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Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional 

November 20-26

Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Scripture: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. In All things, tell the Lord, thank you! – I Thessalonians 5:18

Devotional: Let’s be real for moment, it’s not easy at all to give thanks in all situations and in all circumstances. In some seasons of life, being grateful can be just plain hard. Many times we find ourselves overwhelmed with life most difficult issues such as a loss of a loved one, health issues, relationship problems and yet this verse reminds us, even during this season of Thanksgiving, to be grateful and appreciative in ALL things, good or bad, because God is able to work everything out for your good and my best!

Prayer: Lord God, You are so worthy of our worship and our praise; we give You a big thank you for all that You have done, doing, and is going to do in and around us!  For we give You thanks because even in the best of times or even in the worst of times, Father, You are still good and Your grace and Your mercy endures forever.  As we prepare our hearts and minds for another national recognition of Thanksgiving, help us to realize that if we have You, that is truly more than enough to be thankful and grateful for, in the name  Jesus Christ, we pray Amen and Amen!   Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!      

 

Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Lord, Thank For Giving Us Life In Your Word

Weekly Devotional 

November 13-19

Lord, Thank For Giving Us Life In Your Word

Scripture: For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. – Romans 15:4

Devotional: Friends, wouldn’t it be amazing to have access to everything that you need in order for you to be happy and successful in whatever you desire to do?  Well, we have it already and it’s ever before us in reference to the Word of God.  In fact, we gain not only strength, peace, contentment, and joy but we are guided and directed toward a healthy future, IF only we will take full advantage and govern our lives according to God’s love letter for His children!

Prayer: Lord we thank you for what You have done for us in ages past in giving us the Word of God, which leads us, guides us, teaches us, and correct us in truth and in righteousness.  It is a testament of Your great love in redeeming us and bringing us back into relationship with You through the blood our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Now Heavenly Father, help us to cling to your Word, regardless of the circumstances of our lives because there is Hope in your Word, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

Reflection Question: Do you only read God’s Word when you are instructed to?

 

Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Thank You Lord For Being The Strength Of My Life

Weekly Devotional 

November 6-12

Thank You Lord For Being The Strength Of My Life

Scripture: The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:9

Devotional: Beloved, learning to trust God is easier said than done.  There are times when we say we trust Him, yet our reactions reflect something else.   Regardless of where you are in terms of your spiritual maturity, total dependence in God takes time as we must grow in Him through His Word.  Furthermore, when trouble comes our way and there is no one to helps us or we can to for advice, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we discover that God is truly our refuge and He is our strength.  My friends, life’s circumstances have a way of letting us know that He is truly our stronghold and He is our deliverer!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that we can rely on You when things are cloudy in our lives and remind us each day Lord that You are trustworthy.  We thank you for the opportunity to allow us to grow in You and depend on Your inner strength in our lives; we love you and we thank you in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!!!  

Reflection Question: Who do you turn to when you need strength?

 

Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | What Are You Drawing Nearer To?

Weekly Devotional 

October 30-November 5

What Are You Drawing Nearer To?

Scripture: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – I Corinthians 15:58

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day and we give you praise for being the only true and living God!  Lord, we pray that You will renew our spirits and draw our hearts to thyself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight!  Now help us that we may serve You with cheerfulness and gladness; rejoicing in all that brings honor and glory to You, in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen! 

 

Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | The Beauty of Singing To the Lord

Weekly Devotional 

October 23-28

The Beauty of Singing To the Lord

Scripture: “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”–  Psalm 59:16

Devotional: Unfortunately, many of us, like myself, do not have the gift of singing but that’s alright.   When we open our mouths and our hearts to worship God, something happens on the inside that expresses our love and adoration to Him!  When we think of God’s goodness to us and truly give Him praise, it releases His strength in us to give us peace and assurance of His patience with us; what a blessing!

Prayer: God of Hope, God of Grace, we thank you for this day and we thank you that You are our refuge and You are our strength and we give You glory, honor, and praise for your great love toward us, in Jesus’ name, Amen! 

Reflection Questions:

  1. What do you feel when you sing praises to God
Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Keep On Keeping On

Weekly Devotional 

October 16-22

Keep On Keeping On

Scripture: You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” – Hebrew 10:36

Devotional:

As a child growing up in my home church back in Georgia, we often sung this song, “I’m Pressing On.”  The lyrics go this way: 

“I’m pressing on, I’m pressing on, trying to reach my heavenly home;

a few tears I’ll have to cry, I few more burdens I  have to bear,

I’m pressing on, I’m pressing on, trying to reach my heavenly home,

mother there, father there, I just trying to make it in.”

