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
I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty doggone easy to make excuses when I don’t feel like doing something. Today’s devotional by Rebecca Barlow Jordan, however, puts an end to that notion. It’s a very nice kick in the pants to help all of us get loose from the inertia that wants to hold us back.
“It’s not exactly a Bible promise we like–at least not at first. Who wants to boast of weakness? Power and strength are what enamor us, especially when the task is our idea. When we’re operating in our own strength, who gets the credit? But when God gives power in weakness, who gets the glory?
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
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.