Category: Devotionals

Category: Devotionals Keep A Settled Heart

I don’t know of a time of year that has more potential to be more oppressive, more directive, or more influential regarding thoughts and emotions than this time of year — this “holiday season.”  I’m compelled to write today to affirm or to warn myself (and you) to keep a settled heart — to be thoroughly rooted and grounded in God’s Word, to be wise with our eyes, careful in our conversation, guarded with our desires, daily feeding on the fresh bread and drinking from the rich well of God’s Word.  For the onslaught will come, at the least anticipated moment, it will come.  It may come subtly or in a sudden flood.  From the least expected source, the inundation of want and desire, the compulsion to buy, to have, and to get some more.  It sure is easy to be discontent when such floods rush in. And that emotion continue reading

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Category: Devotionals His Grace is Enough

Are you having a difficult time seeing and believing that the grace of the Lord is sufficient for you — for whatever concerns you — for the circumstances in which you find yourself today? Do you long to know — to see and believe — that His grace is enough? * n seeking to rest in knowing that His grace is enough, I pray, Lord…. please show me that Your grace is sufficient for me.  Please show me Your strength in my weakness.  So I determine to not run from this place of weakness — or to reject this season of struggle, change, and uncertainty — this season of weakness.   I don’t want to waste a day of His grace, I don’t want to waste a moment of weakness.  For it’s here that I find Him — it’s here that I clearly find His comfort and grace for each moment.   continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Strengthen The Things That Remain

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  2  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3  Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Don’t Give Up

Giving up is not an option. Cutting off all contact is not an option. Negating or negotiating wrong choices is not an option. Reversing the damages is not an option — that is to say, whatever precipitated the wrong choices is done. You cannot recreate the past. If you made stupid parenting decisions, if you weren’t there as a parent, if you messed up — whatever — you have to get past the idea that you can, today, make your yesterdays or their yesterdays any different. But you can walk on in obedience and faith today. Only the devil will try to convince you that giving up IS an option.  This is hard to consider — it’s hard to face.  It’s hard to see sometimes that seemingly “good ideas” about giving up are not from God.  That is, the devil’s very convincing. Very convincing.  He convinces women all the time continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Big Trees Small Seeds

Every seed grows. In the midst of everyday life, seeds are planted.  A lot of the time — perhaps most of the time — we don’t even notice the seeds that are planted.  Ideas. Pictures. Envy. Desires. Regrets. Pride. Shame. Hope. Doubt.  All sorts of seeds drop, drop, drop into the soil of our lives.  Good seeds, bad seeds… whatever they are, they grow.  The more we feed them, the more they grow. Interestingly, we might believe the only things we plant are things we intend to grow — you know, like seeds that are purposely planted in gardens or containers.  We may start seeds in a greenhouse; using small pots, we cultivate the soil, plant and water the seeds, we shelter and watch them grow — not disturbing them until they’re well rooted and strong.  All this, intentionally done to ensure vigorous growth and rich produce. Using this picture continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Remembering the Anchor

As I was mulling over a bunch of different events and circumstances affecting or involving our home and family this morning as the winds of change continue to blow,  and I found myself reeling in thoughts of sadness, happiness, doubt, hope, confusion — as if tossed in the waves of a rolling sea.  And then, almost as immediately as my mind was filled with cares of this life, I was calmed by the blessed assurance that “the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places” (psalm 16) and, truly, the Lord is ever before me.  And, I’m further comforted that regardless of how this ship is tossed to and fro or whether it takes on water — or whether I stagger about, one thing I know (that I know that I know that I know): my Anchor holds. I think of the hymn, My Anchor Holds; I think of Scripture continue reading

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Category: Devotionals In The Course of Reading

One of my greatest delights is to see the goodness or the hand of the Lord in the land of the living. I’ve been so amazed through the years at the many times we have come upon a verse, in the natural course of reading, that was so appropriate or applicable to a particular situation we were in, or dealing with or would soon see or experience.  It’s nothing short of a miracle, a serendipity of the Lord, a gift just for us to take in and treasure.  “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27.13 The amazing thing is that often a verse is read and we instantly know the Lord is ministering to our hearts, meeting us right where we are.  When these things happen, it’s surely no coincidence, but rather, what I like continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Waiting.

Waiting.  Perhaps the simplest and most difficult action we’re commanded is waiting.  I don’t know if anything epitomizes our sin nature more than our natural response to waiting.  We’re naturally prone to not wait.  To not want to wait.  To not seek to wait.  More often than not, we believe or live as though we believe otherwise.  Think of the times you’ve exclaimed, “I cannot wait!” in reference to an upcoming event or for somewhere you want to go or for something you want to do or for someone you want to see. But in the end, you waited, though you thought you could not. Most of us have heard or been told at one time or another, Don’t just stand there, do something!  But that’s not really walking in faith, is it?  I think that waiting is often the greatest demand in walking in faith.  It’s more Don’t just continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Keepers @ Home

n Titus 2.4-5 we read, in part, that younger women are to be taught by older women to be keepers at home, we see that there must be something to this ‘keeping a home’ for it to warrant teaching or knowledge of skills to do the keeping. This home-keeping, something that needs to be studied, or which requires skill, must also be pretty important or noteworthy for it to be contained in the list of imperatives in the book of Titus concerning what ought to be taught through and to women.  I will add that this ‘home-keeping’ be done well because it does not stand alone. In context, it is in the verse which concludes: that the Word of God be not blasphemed. Everything we do must be measured against the standard of God’s Word.  Nothing we do is worth anything if it does not measure up to the Word continue reading

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Category: Devotionals Write this memorial & rehearse it

o much on my mind lately that I’m overwhelmed if I indulge in thinking too long without something to specifically direct my thoughts.  Were it not for prayer, singing and morning Bible study, I don’t know where I’d be.  I know that’s an over used phrase — I don’t know where I’d be — but it’s over used bcz it’s true.  More true than we might realize, I’m sure. If you’re a believer — redeemed by grace through faith in Jesus — think where you’d be without Christ.  Think of where you’d be without that precious hope.  Think of where you’d be if you hadn’t yielded your life to Him.  It’s a staggering thought to me when I consider who I am in Him, because of Him and my infinitesimal grasp of His mercies in my life and that of my family.  Small as my grasp may be, it’s sure.  continue reading

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