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  • #29675
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    Oluwakemi
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    22nd March, 2017

    Hello everyone, here’s today’s devotional and a lot of ladies here will be able to connect to it :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: .

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    Finding Beauty in the Mess

    “To all who mourn in Israel he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness …” Isaiah 61:3a (TLB)

     

    “Heather, I’m so sorry to tell you this, but it seems as though you will not be able to have children naturally.”

     

    My doctor’s words pierced my already wounded heart and quickly made their way through my body threatening to consume me. He continued to explain how the previous tests and procedures had led him to this conclusion, but I’d already heard all I needed to hear … I wanted to get out of there. The next thing I remember was walking through the sea of pregnant women in the waiting area and rushing for the door.

     

    Once my feet hit the sidewalk, I gasped for air, crying hysterically. I made my way to my car, the world before me a hopeless blur. When I arrived home I collapsed on my bed, desperate for God, but too broken to pray.

     

    Three years on this painful path of infertility lead me to a seemingly hopeless place. I was certain there was only one way for me to become a mother. With the confirmation of my broken womb, I mourned the loss of my fertility and watched my dreams burn up around me until all that remained was a pile of ashes … it was my worst-case scenario.

     

    But here’s the thing about our worst-case scenarios: They are powerless against an all-powerful God.

     

    Ten years have passed since that dark day.

     

    This morning, like most mornings, the pitter-patter of tiny feet making their way across the hardwood floors woke me. I sat up in bed and was promptly tackled by my curly haired, sparkly girl: “Good morning mommy!”

     

    Before I could respond, two more sets of happy eyes and wiggly limbs climbed onto my bed, forcing me to lie back down for morning snuggles.

     

    You see, I thought there was only one way for me to become a mom. But in the ashes of my pain and desperation, small bright green buds began sprouting up all around me. As God set me on a path toward adoption, I soon found strength in place of my fear.

     

    Over the years, as I brought not one, not two, but three children home to be mine, the gladness of motherhood overshadows the mourning of infertility. And on days like today, as I lie in the very bed where I once wept out of desperation, I am overwhelmed with peace.

     

    The truth is: This one beautiful life we get to live is messy. So often we trip over our hopes and desires, only to fall into the messes we’ve been avoiding all along. What I’m discovering is when we fall into the very mess we hoped to avoid, we often find God’s goodness there.

     

    My three children may not have my eyes, but they do have my heart and call me Mom. And they have shown me that my finite plans will always be overshowed by an infinite God.

     

    Maybe today you find yourself sitting in a pile of ashes, feeling desperate. While our hopes and desires and plans for our lives are finite, an infinite God Who loves us can take our messiest messes and make something beautiful.

     

    Heavenly Father, thank You for the hope I have knowing You take my messy life and make it beautiful. Give me the patience I need to wait on You and eyes to see the masterpiece taking shape. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence. He is like a tree planted along a riverbank, with its roots reaching deep into the water — a tree not bothered by the heat nor worried by long months of drought. Its leaves stay green, and it goes right on producing all its luscious fruit.” (TLB)

    Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (TLB)

     

     

    REFLECT AND RESPOND:
    What messes do you find yourself in today? What beautiful thing is happening because of, or in the midst of, the mess?

    Where do you need to trust God’s plan rather than your own?

     

     

    Culled from http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/encouragement/

     

    #29752
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    Oluwakemi
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    23rd March, 2017

    Hi :hi:   :hi:  Today’s devotional is here!!

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    Celebrate Your Weaknesses!

    Today’s Truth

    But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’ -2 Corinthians 12:9

    Friend to Friend

    For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love myself?

     

    When our son, Jered, began to walk, I immediately noticed that his feet turned inward. Our pediatrician recommended a specialist who examined Jered thoroughly, then ordered several x-rays. The more he examined Jered, the more concerned we became. When the specialist finally called us in for a consultation, we braced ourselves for bad news … just in case. The doctor’s stoic face revealed nothing, but his diagnosis was a gift. “There is nothing wrong with Jered’s feet,” he said. “They are simply the feet of a natural athlete and were designed to give him great balance.” What we feared as a weakness, an obstacle to overcome, was really a great strength and part of the Master’s plan for Jered who graduated from college with the help of a football and academic scholarship.

     

    The same is true in our lives as children of God. God created us according to His plan, in love and with purpose – weaknesses and all. We tend to view our weaknesses as liabilities. However, since our worth does not depend upon us in any way, we must be honest about our weaknesses, knowing they do not diminish our value in the heart and mind of God. In fact, our weaknesses can become the areas through which God does His greatest work.

     

    Instead, we try to ignore weaknesses, hoping no one will notice. We live in denial, assigning blame to others when we fail. Eventually, we attempt to bury our weaknesses only to find them resurrecting themselves when we least expect it.

     

    A powerful life embraces pain, brokenness and weakness, and understands that perfection is for Heaven, not Earth. The words of Paul are profound, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NIV).

     

    When we are honest about our weaknesses, we are conceding the fact that only God can accomplish anything good in or through us. God’s power is instantly recognizable in obvious weakness. God has always allowed man’s weakness to validate the immeasurable need of His redemption and His sufficiency in our lives. He can and will use us if we allow Him to do so – not despite our weaknesses – but through our weaknesses.

