The Popcorn Button (#jammed daily devo, day 58)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 58 The correct directions.

Every word of God proves true.
    He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” Proverbs 30:5post-image-58

“How long do I cook the popcorn for?”

Sometimes, my husband asks questions that I can’t resist having a laugh over.

“Um … press the “popcorn” button, and then press “start.” I replied sarcastically. Oh, so sarcastically. Sarcasm is my favorite.

“Ha. Ha,” he replied,“the bag says not to use the popcorn button.”

Is that not God telling me to shut my sarcastic little mouth? I told you, He’s funny.

Life is hardly ever black and white. In an over marketed society, our attention is diverted several ways toward the same subject. Simple things suddenly frustrate us. To avoid overcomplicating life’s answers, turn to unmovable truth: God’s Word.

 Every word of God will be put to the test and proven true;

    He is a defense for those who trust in Him.” Proverbs 30:5 (VOICE)

The author the book of Proverbs was King Solomon, “and other wise men.” (NIV Study Bible Notes) One of these wise men, Agur, wrote today’s verse.

“He turned his listeners away from his own wisdom and advocated that they heed the ‘word of God [which] is flawless’ (Prov. 30:5).” New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters

We were not meant to function on human intelligence, but made to hang in the balance of His every Word.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for knowledge, and the quest of it! Thank You for creating a world that cannot be fully known in one human lifetime. Forgive us for blindly believing things that intend to lead us astray, and bless us with faith strong enough to believe what cannot be seen or explained. 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! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Fact-checking,

Megs

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The Sheet (#jammed daily devo, day 57)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 57: It’s an inside joke.

“Jesus proceeded to Galilee where His countrymen received Him with familiar smiles. ” John 4:45 (VOICE)post-image-57

It started with “schnitzel…” the family laughter of my little girls accidentally blurting out explicatives while attempting to communicate. Once they saw how funny it was, they said it over and over and over.

“Schnitzel! Schnitzel! Schnitzel!”

Gut breaking laughter roared from the kitchen table as they left out key consonant sounds.  Now that my family lives miles a part, it’s a joy and gift to share that kind of old-school camaraderie with them whenever we can grab it. There’s something about family that breaks our guard down, even though it’s on high alert.

“Pick up your sheet.” I don’t know who said it first, but it became the mantra of our last visit.

“Where’s your sheet?”

“Who’s sheet is that?”

Everything became word-smithed with “sheet.”

My girls, unaware of the play on an inappropriate word …they joined right in.

Family is family, and I love them no matter how crazy they are because I’m a little crazy, too! God places us perfectly, but only He can love those people perfectly. The rest of us have to put our best heart forward to love them for who they are and where they are this very minute …because that’s what our Father executes perfectly everyday.

When Jesus went home, his home-town welcomed Him for what He could do for them, not for who He was. Even when others don’t see us, He does. Our family isn’t responsible for making us feel “home,” because our home isn’t earthly …it’s with Him in heaven.

“They were not welcoming the Messiah who could bring forgiveness of sins, but only a miracle worker who could meet all their physical needs and expectations. ” NIV Notes on John 4:45

I wonder if Jesus was a little sad that they didn’t recognize Him for who He was. After all, He came to die for them …to save them. Imagine Him sitting down with His old friends and brothers laughing about silly plays on words and childhood memories. Knowing what they did not, He simply and humbly loved them anyway.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for Jesus! Thank You the example He walked out on earth. We confess that we don’t always look at Jesus as someone who experienced the very feelings we do today. Bless us, through Your Word and by Your Spirit, to get to know our Savior more each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Feel like sharing a funny family joke? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Inside-joking,

Megs

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The Glove-Compartment Glasses (#jammed daily devo, day 56)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 56 It’s there.

“I have hidden your word in my heart…” Psalm 119:11apost-image-56

Living in a four-season state means I lose a lot of sunglasses. I need them in the summer, and stash them everywhere. As I grab for a pair of gloves in the winter, out pop my sunglass from the glove compartment. But on a sunny southern break from the chill, out pop nothing but gloves.

Thankfully, grace doesn’t work like that. When we’re dunked in grace, it’s there for all seasons. We may put it on the back burner of our lives, but it’s presence in our hearts never fades. The benefit of tapping into it on a daily basis is to know where it is when we need it.

Daily time in God’s Word stashes grace in our hearts for the blinding or chilly days.

