This is My Story

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Devotion:  Exodus 15:2

This beautiful old hymn flooded my mind very early one morning.

  1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
    Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
    Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
    Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

    • Refrain:
      This is my story, this is my song,
      Praising my Savior all the day long;
      This is my story, this is my song,
      Praising my Savior all the day long.
  2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
    Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
    Angels, descending, bring from above
    Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
  3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
    I in my Savior am happy and blest,
    Watching and waiting, looking above,
    Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

What a wonderful way to start the day!  Just to know we are an heir of salvation.  God is bringing His new mercy.  All is at rest.  Because I am in my Savior, I am happy and blest.  I truly am filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

If there is no other thing for which we are assured, Christ followers are assured of their salvation.  No one can take that away from us.  We are secure in our eternal salvation.  We have abundant life in Christ on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

Prayer in Motion:

Jesus, thank  You for saving my soul.  Thank You, Lord, for making me whole.  Thank You Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free.  What a wonderful story You have given me.  I love You, Lord.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

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One Thing at a Time

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Devotion:  Matthew 11:28

My five-year-old grandson Elijah told his teacher he was perfectly capable of multi-tasking.  Then he asked her if she knew what multitasking was?  Oh my goodness, it cracked her up.

Many women are great at multitasking.  I’ve confessed before you my readers before; “I am not one of them.”  I think because I am so attention deficit in nature that it’s hard for me to do more than one thing at a time.  I get frustrated easily when I get too many plates spinning in the air.  Most of the time, something or someone is going to fall by the wayside.

I think about Mary and Martha.  We women probably all have a little of each of these ladies characteristics.  Jesus told Martha she was worried and troubled about many things but Mary had the better part, right beside of her Jesus.  He longs for you and me to come alongside Him, to listen for His voice.

How can we neglect the most important Person in our lives?  It’s a wonderful thing to be able to multitask as long as it does not interfere with our time with the Lord.  Jesus is calling us to come and dine with Him.  He wants us to spend time in our prayer closet, to walk with Him and talk with Him.  He wants to tell us we are His own.

Multitasking can be a blessing to those around us, except when it becomes a distraction to the more important things, like spending time with Jesus.

The Bible says our lives are like a vapor.  We must be about our Father’s business first and foremost.  He is waiting to hear your voice.  I know you long to hear His.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I do Your bidding and come apart to walk with You and talk with You.  Do not let the busyness of life take me away from my Father’s business.  I need You every hour of the day.  Thank You, Jesus, for bringing me to Your side.  Draw me nearer blessed Lord.  In Jesus Name.   Amen.

 

God is Enough

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Devotion:  Philippians 3:8

At what point do we realize God is enough?  When you are hurting, do you know God is enough?  When you feel burdened by the cares of this world, do you know God is enough?  When you feel forsaken, do you remember God is enough?  When you are grief-stricken, can you acknowledge that God is enough?

Oh, how I pray we know this in the marrow of our bones.  Jonah recognized God was enough in the belly of a fish.  Job realized God was enough after having everything he held near and dear taken from him.   Paul realized God was enough on the road to Damascus.  Peter realized God was enough while he sat chained to a prison wall.

All of these saints really learned through life’s trials that God was enough.  They loved Him better than their own lives.   They were willing to risk all they possessed to gain all Jesus had for them.  As we watched their lives unfold; we saw them be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.

When will God be enough for you my friend?  Can you give up everything and can count it all as loss to gain the glory of the Lord?  I pray that we can.  I want us to bring Him honor and glory and blessing both now and forevermore.  Can we do this in spite of our pain, in spite of our burdens and in spite of our grief?

Prayer in Motion: 

Lord Jesus, You are enough, both now and forevermore.  I believe Your promises are yes and amen.  Thank You for giving me courage and strength to endure and acknowledge You are my Rock and my Salvation.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Power Outages

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Devotion:  Ephesians 6:12

Over a million people are without power after Hurricane Michael.  Just being without power doesn’t touch the devastation to which many will return.  It’s so sad to see the strong wind and flood damage.

Power will eventually be restored in every place but the worst-hit areas will take the longest.  Can you imagine the time it will take to clean up?  Then there is the rebuilding.  It will take some serious amounts of time after the power has been restored.  It makes me so sad to think of these folks losing every earthly thing they’ve ever held dear.

How do they start over?  With God’s help and people who care about helping with the restoration.  Stuff can always be replaced other than pictures and memorabilia.  Pray God will comfort them while their lives are being restored.

I liken the people without power to those in total spiritual darkness. They are the most desperate for God’s power but are waiting for someone to bring them the light of the gospel message.

