Tag Archive | encouragement

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

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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

Qualified

Sometimes we may hesitate to step out in obedience to something God is calling us to do because we honestly don’t feel qualified, and that someone else would be a better choice to get the job done. Other times claiming that we aren’t qualified can be more like an excuse for not being obedient. I’m not qualified therefore I can weasel my way out of this thing I don’t want to do. Today’s devotional blows both of those lines of reasoning out of the water. God is the one who both calls and then qualifies us to follow that call.

 

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Divine Direction: Stay — Finish Strong – FaithGateway

When times are bad and things get unpleasant it’s tempting to throw in the proverbial towel and hit the road. Although there are times when removing oneself from a negative situation is called for, more often than not God wants us to trust Him and stay put. Think about King David or the Apostle Paul or a myriad of other saints of God who persevered. If they could, by God’s grace, so can you. Today’s devotional offers encouragement to “keep on keeping on” even when the way is painful.

 

 

One day you’re going to come to a fork in the road. And this new direction may look like the perfect route to take. But no matter how appealing it is, God may lead you to stay the course instead. Maybe you’re in college right now. You’ve been thinking, I’m not going to make it.a href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/divine-direction-stay-finish-strong/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: Divine Direction: Stay — Finish Strong – FaithGateway