Devotion by Julie

Greetings oh most precious child of God! There are days when I start to write something, get interrupted and end up losing everything I'd said so far. Today I am going to use that analogy....why does something or someone seem to be a detriment instead of a benefit? Why do we keep hitting our heads on the wall in front of us? Why do we think things have to be done our way and that we don't need someone telling us what to do? Why do we fret and complain when things are not going our way? When are we going to be quiet and truly listen to what He is telling us? I don't know about you, but I tend to be most comfortable when I'm the boss and I get to call the shots. At least that was how I lived most of my life. It is only in the last few years that I can say, I'll sit back and you can handle it. Why do we need to be "the boss" of everyone? My prayer for you today is that you look around you. Are you calling the shots or is someone else calling them for you. Are the "shots" good for your well being? Is there peace within and beside you? My prayer is that you will seek to live life as a gentle, loving friend and maybe even lover if that option is still there with you. Know that holding on to anger and issues that no longer exist or that can/should be changed by a true apology doesn't hurt the other person half as much as it changes you. May God give you the gift of forgiveness and of peace. May you always know He is watching over you. And may you bring love and peace back in to your relationships. Love and hugs!

Devotion by Julie

Good morning oh most precious child! I trust your day is off to a great start. Someone that we dearly love is having to make some really tough choices about medical treatment. She will have to decide the path she will go down now. She and I have talked in the past and she tells me there is nothing to worry about because it is what it is and she accepts that. In a way learning we are getting to the tough choices is hard. We argue or bargain or rage. But not her. She is ready for whatever happens. I tell her I am concerned about her but not worried because I know she is at peace about the next steps she will face. She has chosen minimal treatment. Do you think you can accept the tough decisions we all have to make? Do you think your faith would keep the fear and grief in check? The answer for her is yes. My prayer for you today is that you look around in your life. See if your choices, whether they be hard or easy, are ones you can live with. Figure out your next step and then turn it over to God. He has your back and He will even carry you if you can no longer stand. May God's love and His peace be with you. May you be filled with acceptance for what is to come. And always, always remember your Heavenly Father is a breath away. Love is the medicine, and the only medicine that can get you through and this beautiful lady is loved beyond measure. God's blessings on you today and may faith, courage and perseverance lead you where you need to go. Love and hugs!

Devotion by Julie

Hello my precious child! There is a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. I love this time of year and all the changes that come with it. I always loved the start of school as the kids reconnected with friends they hadn’t seen all summer. And honestly, while I love to go swimming and have picnics and just have fun together, I feel a sense of relief to have some me time. It is also a time of transition for God’s creation. The grapes and choke cherries are ready to pick, corn and fresh vegetables and lots of other food are abundant. I wish they could spread all the bounty out just a little bit so I could savor all the flavors over a longer time. It’s time to put away the patio furniture and move the plants inside. It is a time of settling in and hibernating and having the taste of soup or pot roast in the crockpot. My prayer for you today is that you will see this time as a positive. It is like our lives...we are aging and our bodies aren’t working the way they used to. Take time to savor the time of life you are currently in and see the good in the sometimes tough times. May God bless you with His presence in your life. Love and hugs.

Devotion by Julie

Hey there precious one! I trust your day is treating you kindly. Music has always been a vitally important part of my life. When I would get frustrated and angry, my mom would send me to the piano to pound it out. When I was happy, the piano sound was more gentle and flowing. When I was working on my masters degree, my kids would know the kind of mood I was in because of the music playing in our house. If it was classic, the best plan was just to be quiet and hang out in your room. If it was piano or instrumental music with no singing music, moms studying. But if it was on the station they had been listening to at the volume they were listening to, they could ask me most anything and the answer would be yes. Music was also something I shared with my dad. He had a beautiful tenor voice and I loved accompanying him. I asked him to sing for my wedding. He said yes if he got to pick the song. His choice was to sing "where are you going my little one." He sang it right before he gave me to Dana. My prayer for you is to think about and remember a song that means/meant a lot to you. Listen to it with your eyes closed and just let yourself drift back to how you felt, who did you listen to it with and listen to the words if there are any. Life is too short to waste when it comes to music. Music soothes the hurts in your life. Music can heal the holes in your life. Music can lift you up so you can fly. My prayer is that you will take time to listen to your "favorite " song and be filled. God bless you and keep you. May He shine His countenance upon you. And may He give you His peace. Love and hugs!