Friends, even in the midst of our trials and tribulations, what a tremendous blessing to know that our God always keep His promises!  We have this great assurance of knowing that when we have done all that we can do, we can stand on His Word which gives us the strength of His power IF you don’t give up or give in!

Prayer: Father, help us to not fall away from You during the testing times of our lives and to trust you with everything that we have because You are able to do exceedingly and abundantly in whatever we ask or can imagine; so we thank You and we love You,  in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen! 

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are you doing to prepare yourself for the testing times of your life?
Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Safe Travel Along Life’s Highway

Weekly Devotional 

October 9-15

Safe Travel Along Life’s Highway

Scripture: “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.”– Dueteronomy 2:7

Devotional: Have you ever found yourself traveling somewhere and instead of following the map or the GPS, you decide to go another way because it seems to be a shortcut to your destination?  Finally, you do arrive there but instead, you actually end up being late because of the conditions of the road that you decided to take on the shortcut.  Sometimes this is exactly what the journey of life feels like.  However, even when we want to go our own route and not follow His divine compass, the Word of God, many times we still have safe arrival because of God’s grace and mercy!

Prayer: Father thank you for laying out the roadmap for our lives in your Holy Word!  We pray that You will instill in us the importance of following you and not just leaning on what we can see, feel, or touch.  For You O God assures us that if we trust You, we are in a far better place because You know what is down the highways and bi-ways of our existence; so enable us to allow You to take the wheel on this journey right now and lead us to our ultimate destination, which is in Christ Jesus we pray, Amen and Amen! 

Reflection Questions:

  1. Who chauffeuring your life?
Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Whatever We Do For HIM Will Last

Weekly Devotional 

October 2-8

Whatever We Do For HIM Will Last

Scripture: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”– I Corinthians 15:58

Devotional: Sometimes the work that you do doesn’t always match the compensation that you may receive, however, as Christians, we are so thankful and grateful that God’s grace and His mercy far excels what we can ever do; for our salvation is not based on works but on God’s amazing grace.  As a result of our being saved though, we have a charge to fulfill in serving God through Jesus Christ and we must always remember that there is no sacrifice nor struggle that goes unnoticed by an all-knowing and all-seeing God!

Prayer: Father, thank You for the opportunity afforded to us as Your children to worship You and to praise You!  Oftentimes we do fall short of your expectations of us; for we ask that You will fill us with Your continuous guidance so that we may serve you with our whole hearts.  We thank You for Your great love toward us and all that You are doing for us, in the name of Jesus, Amen!  

Reflection Questions:

  1. What are you doing for God that will last until you see Him face to face?
Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | Hold Fast To What Is Good

Weekly Devotional 

September 25 – October 1

Hold Fast To What Is Good

Scripture: “I delight to do your will, O my God your law is within my heart.”– Psalm 40:8

Devotional: Inwardly, for us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is a daily war being raged between our minds and our free will.  No wonder the Apostle reminds us in Romans chapter 7:15:  “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Certainly, I believe that it is the desire of all Christians to love God and give their best in service, especially in their hearts and minds but among us and always, there is this present age of evil all around us.  So what do we do?  We hold on and cling to God through our Worship to Him as we read His Word along with our Witness of Him to those around us!

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your abiding presence even when we do fall short of your glory and help us to trust You and not merely what we can see, feel, and touch.  We thank you for filling us with your Grace and Mercy and allowing us today to experience your power through the Holy Spirit to navigate through this day we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!  

Reflection Questions:

  1. How do you handle evilness around you?
Weekly Devotional | Being Thankful in the Good and the Not So Good

Weekly Devotional | The Truth Has Set Us Free

Weekly Devotional 

September 18-24

The Truth Has Set Us Free

Scripture: “Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”– John 14:17

Devotional: As we continue on this journey as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, It is vital that we open up our eyes and look beyond the peripheral vision.  Our focus cannot rest merely on what we can see, feel, or touch.  The word of God says in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  My friends, it is vital to our spiritual growth to know that you and I have been set free by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which not only has given us eternal life but also has given us strength, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to look beyond our present condition to find rest and peace in the one who dwells in us!

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, thank you for giving us access to You through the power of the Holy Spirit; that we can recognize truth which comes from you and you alone!  We thank you for loving us and no Father, help us to engage all minds and our hearts in obedience to You in everything that we do; remind us that we have freedom in You as we look for guidance and peace, in the name of Jesus Christ, our emancipator and liberator we pray, Amen and Amen!!! 

Reflection Questions:

  1. What do you need God to set you free from?