     

    We are not the message – just the messenger. Our weaknesses are not excuses to escape God’s plan. They are divinely appointed opportunities for that plan to work. More important than where you have been or even where you are, is where you are headed.

     

    Don’t wait until you have it all figured out. That won’t happen this side of Heaven.

     

    Don’t wait until you think you are good enough. You never will be.

     

    Step up to the plate and be the imperfect you; allowing God’s perfection to shine through each and every weakness.

     

    Do not listen to the doubts and lies of Satan. His goal is to render you helpless and defeated, no longer a threat to him or his kingdom.

     

    I recently told a friend, “I want to get to the place in my walk with God, that when my feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, ‘Oh, no! She’s awake!’” I know I have a long way to go, but join me in the choice to embrace weakness and pain, allowing God’s strength and restoration to shine through each broken place.

     

    Let’s Pray

    Father, right now, I yield to the truth that I am weak and You are strong. Forgive me for the arrogance and pride that makes me think I can do anything good on my own. Keep me broken, Father, and on my face before You. Please use the broken places in my life to let Your light shine through.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    • Read the story of Gideon in Judges 6:1 – 27.
    • What was Gideon’s response to God when God called him to serve? What is your usual response to God’s voice?
    • Whose strength accomplished the task God called Gideon to do? How can you relate that to your own daily life?

     

    More from the Girlfriends

    For years, I struggled with not being good enough. Many of my hopes and dreams were lost or paralyzed by doubt and fear … until I found myself in a clinical pit of depression where God taught me so many life changing lessons. No one can take my place in the Father’s heart. I am indispensable to no one but God. I will never be “good enough” but my relationship with God does not exist because of good works, nor will it be sustained by what I do. Instead, He lives through me, and I live by His power. Do not let the enemy backhand you with the lie that you are nothing to God. Girlfriend, you are everything to Him. Go for it!

     

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    Culled from http://girlfriendsingod.com/celebrate-your-weaknesses/

    #29829
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    27th March, 2017

    Good morning folks, it’s a brand new week. :yahoo:   :yahoo:  And it’s time for our first devotional for the week.

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    Today’s Truth

    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” -2 Timothy 4:7

    Friend to Friend

     

    I sat by her bed.

     

    Her hand swollen…full…unmoving.

     

    Feet that danced just a few weeks ago now stilled. Arms that lifted just a short time ago now limp. Words that spilled easily just a moment ago now halted. How could life seep away so quickly, right before my eyes?

     

    Mom was ready. But I wasn’t.

     

    Mom called to tell me she was going to the emergency room. She had abdominal pain and couldn’t stop throwing up. I had just been at her house four days before, and this was something new.

     

    “She has an ileus,” the doctor explained. “Part of her intestines have stopped working. But her heart isn’t strong enough to survive surgery. If her intestines don’t start working on their own, she will die.”

     

    Four weeks into the sitting and waiting, it looked like Mom was going to get to go Home. Not to her little brick house in the colonial neighborhood…the one with cedar shingles, cobblestone street, and white picket fence where she had lived for more than 25 years, but her home in a celestial neighborhood with familiar faces, golden streets, and the presence of God. Mom was ready. She had been planning the party for quite sometime.

     

    I gently held her fluid-filled hand. Sky-blue eyes looked off into the distance. Her mind replaying bits and pieces of life.

     

    “Mom, whatcha thinking about?” I asked.

     

    “It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish,” she whispered.

     

    “Who told you that?” I asked with a knowing smile.

     

    “You did,” she replied.

     

    “I love you, Mom.”

     

    “I love you more,” she countered.

     

    Mom had regrets. We all do…if we’re honest. But she finished well. She had made sure that her grandkids, extended family, and I knew we were loved. She had made preparations of her passing as easy as possible for me, the lone child responsible for all the details. She loved Jesus and was thrilled to get to see Him face to face.

     

    The last week of her life, I was having a bit of a crying spell. Mom had requested the doctors remove all the machines, all the tubes, all the medications. “Comfort care.” That’s what they called it.

     

    “Well Mom, it looks like you’re going to get to see Jesus before I do.”

     

    And in a quick wit that served her well to the end, she teased with a twinkle in her eye, “Are you jealous?”

     

    And to be honest…I was.

     

    We never know when our last day on this earth will be. But here’s what we do know—we have a choice right now, today, to finish well. Your new start to the finish could begin today. Regardless of your past mistakes and missteps, weakness and failures…regardless of how you started this race, you can decide to begin your finish well.

     

    Let’s Pray

    Lord, I have made so many mistakes in my life. A trail of regrets lie behind. But praise You I’ve chosen to leave them behind and not carry them into my future. No matter how I started, I pray that You will give me the wisdom and the power to finish well.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Read this passage and note what Paul said about his decision to finish well:

     

    “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward [reaching forward] what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

     

    What part does forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead play in finishing well?

     

    More from the Girlfriends

    What do you do with those regrets in your life? I say lets turn those miserable messes into magnificent messages of hope. Want to learn more about finding peace and purpose in the hurts of your past?

     

     

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    Culled from http://girlfriendsingod.com/not-start-finish/

    #29880
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    Oluwakemi
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    28th March, 2017

    Good morning lovely people. Today’s devotional is below. :heart: It is comforting to know that Jesus understand our shortcomings and just wants us to exchange our weakness for His Own strength.