"The Seven Deadly Sins" part 7

Since I have been writing about the seven deadly sins as listed by a 6th century AD pope, I will conclude by series of devotionals with one we can read in the letter to the Ephesians. The bible tells us that sin is more than just personal. Even though the Creation story in Genesis implies that sin resulted from Adam and Eve eating the apple off the tree, one of my seminary professors taught that sin was not related nearly so mo much from the apple on the tree as it was from the “pair on the ground!”

We humans are born possessing many desires and appetites. These are good or bad only in relationship to how they are perceived and how they are used. And that pertains to organizations and institutions as well as individuals. Sin is certainly relevant to large institutions and organizations that serve many people. The writer of Ephesians there puts it this way: “For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

The will of God is not always in line with majority rule or via a five to four vote in the Supreme Court. The Bible tells us: “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 6:29 (As a man I think I can safely say that God intended to include women in this order as well! Just in case we should ever get a female majority in congress!)

Ephesians, in the concluding chapter says. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 10, 14-15

 
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The world doesn’t need a miracle from above to end hate, oppression, injustice, and inequality. It doesn’t need an act of God to end the suffering we see happening.

The world needs us, followers of Jesus, to say “Enough already!” and to work together to be God’s hands and feet.

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As God’s household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated to the Lord. Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:20-22

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We do not follow Jesus and call him Lord and Savior just so that we can go to heaven when we die. We follow Jesus so that we can bring heaven to earth while we are still alive. With Christ as our cornerstone, we build a world of love, grace, and peace by serving those in need. We build a refuge for the suffering and oppressed by demanding justice. We build a holy community for all of us by living a life of hope and compassion.

There will be challenges. We will have our struggles, but if we persist in love, together we can overcome and be who we are called to be. We will break the barriers that divide us. We will bring light to the darkness that surrounds us. We will bring justice and freedom against those forces that oppress us. We will bring heaven to earth. Why? Because we are the hands and feet of God and that’s what we do.

Ed Stallworth

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Lord, may love work in me, through me, and because of me as I strive with my fellow believers to be your hands and feet in the world. Amen.

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You are the answer to the prayers of the hungry, lonely, bullied, oppressed, and hurting.

What will you do today – not tomorrow or someday – to be the hands and feet of God in your world?

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"The Seven Deadly Sins" part 6

An Old, Very old, book in my library named ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION is the source I have used in listing the Seven deadly sins surrounding us humans in our cultural environment. It bears the copyright of 1945, which is the vintage of many of the books I own. But many of my colleagues in ministry says that when it come to sinning there is nothing new under the sun. In the same book sin is referred to as:”…distinguished from crime (violation of the civil law) and vice (immorality resulting from the disregarded of the social and ethical standards of society).” Sin is defined as “an act or attitude by which the reality of God is denied or violated.” So if you don’t believe in God, none of these devotional preparations will have any meaning for you.

Pope Gregory the Great’s listing of the seventh deadly sins is the sin of LUST. A man named John Cassian, a Monk of early Christian Monasticism, made a list of eight deadly sins a century before Gregory made his list of seven. In Cassian’s list, his number 2 sin was FORNICATION. That is a word that could be similar to LUST. as both are tied to human sexuality. However LUST is a word that can be tied to other passions. We can, for instance lust after things. And the current passion for an addiction to min-altering drugs is something that addicts lust for. - and would do anything or say anything to get.

The current understanding of LUST, I think, is related to human sexuality, which, it seems to me gives sex a bad name. And that’s too bad because non of us would be here without it. (Maybe the current discovery of the cloning might make that statement untrue). But I am not worried that cloning will replace sex as a way of reproducing life.

