With God Daily
With God Daily
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Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from The King James Version. Public domain.
Note from the publisher: The subject matter in these devotionals is solely based on each author’s individual faith. Editorial styles of the individual authors have also been retained; therefore, there are variances in the styles within the book.
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Blessed is the man who perserveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Darkness can make a person feel lonely and isolated, especially for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I can’t imagine the fear that must overwhelm them or the terror they must experience. This very thought grips my very being. No one should ever be alone.
I’m so grateful for a God who said, “And whosoever [will come], let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17b) Where would I be had I not fallen on my knees, and answered this call to come close to Jesus in my time of need? Or, in my daily walk with Him?
The truth is if you are facing a trial in your life and you have no clue what I’m even talking about, there is hope. Yes, hope for even YOU! God’s love knows no bounds. He understands your fears, your pain, and your emptiness. The Heavenly Father, loves you, and so do I! Let Him guide you in your trial.
It is for this reason, we have offered this short thirty-one day devotional book to hopefully help you find the way out of the circumstances you are facing today. In hopes that the darkeness that surrounds you will be softened and be directed to the Heavenly Father Himself. He loves you unconditionally! No matter what has happened to bring you to this point, you can walk in because God’s love is amazing.
In my opinion, there is no better writer than John Newton, who wrote the beloved hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Mr. Newton said it right: “The Lord has promis’d good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my partion be, As long as life endures!”
Those words comfort me as I sing and hum that tune at the end of a stressful day, or in the church building on Sunday mornings. Knowing that my comfort comes from the Lord gives me the courage I need to walk through this life as God has called me to do.
“Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life enures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.”
Christine M Miller-Ramey
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Ever feel as though you are walking through a tunnel going nowhere? Do you wonder if what you are living for , is worth it? These are all questions I have asked myself recently. Is there really peace in this storm? I certainly believe there is.
I discovered recently that I might lose all my fincial means. The news left me feeling numb. I felt as though my whole world was falling apart second-by-second.
How do I need to find the solution to my trials? His name is Jesus Christ.
There are times, I feel like a rag being rung out to dry. It feels as though the trials will go on forever. I am however, grateful for friends and family who constantly pray for me, during these difficult moments of life. Through these friends and family, I’ve been blessed to have help in assisting me with what my needs have been.
Yet, in the end, I may still have to pack up everything and move from the only home I know. How sad this would be? Even still, I trust that my God will help make a way, and will help me find a solution to my trial.
Letting defeat take charge, is not a solution for me. Instead, I must trust. Believe. Have hope that whatever I’m going through, God will make a way.
Father, thank You for teaching me that through good or bad days, You will always be with me! Amen.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
The Bible tells us that God makes provision for our lives (Matthew 6:25-34) and will be our guide until we enter Heaven (Psalm 48:14). A particular life experience made these truths real to me.
My dad became ill and had to be hospitalized for several weeks. A man, whom I will call Mr. Smith, had a room next to his. Each day that I passed by his room, this pale, white-haired man lay motionless in bed with his eyes wide open, fixed on the ceiling. Not once did I see a visitor enter his room. I wondered if he had a family and went to the nurse and inquired about him. She told me he was a widower who had no children or close relatives. Every time I passed by his room, my heart sank a little bit more.
The day my dad left the hospital, I peeped into Mr. Smith’s room and said a silent prayer for him. A few months later, I saw his nurse at the drugstore and asked her about him. She solemnly said that Mr. Smith had passed away. But her mood brightened when she told me his neighbor from long ago came and stood by his side until his death. Mr. Smith didn’t die alone, and my heart was glad.
No matter what we face in life, Jesus is there with us. He is faithful to supply our needs and bring us through life’s valleys.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your care, provision, and guidance that continues throughout our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Can’t Never Could
Pam Ford Davis
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)
Although I grew up with deep feelings of inferiority and inadequacy, I believe my teachers saw potential. I recall one saying, “Pamela could improve if she would apply herself.”
Silently, and to others, I frequently said, “I can’t.”
After troubled teen years, God revealed his sufficiency. Through compassion, He brought a Christian young man into my life. While we dates, my boyfriend diligently worked at removing the words, I can’t, from my vocabulary. Although his grammar was flawed, his comment was true: “Can’t never could do nothin!”
Norm led me to Christ before we were married. In obedience, I was baptized and became a member of a local Bible-believing church. Sensing my fears and lack of confidence, our pastor shared an encouraging Scripture.
Philippians 4:13 was the first Bible verse that I memorized. Today, nearly fifty years later, it is still one of my favorites. I am not the first person to deal with feelings of inadequacy. Moses sent twelve men into Canaan as spies. Ten of the twelve said that they, the people of Israel, could not defeat the giants in the land. Though the majority ruled, Joshua and Caleb placed their confidence in the LORD.
If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; (Numbers 14:8a)
Father, without You, I can do nothing of eternal significance. Through Christ and His strength, I can do all things. Amen.
