Invite Them In

“Come to Me.” Matthew 11: 28 Jesus invited others to Himself. He said, “Come to Me.” He was offering of Himself with no expectation of anything in return. The invitation for people to come wasn’t just for the well-mannered. It wasn’t just for the cleaned up. And it wasn’t just for the intellectual. The invitation was an open for all to come. How often do we as believers narrow the invitation that Jesus gave? We may not do it on purpose, but rather subconsciously as to only invite those we feel comfortable with. We must keep in mind that Jesus …

The Gift of Giving

      “The generous will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11: 25 When we brought Lisa home, we knew that we were helping her. We also knew that as we poured out to her, God would pour into us as well. This is a Biblical principle. We don’t expect it, but we have seen it time and again from experience. We know from the verse above that as we live generously we will be made rich. We understand that this isn’t necessarily a material wealth, but rather a spiritual wealth. Generosity …

A Cup of Hope

   “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15: 13   I had a coffee mug which a dear sister had given to me some years back. The mug was blue and brown and had the word hope on it. Lisa had asked if she could use my mug the first day she arrived. I replied that of course she could. She asked if she could use the mug for the time she would be staying with us. …

Only Words

  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18: 21 We may think that our words don’t impact others. We might think that they may not matter. We may not consider them important. But, we would be wrong. Our words impact others, they do matter, and they are important. My husband, Owen, and I sat and spoke with Lisa while she was staying with us on several different occasions about heart issues. Lisa shared with us the struggles of a being a homeless addict. Owen and I shared about God’s faithfulness to each of us. Lisa …

Hold It Lightly

    “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13: 16 Does it belong to you? Or does it belong to God? This question played itself out while Lisa stayed with us. When she was released from jail, Lisa had nothing but a clear plastic bag filled with a few personal items and a Bible. She asked if we could stop at a friend’s house to pick up another bag she was keeping there. We did. Lisa walked away with two half-filled garbage bags of clothing and papers. …

Put a Happy Face On It

      “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28 One afternoon found me, Lisa, and my 2 girls heading to an appointment. As we rode along we chatted. Lisa asked a question, “What do you do with the bad things that come up in life? How do you handle those things?” I remained quiet for a moment and then deferred the question to my 11 year old girl. “What do you think honey?” She was silent for a time …

Going Deep With God

The title of this series of devotions is, “Going Deep”.  In the next six days we will be looking at ways to go deep with our God.  We will discuss how to go deep in the Word, in trusting God, in obedience, in God’s understanding, and in prayer.  I pray this series blesses you and draws you ever nearer to the heart of our Father. In Psalm 107 we read of those who are called out upon the waters, to the ships.  Those who are called to these places and are willing to go get to see the great works …

Going Deep in The Word

Today we will be discussing going deep in the Word of God. Let’s start by defining the word deep. The definition of deep is to extend far down from the surface. The opposite of deep is shallow and means to stay on the surface.  What does it mean to go deep in the Word of God?  How do we do that?  And why would we? To go deep in the Bible means that we don’t stay on the surface.  We aren’t satisfied to skim the top or stay in the shallows…but rather we want to go into the depths of …

Going Deep in Trust

Today we are going to discuss going deep in trusting the Lord. It’s easy to trust when we can see the path ahead. It’s easy to step out into something that is known. But, what about the unknown? It’s not so easy to trust when you have no idea what you are moving into. When you don’t know where your path will lead. But this is exactly what the Lord is calling us to do. Proverbs 3: 5 tells us to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” And in Jeremiah 17: 7 we read, “Blessed is the man …

Going Deeper in Obedience

  Today we will be discussing going deeper in obedience to God.  The definition of obedience is to be compliant with an order or request.  It is simply doing what is asked of us.  How does God ask us to do things? He asks through the Bible, through authority figures, through the law, and through us listening for Him. There have been times when I didn’t want to be obedient. Such as when we had first become believers and I read in the Bible that I needed to submit to my husband. What? I didn’t want to do that.  But, …

Going Deeper in God’s Understanding

Today we will be discussing going deeper into God’s understanding. This means that we will not lean upon our own understanding, but rather on God’s.  There are times when God calls us to go against man’s understanding. These are places where what we are doing makes no sense to “man”.  Many years ago now, I graduated with a degree in radiologic science (I took x-rays).  I loved my job and enjoyed serving the patients. But, I had a greater desire than serving my patients. God had placed a desire within me to be home with my baby. And so, I …

Going Deep in Prayer

Today we will be discussing going deep in prayer. Prayer is our communication with God. In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 we are told to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We are to pray without ceasing or all the time. Our conversation with God should start when we awake and continue until we go to bed. I get up at 5: 30. The first thing out of my mouth is, “Good morning, Father.” This begins my conversation with the Lord for that day. This type …