Devotionals

Need an extra boost to get you going? Check out these short devotionals that will encourage and and motivate you in your journey.

Walking Away Can Be A Good Thing

“…Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I’ll go right; if you go right, I’ll go left.” Genesis 13:8-9 (MSG)

Have you ever had to give up something you loved? Something you felt entitled to? Something familiar and comfortable?

It’s one of the hardest decisions to make.

It’s especially hard when you see no new prospects on the horizon or when you don’t have a backup plan.

That’s exactly what Abraham (Abram) was forced to do when things reached a breaking point between him and his nephew, Lot.

Abraham and Lot were both flourishing in life, so much so things started to get uncomfortable between them. For the sake of peace, Abraham decided it was time for him and Lot to separate.

“…Look around. Isn’t there plenty of land out there? Let’s separate. If you go left, I’ll go right; if you go right, I’ll go left.” Genesis 13:8-9 (MSG)

Technically, the inheritance belonged to Abraham.

But in great humility, he allowed Lot to have the first choice. And Lot took full advantage of the offer, choosing the portion of land that seemed like the best option.

At first glance, it looked like Lot got the better end of the deal. But as the story unfolded God stepped in with a plot twist of epic proportion.

After Lot leaves, God revealed a new plan to bless Abraham with more land and more descendants than he could count.

My sweet friend, did you catch that?

AFTER!  Not while Lot was still in the picture. Or while Abraham was sorting out how to handle the situation. But after he moved on by faith.

There is so much we can learn from Abraham’s story but in moments when I sense God pushing me to walk away or let something go, my heart clings most to these two truths:

1. God’s blessings are never connected to anything or anyone that’s leaving. 

So many times, God wants to bless us with something new but we get stuck, lamenting over what was or what could have been.

But not Abraham. He didn’t waste any time in starting over; he didn’t beat himself up reminiscing on how good things were when Lot was around.

He instead allowed God to redirect his focus to something new, something greater, something divine.

That’s how we should live our lives as well, knowing what God has for us will come to pass, even if we are left standing alone in the unfamiliar.

2. Every thing God does is for a good reason. 

Abraham didn’t know what was next for him, yet not once did he hesitate in his decision to separate from Lot. That’s because he trusted his God completely.

Abraham knew the same God who was with him when he left his home country and all his family would be the same God with him in the new land.

And he was right! Out of a lousy situation came one of his greatest blessings.

You see, every thing God does is for a good reason. It may not start out good, but it always end good. It’s His promise to every one who trusts in Him.

Oh, how I pray we all have the faith to trust our God like Abraham.

Without borders. Without limitations. Without hesitation.

 

 

Is God Listening?

“But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.” Psalm 66:19-20
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Ever wonder if God is listening to your prayers? Me too!

Even though I grew up in a Christian home and have been in church for most of my life, there are times when I struggle with doubt:

Is God listening to me?

Will this prayer make a difference?

Does it make sense to pray about this situation?

Will this prayer work coming from me…or should I ask someone more spiritually strong to pray for me, this way God will answer?

But recently I’ve been experiencing God’s answers in the strangest way.

Take A Closer Look

“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

I can never polish my nails as nicely as they do at the nail salon.

Maybe it’s because of the awkward angles I have to paint from. Maybe it’s because this is what they do every single day. Or maybe it’s because I’m just too heavy handed when it comes to the applications.

Either way there’s always a big difference when I DIY my nails versus going to get them professionally done.

Don’t get me wrong, from a distance, you can’t really tell the difference.

When I do my own nails, they’re decent enough to get compliments from others. But when I take a close up look, I can always spot the imperfections.

The closer I examine my paint job, the more over the lines, smudging, and uneven polish I see.

But isn’t that like our walk with Christ?

Live Content. Think Content. Be Content.

Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.” Philippians 4:11-12 (AMP)

Content. That’s been the word on my heart and my lips for the past week.

You see, scrolling through my social media timeline made me more and more dissatisfied with the progression of my life. But almost immediately the Holy Spirit reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11-12:

“…I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.

I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.”

Perhaps you’ve been feeling disturbed or uneasy about your circumstances lately.