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. (Numbers 6:25)
When the sun shines and the morning is beautiful, it is so easy for me to “see” God, to feel His presence next to me. Gloomy days put me in a mood where God feels very far away. On those days, my prayers seem to hit the ceiling and bounce right back. Is there a point to praying if no one is listening? Of course, I know this is not true at all because repeatedly in His Word, He reminds us that He is near.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18)
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19)
Pour out your heart to Him, whether the sky is clear or not, because regardless of what the weather map shows, God is near. Regardless of your feelings on any given day, God is near. Regardless of your circumstances, God is near. Spend time with Him, in His Word and in prayer, because today—right now, God is near.
Dear Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be near to me today. Remind me in my joys and in my sorrows that You have never left me. Help me show Your love to others today, so that they too will know You are near. Amen.
Our God Connection
Sharon W McDill
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. (Proverbs 20:37)
Connecting with God intimately is a mystery. I remember envisioning God in the heavens with a grade book, checking everything I did as satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or needs work. I struggled to please because I was fearful of the God who loved me. Even as a mature woman, I was bothered because the love I professed for Him seemed distant, unlike the love of my family, friends, or even my pets. I knew this love had to feel personal like an excitement, giddiness, or a tingling.
I searche for this supernatural love in church, Christian activities, the Bible, and prayer. I testified for Him with every opportunity. He answered my prayers, so I knew He was real. I knew He was my Lord, but in my heart, I did not feel like I was connecting with Him in a Father-daughter relationship. The disciples left their families for Him, and I wanted to feel that same passion. My spirit, a candle for the Lord, was a pilot light searching to be a fiery flame.
Things changed as I entered a season in my life when there was no one to whom I could turn. Everything in my life had to become invisible in order for Him to become more visible to me. Our connection became the true love I desired, and He took care of my heart with His special touch.
God can seem like a distant God until one’s spirit searches the depths of his inmost being. Sometimes we must allow the world around us to become invisible so that the candle of the Lord can search for that intimate connection.
Lord, thank You for igniting our spirits to draw close to who You really are. Amen.
The Power of Prayer & Obedience
Be careful for nothing; but in everthing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer has made an enormous impact in my life; in fact, for as long as I can remember, I have had faith. The more I read the Word, the more I began to “see” clearly. Conversely, the more I began to “hear” His voice, I am able to discern doing things according to His purpose.
I remember many examples when God answered my prayers. Ostensibly, sometimes He didn’t—
but when that happened, it turned out to be “blessings in disguises.” God knows when to do things on our behalf, and He knows when to hold back because His plans call for something other than what our flesh is praying for. He knows and sees all, so keep that in mind the next time you are tempted to say, “God didn’t answer my prayer.” He may have given you the answer, but you just don’t know it yet.
Once a dear friend had been going through an awful time. She had lost her mother and her husband within months of each other. Then she had to deal with her father’s debilitating illness. She didn’t have time to process the loss of her mother and husband; her mourning was placed on hold due to the emotional turmoil involved with placing her father in a long-term care facility.
We prayed together as sisters in the LORD. She survived and discovered she was stronger than she’d ever imagined—solidifying her faith—thanks be to our mighty God.
Father, we’re thankful for Your love and Your Word; through You, we can do all things. We love You, Father; we’re Yours. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Strong & Courageous
Pam Ford Davis
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)
Teachers understand that most humans learn through repetition. In an attempt to impart pertinent information, teachers share the same information repeatedly. The Lord God is the Master teacher. He uses many methods; yet, the textbook never varies. Jehovah gives me reminders through the truth of His Word.
It may come in the form of a whisper or a shout…a sermon, devotional thought, or a song…God repeats his message until He gets my undivided attention.
In the late 1990’s, He brought Joshua 1:9 to my mind and spirit. Try as I might, it would have been foolish and futile to ignore the Scipture verse. Often, a message that is repeated brings me encouragement and affirmation right away. In this instance, I had no clue.
God used the method of repetition as a teaching tool to prepare me.
A few years later, I learned the reason and full impact of the Bible verse.
I suffered great loss. Loved ones went to their heavenly reward. In addition, I suffered the loss of severed relationships with those I hold dear.
The Lord knew I would need every ounce of courage and strength to cope. More than anything, I’d need the promise of His presence.
Father, help me to be attentive to Your repeated messages. They speak volumes and bring victory. Amen.
Laughter Does Us Good
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
I was fighting a sinus headache on a gray, overcast day but wasn’t about to cancel my lunch plans with friends. When I arrived at the restaurant, three ladies greeted me with bright smiles and big hugs. We sat at the table, talked about our families, and reminisced about our college days. One friend told a funny story, and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt; something I had not done since adolescence. The conversation turned serious, and another friend boldly declared that Christians needed to lighten up and enjoy life’s journey. Her simple, yet profound, words inspired me. Those two hours I spent with my friends went by far too quickly. As I drove back home, it hit me that my headache was gone, and I felt amazingly rejuvenated. Good fellowship and laughter were just what I needed.
