The First Years (#jammed daily devo, day 216)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 216: Home is home.

“Think of us as servants who are owned by Christ. It is our job to share the secrets of God.” 1 August 4Corinthians 4:1 (NLV)

They are finally old enough to read Harry Potter, and I am loving it. The books came out when I was in college, and I’ve waited all this time for my daughters to grow up and take interest in the series before reading them myself. Even though it’s hard to keep from finding out what happens next and how it all ends, the magic we are discovering together is far beyond spoiling.

“Can I read for little bit, Mommy?”

To be honest, I thought she’d give up pretty quick. The words were enormous and some totally new. I should have known better than to underestimate the little girl who’s list of first words included “brachiosaurus.” And just like that, my baby grew up again. Off on her own, reading the adventure all by herself.

Today’s verse reminds us that, when we follow Christ, our job is to spread the good news. Much of this world is out of our control. Jesus is meant to be loved and shared. When we’re tempted to stay put in the comfort zone, Christ begs us to push past it and fling the doors open.

Find someone to read to. Live out in the open so others can see Him. There are so many people that don’t know the freedom and peace of a life with Christ. Don’t underestimate anyone’s ability to read difficult text …don’t count anyone out that we feel wouldn’t want to hear.

When we follow Christ, He shows us who we really are. And we’re called to let our light shine on the rest of the world.

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Father, Praise You for the light. Thank You for the lessons that You teach us through the secrets the Spirit reveals. We confess, we do not seek people out to share the good news of Christ enough, and pray that You reveal those to us whom we are meant to read to …and serve. 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 Reading,

Megs

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The First Years (#jammed daily devo, day 216)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 216: Home is home.

“Think of us as servants who are owned by Christ. It is our job to share the secrets of God.” 1 August 4Corinthians 4:1 (NLV)

They are finally old enough to read Harry Potter, and I am loving it. The books came out when I was in college, and I’ve waited all this time for my daughters to grow up and take interest in the series before reading them myself. Even though it’s hard to keep from finding out what happens next and how it all ends, the magic we are discovering together is far beyond spoiling.

“Can I read for little bit, Mommy?”

To be honest, I thought she’d give up pretty quick. The words were enormous and some totally new. I should have known better than to underestimate the little girl who’s list of first words included “brachiosaurus.” And just like that, my baby grew up again. Off on her own, reading the adventure all by herself.

Today’s verse reminds us that, when we follow Christ, our job is to spread the good news. Much of this world is out of our control. Jesus is meant to be loved and shared. When we’re tempted to stay put in the comfort zone, Christ begs us to push past it and fling the doors open.

Find someone to read to. Live out in the open so others can see Him. There are so many people that don’t know the freedom and peace of a life with Christ. Don’t underestimate anyone’s ability to read difficult text …don’t count anyone out that we feel wouldn’t want to hear.

When we follow Christ, He shows us who we really are. And we’re called to let our light shine on the rest of the world.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for the light. Thank You for the lessons that You teach us through the secrets the Spirit reveals. We confess, we do not seek people out to share the good news of Christ enough, and pray that You reveal those to us whom we are meant to read to …and serve. 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 Reading,

Megs

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The One I Want to Bring Back (#jammed daily devo, day 155)

June #jammed: Under the Blanket of Grace.

Day 155: Grace Helps One …by One.

“Keep being kind to those who waver in this faith.” Jude 22 (VOICE)June 4

There is a person God has laid upon my heart, that I’ve never met. Though I lack the details, I just know I’m supposed to pray into this recurring dream …of helping just one. Not at all sure how long it will take to see what God’s up to, it’s so wonderful that I don’t mind waiting …praying for all the obedient steps in my life to march in line, and feeling humbly unqualified to be considered at all.

We often discount ourselves from big dreams because of our imperfections, lacking trust in God’s plan for our lives. No matter how long we’ve walked with Christ, the temptation to waver lingers.

Today’s verse is calling compassion on those wavering under the influence of people who, in Jude’s day, were bending the true message of God’s grace. Under the false pretense that salvation gave them license to sin, the ‘rule benders’ were confusing others who were pursuing a knowledge of Christian faith.

Imagine the nerve, but realize we live immersed in a society that tells us that it’s OK to do what’s not OK.  Those wavering in faith are watching to see if we’ll admit when we are wrong and repentantly ask for forgiveness …as we preach …or if we will justify our mistakes with entitled excuses.

Wavering doesn’t just sit in the pocket of people who aren’t sure they believe in Christ …it dwells in the hearts of those that do, too. Thwarting the big dreams God wants to accomplish in our lives and the opportunity to serve as a witness for the King of kings. Wavering…

Dictionary.com defines it,to sway to and fro; flutter.” 

If we flutter in faith, those around us will sway to and fro.

There is no chance for perfection on this earth, but there is Grace. Jesus died to level the playing field, yet some of us refuse to play fairly, don’t we? Hiding our mistakes, brushing them under the rug, nodding acceptingly when others tell us not to worry …

Be OK with it not being OK. Our big dreams are counting on it. Our witness depends on it. Authentic acceptance of sin serves as a greater witness than the run and hide game of denial.  “Move beyond being sorrowful and onto repentance.” (first5)

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Father, Praise You for the big dreams You have planted in our hearts. Thank You for stirring our hearts to pray into those dreams and work to move toward them. Forgive us for running from our sin, and help us to handle it  …so that we may repent and move closer to You and Your purpose for our life’s witness. 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 Un-wavering,

Megs

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