your daily crossroad

 

Good Decisions

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me. And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:27-34) 

The familiar expression “You reap what you sow” is reinforced throughout Scripture (Job 4:8; Prov. 11:18). In today’s passage, Esau learned this truth the hard way. Famished, he returned from hunting and requested a bowl of the stew his brother was cooking. Jacob seized upon the opportunity and agreed to share the food in exchange for his older twin’s birthright.
 
In Old Testament times, the firstborn son enjoyed special privileges, which included authority over younger siblings, a double share of the inheritance, and the honored position as spiritual leader over the family. Yet Esau, deciding that food was more of a necessity right then, traded his birthright for dinner. He later grieved when he realized what was lost, but at that point, it was too late. Like Esau, we at times all face critical choices. While God offers forgiveness for wrong decisions, the consequences remain. So we must learn to choose wisely.
 
We should take to heart two warnings from this story. First, to distinguish our best options, we need to assess whether we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable; if not, we should wait. Otherwise, we might end up like Esau, who allowed hunger to cloud his thinking. Second, delaying gratification is usually a safe choice. For example, though a person may be eager to buy a car, it’s wise to shop around for the best deal. Our human desires can feel overwhelming at times, but we should prayerfully wait for God’s timing.
 
Think about the longings you have, consider the consequences, and take your time. God wants to steer you away from unnecessary trouble.
 
I was blessed by this devotion today. I pray you are encouraged by today’s devotion as well and it causes you to pause and distinguish your best options by assessing whether you are physically, emotionally, and spiritually stable; if not, you should wait. I am reminded of Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. It’s okay to wait. Delays are not defeats.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is 2 Samuel 7:22


Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy And Light

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

The word “yoke” can be foreign to those of us living in an industrialized nation.

Basically, a yoke is a piece of wood that is used to hold two animals together, usually oxen, to help them share the load in pulling a till or a buggy of some sort.

The key here is that the yoke allows the animals to support each other in pulling the heavy weight.

As we live our lives, we are often times yoked by many things. We might be yoked with a personal decision that is weighing heavy on us.

We might even be yoked with a spouse who helps us in the hard times. We can even be yoked to sin as the Israelites were with Baal (Numbers 25:3). No matter how you look at it, we are yoked to something, whether good or bad.

Jesus tells us to come and take his yoke and we will find rest. Interestingly, Jesus doesn’t say he will take our burdens and attach his yoke to it as we stand by and watch.

No, he takes us under his yoke and carries those burdens with us along the way.

In turn, he takes the majority of the burden and makes it “light” for us. We also “learn” from Jesus as we carry the burden with him.

This allows us to learn to change from the inside instead of repeating the same wrong things over and over. Is there something pulling you down that you haven’t given to Jesus today?

Take off your yoke and join Jesus in lightening the load.

What I love so much about this devotion is the visual it gives for the meaning of Yoke. I can honestly say I never gave much thought to the meaning of that one word but wow, what a powerful understanding. It transforms that setting of scripture in such a powerful way. I pray today you are encouraged to learn from Jesus as you carry the burden with him, For His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Romans 12:2



A Prescription For Your Soul

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)

 

 

Have you heard the saying, “take care of yourself and the rest will take care of itself”? There’s a lot of truth in that statement. When we’re rested, well-fed, and in good physical condition, we have the energy needed to tackle life head-on.

 

Or, so it would seem.

 

Taking care of ourselves requires more than just taking care of our physical needs. We also need to nourish our souls.

 

Our soul is who we are as individuals, dictating our choices, feelings, and self-image. A healthy soul is not only a key component of our overall health but our eternal salvation as well.

 

While it’s generally understood what makes a healthy body, here are a few ways to recognize a healthy soul.

 

A healthy soul is right with God, which is achieved by placing our faith in Jesus (Romans 3:22). Pray regularly and include him in all of your daily decisions.

 

A healthy soul is renewed by the Word of God and transformed by His Spirit (Ephesians 4:17–24). Ask the Lord to guard your heart and direct your thoughts away from selfishness, greed, and any kind of impurity or sinful desires.

