Friday, September 22, 2017

DAILY DEVO...will you go?

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

In the book of Isaiah lies a question that each of us will have to answer, "who will go?" 

(Isaiah 6:8) “Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?’ I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.’” 

Many people apply this scripture to those called into missions. But don't you know that "missions" is everywhere and we all have to answer the question and decide if we will make ourselves available to go. 

But go where?

The mission field is in our backyards, at our jobs, in the grocery store and yes, even in the Sunday school rooms of church. God may call you to Africa or China but first He will call you at home. 

Not everyone accepts the call. Moses didn't want to go to Egypt and Jonah tried to escape what God asked of him. We aren't much different; looking for ways to get around our responsibility of teaching a class, holding a prayer meeting or witnessing to our neighbor. 

Jesus said the harvest was full, but the laborers are few. Isaiah answered the call and said, "here I am, send me." What is your answer today - will you go?

HAVE A BLESSED (and fruitful) day. Laurie


TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 6-8, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4, Psalm 143:7-12

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DAILY DEVO...God comforts us so we can comfort others

TODAY'S DAILY...

How do you react to hard times?

Hardships can either make us or break us. During times of stress and anxiety, we often lean unto our own understanding instead of God's.

Several years ago, we went thru a very difficult time with one of our kids. At a young age, we received a less than promising report from the doctor. The next few years, we would go thru surgeries and a change of life for all of us.

At the time, I often questioned why God was allowing us to go thru all of that. It wasn't until many years later that I realized that God actually had purpose for our pain, He not only would see us thru but He would use us to minister to families with similar health challenges.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul urged the Corinthians to know that God was their source of comfort in the midst of their trouble...

(2 Corinthians 1:3,4) "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

He not only brings us comfort but He brings us thru so that we can turn around and be a comfort to others.

You may be feeling some pain today, but be reassured that there is purpose in your pain; God will comfort you so that you can also be a comfort for others.

HAVE A BLESSED (and comforting) DAY. Laurie

TODAY'S READING...Isaiah 3-5, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalm 143:1-6

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DAILY DEVO...have you been washed?

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

The first chapter of Isaiah starts off with how the acts of sin are dealt with. Not by man but by God. 

With man, our former sins will be forever remembered and even held over our heads but that's not the nature of God...

(Isaiah 1:16-17a) "Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice."

When we come to God, He doesn't want us to stay the same way as we came. He wants us to be clean of those things that separate us from Him. 

I don't know about you, but there are days that I need to bathe at least once, sometimes twice. Not just physically but spiritually. 

I am so thankful that when I lay down my wrong doings, wrong thinking and wrong attitudes before the Lord, He swoops it up, washes me and doesn't leave me sitting in my muck any longer. 

God will never leave us in our sin after He forgives us. Isn't that a wonderful thing to know?

Now if we could just learn to do right as our scripture today says, it sure would save on water and soap! 

HAVE A BLESSED (and washed by the Blood) day! LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Isaiah 1-2, 1 Corinthians 16, Psalm 142 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Daily DEVO...keep a guard at the door of your lips

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

Today's scripture goes right along with what I wrote about yesterday: encouraging others with our lips.

What we say (or don't say) has such a powerful impact on those we communicate with. In today's Psalm, It says...

"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips”. (Psalm 141:3)

Imagine with me today that inside of our lips is a door and at the door stands a doorman on guard. He is keeping watch of what goes in and what comes out.

Every word that is spoken (or just thought) does not get by God. He is our Doorkeeper and knowing that He is on watch over my lips encourages me that I need to be an encourager with my mouth.

I have to admit, I haven't always guarded my mouth like I should but today my prayer is found in Colossians 4:6: "Dear Lord; let my speech be full of grace and seasoned with salt."

It will serve you well if you use sweet words today so tomorrow you won't have to eat them.

Have a blessed (and watchful) day. LAURIE

TODAY'S READING...Song of Solomon 5-8, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58, Psalm 141

Monday, September 18, 2017

DAILY DEVO...everyone likes a compliment

TODAY'S DEVOTION

Who doesn't love receiving a compliment? 

I noticed in the book of Solomon, the writers were not shy when it came to expressing their love and adoration for one another. 

(Song of Solomon 7:5) "Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses."

While it may be received strangely if we went around quoting Song of Solomon scriptures to complete strangers, I assure you, a mere compliment would brighten someone's day. 

If you look around, you will see that there are many beautiful people in your world. You will find them at the checkouts, in the post office, at school and right across the street. 

I have noticed some of the prettiest eyes and the most beautiful smiles on people I barely know. But yet, I often don't tell them what I see. Why are we leary to compliment people? 

No one wants to feel weird or laughed at but giving compliments is something that even God does. All throughout the Bible, you will find God giving affirmation to people of all walks of life. 

One way that we can be more Christ-like is to speak love and affirmation to others; it will not only bring a smile to their face but it will encourage them to be all that God created them to be. 

Look for something beautiful in someone today and don't be afraid to let them know what you (and God) sees in them. 

Have a Blessed (and beautiful) day. LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Song of Solomon 1-4, 1 Corinthians 15:12-34, Psalm 140:9-13

Thursday, September 14, 2017

DAILY DEVO...there's a time for everything

TODAY'S DAILY...

Have you ever noticed how much we seem to complain about time? If we wait for more than 5 minutes for our food in the fast lane, it's too long. But on the other hand, a sweet family reunion with someone we haven't seen in a long time is never long enough. 

In the book of Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that every season of life has purpose. We all have seasons of difficulty and seasons of joy. In each season, God wants to teach us something about Who He is and all that He can be for us. 

If we will let Him...

(Ecclesiastes 3:11) "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

God's timing is different than ours. He wants good things for us but sometimes we must wait for the right time. If we rush things, we might miss out on a blessing. 

I've changed how I look at trials and disappointments in my life. Instead of asking "why?", I simply understand it's just not the right time. 

If I can trust that God created the beautiful heavens and earth and everything in it, surely I can trust Him for all that He has planned for me. Can you?

Have a blessed (and on-time) day! LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:15, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalm 139:1-6

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

DAILY DEVO...Who is your source?

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

From the very onset of sin in this world, harmony between a man and a woman was disrupted. The sin of Adam and Eve brought headship and submission into existence. 

For many people there is a misunderstanding of what this all means. Wives don't like to hear the word "submit" and some men take their "authority" just too far. 

Headship or "having authority" is not a right to command and control. It is a responsibility to love like Christ. 

I heard a wonderful illustration a few years ago that explained the headship of the husband over the wife. Many would think that the term "head" refers to leadership but I heard it called another word; it was defined as our "source". Think about what the head supplies, literally:

Literally, the head is home to our eyes that give us sight, and a mouth that feeds us and ears to hear the upcoming sounds of danger. The head is our source for protection for all of these things that we need.

Likewise, the husband, as the head of his wife is the "source" for the leading, the providing and the protecting of his family and home. 

Just as God placed the man to look after and take care of the needs of his wife, the Bible says  that Christ is the head of every man (and woman) and He takes care of their needs. 

(1 Corinthians 11:3) "But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God."

God is the source for every man, every woman and every body of Believers. He is the Head and He wants to not only love and nurture us but lead us, protect us and grow us. 

Have a blessed day. LAURIE


TODAY'S READING: Job 40-42, 1 Corinthians 11:2-34, Psalm 138