September Devotion, Day 12

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 12
Prayers of Blessing

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

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This is the prayer that Aaron and his sons were to bless the sons of Israel with.  When I find a prayer of blessing in the Bible that really stands out to me and that I can feel myself praying for others, I tend to begin using it in my daily prayer time for my family and friends.  I also tend to pray that prayer for so long that it becomes a part of my life – it just automatically comes out of me any time prayer is needed.  In my prayer journals, as I re-read, I often find the same prayer being prayed day after day, over a long period of time and it still means so much to me.

For years, I have prayed for God to raise our family up to be mighty men and women of God, and to raise up Godly spouses for each of our children.  I pray that we would be blessed and have His peace every time we lay our heads down to sleep.  I prayed that our bodies would be healed if we needed it and that we would hunger and thirst for His Living Word, reading it daily and obeying it.

For years, I have prayed over those who leave our home to go to their home, or to work, or run errands, or just to play;  I pray Lord, please surround them with angels and take them safely to their destination and back again.  Please give them wisdom, understanding and knowledge for their jobs, and discernment for the times we live in. Please give them favor with You and with those whom they come in contact with today. Please help them to be bold to share the Gospel of Jesus with anyone You lead them to.

For the past several years, I have prayed similar to what is often called “The Prayer of Jabez”.  I love the words in this prayer, and they are wonderful to pray for those I love and hold dear to me.  I take these words before the throne of God in all sincerity of my heart. That our family and friends would be blessed indeed and that our territory would be enlarged. That God would keep His hand upon each of us and the enemy far from us. That He would make us a blessing to the world and to glorify Jesus in all we do. 

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Do you have a special prayer for you, your family and friends that really resonates with you?  Do you pray for missionaries and pastors and others who take the Gospel out to huge portions of the world?  Having a specific prayer in mind that we would pray for anyone, may give us a sort of foundation to begin building upon and encourage us to pray daily or in a specific moment of time, always allowing the Spirit of God to lead. Our prayers of blessing matter to God and to those we pray for.

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Isaiah 55 has been one of my most favored chapters in the Bible since I became a Christian over 20 years ago.  I have memorized verses 6-13 in the past, but as I read through this chapter now, I can see I need to refresh!  Let’s read Isaiah 55 out loud today.  Read it boldly, as if all the people of the world are listening.  Don’t read it silently, let it out!

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Isaiah 55 is a beautiful chapter and I get especially excited when I read, “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and (imagine this) all the trees will clap their hands”.  Oh my goodness!!!!!  This is when I decide to use a specific prayer – when I feel it in my soul – so that the prayer means something from me to God for someone else!!!  Make sure you FEEL it!

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8, September 9, September 10, and September 11

With Jesus’ Sweet Love,
Constance

September Devotion, Day 11

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 11
Put Your Toe In!

“… and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water… the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away…”
Joshua 3:15-16

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In February of 1995 I was pregnant with our second child.  God had been drawing me to His Son for quite some time, but this time, the calling was so strong I could not deny Him any longer, I had to find a church.

I drove around looking for a church that my Dad had told me was on 72nd in Tacoma.  It should have been easy enough to find, not far from our home at that time, but I turned right instead of left on 72nd and got lost.  Then, as I was trying to find signs to the highway to go home, there it was… a church!  I walked in and was greeted by an usher who introduced himself and took me to the front of the sanctuary.

I heard the message and listened intently to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  When the invitation was given, I went forward to give my life to Jesus.  I was met by an altar worker and I shared that I wanted to be the wife and mom God had created me to be and I needed to repent of my sins and surrender my life to Him.

Two weeks later I miscarried our precious baby.  I didn’t know the Bible, and I barely knew God.  No one from the church knew me, but they came to our home since I had filled out a visitor’s card.  I stayed in my room upstairs to recover for three days; I didn’t talk with anyone other than family.

It was a hard time, but during those three days alone with God, He laid this question on my heart, “Am I still God?”  I took my time in answering – I wanted to be sure of what I believed, but my emotions were strong like a flood, and overwhelming.

