The Turned Back (#jammed daily devo, day 295)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 295: Youth is a powerful platform.

“We have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

She sat with her back turned to me as I led the team she’d asked me to lead. Though she day 296suffered in her own regard, living as the target of her sickness didn’t make me feel any better. Suffering in the wake of my own diagnosis, I had counted on my friend to walk by my side.

When she e-mailed me to apologize, I had already forgiven her. But, I couldn’t make the U-turn to walk down the street we both lived on to mend what had been broken. The “For Sale” sign turned to “Sold,” and I still couldn’t win the stale-mate between my feet and the path to her door to say good-bye.

Today’s verse is comfort to the confection that remains lodged in our hearts after an upheaval of hurt. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. Many times, we try to fix things ourselves. We need a reason why and an assurance we won’t get hurt. We’re after solutions and evidence. Forgiveness is impossible when left in our hands alone.

But in the hands of the One that went to the cross for us when He didn’t have to …the ultimate in forgiveness …we can experience miracles of reconciliation. Or, at least, the peace of forgiveness.

Good fruit will shine through even the darkest suffering. When I look at my daughters, my heart breaks to think of the pain they will endure in the path of friendship over the span of their lives. We are destined to hurt each other, but what we don’t often realize is how available forgiveness and reconciliation are. In Christ, we acquire the peace that we are not capable of attaining on our own accord.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:augFather, Praise You for the brightness You reveal through dark experiences. Help us to have forgiving and empathetic hearts towards those that hurt 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! 

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Happy Young Living,

Megs

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The Friendship Path (#jammed daily devo, day 294)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 294: Follow His friend-steps.

Those who live right are good guides to those who follow,
but wrongdoers will steer their friends down the wrong path.” Proverbs 12:26

If we look back on each friendship that’s touched our lives, we can trace a path. day 292

Friendships that are built on solid foundations are forever unbreakable. But cracks in the fault of a trusting relationship are hardly ever repairable. We can step over them and continue on, but there’s no going back to retrace faltered steps. The mistakes we make with our friends’ hearts cannot be unwound or undone. The forward falling nature of life will continue to tumble on.

Today’s verse reminds us to be smart about the friendships we form and alert to the methods in which we maintain those friendships. “Wrongdoers” sounds so judgmental and labelistic, but it’s necessary to form some healthy boundaries against behaviors that may jeopardize the people we are aiming to become.

When we walk with Christ, we are on path to holiness that leads to heaven. Along that path, God will litter our lives with others that are on that same sojourn. How do we know when we’ve made a good friend for life, as opposed to a life just passing through? (Which is OK, by the way.)

Here are some healthy steps to follow down the path of healthy friendship based off of the wisdom of today’s verse:

  1. Friends will come in God’s time. Staying focused on Him will allow us to see the people He has brought into our lives to help …and others that are there to help us.
  2. Friendships need to breathe. Conversation with friends shouldn’t take precedent over the time we spend with God. Filling up with His Word first will allow us to have healthy friendships.
  3. Friends encourage and sharpen. Godly friends will encourage us in our relationship with God, and call us into accountability through the love of God’s Word.  Christ is not at the center of a friendship that leads us away from Him.

When considering who to spend our minutes with, it’s important to go back to today’s verse, and remind ourselves what we’re here for.

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Father, Praise You for friendship. Thank You for the people in my life that I can count on to keep me sharp and encourage my faith. They are extensions of Your love!!! Forgive us for mishandling the hearts of others in our attempt to befriend. Bless us with godly friends. 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 Friending,

Megs

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The Sister-Friend (#jammed daily devo, day 293)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 293: Since the beginning…

Someone with many so-called friends may end up friendless,
    but a true friend is closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

“Sissy patrol is on the roll!” they sing as they skip merrily down the side-walk…day 293

“Sissies forever ….” they tumble in laughter together as they jump on their trampoline.

Two years and two months a part, as my little catches up to her big sister …they become more and more inseparable …blessed with a sweet, honest and pure friendship.

I’d like to think their friendship is an answer to today’s verse prayed over their lives everyday. “Please bless their lives with godly friends.” It’s important. It’s life-giving, and it’s His love fleshed out in a way I’ve not witnessed before. Through all of the sisterly spats that have gone before them and are plentiful to come, I pray that they continue to seek each other out, and seek Him together.

They bond …as we do …over what we have in common. And the One they have in common seems to be the biggest reason they keep coming together. They skip out of church every Sunday, not wanting to leave the family they’ve formed there, and arm in arm they chant:

“Sissy patrol is on the roll!”

