Hunger and Thirst

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6) 
Do you ever wonder why life isn’t like a Hallmark movie? Do you ever wish it was? Things always seem to work out perfectly for the characters in those movies. But that isn’t life. 
Life is tough sometimes. And when you seek the wrong things, it just leaves you wanting more to fill the void.  

However, God’s word tells us that when we give thanks to Him and turn our hearts to Him, we find fulfillment. His word is His love letter to us. It is living and new every day.  
He wants you to invest time in it. He wants to meet your heart’s desires at the deepest level of your soul. God’s presence is always with you. His ways are higher than your ways. To know Him, you must spend time with Him. 
What are you thirsting for? Spend time with the living God of the universe and thirst no more. He desires to spend time with you!
After reading this devotion it reminded me of something I read, “There’s a whole new frontier laid out in front of you and me. It’s called 2021. It’s a good land, filled with opportunity and good things”. What am I thirsting for? Answer that question as you  venture out into this new frontier called 2021.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

A Merry Heart

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) 
I recently read this devotion and it blessed me. I felt it needed to be shared.  
Have you ever had a friend or a person who lifts your spirits? A person with a cheerful heart is kind, encouraging, and helpful. They have an enthusiasm for the job at hand and zeal or zest for life. They just seem to bring joy to those around them. 

God’s word tells us that a joyful heart is good medicine because it heals the soul and mind. 
But negativity and cruel words bring strife and destruction. They crush the spirit and dry up our bones. 

Sometimes, life’s trials do that to us as well. But, the Lord tells us that we are not meant to carry around burdens, hurts, and unforgiveness in our hearts. Holding onto bitterness and anger only destroys us. By hiding hurt and stuffing it we don’t heal, and that prevents us from living fully. God wants to use our pain for good. 
Did you know that to make perfume they have to crush the flowers? The process of perfume-making resembles what happens when we face a trial. Life may seem sweet one second and then something happens to crush us 
But God can use our pain and disappointments, trials, and suffering to create in us something beautiful. 

As you examine your heart, are you good medicine to those around you? Are you a beautiful fragrance to others?
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

Stand Strong in HIM

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 25:8)  
Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel unable to get off? Perhaps you can’t see anything good in your life, because all you feel is disappointment, grief, betrayal, or pain. 
Depression, discouragement, and suffering happen to everyone. Each of us has different struggles or painful life circumstances that cause us to bottom out from time to time. 

However, God does not intend for us to live under the weight of pain and suffering for long periods. While we may feel hopeless, God is the God of hope. He desires to comfort us. He wants to be near us. His word even tells us that He will wipe away the tears from all our faces.  
Ask the Lord to lift you out of your despair and give you a firm place to stand strong in Him. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 

I’m sure most people answered yes to at least one of the two questions within the first paragraph of this devotion but what I love so much about this devotion is what it says in the final paragraph, have peace, be of good cheer, He has overcome the world. Hallelujah! Welcome 2021! We win! 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Pray Back Scripture

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13) 
In Psalm 27, David cries out to God and reminds Him of how He protected and provided for him in the past. What a beautiful reminder to us to recall those things that God has done for us in the past. 
When we pray back scripture and remember God’s goodness to us, it lifts our spirits. It gives us the encouragement we need to keep going, even under challenging circumstances.  

David, himself tells God that he is turning his enemies over to Him. How often do we hold onto our worries and troubles, even when we have prayed about them? God doesn’t intend for us to carry those.  
While we may not have armies coming after us today, as David did, we have diseases, financial stressors, heart pains, and emotional troubles.

However, we can go to God and ask with confidence for His goodness to us. We can expect Him to come through for us and be with us in our pain. While the outcome or answer may not be what we are anticipating or wanting, we can trust that God’s answer will always be best.  
How can God use your pain to grow you so that you will be more effective for him?  

When I read this devotion it blessed me. As we go into this new year may we remember this devotion, “We can trust that God’s answer will always be best”. God will always provide, it just might look different than what we had in mind. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

A Tranquil Heart

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) 
The definition of rot is to decay or the action of decomposing. Have you ever smelled spoiled milk or rotting food? It is a putrid stench. It can make you sick to your stomach. Proverbs tells us that envy will rot our bones. Envy looks at another and desires what they have. Envy is so destructive that it robs us of joy. It steals our peace of mind and causes bitterness in our hearts. 
When we look at another and ache for their life, we fail to appreciate our own. While someone else’s life may sound great to us, we do not know the struggles they may be facing. However, Proverbs gives us the solution to envy. It tells us that a tranquil heart gives life. Tranquility means we are calm and quiet. We are not fretting over what we don’t have. 