In the Book of Joshua 3:15-16, the Jordan river was at flood stage. God was going to part the waters for them to cross over into the promised land as He had done for their fathers when they came out of Egypt, but the priests had to put their toes in the water first.

Before putting their toes in, however, I wonder if they had to answer a question within their hearts too; “Was He still God?” I imagine that flood water of the Jordan felt strong and overwhelming, but they did it – and so did He!

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Before I left my room to move on as a changed person in so many ways, I answered that question.  I chose by faith to believe that He was God, that He is God, and that He will always be God.  I had a hope that He was who He said He was, and it would be alright.

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Hebrews 11 is known as “The Faith Chapter”, and rightfully so. Let’s take time to read the entire chapter.

Now let’s write out a few of the verses from this chapter in our personal journal. Since we are writing the very words of God, let’s really slow down and think about what we are writing and of course, write in our very best writing.  Let’s write verses 1-3, 6, 13-16 and 39-40.

As humans, we want to see a miracle before we will put our faith in the One who created us.  But if we will stop and take a good look at ourselves in the mirror, we will see one of His most amazing miracles of all.  The flood is strong and overwhelming all around us, it’s time to put our toes in the water, by faith.

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I have been writing these devotions the night before, so that I can wake up and do them along with you and I am praying daily that September Devotion is as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me.  Please continue to join me and leave a comment if you feel led to.  I love to hear from you 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8September 9 and September 10

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 10

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 10
The Lord Was Angry

“Now the Lord was angry with Solomon
because his heart was turned away from the Lord,
the God of Israel,
who had appeared to him twice.”
1 Kings 11:9

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Sticking with the theme of “wisdom” for this devotional today, and remembering that King Solomon wrote most of the Proverbs, I find it interesting that he would write to his son in this way.  King Solomon  had been given this wisdom from God after asking for it, but he didn’t heed the wisdom he had been given unto himself. Obviously, this wisdom alone was not enough to make him choose obedience to God over his fleshly desires.

It really is a heart issue with us.  We need to have a changed heart; a heart that seeks after God.  But how do we get a heart like that when we are born sinners?  Would we even desire anything of God if we are born dead to the things of God?  Of course not. When we sense God drawing us to His Son, we need to put our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  We need to believe that God raised Him from the dead, conquering all sin, and that He is coming again for those who love Him and obey His commandments.  This is wisdom combined with faith.

Wisdom is important, but it must be combined with faith or there will be no obedience.  Wisdom by itself is not enough.

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I’m thinking of all the times I have been disobedient to God, even though I had the wisdom to know better.  I know my faith was weak in those moments.  Have you ever found yourself in that situation?  It is true, that hearing the word even from God Himself as King Solomon did makes no difference in our lives when it is not combined with faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ.

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I love the Book of Hebrews.  If you ever have the chance to sit down and really study it, I highly suggest it.  Today, let’s read Hebrews 1-3.  Take note every time you see that Jesus is better. Ask yourself what or who He is  better than.  Now let’s write out in our personal journals Hebrews 3:12-4:2.

Let’s see if we can answer the following questions:  Why couldn’t the Israelites enter into God’s rest? Here’s a hint:  It’s only one word.  Be sure to use the verses you have written in your journal for your answer.  Why didn’t the word they heard profit them? Again, answer from the verses you have written out.

Let’s take time now to pray and thank God for drawing us to His Son Jesus Christ and giving us Sweet Salvation.

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I cannot believe that we have completed ten days of this devotional already!  I am loving studying in this way with you. Please consider leaving a comment below and letting me know what you think.  I really do want to hear from you! 🙂

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7September 8 and September 9

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 9

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 9
How Sweet Are Your Words

“How sweet are Your words to my taste!
From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.”
Psalm 119:103-104

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Wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discernment.  I think anyone would agree that these are good to have.  But how do we get them? 

