The Super Strong Coffee (#jammed daily devo, day 82)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 82: Stronger than we can handle.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSBpost-image-82

Coffee and me have this thing. And it’s growing …stronger. The process is getting lengthier. The time invested is stretching. Flavor is expounding on my taste buds, and now it’s an experience. AKA, I’m a coffee snob, as my husband likes to put it.

Guilty. So snobbery when it comes to coffee. From throwing a cup in an pushing a lever to grinding my own beans every morning, the relationship with my morning cup of joe has become a bit of a fancy-pants habit.

The privilege I feel when I crack God’s Word open is akin to the same love …and abundantly more. As the days run on into more life lived, I no longer need a quick bit of wisdom to hold my sanity together as two crying babies pull on both pant legs. My Father and I are growing old together like a fine wine … or a snobbery cup of coffee. Well invested, minutes stretched.

“I invite you to drink deeply from the exceeding riches of My grace- My favor, mercy, and lovingkindness. It is a free gift that opens the way for you into eternity. It also provides what you need to live now, in this fractured world.” Sarah Young, Jesus Today

The second half of today’s verse states: “Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Jesus knew us before He accepted the cross. Every flaw and failure, but every smile and spark, too. Joy is in the journey with Jesus when we realize our weakness leads to growth. In the healing of our frailties, wisdom is produced. The ways of God are not our ways. He doesn’t always heal as we ask, He heals out of provision and love of a good, good Father. When we embrace our pain we acknowledge His sovereignty.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise Your sovereign hand upon our lives. Thank You for loving us beyond what we are capable of understanding. Thank You for the simple joys in life like a good, snobbery cup of coffee. Forgive us for taking the little things, and giant pains, in this life for granted. Bless us and heal us. 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 Coffee-drinking,

Megs

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The Police Reports (#jammed daily devo, day 81)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 81: What we don’t want to know.

Do you understand how the clouds float,
those wonderful works of Him who has perfect knowledge?” Job 37:16post-image-81

There’s a social media feed that pokes fun at one of the local police scanners in our area. It’s hilarious, really. Pets getting lose, odd sightings and off-the-wall reports. But recently, I sat down to scroll through the actual reports …and was surprised by what I wasn’t aware of. Beyond the normal assumption that criminals are caught and the innocent are protected are the numbing stories behind the names up top.

“Who are they?” my heart wants to know.

“What happened …what is their story …do they have a family …what exactly did they do?”

The reports only list the call the officer responded to. Professionals that are privy to this kind of information alongside the backstory are gifted beyond what they realize. What the general public doesn’t know is that someone’s life just changed …or ended …or ceased to be as they knew it.

What happens when we are able to read all of the information? Information overload. Recently, I decided to read all of the food labels as I grocery shopped. All of them. The headache that I brought up to the check out line with my groceries was no joke. Turns out, the food industry isn’t sneaking anything by us …it’s all on the label. Once I took the time to read it and educate myself on what I was fueling my ‘temple’ with, I felt better -physically and mentally.

“It will take a little detective work, but learning to be a smart label reader is one of the most important things you can do for your health and the health of your family.” The Daniel Plan

Whether it’s paying more attention to what we consume or showing more concern for who we don’t know, it’s empowering to read beyond the minimum requirements. When we dig into information we are exposed to, we find people to love on. My family is healthier because of my obedience to God’s ‘healthy’ nudge. Listening to His movement in our lives and reaching out to the names placed in front of our eyes is a life lived in the trenches with Jesus. Those are His people. We are His people. Are we reading deep enough to love?

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for doctors, social workers, and public service professionals. For parents, pastors, and people that do something to love on others. Thank You for the big, compassionate hearts You created in us, and forgive for shutting off the valve and putting on the blinders. Bless us to see who needs us. 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 Label-reading,

Megs

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The Joined Arms (#jammed daily devo, day 80)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 80: On the road together.

 “He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.’” Luke 14:32

The morning was quiet, and off the shelf came fixed day
the trusty old devo book that I’ve been creeping through every so slowly to the tune of God’s timing over the last few years.

“Beloved, find security in the fact that nothing is haphazard about the activity of God. He has a goal, and He has a definitive plan that is to be executed precisely and according to His will.” Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion.

When Jesus jumps off the page, it’s intentional …He wants our attention. Our God is a God of connection, weaving obedient and faithful authors together with their readers through  amazing channels of communication. Ways of making friends we would have laughed at back in the 90’s. But He knew, and I feel like …He couldn’t wait.

