your own. Be grateful for what you have and where you are. God is good.

PRAYER: I am indeed grateful for the things  I have been able to do in life and the ways you use me to impact the lives of others whether it be my children, my friends, my spouse, or in my neighborhood. Help me be content where you have me Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Put Your Machete Down

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7

I was listening to Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in the Dallas area and he said "The law is not a machete to go hacking people with". What an excellent word picture. 

Rules are for our good but we are not to go around shaking our finger at others. Harshness never wins anyone to Jesus. The Holy Spirit does the convicting so let Him! It is hard sometimes to wait patiently. Don't beat up others with self righteous words but love them.

The next time you are tempted to correct someone or 'suggest' something to prompt change instead just relax and keep praying. You'll be glad you did. Let The Holy Spirit work. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I don't want to act like I have no sin or problems because that would be a lie. Help me as I seek to grow in you and help me leave the job of convicting others to the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trust....Just Do It!

Every word of God is tried andpurified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him. Proverbs 30:5

When flying if your plane is  in fog or clouds you trust the instruments to guide pilots safely to a landing. In an  elevator you expect it will hold you and not crash, and riding a roller coaster you trust the train will stay on the track. Many things in life involve trust. 

Trusting in God means giving him a situation and then letting it go and not trying to work it out on your own. You pray right? Things don't look like they may be changing but you try to be still, keep quiet, and trust no matter how long it takes. It is not easy believe me I know. 

What are you trusting God for today? What battles are you in? Let God into your situation and then trust Him with the outcomes. 

PRAYER: Father you are mighty and all knowing. My human nature makes me fret over things. Once I have prayed help me leave it to you. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dashing Through The Snow

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John  14:27

The shipping and shopping frenzy is about to ramp up a notch with 4 calendar days left until Christmas. Stop for a moment, get some hot tea, and ponder this season.

This is the season of peace and remembering Jesus' birth not racking up huge bills for gifts that won't be appreciated. Also it is a time for family. Don't think you have to do every 'holiday' activity there is but stop, listen to carols, watch 'It's A Wonderful Life" and just really think about the birth of a baby in a manger.

Let divisive stuff like politics and squabbles and hurts and pains go and spend time thinking about Jesus' birth and what it means. Now go and have a very merry Christmas! 

PRAYER: Lord help me stay off the treadmill that often is present this time of year. I purpose in my heart to be calm,stay hopeful, and be grateful. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hope On!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Ephesians 3:20
Hope. It is a good sounding word and something you should always hold on to. Like an anchor that holds a ship steady, so your hope holds you still through storms raging in your life. 
Don’t let the storms of life chase your dreams away or cause fear that something bad is going to happen. Keep believing and pressing on to your goals in life and don’t let the enemy Satan make you hopeless. Speak positive things over your situations in life and don’t start sounding like the old Saturday Night Live Character Debbie Downer. No one needs her around when hope is needing to be steady. 
If you continue to speak positive things and believe in goodness then your life will be much more pleasant. Hope on my friend! 
PRAYER: Father God if it were not for hope I don’t know where I would be. The world’s way says to give in and get depressed and get mad at you. I choose love, joy, and hope. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Far Out Faith

As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17

How is your faith? Are you able to believe and keep believing about something even when no changes are coming your way? That is called ‘far out’ faith. Believing in the impossible and hanging on no matter what. 

Many people in the Bible believed and kept believing regardless of a situation. Sometimes you may pray and believe for something but it seems nothing is changing or ever gonna change for that matter. A wayward child. Healing of a relationship. A new job when you got laid off. Healing. A raise. A spouse if unmarried. 

Whatever it is can you believe and keep believing even when the answer does not come or comes differently than you expected? 

PRAYER: Father I know you are with me when I feel like giving up. I know your plans are more than I could imagine. Help me be patient and not listen to nay sayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Heavenly IV

Do  not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"; and  again, "The LORD knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile." 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

In a recent Call To The Wall 24/7prayer call one man on the line was  talking about a spiritual IV of sorts. Similar to how a medical IV puts essential medicines or nutrients into a patients body we need a spiritual or heavenly infusion of God. One example could be keeping good uplifting Christian radio with worship music or teaching on. Or The Bible On CD. 

If we do not stay connected to this Heavenly IV then you become spiritually sick and incapable of handling many of the situations in life that come your way. A continual inflowing of God’s nutrients into our mind daily helps us cope with things and combat attacks from the enemy which can occur frequently. 

How about you? Is your spiritual IV hooked up and working well? Are you feeling uplifted or dragging? Maybe it is time to readjust the flow in that IV and put healthy things to build your spirit instead of junk to drag you into the world’s way of thinking. Just saying. 