 

A healthy soul loves God and understands all things work together for the good of those who are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28). Trust His ways and know that his plan is at work, even when you don’t see or understand it.

 

And a healthy soul is joyful (Nehemiah 8:10), no matter the circumstance. If we let the day get to us, we let Satan take advantage of our situation and exploit it for his gain.

 

What is ONE CHANGE you could make in your life today that would improve the overall health of your soul? What’s holding you back from making that change?

 

A prescription for your soul, what I love about this devotion is the fact that we are constantly hearing about being in good healthy condition, which is good, but with that comes the most important thing, above all else, the overall health of your soul. All it takes is choosing to make one simple change at a time. I pray you are encouraged today. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

 

Today’s Reading is Psalm 62:1 



A Good Way To Start a Day

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psalm 5:3)

 

I don’t trust hotel wake-up calls. Whether you will actually receive one when you ask seems to depend on the state of mind of the person entering your request. If he’s just broken up with his girlfriend, for example, and her name happens to be Sheila, I’m either getting a call in the middle of the night or none at all. So I set my own alarm on my phone. I actually set two. The first is when it would be good to get up, and the second is when I’d jolly well better get up.

 

I’m just not a morning person, so I like to ease into a day slowly.

 

I used to crawl out of bed, check that our son was up and in the shower, turn on the television to the morning news, and make myself a cup of coffee.

 

It’s not a bad way to start the day, but I’ve found a much better way.

 

I realized that if the first thing I pay attention to is what’s happening in our world, those images and words impact my view of the rest of the day. But if the Word of God is the first thing I give my heart and mind to, I see everything as under the control of my all-good, all-powerful, and all-loving heavenly Father. It’s hardly surprising that this new start to my day has had a huge impact on my life.

 

The moment I awake, I say Psalm 143:8 to myself—or, if Barry is already awake, I say it out loud. I repeat the verse several times. It’s become a great way to start a day:

 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morningMy love will fall and fail, but God’s love never will.

 

for in thee do I trust.
The psalmist is very intentional here: trusting God is an act of the will.

 

 

Cause me to know the way wherein I should walkI pray, “Show me, Father, which way I should go today.”

 

for I lift up my soul unto thee.
I say, “My life is Yours, Lord, and I trust You with everything.”

 

Then I pray these simple words:

“Good morning, Lord! I don’t know where You are going today, but wherever You’re going, I’m comin’ with You!”

 

A good way to start the day every single day is to declare the Word of God and thank Him for it.

 

I love this devotion. What a way to start every morning. No matter how busy you find yourself you can find time to say that simple yet powerful prayer and scripture to start your day off right. I am going to print this off and put it on my night stand and repeat it every morning when I wake. I pray this devotion encourages you to start your mornings out just a bit differently with God. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

 

Today’s Reading is Deuteronomy 13:4

 

 

 

 



The Redemption of Unclean Things

Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. (2 Kings 5:12) 
 
Naaman, a leper, was seeking God’s healing.
 
After being told of the prophet Elisha’s great ability to heal, Naaman was getting excited to finally receive the greatest gift he could ever be given: freedom from leprosy! 
 
Awaiting the prophet, Naaman is very disappointed when Elisha himself is a no-show. Instead, the prophet sends his servant. 

The servant gives these instructions: “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” (verse 10) Naaman is extremely upset. Upon receiving these instructions, he rationalizes them away. In his own words, the waters of Syria are much cleaner than the waters of the Jordan. 
 
If all he wanted was a bath, Naaman could have stayed home.
 
“So he turned and went away in a rage.” (verse 12)
 
I can sympathize with Naaman here.
 
Near the town that I live in, we have a fairly sizable dam. The water: brown. The odor: offensive. The beach: too coarse. It’s a murky and stinky cesspool filled with weeds and, often, dead fish.
 
Ten miles from there, we have the mighty Missouri River.
 
The water is crisp, clear, and cool; perfectly refreshing on a summer day. The white sand on the beaches is the perfect accent to the cottonwood forests that surround. It truly is a lovely place.
 
And if I were to choose which body of water I’d rather go swimming in, I would choose the Missouri River 110% of the time. There’s no comparison.
 