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    I Understand

    For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
    —Hebrews 4:15

     

    As human beings, we have a deep need to be understood. When we don’t receive it, we feel lonely. In listening to people share their hurt and pain, I find that the words “I understand” have a very soothing effect. I have told my husband, “Even if you don’t have a clue about what I am talking about, just tell me you understand, and it will make me feel a lot better.”

     

    A man could not possibly understand PMS, but it is better for him if he appears to have understanding of his wife’s plight. She needs to be understood. She does not want to feel alone in her pain and struggle. One day my husband came in from trying to play golf. He had not had a good experience because his leg was hurting and swollen. He was not too happy about it. His golf game is really important to him, so I said, “I understand how you feel.” I offered him whatever help I could give physically, but my understanding seemed to help more than anything.

     

    There have been times in the past when my attitude has been, “What’s the big deal? It’s only one round of golf. After all, you play all the time.” That attitude has started arguments and driven a wedge between us. He wants me to understand his needs, and I want him to understand mine.

     

    One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Hebrews 4:15, which teaches that Jesus is a High Priest who understands our weaknesses and infirmities because He has been tempted in every respect just as we have, yet He never sinned. Just knowing that Jesus understands makes me feel closer to Him. It helps me be vulnerable and trust Him. It helps me feel connected rather than lonely.

     

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    Culled from https://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/devotional.aspx

    #29937
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    29th March, 2017

    Good day mamas and dadas. We can all relate to today’s devotional in one way or another, especially, in this TTC business. Read and be blessed.

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    <span style=”font-size: 120%;”>When Waiting Wears You Down</span>

    “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the

    LORD.“ Lamentations 3:25-26 (NIV)

    I sat on the bed and unclenched my hands, trying to pray. From my perspective, the past season had gone painfully wrong.

     

    My work was overwhelming, with deadlines that came too fast and too often. My womb had filled with life and then emptied twice in a handful of months, as we suffered two miscarriages back-to-back. Our daughter visited the ER for a sickness that lingered and broke up our sleep like shattered chalk, and I was wrestling with a physical condition that wore me down every day.
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    Then, unexpectedly, we found ourselves moving a week before Christmas, which meant a broken lease and high fines, as well as transitioning to a city where friendships would have to be built afresh.

     

    Externally, I was busier than I’d ever been, but on the inside, my soul was barely limping along.

     

    So I did what I always do — I tried to figure out how to fix everything. Maybe if I rearranged my work calendar, or if we saw a specialist or made more money or could get my daughter healthy — maybe then, things would get better. Easier. More hopeful.

     

    But the more I tried to figure things out, the more overwhelmed I became. I started crying out to the Lord, asking the unanswerable question of why: Why were things so hard? Why was there such loss? Why did I feel so stuck?

     

    God answered me, but not in response to my whys.

     

    As I sat and prayed, God reminded me that all the things I was so desperately trying to secure — life, health and provision — come from Him. I can’t heal myself or my daughter. I can’t sustain life in my womb. I can’t force friendships or provide for our family. God alone gives us what we need.
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    All I can do? Pray. And wait.

     

    I pushed out a hard breath as the tears slowed. Waiting is a recurrent theme in my life, but it has never gotten easier. It’s always painful, because it forces me to remember — again — that I’m not in control. I can’t give myself what I need; I can only ask God to heal, renew and provide.

     

    I sat and prayed that God would change our circumstances, and then I turned to the Word and read verses that declare that I already have all that I need in Christ (Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 4:19). Sitting on that bed, I came to terms with the fact that the Lord has never promised me another child, an easy life, a full bank account or perfect health. But He has promised me more of Himself.

     

    I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.

     

    But why is waiting still so hard? If I have all that I need in Christ, why do I try to fix things instead of waiting for God’s timing? I think it’s because waiting reveals our hearts and how much we want to have control. And in order to wait well, we have to give up that control and stop striving to fix things — and seek Him instead.

     

    Our key verse in Lamentations declares that “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” It’s not easy, but “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” — to have to wait for God to move on our behalf.

     

    Our difficult circumstances may not change easily or quickly, but as we wait on God and put our hope in Him, rather than hoping in a change of situation, we’ll find that He Himself is more than enough for us.

     

    In Christ, we have all that we need.

     

    Dear Lord, it’s hard for me to wait on Your answer to my prayers, but I declare the truth that I already have all I need in Christ. Help me to trust You and wait with the hope that You are working out all things for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

     

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    Culled from http://www.ibelieve.com/devotionals/encouragement-for-today/encouragement-for-today-march-29-2017.html

     

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    30th March, 2017

    Hallo lovelies. Today was one of those days that I wanted to read something short and I thought, I knew the perfect devotional for my mood, only for me to get on the site and find that today of all days, it’s a long one, :haha:  But its loaded with plenty spiritual nourishment too. Enjoy! :heart:

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    Ready Minds

    Now these [Jews] were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
    —Acts 17:11

     

    One of my much-published writer friends taught a series of classes at a writers’ conference on beginning writing. He wanted to reach people who felt God had called them to write and show them how to get their articles and books published.

     

    At the beginning, he asked the attendees how long they had been writing and if they had ever been published. Two women, who sat in the front row, said they had both been writing for almost twelve years, but had not yet published anything.