PRAYER: Oh how I love to feel uplifted. There are many downcast souls around me daily. Our situations may be different but we all can call on the same Heavenly Father for help. I choose to keep my IV connected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Be Respectful

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Do you consider yourself a respectful person? Even when irritated by someone’s personality or quirks do you still treat them with respect? How about the annoying telemarketer? The stone cold store clerk? There are all types of people to make the world go around and we are supposed to be kind and loving. No cork popping allowed in other words. 

So have you been on the receiving end of hurtful comments or disrespect? You learn that people may be going through junk and sometimes their reactions are because of that even though that does not make it right. As a follower of Jesus it is so important to shine the light of Jesus on the just and unjust and the loving and hateful. Don’t lash back. 

Pray for people who are hard to love. Pray especially God would give you supernatural kindness for others. Respect your spouse if married. Respect your parents if they are still living. Respect your employer. Overall do what the Bible says and love one another. 

PRAYER: Thank you for all lessons learned in life sometimes the hard and hurtful way.  Give me strength to be respectful even when I am not respected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 15, 2017

It's Right There...In The Bible!

A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11

How many reading this refuse to forgive someone or know of a person close to you who won’t forgive? Everything you need to know about how to act and behave is right there in the Bible. Read it  but then DO IT too. 

Satan loves Christians who are hard hearted and too prideful to go to a friend they have issues with and clear the air. Instead the secret feud continues and bubbles and boils over. Stubbornness keeps the person who was hurt from making amends. Does this sound familiar to anyone? 

Why is it so hard to forgive people and let stuff go? I know of someone right now refusing to forgive a dear friend who did something that the friend may not even be aware of. It is so silly if you think about it.  We all know it is the enemy who causes this division yet our humanness keeps up the wall of separation. So very sad. Be the bigger person and seek reconciliation and do not wreck a valuable friendship or relationship. Refuse to allow the enemy to gain any territory and laugh behind your back. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I pray for those people in my life who won’t forgive me or for others I know who refuse to forgive. Help me recognize if my own heart is hard and never allow Satan to cause division and get glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Twelve Days Of Christmas

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

I have no idea of the origins or meaning of the song which is also my title but since we are just a few days away from the day Christians celebrate the birth of The Messiah thought I would capitalize on it for my writing. How about doing 12 nice things before Christmas and then continue them afterwards. 

Let’s see first give a smile to someone. Two compliments to a friend. Three hand written letters to a loved one maybe your mom if she is still alive. Four unexpected phone calls to four separate friends. Five dollars in the Salvation Army kettle. Six gifts for an angel tree recipient. Seven dollars spent on a friend for a lunch. 8 unexpected pay it forwards at a drive through for persons behind you so 8 separate people.(God’s money anyway). 9 acts of service for the one you love. 10 dollar tip at a restaurant. 11 acts of kindness to strangers such as opening doors. And finally 12 prayers for family and friends. 

It does not have to be Christmas to be nice or feel happy although this time of year either accentuates goodness and joy or makes others immensely sad. Find time to do something good for another and it usually comes back to you. 

PRAYER: Lord JESUS Christmas is a special and happy time of year but let me never forget what it is all about. Simply to celebrate your birth. Show me ways to be kind to those around and open doors for opportunities. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.2 Corinthians 5:9
Has your faith been 'garaged' in storage somewhere until you think you will need it? Is your Bible too nice to 'use'? Many times things you may not need or use much are put up in the attic, in storage or in the garage.  Hopefully this does not describe your faith. 
Not only at Christmas but all throughout the year your walk with Jesus should be a high priority and a passion for you with other things centering around it. If your life is out of whack in any area and something has taken priority of your love and devotion to Jesus maybe as it is getting close to end of year it is a time to have a ‘come to Jesus moment’ and see if something needs to be put TRULY first.  Don’t just say “ I believe” but be all in! Can you do that? 

Only you can answer truthfully if your faith has been put away in moth balls. Is your prayer life stale, dull, or non existent? Do other things seem to be drawing you more than God? What is your passion or what you talk about most? Maybe as 2017 draws to a close it is time to really look hard at your life and see if you have put Jesus in the garage. 

PRAYER: Lord God I am sorry for not making your a priority 24/7 in life. I let hobbies, fun, and many things come before you and am ashamed of myself. I will not allow Satan to rob me of growing in Christ and will reorder my priorities to line up with truly putting you first. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Don't Get Greedy

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11

Recently at a church Christmas gathering we were playing dirty Santa and there was a non wrapped gift in an REI bag and I assumed maybe it was something from this amazing outdoor store so when it was my turn promptly made a bee line for the bag. Did it contain an outdoor item? You guessed it, NO! A huge bag of Snickers bars and I don’t eat candy. 