And this is the scenario Naaman is living! Why should I go bathe myself in the murky waters of the Jordan, when the waters of Syria are so much cleaner?
 
Have I wasted my time?
 
Naaman is ready to go home, but his servants intervene and convince him to follow the messengers’ instructions.
 
So Naaman dips himself in the Jordan according to the word of the prophet, and his leprosy is gone! 
 
But what was Naaman’s biggest problem here?
 
He looked at the physical aspect of God’s process, and scoffed.
 
Naaman viewed the Jordan River as lesser, and yet the Lord used those dirty waters to bring full healing to his body.
 
It’s so easy to look down upon things (or even people) that we view as having no merit.
 
“No good can come of that circumstance.”
 
“That boy will never amount to anything.”

“I’m not good enough.”

These are lies we tell ourselves all too often!

Whether it’s a difficult situation or broken person, don’t be like Naaman.

God can use anything or anyone to bring about His purpose. And he will!

Don’t be discouraged when God’s process veers far away from our ability to comprehend. Instead trust God, and do what he says.

He will work out the rest.

God’s promises are yes and amen. Will you trust Him today despite what you see?

What a beautiful devotion. When I read this I felt it had to be shared. I pray it blesses someone today.

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 43:11-12



Doing Things God’s Way

And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. (Joshua 6:14) 

I am a planner. A problem-solver.

So when I bring my struggles to the Lord in prayer, I tend to also bring my carefully thought-out ideas and suggestions He can choose from. 
 
Here’s what I think will work, Lord. I just need You to sign off on one of these, OK? 

But the longer I walk with Him, the more I’m discovering that simply isn’t the way God works. His ways? They aren’t our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) 
In the sixth chapter of the book of Joshua, we find Joshua and the Israelites getting to experience this truth firsthand as they encounter a problem of epic proportions. A problem that showed up in the form of a massive wall preventing them from moving forward into their promised land.
 
 
I can’t help but wonder what murmurs circled through the camp as they looked at the towering walls of Jericho. I’m sure there was no shortage of ideas or opinions on how they should tackle the problem before them.
 

But God didn’t ask anyone for their opinion. Not even Joshua. Instead, He asked for their complete and unwavering obedience. Obedience in the face of a battle plan that would make no sense to their rational minds. A plan that actually involved no “battle” whatsoever.

 

All God wanted them to do was march. For six days straight, they were to march around the walls of Jericho. Then, on the seventh day of marching, they were to end with trumpet blasts and a great shout. God declared this mighty sound would bring the walls down.

 

What moves me most about the Israelites’ part in this story isn’t so much their willingness to take that first crazy step of obedience. It’s how they kept taking steps of obedience. Step after step after step. Even though nothing appeared to change … even though there wasn’t a single sign of cracking or crumbling in those massive walls … they kept marching.

 

What if they’d stopped after day two? Or day three? Or even day six?

 

Think of all they would have missed. They would have cheated themselves out of certain victory from God.

 

I don’t say any of this casually — as if it’s easy to keep going when there’s no evidence of our situation changing. It’s hard to continue marching when we don’t see God move the way we thought He would. It’s sometimes difficult to trust that He’s working behind the scenes.

 

So what do we do when He asks us to move in ways that don’t make sense to us? How do we keep “marching” when the situation still looks hopeless?

 

We make the same choice the Israelites made. We choose to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) We take God at His Word and hold fiercely to His promises. (Hebrews 10:23)

 

God had promised Joshua that He would deliver Jericho, its king and army into his hands. (Joshua 6:2) And that is exactly what He did. When they marched around the city on that seventh day and gave their great shout with the blare of the trumpets, the walls fell down flat. Flat! The city was theirs for the taking. (Joshua 6:20)

 

Their victory never hinged on their ability or any of their well-thought-out plans. It was solely dependent on their unwavering obedience offered to a loving and mighty God.

 

I don’t know what seemingly impossible situation is staring you in the face today, sweet friend. I don’t know what crazy steps of obedience God is currently calling you to take. But let me be the gentle whisper in your ear encouraging you to keep going. Keep trusting. Keep taking step after step after obedient step.

