The Windy Road (#jammed daily devo, day 264)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 264: Press into the wind.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Eternal One is in this place—and I didn’t even know it!” Genesis 28:16

Well, at least I can still feel one side of my face….day 264

Battling through a long run in the dead of winter on a road where the wind is always against me no matter which direction I’m running from, the feeling in my face faded on one side and my toes were threatening to follow. I could feel the icy wind stinging and burning the tops of my legs …and I knew they’d be purple or blue by the time I got back home. Struggling to breath through a mask over my face, eyebrows no longer responding to movements as I blinked, I thanked God for the continuous movement in my legs and breath in my lungs.

Today’s verse comes on the heels of Jacob’s very famous dream. He’s seen the Eternal, and God has made Him a promise for His future and a promise that He will be there. And Jacob is overwhelmed.

Running down that road, miraculously healed from a back that was fused …I was embracing my chilly circumstances. Negative wind chills weren’t going to stop me. Nothing but God could reroute me. And He did. Though I not able to run right now, I look back on that moment …that season …and know that anything is possible for our great God. The God of miracles.

Miracles fill our minds with reminders of His presence …His love …and His grace. Remember them often. Tell of them always. 

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Father, Praise You for miracles. Thank You for healing. We confess not noticing the blessings that You are showering upon us even in these minutes that we pray to You. Bless our lives with a full filling of Your presence. 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 No-Doubting,

Megs

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The Ladder (#jammed daily devo, day 263)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 263: Keep climbing…

He saw a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to the heavens. Genesis 28:12

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Sweat dripped into my eyes as I wrestled with the metal frame. Up and off of it’s metal
hooks and around the corner of the doorway, it swayed and out-weighed me as I maneuvered the door closed and set it’s legs down firm on the rug. The joints squeaked and jolted open, threatening to pinch my fingers as I stood the ladder up and locked it into place.

Climbing up to the top of the loft, all of the work had been worth it. There’s no other way to get to that spot. It’s too high and out of reach for anything but an extra gigantic ladder than I can barely carry in and out of the house.

Today’s verse reminds me of that impossibly large ladder, and the view it yields when it’s finally put into place. This verse is part of Jacob’s ladder, a very well-known story and dream that Jacob had in the pages of Genesis about a ladder that led to heaven.

I doubt, as Jacob rested his head upon a rock to go to sleep, that he had any inkling of having a dream where God would speak to Him! He was laying down on a rock! Yet, content to. When we lay our heads down on hard situations, God breathes life into our lives again. It most certainly could be a dream where God speaks to us, but it most likely will not be. Still, we feel His movement ever so reliably through the rest that He grants us when we need it the most.

And though we may not see a ladder in a dream like Jacob did, we can rest assured that we are climbing the rungs to heaven as the days go by and our holiness is perfected in our walk through life with Christ. For God promises us, just like He promised Jacob:

 “Know I am with you, and I will watch over you no matter where you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15.

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Father, Praise You for Jacob’s ladder. Thank You for dreams, that allow us to imagine what life has in store for us. Forgive us for chasing our own ambition, and attempting to steer our dreams in the directions we want them to go. Help us to let go and give You control. Bless our steps to follow You, so we may see an experience all the glory You have in store for our lives. 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 Climing,

Megs

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The Seeker (#jammed daily devo, day 262)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 262: Sought after.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.” Matthew 6:33

WHAM! day 262

Praying my head wasn’t bleeding …I removed my hand to survey the damage. No cut. Whew. Cramped inside my daughters’ playhouse, constructing a play kitchen refrigerator out of an old cabinet, I had forgotten to duck before I rushed inside for a bathroom break.

Sometimes there’s a big wooden loft in the way of what we’re seeking. Sometimes, it’s bigger than a wooden loft and a bump on our heads, isn’t it?

seek- to go in search or quest of; to try to find or discover by searching or questioning. (dictionary.com)

There’s a lot of life to be sought after, but only one Life will point us in the right direction. All other roads will whack us on the head. Faith in Christ is crucial to cope with the up and down swings of a dangerously swerving world. But it’s important to recognize that God knows where all the landmines are. He can see where we are about to bump our heads.

Life’s not a surprise to it’s Author.

Today’s verse reminds us to seek Him first. The Greek word for seek is zeteo- to crave (Strong’s). When we walk with Christ, we understand this translation. The peace that comes from striding down life’s road with our Savior makes us crave more of what He knows. He may not always give us the direct answer we are after, or the one we want to see or hear …but He does hear …and in His sovereign and just reign over all of our lives. He promises to answer.

“all things will be given to you.”