This little episode taught me something about life. What the outside of the package is is not always what you get whether it is with a person or a material item. Don’t judge a book by its’ cover you may have heard. 

This writing could be about contentment, not being greedy or not judging. However it speaks to your heart is fine. It speaks to me about all three areas. Now go in peace and be blessed to receive a blessing. 

PRAYER: I am thankful for where I am in life. Even when things aren’t so good they are still good. You are the giver of all  things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Chasing A Leaf

And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Mark 6:51

I love watching small children playing and am thrilled I have entered the ranks of grandparent and can’t wait to play with our granddaughter when she is old enough.  I was watching a two year old boy in the park with his mom one day just fascinated by falling leaves. It was so cute to watch as he was amazed at each falling leaf swirl to the  ground. I wondered what happens to us to keep we adults from still taking time to be amazed. 

Don’t get all wrapped up in being an adult and not be able to stand in awe and wonder of things and try to have a little child like fun. Some may think you have to act the age you are and I always say “what fun is that”. Don’t lose the ability to laugh. God wants us to have fun. 

Is it time for you to pause and be childlike again? 

PRAYER: Thank you for the beauty of babbling brooks,sunsets, falling leaves, chirping birds, a gentle rain. You truly are the great creator and help me never lose that special glow of child hood when appreciating your creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Texting, Texting, 1,2,3,4

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Texting, texting, pay attention now. Our technologically crazed society can’t seem to be without this handy device. But don’t let it control you or your children. Take time to just take some alone time, without clutching it to your chest like a defibrillator paddle. It is nice to be still and free from it every now and then. 

The verse today says to be still. No music, no noise except maybe the purring of a cat or the rustle of leaves. Being still is a great discipline to learn and especially handy when waiting and waiting some more for prayer to be answered. Let your mind think on good things during this time. Pray. Write in a journal. Develop this vital habit to have a much better stress free life. 

Even if you are inundated with responsibilities that seem never ending try to schedule a Be still time and leave your cellular device put away. Grab your Bible, a good faith building book and just sit and talk to God. 

PRAYER: Oh how I love times of quiet. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to occasionally be alone. Help me to learn to put away distractive cell devices when I spend time in your presence. In Jesus name. Amen. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017


And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19
As I drove past an elementary playground one day the children were enjoying recess and were frolicking, swinging, playing, and running. It was so pleasant to watch little ones without a care in the world, so it seemed, enjoying life.  Why can’t adults try to be more carefree I pondered.  
I have mentioned in devotions previously that everyone who is physically able ought to get to a playground and swing. It may do you good. So what if you get stared at. Or take a simple walk and leave your phone put away and enjoy the beauty of nature around you. Children have not been saddled with the burdens of life although they can be emotionally wounded by family situations. They are enjoying life as it is. Adults have responsibilities but you don’t have to let burdens of life drag you down and steal your joy. 
Keep looking up to Jesus. Worry as it says in verse above ‘chokes’ the word of God. You can read the Bible till you are blue in the face but have to put into practice what it says to do and that means casting your cares on the Lord. You must trust God and not try to let everything weigh you down. Now go swing! 
PRAYER: I know Lord your intent is for me to totally give you my burdens and to also meditate on your word so that it becomes part of me and allows me to breeze through problems without stressing. Give me strength as I seek with your help to do this. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Evil And Good

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Love is your secret weapon for getting through trials of life. Anyone can be hateful but it takes a special person to love unconditionally. Feelings, thoughts, and emotions can try to control you but with God’s help you can master this and be set apart and different. 

Evil is sinister, cruel, Satan inspired, ugly, and hateful. Nothing good comes from evil. Good on the other hand seeks to be kind, loving, helpful, put others first, and be full of grace. You can be one or you can swing the other way. Of course you know the way you should be but may get caught up thinking bad stuff you know would displease God. Give up your right to hate or seek revenge. 

