Devotional 7- Liar

Don't you just hate being lied to? I mean...I have compassion for people who lie.  It's not like I've never lied or exaggerated before.  I know what it feels like to have done something stupid and then called on the carpet for it.  You start to sweat.  Your heart begins to race.  You know that there's going to be a bad reaction to the truth so you... Lie-a little. See!?  I'm still justifying it!  Regardless of my compassion for liars, I still HATE being lied to.  I've begged the people in my life to give me a chance with their truth.  To trust the God in me to enable me to be forgiving and understanding in my responses.  Despite that...I continue to get lied to. One of the most difficult things for me in living through this pandemic is feeling like I'm constantly getting lied to.  The speculation is out there on all fronts, isn't it?  The Democrats are accusing the Republicans.  The Republicans are accusing the Democrats.  The people are acc

Devotional 6 - "Hidden"

Good Morning, friend!  It's so good to have you back.  Can I take you back to a time in 2004 in my life?  Our devotional from today is connected to a memory I had at that time.   But first things first!  Let's grab a Bible and read the following scripture: Isaiah 49:2 (NIV) 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. Psalm 27:5-6 (NIV) 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Psalm 31:19-20  (NIV) 19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. 20 In the shelter of your presence, y

Devotional 5 - "Having Everything"

( I heard a verse the other day and it mentally stopped me.  Has that ever happened to you?  I know that I have read it many times before.  I even have it underlined in my Bible.  But, God used that moment in time to put the brakes on my simple cares and remind me of a HUGE truth.   Grab your Bible or read with me below a passage from 1 John 4:7-21 7  Dear friends, let us love one another,  for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God  and knows God.   8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.   9  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son  into the world that we might live through him.   10  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us  and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.   11  Dear friends,  since God so loved us,  we also ought to love one another.   12  No one has ever seen God;  but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made com

Devotional 4 "What's that smell?"

Good morning!  If you get a chance, grab your Bible...and maybe a HOT cup of coffee (for me!), and let's jump into a passage of scripture that has a remarkable truth. Read 2 Corinthians 2 Try to pay attention to Paul's tone in this letter.  What do you think he was thinking/feeling?  Are there any clues as to what seems to be going on in the church of Corinth? 2 Corinthians 2 (NIV)  1 So I made up my mind that I would not make another painful visit to you. 2 For if I grieve you, who is left to make me glad but you whom I have grieved? 3 I wrote as I did, so that when I came I would not be distressed by those who should have made me rejoice. I had confidence in all of you, that you would all share my joy. 4 For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to grieve you but to let you know the depth of my love for you. 5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it t

Devotional 3- "You are my Sunshine"

Good day, friend!  I have no idea what it looks like outside of your window but we are going to take some time and talk about almost everyone's favorite thing right now... SUNSHINE I can't tell you how many people I've come across during the Covid-19 Pandemic that has excitedly announced, "Yeah!  At least it's sunny out today!" I think that there actually are some people that find even greater comfort in a good ole' sunshine-y day.  Those who are suffering from chronic pain seem to find some relief in the warmth.  Those who suffer from Seasonal Depression are likely to emerge out of the dark with a smile.  And of course, the kiddos love the chance to stretch their legs and play when the weather permits!  How many of you just relish sitting in the sun and getting that bronze glow?  I know I do! Did you know that there are upwards of 49 verses in scripture about the sun?  I had no idea!  Let's take a minute and look at a few. Ecclesiastes 11

May 6, 2020 Devotional 2-"Vulnerable"

You came back! I'm so excited to spend some time in the Word with you again. Grab your Bible and open up to a couple of passages with me. Have your highlighter or favorite pen handy so you can do some underlining or commenting. 3X5 cards are also extremely valuable for being able to continue to meditate on what you learn from scripture throughout the day. Maybe even memorize! Those "light bulb" moments that God gives us are supernatural and you don't want them to pass you by. Read Psalms 48:1-3;14. Spend some extra time reading verse 3 and meditating there. Read Proverbs 18:10, Psalms 18:1-6 Psalm 48 A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress. For this God is our G

May 5th, 2020 - Devotion 1

Alright, girls! If you can, grab your Bible and go with me to the very last book. You know the one! It’s scary and exciting and sometimes VERY hard to understand…. Revelations 3:14-31 Take the time to read from your favorite Bible/Version or enjoy the text below from the NIV: (14) “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. (15) I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (16) So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (17) You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (18) I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich, and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness, and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. (19)Those wh