Devotions

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Today I woke up to a sky full of dark clouds who seemed to be in deep conversation as they grumbled across the sky.  After stretching my curled up limbs from a nice deep sleep, I reached over and grabbed my Bible and devotionals (NOTE: this is a VERY good habit I’ve gotten in to…reading my devotions right when I get up, that is).  I started out this year waking up and then praying and getting into the word first thing and it really helped set the tone for my day.  Of course like anything you try to do consistently, sometimes you get discouraged or your schedule gets thrown around, etc, and I went a few weeks not doing this and BOY I have been able to tell such a difference!

So, back to this morning.  I opened Oswald Chambers and here what it said:

Moral Decision about Sin

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”  Romans 6:6

…Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood?  ‘I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.'”

That was the intro verse and last paragraph.  It was talking about realizing God’s ultimate gift of giving us His Son and of Jesus’ sacrifice for out sins and really realizing and thinking of what an amazing and great honor we have to have had Christ Jesus give His life to save all of us from the sin of this world and give us the chance to accept Him as our Savior and Lord and live with Him all through eternity!  So that was eye opening and encouraging.

Then I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (these two devotionals are my favorite at the moment) and it went along hand in hand pretty much with Oswald Chambers saying…

“…While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the light of My Presence into your sin-stained life.  Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light.  Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.”

That was also the last paragraph of Jesus Calling.  Before that it was saying to trust in the Lord in and with every detail of your life knowing that He knows what’s going to happen and we do not need to be afraid or sit here wasting our energy away on worries and woes!

Anyway, I thought it was neat how those two devotions today fit together and my conclusion is, or the point that I guess I’m trying to make, is that it is SO worth it to give whatever time you have to God because He’s in charge of all time anyway, so enough with the excuses and JUST DO IT (yes, I’ve taken Nike’s motto for this year…my goal is to just DO things!)!  Don’t be afraid; don’t worry, for the Lord God is with you (Isaiah 41:10).

Blessings to you all and if anyone, young women or older women, is looking for a nice uplifting book to read, try Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy (I’d recommend it to teens-young adults, but it’s a great book and so encouraging if you’re one who may struggle with the cares and worries of the world).

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy April (yay pollen!), and enjoy this lovely spring rain, although it keeps us from the sunshine, it’s beautiful and well needed to wash away the first coat of pollen.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Much love,

Jenny~