The Times (#jammed daily devo, day 256)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 256: Grace in time.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

“I can’t tell time,” my nine-year-old stated. day 256

She typically doesn’t have study much at all to maintain straight A’s. So, when she runs into something that doesn’t come naturally, she’s not sure how to swim through the effort it takes most everyone else to learn things. Telling time doesn’t come naturally to her, so she’s alluded by it a little. But time isn’t going away.

“There’s no out-running time,” I explained, “eventually you have to be able to show up for work on time, plan how long it takes you to get to dance, and to know when things open and close …how long it takes to complete things …it’s not going away.” (eye roll.)

Today’s verse seconds that motion, doesn’t it? The entity of time isn’t going away, and our ability to tell it is pretty crucial. Though God doesn’t reveal the mysterious exact time that Christ will come again …we know He will. We anticipate it and recognize the passing of days.

 His timing is our very existence.

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There was a time for Christ to walk this earth. A time to witness His miracles. A time for His death on the cross. A time for our grace. Each life walks the earth in His time.

Each of us have something that seems a little too hard to conquer in our lives. The key to sailing over our hurdles is to allow Christ to lift us over them. The magic of understanding why comes in letting Him have control.

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Father, Praise You for time. Thank You for the way You organize each day and stretch the minutes of our lives. We confess that we don’t always take the time to thank You for the day we are living in, and pray that You allow us to cherish life in Your time. 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! 


Happy Timing,


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The Melted Ice (#jammed daily devo day 1)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 1: Let’s Embrace Grace in Fleeting Minutes.

“May God give you grace and peace.” 1Thes. 1:1b (NLT)

Life runs short of breath unless we embrace grace in the

My daughters captured the rapid passing of time as they checked the accuracy of their new watches every thirty seconds.

“Has another minute gone by already?” I sighed to myself, remiss of the backfired plan to encourage a little independence.

All I really wanted was to cut down on their sloth-ness and my need to holler as we get ready to go somewhere …anywhere …and never on time. A great way to exude grace is to be on time without yelling at my kids …right?

#unattainable #pipedreams #theyarestillnotready #losingmygrace

 My girls suddenly realize how fast time slips away, but I’ve known all along.

“God’s amazing grace be with you!” 1Thes 1:1b (MSG)

Amazing. Yes! Give me that, please! And, now!

God whispered a sarcastic little bug into my ear …”I am.”

Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.” 1Thes.1:1b (NIV)

“In” God the Father. That’s important, because it “indicates the vital union and living relationship that Christians have with the Father and the Son.” (NIV Study Bible Notes)

 Jesus walked on earth to conquer the separation between God and His people forever, at the time God carefully crafted. We strive, not realizing what He’s always known.

Grace …God’s slow steps of holiness being perfected over a lifetime, like watching the ice melt into the Great Lake every Spring. It didn’t freeze overnight, nor will it be navigable at the first sign of sixty degrees. With Jesus as our Savior, painful and trepidous seasons of growth are laced with as much grace as celebratory milestones.

Father, You are love. Your love falls on us through Your grace. Your grace seeps into the cracks of our hearts through Jesus. Praise you for your Son, and His sacrifice on the cross that granted us peace in Your presence, forever. Forgive us, Father, for we doubt, worry, and hurry through life. Bless us with the ability to embrace Your grace in our everyday lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.

In what small way will you choose to embrace grace this year? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 


Happy Grace-getting!





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“What Does It Mean” Week One: Noel.


 1. A Christmas carol. 2. (capitalized) Christmas. (Merriam-Webster)

Another name for Christmas. French Noël (“Christmas season”), may come from the Old French nael. This, in turn, is derived from the Latin natalis, meaning “birth.” Wikipedia

Noel is a word meant to remind us of our place …our heritage …our hope. Replace antagonism with the familiar embrace of faith.

1. Look at the time.

” Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11

My neighbor gave me a Christmas Cactus last year, which she told me only blooms at Christmas-time.  I wanted to see if I could keep it alive until it was time for it to bloom again. So, I forgot to water it most of the winter, re-potted it in the spring, and continued to forget to water it the rest of the year.

noel-image-1Beyond my ability to care for it, it survived. The first week of the Advent (Christmas) season, it began to flower. It’s in a pot …on my desk …in Ohio …and it’s a cactus. But God said, “it’s time.”

Time: an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end. (Merriam-Webster, 3B)

Behind every human being is a baby in a womb that God’s hand began to the tune, “it’s time.” We can trust the Author of Life, and the proof is Jesus. That day in the town of David, God said, “it’s time,” and born was the Savior of the world, a vulnerable baby boy who needed to be held and nurtured and loved. Born to hold, nurture, and love us for all time. Noel …a birthday.

2. Sing Noel.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.  But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” John 1:10-13

My first visit to a new optometrist revealed a change in my vision.  He prescribed a pair of glasses to combat the glare of the computer screen and the sunshine. Each morning, I faithfully clean and prepare them for the day with special cloth and spray. Its  worth it to me. I appreciate the view. Guess what? They’re shatterproof, too. My new vision is as
protected as it could possibly be.


When Zechariah lost his ability to see God clearly, he lost his speech along with it. He doubted the vision he saw. He questioned the message. At his son’s birth, his speech was restored. Jesus restored our hope with His. Might something we were previously unaware of be blocking Him from our vision?

The b-side of birth lies beyond God’s creation of our physicality. He built the possibility of hope into our DNA. A gift of grace allowed by the sacrifice of that baby boy born in the town of David. The opportunity to break free and follow Him home. The power of purpose as our feet tread the dirt of this Earth. When Christ is our personal Savior, the silence is lifted from our souls and our vision realigned …like getting new glasses. In a fresh hug of friendship defined, we are born …again.

Believe. See…

“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel …born is the King of Israel.”

“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel …born is the King of Israel.”

-The First Noel Christmas Carol

Sing in celebration that Jesus was born to save us. It’s not just any birthday celebration. Christmas is the love of the Father and peace of the Son that transcends the encapsulation of time.

birth:  the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent (Merriam-Webster.)

God said, “it’s time,” and like the wind blows when He says and the seas calm at His hand, Heaven came to earth embodied in His Son. And we not only get to partake in this love story …we are the center of it. Can you see it?

Noel. Emerge. It’s time.

Happy Christmas!




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