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A Note From A Reader

A Note From A Reader

A writer loves to hear from their readers, and I’m no exception.

When I was at the Christian Writers Conference in Fort Scott recently, I met a new friend, Maranatha. She bought one of my God’s Little Miracle Books to use as a devotional to start the day with her homeschooled kids.

I received an email from her recently which read:

Dear Sally,

I just wanted to pop in and say your first book on miracles is proving to be a real blessing to our little homeschool.  We are only on page 30, but the length and content of these little gems are priceless to the developing faith of our young ones!  Thanks so much for making it available!

In Him,
Maranatha

Notes like these make all the long hours of solitary work worth it. Do you know someone who could use an Amazon review of their book, or a note of encouragement?

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God’s Solution

God’s Solution

 

Psalm 37:1
Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers.

We can waste a lot of time getting our tails in a knot from the things we see and hear going on around us. In these days we have multiple opportunities every day to be incensed at what we see and hear both at home and abroad.

Often we must remind ourselves Who is in charge and that He has a plan. Sometimes we jump into a situation that is of no real consequence and doesn’t serve God’s purpose, even though it’s a just cause. In reality, it only serves to distract us from God’s goals and purpose for our life.

We need to remind ourselves often that God sees it all and is perfectly capable of rectifying the situation. Also, that He is the ultimate judge of the whole earth. He didn’t appoint us His earthly magistrates.

Lord Jesus, may I seek You
at every bend in the road
and each step of the way.
Please keep me on track
and out of the ditches
so I might be available
and listening for Your call
whenever You choose to speak.

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God’s Promise

God’s Promise

Bright Future

Isaiah 60:15
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

Have you ever felt God has abandoned you? That He has forgotten your name? That you no longer matter to Him?

If so, take heart. This scripture is for you. Even from the first word, “whereas” this is meant to encourage you. “Whereas” carries a meaning of “being burdened, oppressed, in subjection or conquered; under the hand of.”

“You have been,” means “continue, be finished, be gone.” “Forsaken” is “to let alone, neglect, deserted.” Ever felt like that?

Good news! God promises to set in place a perpetual exaltation and rejoicing for you and your generations—for eternity. What a future to look forward to!

Oh Lord God! Thank You for Your promises
which are always in effect, and never go out of date.
They are the only constant truth to be had.
I rejoice in Your kindness and encouragement
which never fails and is new every morning.

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Fear vs. Faith

Fear vs. Faith

Fear vs. Faith

Deuteronomy 1:29
“Then I (Moses) said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, or fear them.’”

When Moses was about to die, he recounted the events he and the Israelites shared together in the desert. Today’s passage comes from that recollection.

When the Israelites neared the land that God had promised them long before they left Egypt, they sent twelve spies to check out the territory. When the spies saw the Anakim, the giants that lived there, ten came back terrified. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, believed God and were ready to take the land.

God reassured the people through Moses with today’s scripture. The people didn’t believe God. They let their fear rule instead of their faith. They put their eyes on the giants instead of Almighty God and His promise.

This cost them dearly—forty years in the desert. During that time, all the adults died before reaching the promised land with the exception of Joshua and Caleb.

When God speaks, we need to listen and obey, no matter what the circumstances look like.

Lord Jesus, when giants appear
whisper Your word in my ear.
May I obey what You say
and not my fear.

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Our Unique God

Our Unique God

Risen Jesus

Isaiah 64:4
For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.

Of all the world religions of all the ages, there is no God who forgives sins, who came to earth to tell us of the One True God, who offered His own self on a cross as payment for our sins, and then died. But there is more. Then He arose from death, appeared to multitudes of people, rose into the sky, and will come again.

In the meantime He sent His own Spirit to live inside us to give us His wisdom and counsel, His guidance and direction, His presence and peace to those who will adhere to, long for, and wait for Him.

God is truly a magnificent friend who never leaves us or forsakes us.

Lord Jesus, who are we that You would stoop to save,
to heal, and console us?
I bow my heart before You in humility and gratitude
my Lord, my Savior, my God.

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Heavenly Bellboy?

Heavenly Bellboy?

heavenly bellboy

Mark 11:24
(Jesus said) “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.”

When our desires are His desires we can ask Him to intervene in a situation and He will.
Some people call this, “Having no mind in the matter.” In other words, we need to put our agenda aside. Ask God to pray through us whatever His will is in a given situation. Stand back. Get out of the way. Leave room for Him to move.

