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  • #33773
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    Oluwakemi
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    19th June, 2017

    Good morning all. Hope our Daddies had a nice day yesterday, being Father’s Day. Here’s the devotional for today. :flasher:   :flasher:

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    Choose to Surrender

    For those whom He foreknew . . . He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of his Son . . .
    —Romans 8:29

     

    According to the verse for today, one of God’s goals in our lives is to make us become like Jesus. He wants us to continue to become more like Jesus in our thoughts, in our words, in the way we treat other people, in our personal lives, and in our actions. Becoming like Jesus does not happen overnight; it’s a process we have to choose to embrace.

     

    Romans 12:1 says I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication… This means we have to make a deliberate decision to give ourselves to God. God has given us a free will, and the only way we will ever belong to Him completely is to give ourselves freely to Him. He will never force us to love Him or serve Him. He will speak to us, lead us, guide us, and prompt us, but He will always leave the decision to surrender up to us.

     

    God created human beings, not robots, and He will not try to program us to behave a certain way because He has given us the freedom to make our own choices—and He wants us to choose Him. He wants us to willingly put our lives before Him every day and say, “God, Your will be done, not mine.” That short, simple prayer is extremely powerful when we really mean it, and it represents the kind of full surrender God requires.

     

    If God has been speaking to you or dealing with you about anything, I encourage you not to put off surrendering it any longer. Choose to obey His voice and surrender today. Ask Him to be your Strength and remember that through Him you can do all things.

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty

     

    Culled from http://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/Devotional.aspx

    #33853
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    Oluwakemi
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    20th June, 2017

    Lovely people, good day. Hope you are doing great. It’s one rainy day at my end, literally raining cat and dog without let. Today’s devotional is here and it talks about something close to all our hearts…La famile ;-)

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    When Family Gets Messy

    Today’s Truth

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 45:5; 50:20).

     

    Friend to Friend

    If ever there is a place to learn about forgiveness…to practice forgiveness…to struggle with forgiveness…it is in the family. Makes me tired just thinking about it. And interestingly, it is in the context of family where the word forgiveness first shows up in the Bible.

     

    Let’s dig into Scripture today. Come on. You can do it.

     

    In the book of Genesis, we meet a young man named Joseph—the eleventh of twelve brothers, and favorite son of Jacob. He is most famously known for his elaborate coat of many colors. Young Joseph had several prophetic dreams involving his brothers and father one day bowing down to him. Rather than keep that bit of information to himself, he shared it with his already jealous siblings. When he was seventeen, his brothers had enough of this rather bratty brother.

     

    So one day, when Joseph went out to the fields to check on them, they schemed to throw him in a well, shred his fancy coat, and tell Jacob his favorite son had been killed by a wild animal. Just after they had tossed him in the pit, an Egyptian caravan came passing by. Then they hatched another plan; rather than leave Joseph to die, they sold him into slavery and pocketed a bit of money in the process.

     

    Joseph served as a slave in the home of a high-ranking official named Potiphar. While there, he was falsely accused of sexually assaulting Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. (And you thought you were having a bad day.)

     

    During his prison stay, he interpreted dreams for some of his fellow inmates and God blessed him. One day the Pharaoh of Egypt had a disturbing dream that no one could interpret. The Pharaoh’s cupbearer, who had been in prison with Joseph, told the King about Joseph’s gift of interpretation.

     

    Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream, and predicted seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. The Pharaoh was so enamored with Joseph’s God-given wisdom that he appointed him governor of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself.

     

    During the famine, who should show up in Egypt looking for food but Joseph’s conniving brothers? They were terrified when the governor revealed that he was their long lost brother. “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!” There were tears all around. Don’t you know they were terrified? What would Joseph do? What would you do?

     

    This was Joseph’s response to the injustice inflicted by his brothers: “And now, do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Gen. 45:5; 50:20).

     

    Joseph did not say, “Oh, that’s OK. Don’t worry out it.” No, he called the betrayal what it was—evil against him that resulted in thirteen years of slavery. At the same time, he chose to forgive the wrong done to him, and allow God’s grace to flow through him. He opened the door for reconciliation and entrusted the matter of justice to God.

