Month: July 2019

Trust Me, I Have a Plan

Romans 5:3
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.

Written by: Shannon Swenson

Part of God’s plan for us is to grow in spiritual maturity. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise. It can catch us totally off guard when we find ourselves in less-than-ideal circumstances. It can be a challenge to see the bigger picture when we are in the middle of suffering. It is easy to disregard the voice that says, “Trust me, I have a plan.”

We all know people, or maybe are people, who have run from God more than once. When we run from Him, we miss out on His goodness, grace, wisdom, love, and truth. We don’t lose it.  We just miss out on it until we grow in our faith a little more. When we turn the tables and tell God, “Trust me, I have a plan,” that rarely works out in our favor.

It’s tough when you are in the middle of something painful. Maybe a prayer was answered with a no, not now, maybe, or even a yes. I mean, am I the only one who has prayed for something, received it, and then wanted to give it back?

Part of growing in our faith is to learn God can be trusted and He does have a plan. If you and I can learn to run to God, not from Him, when we don’t understand what the lesson is, we will find in the end we can rejoice in the sufferings. When I lose my perspective of trusting God, I prolong my own misery. Sound familiar?

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who seems to have peace, wisdom, and doesn’t get rattled by much? They probably have gone through some hard stuff to get to that place. God can be trusted even though situations might not turn out as expected or hoped. If we trust Him in the storm, we grow our faith a little more. We can choose to run the race or run the other way.

Jonah Devo 7.17Thought of the day: What’s your next step in growing your faith in Jesus?

Prayer: Daddy, thank You that You never leave us where we are. Thanks that we get to grow up in You. Thank You for allowing pain and suffering so we get to experience endurance and a greater trust relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God Sees Me

Psalm 139:7-10
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Written by: Gina Rock

If you’ve ever played hide and seek with a toddler, you know the hilarity and absurdity of the notion that they can hide behind just their hands. While the rest of their body is in plain sight, they bury their faces and truly believe they can’t be seen. It’s laughable and sweet when we consider little kids, but it reminds me a bit of our sometimes-misguided understanding of God.

Being God, He has the uniquely divine power of omnipresence and omniscience, meaning He is in all places and knows all things.

We can rest in the truth that God is a God who sees us and there is nowhere we can hide from His presence, even if we try.

Jonah Devo 7.16- aThought of the day: Have there ever been times in your life when you tried to hide your whole self, or even just a portion from God? Or maybe you’ve gone through a really hard season and you wonder if God even sees you.

Prayer: God, Your word says that You see me and love me. Help me to believe that those things are always true. Thank You for always being there. Amen.

Trust, Seek, and Wait

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Written by: Danielle Morgan

Most of us have experienced fear on some level. If you are a parent, you have definitely been afraid for your children and the possibility of something or someone bringing them harm. Fear hits all of us throughout our lives and comes in all shapes and sizes. Can you think of a recent situation where you felt afraid? Have you stopped to consider why you felt fearful?

Most often, fear comes from feeling like we don’t have control. We can’t see the outcome, and we have no ability to change our circumstance or those of the ones we love so we begin to fear the unknown.

God asks us to lean on Him and not ourselves. He calls us to look beyond our circumstances and focus on His righteousness. He calls us to wait. While we wait, we are to gain confidence in knowing that He is God and He will meet every need.

These are three very important things He asks us to do: trust, seek, and wait. Although these disciplines are not easy, it is in the practice of such things that we draw closer to Jesus and grow in our understanding of His deep love for us.

If you are running from something or are fearful in the situation you are currently facing, take some time to read and reflect on the following verses and consider memorizing them this week.

TRUST: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6

SEEK: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

WAIT: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:13

Jonah Devo 7.15Thought of the day: What are you running from today? What is causing you to fear? What would it look like if you released your all-consuming fear and doubt to Jesus and chose to trust, seek, and wait on Him?

Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are good. Your goodness and faithfulness are all around me. You have not forsaken me. Today I choose to stop running and submit my fear to You. I choose to trust in You and step away from my limited understanding. I choose to look for Your righteousness in every area of my life. I choose to take heart and stand strong in You as I wait. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

One Purpose, Different Paths

Romans 12:4-6
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them

Written by: Tiffany Robinson

My marriage today looks very different than it did six years ago. Early on, we struggled to get on the same page. We believed a lot of stereotypes about roles in marriage and life. 

As we got to know one another better, we learned that we were taking responsibility for roles that did not align with our strengths. We started to let go of what we thought a husband or wife should do and started leaning into the areas that came naturally to each of us.

Romans 12:6 tells us that we all have gifts that differ. God has created us differently and gifted us uniquely—and that is such a good thing. God calls us all to do good things in His glory, but each of our paths looks very different. When we embrace the gifts God gives us, we can serve and love others better. 

More Devo 7.12Thought of the day: What are your God-given gifts and talents? How can you use those gifts to do good and serve others?

Prayer: God, thank You for making each one of us with a specific purpose in mind. Thank You for using each of us in different ways to help others meet, know, and follow Jesus.