The Stamps (#jammed daily devo, day 229)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 229: Encourage one at a time.

Blessing and honor to the Most High God,August 17
who has clearly delivered your enemies into your hands!” Genesis 14:20 (VOICE)

In grade school, my friends and I passed notes. We made up coded nick-names for each other and folded them in crazy ways. Shoe boxes full took up a shelf in my closet, and as we grew up we rolled in laughter at the things we wrote. Too busy to fold paper in high school, we resorted to passing an entire notebook.

Even though social media allows us to stay in touch with people we would otherwise loose track of, I love to send snail mail to let people know I care, I’m praying, or share a laugh over a memory. Whether down the street or across the country, the nudge to send a note is my favorite.

Today’s verse is about giving God the credit for the good things in our lives. Abram had a lot to thank and praise God for. And, so do we. Snail mail is my way to encourage others by passing on the hope, love, and kindness that Jesus has given me.

The second half of today’s verse is as follows:

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:20b

It’s not only important to give of our selves and our time as we are called to minister to others, but also to give financially. It’s a subject not many like to talk about, unless we know a little more about how our Savior works. Lift it up to Him, and ask Him to show you what to do and how to get there. Hearts are changed instantly, but faith grows over time. 

We are to go outside the walls of our homes and churches and tell of what He has done. When we know Jesus, it’s a no-brainer.

What do You need from me, God? I’m ready to give, and ready to go.

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Father, Praise You for providing for us in a way that we cannot process. Thank You for giving us guidelines on how to give …to help protect us from our own pride and accomplishment. Forgive us for being stingy with what needs to be given to Your mission, and help us to understand what praising …honoring …thanking …and giving …in Your Name …on account of our lives …looks like. 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 Going,

Megs

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The New Song (#jammed daily devo, day 76)

March #jammed: Grace Revealed.

Day 76: Sing it LOUD.

 But he gives us more grace.” James 4:6apost-image-76

“GRACE comes like a wave …crashing over me! GRACE comes like a wave …crashing over, and over, and over ….” (Grace Like a Wave, Elevation Church Kids)

The lump in my throat wouldn’t surface until the weekend had faded into the next row of calendar squares. The notes were shaken with swelling joy as we jumped up and down singing about grace. Beside me, were two smiling, jumping faces that I had once held in my arms as tiny dependent babes.

“God’s goodness is a major headline in the Bible.” Max Lucado, Before Amen.

How great is our God, that my prayer that they may know Him be answered beyond my imagination. If life is nothing but harder after that moment, it will all be OK. It’s in there. He’s in there. They know Him, and I can feel Christ’s chase on their lives, with or without my presence.

Let’s look at the rest of today’s verse:  That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”

A perfectly aimed stage-light blocked out most of the crowd as we sang and danced. Leading a youth worship team was my daughter’s idea. I refuse to take credit for my inability to say ‘no’ to something that makes her heart skip a beat with excitement. When it came time to pray about the next step, I wanted to say ‘no.’ Our life was busy enough. There couldn’t possibly be a way. But I knew, from the prompting in my heart in prayer, there was. I just had to believe before I could see.

“Jesus You have done it all for me …Jesus You have done it all for me….GRACE!!!” they sang and shouted.

Humility is magical when we hand it over to God. He can do great things through humble servants. When we step our of our comfort zone, we land in His. And He can stretch minutes and fly with messages, if we’ll only be obedient to say, ‘OK.’

jammed-tweet-blueFather, Praise You for praise! And thank You for youth worship programs, and all of the lives that You foster and touch through the obedient people that say ‘OK’ to pack one more thing into their lives. Forgive us for resisting, for that ‘one more thing’ often becomes the favorite thing we ever have privilege to be a part of. Bless our lives to understand that it’s so much bigger than we can imagine. 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 Praising,

Megs

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