September Devotion, Day 21

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Return to Me With All Your Heart

“‘Yet even now’, declares the Lord, ‘Return to Me with all your heart,
and with fasting, weeping and mourning;
And rend your heart and not your garments.’
Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.”

Joel 2:11-13

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I had a conversation with a Christian friend whom I had not seen for a couple of years. I knew her life had taken a path of hard decisions and I continued to pray for her, unsure of exactly how she was doing.  On this particular day, I was glad I was able to rejoice with her in a new season of life, as I listened intently to all she had to share with me.

As she spoke, I was reminded of the qualities that I really enjoyed about her from so long ago.  She is a very sincere, intentional, and loving person.  I have always liked hearing what she was thinking, because she had amazing eye contact that held my attention, and when I spoke with her, she seemed to drink in every word.  This is such a rare thing to find.

Although she did speak a little of the hardships she had endured, she mostly chose to praise God for all He had brought her through.  She was attending church again, and she felt so glad to be back in the arms of God after many decisions that had led her away.

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When we were done talking and she had to gather her kids to go, I thought to say only one thing, “No matter where we go, God is always right here, steadfastly waiting for us when we return.  He is always faithful even when we are not.”  From experience, she was now able to wholeheartedly agree.

Inspired to Cherish
Let’s first take time to read Luke 15:11-19 and then write a few very important verses in our personal journals today.  Remember to use your most beautiful handwriting as we write out the wonderful homecoming of the prodigal son in Luke 15:20-24.

Take time to consider what your response might be as the parent of this young man. Would you welcome him as cheerfully as this father did?  Would you prepare a huge feast and rejoice by giving him new clothing, a ring and new shoes? Does grace and forgiveness come easily to you or is it a struggle?

Praise God for His faithfulness to always give us grace and forgiveness!  Now, let’s take time to finish the story by reading verses 25-32.  

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I pray that you are enjoying these devotionals for the month of September.  I am loving writing them.  Please take time to pray for me today and ask God to continue giving me wonderful Scriptures to pass on to you for the rest of this month.

Each of us are precious to Jesus and He loves to spend time with us in His Word.  Thank you for taking time to stop by and spend time with me as well.

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,  September 11, September 12, September 13September 14, September 15, September 16, September 17, September 18September 19, and September 20

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

September Devotion, Day 1

SeptemberDevotionTop September 1
Praise His Glorious Name!

“…Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is
the greatness
and the power
and the glory
and the victory
and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion,
O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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I still remember the first time I really cut loose and praised God.  It was late, well after everyone in the house had gone to bed.  I had been reading my Bible and had spent some time in prayer.  But suddenly something welled up inside of me and I had so much love and gratitude just wanting to burst out and show Him how thankful I was that He had saved my soul.

I remember as I got up from my chair and quietly stood in the middle of the living room in the dark.  I just stood there for what seemed like the longest time.  I don’t know why I was so self conscious, there was no one around.  Just me and God.  Then, slowly, I raised my hands, just a little at first, but then I fully stretched my arms out to Heaven, and started to praise His glorious name, speaking words that came pouring out, deep from within my heart.  It felt amazing!  I felt so vulnerable, yet so free, so forgiven, so loved, so in touch and enveloped by God Himself.  He was hearing me and seeing me and loving me.

His Word says He inhabits the praises of His people and I experienced it on this day, and now I know this to be true.

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Do you remember a time when you longed to worship the Lord because of all He is and all He has done for you?  How did you respond?  What is your favorite way to worship Him?  I would love to hear from you in the “comment” section below.

Inspired to Cherish
We  all have twenty-four hours on this first day of September.  I’m going to take at least one of my hours and write out Psalm 150 in a special journal.  Will you join me? Remember to write it slowly, taking in each word and writing in your very best hand.

