March 23, 2019

Heart and Breath


I may sound like a broken record in saying this. I state this often because I strongly believe it and long for you to also believe and fully experience it. 

Our relationship with the Lord is the most important relationship there is. 

In this relationship, we will receive benefits we could not imagine. In my own experience, I have found all the love He has to give is mine and I receive it new each morning, quietly alone with Him where I know daily the heart and breath of His love to me.

The joy that puts a bounce in my step just walking from room to room or across the aisle of the grocery store, that is the heart and breath He is to me! When I understand that I am loved by an Almighty God and heavenly Father, it is a natural progression to be filled with joy. How could this not fill me with great joy?

The heart and breath He is to me also comes in the peace He gives me. I don’t have to worry about what I do not know, because I have His peace, which is better than answers. Oh, I definitely start to worry, but I have to stop and remind myself what God’s Word tells me, and I choose to trade worry for His peace.

With His peace, I also gain comfort and strength to take me through the difficult days that life is sure to hold while we walk on this earth.

He fills my heart with all of this and more, and I live and breathe these blessings every day. In the strength of each beat of my heart and every breath I take, I will love the LORD my God. 

Mark 12:30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  

Update: I will only be posting two more times on Devotions from the Heart and the final devotion will be The Easter Story on April 21st

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March 19, 2019

There Are Days


There are days
When all things neatly line up as they should.
Then there are days when nothing lines up,
When nothing fits or looks the way
It seems that it should be.

Do I still trust when I don’t understand,
When I can’t see the way
It could possibly work out okay?

That’s when I trust the most…
That’s when I hold on tight,
That’s when I put my faith to work.

Faith believes God is making a way.
Faith believes
He can work all things for good,
When there are days all things line up -
When there are days
They don’t.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  ~ Romans 8:28

March 13, 2019

This Gift Of Days


Today. This moment. This is where we live. Sometimes though, we forget to live in the here and now.

We are often living for a tomorrow that is a product of our longing or imagination. We buy into the grass is greener on the other side mentality. Because certainly life will be better when...

Today turns into a place of discontent and we are too focused on what we think will be better in the days ahead.

I think I have some good advice. Embrace the season you are in. Embrace where you are today.

I have said this to others and turn around and forget to do it myself. When I follow my own advice though, I will look harder to see the beauty in each new day.  When I follow my own advice, I also find that I am okay in the moment and am reminded that life is a gift of days—given one at a time.

I need to keep both feet planted in today while it is today and not start skipping ahead to tomorrow. If I am skipping ahead to tomorrow, I will then literally skip today. That would be a shame.

What happens if we don’t give today the attention it is due? I think we end up devaluing it and that turns into a wasted day. Now I know when it comes down to it, I don’t want to waste my days.

In my heart it is my desire to walk my days with the Lord. I need to do that one day at a time while living in the moment to moment of each day.

Today,

Here,

Now.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

March 9, 2019

Will We Stand Strong In Our Faith?


In Acts chapter 6, Stephen and six other men were selected by the apostles to be the group to attend to the needs of the widows in the early days of the New Testament church. He is described as a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit in verse 5.

Stephen spoke boldly of Jesus and caused quite a stir which led to being falsely charged with blasphemy, although while under this duress the council of his accusers observed that his face shone as an angel.

He answered their accusation in Acts 7 as he takes them back to the days of Abraham, Moses, through the Patriarchs and all the way to the days of Jesus and points out that they are the ones who murdered Him. Stephen continues to speak to the truth of who Jesus is–which they absolutely do not want to hear.

The angry crowd despised him and picked up stones and threw them at him. Their hatred for our Savior and for Stephen was aimed at him with every hurling rock that resulted in a horrific killing. Stephen died uttering these words in verse 60, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”

What a man of strong conviction. He didn’t back down and he was stoned for standing for Jesus. Yet, his dying words were of love, compassion and forgiveness to those who killed him.

I want to be someone who doesn’t back down when the world attacks me for what I believe. I want to be known as someone who lives by their convictions. I want to be like Stephen—full of faith, standing for Jesus. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.