Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DAILY DEVO...think before you speak

TODAY'S DAILY...

I've heard it said over and over, "think before you speak" but yet too many times we do the exact opposite: we speak without thinking. 

Today's Scripture Reading takes us to Proverbs where we are reminded that a righteous person will study their answer before responding...

(Proverbs 15:28) "The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil."

Some time ago I saw an acronym for the word "Think", I don't know who came up with it to give credit but I thought it was worthy to share today as we think about the words we speak. Before opening our mouth, let's ask ourselves the following 5 questions:

  1. Is it True?
  2. Is it Helpful?
  3. Is it Inspiring?  
  4. Is it Necessary?
  5. Is it it Kind?

T.H.I.N.K. - may we study the words that we speak and refrain from using any words that kill, steal or destroy. 

Think about it before you speak about it! 

BLESSINGS. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Lamentations 3:38-5:22, Titus 3, Proverbs 15:27-33

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DAILY DEVO...guard the deposits that God makes

TODAY'S DAILY...

When we deposit our money into a bank, we not only expect our finances to be kept safe but we expect it to make more money!

In today's Scripture reading, Paul is saying the same thing about our relationship with Christ. 

(1 Timothy 1:14) "Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit Who lives in us."

God has placed His trust in us for something far more greater than money. God has entrusted us with faith, the gospel and His plan. No doubt, He would like to see something happen with his investment.

Guarding the deposit that God has made in us goes far beyond counting the blessing; the deposit of His Word into our hearts is not something we should take lightly. Nor should it be something we keep stored up in a lockbox. 

God wants us to share our wealth of knowledge of Him with others. We should never mismanage the great deposit that Christ has made into our heart; into our lives. 

Keep the things of God safe and be faithful with everything that God gives you. In doing so you will see your riches increase. 

BLESSINGS. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 48:1-49:6, 2 Timothy 1, Proverbs 14:7-22

Friday, November 3, 2017

Laced with Grace...never get weary of doing good

I am flat out tired as I write this devotion.

Between life, working in ministry, working a job and going to school, my body is screaming, “I’m tired!” I am sure one or two of you reading this today can identify. Sometimes we just get weary.

The Bible tells us to not get weary. It isn’t talking about physically, actually, in the book of Galatians it is talking about not getting tired of doing good…

(Galatians 6:9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap if we do not give up.”
Now, the fact that Paul has to warn us that we should not become weary in doing good tells me that there is a very good chance that we WILL get tired of doing good things. Not the kind of “get tired” as in needing a nap but the kind of “get tired” that propels us to quit.

Truth is, when we can’t see the fruits of our labor we tend to want to throw in the towel. Imagine with me that you work day in and day out at a factory. At the factory, it was your job to produce the best fruit that you could. Every day you work  hard, but at the end of the day, you see no fruit. You continue this for days, then weeks and over years…still no fruit. One day you decide that you aren’t  going back to that factory. I mean why? You have no fruit to count. Why keep doing a good job for nothing!

But what you didn’t know (or see) is that the “fruit” came in a different shape. The fruit you were making was the “good morning” to the one no one else would speak to. Your fruit was encouraging the one who needed encouraging. Your fruit may not have been noticed by you, but it was being counted in so many other ways.

Doing good is not something that we should ever tire of doing. Doing good is a way of thinking, a way of living; it is what defines who we are!

If you are tired (physically), get some rest. If you are tired of doing good, keep doing and see how God will bless you for endlessly being devoted to Him.

BLESSINGS, Laurie


@copyright2017 laurieadams

Thursday, November 2, 2017

DAILY DEVO...God is faithful!

TODAY'S DAILY...

We all know what it is like to be let down or have promises broken. People have disappointed me thru all stages of my life, that's to be expected, but God has remained faithful thru it all. 

The definition of faithfulness is "constant; true to one's word or promise". That is exactly Who God is!

We are reminded in today's Scripture reading that whatever God promises, He is faithful...

