Spending Time with God Every Day

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Exodus 20:3

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Day 108:

The devotional today is very needed for me. I’m not the only person in the world with commitments and needs of my time. But it hard to remember that my time isn’t mine at all. Because really it isn’t. I mean it’s mine, but God made me and I need to remember that. As he is my creator, it’s my job to make sure I take the time to serve him. I can’t just give him the bare minimum and more on. I can’t squeeze God in. I need to please God. And the only way I know how to do that gives him the time of my day. Praise, worship, being thankful, give him time to spend with him.

I know it’s hard. It’s something that I struggle with daily. Especially days, when my to do, seems to be growing exponentially.  It’s hard to just sit down, go into my prayer closet and just serve God.  It isn’t something I’ve figured out yet. It is one of my biggest struggles.  The knowledge of needing to spend time with God and not knowing when to do it.  I’ve tried several ways.  But as I digress into a spin of what I have tried and what doesn’t work for me.

I ask, is are you a pleaser or a squeezer? That God first or last on your list?  It’s something that you need to think about.

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A Worthy Disciple

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Micah 6:8

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Day 107:

The discipleship is a call we all have on our lives.  It’s something that we should all strive for.  But it’s hard.  It’s a hard place to start.  It is not an easy work.

But it’s a task that we should all be working towards.  Jesus’ call for us to take up our cross and follow him was a clear-cut message, our devotional says.  In order to understand it, you must know that prisoners had to carry their own cross to their execution. Another phrase could be: “dig your own grave and follow me. ”  Jesus wanted his disciples to completely trust in him.  But him first and follow his lead, no matter what the sacrifice.

The disciples following Jesus on Earth had to know just how dangerous it was for them, to completely trust him.  But they did it anyway. I like to imagine how intoxicating it must have been to be in Christ’s presence.  Mainly because I know how overwhelming it is when I feel his spirit. While I really don’t know if that played into their reasonings of trust Jesus, I know that the disciples did trust Jesus.  They followed him until his death, then continued to work for him.  It’s now our job to be disciples of Jesus.  We have to pick up our crosses and follow him.  And while Christianity was accepted in recent history, that tide is changing.  As the dark times approach for lovers of Christ, we must stand tall and true to Jesus.

Are you a worthy disciple?

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During Dark Days

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2 Kings 20:5

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Day 106:

Honesty time: I feel very hesitant to respond/reflect/discuss the devotional today.  If you have the book (link at bottom of entry to purchase, if you so wish)  you know that today talks about sadness and depression.  Having next truly experienced depression.  I don’t feel I have any ground to stand on when it comes to talking about it.  I have seen the effects of depression.  I know that it’s not an easy route.  I know it’s not as simple as shaking the dust off.  Depression is a disease (much more so than drug addiction in my uneducated and not important opinion.) First hand, I’ve seen its effects.  It’s clearly more than just sadness.  But because Thank God, I’ve never experienced I don’t feel like I can discuss it on any platform.

Sadness, however, I think everyone on the planet has experienced sadness.  That is something closer to my comfort level to discuss.  Though it’s still hard to tell anyone dealing with sadness, pain, suffering that it’ll be okay.  Because it will be, but it sounds like one of those trite horrible things to say.  When I lost my grandma, I thought my world was imploding.  And still two and a half years later, I’m still sad about it.  I see something of hers or think about something she did and my heart literally hurts.  My church started its play, and she never has seen one scene of it.  That hurts.  She was a member of my church for at least 40 years and this has been a project almost as long in the works.  She’s not there.  It’s painful to see her empty spot in her pew.  Sadness doesn’t just go away.  But God’s comfort does help ease the pain.  I’m not dwelling on it.  I’m not drowning in it.

 

While I can’t speak to anyone else’s sadness, darkness or pain.  I can speak to God.  God will comfort you.  God will be there.  God will hold you and not let you go, all you have to do is trust in him, ask him for his help, and he’ll be there.  Always.  Without a doubt.

 

Our devotional today says we have to decide how we spend our dark days.  We can sink further down.  Or we can turn to God.  I want to always turn to God.  It’s not easy.  But it’s worth it.

 

 

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Comforting Others

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Galatians 6:2

This devotional has a quote written by Bill Hybels.

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Day 105:

In today’s world, there is so much going on it becomes hard to remember some of the basics.  Our devotional today reminds us of one of the basic needs that we should be fulfilling.  Carry each other’s burdens.

We all have pain.  We all have heartache.  We all have problems that seem to overwhelm us.  But somehow we forget that.  We are selfish, by human nature, but that doesn’t mean we have to lean towards that.  We can be better than our flesh and work to help each other.

