I don’t know about you, but my internal self defense mechanism tends to kick in after experiencing several disappointments, and I find myself becoming jaded and I lose my sense of wonder and expectancy. Today’s devotional, written by Christine Caine and reposted from Proverbs31.org, identifies with this tendency, but offers some practical advice to help you regain that sense of wonder that makes life so colorful and alive. Click on the link to read the entire devotional with us.
“When life doesn’t go our way — which it rarely does — we don’t always know how to recover our wonder in trusting God. That’s when our faith is critical, because all the disappointment in the world will never change the promises of God, the reality of Jesus or His destiny for our lives. read the rest here
With all of the craziness of life it’s easy to get sidetracked and wind up in a place that isn’t where you intended to go. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from maxlucado.com, sympathizes with our all too human failing in this area. It doesn’t stop there, though, it shows the way to get our lives back on track. It’s not easy, but it’s not too late to get back where we really want to be.
When Denalyn and I travel together, she wants to drive. It’s not that she loves the steering wheel, it’s just that she loves to stay on track. My mind tends to wander. My thoughts tend to stray. I may be on a highway, but mentally, I’m in a distant land. Consequently, I miss exits, forget to turn, or stray off course. More than once she has dozed off only to awaken in a strange location. The ensuing conversation goes like this:read more
We can often be our own worst critic. Internally we criticize and chastise ourselves for all the stupid things we’ve done. Today’s devotional by Alli Worthington, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a breath of fresh air to help blow away the condemnation. Let this truth resonate in your heart today: “…we don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle of fear and failure. Failure doesn’t have to be your story.” Alli Worthington
We hold onto the pain of past failures until they become woven into our hearts and minds. But that is not what Jesus has for us. In order to heal from the pain of our past failures and overcome the fear of future failures, we must practice our ABCs: acknowledge our feelings, ban the B’s, and choose to believe Jesus.read more
With all the bumps and bruises in life it’s good to know that God will help us through and turn unpleasant things around for our ultimate good. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, brings that point home through the story of Joseph.
How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones. They came to him in dread. They feared he would settle the score and throw them into a pit of his own making. But Joseph didn’t. And in his explanation we find his inspiration.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Genesis 50:20 NASB)
In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual read more
Get ready for a big dose of hope and encouragement as you read today’s devotional by Dr. Carol. Despite what it looks like it’s not over til it’s over. Take heart; at the very end of all things Jesus wins!
The Bible as a true story, an epic play, a blockbuster movie, should come with a warning; Spoiler Alert! We’re living in the middle of the drama, and sometimes it feels like a cruel joke. Has God dropped us in the middle of something without adequate stage directions? It is really supposed to be like this? But the truth is, we know the end of the story. And the end of the story is, Jesus wins!
Many of the troubles we encounter feel like the end. You lose a job; maybe you’ll never work again. You get a cancer diagnosis; is it the end of your life? You discover your spouse is cheating; your marriage is over. Someone else gets the ministry opportunity; it seems what God promised you will never happen. Terrorism, political division, natural disaster. What we see looks and feels like the end.
I don’t know many people who don’t struggle with feelings of inadequacy at least some of the time. Today’s devotional reposted from Faithgateway.com addresses this feeling with the encouraging reminder that because God in us is enough we are too.
We are a generation of women who have never worked harder to have it all, yet go to bed most nights worrying that we aren’t enough. We are constantly asking “Why?” We are constantly measuring. It doesn’t matter if you’re single, if you’re married, if you’re rich, poor, old, young, in college, or out of college. Every human heart struggles with this. We are always looking around to see how we measure up to everyone around us and usually focusing on all the ways we fall short.
I believe our struggle with wondering if we are enough goes back primarily to how much we trust God. We aren’t struggling because of the specifics of our circumstances as much as we are struggling because we fail to trust God to give us what we need, to show us whereread more
Not everyone can be front and center all of the time. Our culture puts a high value on what is seen, though, and when we feel like we aren’t seen we may feel less than valuable. As with most things, however, God’s viewpoint is quite different from our modern culture. In God’s kingdom culture those things which aren’t seen tend to have a much higher value than those that are seen. Today’s devotional drives that point home.
“I set up a camera stand in my dining room and place my smart phone on it. I’ve thought of cancelling this live video a thousand times already. I run through the reasons why in my mind: “I’m a mess. I won’t have anything to offer. God can’t use me when I feel weak.”
But deep inside a voice seems to whisper, “Just show up.” Before I hit the red button I pray, “Lord, speak through my lips what I need to hear, too.” I tell almost 2,000 women in the You’re Already Amazing Summer Study that it has been a hard week. I bow my head and we pray together across miles and continents. I’m reminded that God said He would be where two or more are gathered and somehow read more