(1 Thessalonians 5:24) "The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it."

In a world that is ever changing, God is the only thing that remains the same. He doesn't make mistakes, He doesn't change His mind and He never sways from the Truth. God is the firm foundation which I stand upon. 

People will continue to disappoint me in this life and I'm sure I will disappoint them as well, but the longer I live the more I understand that God's faithfulness is all that I need.

May we all learn that our word means something and that there is something about keeping our word. May we all be found to be faithful; faithful to each other and faithful to God.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams


TODAY'S READING...Jeremiah 31:23-32:35, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Proverbs 12:1-14

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

DAILY DEVO...God loves us so much He disciplines us

TODAY'S DAILY...

One of the most loving things a parent can do for their child is tell them when they are doing something wrong. 

We have all either been corrected by a parent or been on the other end of the correction belt, as a parent. 

Whether we use the term "correction, reproof or rebuke"; all three words are used in the Bible and God says it is necessary for our growth. 

I suppose no one really likes to be punished, but when God reprimands (punishes) us, He does it out of love. It is an act of His love that He wants us to walk the straight and narrow way. 

I suppose at times my own children thought it was unfair to be punished, but in the end they learned their lesson and they changed their ways. 

In Jeremiah chapter 31 we are reminded of God's everlasting love...

(Jeremiah 31:3) The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

Before we would punish our children for a wrongdoing, we would always say to them, "this hurts me more than you". A child who is about to be punished finds that hard to believe but as a parent I assure you, it pains us greatly when our children do wrong.

If it's that way for you and me with our children, how much more do you think our sin (our wrongdoing) hurts our Heavenly Father? 

If God is reprimanding you for something today, it isn't because He wants to but it's because He loves you! 

BLESSINGS. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams

TODAY'S READING...Jeremiah 30:1-31:22, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:11, Proverbs 11:27-31 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DAILY DEVO...leaves blue around aimlessly, our lives shouldn't.

TODAY'S DAILY...

When I watch the leaves blowing around in the wind, I'm reminded that the leaves that have fallen no longer have life.

They blow around aimlessly in the yard, bouncing over the grass and landing on the fence, pressed up against it with nowhere else to go. Full of activity but yet empty of life.

God did not create us to be like lifeless leaves, just blowing around aimlessly. God created you and me to be purposeful!

One of God's purposes for us is found in today's Scripture reading...

(1 Thessalonians 3:12) "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you."

Paul prayed that the Thessalonians love would increase for each other, and increase for ALL people.

The love that Paul speaks of has specific purpose, it's the kind of love that encourages others to live in such a way that they would not be found blowing around like a leaf; aimlessly lost and dead.

When our love increases for others (and for God), we will then see that our purpose in life is still alive and well and not just blowing around in the wind.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

@copyright2017 laurieadams

TODAY'S READING: Jeremiah 28-29, 1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13, Proverbs 11:22-26

Monday, October 30, 2017

DAILY DEVO...you be you and I'll be me!

TODAY'S DEVOTION...

"We are not trying to please people but God, Who tests our hearts." (1 Thessalonians 2:4b)

God never intended us to become someone for the sake of others, instead, God made us  who we are for His sake!

I learned a long time ago that you can't please everyone all the time. In fact, many times you can't please some people any of the time.

God made me to be me and He made you to be you. Don't let others define who you are. There's no worse place to be than in an identity crisis, trying to find out who you are and what your purpose is.

Moses had an identity crisis. Born a Hebrew slave, but raised Egyptian royalty. When Moses grew up, he had a choice to make: to become who others said he was or become who God intended him to be.

I see too many people today trying to be something they are not. What I love about Moses is that he chose to give everything up to become who God wanted him to be.

My question today is this: whom are you trying to please, God or man?

Be who God created you to be and I will do the same. Together, we can make a difference because God's love has already defined us.

BLESSINGS. Laurie

TODAY'S READING...Jeremiah 26-27, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8, Proverbs 11:12-21