If my heart is breaking, comfort me, and I don’t mean saying the trite overused comfort words.  I mean pray for me. Hold me while I cry. Help me through it.  We should be lifting each other up.  Not ignoring each other, or tear each other down.  It’s really that simple.

Today’s devotional encourages us to follow God’s word, and comfort each other by sharing our faith and our courage when they need it.
Think about it.

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The Morning Watch

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Isaiah 50: 4-5

This devotional has a quote written by C. H. Spurgeon.

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Day 104:

Well, today’s devotional yet again smacks me in the face a bit.  I feel like I’m a really good talker.  I know the right answer in the moment, I know how to say the right, the Godly thing.  But it’s really hard to walk from the church into the world and keep those values.  I lack the willpower to keep God in the forefront every single day.  (Which is a huge reason I work on the devotional blog almost every day.)  God doesn’t need me.  But I need God, and it’s hard to make that a priority.

And the devotional today touches on that.  That every single morning we need to wake up and surrender to God.  We need to give our mind to him.  We need to turn over our problems to him.  We need to make it right with him, even before we get out of bed.  But almost every day, God is not that first thought for me.  It’s the shower or the bus, or the needs of the day.   It’s a problem.  Which is why reading the devotional today was hard.  I know the right answer, I know how I’m supposed to live.  But somehow I miss the mark every time that I’m trying to do so.   I say this to say that I’m not perfect, I don’t want you to read these devotional reflections and thing, oh my.  She’s really got this.  Because daily I fail to meet the mark for my savior.

With all that being said.   We should each strive to meet that mark.  We can never out give God.  We will never give him more time than what he gives us.  But we can try to.   Every single morning our first thought should be God. Our first action should be to serve God.  Our first desire should be to praise God.  Our first daily need should be God.  Anything else could be can act of rebellion.   We don’t want to be rebellious towards God.  Make God the priority.

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Happy 4th!

Today is a day of celebration!

Happy Birthday America

No matter what political party you stand under, 

Take today to celebrate your country.

Flawed as it might be.

You are an American.

We have freedoms, other dreams about.

Be proud of your country.

Have safe, fun celebration! 

Temporary Setbacks

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Ecclesiastes 3:4

This devotional has a quote written by Bill Bright

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Day 103:

Failing.

The might be the “f” word in my vocabulary.  I’m so scared of failing that I about kill myself sometimes to avoid it at all cost.  I act all tough and like a failure isn’t a big deal. I’ll even call myself a failure, and there is someone always there to correct me, give me an excuse of why I’m not a failure. Which only re-establishes the fact that failing is a bad thing.   The idea of failing sometimes even stunts me.  The idea of not being successful actually prevents me from trying.

But seriously, let’s talk about how dumb that is.

IT IS SERIOUSLY THE DUMBEST FEAR OF ALL MY FEARS.

Failure needs to be a part of life that I’m comfortable with.  Because from failure still comes a lesson.  From failure still comes memories, still comes stories, still comes wisdom.  Failure needs to be a part of life.  And that fear of failure is stupid on my part.

Now outside of what I’ve already pointed out, it’s stupid on my part, because God won’t stop loving me when I’m dumb and fail.  In fact, he’s still there with waiting arms to wrap around me and let me know that it’s okay.  He’s willing to brush the dust off and tell me to try again.  He is ready to restore us, heal us from out hurts.

Here is the catch, God is a gentleman, he’s not going to force his love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing on us.  We must ask for it.  We must learn to turn to him in all things, even our failure.  God is bigger than you think.  Stronger than we know.  Capable of things we haven’t imagined.  It’s time we put our full trust into him.

I know that the title of this devotional is temporary setbacks, in truth, that is what failure is.  It’s temporary as long as you continue to move forward, trust God and keep moving forward.

None of this is easy, no one ever said a life on the straight and narrow was.  But trust God, know that he has a plan, and he’s smarter than any of us.  He’s never abandoned us, it’s always us who walks away.  Know every season has a purpose and keep on trusting in Him.

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Hope for the Journey

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Hebrews 13:6

This devotional has a quote written by St. Augustine.

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Day 102:

Did you miss me?  It’s been a full week since my last post.  I hate that it’s been so long.  But it’s been a week. A good week.  In fact, I hope to be posting about it on my sister blog, A Hurley Point of View, today.  We shall see though cause I have a lot of things that have to be done today.  But anyway.  I’m back.