     

    At the end of the first lecture, my friend overheard one of the women say to the other, “Oh, we know all of that. We don’t need to come back to this class.”

     

    They may have already known the things he was teaching, but there was no evidence they had applied what they knew. He also commented that the most eager students in the classroom were those who had already begun to publish. They wanted to learn and improve. Only people who are humble enough to continue learning will ever succeed.

     

    That incident makes me think of an event in the book of Acts. The apostles Paul and Silas preached in Thessalonica, and the people tried to kill them, so believers helped them flee. From there, they went to the city of Berea. Luke records that the people there were fair in their thinking. They received the message “with all readiness,” or, as I like to say, they had ready minds.

     

    That means those were people who were open to God—they were willing to hear what God said, no matter whether it was good news or bad.

     

    If I asked any group of Christians, “Are you ready-minded?” they would immediately say that they were. That’s what we assume being a Christian means—ready, open, willing to hear God, and to be obedient to what He says.

     

    For many people, being ready-minded means that they are ready and open if the message is what they want to hear. If it’s not what they want to hear, they don’t try to kill the messengers like the Thessalonians, but they say, “Oh, we know all of that,” and stop listening.

     

    What does it really mean to be ready-minded? It means being willing to turn away from every lie and deception that Satan offers. It means being willing to say, “I was wrong.” It means that instead of listening only for what we want to hear, we listen for what we need to hear.

     

    To be ready-minded means we discern the source of the voice. We love to hear words that make us feel good and encourage us, but we don’t like words that make us aware of our shortcomings. In Satan’s battle for our minds, one of his tricks is to convince us that a message isn’t important or that we already know it. He may even say that the message is not correct, and by doing so, he prevents us from hearing what we really need in order to gain our own freedom.

     

    For example, a pastor preached a sermon against gossip one day. He aimed his message at one woman—who delighted in telling people tales about others. What she didn’t know, she allowed her imagination to fill in. At the end of the service, she said to the pastor, “That was an excellent message. A lot of people in this church need to hear that.”

     

    The pastor said she wasn’t being sarcastic or hypocritical. She simply didn’t get the message. She didn’t have that ready mind—the mind that was open to receive a message of grace and help from God. It never occurred to her that she needed the message. To have a ready mind is not always easy. In fact, the more seriously the Holy Spirit wants to deal with us, the more Satan tries to convince us that we already “know all that” or it’s not something we need to hear.

     

    Lord Jesus, please give me a ready mind. Enable me to hear You clearly and easily. Enable me to say, “Yes, Lord,” no matter what Your Spirit has to say to me. I want to have a ready mind that pleases You in everything. I ask this in Your name. Amen.

     

     

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    Culled from https://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/devotional.aspx

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    Hello :hi: :hi: :hi:  Here’s the devotional for today. :heart:

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    3 Ways to Wreck Anxiety and Fear

    Today’s Truth

    For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:4, NIV).

     

    Friend to Friend

    I looked down at the empty box of cookies stashed in the trash. I just devoured them. The more I started at the box, the more it reminded me, if I left it there, I’d likely be caught red-handed. So, I did what any smart sweet-toothed woman would do – I dug deep into the yuck and hid the “evidence.” However, as I stepped back, to catch a glimpse of the trash bin from various angles, all I could see, taste and feel was guilt:

     

    What if my husband hid “evidence” like I do?
    What if I continue to eat and eat and eat?
    What if I start to hide in other ways?

     

    Anxiety feels not only like sweat, but also like a heart that beats out loud. It pounds and pounds until you’re certain your biggest fears, strongest worries and largest inadequacies will sound in unison and come crashing down.

     

    What makes your anxiety come alive? Social situations? Dwindling finances? Health concerns? Relational issues? Your weight? Your future? Your past?

     

    Anxiety speaks like a dictator and lives like bondage. Jesus speaks like peace and brings deliverance to life.

     

    Clearly, we want Jesus. So, how do we listen to truth when we’re being eaten alive by anxiety? This is what I’ve been pondering, because I am tired of bowing down to my emotions. I am tired of fearing life, rather than receiving the fullness of God. And, I am tired of the tirade that plays out in my mind.

     

    I’ve found breakthrough in this verse: For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4

     

    3 Ways to Wreck Anxiety and Fear

     

    1. Acknowledge: God chose you. This means, out of all the millions of people He could have created, could have desired and could have accepted – by grace, He set His affections on you.

     

    2Accept: You are holy. By the sacrifice of Jesus, even in your worry, wrestling and hand writhing, God sees you as radiant and resplendent. You are his walking glory!

     

    3. Affirm: You are blameless in His sight. Because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, you can walk as an imperfect woman, covered by His heart-aching death on the cross.

     

    The best way to beat fear is to not fear it. The best way to beat fear is to acknowledge it, repent of it and then douse it with love. It can’t rage under the power of the Living Water (Jo. 4:14). It can’t thrive under the light of truth. It can’t strengthen when submitted to the God of all strength.

     

    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment… (1 John 4:18)

     

    Let’s Pray

    Dear Lord, thank You. Thank You that You see us as holy and blameless. Thank You that You want us. Thank You that, because of your sacrifice, You see us as radiant. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We accept this as truth and we will walk by this truth today. We love You.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn 

    Anxiety is an invasive bully. It gets in your face and then under your skin, telling you you’re about to face ruin.