In the very beginning of the Bible, Genesis, which has to do with …”In the beginning”, God creates woman - “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.(Gen 2:18) Centuries later a man singing in the movie South Pacific sings the words “There is nothing you can name that is anything like a dame.” To me, that is confirmation of the Lord’s wisdom.

Of all of the appetites God has installed in us humans, sex is probably the most beautiful and enjoyable-and necessary. But sex, like all of the other appetites installed in our anatomy can disable or destroy us if not used responsibly. Those who have ears to hear let them take notice - LUST you damage or destroy yourself - or worse yet, damage or destroy someone else.

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The world doesn’t need a miracle from above to end hate, oppression, injustice, and inequality. It doesn’t need an act of God to end the suffering we see happening.

The world needs us, followers of Jesus, to say “Enough already!” and to work together to be God’s hands and feet.

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So remember that once you were Gentiles by physical descent, who were called “uncircumcised” by Jews who are physically circumcised. At that time you were without Christ. You were aliens rather than citizens of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of God’s promise. In this world you had no hope and no God. But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:11-13

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Now that we are here to serve, how do we keep going when our differences seem too difficult to overcome? How do we keep going when our disagreements create tensions that can lead to hostility?

It will not be easy, but we must persist and work together. Persist because we are all brought near to an eternal God whose power is unmatched. Persist because we carry the hope of God’s love to those in need. Persist and keep serving the poor, speaking out against injustice, helping those in need, and freeing the oppressed together. Persist because we belong to love and love demands that we have each other’s back!

We, black and white, conservative and liberal, rich and poor, are one in Christ. The world doesn’t need a miracle from above. The world needs us to be one in Christ and persist in love.

Ed Stallworth

 

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Lord, I thank you for your persistent love. May I also have a persistent love for others. Amen.

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"The Seven Deadly Sins" part 4

This will be my forth dissertation of Pope Gregory the Great’s listing of the seven deadly sins. In my last writing I covered AVARICE which is a synonym for GREED. The fifth one that Gregory mentions is a very relevant to our own times since it is estimated that about half of the citizens of our land suffer from varying degrees of obesity. The 50% of course, is speaking in round figures! The word used to describe it is GLUTTONY. Some pundits estimate that about 30% of the USA citizens suffer from being a little or a lot obese- which some say that - that’s speaking in “round figures!” One dictionary synonym defines GLUTTONY as excessive eating and drinking. A broader definition of it would be INSATIABLE. Most of us in the Western world have a tendency to collect more than just calories. The long rows of storage sheds that are found in most every community you visit is a sign that we tend to hang on to too much stuff - and it is stuff of all kinds. Two of my own examples of this are books and clothes. And a small example is that I have over 50 neckties in my closet. And I rarely wear one any more. But I can’t bring myself to give them away or throw them away. Such antics aren’t new. There is a man named in the Bible (Luke 12:15-21) that didn’t have room to store his stuff —so “he tore down his barns and built bigger ones.” Jesus describes this man in his parable of the rich fool.

We should learn the difference between wants and wishes and needs and necessities. One of the most valued lessons I have learned I learned on the mission field in the nation of Bolivia. In 1957 Pastor Henry Lewis persuaded the First United Methodist Church congregation to finance my way on the trip to South America to visit mission stations there. When visiting the American Institute in La Paz, Bolivia, we traveling clergy from a cross-many of us had trouble just getting our breath. None of the building had heat or air conditioning. I was tired and the room was chilly and the bed was cold as I tried to begin to sleep. Just as I was trying to drift off the wife of the missionary, Mary Fritz, opened the door just a crack and said, “Rev. Gist, if you do not have everything you need to be comfortable while you are here, you let me know, and I will teach you how to get along without it!” It was then I remembered what the Apostle Paul said as he wrote about some aspects of his life when he was a missionary to the Philippians. (See Philippians 4:11) -rit by Rod-

"The Seven Deadly Sins" part 3

After a month’s break, I think I should get back at the business of writing devotionals about Pope Gregory the Great’s list of the seven deadly sins. I am not sure that Pope Gregory listed them in order to their deadlines but number 3 on his list is - anger. When visiting with the people these days I seem to hear a lot about that topic. Many people sense that there seems to be a lack of civility in the dispositions of too many of us in the opinions express and the conversations in which we engage. That seems to grow more apparent in the political year and show up in the newspapers and TV dialogues and - I have read in the news that it is getting harder and harder at family gatherings for everyone to go home with everyone being happy! Some say it’s getting worse and worse.