     

    Thus ends the first book of the Bible: Genesis. We close out the epic narrative with a portrait of forgiveness that continues throughout the entire Bible. The word forgive walks out on the stage as a leading character for the entirety of the Scriptures and it began with the words of Jacob—an elderly father making a request to his wronged son.

     

    This is what you are to say to Joseph: “I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and wrongs they committed in treating you so badly. Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. (Gen. 50:17)

     

    Forgiveness rewrites the ending to your story. Not only does it grease the pain to make letting go of the past offenses easier, it also releases the aroma of hope that helps us reach out to the possibilities for the future.

     

    Forgiveness is a continuous theme throughout Scripture and it all begins with a very mixed up family—how appropriate. I’m sort of glad. That gives me great comfort. I hope it does for you.

     

    Let’s Pray

    Heavenly Father, family is so messy. We hurt each other and love each other, sometimes at the same time. Help me to forgive quickly. Help me to allow every situation to make me better and not become bitter. Help me to trust in Your sovereignty in every situation.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

     

    Now It’s Your Turn

    Glance back at today’s devotion. How many ways do you see that Joseph was betrayed?

     

    Did he have a lot to forgive in his family?

     

    Read these verses again: “And now, do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Gen. 45:5; 50:20).

     

    How do these verses help you see your hurt through the lens of God’s sovereignty?

     

    Is there someone you need to forgive today?

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty

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

    #33926
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    21st June, 2017

    Hello!!! Just a simple reminder today, cast all your burdens upon God. Worry less, pray more. Let the joy of the Lord steal your soul and wrinkles will have no place on your face. The devotional is below. Enjoy. ;-)   ;-)

    Keep Your Peace

     

    And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
    —Colossians 3:15

     

    When you do feel you need to say no, you don’t have to give a reason why. So often people want us to justify our decisions, and we really don’t need to do that. I try to be led by God’s Spirit—or another way of saying it is I try to be led by my heart—and sometimes I don’t even fully understand why I don’t feel something isn’t right for me.

     

    But I have learned if I do feel that way, I am not going to go against my own conscience in order to have everyone be happy with me. I often say, “I just don’t have peace about it,” or “I don’t feel right about it,” or even a plain old “I don’t want to” is sufficient.

     

    There is nothing wrong with giving a reason if you have one, but I think we go overboard trying to explain ourselves sometimes. Follow your heart and keep your peace. Say no when you need to and yes when you should.

     

    Lord, make me more sensitive to the peace that comes when You are ruling in my heart. May I be quick to follow Your peace and leading in everything I do. Amen.

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty

     

    Culled from http://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/Devotional.aspx

    #33954
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    22nd June, 2017

    Good morning lovely people. Today’s devotional is here…and most likely, we have all been in this place at one time or the other. And it is not just about physical beauty.

    A Quest for Beauty

    “You are altogether beautiful…and there is no blemish in you.” —Song of Solomon 4:7 (NAS)

    While shopping at an estate sale with my sister, I noticed a large gilded mirror with a cluster of flowers at the top. It was beyond beautiful, and the price had been unbelievably slashed.

    “I think you should get it for your bathroom,” Rebekkah said. “You’ve needed one for ages.”

    That was before the accident, I thought, noticing my larger-than-life reflection. My outfit showed off my ninety-two-pound weight loss, but did I dare look at my face? I glanced upward, first taking note of my new haircut, my tortoiseshell eyeglasses, and finally the blue gray bulge where the tumor had returned.

    Then the strangest thing happened. Instead of the unsightly blemish, I saw the fingerprint of God. His voice spoke to my heart: When you thought I had forgotten you, I was protecting you. I’ve been holding your hand every minute.

    Rebekkah reached for my hand. “I know this year has been hard,” she said, “but do you see the person you’ve become because of it? Your heart is bigger than ever.” She wiped the tear that had dripped onto her chin. “You notice the pain that others are going through. It’s like your heart has eyes.”