    God tends to us in a different way. What does 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tell you about how God approaches you?

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma @missamerley @bibi

     

    Culled from http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/girlfriends/

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    3rd April, 2017

    Hi:heart: :heart: , Today’s devotional is here.

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    Does Your Family Know Your Story? 

    “So that a future generation — children yet to be born — might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commands.” Psalm 78:6-7 (HCSB)

     

    When I married my husband nearly 30 years ago, I quickly learned to love watching sports … especially football. If you sneak into our house when we’re watching a game on TV, you’d probably see us with pizza in one hand, with the other hand coaching the players on their next move.

     

    Within my family, my father-in-law is the biggest football fan of all. He remembers details from games years ago — plays that made history and the players who became famous because of them. So, it didn’t surprise me when he gathered our family together before heading out for a day of fun and asked us this question: What quarter are you in?

     

    He equated our lives to quarters in a game. Being in the “fourth quarter” of his life, he shared some of the highlights of God’s faithfulness during his lifetime: the plays that went as planned, the ones that ended with a touchdown and the ones that resulted in yards lost. Yet, he declared, throughout his entire lifetime, God has faithfully been there. He encouraged his kids and grandkids to pay attention to the time of life they’re currently in, the second and third quarters, and to honor God with the time remaining.

     

    Practicing today’s verse from Psalm 78, he wasn’t just giving us a family history lesson. His hope was that as he shared his story with God, his family would create their own. He called us to put our confidence in God, not in job success, family happiness or financial prosperity. He pleaded with us not to forget God’s works and challenged us to keep God’s commands.

     

    Talking about the Lord — what He has done and all He is doing — is a normal occurrence whenever our family gets together. It’s not uncomfortable or out-of-place, because it’s what we’ve always done. By their actions, my father and mother-in-love, as I like to call them, taught us to be confident in telling our stories, too.

     

    When we weave storytelling into our everyday lives, God can move and use our stories to move others. We can slow down during our day and brag about God — not just in the the big things He has done for us, but the little things too! Making us not only recipients of His goodness, but tellers of it as well!

     

    A simple step I take to help me remember to share my stories with others is writing about God’s faithfulness in a journal. Then, when life is hard, I go back and read how God did it once and trust He will do it again. We can encourage others to do the same.

     

    Teaching our children to document God’s faithfulness prepares them for the “next time.” The next time they are worried about taking a test. The next time they are scared to try a new sport. The next time they’re anxious about a change on the horizon.

     

    Their confidence in God builds, as they remember how He’s been with them through other joys and struggles.

     

    When it comes to sharing our stories with others, whether it’s the woman at work, the friend down the street, or with family surrounding us, don’t worry what others will think or how they will react. God will handle that. Just obey and see what He does. Hearing about His faithfulness might be just the push they need to put their confidence in God, too.

     

    Father, help me. I admit I’m afraid to talk about You sometimes. Strengthen me to be bold and share the wonderful ways You have changed my life and trust that You will use my story to change others’ lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    Joel 1:3, “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (NIV)

     

    Judges 2:10, “That whole generation was also gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the LORD or the works He had done for Israel.” (HCSB)

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma @missamerley @bibi

     

    Culled from http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/encouragement/

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    4th April, 2017

    Good morning ladies and gentlemen. :heart: The devotional for today is here.

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    Have You Talked to God Today?

    In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].
    —Psalm 5:3

     

    I think some people don’t begin their day talking to God because they don’t realize what a great honor and privilege it is to be invited to do so. We hear so often that we need to pray that perhaps we tend to over-spiritualize the idea and end up seeing it as something that is a job or an obligation rather than an honor.

     

    It doesn’t have to be eloquent, or even necessarily long, but trying to live without it is foolish. It’s asking God to meet your need or someone else’s. It’s praising Him and thanking Him. It’s about committing things to Him and honestly sharing your worries and concerns with Him.

     

    There is no subject off limits with God—you can talk to Him about anything without the fear of being misunderstood, judged critically, or reproached for your faults.

     

    When we talk to God, we open the door for Him to come into our day—into our problems and situations—and do what we cannot do on our own. We are actually inviting the power of God into our lives. Talking to God about your life doesn’t immediately change your circumstance, but it does change something in you and it gives you the strength you need go through your day with a smile on your face. It helps you believe that you are not alone, and that is important for all of us.

     

     

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma @missamerley @bibi

     

    Culled from https://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/devotional.aspx

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    5th April, 2017

    Hello ladies. Hope you are having a great day. The devotional is here.

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    Today’s Truth

    My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (Psalm 51:17, NIV).

     

    Friend to Friend

    He was a friend … a pastor visiting my husband and me for a few days. He had come for help and advice because his wife was broken – a statement that made me just a tad bit angry for some reason. I didn’t really know why it made me angry, but it did.

     

    “John, what did you mean when you said your wife is broken?” I asked. His eyes filled with tears as he explained, “She has been diagnosed with clinical depression. Mary, you have never met her, but she is the strongest woman I have ever known. She is talented, godly, and beautiful. But six months ago, she broke. It’s like she shattered into a million pieces … and we don’t know how to put them back together. I can’t help her. And it is killing me!” With that, he began to weep.

