The 31 Squares (#jammed daily devo day 19)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 19: Lend Grace Our Calendar

“There Jesus grew up, maturing is physical strength and increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God rested on Him.” Luke 2:40 (VOICE)

The number of minutes in a month’s block cannot encompass our expectations, but God’s jammed-19crafted each day with enough time to accomplish His will. I want to shed a self-pitiful tear ever time I see a calendar square that’s so full I have to click to see the rest of it.

God took thirty years’ worth of days to prepare and equip His Son, but human nature caters to the rush. Jesus’ ministry didn’t begin until His thirties. Failure to prepare is like trying to squeeze a hot glue gun before it has warmed up. Nothing we rush ever sticks.

I love that today’s verse says that” God’s grace rested on Him.”  Motherhood has taught me the value of resting in God’s grace. When we seek God’s will through prayer and study of His Word, He will busy our lives with purposeful activity.

Jesus came to earth as a funny, patient, and kind man. He performed miracles, yet He simply walked most everywhere He went. He prayed to His Father before, throughout, and after every circumstance. He leaned on the truth in God’s living Word as the basis for all He did.

jammed-tweet-blueThe path to more fulfilling calendar squares is to walk with Christ.

Father, You are powerful to know our purpose, and just in how You lead us there. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to earth, so that we may look to His steps as proof of Your grace and direction of our hope. Forgive us for skipping over Your preparation, and thank You for always being there with a re-do. Never forsaking us, always loving us. We pray for Your help to obey and grow in maturity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What square of your life is jammed too full to hear God’s voice? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Planning!

Megs

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The Legs (#jammed daily devo day 18)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 18: God’s OK with you.

“How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of artist’s hands.” Song of Songs 7:1jammed-day-18

Today’s verse comes from the Song of Songs, a book written all about the “privileges” of
marriage, if you catch my drift. Listen, if it’s in the Bible it’s important, and the application of grace in this verse is endearing.

 “Graceful legs” in this verse describes a curvaceous woman. (NIV Study Bible.)  Even in a modern society full of acceptance,  every type of body and personality type has a cynical platform that can be Googled. We’ve all been stung by the remarks of the wrong eyes.

God embraces us, not our laziness or our athletic prowess …not our plastic parts or our stretch marks …He loves us. Yes, our bodies are important, but more important is our relationship with Him. That’s what Jesus died for.

jammed-tweet-blueGod’s endearing grace has no weight limit or mental capacity.  It’s not a ticket to sloth-life, or a pass to the Olympics sans the sweat and sacrifice. God’s grace is the hope of total acceptance, without any effort that isn’t already built into our skin. To receive grace is to live beyond a realistic capacity.

Father, Praise You! For we are fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) Thank you for the encouragement packed into this passage today. We confess we do not always gaze into the mirror and see what You created. Bless our eyes to see beyond what the world sees, and onto Your gracious gift to us through Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What are you most self-conscious about? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Self-embracing,

Megs

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The Creature (#jammed daily devo day 17)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 17: The Fierce Nature of God’s Grace.

“I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs, it’s strength and it’s graceful form.” Job 41:12

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What IS a Leviathan?

Trading an ice-covered lake for breezy palm trees should have relaxed my sunrise stride, but my pulse quickened nervously with each pass of swampy high grass.

“Oh, yeah,” my Dad chuckled, “A huge crocodile was just removed from that area.”

For the rest of our visit, they all poked fun at my fear of critters, and laughed when I swore I felt eyes looking at me. After two days back in the midwest, the next set of my parents’ visitors posted a picture of a huge crocodile in the swampy grass …

“DAD!!!!!” I called him immediately. “I knew it was watching me!” I vowed never to run in Florida again for the rest of my life. #thecritterfearisREAL

A Leviathan is an ancient Nile crocodile, not graceful like the ballerina we picture gliding across the stage.

