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
Caring for the invisible
“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
In a world where good fathers are in high demand but low supply many of us do not receive a father’s blessing from our earthly father. Receive this devotional prayer laid on the heart of Bill Yount by Father God as your own blessing today. (reposted from charisma.com)
“When I was a child, my father drank heavily at times for years, and I felt like I could never please him. My father passed away many years ago. One of the last times I saw him in the hospital, I left his bedside and was walking toward the door when I heard my father say, “Bless you, Bill.” It was as though read more
Happy Valentine’s Day! There is no greater love, none that lasts longer, goes further, or gives more than the love of God for us. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from faithgateway.com, highlights this amazing love on this day when we celebrate love.
Oh, the things we do to give gifts to those we love.
But we don’t mind, do we? We would do it all again. Fact is, we do it all again. Every Christmas, every birthday, every so often we find ourselves in foreign territory. Grownups are in toy stores. Dads are in teen stores. Wives are in the hunting department, and husbands are in the purse department.
Not only do we enter unusual places, we do unusual things. We assemble bicycles at midnight. We hide the new tires with mag wheels under the stairs. One fellow I heard about rented a movie theater so he read more
God is love. We hear that all the time. But what does that mean? Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, shares an idea of what part of that love might look like fleshed out.
Imagine living in the ancient Near East in 1500 BC. You’re a Hebrew, formerly a slave in Egypt, now traipsing through the desert around Mount Sinai.
You inhabit a spiritually charged universe of “gods” and “goddesses.” And these divine beings are anything but nice. Read any ancient text. The gods were mean — finicky and capricious and ready to fly off the handle at the slightest infraction.
So, you made sacrifices. Naturally. To keep the gods off your back. Or maybe to get the gods on your side. At first it was a bird or a goat. Then you ratchet up to a bull. But eventually they might ask for your child. Maybe even your firstborn.
Anybody remember History of World Civilization class from freshman year? Think of the story of Troy. It takes place around the same read more
Rejection is a dreadful thing, and living in fear of being rejected is even worse, constantly waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop. When a person has been scarred by a lifetime of rejection it can be just about impossible for them to believe that there could really be someone out there who will never ever reject them, never leave or forsake them. Today’s devotional shares a powerful picture of the love that will not reject us or let us go.
“Jimmy Wayne never knew his father. His mom spent more time in prison than out. When he was twelve years old, she was released from jail”and took up with a troublemaker. They loaded Jimmy into the backseat of the Olds Delta 88, and for a year the car was his home. “It had bench seats and smelled like body odor,” remembers Jimmy. They drove from city to city, avoiding the police.
After miles of drifting they dumped Jimmy in the parking lot of a Pensacola, Florida, bus station and drove off. He was thirteen years old. He had no home. No future. No provision. One day while wandering through a neighborhood, he spotted an older man who was at work in a garage wood shop.
He approached the elderly gentleman and asked if the man had any read more
Many of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. It was one of the first scripture passages we memorized as kids in vacation Bible school or Sunday School. Today’s devotional brings us back to this comforting psalm to remind us of God’s loving care for each of us.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. — John 10:11
A bad shepherd lets his sheep stray. He neglects the flock, allowing the sheep to graze in bad fields or experience life-threatening thirst. He beats the lambs to teach submission and obedience. He isn’t alert to predators, allowing them to get too close to the sheep. Clearly, he doesn’t care much about the welfare of his sheep.
But Jesus is the opposite, rightly calling Himself the good Shepherd. When a sheep strays, He goes out looking for that wanderer, searching until He finds it and rejoicing when He does. He stays up during the read more
Pretty much anyone who is alive and breathing has been or will be wounded by another person at one point or another in their lives. It’s an ugly, messy, and painful business particularly when the one doing the wounding is one of God’s people. If you’ve been wounded and are tempted to chuck the whole mess and get out of Dodge please take some time to read today’s devotional by Ann Graham Lotz on Faithgateway.com and rethink your current escape plan.
“I know by experience what David knew. Prayer can help heal your hurt. It can take the sting away. One reason is that it can help put your wounding in perspective. When I focus on God and who He is, my wounders don’t seem so intimidating and my hurt somehow becomes smaller.
So may I encourage you? Put the brakes on any runaway mental conversations you may be having with those who have wounded you. If you don’t, and those sharp words careen recklessly across the highway of your healing journey, your wounded heart and life are going to end up as something like splattered roadkill. At the very least, you will read more