    Now when I look in that mirror, I have a ritual. Instead of anger and anxiety, my heart is filled with praise. In heaven, I’ll have a perfect face. But until then, I will thank God every moment.

    My quest for beauty has led me to You, Lord. Thank You.

    Digging Deeper: Psalm 139:14, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Ephesians 2:10

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty

     

    Culled from https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/daily-devotions/devotions-for-women/a-quest-for-beauty

    #34016
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    23rd June, 2017

    Hello all. Hope you are doing great today. Welcome to our new members, Bomi @smiley and Wumi @wumigunner. Here’s the devotional for today.

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    When Your Mind Convicts You

    Today’s Truth

    For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14, NIV).

    Friend to Friend

    I pulled my steaming hot coffee close and stared into the eyes of my five-year old son. “Do you feel like you’ve been doing a bad job, Son?”

    For months, he’d been saying, “I am sorry. I am sorry I spilled milk. I am sorry I didn’t put my book bag in the closet.” Everything was I am sorry. It was his desperation cry: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry … ”

    Somewhere along the line, I knew I had gone wrong. Teaching grace to a toddler is like walking a tightrope above Mt. Kilimanjaro. Fall left, and the kid will be eating dinner foot-to-mouth like a native animal. Fall right, and he’ll live his life tiptoeing on legalism’s thin ice.

    Envisioning the cracks all around him and his foot sinking under, I forked a huge chunk of cinnamon toast in my mouth then gulped large amounts of coffee.

    I waited for his reply. “I didn’t think I was doing a bad job, Mommy, but I do now.”

    I nearly spray-tanned coffee all over him.

    Oh my goodness, now I’ve really done it! I’m the worst mom ever. I can’t even minister well. I stink. He’ll never know Jesus. I’ve ruined everything.

    In panic, I spent the next 20 minutes overcompensating, “I love you so much. Jesus loves you. God can’t stop loving you. Do you know what grace is? I am proud of you. I always want to be with you.”

    The kid just tried to color. I don’t blame him. When fear tries to fix people, they hide.

    I dropped him at school and waved goodbye, but anxiety turned my car to the side of the road and left me crying.

    God, he’ll never know grace.

    God prompted my heart: “Kelly, do you?”

    My mind rushed ahead to say, “Well, yes, God, of course I do.” Fear spoke differently…

    “You’re not really that great of a mother.
    They don’t think highly of you.”

    “Your kids will hate you one day.
    They think you lie.”

    “You don’t act godly enough.
    People see you make mistakes.”

    “You aren’t patient and kind.
    You hurt others.”

    I cried like my son: I am sorry, I am sorry, I am sorry, God.

    My own desperation cry sounded: “God, I must embarrass you.”

    “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

    Could it be? I can move to a better place – a place called grace?

    Could it be that you can move to a better place, too?

    To the place where tightropes are not needed. The place where love overcomes. The place where grace conquers.

    Something hit me between the eyes, I don’t have to live in fear, and I can live knowing God is near. Rather than walking on a rope, I can look up the heights of my Mt. Kilimanjaro and say, “My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

    I can believe He will help.

    Grace is a harness; it never lets us fall. It holds us close to God’s love. It keeps daughters safe. It tells fear “Bye-bye.” It welcomes bravery and confidence.

    And, most of all, for me, it lets me run right up to my son, after school, arms-wide-open to love him as I’ve been loved. It lets me whisper through my actions, “I love you just the way you are.”

    And, somehow, like a gift sent from heaven, I believe God loves me that way, too.

     

    Let’s Pray

    Dear Lord, thank You that You love me always. Thank You that, in You, I am righteous, holy and blameless. Thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love. Help me to stand under the shower of all Your spiritual riches in Christ Jesus. May I receive the fullness of who You are and then pour it out onto all I encounter.

    In Jesus’ Name,

    Amen.

    Now It’s Your Turn 

    How do you critique and condemn yourself through the day?

    What might it look like to apply a “space for grace” in your life? How might you practically do this?

     

    cc: @nicole @lala @bosa @bibi @peace @uloma @ketty

     

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

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