The plans He must have for these sweet souls.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:augFather, Praise You for sisters. Thank You for giving us friends within our families. Forgive us when we mistreat each other, as family often does, and bless us to seek You together, always. 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 Patroling,

Megs

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The Over-Exposure (#jammed daily devo, day 292)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 292: Do good with all knowledge.

 But don’t be so naïve—there’s another saying you know well—Bad company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

Mothering two young daughters demands daily explanation, and I need Grace day 294desperately to help me exude God’s compassionate love atop the elements I’m not ready answer. There are five words we can pick out of today’s verse to help us parent our children towards God’s light and love in all situations and towards all people.

naive-marked by unaffected simplicity; deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment.-Merriam Webster

We are not deficient in wisdom when we walk in God’s Word. With His Spirit resident in our hearts, the steps we take follow His Son’s. On the cross, Christ was clear: He came to save all. “Don’t be so naive,” warns us to watch out for those wandering in other lanes of traffic. Don’t merge onto their highway. Stay in Christ’s lane.

bad- failing to reach an acceptable standard. -Merriam-Webster

When immersed in “bad company,” how do we eject our presence gracefully, without seeming judgmental? And how can we aim to separate ourselves from behavior that we, ourselves, have been a part of in the past? Maybe, even the very recent past.

We walk …away. Non-accusatory, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we pray to God for the wisdom to know what to do and say, He will not fail us. And when there are no words, we simply walk towards Him. There’s no shame in wanting to be better, to fall less, and aim for what’s good.

corrupts- to change from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions. Merriam-Webster.

The scale of behavioral corruption is easier to spot at an extreme level that we all agree on. Murder …we all agree that’s bad. Stealing …bad. Lying …corrupt and bad. Embezelling – bad. But on the smaller scale of everyday slip-ups we walk the line of feeling uncomfortable and scared to make waves.

That uncomfortable feeling is a stirring of the Spirit telling us to get out. God’s Word clearly states what’s right and wrong, corrupt and good. When we ask Him to show us and seek Him daily, we’ll find the answers are more obvious that we suspect.

good-of a favorable character or tendency. Merriam-Webster.

Goodness is contagious. It’s fun to laugh without the aftershock of guilt in hurting someone to achieve it, and relaxing to have a conversation without pomp and circumstance. People that genuinely aim to be kind are a joy to be around. Be a joy to be around, not an eye-roll.

habits- a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function.

Our habits reflect the good and bad behaviors we chose to foster. Eventually, they become who we are. How do we want to be known?

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Father, Praise You for breaking down our behavioral choices, and thank You for convicting us of change and encouraging to press on through pitfalls. Forgive us for our bad choices, and cure us of our bad habits. 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 Habits,

Megs

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The Crack in the Blinds (#jammed daily devo, day 291)

 

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 291: What others see.

But my righteous one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.” Hebrews 10:38

When I close my blinds at night, it is so people won’t look into my house. Nowhere in myday 291 mind do I ever imagine someone creeping up close enough to peer through the cracks anyway, but that’s exactly what a neighborhood in our small town endured. Though they’d take all the right precautions to protect themselves, evil still slipped through the cracks. It’s disturbing, and creepy. It’s an unwanted reminder of the fallen world we live in …falling even further.

Today’s verse challenges our faith and our perseverance. Many will lose a little faith in the aftermath of a creeper caught peeping and recording it all as some sort of twisted keepsake. How can God let these things happen? It makes it hard to have faith.

Hebrews 10:38 cautions us not to let the sin of others chip away at our faith. The unfortunate hardship of Christianity is that we all still suffer from a world cursed with sin. There’s nothing fair about it, but neither is the forgiveness we are all extended. Jesus died on a cross, after doing nothing wrong. It was injustice on it’s best day. But it didn’t win, and neither will any injustice we endure on this earth.

When our faith is shaken by disturbing realities that befall us off the pages of fiction and Hollywood screens, hang on to the truth and know that the One who fights for us is Justice. He is the very definition of love, compassion and mercy, because that’s who He is. He is good, all of the time, whether we understand it or not. We must choose to trust Him in the gap of our lack.

That’s perseverance in faith. Believing when it’s hard, when it doesn’t make sense, when we are wronged, and when those who were wrong go unpunished. Persevere.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:augFather, Praise You for perseverance. Thank You for helpings to endure what do not understand. Forgive us for falling away because we can’t figure out why. Bless our hearts to soften to Your Word and Your Way, by following Jesus home. 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 Perservering,

Megs

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