Sharing a good laugh can bring people together like nothing else. A daily dose of laughter can promote good health and lighten life’s burdens. God never intended for us to carry our burdens alone but to rely on Him for His strength, guidance, and provision. Thankfully, we have our Lord Jesus Christ, who strengthens and sustains us through hard times, who heals our sicknesses, and who supplies our needs. Laughter does us good, but true and lasting joy comes from knowing Jesus. We have this one life to live, so let us live it joyfully and for His glory.
Heavenly Father, help us to find humor in everyday living and not take life too seriously. Thank You for the joy we have in Christ and the love, guidance, and provision He gives us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
As I Have Loved You
Sharon W. McDill
As I have loved you, that ye also have one another. (John 34:5)
Standing in the checkout line, I was hungry and ready to go home. In front of me, a young lady caught my eye. The word successful came to my mind.
At that moment, I heard the clerk say, “Your account is past due, and we need a payment.” Surprised, my heart quickened for her embarrassment.
She whispered, “Idon’t have money today.”
I squirmed as she searched her contacts for help. My mind raced. Was the Holy Spirit highlighting an assignment for me? I thought about the Good Samaritan. People passed by the injured man and didn’t attent to his needs.
Amid all these thoughts, the clerk said, “One moment please while I take care of this lady.”
I paid my bill and left, concerned that I had missed an assignment by God.
Jesus’ words nudged my heart. “As I have loved you, that you also love one another.” I had missed a chance to be his vessel and to let her know how much He loved her.
I returned to the clinic later to pay her bill. The clerk said a relative had already paid. I felt regret that I had missed His assignment for me, but God made a way as He always does when His children fail to step up to the plate or don’t recognize His voice.
I marveled that this stranger mattered so much to me. The Holy Spirit responded tenerly, “Do you not know Me after all these years? You are my vessel, and you carry my love whereever you go. There will be another opportunity to love as I have loved you. Be ready.”
I experienced another learning step in knowing Him. Yes, I will be ready.
Thank you, Lord, for loving us so. Amen.
In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
This week, a friend of mine lost her daughter in an unimaginable way, the kind of way that makes headline news and people talk about for years. It occurs to me that this one circumstance will now be what identifies her to others and sets her apart. She will be referred to as “the one who daughter was murdered.” What a thing to have attached to you!
All of us have an identity, given to us by others or ourselves. In the end, though, the most important identity is the one God gives us. We need to be in His Word in order for the world’s voices to be drowned out by His, so He can tell us in a personal way that “Henceforth I call you not servants;…but I have called you friends…” (John 15:15). A friend of Christ? That’s a pretty good identity.
Also, He can remind us that we aren’t the same people we once were. Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
My personal favorite and one I constantly keep close to my heart is, “For I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine.” (Isaiah 43:1).
Start each day with Him, and the world will have a difficult time defining you as anything less than what you really are: HIS.
Dear God, thank You for knowing me and redeeming me. I am humbled by Your love. Amen.
Purpose & Love
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body: and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
As children of God, we are to reflect His light to those in darkness, and in so doing, we’re called to a higher purpose in fulfilling His commandments. By living as an example to those who might otherwise be “lost,” we’re walking the path in which we’re called. Saving even “one sheep” is cause for a celebration, to which the angels sing and rejoice…but most especially, to our Father, who shall be well pleased with us.
Christ’s goodness is in us. He dwells in us. Should we not then be compelled and honored at once to subsiize His love and purity from within? He is the one constant source in which we seek reinforcement on a daily basis that borders on redundancy…in a good way…it fresh and new with each breath we take. With each day, the formation of His love and Daily Bread transforms us to another level of understanding. So although a passage is well known, one never knows when it will quicken our spirit and bring forth a new meaning to absorb and share with others.
Breathe deep…and aspire to His Word and His commandment. Follow Him, the Spotless Lamb of God as we go through our life here on Earth. Each act of love is another solidification of our obedience, in which we strive together, in this race toward our inherent goal…eternity with our Father in Paradise.
Blessed Father, King of the Universe, bring us to where we should be according to Your purpose. Help us daily, and keep us from evil. O’Lord, in Jesus’ beautiful name. Amen.
In His Image with a Purpose
Sharon W. McDill
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. (Job 33:4)
These words sounded from the congregation: “O Lord you have searched me; You know my way. Even when I fail you, I know that you love me.” I looked down at my hands gently reaching to the Lord. At that moment, I felt like a new mother, counting the fingers of her newborn and experiencing the wonder of the tiny fingernails as the baby’s hand wraps around her fingers for the first time.
I thought about God creating me, forming my little hands, and knowing I would serve Him one day. My thoughts shifted to my outstretched hands again—I belonged to him; my hands were filled with the power that HE had promised to the disciples, centuries ago.
The Holy Spirit directed my attention to the young minister in front of me, who was about to preach in the absence of our pastor. During prayer, I laid my hands on his shoulders and prayed in a whisper. Never turning, he received the transfer of the Lord’s encourangement, wisdom, and love for his sermon. It felt like a simple yet powerful move. The young minister rose, turned, and whispered, “Thank you.” At that moment, being made in God’s image with a purpose took on a new revelation.
