I am a 50-something vessel who loves to chronicle what God speaks to me through His Word, the Bible. Additionally, I am still enjoying a long career as a Physical Therapist, being a wife to husband of 26 years and mother to 2 grown sons and our dogs Lilly and Dude. Along the journey this pot became quite cracked. I am thankful to my Savior Jesus for how His sacrifice sealed up those cracks and turned them into a beautiful mosaic. I pray that through those cracks God's light shines to bring Him glory. I pray the words I write will speak into your heart and bring light into the dark corners.
“Give us each day our daily bread.” Luke 11:3 HCSB
When the Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 years, God provided manna from heaven to feed them each day, allowing them to only take the amount needed for that day. During this 40 year period their clothes never wore out! Before you and I jump to judge them for their complaining when God provided everything they needed, we need to turn our vision inward at our own behaviors. How often do you and I complain there’s nothing to eat when we have a refrigerator full of food, yet the food we have is not the food we are craving? How often do we say we have nothing to wear when in fact we do have clothing, but we want something new?
Whether your cabinets are full or empty, seek Him to fill your void with peace and contentment with what He has already given, and trust He will continue to provide everything you truly need when you need it.
“O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength,” Psalms 88:1-4 ESV
Its rough to wake first thing in the morning with sadness and dread in your heart. Overwhelming grief zaps our strength and mental abilities. But the God who created emotions understands and longs to comfort us in these seasons of hopelessness. He does not expect us to, “Buck up, butter cup.” Far from it! Rather than abandoning you when you are depressed in spirit like some friends or family, our Heavenly Father waits with arms wide open. Will you take your anguish to Him?🚦
“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 NLT
You know this verse; you’ve sung the song in church seemingly a million times. But this morning you just aren’t feeling it. Perhaps you’ve had little sleep for days on end. Or your marriage is on the rocks. Or you just lost your job and have no idea how you will pay the bills. No matter the reason, there’s no place in God’s Word telling us to only worship in the good times. We look to Him who made heaven and earth and who rescued us from sin for our strength and refuge.
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalms 121:1-2 NLT
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 NLT
Choose this day to lift your hands in praise and adoration because He lives!🚦 #StoplightDevotionals
“We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen.” 1 John 4:19-20 HCSB
“Love” and “hate” are both action words. If your behavior shows kindness, care, devotion, and sacrifice, then “love” is an apt descriptor. On the other hand, deceitful, self-serving, thoughtless and disrespectful actions can be appropriately described as “hate.”
God showed us how much He loves us by becoming a man for us and suffering a criminal’s death, all so that you and I would be able to have a relationship with our Creator. THAT is love.
What are some ways you can demonstrate love to another human today? 🚦?
“God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.”
Psalms 63:1, 5 HCSB
You’ve been on the road all day. You ran out of water hours ago, and you barely grabbed a bite of breakfast before heading out this morning. As you pull off the highway your mouth waters as you salivate on thoughts of a big, juicy steak, creamy potatoes, a fresh salad and a giant glass of iced tea. Just think about that dessert menu! Five-layer chocolate cake, Bourbon pecan pie, creme brule’…
Do you seek God in this way? During the dry, parched seasons do you try to fill the emptiness with controlling your food, whether healthy or not, buying clothes, or decorating and re-decorating your home? Perhaps you escape to HGTV, books, or social media.
Let God be that escape. Run to Him first thing in the morning to see what He has for you today. Let Him whisper to your heart, breathe life, quench your thirst and fill your hunger with his satisfying Word. During the stress-filled day when you are tempted to seek refuge in pleasures offering only, fleeting comfort take a few moments, instead, to meditate on His message and praise Him for who He is and the amazing things He has done. He invites you to dine with Him at His banquet table today. Will you accept the invitation?🚦￼
“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity.”
Psalms 90:12, 15 HCSB
“Slowly flow the days…swiftly fly the years,” is the message I sang at a wedding years ago, lines from “Sunrise, Sunset” of “Fiddler On The Roof.” How many times have you heard yourself talking about the day dragging only to later look at photos of days gone by and comment on how time flies?
What would change if you practiced living in the moment you have NOW rather than getting by, waiting impatiently for it to pass? God wants us to find the joy in the middle of our mess. Right here. Right now. Not after you lose ten pounds, the bills are paid off, your health is better. During your hardest season ever seek Him with all your heart, and you WILL find the joy. 🚦
When you are down where do you seek solace? The bottom of a bottle? The latest fashion clothing? A five-star meal?
Why not instead let despair drive you to God? Choosing to seek Yahweh during those times when you least feel His presence will take you to Sanctuary–that place of sacred refuge where the Most Holy dwells. Seek Him continually, pursuing Him vigilantly, and you will find Him. Refuse the cheaper forms of fleeting consolation in favor of Divine Presence that fills the darkest corners of your soul, and in that space your sorrow becomes sacred.
“God is in the sanctuary.” John Darby, theologian
But from there, you will search for the Lord your God, and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.