     

    Dan and I tried our best to encourage him.

     

    We prayed with him.

     

    We shared Scripture with him.

     

    We promised to continue to pray for him and his wife.

     

    But it didn’t seem like enough.

     

    You see I am a fixer. If something is broken, I fix it. How hard is that? I had lived my life on the premise that if I was in some kind of pit, I built a bridge and got over it. Simple. It had been working fairly well … so far.

     

    I don’t like broken things. Broken is frustrating. Fixed is good. Right? That is the way the human mind works – which is so often polar opposite to the way God’s mind works.

     

    God’s ways really are so much higher than ours, and His thoughts are absolutely so much higher than ours. And I am so glad! I really do not want a God I can explain or fully understand. I desperately need a God who is supernatural … and my God is!

     

    It was only a matter of months until I found myself at the bottom of that same dark pit of clinical depression. I, too, was broken. And for the first time in my life, I could not fix it. Not alone. It took an army of family, friends, and doctors … all used by God to bring His healing in His time.

     

    And that is when I discovered an amazing truth that has changed the way I do everything – life, ministry – absolutely everything!

     

    God loves broken.

     

    Boom! There it is!

     

    I know! It sounds backwards doesn’t it? But the fact is that His light shines best through the broken places in our lives. While we frantically try to fill those broken places with something … anything … He asks us to stop, be still, rest in Him, and let Him fill each wounded, broken place in our lives with His healing grace and love and forgiveness. When we do, He makes us stronger than we ever thought we could be.

     

    And where is our greatest source of strength? Yep! You got it – in those broken places. And that is not all. It is from those broken places that He allows us to impact the lives of others who are broken.

     

    M.R. DeHann says it beautifully:

    “God used two broken stones tablets to cause the Israelites to repent of their disobedience.
    God used broken earthen vessels to give the impression of an enormous army accompanying Gideon.
    God used a broken heart to return King David to Himself.
    God used a broken roof to provide access for a cripple to be lowered by four faithful friends into the healing presence of Jesus.
    God used broken loaves to feed five thousand and then some.
    God used broken fishing nest to challenge the disciple to depend on him rather than their own efforts for their needs.
    God used a broken ship to steer Paul to the island of Malta to reveal the gospel to the natives there.
    God used a broken body, pierced for our sins, to provide salvation for all humankind.”

     

    Today, embrace the pain in your life. Celebrate the broken places. Surrender them to your God and let Him heal them for your good and His glory.

     

    Let’s Pray

    Father, I come to You – broken, shattered and desperate for You. I come to You in complete surrender. Please lift me out of this pit and show me the way, Lord.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Read Psalm 40:1-3. “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

     

    Circle all of the “action” words in these verses. What does God ask you to do? What does God say He will do? Do you believe Him? Are you willing to let Him be God in your life?

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma @missamerley @bibi

     

    Culled from http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/girlfriends/

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    6th April, 2017

    Good morning lovely people :heart:   :heart:  It’s a great day and just the perfect day to lay down all your self doubts about who you are at the feet of the Master. The devotional for today is here and it’s awesome.

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    Let Go of The Old You, Take Hold of the New

    Today’s Truth

    “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” -2 Corinthians 5:17

     

    Friend to Friend

    Do you remember the day you came to saving faith? Perhaps you’re still considering a relationship with Jesus. Perhaps you can’t even remember a time when you didn’t know Him. For me, it was on a summer night when I was fourteen years old.

     

    When I think about how God brought me out of a home filled with alcohol, rage, and hostility into this wonderful relationship with Jesus, I’m amazed. The sheer wonder of it stokes my passion for Jesus and gratitude to God every time I tell it.

     

    But here’s what you need to know. Just because I became a Christian when I was fourteen, does not mean that my feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy went away—the girl who had a filter of worthlessness over her mind and heart. When I made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, those feelings did not dissolve like springtime snow. As a matter of fact I didn’t even know those chains were there. I simply knew that something wasn’t quite right. I was held hostage by my self-perceived deficiencies and didn’t even know it.

     

    After the initial excitement of making a commitment to Christ settled down a bit, I actually felt a little worse about myself. (I’m being honest. I always will.) Now I added a new “I’m not good enough” to the list of my inadequacies. I’m not a good enough Christian, I decided. I can’t memorize Scripture like other people or pray like other Christians. I keep struggling with the same old insecurities. I know God loves me, but I don’t think He likes me very much. Why should He? I don’t like me much either.

     

    The problem was, as the song says, I was stuck on a feelin’. I walked through life prodded by my emotions rather than led by the Truth.

     

    Through the years, I learned to compensate for my insecurities and self-perceived inadequacies. However, if you had seen me as a teenager—my achievements and accomplishments—you would have never known that I felt that way about myself. Even though I had the borders of the puzzle in place with the promise of heaven, I felt like I was missing key pieces to complete the picture.

     

    From the time I was fourteen until I was in my early thirties, I always felt like there was something wrong with me spiritually. I had an uneasiness—like I had walked into a movie twenty minutes late, trying to figure out what was going on. I wondered why I struggled to live the victorious Christian life. By my mid-thirties, I had a wonderful husband, an amazing son, and a happy home life. I attended Bible studies and even taught a few. But in my heart, I knew something wasn’t quite right. I wonder if you’ve ever felt that way.