Then, I glanced down at my toes that had made me giggle when I discovered them for the first time as a baby. God formed them with a lifetime of steps planned just for His glory. After the service, I stepped out, consciously looking at my feet—His feet, made in His image, with many simple yet powerful steps to come.
Lord, thank You for allowing me to be Your hands and feet. Amen.
Friends Are A Treasure
Christine M Miller-Ramey
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1Peter 5:7)
Several months ago, I had some really bad car issues. One night, on my way to a photo shoot, I could barely turn my car into the church parking lot. I could only pray for safety at that moment, fearing my car would stop.
Fortunately, I parked my car safely. My friends came to my aid, checking the power steering fluid, and discovered that a belt had slipped off. I again said a prayer because I was fearful forth cost of the repairs. Unfortunately, it was deemed unsafe to drive at that point.
Since I live by myself, and my only family lived an hour away, my friends took the time to take me home. They made sure I was safe! The next day, I called AAA to pick up my car, and I was blessed with another answered prayer as my parents helped with the cost.
I am thankful for that night, that I was where I was at, and that I had friends nearby to help. I would have been lost otherwise, and so frightful from this experience. My friends are a treasure and gift from God. One I don’t take lightly. I’m grateful they enabled me to be in a safe place. I’m grateful for the help from my parents as they took care of the bill for my car repair! I’m certainly blessed!
No matter how bad a situation may be, God does car. He took care of me on that night, and He will take care of you.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
Father, thank You for supplying my needs in a time of uncertainity. Amen.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. (1 John 1:6)
I’ve always thought that verse meant that when we are in the right relationship with God, our lives would not be characterized by sin and shame, but by light and life. Although I will never completely stop sinning, once I have fellowship with Christ, I will turn from those sins more easily, and each day will grow more and more like Him.
Recently, I read those words again and saw a different picture in my mind. I saw myself walking a forest path. The sun had set early in the forest because of the tree’s natural shade, and if I had not brought my own light with me, I would be in danger of getting lost. In other words, if I say that I have fellowship with Him, but I am still wandering in darkness, I haven’t brought Him with me on the path I’ve set out to walk. It’s possible that the path isn’t even where He needs me to be.
Remember that as Christ’s followers, we have a responsibility to bring God and His Word with us on all the paths we walk—with our jobs, our families, our neighborhoods, and ultimately, the world. So, at the very least, Let’s make sure not to leave Him in church when we walk out the door on Sunday. Allow Him to light your way, so you can help light the way for others navigating their own journeys.
Father, please help us be in true fellowship with You so that Your light shines in us and through us whereever we go today. Amen.
The Master Surgeon’s Call
Sharon W. McDill
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love which ye have shewed toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)
The Lord calls all of us to a purpose—some for the duration and some for different seasons. A surgeon’s purpose is to remove, repair, or transplant within the patient. He must have clean hands in his operations with no exceptions. Not having clean hands can bring sickness and even death to the patients.
Under God’s direction, His children have been called like the surgeon’s hands to help save people. With the enemy on the attack constantly, we must have a clean heart prepared to operate within our purpose. In our daily armor of God, we must claim the brreastplate of righteousness to guard our hearts from evil and protect us, as we are the Father’s hands and feet.
Working within our purpose is an honor and a charge by God to work as the utmost servant. Some restaurants and services require the “white glove” treatment for their customers. We servants must follow suit with the “white gloves,” in this case, the hands of the Lord. We must never take forgranted God’s job for us—no matter what it may be, for God’s presence escorts us through all assigned areas of our journey with His Spirit.
Put on your breastplate of righteousness, pack your white gloves, and each day keep your heart clean before the Lord. He is the mast surgeon who shapes, removes transforms, and strengthens us with His outpouring love so that we may do the work unto Him.
Father God, create in me a clean heart, and I ask that You surgically remove all that is not of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hurry Up and Wait
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:25)
She sat at the kitchen table, wringing her hands, “Hurry up and wait. Hurry up and wait.” She had rushed to get ready for dinner, but dinner was not complete, so now she waited, impatiently. Occasionally she would mutter under her breath, asking if it were time yet, then she would go back to her mantra, “Hurry up and wait. Hurry up and wait.”
That particular evening was my turn to care for her. I was probably not more than fifteen at the time, and I could understand her frustration. We were having a celebration at church, and I wanted to be with my friends. I had rushed to be done, and I did not want to wait either. As she repeated that phrase, I thought about her words. Even today, decades later, the words still haunt my memory.
“Hurry up and wait.” Isn’t this what I do? I rush throughtout the day, and then, the day does not go as planned. I have a dream, but it is not fulfilled. How do I respond? Am I filled with frustration that I did not get my way, or am I patiently waiting for a hope that only God can fulfill? “Hurry up and wait.” Today, even though I am hurried, I wait.
Patiently, I seek the voice of my Savior, looking for direction, guiduance, and wisdom. And in that wait, I find peace.
Father, when I’m tempeted to rush into my plans, please help me to remember to turn away from my distractions, wait patiently, and put my hope in You. Amen.