But the emotion of anger appears early in the Bible we are encouraged to read in our daily devotion. Have you noticed that the word angry appears very early in the first book of that Bible? Cain and Abel were the first children of the first family on earth. It seems that Cain got the idea that the Lord’s regard and appreciation of Abel’s offerings of the roast mutton was pretty cool but didn’t care much for the green beans out of Cains’s garden.We might wonder why this became such a big deal but according to Genesis 4:5 “Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.” I think the Bible tells us early on that we are very susceptible to being infected by a fallen countenance! And the consequences can be dangerous. Cain wound up killing Abel. It is not that anger in itself is sinful.There is such a thing as righteous anger. But angry people are not those who are easy to live with. Another part of the of the bible reminds us of that. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians tells us: “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. Don’t give the Devil a chance” The Old King James Version of the Bible says it this way. “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Ephesians 4:26. I have my own way of trying to remember to deal with anger before it gets you into trouble. Somebody once told me that the ruffled rooster was the easiest to pluck!

If we do not learn to deal with anger, we can easily be overcome by ‘fallen countenance”. Which can lead to hurting someone or we can become like a ruffled rooster and embarrass ourselves. Jesus asks us to forgive our neighbor - and ourselves.

"Anger on Display" by Rod Gist

Since Cain killed Abel in the field that day
Evil has been lurking at our door;
Ill will and anger’s often on display.

Murder seems as commonplace today
And we still seek to “settle up the score”
Since Cain killed Able in the field that day.

Even nations enter in the fray
As armies blast from earth those they deplore;
Ill will and anger’s often on display.

One look at modern newscasts seems to say
Our hearts are calloused thicker than before;
Since Cain killed Abel in the field that day.

One must ask “Is violence here to stay?”
”Is our destiny one sad and long encore?”
Ill will and anger’s often on display.

Must generations all look back in deepdismay
And view what billions managed to ignore?
Since Cain killed Abel in the field that day
Ill will and anger’s often on display.

"Faith Jacket"

Hello my precious child! I am laying beside my youngest grandson getting him a short nap before we hit the pool again. As I watch him throw himself into the water with no fear, I decided to try and see how he would do without his "swimming jacket" on. He started to sink and as I watched his eyes widen in surprise and a little fear, he told me he wanted his swimming jacket back on.i thought about times in my life where I thought I knew it all and had confidence that I could handle whatever came my way. Then, as I tried swimming without my "faith" jacket, I too was surprised and a little, make that a lot, afraid. But just like I was there to "save" Tommy, God is right there to save me. He knows long before I do just what I will need and how to give it to me. My prayer for you today is that when you start to feel like you're going under and you are surprised and afraid, you will trust that He's there for you and may have already supplied what you need. May you wear your "faith jacket" with pride and with absolutely no fear. He's there...now and forever more. God's blessings! Love and hugs!--

Julie

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… for in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26, 28 (NRSV)

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We have also received an inheritance in Christ. We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design. We are called to be an honor to God’s glory because we were the first to hope in Christ. You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.

Ephesians 1:11-14

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I haven’t inherited much in my life, but one thing I have inherited is my great-grandfather’s quilt from his childhood. I love this precious, well-loved, more than a hundred-year-old quilt and its teal and white colors with accents of faded red, gray and pink. I love how every time I wrap up in it, I think of all who have been kept warm by the same fabric and stitching. This quilt connects me to something greater than myself — my extended family throughout the years.

While the writer of Ephesians isn’t telling us we’re inheriting a quilt from God, I think what he is saying is that we’re inheriting something very precious and well-loved that has withstood the test of time. In Christ, we’re being wrapped into a loving, all-embracing fabric of the family of God, and that is enough.