 

We don’t have to understand the “why” of God’s ways. But we do have to keep choosing to follow them.

 

Let’s not stop short of our victory with God. He is working things out. He is present. His plan is still good, and He can still be trusted. These are certainties even when life feels so very uncertain.

 

Lord, I confess that at times my heart feels discouraged when I don’t see immediate results from my steps of obedience. Thank You for reminding me today that just because I can’t see You moving, it doesn’t mean You aren’t moving. Thank You for the good plans I know You have for my life. And thank You for always leading me toward victory. Please help me as I walk by faith not sight. Day after day. Step by step. Choosing Your way above my own. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

I pray this devotion blessed someone today as much as it blessed me and more. I needed this reminder today, I pray today you remember He is always leading you toward victory. Trust Him as you march around whatever wall your facing. Just keep marching. 

 

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

 

Today’s Reading is Psalm 63:1 



Thankful For the Scars

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20) 
 
Have you ever been hurt badly enough that you didn’t feel like you would ever truly heal?  I can tell you that I’ve had many hurts in my life.  A lot of the time, the ones who’ve hurt me were not even aware they did anything.  So through time, prayer, and God’s grace, I forgave and moved on with my life, but there was sometimes a scar that remained.
 
I received a very bad burn.  It took weeks to heal, and to this day, there remains a scar on that arm. It is very light and almost undetectable, but it’s still there.  Do you have scars from your past that may not be noticeable most of the time, but on a really rough day, come to the surface?  
 
I sang a song by the group, I Am They, Scars.  The song mentions, “I am thankful for the scars because without them I wouldn’t know You’re heart.  I know they’ll always tell of who You are.  So forever I am thankful for Your scars.”
 
I know how much that scar on my arm hurt, but that was nothing compared to the pain that Jesus went through for us.  When Jesus rose from the dead, He could have made Himself completely new, but He left the scars on His hands and feet.
 
When He reappeared to His disciples, the Bible mentions that Thomas had trouble believing that Jesus was real. Jesus placed Thomas’ hands on the scars, and Thomas believed.  Those scars were proof that Jesus’ promises were real, and that Jesus was faithful.
 
I am thankful for the scars He bore so that His promises and hope for me could be fulfilled.
 
So as I look at the scars of pain that are part of my life, I am thankful for them.  Those scars have driven me into the Father’s arms.  When I felt broken and alone, I could run into His hands and know that everything would work out.
 
Will there be more scars?  If I choose to live and make myself available to be used by God, absolutely!  The only way to keep from getting scars is to build a fortress around yourself that no one can get in.  But a lot of the times, your walls end up keeping God out and making you very empty and alone.
 
Jesus could have stayed in Heaven and would not have gotten a single scar, but we would have been lost for eternity.
 
Just as Jesus took a risk and let people in even though they hurt Him, I choose to take a risk and let others in my life.  I choose to be thankful that no matter what I face, I have the love of a Savior that was willing to put His life on the line for me. I am thankful for the scars!
 
This devotion blessed me today. As I was driving this morning that very song, Scars, came on the radio and it resonated in my spirit. Then I came across this devotion and I knew it needed to be shared with someone. I feel there are many today struggling with the scars in there life but if you would just take a moment and see your scars differently, be thankful for them, what a change that would make in your life. I am thankful for the scars!
 
“So I’m thankful for the scars, ‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know Your heart, And I know they’ll always tell of who You are, So forever I am thankful for the scars.”
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Proverbs 27:11


Worry

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7) 

Worry—feeling uneasy or troubled—seems to plague multitudes of people in our world today. It’s human nature to be concerned about the bad situations in our world and in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, the devil will cause us to worry beyond what’s reasonable. 
 

Like a rocking chair, worry is always in motion, but it never gets you anywhere. So why do we struggle with it? And what good does it do? 

Worry is the opposite of faith. It steals our peace, physically wears us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we torment ourselves—we’re doing the devil’s job for him! Worry is caused by not trusting God to take care of the various situations in our lives. Too often we trust our own abilities, believing that we can figure out how to take care of our own problems. And yet, after all our worry and effort to go it alone, we come up short—unable to bring about suitable solutions. 
 