David’s Dark Season
O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: (Psalm 7:1)
Few Bible characters are as fascinating as David. God chose this simple shepherd boy to become Israel’s greatest king. David was not a perfect man, but he had a tender heart toward God and walked humbly before Him. Let’s look at his early life and see how God prepared him to be Israel’s second king, succeeding King Saul.
King Saul began his reign well, but it ended in disaster. In short, Saul was disobedient and did not trust God. He grew insanely jealous of the young David, who became a hero after striking down the Philistine giant, Goliath, with a slingshot and stone. A skilled musician, David played the harp to soothe Saul’s tormented spirit. Saul tried to kill him twice by hurling his spear, but David escaped. Saul’s murderous plots continued for years, and David lived as a fugitive. Saul’s life ended tragically when he took his life by falling on his sword.
David’s long period of suffering trained him for righteous leadership and brought him to a deeper trust in God. During this dark season, he wrote beautiful psalms that reflected his fears, anguish, loneliness, as well as his praise and adoration of God. In my own times of trial or loss, I look to David’s example to draw close to God and to release my cares and concerns to Him. I’m encouraged that God can use my trials to develop in me a deeper trust in Christ.
Heavenly Father, strengthen those who are facing lengthy trials, pain, or loss. Bring good out of their suffering and fill their hearts with peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
When I Cannot Sleep
…and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. (Psalm 63:3b-6)
As I flipped the pillow over again, I sighed in frustration. Another sleepless night. How many had it been? I couldn’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep, and I didn’t know what to do to change it. I tried not to complain as I searched for a reason why sleep eluded me.
I looked at the clock: Three AM. Was this what Scripture referred to as a night watch? I was certainly watching the night, and it was not going the way I wanted. A busy day loomed ahead of me with new clients arriving in only hours, but still I could not sleep. More out of desperation than desire, I began to pray. Abba, how can I still be awake when I have so much to do tomorrow; don’t you care that I need rest? Instead of getting rest, my mind flooded with Scripture. Praise Me. Seek Me. Focus on Me.
My tired mind began to meditate on Him. How was I blessed today? Did I bless anyone else? Songs soon followed, with themes of the Lord’s blessings and praising Him all of the time. As I prayed and meditated on Scripture, I recalled David’s words and wondered if perhaps his prayers had been similar to mine. Did he struggle with insomnia and fear? I could certainly understand how he would have been tempted. But instead of fear, he filled his lips with praise. As I filled my heart with praise, my eyes became heavy, and I slept.
Father, when I struggle with lack of sleep and doubt, help me to praise You and mediate on Your Word. Amen.
Pam Ford Davis
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindess: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my trasngressions: and my sin is ever before me. (Psalm 51:1-3)
I once heard that confession is agreeing with God about our sins. In my life, conviction of sins led to that confession. Sadly, that has not always been instantaneous. The Holy Spirit brings discomfort within; He sounds the alarm. Too often, I have pushed the snooze button.
Though I have experienced an absence of peace and joy, I have rationalize my transgressions.
Others do it; they don’t think it is sinful. It’s in that gray area. Is it wrong? The nagging feeling of guilt does not subside. Instead, it builds in frequency and intensity. I am drawn to King David’s confession in Psalm 51.
In one instance, our church was beginning a time of revival services. Under God’s anointing, the evangelist chose Psalm 51 as his text. He was right on target. I had personally missed the bullseye—God’s perfect will. I confessed my sin. The reading of Psalm 51 in its entirety reveals a reward to the repentant.
Then will I teach trasngressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalm 51:13)
Lord, I am in agreement with You about my sins. I confess my guilt and ask for Your cleansing. Amen.
Filled with the Holy Spirit
Pam Ford Davis
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
I had been a Christian for nine years. God had blessed me with a Christian husband, two adorable children, and a successful career as a radio announcer. Yet, something was missing. There was an absence of joy and victory in my walk with the Lord. I witnessed abundant joy in the lives of others as they praised God in all circumstances. They attributed their joy to the filling of the Holy Spirit. I began to seek his filling.
I went through a brief period of spiritual brokeness, confession, and repentance. My hunger for God became an all-consuming desire. I hid in closets so that I could pray without being disturbed. God heard my prayers and gave me the answer through His written Word. There was no secret formula.
I had been saved by placing my faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Through faith, I would be filled by His Holy Spirit.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13)
Many fillings have followed. When I sin, I confess my sins and ask him to fill me with his Spirit. He seeks cleansed vessels.
Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Fill me daily for service in the kingdom. Amen.
Closer Than You Think
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. (Psalm 77:11)
Today, although my head knows this, my heart was reminded that God is closer than I imagine. I desperately needed to know that God was aware of my situation and hadn’t forgotten me. My morning devotion time is orderly: I read one book of the Bible at a time, journaling over a few verses each day. Before I end and pray, I can through the Psalms until something strikes me. This morning, Psalm 77:11 stood out as if it were in flashing lights.
God has been faithful. As I look back on my life, I find innumerable ways God demonstrated His power, love, and grace to me as well as every other character trait He possesses.