When we pray what’s on His heart; for Him to act according to His will, then we can be assured what happens is His will.

Many times people are disappointed and say, “God didn’t answer my prayer.” In reality, they probably handed God a grocery list of their wants, complete with suggestions on just how He was supposed to accomplish each task.

He’s not our heavenly bellboy. We need to get in sync with His plan that only He knows, then pray with the full assurance He provides.

Lord Jesus, I pray for You
to show me what, how, and who
to pray for in each situation.
May You be glorified in all things.
May I pray with boldness
to see Your will accomplished.

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Jesus, the Bread of Life

Jesus, the Bread of Life

bread

John 6:33
(Jesus said)“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”

In this passage, the 5,000 people who had shared the little boy’s five loaves and two fish, asked Jesus what they should do to work the works of God. Jesus told them that the work of God was to believe in Him, the One God sent to earth (John 6:28-29).

He then told them He was the bread that comes from heaven. He and He alone gives true, genuine, life. That’s a life devoted to God. That life will last forever.

The manna that came from heaven and fed the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness was a foreshadowing, a type, of Jesus; the one to come who would bring the eternal, not the temporary bread.

Lord Jesus, may we feed on You,
the eternal bread from heaven.
Sustain our faith with Your power,
and cause us to share Your bread
with other starving souls
we find around us.

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Jesus, Conquering Hero

Jesus, Conquering Hero

Jesus
Colossians 2:15
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Most of us know the Easter story, but fewer know the scope of what Jesus accomplished for us in those terrible hours. Jesus removed our sin (John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:26). He removed God’s wrath from us (Hebrews 2:17). He reconciled us to God (Romans chapters 10 and 11). When Jesus was whipped He purchased our healing (I Peter 2:24). He made the way for the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7).

He also defeated the power of Satan. Now Satan could no longer beat believers over the head with the threat of unforgiven sin because Jesus took our sins on the cross once for all (Colossians 2:13-14 and Romans 6:10). He stood in our place and endured the punishment we deserved (Galatians 2:20 and Isaiah 53:5-6). He declared it done when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).

I rejoice in You, my Savior,
who endured the shame and pain.
Who took the punishment I deserved
even when I was far from You
and one glorious day
bid me come.

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Walking with Jesus

Walking with Jesus

Walking with Jesus

Proverbs 3:26
The Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

I love the Hebrew language. It’s words draw pictures. This scripture is an example. The Lord, the existing One will be “at your side.” The English version says “confidence.” With Jesus at my side I am confident. But “at your side” speaks to me ten times more than “confidence.”

The next phrase says “keep your foot.” The word “keep” is “guard, observe, give heed, have charge of, keep watch, protect, save life, wait for, retain, treasure up (in memory), perform (vow), to be one’s guard, take heed, take care, kept, guarded, pay heed.” Is that not a full picture? Jesus is our body guard!

The last phrase “foot” can also mean leg. “From being caught” is “a taking, capture.” He’s going to keep me from being caught in a trap. Now, that’s confidence!

Are you aware of Jesus being at your side? If not, ask Him.

Lord Jesus, the bodyguard at my side at all times,
You never slumber nor sleep.
Your eyes are always watching me, so the enemy will not entrap me.
Help me keep my eyes on You, my protector.
Halleljuah!

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Continuing in Christ

Continuing in Christ

Gods footsoldiers

II Timothy 4:18
The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Second Timothy is the last letter Paul wrote to his beloved son in the faith. He knew his time of earthly service was drawing to a close.

In writing to Timothy, he reassured Timothy of God’s faithfulness—of his assurance God would draw him to Himself.

The Lord had been with Paul through a myriad of dangers including beatings, stoning to the point of death, and attempted murder. All these trials made Paul more sure of his safe arrival into Jesus’ presence. There, Paul would receive the promised royal power and dignity Jesus promised in His reign. For that privilege, Paul would be eternally grateful, giving glory to God.

We too have that same gifting to look forward to if we continue to abide in Christ.

Lord Jesus, thank You that like Paul,
You have a place for us
in Your eternal kingdom.
I rejoice in Your constant love and care
as I travel this earthly journey
You have ordained for me.

In case you’re looking for a great devotional book for the new year or a wonderful historical fiction, check them out here in paperback and e-reader.
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