I think prayer is a good place to start, so every morning when my husband leaves for work, I pray that God will give him wisdom, understanding and knowledge for his job and discernment for the times that we live in.

I also pray this for my children.  They range from 22 years old down to 12 years old and I pray like crazy that they will have wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discernment.  I pray this whether they are away at college, going to work, or going to hang out with their buddies, or play with a friend right here in our own home.   I pray that they will have this beyond their years and experiences because they need it in today’s world of technology and peer pressures.  They need it desperately in all situations.

I pray it for myself.  I am a wife and a mom and that alone makes me want to kneel down and stay on my knees begging for wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discernment all day long.  Just this evening, the phone rang and someone I love very much needed me to listen and reason with her.  I needed all four of these to do what she needed. During this day alone, I have had countless conversations with my kids where I needed all of these desperately and I needed them right at that moment. 

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How many times in the past twenty-four hours have you needed wisdom, understanding, knowledge or discernment, or all four?  Sometimes we need them to remain quiet.  Sometimes we need them to speak.  Sometimes we need them in order to get home safely.  I could go on and on about how often we need these.

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Let’s take time to read Proverbs 1-3 today.  These three chapters are  packed to the brim with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discernment.  My husband and I try to read one chapter of the Proverbs every morning before he leaves for work and you probably know that there are 31 Proverbs, one for every day of each month.  Perfect!

After reading these three chapters, let’s get out our personal journals and write out in our very best handwriting, Proverbs 1:1-7.  Write it slowly, taking notice of each line and what it says.  Let’s also pick three things that really stand out to us from these verses and write them in our journal under our Scripture.

Dear Heavenly Father, please teach us the fear of the LORD!  We need it so desperately because it is the beginning of knowledge.  Don’t let us be foolish, despising your wisdom and instruction, instead let us be wise, seeking You, loving You, fearing You and teaching our children and grandchildren and anyone who will listen to do the same.  Have mercy Lord Jesus and hear our prayer for wisdom, understanding and knowledge for the jobs we have to do, and discernment for the times we are living in. Amen.

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Thank you so much for joining me for September Devotion.  I am so glad you are hear and I would truly love to hear from you.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, September 7 and September 8

With Jesus’ Sweet Love,
Constance

September Devotion, Day 8

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 8
Then The Lord Answered

“Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm.
He said:  “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell Me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
Job 38:1, 4-7

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Sometimes I feel like I have an answer for everything.  I kind of go through my days answering every question asked of me, and even when its not asked of me…  I know that sounds kind of funny, and I should put a Ha! or a 🙂 at the end of that sentence.  But, it’s really not that funny.  That’s not really how I want to be known.

There are many things I don’t have an answer for and I love the idea of being able to say, “I don’t know”, and being okay with the answer.  Or just not saying anything at all, instead just pondering the question being asked.  Can you imagine just enjoying a good conversation, just listening and maybe even learning something important from it, but having no response to it? Just pondering.

The Bible says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, did a lot of pondering.  As I read through the Scriptures I find myself wanting to answer for Mary sometimes, and I wonder why she just pondered.  Why didn’t she tell them what she knew about Jesus?  Was she naturally quiet? Was she not allowed to speak by the Holy Spirit, or was there something deeper; some kind of wisdom given by God?

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Some people are naturally quiet and genuine, good listeners.  Some of us have a hard time calming ourselves, especially our tongues.  Like me, is this a place that you struggle?  Is it something you want desperately to get control of?  Let’s pray together.

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Let’s read James 3 and then write out in our journals James 3:17-18.  Now together, let’s pray sincerely for this wisdom that comes from above which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering and without hypocrisy.

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Well, I just came home from watching the new movie “War Room”.  It was a wonderfully made movie and I nearly cried through the whole thing!  I just want to spend the whole night praying for our country.  Thank you for joining me for another day of September Devotion.  I’ll meet you at the Throne!

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5September 6, and September 7

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 7

SeptemberDevotionTop  September 7
The God Who Works Wonders

“Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?

