Monday, July 20, 2015

DAILY DEVO...don't let your scars limit you!

What would our lives be like if we lived with no limits? I'm not talking about no boundaries, but, no limits?

Sometimes the insurmountable obstacles and heavy burdens that we endure limit us in our thinking, in our serving and in our living!

I have a friend that had twins that were born attached. Over the years, they have had their obstacles to climb and they have the physical scars to show it. But the one thing about their story that I have always loved is that the scars never held them back. They live life to the fullest and the big smile on their face shows it.

I wish we could be more like that. All of us have scars, it's part of life. Some are bigger and deeper than others. But like the twins, we do not have to allow our scars to limit us.

Paul reminds us what can be done with our scars...

"...for Christ's sake, we should delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -2 Corinthians 12:10

God removes limits in spite of our scars and weaknesses. He will give us the ability to overcome unhealthy relationships; He allows us to conquer fear; He leads us to encourage hurting people; He reveals His wisdom at the right moment; He increases our faith when we are searching. Endless, isn't it?

Scars are just reminders of what you have overcome, not roadblocks. Don't let your pain and disappointment limit you, but recognize that we serve a God Who is limitless!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DAILY DEVO...what kind of a nut are you?

Have you ever noticed what seeds look like?

Most of them are small; some flat, some round, some black, white or another color. They may look different but they all have the same potential.

Seeds are meant to be planted, if we never open up the package, then all we have is...seeds!

Some people wish they were like the seed of an acorn, wanting to grow strong and mighty and do great things. But God didn't make all of us to be acorns, some of us, He designed to grow into willow trees or just a shrub.

You see, God knows exactly our potential, exactly our story and exactly what and who we will impact, He knows exactly what kind of seed we are!

"I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." -Psalms 139:14

When we allow our spiritual seeds to be watered and grow, beautiful things immerse. Don't let your spiritual seed go unattended...GROW!

Monday, July 13, 2015

DAILY DEVO...HIs ways are not our ways

You may be familiar with the famous poem written by Reinhold Niebuhr, "The Serenity Prayer"...

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Basically, it says there are some things in life that are beyond our ability to control.

Events can occur in our lives that seem at the time totally wrong. We may even ask God why He is allowing this to happen to us? Even though we do not see or understand does not mean that God doesn't have a plan. His ways are greater than our ways.

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord." -Isaiah 55:8

Even when life throws you things that seem out of control, and there isn't much you can do about it, know that God is able to turn things around. Nothing is too big for Him, after all, didn't He create the heavens and the earth in less than 7 days?

You may not be able to change your circumstances but you CAN trust God because His ways are greater than ours!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DAILY DEVO...treating the hiccups in life

Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks or years) where everything seems to come racing at you all at once?

I call those kind of moments (or days) "hiccups". Because just like actual hiccups, these moments of stress or feeling overwhelmed can just come out of nowhere. And while the hiccups may just last a short while, it's still a disruption that seems like an eternity at the moment.

Hiccups in life can leave a person feeling drained, exhausted and sometimes even perplexed.
I've been running ninety to nothing lately; with wedding plans, ministry duties, family commitments, and just the day to day "hiccups" in life, I've been feeling completely exhausted this week.

So I did what most sensible people do when they get the hiccups. I treated the symptoms, and I removed every distraction and rested. Of course, my rest only lasted a few hours but during that time of silence, my hiccups subsided.

Sometimes we don't see God in the midst of our hiccups, but He is there. And He encourages us to rest in Him, so we won't be so tired and weary...

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will NOT be shaken." -Psalm 62:1-2

Don't let the hiccups of life shake you, rest in God and watch how He calms your situation and reenergizes your soul.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TODAY'S DAILY...people get ready!

As I read my Facebook timeline, I see a lot of panic, a lot of concern and yes, even a lot of hate and anger in the recent rulings of the Supreme Court.

I don't know why so many folks are so shocked? After all, does the Bible not portray exactly the times we are living?

"People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power." -2 Timothy 3:2-5

We don't have to look to Washington to see all of this, it's right in our backyards!

I don't know when God will return, perhaps we are closer to it now than ever. But what I do know is, God is not surprised by anything and we, as His children, cannot live in fear. There is no better time than this to be a Christian! We have come to a time that HAVING faith is not enough, we must now LIVE by faith!

Paul urges us in Philippians that the Lord is near, and to not be anxious for anything but in EVERYTHING, pray! (Philippians 4:5-8)

It's time we begin to pray earnestly for our families and for our nation. Don't be found asleep when the thief comes knocking at the door. He is already lurking about.

People, get ready!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TODAY'S DAILY...can you feel the calm before the storm?

My Granny use to have a saying, "I feel the calm before the storm". The skies could be clear, sun shining bright, but no matter what the weather man said, her bones told her a storm was brewing.

Sometimes, we just feel the calm before a storm. Jesus did. Days before the crucifixion, He felt the calm. There was a sense that something was wrong, and He knew what was coming and He began preparing for the coming storm.

He spent a day preparing the temple for the storm; He spoke parables to people, answering as many questions as He could; He spent time with His disciples, savoring each moment, knowing it was His last. He felt the calm before the storm.

Storms can catch us off-guard. Jesus lost a disciple in this storm, many lost faith, they were afraid and the storm caused them to question everything.

Even when our lives don't go like we think, we must trust that on the other side of the storm, there is a rainbow. The calm before the storm is God's way of preparing us for what is to come.

Can you feel it in your bones - a storm is just on the horizon!

"He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed." -Psalm 107:29

Get ready, are you prepared to sink or swim?

Monday, June 15, 2015

TODAY'S DAILY... We ALL have a purpose!

Everyone searches for a purpose at sometime in their life. Most people think finding purpose in life is finding something they truly love.

It's easy to find something when it falls into place, but what do you do if things aren't so clear for you? What if you are not sure what your gifts are or your true calling?

First of all, don't panic. You are not alone. There are lots of people in the same boat.

Look at the disciples. What a diverse group of men. Before Jesus came on the scene, they were mere fishermen, tax collectors, farmers, etc. You think they weren't feeling comfortable in what they thought was their purpose in life? After all, weren't they making a living and feeding their families?
But then they met Jesus. And quickly, their true calling became clear.

"Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand." -Proverbs 19:21

I don't know what purpose in life you are aiming for, but I guarantee you, if you seek God's purpose, everything will become clear.

We all have a purpose...we can find out what that purpose is if we will just meet Jesus!