Now, we can reach out and touch another person who has touched us no matter how many miles, states or countries separate two souls. Friends are my favorite. To me, this is a dream come true. So, that particular morning, I clicked on the little blue bird and sent one of my favorite Bible teachers a ‘thank you.’ ‘Thank you’ tweets can be just as sweet as snail mail notes.

Don’t be afraid of connection, and as our verse today reminds us …don’t doubt purpose. Our God is an intentional God. Jesus isn’t messing around, devil’s annoying schemes or not. He’s on a mission, and it has a number of days. “I will complete my work.” Woo! Chill bumps and Hallelujah’s!

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for Jesus! Thank You for connection. We confess that our busyness keeps us from communicating what our hearts long to say, and we pray that You give us the gumption to step out and spread loving words …whether across the street or around the world. Nothing is impossible for You. 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 Friending!

Megs

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The Boundaries (#jammed daily devo day 79)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 79: Where do we stop?

 

“Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you” Joshua 13:6post-image-79

Parents are prone to overreact in their well-placed intention to support their kids dreams. Having lived this out over the past few years, God has shown me a few helpful things. One, being the book of Joshua. In it, land is divided up and boundaries are set. God left no room for interpretive error or mistaken human judgement. His instructions were clear, boundaries were set, and land was assigned.

Our lives are to be lived within the limitless boundaries of God’s plan for our individual lives. I say limitless because what He sees for us is beyond anything we can wish for or imagine. However, knowing our human limitations, He borders our present reality with assignment …each bringing us one step closer to His vision for our lives.

The same principles apply to our children, and the struggle to decide which way to go become as imminent as the amount of activities they have to choose from. Trusting God’s timing over our own wishes for their lives allows them the chance to come to Him directly. We can teach them how to pray, and pray with them.  His plan is greater, but it takes a lot of prayer to get there.

 

Today’s verse assures us that when the time comes to take a step forward, we will know. Do we miss some? Yep. Does Jesus circle back around for us? He died on the cross for us ..pretty brutal …I know He’s all about chasing our hearts when they drift down the wrong path.

“A good way to combat pride is to practice humility.” Kara Durbin, Parenting with Scripture.

When it comes to our dreams, and those of our kids, they are to be taken seriously but not interpreted literally. Our dream may only be a clue. The key is to stay in touch with Him in prayer at all times, and with our kids. Pray for them, and with them, about decisions to make. Teach lessons like honoring their commitment to one activity before starting another. By following the basic principles God has left behind in His Word, we can have confidence He will lead us forward on the path to our dreams and our role as a parent.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for dreams! Thank You for telling us that they mean more than we understand. Forgive us for discounting them, or our children’s, and bless us to stay in touch with You through Your Word and prayer to know which way to go. 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 Dreaming!

Megs

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The Light Head (#jammed daily devo, day 78)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 78: Overloaded.

Point your kids in the right direction—
    when they’re old they won’t be lost.”Proverbs 22:6

There are days I see little floaty things wafting in and out of my conscious line of sight. post-image-78Iridescent wanderers, peacefully traveling through my mind’s eye. My fingertips are somehow still cold, though the heat is up and the dark brew has been refilled twice.

Tiny muscles are race to keep up with the big one spewing vocabulary. I forget to eat lunch, and only leave this seat to pee and pick up my kids from school …after pondering having someone else do it. Minutes slip past hours as I cram as much into my writing day as i possibly can …before I switch over to the other part of my life that is crammed to the top …motherhood.

“Parents have the responsibility of not simply overseeing the growth and development of their girls (and boys) but of raising them purposely-building into them certain qualities and traits of character.”Dr. James Dobson, Bringing Up Girls

Today’s verse reminds parents of the important place we have in our children’s lives. No matter how passionate we are about our work and our hobbies, parenthood is the real dream job. 

They say that the mark of a great career is that it doesn’t feel like work. It can’t feel like work if it feels too much like privilege. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to steer your little minds’ minds. Feed them good spiritual food so that when they grow up, they too, know how to hop on the highway to their dreams.

“Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6

Merge on.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for parenthood! Thank You for the joys our children bring us! We confess that we are often sidetracked and annoyed because they are interrupting our work. Remind us that they are our work. And we are privileged and blessed to get to do it everyday. Time is fleeting. Bless our minutes with our children. 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 Parenting,

Megs

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