The Four Winds (#jammed daily devo, day 314)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 314: Thankful for home.

 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

There are times in all of our lives that leave us feeling stuck, no matter if we’ve lived in 314the same place all of our lives or moved around a lot. No matter how much we come and go, or stay in place, He will gather us up and take us home.

This verse in Matthew is extra encouraging for this Northern Ohio girl. There are days that I embrace the changing seasons, and then there’s Spring. Those months from March to May, and sometimes into June, the season sometimes forgets to change. The sun is out, the days are long, and it’s still 40 degrees. Those are the days that I wonder why God put me in Ohio …or if somewhere along the way I didn’t somehow miss His calling to go South …or anywhere else …than the state I’ve lived all of my years in.

This verse today reminds us that we didn’t miss anything. That we are right where He wants us to be. When we seek Him out in prayer and in His Word everyday, we can rest in knowing that if He wants us to move, He won’t let us miss it.

God tells us not to worry, and for those of us who want to serve God with all of our hearts, we feel we’re never doing enough. Every sermon that tells us to GO leaves us ready to go somewhere!

Go! OK, God! Where?! I’m ready! Send me!

And He sends me home …to my house …

Sometimes Kingdom work is close to home.

In the end, it won’t matter and we won’t care where we lived out our days on the earth. When we finally head home, we’ll understand what it feels like to undoubtably know we are where we belong.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for the desire to Go! Thank You for blessing us with amazing experiences in pursuit of Your will of our lives. Help us to be open and grateful wherever You place 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! 


Happy Home-ing,


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The Winter that Wasn’t. (#jammed daily devo day 7)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 7: Grace to Cope in Unexpected Seasons.

“There Jesus grew up, maturing in physical strength and increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God rested on Him.” Luke 2:40 (VOICE)

The first snow caught me off guard this year. Normally a bargain shopper and stocked up jammed-day-7-imageon last years clearance boots, gloves and snow pants; last year’s winter gear lay untouched without one opportunity to sled or build a snowman. Of course, that’s when it decides to snow before Thanksgiving in Ohio.

My daughter trekked out into the snow with a pair of my rain-boots pulled over a woolen pair of socks to compliment the rest of her mis-matched snow gear, but nothing mattered as she tumbled out into the wintery wonderland.

We wear some seasons better than others. Some, we are prepared for. Others side-swipe us. No matter it’s presentation or time of arrival, each season we endure isn’t a surprise for Our Father. He grew His own Son over three decades before His ministry began. “The grace of God rested on Him.” And shone brilliantly, too, through every miraculous healing and earthly step.

Rest in knowing that God’s grace is enough to cover the calamity of the complicated seasons in life. It’s not the first thing that comes to when things don’t go as I’ve planned …as I want them to go …or as I think they should go. We can look to Jesus in faith and receive His peace by preparing ahead of time …with Him. Through prayer, and a daily dose of His Word, we can walk through any season in hope.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, You are patient beyond explanation, and love is who You are. Praise You for growing us in Your time. We confess our unpreparedness and frustration with tough seasons that side-swipe us, but look to you in confidence knowing grace is always available to comfort us. Bless our hearts to feel the peace that comes through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What unexpected seasons have you lived through. Share one here. Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 


Happy Winter-ing,


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