I believe what God is trying to illustrate through this awesome creature is that grace is fierce. It’s unstoppable, and adapts to survive in all climates.  The ferocity of God’s grace is manifested through His defense of our souls through Jesus’ death on the cross. What may seem harsh on this earth can only be for good, because that’s what He is.

jammed-tweet-blueGod allowed suffering in Job’s life, but not the snatching of His soul. Job still lived be over a century old. God will bring us through painful trials in this life, unexplainable horror and nonsensical attacks …and by His grace we will land in His arms. Nothing is strong enough to snatch us from the fierce grip of God’s grace.

Father, You are powerful to create a creature like the crocodile, and allow such vast knowledge and understanding to be extracted from what we deem a nuisance. Thank you for the protection your grace provides through our acceptance of Your Son, Jesus, as our Savior. Forgive us for underestimating the ferocity of Your grace. We pray that through Your Son’s authority on this earth, Your fierce grace forever defends us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Have a creature encounter to share? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy

Megs

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The Different Snowflake (#jammed daily devo day 16)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 16: Honoring Individuality.

“Because of the extraordinary grace of God at work in you, they will pray for you and long for you.” 2 Corinthians 9:14

God’s extraordinary grace attracts light …and life. Today’s verse is about extending jammed-16
kindness to those in need. Perhaps the greatest gift we could ever extend is the evidence of our faith manifested in prayer.

Snowflakes make everything sparkle, especially when the sun comes out. We are very much akin to snowflakes. Though it seems impossible that each and every human being is different, we are.

God’s Word is very clear about taking care of the poor and parentless, but we must not forget to pray about what to give, who to help, and when to do so. The way we’re meant to sparkle is unlocked through a relationship with Him. The “extraordinary grace of God at work” (2Cor4:7) bodes a continuous conversation of prayer.

Have you ever hung out with a crowd that makes you feel like you have to earn your space amongst them? Like, somehow your snowflake landed in on the wrong front lawn …or living room? You didn’t, and we aren’t required to do anything to hang out with God but accept His Son as our Savior. With that, He flings the door open, and we begin to sparkle a little bit brighter each day.

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Individuality can be a hard thing to find when we seek it amongst each other; but when we look to the one who built in our quirks, we begin to see the value in who we were created to be by serving those placed within our reach.

Father,  Praise You for the fire of grace lit in our hearts. Thank You that we may consult and commiserate with Your compassionate heart through prayer. We confess that we often puzzle over what to do and who we are, instead of looking up to You for peace through Christ Your Son. Bless us to react in prayer and generosity more prevalently. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayerfully ask God how He would like You to pay kindness forward today. Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Helping,

Megs

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The Lick Attack (#jammed daily devo #15)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 15 Hug Back. 

“But since you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in love we have kindled in you-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7jammed-day-15

“It’s a lick attack! It’s a lick attack!” my little girl screeched with glee as her puppy jumped
all over her, licking her face and ears and her sweet little smile. She hugs her puppy back, and I hate to admit this but I know she licks her back, too.

“She’s the kid who’s going to share her ice cream cone with her dog,” my husband said.

Let’s look at today’s verse in a slightly different light:

“Just as you are rich in everything- in faith and speech, in knowledge and all sincerity, and in the love we have shown among you- now I ask you to invest richly in this gracious work too.” 2 Corinthians 8:7 (VOICE)

The apostles paid everything they knew about Christ forward to their followers. But eventually, it was up to their audience to embrace grace and pass it on.

Lauren’s not afraid to hug her puppy back. The licking thing is a little much, but it’s endearing to watch her love on her puppy. I swear that dog smiles. And that’s probably why. She’s loved.

You know that song, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands?”

If you’re loved and you know it, hug back. Give back. Let’s pull others alongside of us and help those who cannot help themselves. Even the ones who can but just don’t want to. Help them, too. Love the people that are difficult to love, because we are loved undeservedly by God.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for the faithfulness of the apostles for spreading Christ’s love. Thank you that we, too, have heard the message of Christ. We confess that we don’t always appreciate that there are corners of the world that still have not heard, and we pray that You equip us to come alongside those You place in our paths. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

#greatgrace17

Happy Hugs,

Megs

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