 
So stop worrying about everything, give it to God, and live in grace. Grace isn’t just divine favor—it’s power! Don’t waste another day of your life worrying. Determine what your responsibility is and what it is not. Don’t try to take on God’s responsibility. When we do what we can do, God steps in and does what we can’t. So give yourself and your worries to God and begin enjoying the abundant life He has planned for you. 
 
 
 
When I read today’s devotion I was blessed. To often we try to take on responsibilities that don’t belong to us and God is by our side waiting for us to hand it all over to him. Today, go to God in prayer, give your worries over to him and enjoy the day He has blessed you with. Worry doesn’t belong to you or I. One day at a time, that’s all we have to do is take one day at a time and make the very best of the day He has given you. I pray this encourages someone to enjoy the abundant life He has planned for you today. 
 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
 
 
 

Todays Reading is Proverbs 29:25 

 



Your Shining for Jesus Wherever You Are

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) 
 
The news headlines drifted in from the living room as I sat at my desk. The story of yet another tragedy contrasted so sharply with what I was writing that I stopped, sighed and leaned back in my chair. A sense of despair washed over me.
 
“Lord,” I silently prayed, “is there anything I can do about the darkness in this world? It seems so overwhelming.”
I sensed a gentle whisper within my heart replying, “The only way to get rid of the darkness is to add more light.”
 
Darkness is the absence of light. Trying to go after it directly is like chasing your shadow. You can’t bag it up and throw it away. Only light is powerful enough to make the darkness disappear. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that we are the light of the world. We are called to shine. But the light we share is not our own. 
 
From the very beginning of creation, God has been the source of light both spiritually and literally. Genesis 1:2-3 says, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”. 

Imagine a world full of darkness. Then with four small words, light blazes forth. Every living thing in our world relies on light for its existence – plants, animals and people. The God who brought light to the world also brings it to our lives. As 2 Corinthians 4:6 says, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”.
 
The best part of all is that we don’t have to be like the light bulb that said, “I have to find a way to shine!” The light bulb went to a self-help meeting to learn about its inner capacity for light. It read books about how to get brighter. Each morning the light bulb would get up and recite positive affirmations. “I am a light bulb. I believe in myself. I will shine!” But nothing happened.
 
Eventually the light bulb became weary and discouraged. It began to doubt who it was and what it could do. It almost burned out completely. Fortunately, one day the light bulb was carefully placed in a fixture. Light burst forth and filled the room. The light bulb finally understood. The key was not to try harder but to plug into the source.
 
Trying to shine on our own can be exhausting. Instead, we’re simply called to be closely connected to God and remain in Him. When we do, His light pours forth through us in powerful, brilliant ways that change the world. The ways we shine might not make the news, but they make even more of a difference than we can see.
 
Lord, thank You for being the light within us so we can shine brightly for the world around us. When it seems darkness is crowding in, use us to make a difference. We ask that You will help us share Your love, joy and peace – especially this time of year. You are the hope we need and the One light that will never burn out, be overcome or fade away. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
I needed to be reminded of this today. I haven’t felt my light has shined as bright as it should over the past few weeks, months or even the year. The past year has flown by so fast and it’s so easy for the darkness to crowd my light but I am, you are a child of God, a shining light, no matter what your facing, He is indeed the very hope we need, the One light that will never fad, never burn out. What hope! If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you, Matthew 17:20. Faith and hope, no matter the darkness I feel from time to time, I choose to shine for Jesus wherever I am. I can say with confidence that the one person I have faith and hope in is my Savior, my Friend, He chose me, He chose you.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
Today’s Reading is Philippians 1:9-10


Hearing God’s Invitation

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21) 
 
I have to admit, I rush and miss God’s invitations a lot. I walked by a woman at church the other day. A quick stirring in my heart said, Go say hi. I brushed it off. 
 
When I saw a discarded cup in the parking lot of the restaurant where I had lunch, I knew I was supposed to pick it up and throw it away. I walked right by it. 
 
These were simple acts of obedience I missed. But they weren’t missed because I was unaware. They were missed because I was busy — caught in the rush of endless demands. And the rush makes us rebellious. I knew what to do and blatantly ignored it. 
 