The love God has for us doesn’t have a salary cap. It’s not limited. There is no end. What He can give us is unending and everlasting. When we seek Him and crave His presence, He grows us in holiness …piece by peace …until we arrive home in heaven.

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Father, Praise You for Your presence. Thank You for quenching our thirst for knowledge the way only You are capable of doing. Forgive us for missing Your movement while we wait for direct answers. Bless us to be open minded and soft hearted to hear and see and feel Your movement in our lives as we follow Your Son. 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 Craving,

Megs

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The Key Necklaces (#jammed daily devo, day 261)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 261: The Key to all hearts.

“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge.” Luke 11:52

“I found the keys! I found the keys!!!” Pandemonium erupted at the top of my staircase as day 261twenty half-grown feet pounded upwards in hot pursuit of the clue in hand.

“Look! Each one has our initial!” One shouted with glee!

“Quick!” Shouted another, “Everyone, find their key!!!”

The scavenger hunt clues led them all over the house and yard, and through all kinds of crazy antics and activities. Though it’s fun to try and stump my kids and their friends with riddles and mysterious directions, I’m forever relieved that my faith isn’t nearly as complicated. In fact, it’s not complicated at all. The Pharisees who tried to hold onto the complication of the Old Testament are put in their place in today’s verse.

” You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.” Matthew 23:13

Jesus came to set everyone free of the law, and instead some were interpreting and adding all kinds of mysterious clues and required directions to follow in order to achieve salvation. It was infuriating then, and it’s infuriating now.

There’s no denying that some people comparatively seem to “do” more of the “right” thing. But Jesus didn’t come for what we can do. He didn’t come to exalt the “right.” He came so that not one sheep would be left behind. Not one child of God. Not one believer in Him. Not one. Yet there they were …excluding the very people who Jesus came to include.

The key to Christianity isn’t in key form at all. It’s not an act we perform or a set of skills we acquire. It’s not a batch of verses we have memorized or hours of service that earn us faith in Christ.

The key to life is Christ.

That’s it. But that seemed WAY to radical to be real back in Biblical times. It seems too radical to be real …now. When we aim to compare keys, we’ll find no two are the same. It’s not a matter of which one opens the door. Each key unlocks a relationship with Jesus that looks like none other.

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Father, Praise You for the individual way You unlock our love of Christ. Thank You for accepting us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Forgive us for misunderstanding Your grace, and confusing what it means to walk in a continual growth of holiness, and trying to “do” to earn what was already given to us. Bless our intentions and our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Happy Unlocking,

Megs

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The Fast Meal (#jammed daily devo, day 260)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 260: Quick entry, slow exit.

You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
    and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.” Joel 2:26

“Can I have more fish?” my daughters both looked at me with with plates extended….day 260

Second, third and fourth helpings of dinner that night had me thinking somebody had swapped my children.

“Are you even taking the time to chew this?” I asked, as barrels of laughter answered me back.

Today’s verse is a reminder of how God has provided for us in our lives. In the good times, and in the problems solved and health restored, we are quick to inhale and ask for more. But in the not so good times …in the hard places of life that are not so easy to chew and almost impossible to swallow, we rarely even finish the first helping.

In order to digest the nutrition God gives us properly, we must consider the following.

  • “You will have plenty to eat…” If we’re still standing on this earth, God is assuredly providing a way for us to be here another day. And if He’s provided another day, He’ll get us through it.
  • …”and you will praise the name of the Lord your God.” Good entrees in life call for a side or two of praise.
  • …”who has worked wonders for you…” By recognizing the miracles God has woven into our everyday lives, we acknowledge the fact that He’ll do it again! The Israelites had to be reminded constantly of the way God brought them out of Egypt and provided for them. If they were privy to forget the massive miracles that God had bestowed upon them …then we are surly prone to forget what He’s done in our lives. We must choose to remember.
  • “…never again will my people be shamed.” When Christ died on the cross, the guilt and shame and wrath we deserve for our sin was wiped out. In one last breath, He sealed those that believe in Him for good. Though our lives remain imperfect, grace forgives us over and over as we grow in holiness all the way to heaven.

When we get a good Word from God, let’s vow to write it on our hearts …to turn back and look at the way those Words have already marked our lives, and take them forward with us as the sharp sword they are …to cut through the calamity and follow Christ.

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Father, Praise You for remembrance. Thank You that we can search our memories and see the tracks and traces of Your love marked on our lives. Forgive us for falling short and turning back …for delaying and doubting, and strengthen our hearts to believe in You more and more each and every day. 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 Remembering,

Megs

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