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I would love to spend time in prayer and meditation with you.  Let’s imagine God in His sanctuary.  Think about all the things He has done for us.  As we feel the thankfulness and gratitude well up inside, let’s try a new form of worship; sing a new song, dance before the Lord as David did, or maybe lift our hands and praise His glorious name.  You might even want to do all three!  See yourself praising Him before His throne in Heaven.  Let go.  Cut loose and let your whole self – body, soul and spirit, praise God.

He is worthy to be praised!

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SeptemberDevotionBottomI hope you have enjoyed this first day of “September Devotion”.  Each day in September, I will post a new devotion and I pray that you will join me.

Here is “September Devotion” for September 2, September 3, and September 4

Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance

March Travels

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threehearts2Last Thursday my Hon- and I packed up and headed for Cannon Beach again.  To get there this time, we headed toward Canada.  We do know that Cannon Beach is south of us, but sometimes it’s much funner to get there taking the long way.  We wanted to go over Stevens Pass so we headed toward Bellevue then through the cute little town of Monroe along the Snohomish River…

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Where some parts of the river run fast and some parts are standing mirror still.

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We followed the river into the mountains. The sky was beautiful and all of God’s creation was praising Him with us along the way.

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Up on Stevens Pass, there was more snow than we thought there would be and the icicles were huge and hanging and dripping in the sunshine on the side of the cliffs. There were lots of people skiing and having a blast.

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From here we passed through Leavenworth, headed toward Wenatchee and then over Blewett Pass down into Ellensburg.  As we traveled over the mountain range dividing the Pacific Northwest from Eastern Washington we noticed quickly that the tall, thick evergreen trees soon become very sparse…

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and quickly gave way to an enormous clearing that lasted the rest of our drive through the eastern part of Washington.  After a quick stop, we were off again down the old highway, Canyon River Road heading toward Yakima.  I traveled this road from Moses Lake with my family almost every weekend as a child to visit our family in Yakima.  The old highway hasn’t seemed to change much. It’s still that beautiful bare land of rolling hills and tumble weeds, where the wild horses roam and the Yakima River flows through.  Now we are heading the right direction – due south.

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We were amazed at the amount of horses that we saw grazing and enjoying the sunshine.  We often wonder if they belong to someone – but who?  There is nothing for hundreds of miles.  Some of the horses were grazing right on the edge of cliffs!  I need to ask for a longer lens for my birthday next year, so I can get some up close shots of the horses so far away on those hills 🙂

From there we traveled over Status Pass we came down to the Columbia River Gorge that runs between Washington and Oregon and started heading west toward the ocean and the setting sun. There stood beautiful Mount Hood in full view and slowly the tall evergreens began to reappear and we felt like we were home again in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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And the sun went down on the Columbia River Gorge…

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and then it was too dark to take pictures for the rest of the trip, but when we pulled into Cannon Beach 12 hours and approximately 550 miles after we left our home, and got settled into our room, we looked out onto the Pacific Ocean and took a deep breath and praised the Lord with our whole being!  Our God is amazing and He is worthy to be praised!  Hallelujah!

After sleeping soundly to the beating and thundering of the ocean waves on the beach, we woke up at 5:30 the next morning to the moon setting on the beach right outside our window.

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Our view didn’t look out toward Haystack Rock this time, it was of the opposite direction, but there are beautiful rocks to look at there too.  I call them Haystack Rock #2, and if you squint your eyes and look really hard into the foggy background, you may be able to see what might be Haystack Rock #3.

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As the day rolled on, it seemed as if it had not changed from when we were visiting in November.  The sun was gloriously shining on all the people walking, swimming, sunbathing, beach biking, and flying kites on the beach.  It was almost 70 degrees just like it was in November!  Crazy weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but we are not about to complain at all!!  We really don’t mind having weather in the high 60s in November and early March. Really…

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I loved this bright pink kite…

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The sunsets were amazing at Cannon Beach and it was peaceful, full of life, and full of praise for the Creator of the Universe!

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On Sunday we packed our bags and headed back home – but not the way we came.  I’ll have to show you pictures of our trip home on another time.  Until then…

Blessings and Happy SimplyLiving!

Constance