     

    Simply put, I was stuck. I was stuck in my spiritual growth and the harder I spun my wheels, the deeper they sank in the muck and mire of the land of in-between—saved from slavery of Egypt but never quite making it to the Promised Land. And then God brought another woman into my life to shimmy the plank of truth under my tires and help me get on my way.

     

    God wants to show you truths about your true identity, His timeless sufficiency, and your pre-ordained destiny that flesh and blood cannot reveal. He sits by the well waiting for you to show up—to dip down deep and pour out the affirmation you’re thirsting for—affirmations that call you to let go of the hindrances that hold you hostage, take hold of the promises that set you free, and live bold with that faith you’ve always longed for.

     

    He’s looking for men and women who are not only willing but hungrily yearning to step outside of the quiet, settled, predictable faith and into the boldly believing, courageously confident, and miraculously powerful adventurous faith. Those who will take hold of what they’ve already got—of what Jesus has already taken hold of for them.

     

    One thing that you have is a new identity in Christ.

     

    You are a saint.

     

    You are chosen.

     

    You are dearly loved.

     

    You are holy.

     

    You are reconciled through Christ’s life.

     

    You are justified by Christ’s blood.

     

    You are free from condemnation through Christ’s death.

     

    You have the mind of Christ.

     

    You can do all things through Christ.

     

    Today, take hold of these truths and allow God to transform your mind. You are not meant to simply hang on by the skin of your teeth until Jesus comes or calls you home. You are meant to let go of the past, move forward in the present, and live bold!

     

    Let’s Pray

    God, thank You for saving me! Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the way You rescued me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of Your Son. But sometimes I get stuck on a feeling. I get stuck feeling more like the old me than the new me. Help me to let go of my feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy and take hold of the truth of who I am as a child of God.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Did you notice that today’s truth has an exclamation mark after it? I didn’t put it there, Paul did! Why do you think he did that?

    Look back at the list of who God says you are in Christ. Which one is the most difficult to believe about you?

    Who is right? God or you? (Trick question…just saying.)

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma @missamerley @bibi

     

    Culled from http://girlfriendsingod.com/let-go-old-take-hold-new-2/

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    10th April, 2017

    Good morning lovely people. :heart:  The devotional for Passion Monday.

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    Dear God, Give Me Your Heart

    “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

     

    In a dimly lit hotel room, woman after woman went around the circle sharing prayer requests. The intimacy of a women’s retreat had softened all of our hearts to a tender vulnerability.

     

    One woman shared about the healing her child desperately needed. Another confided her heartbreak over a rift in her family. Several others asked us to pray for them to be able to forgive someone.

     

    Finally, we came to a woman with tears streaming down her face. “I need you to pray for me to stop crying,” she explained. “My heart is so broken for those around me who don’t know Jesus. I’m overcome. I can barely function through the sorrow.”

     

    The room seemed to fade as my mind wandered to an event that happened thousands of years ago — Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem before the Passover.

     

    The beginning of the story found in Luke 19 is joyful. Jesus had sent two disciples ahead to get a colt for Him, fulfilling yet one more prophecy of the Messiah found in the Old Testament book of Zechariah. As Jesus rode along, the people lined the roads spreading their cloaks before Him.

     

    On what we now call Palm Sunday, the crowd of disciples cried out:

     

    “‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

     

    “‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” (Luke 19:38, NIV)

     

    Yet in the midst of it all, Jesus wasn’t basking in this extravagant praise. Instead, He was overcome with sorrow:

     

    “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.’” (Luke 19:41-44, NIV)

     

    Jesus was heartbroken, but not over the comparatively minor subjects that can dominate my emotions. His lament was over the fact that He was the long-awaited Savior, and the people had missed Him.

     

    God had extended His hand of mercy and grace through Jesus, and the world turned away.

     

    You and I live in the same kind of world today. It’s a world turning away from what Jesus offers — and what we so desperately need.

     

    While He still extends peace, grace and forgiveness, sometimes I struggle to see my need for it. Or maybe somehow, I think I can earn goodness on my own. So I end up choosing sin over saving, self over a Savior. Jesus didn’t shed just a few tears over this rejection. The strong word “wept” expresses His deep grief for a lost world. I want more of that.

     

    The woman’s soft crying brought me fully back into our prayer circle, and she repeated, “Please pray for me to stop crying.”

     

    “I can’t,” I whispered. “Please pray for me to start crying. Pray for me to have a heart that’s tender and weeps over the lost like yours … and like Jesus’.”

     

    This is the beginning of our Holy Week, just days from Easter, when we rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection and life. But before we rejoice, I want to pause for a moment to weep for this lost world, just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Let’s sob and mourn and wail. Let’s convert our grief into pleas to God for people to wake up and feel their need for an intimate relationship with a living God. He’s still in the business of bringing dead things to life.

     

    Dear Jesus, I plead for You to give me Your grief over the people who have missed You and rejected You. This Easter, remind me just how much I need You. Help me see Your grace. Grant me that divine combination of sorrow and tenderness that points people to the cross and to new Life. Dear God, give me Your heart for my world, to see the desperate need for salvation we all have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

     

    TRUTH FOR TODAY:
    2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV)

     

    REFLECT AND RESPOND:
    Who in your life has missed Jesus? Write their name on a card, and carry it with you this week to remind you to pray for them.