Ignoring God’s leading doesn’t seem like such a big deal in these cases. In the grand scheme of the world, how big a thing is it that I didn’t pick up that cup? After all, how can I be sure it was really God? 
 
A better question would be, How can I be sure it wasn’t God?
 
As God’s child, we long for unbroken companionship with Him. The cup was insignificant unless it was me breaking away from obeying His instruction. The one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow. I’m always asking God for direction, but I’ll miss it if I constantly ignore His instruction.
 
It’s in those little breaks in our companionship with God where confusion sets in about what we’re really supposed to do.
 
Have you ever heard that amazing verse from Isaiah which says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (30:21)?
 
I love this verse! I want it to be true for me! With every fiber of my being, I want to hear God say, “This is the way; walk in it.”
 
When I humbly repented for rushing past the opportunities God had given me, He graciously gave me a do-over. Remembering the woman I hurried by at church, I felt a stirring to track her down through a mutual friend and send a simple email. Just a small note. Which I sent. For no other reason than God saying, “This touch is one of your assignments for today. Don’t miss it.”
 
That email paved the road for me to have coffee with this woman. During that meeting, God gave me an answer to something I’d been begging Him to address. I thought I was going to help her, yet I was the one helped. Obeying God’s instruction led to me being able to discern His direction. I needed that coffee meeting, and it never would have happened had I not stopped the rush of my life and emailed the woman after God’s prompting.
 
That little act of obedience somehow unplugged my spiritual ears. Not that we can’t hear God otherwise. But hearing Him clearly? I think that might require my soul to acknowledge what all my rushing causes me to miss.
 
Yes, if we want His direction for our decisions, the great longings of our souls must not only be the big moments of assignment. They must also be the seemingly small instructions in the most ordinary moments when God points His finger, saying, Go there. And in doing that, we are companions of God with eyes and ears more open, more able, more in tune with Him.
 
Dear Lord, I confess that I do walk right past Your invitations from time to time. Please forgive me for those times when I have rushed right on by. Help me to stop and follow You. I’m listening. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
This devotion blessed me today. I believe we all struggle with this very thing from time to time, we rush and miss God’s invitation, but God. He is patient, loving and shows us grace. He gives us opportunities to do things differently. Remember this today, the one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Hebrews 10:30-31


This Is A New Day

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) 

There is much to be thankful for each morning. The Lord has given you a new day. Whatever happened yesterday cannot be changed and what tomorrow holds is unknown. Don’t let the enemy of your soul take the joy from this present day. 
 
As our opening verse notes, “…rejoice and be glad in it.” You are in control of what thoughts you allow into your mind. Be quick to cast out negative ones and vigilant to focus on what is good. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances and pray without ceasing. 

Jesus is not looking for a lot of words. A simple, “I trust you, Lord. I love you, God. I need your help, Holy Spirit.” are sincere prayers that God longs to hear. Remember, you can never repeat this day. The Lord opened your eyes this new day, and that is a gift in itself. Don’t waste time looking back or much time looking ahead. 

God is in the present, celebrate the here and now. As you face whatever today brings, be mindful of Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee”. Believe and remain hope-filled throughout this new day the Lord has made.

 

I was blessed by this devotion today. What a reminder. Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of your joy today. You might be thinking, what do I have to be joyful about today, look around you, start counting your blessings, not your troubles. As you start your day today remember this, a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Remember, this is a new day! 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Hebrews 10:35-36
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Surprising Truth About What Your Worth

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) 
 
So often we feel safe in a theology wrapped in self-deprecation. 
 
We focus on our sins. Our desperation. Our neediness. 
 
Here’s the deal, these are all true! 
 
We are sinful, desperate, and in deep need of a Savior. 
 
But . . . If that’s the lion’s share of what we dwell on, do we have eyes for newness? Where are God’s work and victory in our hearts celebrated? Where is our identity rooted? 
 
Think about it like this. 
 
When we hyper-focus on our unworthiness, it can become a target we never intended to hit, but that destroys us in the process. 
 
