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The End of the Story

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!

 

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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 faced this in a huge way with read more

source: drcarolministries.com

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God Says You Are Enough

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 where read more

source: faithgateway.com

Feeling Invisible

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.

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“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

 

source: holleygerth.com

It Doesn’t All Depend on Us

Sometimes we get all stressed out and can even make ourselves sick because we live as if everything depends on us. While we certainly have a part to play,  (get off our duffs and do what we know to do), the outcome does not depend solely on us. Whew! That’s a stress breaker right there. The final outcome is God’s business. Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth shouts this message loud and clear if we will open our hearts and ears a listen.

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“…This makes a difference because we don’t have to carry the weight of what ultimately happens. We also don’t claim it as our identity. The “failure” isn’t proof that we’re inadequate and the praise isn’t proof that we’re to be worshipped. Both are too much for us to carry. Instead we can release all the criticism and praise to God and simply do the next thing He asks. Whew.

And here’s the promise we can read more

source: holleygerth.com

One Kind Word

Pretty much everyone knows how it feels to have people say unkind things, and pretty much everyone has said unkind things to others. Today’s devotional encourages us to be quick to be kind instead. Sounds like a good plan.

“The summer before I started middle school, I gained a lot of weight and developed unsightly stretch marks on my thighs. I was ashamed. While my parents worked during the day, my older sister took me to the neighborhood pool. I braced myself when I walked out of the changing stall. My sister never said one word about my body. She only said, “I love your bathing suit!” I remember as if it were yesterday. It meant everything that she managed to think of one nice thing when she could have said something cruel or nothing at all.

In the days that followed, other people were not so kind, but the pain was eased by remembering what my sister said. She’d said one nice thing, and her opinion mattered more than all the others.

Although my sister was very smart, and had long, beautiful hair and good conversation skills, I realized that anyone could read more

source: faithgateway.com

Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.

 

 

Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more

Source: Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado

Today’s devotional reminds us of the comforting fact that God is the one who has the final say. It is He who will reverse the curse, turn the tide, and uses something that was intended for our harm to become something that helps us.

 

 

Joseph Son of Jacob Graduate with honors from the University of Hard Knocks Director of Global Effort to Save Humanity Succeeded 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.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/what-was-meant-for-evil-god-uses-for-good/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: What Was Meant for Evil, God Uses for Good, by Max Lucado