In the world pray for those doing evil deeds being controlled by Satan. People like the North Korean dictator threatening to nuke America. Don’t hate him but lift him up in prayer for a ‘heart transplant’ and changed life. Others in our own country being evil trying to destroy our nation need a bunch of prayers as well. George Soros, The Resist Movement, The Shadow Government. Go to the Lord daily asking for his transformative powers to change hearts bent on evil. God is in control after all. Be a lover, not a hater. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord thank you for the word of God which is truth. Satan tries to deceive many and is a divider of people and has blinded the eyes of many. I choose to love and pray for evil people even when I don’t feel like it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blah, Blah, Blah

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.1 Timothy 4:7

As I sit in a coffee shop to write recently,  a talk show was on the TV blaring in the background. In my opinion so much valuable time is wasted not just on TV but these talk shows really do not add value to life. They in a way create idolization of  a celebrity and can be a great time waster for women who they appeal to the most. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes but how much time is wasted daily listening to stuff that does not matter for eternity anyway or that can put wrong thoughts in your head. Another one is soap operas. Ouch. 

It is a discipline to resist things which may or may not be good for us. Pop up ads that create overspending and unneeded items. Gossip magazines at the grocery store check out line. A newspaper with a grabbing headline. Why do we even care about some of this stuff anyway? That is an individual decision for each person. 

Are things you do keeping you away from God?  If you looked at how much time you really spent involved in activities that did not matter for eternity you may be surprised. Don’t get caught up in the world’s gossip or ideals. Set yourself apart for the kingdom of God. This does not mean to be a monk but to really evaluate how you spend your life and how much stuff is just a noisy distraction. 

PRAYER: Lord help me to not be captivated by things that either aren’t good for me or waste time I could have spent with you. Help me to discipline myself to godliness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Get Off The Treadmill

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28
This time of year is exceptionally crazy insanely busy for most people or so it seems. Each year you may say to yourself things are going to change but then the busy cycle continues to press in on you. It may be necessary to look at your calendar and see what activities you could truly cut back on. 

When you are planning your day why not schedule some down time. Yes a time to actually sit in a chair somewhere and relax. Don’t feel guilty doing it. Stop and get off the treadmill for a while and appreciate life and spend some time with the Lord. Schedule time to keep your physical body in shape as well, after all it is God’s temple. Say no to things you don’t really need to do. Parents don’t over schedule your young children repeating this cycle for them. 

You are the only person who controls your schedule except yes if you have a job that factors in but point being don’t try to be super woman or super man. Take care of yourself.  Insure you get a good dose of Jesus every day by filling your mind with scripture. Take time to just be still. Try it you might like it! 

PRAYER: Lord it is my responsibility to not schedule myself into a tizzy. I know I don’t have to do it all during this time of year or anytime of year for that matter. Convict my heart of what truly matters and help me to learn to say no. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Room At The Table

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 1 John 4:15
A friend of mine recently remarked when coming to a friend’s birthday if there was enough room at the table? There should and always is room at the table for friends. That is how Jesus feels about you. You are not an afterthought to Him. You are welcome. 

The question is do you make room at ‘your table’ for Him? By this I mean do you consciously include Him in your day or is He a passing after thought? Is He truly a welcome part of your life and your activities? Do your thoughts center on Him? 

I have given you a question to ponder and ask yourself just how welcome is the Lord in your life. Be honest with yourself when thinking about this. Do you truly welcome Him everywhere you go? 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I have unconsciously shoved you onto the back burner of life and only thought about my own selfish needs. I need you every hour of the day and in every thing I do for strength. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Joy To The World

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19
Sometimes this time of year brings forced merriment upon us. By that I mean there are lots of suffering people. A cancer reoccurrence, a homeless person, death of a mother, lost job, prodigal children, and list goes on. We can put band aids on people’s needs temporarily but then true healing and restoration needs to take place. 

How do you have joy midst of a crisis is the real question? Living in the dumps never helped anyone. Death is going to occur to all of us and all of us will be touched by it. The thing is people need to be connected to Jesus and not run away from Him in a crisis time. Get your mindset in the right place. If you allow your thoughts to control you then you will catch yourself in a downward spiral. 

At times helping others get through a crisis is a way to receive joy and give joy to them as well. If you are aware of a need physical, emotional, or financial this time of the year pray about how God may be leading you to help.  If you are the one needing to be lifted out of a pit and find joy again keep looking to Jesus and not at your situation. How is God speaking to you today? 

PRAYER: Often as I sit in my comfortable home the worries of others are far from me. I know it is impossible to meet every need but use me Lord and show me how to show Christ love to a hurting person. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Artisan Bible

           Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

No there really is no such thing as an Artisan Bible that I know of but I used this title to be an attention getter as it seems nowadays so much is Earthy, natural, or Artisan. Almost like saying that word makes the product not only more expensive but a guarantee of being special. Your attention may be drawn to fancy packaging and key words to grab you and reel you in.

