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Friday, August 22, 2014

My God vs My Fears

"Fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons. When you start to feel afraid, affirm you trust in Me. Speak out...Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you. Refresh yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or sing praises to me." (245)
I find it nearly impossible to enjoy a blessed and abundant life when I am harassed with fear. I've observed and experienced how being fearful can certainly mess with sound judgment! Fear steals away self-confidence, God-confidence and a heart full of praise. No wonder Satan will often attack with annoying, even paralyzing fear.
It is good for me to be reminded often that "God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment." (2 Timothy 1:7) I am so grateful that...
My God is Greater Than My Fears...dmc

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Privileged & Perilous

"You are walking along the path I have chosen for you...a privileged and a perilous way: experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that reality to others." (244)
Recently Joe and I were sharing with a discouraged young father. He was experiencing what so many have wrestled with... life can become so overwhelming and very discouraging... even when we are "walking the path" and trying to seek God's will. Our hearts ached deeply for this young father.
It is good when one generation speaks encouragement into the following generation. These are perilous times and we desperately need each other, as we wait on God's answers and intervention! We are grateful for those who have spoken into our lives, at just the right time, encouraging us. Because the "chosen" path does not always feel privileged, we must rally to support one another, as we 'herald the reality of His glorious Presence.'
Grateful God Walks My Perilous Path...dmc

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Healing Brokenness

"I am a God who heals. I heal broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships...ask for healing of some brokenness... You cannot live close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing...grow more and more intimate with Me ...and thank Me for the restoration that has begun." (243)
There's a lot I do not understand about healing, but I do know that the closer I live to Jesus, the more I experience Him and He touches me with "degrees of healing." My prayer is that after others have spent time with me, they will be less broken and far more blessed... All because the Gentle Healer is alive in me!
Staying Close to The Healer...dmc

Powerful clip: The Gentle Healer (Michael Card)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOrsKFzpb9c&feature=related

The gentle Healer came/Into our town today
He touched blind eyes/And the darkness left to stay
But more than the blindness/He took their sins away
The gentle Healer came/Into our town today

The gentle Healer came/Into our town today
He spoke one word/That was all He had to say;
And the one who had died/Just rose up straight away
The gentle Healer came/Into our town today

Oh, He seems like just/An ordinary man
With dirty feet/And rough but gentle hands
But the words He says/Are hard to understand
And yet, He seems like just/And ordinary man

The Gentle Healer/He left our town today
I just looked around/And found He'd gone away
Some folks from town/Who followed Him, they say
That the gentle Healer is/The Truth, the Light, the Way.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Refocused & Refreshed

"As you increasingly find fulfillment in Me, other pleasures become less important. Knowing Me intimately is like having a private wellspring of Joy within you...If you feel any deficiency, you need to refocus your attention on Me. This is how you trust Me in the moments of your life." (242)
The secret to trust is really the ability to stay focused on Him more than on the issues that distract and distress! I am learning that as I keep my focus on Christ, the "wellspring of Joy within" me tends to bubble up and flow over into every area of my life and I am refreshed!
When my thoughts wander down troublesome trails I am reminded of Psalm 131, "I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child...putting my hope in the Lord, both now and forever." I like the CEV translation: "...I have learned to feel safe and satisfied, just like a young child on its mother's lap." Psalm 131:2
It's all about setting up the mental boundaries that keep me from wandering into "things too great or too difficult for me" and just letting God deal with those things, as I snuggle in close and quiet myself...
In His Lap...dmc

Monday, August 18, 2014

Deeply Fallen, Deeply Dependent

"Expect to encounter adversity...you live in a deeply fallen world... (I empower) you to live on a supernatural plane by depending on Me... (when) coming face-to-face with impossibilities... cry out to Me...Watch Me work on your behalf...under the shadow of My Almighty Power." Psalm 91:1 (241)
Living in this "deeply fallen world" can be deeply disturbing. I much prefer God's original, supernatural 'Plan A' where we were created to be living in Eden, before the fall of man, feasting on fruit trees, enjoying exotic animals, a perfect life partner and having fellowship with our Creator in the cool of the day!!
But sin has so tainted our world that living supernaturally, in this world, is impossible, unless... we learn how to live empowered! I found that the empowering place is "under the shadow of the Almighty" not under my own abilities!
So when faced with adversities, difficulties and impossibilities, I must realize, all the more, my INability and His great Ability! So the very things I dread (adversity, difficulty and impossible situations) help remind me to stay exactly where I am suppose to be...
Under the Shadow of the Almighty...dmc