Prayer in Motion:

Precious Lord, send down Your power, the power of Your Holy Spirit to those who are in spiritual darkness.  Send down Your power to those who are weary and worn by the battles they fight in this life.

We need Your power Lord, not our own.  We can operate so much better in the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit.  You are our only power source when we battle our own flesh.  Your ways are so much higher than ours.

Help us remember to apply Ephesians 6:12, today’s verse when we feel overwhelmed by the storms of life.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

You are Precious

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Devotion:  Isaiah 43:4

I pray you know this life-changing truth; “You are a precious treasure to your Creator.”  You are fearfully and wonderfully made for such a time as this.  Your God created you intentionally with and for a great purpose.  The very hairs of your head are numbered.  He loves you with an everlasting love and underneath you are His everlasting arms.

God knew you before the foundation of the earth.  He longs to have continual fellowship with you.  He gives to you, His beloved, even in your sleep.  He woos you and draws you to Himself.

The eyes of the Lord are always searching over the whole earth; for those whose hearts long to be completely His.  He is with you always.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  The Prince of Peace has peace available to you twenty-four seven, a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Your God will give you strength when yours is gone.  He will carry you when you are unable to go another step.  He will build you up in your most holy faith.  He will supply all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.

Jesus is a friend that’s closer than a brother. He’s as close as your next breath.  I pray right now that you will spend time talking to this One and Only God who calls you precious.  Take time to open His wonderful Word.  Pray it back to Him.  He loves when you drink those words of life into your soul.

He will accomplish all that concerns you, His precious child.  Release all your concerns to Him.  Cast every care upon the Lord, for He will sustain you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, please help me remember how precious I am to You.  I want to always acknowledge how precious You are to me, my Savior and my Lord.  You are more precious than silver and gold to me.  I would be forever lost without You.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

 

Heeding the Warning

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Devotion:  Matthew 6:31-34

As Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Pan Handle area, I listened to the governor tell the people who decided not to heed the warning to stay put.  He informed them that a rescue would be slim to none.  Why would people ignore the warnings of these weather experts?  I just don’t understand.  Life is so fragile.  Stuff can be replaced when a life cannot.

As I prayed with my friend Sharon for these people, I could not help but think of people who do not heed the warning from God’s Word.  There are countless thousands who turn a deaf ear and forsake the gospel message.

They think, “Aw, I’ll be ok.”  I haven’t stolen anything or killed anyone.  I’m good with the “Man upstairs”.  They don’t even call the “Man upstairs” by His Name.  The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wants to be addressed by His Given Name.  God knows you and calls you by your name.

All one can do is give the gospel message to those God has placed in our lives.  We give them the warning that has been spoken to us.  The gospel message is filled with grace, truth, and hope.  It’s the best gift we could ever offer to anyone.  Those who forsake this message will be eternally separated from their Creator and Redeemer Jesus Christ.

We have within us God’s Holy Spirit.  We cannot be the Holy Spirit to make someone invite Jesus into their heart; however, we are filled with God’s  Holy Spirit who empowers us to speak the truth that will set them free.

We can pray and ask God to help all who are lost to heed the warning.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I give out the good news of the gospel and may those who hear it heed the warning.  May they understand that only those who receive Jesus will have eternal life in heaven and abundant life on this earth.

 

 

Poisonous Words

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Devotion:   Proverbs 16:24

They bite like a snake.   Depending upon the source; the poison injected into your ears can splash right back out or go straight to your heart.  The pain of them can either be refuted by what God says or go into your soul.  You get to decide what you will receive and what you will reject.

The hurt of poisonous words can bring pain so deep that if we allow them, can take a lifetime to recover.  Open wounds can form that never seem to heal.  Mercy, Lord, mercy.  God never wants a person He created to live this way.  It was never His plan.

So what do you do with them?  Poisonous words?  Either those you’ve heard or those you’ve said?  You ask for forgiveness for those you’ve said and you forgive the person who said them to you.  It’s the only way to move on to the healing God has in store for you.

Who wants poison coursing through their system on a daily basis?  Nobody I know.  It is just not worth the sick feeling that puts your stomach in an absolute knot.  The pain that comes from a gaping open wound is not something anyone seeks after.

Words that wound are usually intentional, but not always.  We are all sinners that fall short of the glory of God.  We must give the same grace that has been so lovingly bestowed upon us by our Father.

I’m asking God to help us not receive them into our hearts nor pour them out on another person.  The poison that results is never worth it.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I not pour out poisonous words on anyone.  May I forgive those who’ve poured them out on me.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.