I decided to write down in my journal a specific request for which I wanted direction. I then spent time reminding myself how powerful God is and that I trust Him to do what HE has always done: keep watch and guide me.
Not four hours after I had written that request down, He assured me in an amazing way that He has not left. I am in His hand, cared for and protected.
If I had not been in the Word and had not made a bold, specific prayer request that morning, the events of the day would have seemed random and inconsequential. But I knew in my heart that God was showing me Himself. Now the next time I read that verse, this day will be part of the powerful testimony I will remember.
Thank you, God for showing us Yourself just when we need it ost. Help us be bold in our requests. Amen.
Get Up and Eat
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. (1Kings 19:7)
Irritable was hardly the way to describe how I felt that morning. Everything seemed to be annoying me, and others weren’t doing their jobs. What is wrong with everyone? Can’t they see that I have work to finish, and they are holding me up? What is their problem? A whisper in the back of my mind hinted that it might not really be everyone else having issues, but I brushed the thought aside. What else can it be?
I continued through the day, growing more restless and cross as the hours passed. Each project seemed to take longer, and I had not accomplished any of my goals. Why can’t I get anything done? Again, a still small voice reminded me of what I knew, but I didn’t want to listen. The still small voice was drowned out slowly by the growling of my stomach, and I knew that I had to admit what the voice had been telling me all day. I need to eat.
In a hurry to meet my goals, I had skipped my meals, but was it that big of a deal? I thought. I knew I needed to eat, but why would the Spirit remind me of it all day? As I paused to pray and eat, peace filled my spirit and mind, revealing ideas that had been blocked by my hunger.
Father, when I am tempted to rush into the day, help me to remember to fill my soul and my stomach so that I can be prepared for Your work. Amen.
Live Not for Today but for Eternity
Sharon W. McDill
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)
Playing “Barbie Dolls” with my sister was my favorite pastime as a young girl. I was dressing her either for a party to attend with Ken or for a trip to the beach. My Barbie lived in a beautiful condo with two telephones, a pool, and a fun jeep. In my cozy bedroom, I made her go places and do things that only could be found in a young girl’s imagination. She never mad mistakes, and her choices were my choices. Barbie’s life was good, but at the end of the play period, she was always returned to her box with all the accessories packed away until the next time. The game was always the same, and I was never bored with the redundancy. Eventually, with my age and time, the condo, clothes, and accessories wore out, and Barbie was retired to the top of the closet and, eventually, the attic.
It’s amazing to reflect on those playtimes and realize that the pinnacle of Barbie’s life was material values and a social schedule. Even more amazing is that even today, many people are pursing a Barbie-and-Ken-lifestyle without considering what waits beyond that superficial life.
We must pursue a life on Earth that reflects love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; therein is the image of Christ. The pretend life’s destiny is the dark closet. Therefore, we need to invest in the treasure of heaven which are permanent, unlike our teporary accessories and social schedules which will fade.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:31)
Father, we thank You for Jesus’ sacrifice and the treasure of eternal life with You. Amen.
Ripe or Not Ripe?
Christine M Miller-Ramey
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal—(Matthew 6:20)
In the woods—behind the house where I lived—there were plenty of wild blueberries to be picked in the summertime. I loved picking them. I had to look for just the right one. I wanted them to be the right texture and the right color.
As I looked at the bushes and checked for those that were ripe or not ripe, I started to think about our souls—in partiuclar mine! It made me realize more than ever that the more I study God’s Word, the more I can be prepared when oppositions arise. By doing so, it teaches me how to fight the battle when it is upon me to fight.
However, when I am weak, and not in the Word, it is then that I lose sight of the things that should be most important—the Word of God.
Looking back to those unripen berries, I pondered my own life again and thought about the sin that I allowed in my life. I knew in my heart, it was wrong, and I had to confess at that exact moment, right in the middle of the woods. I knew that if I didn’t allow God to be the center of my world, then—I was wrong. I was the one who moved away from God.
God will never move away from me, or you. I was like the berry on the bush that was rotten. I let the sin in my life destroy my happiness.
Don’t let sin ruin your outlook on life. Instead, turn to God. Let His Word rippen your heart into something beautiful, like the blueberries in the woods. Let His Word change your heart.
Father, let me always be reminded to trust and believe in Your Word! Amen.
Pam Ford Davis
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8: 34b)
In May of 2005, I flew back to my home state of New York to atten the funeral for my oldest sister, Donna. After surviving a stroke at the tender age of tenty-seven, Donna suffered for decades with serious health issues.
Thirty-four years later, her physicians placed her in Intensive Care Unit and began life support treatments. They offered little hope to her immediate family. To everyone’s surprise, she rallied, and the doctors discharged her. It was not her time…Several months later, at the age of sixty-two, early in the morning, Donna died peacefully at home.
The first days after my arrival were a flurry of activity. Family members joined in the funeral arrangements; in addition, we cleaned out Donna’s apartment. Those were days of great sorrow and emotional stress.
After agreeing to say a few words during Donna’s service, I had difficulty falling asleep the night before her funeral. I recalled the personal experiences we had shared. The Lord intervened. He brought His words of encouragement. He was praying for us.
