The Swing (#jammed daily devo, day 327)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 327: Thankful for my view.

   Have you forgotten Me, the One who made you and the whole world,327
who stretched out the skies and made sure the earth’s foundations?
Yet you constantly worry about others—how they hate and might harm you.
But their anger counts for nothing. Isaiah 51:3

Quiet mornings cuddled up to my little girls on our front porch swing, listening to the lake waves roll onto shore, and our dog chasing the birds and the squirrels out for breakfast …

Those are the slow summer mornings that heal the surge of my mind to wander and worry. In those moments, just holding those children  …looking around …and listening to the soundtrack of my life …reminds me of my blessings.

Simple and silent routines have the power to renew and strengthen us.

Today’s verse reminds us to put life, and all of our worry over what people think of us and who we are to them, on pause. God made us all unique, but we all share the fallen sinful nature of all humanity. Fractured relationships and discord occur on account of it.

God says …“Have you forgotten Me?”

The One that spoke everything into existence can handle the weight of our worry. He sent Jesus to us, to show us how to get through this life. When we walk with Christ, we get moments to swing and to see that He holds us firmly.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for allowing us to see the blessings in our lives, and help us to fully appreciate all that You have done for 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 Pausing,

Megs

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The Dinner Scoops (#jammed daily devo, day 326)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 326: Thankful for ice cream.

“Listen to me, Jacob,
    Israel, whom I have called:
I am he;
I am the first and I am the last.” Isaiah 48:12

“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” my husband asked my two daughters as the lake 326water dripped into their eyes.

“ICE CREAM FOR DINNER?!?!” they screeched.

A vacation time tradition, that’s just what we did. It’s not the healthiest habit in the world, but it’s seriously fun. Ice cream has it’s own budget when we go on vacation.

Today’s verse reminds us that we are called. We are God’s chosen ones. He is the Creator of all and has chosen us. Whether we eat ice cream for dinner on vacation is irrelevant in God’s eyes. But our joy is. Our joy matters to God. And if that means getting a double scoop in place of a healthy meal after a day at the beach, that’s OK.

This life tends to twist us up into too much worry over what we put into our bodies and are supposed to look like. It’s so important to take care of ourselves, but it’s also important to take care of our souls. The best way to do that, sometimes, is to let go of the twisting and turning and let Him bless us. With ice cream for dinner. With the sweet smiles of a couple of sandy kids that will remember that day full of smiles and sweets forever.

And through it, see a glimpse of our Father’s love.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for ice cream, and thank You for loving us so immensely and so perfectly. Help us to remember to bask in the joy of Your love. 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 Measuring,

Megs

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The Thrills (#jammed daily devo, day 325)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 325: Thankful for thrills.

 I am the first.
    And to the very last, I am the One. Isaiah 41:4

She walked up to the height measuring stick in full confidence that she had grown tall 325enough to ride. I glanced up at the giant steel roller coaster and imagined my kid falling out of it. Trying to brace myself for this moment, I began forming a plan to hold on to her so she didn’t fall out. My mind just kept going back to her falling out.

“Step up here,” the employee directed her, and to my delight, “not quite yet,” rolled out of his mouth. My sanity was saved for another day as she missed it by less than an eight of an inch.

Today’s verse reminds us that God was here at the beginning, and He will be here at the end. As parents, we worry about our kids falling out. But it’s good to be reminded that God is watching over their generation just as He has been watching over every other one from the beginning of time.

We can’t rely on our strength to let go. That’s something that comes from faith, and in remembering the truth that is written in His word. When we allow our lives to be led by Christ, worries can be turned into joyous victories. Tap into faith, and out of the ring with fear and anxiety.

Just as I was His before I was my mother’s …so my daughter’s are His before they are mine. He will protect them, guard them, love them, and chase after them …beyond my ability to teach them and guide them.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for being there for every generation, throughout all of time. Thank You for comforting us as we parent our children, reminding us that they are Yours, too. Bless us to trust You and have faith in 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 Thrill-seeking,

Megs

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The Manatees (#jammed daily devo, day 324)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 324: Thankful for my parents.

 “Honor your father and your mother.” Exodus 20:12

“Guess what?” my dad said over the phone one afternoon…324

“You’re moving again?” I guessed.

Today’s verse has been lodged in a part of my brain since before I can even remember. My Catholic school upbringing made sure that The Ten Commandments were a permanent fixture of my train of thought.

Human nature runs the other way when told what to do. We don’t trust anyone that intends on bossing us around. Thus, the conflict between kids and parents, parents and teenagers, and then those grown up teenagers and their kids.

The full circle effect of having my own kids has helped me to appreciate Exodus 20:12.

When my parents moved from down the street to Florida permanently …I was crushed. And after the puddle of emotion dried up, God spoke directly to my heart:

“Honor your father and mother.”

I remember thinking, Seriously, God? Now? Are you kidding me?

He wasn’t. And of course, He was right. When I was able to detach my inability to understand and let go of the control I though I was entitled to …I was able to heal. Simply obeying that commandment helped me to understand a little.

Emotion can always be overcome with what we know about God.

God loves me. He is for me. He placed me purposely in this family. He gave me these parents. He doesn’t make mistakes. Honor them. Honor Him.

Honoring them honors Him.

It honors Him in the way I bring up my little people to react to heartache and injustice. To things that they don’t understand. We simply cry out our emotion to God, and then listen to what He says. Honor Him in our obedience.

Families can fall a part over misunderstandings. All people are fickle. We can only understand life from our viewpoint and our experiences. WE have to give God room to work. We have let go and let Him move.

When we seek Christ first, we will have healthier relationships with our families.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for my parents. Thank You for placing me perfectly in their care. Forgive me for times I have not appreciated them enough, and bless them all of their days. 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 Measuring,

Megs

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The Wing Seat (#jammed daily devo, day 323)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 323: Thankful for the 3 Musketeers

The Lord your God is with you. Zephaniah 3:17a

“I get the window seat first, and then you can have it on the way home,” my youngest 323daughter informed her older sister.

Ready to give up our annual Florida trip on account of my husbands injury, I trudged through another Northern Ohio week in April. It was cold and gray. Spring refused, as it often does, to Spring at all. My breath became shorter and harder to catch. The business of life was starting to crush me.

Today’s verse reminds us that God is always with us. In the times when we’re overwhelmed with life and trying to do the right thing, He sees and appreciates our obedience willingness. Sometimes, He blesses us beyond our expectations, and gives us a break to catch our breath.

“I think we’re gonna go.” I told my husband, and in a swift affirmation from God as flights were book and bags were packed, I had peace in knowing I needed some Peace.

We rob ourselves of the joy God seeks to bless us with when we don’t slow to a stop so that the realities of our blessings can sink in. Our bodies. minds and souls need a break to catch their breath!

In true form, my daughters and I were off on an adventure. My husband works a lot, so from the very start of their little lives I have been determined to keep them busy with adventure so they don’t miss him and miss out on the family bond that is so important in growing secure human beings. We’ve been through a lot, my daughters and I. That day I watched one daughter console the other while her ears hurt on the decent out of the sky.

It’s hard to image what I’ll do without them one day. Maybe I’ll get lucky and they’ll never leave. My breath returned while we laughed with my parents and warmed up under the Florida sunshine. Sometimes, we have to stop …and just go.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for vacations, breaks, and relaxation. Thank You for family, laughter, and love. Bless our lives to include all of the joys You seek to bless us with. 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 Breath-catching,

Megs

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