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Devotional Encouragement

Faith of a baby robin

Sitting outside before the snow came back last week, I saw an amazing sight more close up than ever before. Newly hatched baby robins were in the nest with their mouths open to the sky, eagerly stretching to eat. A few thoughts came to my mind about how I should be like that baby robin.

What I noticed about the baby robins:

  1. Trust- mom will be back. Do I trust God even when he doesn’t seem immediately present?
  2. Eager- to eat nourishment- do I hunger and thirst after righteousness?
  3. Accepting- of what mom gave. Am I accepting of all that God gives me even if it isn’t what I asked for?
  4. Always hungry- mouths wide open, unashamed. Do I continue to want to grow in Christ and be fed from his Word often?
  5. Still- waiting patiently in the nest, waiting to receive. Have I taken time to be still and know that God is?
  6. The nest shakes as the branch sways but the baby birds don’t run off out of fear of falling. They don’t seem scared at all-only hungry lol. When the circumstances of my life get shaken up and things seem unstable, do I hold on to God?
  7. They don’t fear the hungry cats below- Do I fear my enemies or do I always remember that evil is defeated and God has not given me a spirit of fear?

I love how God speaks through his creation.

Dear Lord, make me more like the baby robin. Help me to fully trust you and seek you always. Amen.

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Bible Verse

Serve to Refresh

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14

Jesus spoke to his followers after he humbled himself to serve them. The washing of feet was a source of refreshing and relaxation. What had his followers been doing? Sharing the Good News, the Gospel, all around the region as commanded by Jesus. This was hard, physical work, walking from town to town on dusty roads wearing sandals. It was emotionally challenging as many refused to hear the message of truth and grace. The Twelve needed rest and encouragement. What better encouragement than to have your Master and teacher acknowledge your hard work and care for you?

Followers of Jesus today are likewise commanded to share the Gospel and make disciples. It’s still hard work.

Plan how you will intentionally minister to your brothers and sisters in Christ who work hard to teach and preach Jesus.

Won’t you humble yourself and serve, offering refreshing and encouragement to your fellow laborers for the Lord?

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Bible Study Devotional

Remembered By God- Mothers in the Bible

Mothers were not a focus of special attention in Bible times. Women in general, including mothers, worked hard behind the scenes with little to no recognition. Yet, Mothers are written about in the grand arc of the Bible story, from beginning to end. God chose to use mothers, a marginalized group, to build his Kingdom.  This reveals God’s amazing and surprising love for his people.

It is important to note that by choosing to recognize mothers in his Word, God was going against the prevailing culture. In both the Old and New Testament, there was no celebration of “Mother’s Day”.  Mothers, and women in general, were thought of as lesser people and had few rights and many responsibilities. But the God of the universe, the creator of all life, chose to highlight the importance of this group no one else thought much about, women who were mothers. Here are some thoughts on three mothers in the Bible:

  1. God chose for people to populate the world he created through a mother. In the very beginning of the Bible we learn that “Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.” (Genesis 3:20). Of course, God could have chosen any other way to populate the earth but he did so through a mother and ordained the family as the unit of the continuation of life. These events of creation foreshadow the time of Jesus, when we no longer rely on biological families alone but are called to bring all nations into the eternal family of God. We are part of a new covenant when we are born-again spiritually.
  2. In the new covenant, God chose to use a mother to bring salvation to the world through Jesus. Mary was called to give birth to Jesus, our Savior. Jesus could have come down directly from Heaven, risen up from the ground or emerged from a whirlwind. But no. God chose to send his precious Son here to earth through a mother to be born into a family. Though Jesus was with his earthly mother for only a short time before his ascension, he is coming back.
  3. Revelation, the final book in the Bible, gives signs of the world to come when Jesus returns. In Revelation chapter 12, John describes the signs God showed him of a mother. A woman gives birth and fights for her life and the life of her child against a powerful adversary. This imagery in John’s revelation echoes that of Israel often portrayed by the Prophets. Isaiah, for example, wrote of righteous Israel as a mother giving birth to the faithful remnant. (Isaiah 66:7-10) We know the mother, her child and all her descendants were faithful to Jesus and his Word.  This mother will be the source of the faithful remnant.

From beginning to end, the Bible shows us God’s knowledge of and respect for a little-considered group in ancient times, mothers. He chose to preserve in his word, the Bible, examples of these women for future generations to read. The Creator, the God of the Universe, had very different views from the prevailing society. He gave honor and attention when others refused to. So for mothers and other women who feel forgotten or ignored by society on a daily basis, remember there is One who knows you and cares for you. He is Jesus and he is all that matters.

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Leave Your Past For Your Promise

Sometimes, God calls you out of a messy, painful past. But other times, he calls you to leave success behind.

Leaving success has been most difficult for me. But God showed me that by trusting his promises, I will experience greater success than I could imagine.

What part of your past is God calling you to leave behind?

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Devotional Prayers Quote Images

Pray For One Another

We need to be there for each other, for confession of our sins and to pray for the healing of one another. Thank God for the power of  prayer and community.

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Bible Verse Devotional

Always Hungry?

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35

As a mom of growing teens, it seems my job to satisfy their hunger is never­ ending. As soon as one meal is done, it is time to start thinking about the next one. But Jesus satisfies spiritual needs in another way. He gives you the final meal of his body and blood through his sacrifice on the cross so you don’t need to keep searching for and preparing other meals to feed your spirit.

In today’s self-help world of easy answers, even Christians are tempted to seek answers to life’s difficult problems outside of the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and our sins. So many are struggling to find the answers that are readily available by spending time with God in prayer.

Let us come to Jesus in faith, knowing that he and he alone has the power to redeem, restore, and reconcile. Go to the source of true satisfaction today­ seek Jesus and believe in him for all your needs.

From the “God Is Our Guide” Devotional by Victoria Carrington

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The Fruit of the Spirit

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Audio Devotional

The Glorious Tabernacle

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Ezra- What His Devotion Tells Us-Bible Study

Listen to a brief Bible study by Victoria on the beginning of the Book of Ezra on YouTube.

 

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Bible Verse Devotional

With God, All Things Are Possible