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Go to Church, Take a Prayer Walk, Do a Prayer Dance

It’s always a good idea to prepare in advance for hard times – the proverbial saving for a rainy day thing. It’s pretty hard to condition yourself for harsh conditions when you’re in the middle of them. Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, reminds us of the importance of having our feet firmly planted in God and rooted in the family of God before the hard things of life come.

Planted, Plugged In, and Prepared A while back I saw a 60 Minutes special on a free diver named William Trubridge, who goes to extreme depths in the ocean on a single breath. It is incredibly dangerous. He descends 331 feet below the surface — twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — witha href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/go-to-church-take-a-prayer-walk-do-a-prayer-dance/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

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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

Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just wish I could get a spiritual eyeball transplant so that I would be able to see myself, circumstances around me, other people, and even God like God does. As humans our “sight” is so limited sometimes and we really need some help seeing from a different perspective. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel reposted from biblegateway.com encourages us to see those around us in a new way: through Heaven’s eyes.

 

I periodically need to remind myself of the value that God places on other human beings, even when I don’t know the other person or when he or she is very different from me. But to be honest, that’s not natural for me to do.
Every once in a while, though, I get a reminder, like reading about an incident that occurred in North Carolina in 1995. Ten year-old Lawrence Shields was picking through a bucket of debris in a gemstone mine when a rock piqued his interest. “I just liked the shape of it,” he said.
When he knocked off the dirt and grit that were clinging to it, and as he rubbed it on his shirt to polish it up, he saw that this was much more than just a rock. It turned out to be read more

source: Bible Gateway

Losing Your Ship Without Losing Your Soul

Most people have experienced traumatic events in their lives that ended in or were the consequences of some type of personal failure. Today’s devotional throws a lifeline of hope out for the ones who is currently going through or who has gone through such a storm. You may fail and lose it all, but you don’t have to lose you, your soul, or your faith. You may be stripped down, as the author says, but you won’t be lost.

 

 

During that storied final meal Jesus shared with His disciples, only hours away from all the torments that awaited Him, there is an extraordinary exchange between Jesus and Peter. The truly remarkable thing is that this is just before Jesus tells Peter he will disown Him. Sitting at the table, where the peculiar alchemy of wine turning to blood and bread becoming body was already at play, Jesus looks across the table at the fiery, well-intentioned disciple whose face was not yet shadowed by the guilt of betrayal. And He speaks words of heartbreaking tenderness to the man who says he will die for Jesus but will in actuality curse him by morning:

Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.Luke 22:31-32

Satan has desired to read more

Source: Losing Your Ship Without Losing Your Soul

Crazy Hunch and a High Hope

There are many article and devotionals devoted to the subject of faith. Some are very scholarly and theological. Others are the tried and true, been-through-the-fire-and-out-the-other-side kind of articles. Today’s devotional from Biblegateway.com by Max Lucado offers a perspective drawn from the experience of a biblical character who persevered in faith and was abundantly rewarded.

 

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“If I can just touch his clothes,” she thinks, “I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28 NCV).

Risky decision. To touch him, she will have to touch the people. If one of them recognizes her … hello rebuke, good-bye cure. But what choice does she have? She has no money, no clout, no friends, no solutions. All she has is a crazy hunch that Jesus can help and a high hope that he will.

Maybe that’s all you have: a crazy hunch and a high hope. You have nothing to give. But you are hurting. And all you have to offer him is your hurt.

Maybe that has kept you from coming to God. Oh, you’ve taken a step or two in his direction. But then you saw the other people around him. They seemed so clean, so neat, so trim and fit in their faith. And when you saw them, they blocked your view of him. So you stepped back.

If that describes you, note carefully, only one person was read more

Source: Biblegateway.com

 

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

Don’t Give Up

Today’s devotional was written to leaders but is applicable to us all. There are very few – if any – among us who have not been tempted to just give up at times when the way became especially difficult. Hang in there!

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Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. — Hebrews 10:36

“Effective leaders accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never give up. They never buckle under. Despite mounting criticism, intense opposition, and overwhelming obstacles, they persevere with determined resolve. They refuse to throw in the towel.

Often, the easiest thing would be to quit. Just give up. Forget about one’s dream and return to the comfort and convenience of read more

source: http://ministrytodaymag.com/leadership/devotionals/19718-don-t-give-up