      You are the God who works wonders;
    You have made known Your strength among the peoples.

      You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
            The sons of Jacob and Joseph.”
Psalm 77:13-14

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I love to tell this story, but it seems to me that I have told it so many times that you may have heard it already.  If you are visiting today and have already heard this amazing story, please forgive me for repeating myself.  However, I do believe it is worth repeating – so you might want to stick around and read it again.

After my husband and I had our third child, we considered that we should sell all of our baby stuff at a garage sale.  Deep inside I didn’t want to sell everything because I really wanted to have another child, but we went through with the garage sale anyway.

I was so sad, especially to sell my white wicker bassinet set that my mother-in-law had purchased for me at a garage sale when I was pregnant with our first child.  But a lovely Christian woman in her forties showed up with her three teenage daughters and she was happy, but somewhat overwhelmed because she had found out that she was pregnant and she didn’t have baby stuff around her home anymore.  I couldn’t think of a better person to sell all of my precious things to.  She was so blessed as her girls helped her load up her car.  I went in my house and cried.

Fast forward to the fall a few years later and our friends who lived about an hour from our home, north of Seattle, called to schedule our usual once-a-year dinner around Thanksgiving time. I was excited to get together with them and catch up on all that had happened over the year. They had two girls and had a baby boy that was growing quickly and I couldn’t wait to see them all.

After dinner my friend asked if I’d like to go up stairs and help her box up some of her little boy’s baby things he had outgrown to send to the Good Will – I was glad to help.  As I knelt on the floor at his little bed, she began handing me things from his closet to put in the boxes. Some clothes that I must have handed down to her, some toys that looked familiar, then some fitted sheets for a bassinet, and a bouncy chair…

A conversation began that went something like this.  “Did I give these to you?” She said, “No, I got them from my sister-in-law after her baby grew out of them.”  Then she handed me the folded up white wicker bassinet along with the lacy ruffles that hung around the bottom and the toys that hung on the bouncy chair and I knew without a doubt that they were mine!  I asked where her sister-in-law lived and she said in University Place – exactly where I was living when I had my garage sale a few years before!

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What do you think about miracles?  Have you ever witnessed first hand the working of God’s wonders?  How did you feel at that moment?  Did it change your perspective of who you thought God was?  What did it do for your faith?

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Let’s take time to read through Psalm 8 and then write out this entire Psalm in our personal journals, using our very best writing. According to this Psalm, what was David considering when he wrote it?  Let’s consider the work of God’s fingers and all that He has done – all that He is able to do.  In your journal, under Psalm 8, write the following question:  Is there anything too difficult for God? Really search your heart and then answer the question.

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My friend gave my baby stuff to me to take home that night and not long after that event, I became pregnant with our fourth child. She is now 12 years old, but I can still remember the details of that evening clearly and how God can work wonders beyond our comprehension.  There is nothing too difficult for Him.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, September 4September 5 and September 6

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 6

SeptemberDevotionTop  September 6
The Love of The Lord

“But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
and His  sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will.”

Psalm 103:17-21

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There are so many things that happen in our lives that cause us to question the love of those who are closest and most dear to us. We hurt each other even when we don’t intend to because we so often choose sin over obedience to God.

But the Lord’s love for us is perfect and cannot be tainted by sin. It is in the love of God that we can put our full trust and never have our hearts broken.  It is in His love that we find forgiveness for our own sins against God and receive the strength and even the desire to forgive those who have sinned again us.

God is faithful even when we are not faithful.  His love can bring healing to our broken hearts if we choose to love and obey Him by forgiving others as He has forgiven us.

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Do you believe that God has forgiven you of your sins?  Do you truly believe that He loves you?  Has your heart been so broken by others that you think God may do the same to you?  I have found that reading the Bible daily has opened my eyes and my broken heart to the truth of God.  I have found in the Scriptures that He is not a man like you and I. He has not been overcome by sin as we have.  He is faithful and can be trusted with your heart.

