How God Speaks To Us Through Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

How God Speaks To Us Through Daily Devotions

Have you ever wished you could pick up the phone, give God a call, and ask him the pressing questions in your mind or just have a chat about life? As you read the Old Testament, have you wondered why God doesn’t speak to us as he did to Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and others? In this modern world, we may not audibly hear God’s voice, but nevertheless, He does speak to us in many ways.

Daily Devotional Reading

I have been practicing daily devotional reading since high school.  I received a devotional book for teens and I was hooked.  Currently, I read two daily devotionals: The Upper Room, which is offered in a print and 0n-line version, 40 Powerful Spiritual Phrases That Can Change The Quality of Your Life and Guideposts, a beautiful hard-covered book that is published yearly.  I prefer to do my devotional readings in the morning, it helps me start my day out right.

There are many reasons I love daily devotional readings,  however, what has become most significant about my daily readings, is how they seem to speak to me as if God himself were whispering in my ear.

When I read the scripture verses with the daily passages or the stories shared, I feel connected to God and other believers across the world. Not only have the scripture readings spoke directly to my own situation, I’ve also been prompted to share certain verses with friends.  They have thanked me and have commented that it was exactly what they needed to hear that day.

Speaking To Me

One of the most poignant memories I have of daily devotionals applying to my life was nine years ago. We were an ocean away from home in a foreign land. It was the morning we were to meet our adopted daughter for the first time.  I was beyond nervous and anxious, there were still so many unknowns and fear was trying to get the better of me.  The scripture reading for the devotion that day was from James 1:27

 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Wow! Talk about a voice from God. I immediately felt peace wash over me and knew that no matter what, God was with me and all would be okay.

Finding Peace and Comfort From Scripture

A more recent example was just last week.  My Mom had a very important doctor appointment that would determine if she was able to proceed with a scheduled surgery.  Since early spring, she has been in a lot a pain and this surgery could be life-changing for her.  I was filled with anxiety and uncertainty about the day as I opened my Bible that morning to the suggested scripture reading.  As I turned to Psalm 27:1-3, I saw brackets around these verses and the words “Mom” next to them.

When my oldest was confirmed, I asked each member of the family to share their favorite Bible verse. I compiled them into a book for her.  It was so interesting to see what verses were special to each member of my family.  Psalm 27: 1-3 was shared by my Mom and I wanted to remember it so I had marked it in my Bible.

That was over five years ago and here those verses were comforting me, as well as Mom, on the morning of this big appointment.  Does God speak to us? I think so!

Psalm 27:1-3

1The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

I smiled to myself as I saw her name written in my Bible.  I read the above words and I felt the peace and comfort that only God can provide.  Praise God!  Her appointment went well and she was cleared for surgery. More importantly, we knew that whatever the outcome, the Lord was with us every step of the way. He was guiding us through the uncertainty and fear through His loving words.

Give It a Try!

Through the years, there have been many more times I have felt that God was speaking directly to me through my daily devotions.  If this is not something that has been a part of your daily routine, I urge you to give it a try. It can take as little as five minutes and is a positive way to start the day!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below.  Do you practice daily devotional reading? Do you ever feel as if God speaks to you through the scripture reading of the day? What are some of your favorite devotionals?

~Blessings,

Jen

 

Where Are You Called To Be?

Have you ever wondered what your purpose is?  I came across this quote in a  devotional.  It was taken from a book by Frederick Buechner called :”Wishful Thinking:A Theological ABC”.  I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.  We are blessed if, in our lives, we find and live in this sacred place he talks about.

 

“The place God calls you to be is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s great hunger meet.”

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~Blessings,

Jen

The Music Man – Honoring a Man of Inspiration!

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Happy Monday Everyone!

I was sitting in church yesterday being led in a resounding chorus of Alleluia and started thinking about the man leading us in song. His name is Bob Stasiuk and I can’t image what our church would be like without him. I think of him as “Mr. Happy.” He is always walking around the church with a smile and a welcome to everyone. I’m pretty sure he greets every person who walks in the door as he weaves in and out the pews. Mr. Stasiuk, as many a student remembers him, was the school music director. While he retired from teaching by no means did the music stop. First of all he graces Sandusky First United Methodist Church every Sunday, except during the winter when some lucky church out in Nevada gets him! Of course, when summer comes we do have to share him with another Methodist Church on the lake. But I would like to lay claim to him as our music man!!

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Bob was married to a wonderful woman named Char….it is talking about her when you will see a gentle smile and maybe a little tear. She was the most wonderful, genuinely, kind, compassionate woman I have ever known. She died a few years ago and she is greatly missed. Sometimes though when I look at the choir I swear I still see her sitting there. They made a wonderful kind couple, and she is greatly missed. I can’t really say enough good things. Bob is well known in the community for spreading music wherever he goes. He is always trying to teach us a fun new song, or get the whole church singing in rounds. Bob played at the weddings of 3 of my 4 children, and he didn’t do the 4th because she lives in Georgia. He is a strong part of my church family! You can’t help but smile when Bob is leading a song. He is also a very Godly man who likes to share his love for God through story and song. He encourages us to do daily devotions and get to know our bibles. When it’s highway clean up time it is Bob that is standing up there recruiting volunteers. We are a blessed church.

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I’ve realized that many a pastor has come and gone, but one things has stayed consistent – the joy that Bob Stasiuk brings with his music and smile. If you had Mr. Stasiuk as a teacher, or have a story to share, please feel free to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you!!

Peace,

Julie

Merry Christmas!

We want to take a moment to wish all of our faithful readers a very Merry Christmas!  What a special and blessed time of year.  I wanted to share a picture Little One drew.  It is through the eyes of  a child that we can really see the simplicity of the message God wants us to know, He sent His one and only Son for us because he loves us.

LizaI also know that Christmas can be very hard for those who have lost loved ones.  I read this devotional in the Upper Room this morning, if you are missing someone you love, I hope you find comfort in these words.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas filled with peace, hope and love!

Jen

 

 

 

Overcoming Fear

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As I was trying to decide what to write about today, I thought of a devotional I had written for the Upper Room Devotional Magazine on fear.  The devotion below was printed on November 11, 1999, almost fourteen years ago.  I still struggle with fear and worry, but it is less paralyzing for me and I try to take my own advice and give my fears and worries to God through reading scripture and prayer.

“If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the Lord, who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you.” Psalm 91:10 (NIV)

My husband’s job in the military once required him to spend days, sometimes weeks, away from home.  His absence caused me a great deal of stress because I do not like to stay alone.  After checking the locks on all the doors and windows, I would lay awake at night listening for noises.  Fear clutched at my heart as I imagined all the terrible things that could happen.

During those long, sleepless nights, I began to think about fear and its effect on my relationship with God.  I decided to turn to the word of God for guidance in dealing with my fears.  I found many passages that describe God’s promise to love and protect me, but I also saw that I need to trust in God’s love.

     My husband is not away as much as he used to be, but when I am alone, I’m no longer afraid.  When I begin to feel uneasy, I turn to God’s word.  Through reading the scripture and saying prayers, my fear fades away.  I realize I am never alone because I am surrounded by God’s never-ending love.

Prayer: God, help us to remember you are with us always, and when we are afraid, to trust in you completely. Amen

Trusting God can help us to face our fears and to overcome them.  Do you struggle with fear?  How do you cope with it?  We would love to hear feedback from you in the comments.

~Blessings,

Jen