Lord, give me a tranquil heart, one that looks to you with gratefulness. Replace any envy I may be experiencing with an appreciation for all you have done for me. Amen. 
This devotion is full of such truth. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about and times are not always the same, the grass is not always green. The grass is greenest where it is watered so when crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be. Start counting your blessings, big or small and you will quickly realize the grass under your feet has been green the entire time.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Kindness, Compassion and Love

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3) 
Selfishness focuses on my interests above the needs and interests of others. When we operate out of a place of entitlement, we fail to look at other’s needs. In this verse, Paul says selfishness is related to arrogance, or empty conceit. When we build ourselves up by tearing another down, we fail to show the love of Christ.  
However, God is so good. He always has a remedy. He tells us to be kind, compassionate, and loving to one another. When we put the needs of others above ourselves, we become more like Christ. Jesus came to serve and not be served. He is to be our example. 

Lord, help me be like you. Let my heart be that of your servant. Help me to love others as you did, appreciating them, showing compassion and kindness to all. Amen. 
When I read this devotion it blessed me. So often we as a society are me focused. I am reminded of a quote, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Remember that and this devotion, the next time you have an opportunity to show kindness. No act of kindness, compassion or love, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Prayer and Supplication

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
Anxiety, stress, and uncertainty are three of the most common struggles plaguing people right now. Loss, fear, and worry surface in uncertain times. As believers, God tells us that we do not have to fear or be anxious about anything. Instead, God wants you to come to Him and tell Him your deepest concerns. 
He wants you to trust Him – like a small child who climbs into their father’s lap, curls up and rests. You can give your anxieties and requests to God, knowing that He is working on your behalf. He has your best interest in mind. He is always good, always just, and ever present. 

Jesus, I come to you with my burdens. I ask you to remove any heaviness in my heart. Please give me your peace as I trust you to provide for my needs. Thank you for your grace and love. Amen.
When I read this devotion I felt it was fitting for Christmas Eve, 2020 hasn’t been so kind and for some it has come with loss, fear and worry, just as this devotion says but I am reminded of Galatians 6:9, Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. My prayer for you this day is that in those moments of fear and anxiousness you are reminded of this one thing, if you remember nothing else from this devotion, I pray you remember this, He is always good, always just, and ever present.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Hold Your Peace

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:14) 
What are the things that are competing for your attention today? What is weighing heavily on your heart? Is it a person? Or maybe, it’s your job or lack thereof. Perhaps you have a child who isn’t following the Lord. Each day has struggles of its own. Trials and difficulties vie for our time. But the Lord wants us to trust Him and give Him our cares and concerns. He desires that we come to Him, trusting Him to work on our behalf.  
Exodus tells us to be silent and trust the Lord to fight for us. Isn’t that difficult, though? It is not natural to be quiet and trust God. Our flesh wants to complain or fret about our struggles. But, God wants us to rest in Him. He can make a way when we see no way out of our situation. Just think about how many times God has rescued His people from trouble. He parted the Red Sea when there was no escape for the Israelites. He delivered Daniel out of the lion’s den. Over and over again, we see Him work miracles on behalf of those who love Him.
Help me to focus on your incredible faithfulness Jesus. Give me the peace I need to wait on you in quietness and trust. Amen.
When I read this devotion it blessed me. The Lord will fight for you, you just need to hold your peace. That’s not an easy ask but I assure you, you will find rest in God’s goodness and presence. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. Leave whatever “it” is to God. Do your best and God will do the rest.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Being a “good” Person

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (James 2:14) 

Trying to “make” yourself do the right thing or be a good person is a strength in society, but in God’s economy it’s foolishness. The good works spoken of in James refers to the presence of God and the “fruit” of God in a life as evidence of a prior salvation. Being a “good” person or living peaceably does not cause salvation…salvation causes those things. 

May the good and right things that flow from me be the overflow of your Holy Spirit and never the “work” of earning your name.

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. (Titus 3:1) 

When I read this devotion I was reminded of James 1:22, But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Help us God to put what we learn from your word into daily practice. Just being a “good” person doesn’t guarantee eternal life. Remember this, salvation is a true relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship doesn’t begin when you get to heaven: it begins here on earth. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Doer of The Word

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22) 
So what exactly is a doer of the word? What is a listener of the word? The listener hears the word, but fails to live it out or internalize it. Hearing scripture is good, but without revelation it’s like the house built on sand (Matthew 7). 
Only someone who is intimate with the Holy Spirit experiences the living word. Jesus was referred to as “the word” (John 1) and will reveal himself in you and to you as you pursue and study Him. 

Let me demonstrate your presence because revelation of your word is filling my heart and soul. Amen 
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. (Psalm 119:13) 

This devotion blessed me. I pray it encourages you to evaluate your true relationship with the Holy Spirit. Is your house built on sand? 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!