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Man, it is such a shame that there are people who live in fear.  That there are people who face each day with worry and pain of what could be.  Yes, I worry, but ultimately I know I’m taken care of.  I know that I’m God’s child. I know that as long as I lean not on me, but onto God I’m good.  I have a lot of work that I have to do make my relationship good, but I’m his child.

Today’s devotional reminds us that we have hope, that we have hope for the future.  That we have the eternity that God has promised us.  God has made us so many promises.  Take a dive into your Bible, you’ll find some.  When you do, you will see that all your worries, fears, concerns, needs, and anything else.  Will be provided for if you trust in your heavenly Father.

There is always hope when you have God on your side.  There is always a place of strength when you have God.  You just have on trust God and not yourself.

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Happiness and Holiness

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Psalm 84: 4-5

This devotional has a quote written by Vance Havner.

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Day 101:

Today’s devotional tackles happiness.  I love the saying, Happiness is a journey, not a destination.  I really do, because it acknowledges the fact that you have to do something to be happy.  But I feel like Heaven is the destination, and when I make it there, I’m gonna be oh, so happy.   However, the devotional specifically talks about happiness here on Earth.

The thing about happiness is that too many people say to themselves, I’ll be happy when I attain this (fill in the blank).  They work towards a career goal, an age to reach, a list of some sort that will bring this is happiness.   But I’ve really never heard people acknowledge that true happiness comes from their Creator and heavenly Father.  Which is what the devotional says.  And I quote, “the happiest people are not those who rebel against God.”

I know it might look sexy or appealing to have all this money, houses, sexual partners or other stuff.  But all that is just stuff.  I have this person in my life, that you can physically see how unhappy they are.  It’s in their walk, expressions, words.  You can look at this person and see how miserable they are.  They continually turn to the world for their self-worth, value, and happiness.  They are continually let down.  It’s so bad that I literally worry about the length of this person life.  I say all this, to say:  With God on my side, I’ve never once had to be that disappointed, sad, or lonely.

I don’t have to turn to the world to find my joy.  God gives me a joy that is untouchable by the standard of the world.  No, my car isn’t pristine, I don’t have a mansion for a home, I don’t always have the newest tech gear.  I don’t always have it all together in my world, but I have God.  I praise God and he rewards me.  I love God and he loves me. When I honor God things are good.

Your righteousness leads to your happiness.  Following his path, his ways, his will, it leads to the happiness of your life.  It’s a circle really.  You pray, praise, worship, live by his words and in turn, you find happiness and joy.

Do you feel happy?  Check out your praise and worship life, see if you are doing enough.

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Mountaintops and Valleys

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Psalms 34:4

This devotional has a quote written by John Eldredge

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Day 100:

Business

Whew, I never thought I’d make it 100 days, I know I’m terribly inconsistent with this devotional.  I’ll go weeks without posting.  I started this devotional book August 1, 2016, with a devotional call This Is The Day  So in reality I should be so much farther, close to finishing this book.  But journeys are sometimes laid with setbacks and problems, it’s the fact I’m still trudging on is an accomplishment.  The one I’m quite proud of.  Also, not my image of day count.  Found it in a google search and have linked to its owner (I think).

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I am a person who likes to imagine things.   So, when I read today’s devotional, I sort of imagined a number line, but instead of being straight, it’s plotting several numbers, kind of like this one:

Where you can correspond events with your highness or lowness.  But no matter how I word it, no matter where you are your life chart, no matter if you are in the high mountaintops or the low valleys.  GOD IS THERE!  With you.  Watching you.  Supporting you.  Guiding you.  When you are afraid, happy, sad, joyous, blah, unsure and any other emotion you can feel, including done.  God is there.  Simple.  Easy.

Now the hard part comes when it comes to fasting, prayer, praise, worship, evangelizing and working.  When you are on the mountaintop those things comes easy, it’s when you are in the decline and valleys that they are supper hard.   But he’s still there, and all you can do is do it.  Worship him in the hard times.  Sometimes it’s when you are broken and downhearted is when you learn the most from God.  When you need him the most, and he’s all you have.  My friend taught me that.  (A great friend, whom I love dearly.)

I feel like this devotional is a bit all over the place.   I’ve talked about mountains and valleys, number lines, and I’ve rambled a bit.  So here let me focus it all up for you and me.  Our scripture says that God has delivered us from all our fears.  When you are finding yourself fearful, in the valley, God will be there to comfort you and move you from your fears.  The point is that God will never leave you, he protects you.  You have nothing to fear when you are God’s child.

Call on Him, in your hour of need.  He’ll always be there.  He doesn’t stay on the mountaintops.

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