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma  @bibi

    – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/#sthash.zRXwoWbI.dpuf

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    13th April, 2017

    Hello ladies and gentlemen. Like our people would say, hope I meet you well. It’s been a while no thanks to the technical glitch, we experienced in the last few days. The devotional for today is here now.

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    Sufficient Grace

    …My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.…
    —2 Corinthians 12:9

    Do you ever wonder why God does not always deliver you from your bondage and problems immediately? The reason is because only the Lord knows everything that needs to be done in the lives of His children—and the perfect timing for it to be done.

    You are not always delivered from your distress at the precise moment you call on the name of the Lord. Sometimes you must endure for a while, be patient and continue in faith. Thank God, during those times in which the Lord decides for whatever reason not to deliver you right away, He always gives the grace and strength you need to press on toward eventual victory.

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala @uloma  @bibi

    Culled from https://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/devotional.aspx

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    14th April, 2017

    It’s Good Friday!!! It’s that great day, Jesus paid the price for our sins and gave us the opportunity to access the Throne of Mercy. And His blood pleads our case continually. Today’s devotional says it all.

     Once and For All

    Today’s Truth

    But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by his wounds we are healed.I -Isaiah53:5

    All who pause for reflection and allow their hearts to wander in wonder down the Way of Suffering feel the darkness of this day in history. Good Friday was anything but good – yet, because of God’s unsearchable love for you and me, it was the pathway to our hope, to our forgiveness… and to eternal life.

    Injustice took center stage that day as Pilate turned Jesus over to a rowdy mob though he had found no fault in him. Roman soldiers rendered Him wounded and weak as they flogged an innocent man – the perfectly innocent Son of man – with 39 excruciating lashes.

    A twisted crown of thorns was placed on his head and a purple robe draped over his shoulders as the crowd struck Him in the face and mocked God’s Son. (John 19:1-3)

    “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)

    Forced, then, to carry the weight of a heavy, wooden cross through streets full of accusations and curses, Jesus, the Messiah, was led toward the hill of death to the place of the skull: Golgotha.

    He was poked, prodded and provoked by angry voices that cried for his torture. For his death.

    Crucify! Crucify!

    “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53:3)

    Nails to flesh.

    Agony.

    “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)

    On that pivotal day, darkness hurled hatred at the Light of the World. The sun stopped shining and the sky grew black as night as the beloved Son of God drew His final breath and declared, “It is finished.”

    It. Is. Finished.

    Death.

    A spear to His side. (John 19:34)

    The tomb. Myrrh. Aloe. Burial. Heaven’s sorrow.

    All for you. All for me. This sacred substitution.

    Radical love.

    To fulfill the wrath of a holy God who cannot accept imperfection into His presence, the Bible tells us that “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and that the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf brought a new and living way of redemption to all who would call on His name. Once for all. (Hebrews 9 and 10)

    “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

    His punishment. Our peace.

    By His wounds we are healed.

    Read that again: by His wounds we are healed. Made whole. Forgiven. Saved. Redeemed. Set free. Healed.

    The condemnation of our failings no longer bind us to hopelessness.

    It is finished because though darkness shook the earth with death that Friday long ago, the grave could not hold Jesus and death could not defeat Him!

    Friday brought death, but Sunday brought life!

    He is risen, friend! He is risen, indeed!

    Respond with me today in worship and thanksgiving in light of the life we have in Christ alone!

    Let’s Pray

    Holy Father, My heart is swollen with the weight of Your love. That You would give Your only Son to make a way for me to know You – to be made right with You – to be made righteous in Jesus – is more than I could ever, ever thank You for.

    All glory and honor and praise be to Your name, Jesus!

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Today I want to share a SONG with you called Once And For All. Turn up your speakers and prepare your heart for a response of worship. CLICK HERE to listen.

     

    This sacrifice is personal, friend. And so is salvation. Have you ever responded on a heart level to this good news? Have you confessed your mistakes and failures to God? Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ – trusting that what He did on the cross was for the forgiveness of your sins? If you are ready, let today be the day of your salvation by doing just this. Pray. Get right with God. Turn to Jesus.

     

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala@uloma  @bibi

    Culled from http://girlfriendsingod.com/once-and-for-all-2/

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    17th April, 2017

    Good morning lovelies.  :heart: The devotional for today is here.

    Help Hurting People

    He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.
    —Proverbs 14:21

    Helping the poor and those who are less fortunate than we are is not only a nice thing to do, but according to the Bible, it is our responsibility. God cares deeply for the poor and needy and seems to have a special place in His heart for the widow and the orphan because they are alone and unable to meet all their needs. God gives us hearts of compassion, but when needs arise we can’t close our hearts—we need to open our hearts and our hands wide to help the poor.

    When we give to the poor, the Bible says that we lend to the Lord. Anything we give to help hurting people, God will always return many times over. Not only will He meet our needs, but our joy will increase as a result of giving in love. I urge you to share what you have with those who are less fortunate than you are.

    Power Thought: I am always merciful and generous to the poor.

     

     

    cc: @nicole @bosa @pearl @lala@uloma  @bibi

    Culled from https://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/devotional.aspx

     

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