September Devotion, Day 13

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 13
In the Hand of the Potter

“…Then I went down to the potter’s house,
and there he was, making something on the wheel.
But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter;
so he remade it into another vessel,
as it pleased the potter to make.”

Jeremiah 18:3-4

Blinkin Squiggle

In the Book of Jeremiah God tells the prophet to go to the potter’s house.  He had something to show Jeremiah pertaining to the house of Israel.  They were marred and they were in the hand of the Potter.  

But the Bible tells us that we are all marred, not just the house of Israel.  Sin entered into the world through Adam and it has spread from one person to the next to the point of consuming us all.  And the result of sin has been death which has also spread to us all.

This is where our faith comes in.  It’s by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God that the Potter then begins to remold us.  I love Romans 5 because it tells us clearly that while we were still in sin and enemies to God, Jesus died on the Cross for us and through His death, we are reconciled to God and saved by His resurrected life.

When we place our faith in Jesus  Christ as the Son of God, we are no longer God’s enemies through sin, but we are now His children through Jesus’ death and resurrection!  Amazing!

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

Sometimes the Bible is hard to wrap our minds around, but we cannot comprehend it with logical thinking.  We need the Holy Spirit to direct us through the Word of God and help us to believe what it says about us and about God.  Psalm 119:34 says, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.”

Inspired to Cherish
Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to give us understanding as we take time to read Psalm 139.  Read it out loud if you can, as a prayer to God.  Take it slowly and let it flow from your heart.  Let’s sincerely ask God to search and see if there is any hurtful way in us and let’s give Him time to answer.

Blinkin Squiggle

SeptemberDevotionBottom

I cannot believe that we are on Day 13 of this devotional.  The month of September is flying by.  I know school is beginning for many, and some have already started, but it’s important that in our busyness and change of schedules that we continue to cherish the things of God above all else.  I pray that this devotional will help you do just that.

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, and September 12

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

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

Blinkin Squiggle

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. 

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

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.

Inspired to Cherish
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!

Now let’s write out Isaiah 55:6-13 or just write the whole chapter if you feel led to do so.  Blinkin Squiggle

SeptemberDevotionBottom

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

Blinkin Squiggle

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!

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

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.

Inspired to Cherish
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.

Blinkin Squiggle
SeptemberDevotionBottom

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 5

SeptemberDevotionTop  September 5
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

Blinkin Squiggle

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.

Snohomish2

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.

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

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.

Inspired to Cherish
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.

Blinkin Squiggle

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?

SeptemberDevotionBottom

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 3

SeptemberDevotionTopSeptember 3
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

Blinkin Squiggle

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.

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

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.

Blinkin Squiggle

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.

SeptemberDevotionBottom

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

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

Blinkin Squiggle

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.

SeptemberDevotionDaisy

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.

Blinkin Squiggle

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!

DSC05367

Blinkin Squiggle

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

Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine

Banner3333333

threehearts2

Urgent prayer and fasting request from our Dear Suko Family Missionaries in the Ukraine.

It Only Gets Worse!
Unfortunately things didn’t get better for Ukraine, they only got worse! It started with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, then with the taking of key cities in Eastern Ukraine and it continues with an all out war for control of the Donbas area of Ukraine.

Yesterday after weeks of intense fighting the Ukrainian army withdrew its forces from the strategic town of Debaltseve, giving over another key city to the Russian back forces.

The blow to Ukraine is heavy, the outlook is grim, the people are angered, disillusioned and desperate!

Is there hope for Ukrainians?

I believe there is and tomorrow I will share with you in detail about that hope.

In the mean time I want to ask you to do the same thing I asked one year ago.

Please fast and pray for Ukraine!

Christina and I will be fasting and praying on Saturday and we invite you to join us.

You can read the entire article at the Suko Family Blog.

Blinkin Squiggle

Please consider joining me on February 21, 2015, as I pray and fast with Caleb and Christina Suko.  Together we can come before the throne of God on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

Constance

 

For Me The World Stands Still

 

Banner3333333threehearts2

If you have stopped in to visit and found that not much has been happening, I want you to know that it will be happening again.  However, right now for me, the world stands still.  It seems that upon my venturing out to take my youngest daughter to the spectacular Nutcracker at McCaw Hall in Seattle, I picked up an extremely strong flu from amongst the people.

I appreciate your prayers at this time and your patience as I plan to pick up where I left off when I return.  At this time, much rest is suggested.

I hope this note finds you blessed and healthy!

Blinkin Squiggle

Happy New Year of 2015!

Constance

A New Bible Study!

Banner3333333

threehearts2

I’m so excited today as I work on my newest Bible Study called “December Love”.  It will not be a whole month’s study like “November Thankfulness” was, but it will still be a thorough study that will be perfect for the busi-ness of the holidays.  Both can be downloaded for free just for you in the right side bar ——->

Many of you have expressed your interest in my next study, so please take time to pray for me, as God guides me in the perfect watercolor illustrations to go along with “December Love”.  I’m so excited to be able to write another study for you!

threehearts2

Thank you for taking the time to request and study “November Thankfulness”.  You can’t even know how much your encouragement means to me.  I pray God blesses you in the way you have blessed me.

Blinkin Squiggle

Blessyou

Blinkin Squiggle

Happy Bible Studying!

Constance

Paul’s Prayer

“November Thankfulness” is finished!
Banner3333333

threehearts2

For the fourth and last section of my “November Thankfulness” Bible study, we are studying prayer.  In this study we will be covering a prayer that Paul prayed for the brethren in Ephesus in the Book of Ephesians 1:15-19.

I love this prayer.  It is a perfect prayer to pray over someone you may know that longs to understand God’s Word.  I pray this prayer over my four children and for my husband and myself.  We can never get to the depth of knowledge of the amazing Words of God.  There’s just so much – but O the blessings if we try!

Blinkin Squiggle

“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,
do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;
that the God of the our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory,
may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and
what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. …”

                                                                              Ephesians 1:15-19

Blinkin Squiggle

Have you seen my “November Thankfulness” Bible Study?  I have only two more days to add to make it complete and I would love for you to check it out and tell me what you think.  You can find it for free just for you in the right side bar ——>

Happy Praying!

Constance