It is sad to think that maybe that would be what it would take to make some people pick up the word of God. If it is ‘cool’, ‘trendy’, and desirable. You should not need something like this to get you to want to follow after Jesus. Jesus wants our devotion,attention, and time. Even well meaning Christians often rush through their day with everything else so much more important or pressing than getting into God’s word. 

Start today reading the book of John. Next read whatever Proverb corresponds to today’s date. The start reading Psalms and ask God to remove distractions that keep you from spending time with Him. Now go on and get started to drawing closer to Him daily. 

PRAYER: I don’t want to wait till the New Year to resolve to be different but want to begin now making a daily time with you happen. I need discipline, motivation, and freedom from distractions. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017


And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

What makes some people not be willing to forgive? Self gets in the way. Pride is another. Just not wanting to deal with the offense or the person is another reason.

Long time relationships can be destroyed over something silly or one party not being willing to move on and let it go. So very sad to wreck a friendship or even a family tie over being too proud. Some of the issues that separate are so childish too. But alas Satan is sitting up there on your shoulder urging you to hold on to your grudges and not give in. Maybe you say you forgive but never want to communicate with the individual again. That in my opinion is not true forgiveness.

If you want to live a life of fullness in Christ you must have a forgiving spirit. Maybe you hurt someone then you need to be willing to admit your fault and pray for reconciliation.  Don’t harbor a grudge against someone or your prayers may not be answered. In a nutshell be like Jesus. Period.

PRAYER: Father help me to let go of offenses against me and help me Lord to forgive and mend a relationship before the enemy strikes and destroys it. This includes marriage relationships, friendships, and family matters. I acknowledge Satan is a destroyer and he has no power over me. I choose to live a life of forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Your Own Journey

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.Galatians 1:10
It is easy to get caught in the trap of comparison.  Comparison is wrong and it leads to discontent and envy, neither of which is a healthy fruit of the spirit. Why do we do it? Satan for one likes to get us not satisfied with our life and where we are. It certainly is not God making you discontent but a tool smack dab out of the enemies tool chest. 

Try this. Get up each day and first focus on Jesus. Don’t wish you were someone else or someplace else because you in fact are not. Ask God to use you just where you are for His purposes. Even believers can get stuck in this rut of discontentment and it is not a healthy place to camp out. 

Be thankful for each day and each experience good or bad because they all help grow you into the person God wants you to be. When discontentment is a regular part of your life you will not rise to the heights God has for you. Cherish each moment and give thanks for where you are and what God is doing through you. 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I complain about not being someone different or someplace else and wish I had more in life. I praise you for how you work through me in the lives of others and continually give you thanks for just where you have me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Start Looking Up

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrew 12:2

Oh my goodness just look around you in every day life and see people all over gazing down at their mobile devices. You become a slave to your device when it is necessary to have it with you constantly. I am so thankful there were no cell phones when our sons were born. I see so many young mothers scolding or ignoring their children while they pay attention to the device and not their child. It is quite sad in my opinion. Heads constantly facing down in epidemic proportions. 

So how to tame this monster which people seem to not be able to live without? I remember in the Army we used to sing a Jody Call that said “What’s the use in looking down, ain’t no discharge on the ground. Sound off one two, sound off three four “ and so on. Keep you head held high. Pay attention to others. Look up as if you are looking up to the heavens. When you look down all the time it can strain your neck as well. 

Segway into the theme of keeping your eyes on Jesus and looking up to Him. He is your source of joy, peace , goodness, mercy, love and it is because of Him we exist. When you are with others put that phone away. When you drive, throw it in the backseat so you are not tempted. And when you do get it out use it for quiet time as many good resources are online. But do it not at the expense of people and relationships. 

PRAYER: Lord you have given mankind many creative abilities one of which was creation of cellular devices and the internet. Help me Lord to use my time wisely and to put people ahead of my need to know everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Blocked, Shunned, Unfriended

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

I hate these three words. Losing a friend or even a family member to an unforgiving spirit hurts like a knife being stuck in your heart. Why is it so hard to move on, forgive, let go, and forget? I have been there, done that so to speak on the receiving end and it is emotionally painful. 

Have you ever given thought to how many people are truly lonely and hurting everywhere? Nursing homes come to mind, then prisons, then the person eating alone at a restaurant on a holiday. Even a smile to someone as you go about your day may mean the world. So many frowning faces out there aren’t there? 
Don’t let you catch yourself refusing to forgive. Unforgiveness leads to a bitter spirit and does not benefit anyone. If you know of a person who refuses to let go pray for them. Hard hearts are not good. Think of what you can do to mend a broken heart and don’t let yourself be the one who has fractured someone’s.