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Today let’s write out John 3:16-17 in our personal journals.  Now look up Numbers 23:19 and write this verse in your journal as well. Talk to God about your fears.  If you have a hard time trusting that He truly loves you and will never leave you nor forsake you, ask Him to help you let your guard down and trust Him.  If you are having a hard time forgiving someone who has hurt you when they should have loved you, ask God to help you forgive them today.

I believe that this is so important.  It is a command from God that we forgive those who sin against us.  It is not an option for believers to not forgive because Jesus died for our sins and forgave us of each and every sin we have ever committed against Him. Therefore, God has every right to command us to do the same.  We must obey and we must ask Him to help us to obey because sometimes forgiveness is not easy, believe me I know.

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Thank you again for joining me in this new “September Devotion”. I have been writing this devotional daily as we go, waiting on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Each of these first six days have been such a blessing to me and it feels so good to start the day out in the Word of God, in prayer and in awe and wonder of all God has done for us.  I am praying it has been the same for you.

Please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2, September 3, September 4 and September 5

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 5

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Peace Like A River

“For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.
Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.”
Isaiah 66:12-14

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I love the old hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” written by Horatio Spafford.  As soon as I type the words, or hear the title spoken, my soul begins to sing the words within me. You know how it begins…

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”

We all know the song as if it is our own and probably even know the story behind the writing of the song as well.  This man had known extreme financial difficulties prior to the sinking of the ship that his wife and four daughters were traveling on.  According to some reports, only his wife survived that wreck, and the pain and grief he must have felt had to be overwhelmingly tremendous when his own ship passed safely near the very location where his daughters had given up their lives.

It was in that place and that moment on the ship that he was said to have pinned the words to this song that seems to be etched for eternity in our souls. But we can never know the grief that he alone bore at that moment.  Each one of us can only know our own sorrows and pains.  And it can only be us alone in our moment of suffering who cry out to God in prayer and supplication to receive that peace like a river.

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I wonder if Mr. Spafford cried out to the Lord at that very moment, and in return received God’s peace right then and there, or if it flowed in slowly, taking a long time, like a lazy, shallow summer river?  Maybe it took time for him to receive that peace.  Maybe the words he pinned on that day were the beginning to a long hard trial that God would walk him through.  I don’t know that part of his story.  I only know my own and for me some of the peace came quickly, but other parts have come very slowly, over years even, and after twenty years, it’s still flowing in.

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It may be true that each one of us will experience deep sorrow during our lifetime. But God has a plan during these times.  A plan to comfort us, to give us peace, to supply all of our needs.  His plan, if we are willing, will cause us to rejoice, and to remain gentle in spirit, and to rest in His peace.

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Take a moment and look up Philippians 4.  Read through the entire chapter taking notice of what God does for us and what He calls us to do.  Now let’s write out in our very best handwriting, verses 4-7.  I found it interesting that the word “supplicate” means the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

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Have you ever spent time in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to God because of a situation that made you incredibly anxious or even distraught?  Did you receive God’s peace that surpasses all understanding?  Did it guard your heart and your mind?  Did His peace come quickly, all at once, or slowly and over a long period of time?

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Tomorrow we will continue with Day 6 of our September Devotion.  I pray that you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

You can find the other days to this devotional here:  September 1, September 2September 3, and September 4

Blessings for a Happy SimplyLiving weekend.

Constance

September Devotion, Day 4

SeptemberDevotionTop  September 4
Come to the Light

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
John 3:19-21

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I remember when I was in the sixth grade and I skipped school for many days.  My life was hard at that time.  My parents were separated and going through a divorce and I was having a hard time dealing with it all.

Even though I was not a Christian, I prayed to God, making a deal that if He would keep me from being found out, I would go to school the next day.  Well, “the next day” came, several times, and I was not found in school, and as the Bible says, “You can be sure your sin will find you out.”, and I did get found out! My attempt to keep it all in the dark, only kept me miserable.