The second half of today’s verse builds upon the importance of spending time daily in God’s Word.

I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

We are surrounded by choices and changing climates, regardless of location. To be sure we’re not grabbing for our sunglasses when we need our gloves, God’s Living Word exists to equip us according to the number of our days. God has a way of sweetly preparing our hearts for things we’re about to go through …if we let Him. Five minutes with Him each morning has the potential to prepare us to run life’s race …well.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, You are faithful to speak to us and prepare us through Your Word. Praise You, for leaving it behind for us to find. We confess our rush past Your life-giving words, and pray for forgiveness. Bless our hearts to crave Your Word, and hide in our hearts to prepare us for all of our days. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

How many pairs of sunglasses are stashed in your car? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Word-ing,

Megs

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The Cold Cup (#jammed daily devo, day 55)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 55: Grace outlasts the heat.

“a time to laugh …” Ecclesiastes 3:4bpost-image-55

Have you seen these cups that claim to keep things cold for hours? It’s fascinating. How can an ice cube stay an ice cube in ninety degree heat for such an extended amount of time? It seems impossible.

Impossible advances are a direct spin-off of God’s humor. Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 state the many different seasons of life, and it laughter is included. God created laughter, and He also created things that are funny. He is the master of sarcasm, as evident in Old Testament Stories and New Testament Parables.

He created the entire universe in six days, and then rested for one. Funny guy.

He created time yet holds the ability to stretch our minutes.

He flooded the whole earth and destroyed everything, but left one arc untouched.

He spoke to Moses through a burning bush.

He made Joshua march around Jericho once a day for six days before the walls came down on the seventh.

Jesus was funny, too. He would set up scenes and solve problems in a way that would make us remember. We’re still reading them to this day.

He fed thousands of people with a few fish and some bread loaves.

He healed a woman who touched His robe as He passed by to heal someone else.

His best friends sat at the cafeteria table everyone else is afraid to walk by.

He walked just about everywhere He went, but then rode into town on a donkey …

He washed his friends’ feet.

He almost sunk his friends’ boat with a huge catch of fish.

And we only have access to what was written down about Jesus. I like to imagine what other kinds of things He did that we’re not privy to. This means Jesus is a fun guy. Heaven with Him is going to be a blast.

jammed-tweet-blueIt makes a really cold cup seem like a simple accomplishment. We are created in His image, wired to accomplish the impossible. And with great faith and a Savior like Jesus, who can stop us? Each created for a specific purpose, let’s not forget to revel in the humor of our Father along the way.

Father, Praise You for humor! Thank You for lacing lightheartedness into miraculous wonders. We confess that we think humor is our thing …and often use it inappropriately. Bless our innate craving to laugh to be for Your glory, and never at another’s expense. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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

#greatgrace17

Happy Laughing,

Megs

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The Destination (#jammed daily devo, day 54)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 54: Grace is good, all the way.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1post-image-53

“Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life, all of the way.” -He Went to Paris, Jimmy Buffett

The best gift grace has to offer is joy in the journey. When we’ve reached the destinations that we want to see in life, witnessed longed-for events, and accomplished pieces of our dreams, what will the looking-back trail tell?

The magic of life is the unexplainably miraculous. Healing, accomplishment, blessings, discoveries. The tragic is the all-to-familiar nightly news real of cancer realities and cruel fatalities, dreams stolen and lives destroyed.

The reel of our life’s vacations and first borns will play alongside the diseased diagnosis and the tragic loss that forever shifted perspective. Behind every highlight, good stands firm …unmovable. Because, as today’s verse reminds us, God is good. And God can’t be removed from any situation. He created everything, and everyone of us. Sin may hurt, but God never leaves. 

We can choose to see the good or we can bask in the bad. We can walk with Jesus or let the devil’s foothold snatch us. The choice in direction is ours, because He is good. God is not a dictator, but a loving Father. Through all the good choices and really bad ones, His love never falters, fades, or leaves. He waits, patiently, hoping we’ll choose to swim through a life of grace. The life that the cross allows in the face of sin. It doesn’t change humanity’s DNA, but captures our soul’s spot in painless eternity with Him.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, We praise You for Your perfect love. Thank you for letting us choose grace, because in Your perfect ways, You want us to want to love You back. We confess the times we spend in the dark, and pray that You bless us with many bright days on this earth until we hug You in heaven. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

‘Looking back,’ what is your favorite memory so far? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Parrot-heading,

Megs

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