PRAYER: Many people in the world are lonely or alone. Many people have broken hearts and the others have wounded spirits from their past that may cause them to hurt others. Bring revival in the hearts of those I may know who fit into any of these categories. And help me Lord reach out to someone who appears to be hurting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Be Delighted

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. – Psalm 119:35

I feel so sad for people who try to make it through life without Jesus or maybe just with a marginal existence as a believer. By this I mean they have no true desire to get in the word and to some they find it boring. 

I truly do find DELIGHT in the pages of scripture and hope you do too. In them are found the answers or solutions to most of life problems or at least how to handle them. Striking out as a Lone Ranger Christian is never a really good idea. We need each other to build one another up. Prisoners of war during Vietnam who were believers had the word of God ‘hidden’ in their heart to call on in times of distress and turmoil. 

If you don’t really desire the Word first ask yourself why? Maybe you grew up where the church you attended did not emphasize bringing your Bible. The Bible is like a ‘toolbox’ of sorts helping us work out the bumps of everyday life. If it were not so effective why is it so many countries ban it? If you have not asked Jesus to be Lord of your life maybe it is time to do that now. I know once I became ‘born again’ I thirsted for the word. Do you thirst for God’s word? If not ask God to place a hunger for the Bible in your heart. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord and love your word. There are those I know who don’t even read it and are in danger of being trapped by the world’s lies. I pray for those people. Continue to make me hunger and thirst for your words. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, November 27, 2017

More Than A Kim By Ya Moment

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Different people have different experiences with how they relate to The Almighty. Some feel a seriousness and formal way is best. Many just do it cause they were taught to go to church but sadly that is where it ends. Then there are those who go and feel they are on God’s Team but really lack any real passion for the things of the Lord. Others are mad at God because he didn’t stop the death of someone close. There are many scenarios.

I must say from personal experience that once you fall in love with Jesus truly you will know it. It is called being born again. Loving Jesus is more than a feel good moment around a camp fire but it is a desire to serve Him and love others. It is a journey of ups and downs. It does not mean your life will be perfect but you will have the blessed hope of eternal life in Heaven.

Where do you stand today? Do you desire Jesus more than anything else? Listen to the song I have attached to this devotion and let the Holy Spirit fill your soul. Have a blessed day.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven I love you but there have been times I have thought I really only needed you on Sunday. Forgive me. I pray for friends and family who may be fence sitters and have no real desire to grow. Touch their hearts and let them have a passion for you, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

First Fifteen

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

I got the idea for this devotion from a sermon I heard at our church a while back and it is so vitally important if you want to really put God first and stop just giving it lip service. Many things vie for your time as soon as the alarm clock goes off but it is what you decide to do that matters.

First fifteen consists of five minutes Bible reading, five minutes in worship, and five minutes in prayer. The plan sounds very doable even if you are rushed. You could start reading in the book of Psalms to start out. Worship consists of good music that make you want to praise God an lifts your spirit. Finally take time to pray. Really pour your heart out to God.

Most reading this devotion already probably have a grasp of how important it is to spend time with God and may live with others who do not or have extended family who are complacent.  Keep believing and lifting them up as well. Your job is not to drag them to the cross but to have The Holy Spirit to give them that desire. Now go take fifteen!

PRAYER: Lord you are good and gracious and patient with me even when I rush out the door and totally give you zero time. I want my focus to be on you and start my day praising you. Help me get rid of strongholds that may be keeping me from this. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Bible Spa

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Rejuvenation sounds good. A back or neck massage. Cool glass of iced tea. Most  everyone would probably not reject the idea of being pampered.

Maybe there needs to be a Bible spa to get people interested in God's word. Some of you may live with people who never open the Bible or have quiet time. Maybe you don't. The idea of a spa day with God's word seems comical perhaps but the point I am making is what needs to be done to draw people to this daily discipline?

A persons heart has to be changed. No amount of prodding will effect true desire and change. Satan uses everything he can to keep you from spending time with the Lord daily.
Purpose in your heart to make every day a Spa day with Jesus. Not out of obligation but because you want to. Pray for others you may know who seem disinterested beyond that dutiful hour in Sunday then trust God with the results.