Molly Brummett Wudel

 

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God, in a world that constantly tells me I need to do all that I can with all that I am to be the best in all that I do, your grace is a drink of cool, fresh water! Give me lots of it, so that I can be excellent in the things that matter — in loving and sharing generously with the world. Amen.

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God, may I feel the warmth and comfort of your inheritance through Christ this day. Amen.

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Conflict

Hello precious one ! I hope you are staying cool and dry. Have you ever been in a conflict where no matter what you do or don't do, it isn't ever right/good enough? My prayer for you today is that you may let go when someone wrongs you and I pray that your heart will be softened so that you will both give and receive forgiveness. Sometimes our lives get full and we don't want to be bothered to stop for 5 minutes and show/acknowledge anothers presence and the need for forgiveness and understanding. My prayer is that you will find the good in others. May God's blessings be upon you and may you be bathed in His healing light! Love and hugs!

Julie

Anticipation

Hello beautiful child! I trust your week is coming to a peaceful end. We are in the airport in San Fransisco waiting to get on the plane to Denver. We left the car in Denver, so since we are arriving late at night, we will stay there tonight and drive home tomorrow. I thought about how many journeys in our life are sort of like this trip. We work hard to get ready to go, anticipating what we will need. Then the first leg comes. We are excited and ready to go. We go to the next step, again anticipating and planning for a place we may not even know about. Each stop on our journey, we heave a sigh of relief and relax and cruise for awhile. Then you start preparing for the next step. At the end of our journey, we just want to be home. We are tired yet calm at the same time. Our lives are like this...we come brand new and need to learn. We are sponges! Then we move into other parts of our life: school, dating, graduation, college, marriage (sometimes divorce), jobs and life in general. We anticipate and plan for the next leg in our journey. We also learn about loss and grief. We learn about faith and forgiveness. And then, as we get closer to the end of our life, we yearn to go home on high....to see those who have gone before us and to see our Father face to face. Through all of these stages, we can learn to be accepting or we can go kicking and fighting all the way. I choose to work towards acceptance and forgiveness for I know that in heaven there is no more strife, fighting and grief. We are home. My prayer for you today is that you will prepare for and accept whatever the next leg of your journey is. May you always remember that you are a child of God. God bless! Love and hugs!

Julie 

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God, no matter what comes my way today, opportunities or challenges, you are with me.
Remind me that your grace is enough for me, especially when I’m feeling low.
Your grace sustains me.

Amen.

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He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick—no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. He told them to wear sandals but not to put on two shirts.

Mark 6:7-9

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When I go on a trip, I take so many things. I want to be prepared for anything that might happen – to feel secure. If I don’t watch myself, I can pack way too much.

When Jesus called the disciples, he told them to bring only the most essential thing – a stick to support them as they go. It must’ve been hard to leave behind things that might have been important or useful. It must’ve been hard to leave behind what felt safe.

Though it may seem like a small thing, our desire to pack too much can show that we don’t want to rely on God. It’s initially about being prepared, but it can seep into other areas of our lives. We can overpack on our desire to feel smart or attractive or strong, you name it.

Jesus told the disciples to bring the bare minimum. We can try that too. When we do, we learn to rely more on God and on those around us. We remember that we have more than enough.

Daniel Potter

 

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God, when I try to bring too much on my journey, help me to relax and really think about what I need. You are always providing for me. Remind me that, thanks to your grace, I have more than enough. Amen.

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Remember:

  • God’s strength is enough.
  • God’s peace is enough.
  • God’s love is enough.
  • God’s grace is enough.
  • You are enough.

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7 Deadly Sins rit by rod (Rodney Gist)

Tami asked me to contribute devotional articles of about 200 words as part of a pool of folks who contribute to her weekly publication duties.  My first thought was "Nope - 'm retired!" But as I thought about it, I thought Nope would give young people the excuse of Nope, I'm too young.  But that's what Jeremiah tried to do when God asked him to write to the Israelites about his feelings about God. (See Jeremiah 1:7)  Since Tami asked me to just write about my experiences I thought about what are my experiences?