I don’t remember much about my punishment, except dreading it, but afterwards I distinctly remember feeling relieved and happier. My dark secret had been brought into the light and it felt good.  It seems funny that the very thing I feared brought restoration and peace.

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Have you ever had a time where you lived in a dark, secret place? Were you truly happy there, or did you live in misery as I found myself doing?  Did you make any deals with God there in that dark place?  Do you remember feeling the desire for someone to find you out and release you from the bondage?

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Today, let’s write out 1 John 1:5-7 in our personal journals and take some time to break it down as much as we can by writing the following questions under the verses in our journal and then answering them using only 1 John 1:5-7 – I find it helpful to also record the verse I found my answer in.

  1.  What is the message that John (and the other disciples) heard from Jesus?
  2. How much darkness is in God?
  3. If we say we have fellowship with God, yet walk in darkness, what is true of us?
  4. What two things are true of us if we walk in the Light?

It is so much more peaceful to walk in the Light of Jesus then to dwell secretly in the darkness.  As Christians, we may find ourselves in places of darkness periodically and we need to confess our sins and know that He is faithful and righteous to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness as 1 John 1:9 says.  This instantly restores us to the Light.

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If you are visiting this blog and you are not a Christian, it  could be that God has drawn you to His Son Jesus Christ.  If you have found yourself in darkness and desire to come into the Light, please know that we all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.  We all will die because of our sin, but God has offered eternal life through Jesus Christ.  God has demonstrated His great love by sending His Son to die on the Cross for us and He did this while we were all sinners.

But now if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved and have salvation.  This is true:  Whoever calls upon the Lord Jesus will be saved.  Please let someone know if you have chosen to come into the Light and follow Jesus today!  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below 🙂

SeptemberDevotionBottomIf you have made it all the way through to Day 4 with me, thank you so much for hanging in there!  I love reading and writing God’s Word with you and I am loving how our personal journals are quickly filling up with so much wisdom.  Your presence is inspiring me to cherish the things of God above all else! Hallelujah!

Here is “September Devotion” for September 1, September 2,  and September 3 

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 3

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Longing for Pure Spiritual Milk

“Therefore, putting aside
all malice
and all deceit
and hypocrisy
and envy
and all slander,
like newborn babies,

long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow 
in respect to salvation,
if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
1 Peter 2:1-3

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When my husband and I were new Christians, I remember driving along the Puget Sound talking about how amazing it would be to read the Bible every day, naturally, with no struggles – to just do it, like eating when you’re hungry.  At that time we could not even imagine the Bible being Daily Bread for our very souls.  We knew it was important, but we didn’t know how important.  We also did not know that conversation was the beginning of a longing for the pure milk of the Word that would literally change the way we lived our lives.

Not too long after this, we committed to participating in a church-wide fast.  It was during that fast I made a change in my life that provided time of reading God’s Word daily and I believe it was one of the best decisions I have made as a Christian.  God has answered the desire of my heart from so long ago and it makes a huge difference for me daily.

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Something happens to our faith when we read the Bible regularly.  Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.”  When we feel weak in our faith, or feel that we are not growing in regards to our salvation, we must pray that God will help us to long for the pure milk of the Word.

Inspired to Cherish
I love to read Psalm 119.  There’s just something in the words of the psalmist that reveal so clearly his longing for God’s Word in his life.

Today let’s read all of Psalm 119 and then write verses 129-136 in our personal journals.  Take it slowly, and write it as if you are writing a love prayer to God, writing His very words back to Him.  It’s beautiful.

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Now let’s read these verses out loud to God.  Make it a personal prayer.  Let’s own the words and cherish them, as if we are the psalmist, desiring and longing for the pure milk of the Word that we might grow into mature children of God.

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Thank you for spending another day in September cherishing the Word of God with me.  It’s wonderful and I am enjoying it greatly.  Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  I really do love to hear from you.

Here is “September Devotion” for September 1 and September 2

Blessings for a SimplyLiving Day with Jesus,

Constance