PRAYER: Lord your word speaks to me daily. I treasure it and if there was cause to evacuate in a storm would run get my Bible. Forgive me if I ever just ignored you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Blood Of Jesus Friday

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
Black Friday is upon us here in America. The one crazy crowded shopping day after Thanksgiving where bargains are galore and people are everywhere. I tend to avoid this day and opt for Cyber Monday in the comfort of my home on the following Monday.
Wouldn’t it be great if people got as excited about the real meaning of this Holy Holiday as they do the buying frenzy? Many credit cards are maxed out. If you are caught up in this worldly activity have you ever wanted to escape? It certainly may be a tradition for some but is it a peaceful God honoring one? Do you feel good after buying all day long? Don’t forget to donate to Salvation Army Red buckets when you see one.
So should we have a national ‘Blood of Jesus Friday’ and completely shut down stores and spend time renewing our mind with the king of Kings praising Him for who He is? Don’t forget to teach your children and grandchildren to love Jesus with all their hearts. On Black Friday why not give to others if you are out that day. Share Jesus!
PRAYER: Oh Lord how I love you. I don’t want to get caught up in the worldly frenzy around the celebration of your birth.Help me purposeful in reaching out to others but continue last December. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gobble, Gobble! Thankful! Thankful!

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (NLT) 1 Chronicles 16:28-30,34

The first unofficial thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621 when the Pilgrims and native Americans sat down to celebrate the bountiful harvest. have tried to ruin it and some places This was always one of my favorite days. Family, thankfulness,food.a great combination. 

The source of all you have is in fact the Lord whether some choose to acknowledge it or not. Take time this day between all the busyness of the day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Spend time in prayer. Ponder that first Thanksgiving Day. 

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving. Not a day to be jealous of others or angry about injustices but a day to truly say thanks to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rejoice and enjoy your day however you choose to spend it. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord I am indeed grateful for living where I do, having clean water,electricity, friends and family that love me. I choose this day to focus on blessings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Follow The Path

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
On a recent trip to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama I got off the designated  plan laid out by visitors guide and consequently ended up outside the facility where there were no unlocked doors. Had I read the guide book I would have known the proper route and not ended up locked out.
Do you follow God's rule book or do you strike out independently doing things your own way? God's way is best. If you ignore His word and feel you can be your own god then soon you will find yourself aimlessly wandering with no purpose. 
Don't listen to the voices in this worlds' culture or you will surely go astray and lose your way. Just because something is popular does not mean it is right. Have you become arrogant and self sufficient thinking you have no time for God? Now is the time to decide to resist the world's ways and follow God's way. 
PRAYER: I can get tempted by things that aren't going to lead me to you. Help me hear your voice Lord and forgive me when I act like I no longer need guidance. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

It’s Coming!Are You Ready?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke10:41-42

You probably think I mean Christmas but I am referring to Thanksgiving which to me is a much more relaxed pleasant peaceful holiday celebration. Even though Christmas seems to get people worked up into a frenzy is it for the right reasons? Of course the answer is no. Are you one of those people who say each year you are not going to get caught up and stressed out then voila it happens again?

Start thinking just what it is that you are truly thankful for. Maybe instead of gobbling down food until a fork lift needs to remove you from the  dining table stop and ponder what this upcoming day really means? What does being thankful mean to you every other day as well.

Stop and take a breath. Ask yourself what is really important. In all this craziness be sure to stop each day and spend time alone with God. You give thanks to him so don’t forget him.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for each day of life you have given me. Thank you just for the blessing of having a roof over my head as many do not, or food on the table. Help slow me down from expectations and enjoy life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Breathe, Relax, Breathe, Pray

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

Our world is in chaos. A president gets elected Who is not a politician and opposition increases to destroy him. People who stand for the truth have their character shredded. Free speech other than Christian free speech is welcome Christians being called hateful. Oh my but Satan is doing a job isn’t he?  Nice people post ugly hateful things on Social media then still claim to love Jesus. What are we becoming my friend? 

We are not to be in allegiance to a skin color, political party, television station, newspaper, but are to be in allegiance to the Red, white and blue if you live here in these United States and more importantly to our savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He isn’t sitting around screaming, saying mean things, and worried about the future. He is the future.

Satan continues to lie and deceive many people. If you catch yourself getting angry or border-lining on posting ugly comments on social media step back, go get your Bible and pray. 

PRAYER: Freedom is indeed not free. We have come close a few times in being tricked into losing our freedoms. Open the eyes of every man and woman regardless of political persuasion to get on their knees and pray. I pray for those who do not love you Lord and who need you in their life to be witnessed to by someone who crosses their path. I thank you for the godly people surrounding our President with prayer daily. Help us to love and not hate. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Banging People Over The Head With Bible..Not A Great Idea

"What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs--beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity. Matthew 23:27

For people who are not frequent church goers many may have the idea of Christians being ‘religious’ or ‘Bible thumpers’ or worst yet ‘banging people over the head with their Bibles’. Hopefully no one reading this fits in to any of these three categories. To win people to the Lord it does not take screaming at them or condemning them but instead kindness. After all Jesus was kind wasn’t he?