Trust me, the truth is, you and I are worth profoundly more than we can even fathom. 
 
How much, you ask? 
 
The life of God’s one and only Son. 
 
That’s right. God the Father values us so profoundly he sent Jesusto die in our place, redeem us, and then join him in resurrection life! 
 
God is in charge, and he’s the one who gets to determine what you and I are worth — not us. 
 
He decided we are worth the life of Jesus, and then Jesus willingly laid his life down for us (John 10:18). 

 

When I read this devotion I felt it needed to be shared over and over again. There is someone at this very moment questioning there worth, I would encourage you today to see yourself through the eyes of Christ. He loves you so much, He sent His son to die for you, to redeem you. You are what God knows you are, not what others think you are. He sees, He hears, He will deliver you. Look to Him!  

Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 

Today’s Reading is Joel 2:23



Beauty in The Struggle

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2) 
 
All of us go through things that “break” us. 
 
The break might be a small chip or crack, or more like something shattering into a million pieces. And then we struggle to glue the pieces back together. Some wounds are so deep only Christ can bring the healing and forgiveness we need to move on. But when we invite Him into our pain, He not only has the ability to heal us, He can also use us in extraordinary ways. 
 
When someone asks about a hard time in our lives, most of us take a second and go back to that moment. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, and other times it can be absolutely heartbreaking. A lot of us don’t want to go there, so it can be hard to let others peer into that part of our lives. Even when you’re just getting started in life — like I am. What we often don’t recognize, though, is the beauty in the midst of our trials. 
 
How can there be beauty in the struggle? 
 
In our key verse, the Lord reminds Isaiah “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2). 
 
No matter what has happened in our lives, we can be comforted that God is there. When reading this verse, I imagine walking through the roughest times in my life but feeling the most amazing peace and comfort. I think that’s what God wants us to be reminded of. This world is full of hardship, but we can be comforted in knowing that He knows our hearts more than anyone, even ourselves. He hears our cries and wants us to run to Him. 
 
In the hard times it can be difficult to see what good could come from our “mess,” so I want to share three ways God can shine beauty through our struggle. 
 
We lean in.It’s in our desperation — the hardships, pain and trials we face — that we cling to God most tightly. When I was growing up in the church, I was always told, “listen to the still small voice” — meaning the voice of God. He wants us to lean in and listen. I remember that sticking with me. God is gentle with His children, and He never forces us to spend time with Him. Much like any relationship we have with our siblings, children or parents, our relationship with Him is a two-way street. He beckons us into His presence. And not just to list off all of our prayers for the day. He invites us to take a breath and say, “Dear God, You know my heart, and all I ask is for rest. I need Your comfort right now.” 
 
We grow in wisdom.Growth is never comfortable. It stretches us in ways we may not enjoy, but it molds us into who God is making us. No matter how old we are, we all have opportunities to grow in wisdom. When I’m discouraged by the struggle, I remember the process is beautiful … because I’m learning how to be more like my heavenly Father. 
 
We help ourselves help others.I used to think I was alone in many of my struggles. Once I became aware that others were in the same boat, my whole perspective changed. Our pain can be our platform to relate to anyone. Everyone longs to be understood. It feels good to have someone who’s been there and isn’t afraid to admit it. There is beauty in being vulnerable with your pain or struggle. 
 
When looking at so many examples in Scripture, I cannot help but look at the whole picture of the Bible. It’s truly one beautiful story made up of many ordinary people like you and me. But the best part of all is that Jesus walked with those people in the midst of their struggles, which means He will for us, too! Whatever it may be. He’s there. He’s listening, and He wants to fight for us. All He asks for us to do is rest in Him. 
 
Dear Jesus, give me the strength today to endure all that is in front of me. Help me believe You are with me in the highs and lows of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 
 
When I read this devotion it blessed me. What an incredible reminder. With Christ, it is indeed possible to find beauty in the struggle. I read a quote today that said, train your mind to see the positive in every situation. When discouragement and heaviness from your struggles start creeping in, remember today’s devotion, and be willing and open to lean in, grow in wisdom and help yourself help others. See the beauty in your struggles today. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Ephesians 4:29