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Micro-Mini Vacations

"Find Me in the midst of the maelstrom...Whisper My Name...I am still with you." (240)
Although we may not be as familiar with the word "maelstrom" we are very familiar with it's meanings: a restless, disordered, or tumultuous state of affairs, a vortex of conflicting currents.
I often feel the vortex of conflicting schedules, expectations and various daily demands. Years ago I started to practice (what I call) "micro-mini vacations" where I close my eyes, breathe deep and prayerfully meet with Jesus. I often envision Jesus and myself in a calm, quiet location. I will breathe in His protective, peaceful Presence and exhale the distracting "maelstrom" within me. It really works FOR me...because HE really works IN me! Even just whispering His Name, for example, calms my tendency to get caught in whirlpools of worry. Jesus knows just how hazardous they are for me!
Whispering Whirlpools Away...dmc

Saturday, August 16, 2014

God's Heart Calls to My Heart

"I have awakened in your heart strong desire to know Me. This longing originated in Me... When you seek My Face in response to My Love-call, both of us are blessed." (239)
While I am often blessed by God's Presence, I am also blessed and amazed to think that He enjoys spending time with me! With you! With us! In fact, it brings Him great pleasure!
Philippians 2:12-16 says it this way, "...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to will and to do His good pleasure (purpose.) Do everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may be blameless and pure children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly to the message of life..."
God is working in us, enabling us to WILL and to DO His good pleasure so we can "shine brighter day by day" like stars in this dark world! It is interesting how "grumbling and arguing" can dim the glow of His Presence in our lives. It is also interesting to note that the scripture says we must participate, "will and do", to experience His good pleasure.
So the deep longing in my heart, to know Him, originated in His Heart! That is such a priceless privilage!
Joyfully Responding to His Heart...dmc

Friday, August 15, 2014

He Knows Me

"I Am the God of all time...talk with Me about everything... When things go "wrong"... Make Me your Refuge by pouring out your heart to Me." (238)
Just what do you do "when things go wrong?" Who do you call? Run to? Lean on? I am grateful for the hearts I can trust, for the souls who love me no matter what! But calling out to Jesus is a whole other thing because He really knows absolutely EVERYTHING about me. He even knows me better than I know myself!
Calling to the God of All Time, Anytime...dmc

PS - Today's devo reminded me of a song that has healed my heart many times. Please copy and paste this song, He Knows My Name, by Tommy Walker. The words are so impacting and the pictures powerful.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC8puwexBBo&feature=related

I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hands

I have a Father
He calls me His own
He'll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What's Next? Change!

"The world you inhabit is a place of constant changes...even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly...however, I am the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8 (237)
Change is built into every aspect of our lives; even every healthy cell is fashioned for change.  I was quite captured with the myriad of changes I experienced during pregnancy; how my own body changed to accommodate the growing new life within me. Then, observing all the normal changes from infancy to adulthood with our two boys, totally intrigued & often entertained us! We discovered to successfully survive raising another responsible human being required incredible flex-ability and firm-ability. It asked us to flex during numerous changes... like growing appetites, clothing sizes, best friends, haircuts, moods & mind lapses, while remaining reliably firm on the ultimates... like honesty, respect, integrity, work ethic, personal & spiritual disciplines. It was an endless, evolving series of WHAT'S NEXT?!
The impact of change is quite dichotomous, sometimes comforting, sometimes distressing, sometimes amazing, sometimes assaulting. For example, we've discovered the physical changes that come with the typical aging process can be quite distressing, even demoralizing, at times. But it is comforting to know that Jesus is the firm "rock-solid foundation" that never changes. He's the constant, reliable anchor that gives us reassurance, no matter WHAT'S NEXT?!
Firmly Anchored in Him...dmc