The woman caught in adultery was told to go and sin no more. Zacheus the tax collector had Jesus eat a meal at his house. The thieves hanging on the two crosses next to Him were forgiven. No hatred, anger, berating, acting self righteous but a show of kindness and mercy. 

When you act like you are perfect or better than someone obviously you are not. Feeling smug and sinless is not a good way to be. But how many people do you know who are won to Christ by being condemned or screamed at? Not too many I would suppose. Go and let your everyday journey be a witness to God’s love and be ready to share if someone asks you about the hope you have inside of you. 

PRAYER: Your steadfast love never ceases. I pray for the ability to share your love with kindness and grace should anyone approach me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Where Is The Manger?

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8

Recently as I walked my town park track there amidst the Christmas decorations on the grassy area inside the track, I noted there was nothing to make it be called a ‘Christmas’ scene. Elves, reindeer, toy soldiers, helicopter, tractor, Santa, merry go round, candy canes, but no Christ child. Now this park had him last year but this year so far there is no manger.
What have we become as a country founded on Christian principles and the word when we ignore His existence? After all, whose birthday is it? It certainly is not Santa’s! Jesus is indeed the reason for this season but why do so many people forget him?

The Christ child was born into the world to save us from our sins. Why is it so many have ignored him or even played the church or religious game but then pay homage to Santa instead? I urge you as this season is upon us to make sure you do the right thing and envelope yourself and your family in the true meaning of this special day.

PRAYER: Father it is fun for children at Christmas but help parents to realize that teaching about the babe in the manger far overshadows anything else. I pray for those who do not understand and for those cities and towns that won’t acknowledge him on his birthday. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Update: This park finally added the baby. (:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuning Into God

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. Colossians 2:2-4
Your  day has started. Rush, rush, rush already. Busy, busy, busy. When on earth can you possibly slow your pace to tune in to the still small voice yearning to spend time with you? I am speaking of God. 
So many things try to get your attention and in today’s wired society you must be creative to carve out time alone with God. This should be the first thing you WANT to do not an after thought. So set your alarm earlier. If a mom with small children, do it with them. On your lunch break at work, go find a place alone to pray and hear God’s voice through the Word. Make it happen. Desire it to happen. 
So much of what you may think is necessary is truly not. Off goes the news, off goes the morning show, off goes the Facebook updates. If you truly desire to do this then you can! 
PRAYER: It happened again. I rushed around and forgot to even say hi to you Lord or thank you. I am ashamed of myself. The enemy throws out excuses so I choose to sit down and be still with you. Convict me of this need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Don't Worry...Be Happy!

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Such a catchy tune a few years back but do you apply its meaning to your everyday life? Is it possible to live a worry free life?

If you are honest you will say you have indeed worried. Probably everyone has but why? It doesn’t change things. As the character of a Russian prisoner in the movie ‘Bridge Of Spies’ said to his court appointed attorney played by actor Tom Hanks when asked if he was worried, he replied “would it help?” 

 When a fisherman casts his line into the water to catch fish he doesn’t jump in the water to grab it back as that would be self defeating and he would not catch fish. Similarly we are told in scripture to cast our cares on Him. Don’t go in and continually take them back. When you give your worries and concerns to God leave them then start focusing on uplifting things and let them go. 

PRAYER: Father God I don’t like to worry or fret but sometimes I find myself caving. Help me Lord to fully trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What Is First Thing You Reach For In Morning?

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Mobile device? Computer?  News paper? Remote control? Basically the point I am trying to make is what do you make time for and what habits have you developed? At the end of these habits is there any time to spend with Jesus in His word? It is only by spending time that we develop God’s character.

It may require discipline for you to stop grabbing your mobile device and checking into Facebook daily. Sure there are Christian things on Facebook, I get that. My devotion is posted there after all. The thing is your heart is where your first love is. Do you just really want to barely get by as a Christian or do you want to be filled with power to face your battles daily?

Maybe today is the day you need to develop a new Plan A and insure you are making time for our Lord and Savior.  Don’t do it out of obligation then it rarely will affect you. If you know you are weak in this area talk to God and ask Him to help you reorder your earthly priorities. You will be glad you did!

PRAYER: Father I want to hunger and thirst for you but often times I barely even take a nibble. Shame on me. I want to have self control to spend time where it counts. Please help me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.