I am still in awe. His timing was unmistakable. The Lord of the Universe truly understood our grief; on our behalf, Jesus interceded with the Father.
Lord, You alone can bring the comfort and strength we need in our times of loss. Amen.
Clean Closets, Clean Hearts
Christine M Miller-Ramey
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Recently, I began the task of cleaning closets and packing things up to move. As I finally had a place of my own to live. It’s been hard to pack and get things ready, but it’s a necessary thing to do in order to have a successful move. It was my only goal.
If you are a Christian—a Child of God, it’s important to have the same goal. A clean heart! God’s desire for us is to have a relationship with him, and the only way to do this, is to remove the things from our life that should not be there. It’s important to remove the baggage, the things that will destroy your walk with Christ.
Reading God’s Word daily and praying is the right place to start. It will keep you on the right path as you grow your relationship with the Heavenly Father.
Going to bars, drinking, and smoking, gambling, drugs, killing, and stealing are things that are not Christ-like. It can’t bring you a clean life in Christ. It can only destroy your heart and your relationship with Christ.
Christians are not perfect; we each make our own mistakes, including myself. But the one thing I have learned is I feel closer to Christ when I am steadfast in reading my Bible and I remain in prayer on a day-to-day basis.. When I am doing this, I’m a much happier person.
In order to move closer to Christ, we need to remove the baggage that is holding us down. So, that we learn to walk closer with him. Christ wants to live abundantly in your life—but it’s up to us—so, he can. Will you walk with Christ daily?
Lord, thank You for Your Word that promises us that we can be closer to You by following Your Words and commands. Amen.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psalm 56:3)
I stood at the bottom of the stadium, looking up at my seat, legs trembling as fears trumbled inside my mind. Never had my fear of heights been as great as it was that day, but I knew that I had no choice. Broken ankle or not, I had to climb those stairs. On. Two. Three. Four. I willed myself to continue.
As I walked, I meditated on Psalm 56. What time I am afraid…Lord, I’m afraid now…I will trust in Thee…Lord, you’ve got to take this one; I can’t do it. Ten. Fifteen. Twenty. The distance seemed to grow farther between each step. What time I am afraid…I will trust…I will trust. I WILL TRUST.
Twenty-five. Thirty. Whatever you do, don’t look back. One foot in front of the other, I slowly scaled the stairs, wishing there was an elevator, or a ramp, anything that didn’t require me to continue trudging upward into the heights of the stadium. Noisy chatter filled the arena, but no one seemed to be aware of my dilemma, so I plodded onward. I will trust in Thee. God. You’re all I’ve got here. Please help me make it. Thirty-five. Almost there.
With the landing in sight, my legs began to buckle under me. Forty-five. Forty-six. Forty-seven. Forty-eight. Forty-nine! I dropped into my seat, almost expecting those around me to stare at my odd accomplishment, but I was along in the crowd. Along, but not alone. Jesus had walked beside me through every one of thos forty-nine steps.
Father, help me to remember that whether I am taking one big step or forty-nine seemingly impossible ones. You are always right there besides me. Amen.
A Thankful Life
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
As I read Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians, I’m reminded to pause and count my blessings. Memorizing these passages allows me to recall them anytime and anywhere, and it has benefited me through challenging times. When I was unemployed ofr several months, prayer and thanksgiving helped me maintain a positive outlook until I found work. When my parents passed away, prayer and gratitude kept me grounded and helped me through the grieving process.
In hard times, gratitude doesn’t come naturally, but it can be developed. With each new day, you can make the choice to be thankful. Choosing to be thankful can trasnform your life. The problem that once drove you to despair takes its rightful place behind your blessings. Counting your blessings can help you stop and take notice of what you do have. Praise and thanksgiving shift your attention away from yourself and onto God, who gives you the strength to endure your trials.
When life is hard, be thankful that Jesus will be with you through every trial you face. Be thankful for God’s strength that brought you through the day and will bring you through tomorrow. Be thankful that God is sovereign and in control and can bring good out of any circumstance. Praise your Lord Jesus Christ for giving you the precious gift of eternal life. Jesus is worth of praise in both good times and bad.
Heavenly Father, thank You for all of my blessings. You are the giver of every good and perfect gift. Thank You for Jesus, the greatest gift of all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God’s Plan and Grandma’s Quilt
Sharon W. McDill
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)
God provides us with simple and creative ways to understand His Word. My grandmother used to cut hundreds of multicolored sackcloth squares, and one at a time, with a needle, thread, and thimble, she carefully hand-stiched each square. It was a labor of love, patience, and need. Sometimes, she stiched a chaos of prints. Other times, she chose a specific pattern, such as a double wedding ring. One square out of place could destry that design, but my grandmother would gently pull out the stiching and move the square to its proper place. Finally, when the last square was sewn, the quilt was complete with a purpose to cover, warm, and protect against the cold.
