Invisibility is only a good thing if you’re a superhero trying to bring down the bad guys. If you’re a regular Jane or Joe it’s not so fun. Today we’re featuring two devotionals that speak to a similar issue: feeling invisible. The first devotional, written by Wendy van Eyck and originally posted on ibelieve.com, brings encouragement and hope for those of us who sometimes feel unloved and even invisible. The second devotional, written by Lynn Cowell for Proverbs 31 Ministries on ibelieve.com, provides a way we can encourage others who may be feeling invisible. Thanks for reading with us!
When you feel unseen…
“I get it if today you don’t want to hear that God sees you and has a plan. Even though it’s true, it is the kind of cliché that can mean so little when everyone forgets your birthday, or you have just been passed over for a job you really wanted, or you are heating up another meal for one and feeling like no one even read more
“Jesus was garnering notoriety, going about His community spreading the Good News of His Father and performing miracles of healing. As He made His way, Jesus is approached. A person identified by the scales peeling off his skin, he “… knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,’ he said.” (Mark 1:40b, NLT) Full of confidence in Jesus, he
Every human being who is currently residing in this fallen world, who ever has been alive, or who ever will be born in the future has or will experience grief. Holy week, the week preceding Resurrection/Easter Sunday, is a week of triumph comingled with a heavy dose of grief. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a message of hope and comfort for those experiencing a time of grieving.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. — Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trust in Me at all times.
I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling, and I want you to pour out your heart in My Presence. You need to release allread more
In the face of the uncertainty and anxiety the pervades our world today hope is indispensable. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from biblegateway.com, offers a dose of hope for what ails us.
During his five years as a prisoner in North Vietnam, Major F. J. Harold Kushner encountered a twenty-four-year-old Marine who had made a deal with his captors.
The soldier agreed to cooperate with the Viet Cong, and in return the commander of the prison camp promised that he would let him go, as he had done for a few others in the past.
And so the tough young Marine became a model prisoner, even leading the camp’s thought-reform group. His health remained relatively good for two years. But over time it gradually became clear that the commander had lied. He actually had no intention ofread more
Psalms 91 has been dubbed by some “God’s Insurance Policy”. Sunday’s message took an indepth look at this comforting psalm using a sort of adapted Lectio Devina method of studying scriptures. Click here to listen to the message. There are some places where there is no talking; it’s not a problem with the recording just so you know. You can join with the congregation in listening to what God may have to say to you through the psalm.
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There’s no doubt about it; the situations in our world looks rather bleak right now. Nonetheless, no matter how bad the world gets, no matter how the enemy fights against us, no matter that there’s a lack of good leadership in our nation, the Bible offers us hope in spite of it all. God is sovereign and will have the final victory despite all that the world and the evil one are doing; He will put everything to rights in the end. Click on the arrow to listen to Pastor Marlan’s message of hope in spite of it all.
Have you ever felt like you were talking to someone and it was as if you were speaking two different languages – even though you were both speaking English? Today’s devotional by Max Lucado reminds us that God speaks the language of each of our hearts and He understand us.
God speaks all languages—including yours. Has he not said, “I will … teach you in the way you should go” (Ps. 32:8 NIV)? Are we not urged to “receive instruction from His mouth” (Job 22:22 NASB)? What language is God speaking to you? And aren’t you glad he is speaking? Aren’t you grateful that he cares enough to talk? Isn’t it good to know that “the LORD tells his secrets to those who respect him” (Ps. 25:14)? My Uncle Carl was grateful that someone spoke to him. A childhood case of the measles left him unable to hear or speak. Nearly all of his sixty-plus years were lived in stony silence. Few people spoke his language. My father was one of them. Being the older brother, maybe he felt protective. After their father died, perhaps he felt he should take over. Whatever the reason, my dad learned sign language. Dad wasn’t an avid student. He never finished high school. Never went to college. Never saw the need to learn Spanish or French. But he did take the time to learn the language of his brother. Let Dad enter the room, and Carl’s face would brighten. The two would find a corner, and the hands would fly, and they would have a great time. And though I never heard Carl say thanks (he couldn’t), his huge smile left no doubt that he was grateful. My dad had learned his language. Your father has learned to speak your language as well. “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 13:11 NKJV). Think a word of thanks to him would be appropriate? And while you’re at it, ask him if you might be missing any signs he is sending your way. It’s one thing to miss a message from your wife about cleaning up a room. It’s something else entirely to miss one from God about the destiny of your life.
(c)2014 Max Lucado Used with permission maxlucado.com