The Praise-Proof (#jammed daily devo, day 351)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 351: The “In” Crowd.

 The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen and heard, and they glorified God for the way the experience had unfolded just as the heavenly messenger had predicted.” Luke 2:20 (VOICE)

It’s always interesting to see why God brings a group of people together. More than the DECJAM17“why,” it’s amazing to witness the “what.” What happens is nothing short of a miracle. Lives weave in and out with similar stories and struggles. Things that we don’t account for at face value have a way of touching our hearts. For this girl, wanting to be friends with everybody, a new group coming together is nothing short of Christmas come early.

Today’s verse tells of the shepherds reaction to baby Jesus. What a roller coaster ride of emotion they had been on: “terrified” by the angels that revealed themselves with a message of the Savior’s birth; and witness to scene exactly the way it was the angels foretold.

We always have a little doubt lodged in our hearts before we can attach a visual to audible text. Why did God put that there? The desire for visual affirmation?

God left a trail of proof all throughout history, when He didn’t have to. Faith is believing what we cannot see. But oh, do we long to see!! We strain our necks to see things …quiet our breathing to overhear …we’re constantly searching for evidence. It’s our nature. But, why?

“The shepherds returned to their flocks, praising God for all they had seen…”

The proof is in our praise. In each individual life and set of circumstances and experiences, a trail of proof is being laid. No one will ever bear witness to God’s miracles in our lives if we suffer from a lack of praise. When we give our miracles vocal recognition, it allows others to see them.

God reveals miracles to us and to others the same way He moves in and out of His Living Word, touching our hearts a hundred different ways at a hundred different times with the same story.

Miracles.

We are the evidence.

And our praise is the proof.

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Father, Praise you for miracles! For the miracle of Jesus, and the trail of proof you leave for us to discover. Thank You for working in our lives so personally, and forgive us for questioning our miracles! Instead, help us to give our miracles a voice of praise as proof to hurting hearts that You are our Healer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Praising,

Megs

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The Left Out (#jammed daily devo, day 254)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 254: Grace finds what’s been cast aside.

 Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.” John 9:35

“Did the wind do that or did you do that?” I asked my daughter and her friend.day 254

“We did that,” she said, “we’re building a fort.”

“You know you have a fort that’s already built …the playhouse?”

“I know,” she said, “we want to build one ourselves.”

It’s it funny how we aim to rebuild what’s already been built. Even adults take the hard way around just to accomplish something without help. There’s an independence about it. A sense of achievement. But sometimes, forts built out of chairs when there’s a house in the back yard don’t make a lot of sense. The solutions we set after don’t always make the most sense, but off we go in pursuit.

Today’s verse happens on the heals of a miraculous healing. A man born blind is healed by Jesus, and it causes a fire-storm debate! This man is questioned, and Jesus is questioned. The man’s parent’s are questioned. Everyone’s questioned!

The Pharisees refuse to rely on the truth that Jesus is giving them, and instead keep circling around to build their own case to make sense of His miracle.

There’s no way to make ‘sense’ of a miracle, but they try. Oh, do they try. Asking about the mud that Jesus used and wondering about the disqualifications of the day He performed the miracle on. Nothing about what Jesus did lined up with the laws they had built their lives around.

I have entered this world to announce a verdict that changes everything.- John 9:39

Amidst all of the confusion, Jesus searched for the man that he healed, to ask him where he stood. Knowing better than anyone that he was, in fact, blind by birth …and assured by Jesus, Himself, that the Son of Man was speaking directly to Him, he did believe.

Not everyone will hop aboard our miracles, but that doesn’t diminish them in the slightest. Hold onto them. Keep praying for them, and know that Jesus came to change all the rules. No one is too lost. No one is not loved. He came to lose not one.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:augFather, Praise You for Jesus, and the way He worked miracles on earth. Thank Your the stories of the miracles, preserved in Your Word to teach us and guide us. Forgive our skepticism of other peoples’ miracles, and help us to believe more each day in Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Believing,

Megs

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The School Pictures (#jammed daily devo, day 242)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 242: Smile and wait. 

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He August 30threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. Exodus 15:25

Picture day. Hair cuts …check. Coordinating outfits …check. Appropriate shoes …check. Pre-picture day pictures before school …check.

Every year, it seems I have all of my ducks in a row before they leave …but I still never know what I’m going to get. My little one is a stink. Every year, when I get those pictures, I say a little prayer before I open the envelope.

Today’s verse tells of Moses receiving a direct answer to prayer. I think that sometimes we get so used to our prayers not looking like the answers we expected …we’ve primed ourselves for the possibility that we’ll never know how they were answered at all …that we forget that God is capable of an immediate yes. Unlike the ‘wait and see’ expectations of the picture day envelopes, we can lift our prayers up to God and know that He hears us …right now.

God intervened in response to Moses’ cry, and Moses obeyed God.- NIV Study Bible Notes

He may not answer immediately in the direct way that we want Him to, but let’s not count out that fact that He might …and then miss it! Jesus died to give us the freedom to speak to God everyday, all day, and anytime. The more we get to know Him, through the movement of the Spirit in and out of His Word, the more we realize that God is not unpredictable. He is dependable. Trustworty. Love.

When we surrender our agenda in exchange for His will, we start to pray for His timing over our prayers.

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Father, Praise You for hearing us, in a way that only You omnipotently could. Thank You for answering our prayers and allowing us to lift our prayers up to You through Jesus’ Your Son. Please forgive us for praying in hopes of our agendas being fulfilled over Your will for our lives, and bless our hearts to be moved by the Spirit as we study Your Word to know the difference. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Praying,

Megs

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