The Lord said to me, "All men are sinners and since I've given you almost 92 years on earth you should be one of the most experienced sinners in the world, just write about that."  So I decided I'll write about what Pope Gregory the Great (6th century AD) listed as Seven Deadly Sins most spiritually damaging to human beings.  I started by looking them up to see if I remembered them right. (Old age damages your memory.) Then God said to me, "I know what you are thinking - but that's just another excuse.  Sloth is one of the deadly sins - forgetting ain't, so get busy and start writing." So where to begin?

I noted that dejection is also one of the seven.  Some call it melancholy others depression and I understand that there is a lot of that going around these days.  So much so that the suicide rate has recently increased in our society, and it infects people of all ages. So I couldn't tell God I am just too depressed to write.  He'd say that it was just another excuse, just get out of your lazy boy chair, turn off the television, finish off that 3rd cup of coffee you're drinking and do what Tami wants you to do.

But just as I got all this written, I realized that my 200 words were up and I only mentioned two of the seven deadly sins - sloth and depression.  I will get into the other five deadly sins in later posts.

The text for today's writing is from the Bible - Psalms 130:7-8. So don't let Sloth make you too lazy to look it up!

Rodney Gist

 

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When faced with rough waters and stormy winds we ask:

Will I make it? Will God carry me through the storm? Is God enough?

A 4th-century martyr, Severus of Thrace, wrote:

“To all who are tossed by the waves, Lord, you are the calm of the harbor; you are the hope of the hopeful.”

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So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God brought them out safe from their desperate circumstances. God quieted the storm to a whisper;
the sea’s waves were hushed. So they rejoiced because the waves had calmed down; then God led them to the harbor they were hoping for. Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all people. Let them exalt God in the congregation of the people and praise God in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 107:28-32

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The Psalm begins with a word about God’s faithful love. Then, to show what God’s faithful love looks like, the songwriter tells a story about a time when God saved God’s people from trouble. Now, in a sort of grand finale, the Psalmist calls for rejoicing – a sensible response for people who have been delivered from a desperate situation. The God whose love is enough in the storm deserves to be celebrated.

What kind of story would you tell, if you could step into the Psalm writer’s role? What kinds of storms has God helped you through? What are some of the challenges you’ve overcome, even though you were afraid you couldn’t? What did those experiences show you about God’s faithful love? What did they give you to celebrate? How might those memories comfort you the next time you feel like you’re in the middle of a storm?

Justin Joplin

 

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Wow, God! Your faithful love is amazing. It never ends. Help me to share it as abundantly as I have received it. Amen.

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As you go, carry this conviction deep in your heart: Through calm and chaos, God’s faithful love is enough to sustain you.

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God, no matter what comes my way today, opportunities or challenges, you are with me.
Remind me that your grace is enough for me, especially when I’m feeling low.
Your grace sustains me.

Amen.

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I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so that I wouldn’t be conceited.

I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. He said to me, “My grace is enough for you because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9

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We live in a world that celebrates strength. We praise great athletic accomplishments or strong-willed speakers. We honor those with the highest achievements. Jesus’ life, and the lives of many of Jesus’ servants, show another way to be strong. Our scripture says “power is made perfect in weakness.”

Think of folks like Mother Teresa or Gandhi. Their physical bodies were seen as weak – a frail nun or a man that fasted away. Yet, these two had great inner strength. And so did Jesus.

You and I probably aren’t called to be the next Gandhi or Mother Teresa or even the next great athlete. We are called, instead, to admit that we might not be what the world calls strong. We find strength in our faith and power in the grace of God revealed in Jesus. It’s hard to admit we aren’t so strong. When we do, we begin to rely on something outside of our ourselves – the God who created all that is or ever will be. Let that be enough for us today.

Daniel Potter

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God, it’s hard to admit my weakness. It can make me feel unimportant or insignificant. Your grace gives me strength when I feel weak. So today, I rely on your grace to be enough. Amen.

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Remember:

  • God’s strength is enough.
  • God’s peace is enough.
  • God’s love is enough.
  • God’s grace is enough.
  • You are enough.

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