Isn’t that how it is with us? The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-cords of three-make up the thread that stiches our lives together. We can be in control with a chaos of haphazard events and no purpose, or we can choose God’s design with each planned square stiched in blessings and trials to strengthen us in our daily lives. Unlike the quilt, one square out of place in our lives cannot destroy God’s plan. But, like my granny, He pulls out the stiches and moves us to our proper place. Like the quilt, He will cover, warm, and protect us. Until the last square is stiched, we must trust God’s design for our lives.
Lord, help us to live by faith and square by square with the security that when all around us is unclear, we have Your promise of eternal life. Amen.
Time Out for Others
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:4)
Surrounded by friends at a barbecue, I found myself absorbed in my smartphone, oblivious to the lively conversation around me. It occurred to me later that I had missed good fellowship, and even worse, I had not given my full attention to my friends. I thought about our high-tech world. Today, technology aollows us to connect to people anywhere and at any time, but it also hinders us from human interaction. It’s not too surprising that loneliness has become an epidemic among the young and old alike.
In our tightly scheduled lives, it’s rare to sit down and have a real conversation with someone. Life can get busy, and time is moving fast. But God created us to be relational, and we need personal interaction with others (Gensis 2:18). We need smiles, hugs, handshakes, and good conversation. Even a good marriage or friendship needs time, attentiveness, and laughter. We need Christian fellowship, a time to share what Christ has done for us, and to encourage and pray for one another. The benefits of technology are numerous, but it can’t replace human intereaction. Jesus is our role model for everything in life. In His early ministry, He went about doing good deeds and gave His time and attention to those He encountered.
Heavenly Father, help me to slow down and give people my time and attention. In this hurry-up, technological world, help me to be more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Old Things Become New
Christine M Miller-Ramey
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Corinthians 5:17)
A few weekends ago, I visited an old church in a nearby city. I learned many interesting things about its history. Since it was built in the early 1800s, the boards on this church are slowly disappearing. I could clearly see holes in the church’s doors, walls, and windows.
One thing that has remained steadfast, however, is the heart of it’s people. The church family still exists and belong to this church because it’s members worship together regularly as Christians and as friends.
The same is true for people. It doesn’t matter what the outside looks like. What is truly important is the shape of your inside—your heart, your soul, and your mind. If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, your sould is falling apart, just like the outside of that old church.
Your relationship with the Heavenly Father is important when you come to know Him as Savior. Without Christ in your life—is simply hopeless. It makes no sense at all. The only way to find joy, peace, and happiness, is through Jesus Christ.
Once you invite Jesus inside, your life will totally change. You will become a new person. The old things—become new and fresh. Are you ready to experience the joy of Christ?
Father, thank You for Your unconditional love and Your forgiveness. For without You, I am nothing. Amen.
Joy only comes through knowing Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Through Him, we can learn the importance of reading the Bible and the importance of prayer. Obeying Scripture is the first key to keeping our hearts and minds clean. Keeping God first in all we do is how we conquer the trials of life. By having God in our lives, helps us to bare those unwanted trials. The only question is, will you give God a chance? Will you acknowledge and accept Him as Your Savior today?
Dear Lord, Thank You for Your guidance in our lives as You teach us through Your Word how to enure life. When my days are gloomy and the road is rough, I will learn to my trust on You. It is through Your love that we can make it. I acknowledge You and accept You as my Lord Savior today. Thank You for Your Son who died on the Old Rugged Cross many years ago, so that I can have eternal life. Amen.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God—(Romans 3:23)
^ ^For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Today, is the day to call upon the Lord. Will you head the call?
To all who ask, He will come.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
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Glynis lives in Rapid City, South Dakota, with her husband, daughter, and son. She is on staff at her church and enjoys writing inspirational fiction and devotions. In addition, she has co-written several screenplays, including Sinking Sand, a film ready for distribution later this year.
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Susan is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi, with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. Her devotionals have been published on various websites, and she is a member of FaithWriters.com. She likes to read, travel, and cook for her family and friends.
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Sharon is a wife, mother, and a teacher from Madison, Mississippi. Over the past thirty-eight years, she has taught creative writing, speech, English, drama, and Spanish, but her utmost desire is to write, speak, and do ladies’ retreats guided by the Holy Spirit, so that lives may be impacted for the Lord. Visit Sharon’s website at:
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Although photography and writing are her first love, she also enjoys coloring for adult books, and colors for a magazine online. But above all else, she enjoys quality time at home with her family, and her shitzu—Harley.
Wendy is a Christian writer, speaker, and professional life coach. After years of homeschooling her children, Wendy now spends her days ministring to the hearts of families around the world through her writing and coaching. She has the unique priviledge of helping her clients learn to thrive in the chaos of everyday life. You can find Wendy at: .
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Life can sometimes be a roller coaster of stress, disappointments, and troubles that we Christians have the power to overcome. God promises us a peace that passes all understanding in the midst of a world full of chaos. With God Daily is a selection of devotions that reflect the personal experiences of a diverse group of authors. In spite of their difficulties, they have found joy and peace in the God of hope who provides a fresh cup of grace and mercy each day. It is our desire that our devotions will bring you encouragement during this time of your life.