Category Archives: Devotionals
Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
A few days ago we were sitting with a group of friends at a wedding. Of the four couples sitting together, we ranged from 20 to 45 years of marriage, and we began sharing stories of how we met and our courtship.
One particular story stood out to me, and it was the story of their love letters to each other. The husband at that time worked on an oil rig off the coast of Canada, and his now wife would write several pages of love letters to her now husband. She would go to the airport, drop the letters off to the pilot and the letter was received that same day. As they look back at those love letters, they now say how silly they were, and that nothing important was written on them, but at the time it was an expression of their love.
I then heard the familiar still small voice saying to me, “Will you write me a love letter? All my letters are petitions and request, some are even angry at Me, and I long for a love letter.”
Yes, that did a number on me, because even though I praise and thank the Lord many times, my ‘letters’ have been petitions, decrees, what’s taking so long and so forth and so on.
So I have decided to write love letters to God. I need to thank Him for another year of His protection and provision, for a roof over my head and never missing a meal, for the growth in the ministry, celebrating 31 years of marriage and so many more things that I am so very grateful for.
I need to write to Him my silly things of love, that He will not find silly. I need to express my gratitude for having everything in His hands, for His wisdom and guidance and protecting me when I tend to run too far ahead. I need to say I LOVE YOU GOD more and more.
When was your last love letter to God written? I am sure He will enjoy receiving one from you!
2 Kings 7:9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”
In the book of second Kings, we read the story of the four leprous men during the time of famine who were sitting at the entrance of the gate.
Leprosy was a skin condition where one was shut out of the city and out of society. Having leprosy meant that you were rejected, ridiculed, and people did not want to be near you, and you were considered unclean. One with leprosy most likely went hungry, and being in this state you could easily lose hope.
As they entered the camp, they saw that there was no one there, for the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. 2 Kings 7:6-7.
The lepers entered the tents, ate the food left behind, obtained silver, gold and clothing. But they knew in their hearts that having and keeping this to themselves was not right, they had to share the good news, for their city was suffering a famine to the point of cannibalism and people were hungry and dying.
Pastor Lloyd preached on this message this morning, and stressed the importance of Hope. We have now entered the advent season, a season of Hope where Jesus is our good news, through Him we share, we give, and are not selfish. The leprous men had every right to not share their bounty, after all they were treated terribly, but they did not hold a grudge in their hearts, and despite their condition and pain they thought of others and had an urgency to share the good news. They knew in their hearts that they would be held responsible for what they failed to do.
Do we have an urgency to share the good news of Jesus Christ, our hope? Many during this time of year suffer depression, are far from family and friends. Others may have financial problems and cannot have the Christmas they desire, but when hope is shared and that hope fills the heart, it is a tree of life.
Let’s continue to share our hope, Jesus, and yes, there is an urgency to do so because He is coming back sooner than we think.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
A few days ago I was meditating on the word faith. What came to mind were the times I would pray for physical healing for others, and not always see results. To be honest, this can be discouraging. I am now in full time ministry, and I now see fruit in the lives of those I pray for.
As I continued meditating on faith, the Lord gave me a beautiful vision. I was praying for someone (don’t know who) and facing this person. My right hand was laid upon their right shoulder. Standing behind me was Jesus. His right hand was laid upon my right shoulder as I continued praying for this person in my vision.
I understood at that moment that my faith was backed up by Jesus, and He has an abundance of faith, more than we can ask or imagine. In other words, I have His full backing whenever I pray for someone.
This is where I and many of us went wrong. We think it’s us doing the work, when in reality it is Jesus whom works in and through us to minister to His bride.
Now when I pray and minister, I see Jesus standing behind me, smiling and saying “Go for it, give it all you’ve got, I’m right here behind you.” But I want more. I desire more of an intimate relationship with Him. How do I do that? Read and meditate on the word, because He is the word that became flesh. I heard a preacher say, “Go after Him with all you’ve got.” That is what I intend to do.
What do Stephen, David, Moses, Paul and many others in the Bible have in common? They were able to perform mighty miracles, signs and wonders. It was a direct, intimate relationship with the Father-Jesus. They were doing what they “saw” their Father doing.
We can have and do what they did, the gifts, calling, signs, wonders, miracles, healings are not lost. What has been lost is that intimate relationship that gives us the assurance that Jesus has our back, and He desires to see us walk in that power and authority that is our inheritance.
I challenge you to go after Him with all you’ve got. You will not be disappointed.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
As I was preparing to go on retreat, I confided in my friend that one of my prayer requests to the Lord was guidance / direction on my blog. I have not had the green light from the Lord to let it go, yet I had stopped posting.
She then smiled and mentioned the molting process that eagles go through. I have never heard of this, so after my retreat I began to search the internet and this is what I found:
The eagle molts at least once in their lifetime, and it can bring depression. Through the molting process, the eagle begins to lose its’ feathers by plucking them out one by one. Also, it will break off its’ beak by smashing it on a rock.
The molting eagle will find himself in a valley, unable to fly with his feathers falling out. They lose their ability to see. Calcium builds up on their beaks and they are unable to hold up their head.
As we know, eagles are known for their excellent eyesight. Their vision is among the sharpest of any animal studied.
The eagle will choose some area of a mountain range where the sun can shine directly on them, and they will lie on a rock and bathe in the sun. During this time some have observed other eagles coming and dropping fresh meat over to the dying birds.
If they survive the exposure that molting produces, then the eagle becomes greater , stronger and soaring higher than ever before. Their beak and talons will be as sharp as ever and take to the skies once again.
As I was researching these facts, I was encouraged that this was just another time in my life where I had to grow in the Lord, and trust that He is doing a work in me.
So what did the Lord say about my blog? Keep it, it’s time to fly higher than ever before.
May you be richly blessed as you serve Him with all your heart, soul and mind.
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Below is a vision I felt led to share while in prayer and time of soaking and thanksgiving to the Lord.
I saw Jesus riding on a white horse, and He was in Heaven. As Jesus rode the horse, the multitude parted the way and bowed before Him. Jesus was full of majesty, power, radiance and the glory was shining all around Him. Even the horse was radiant. I watched all of this in amazement. The clouds below parted and Jesus was able to see earth, as was I. The horse was excited to run and go. Jesus was holding onto the reigns. He then turns to me, smiles and says, “It’s almost time”
Friends, this is the same message the Lord has been giving me. It’s almost time for the King to return. Let us seek the kingdom of God and all His righteousness, that righteousness being Jesus. Seek all of Jesus for every area of your life, and He will add blessings unto you.
May the Lord continue to bless and prosper you as we expect our King to return for His bride.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Something has been stirring in my heart since Sunday service. Our pastor spoke on how those who seek the Lord will find Him. If we don’t look, we won’t find Him, simple. He used the verse from Matthew 2:2 which says, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
The star was in the East, but it seems as though these wise men were the only ones that saw the star. They were students of the word and when they saw the sign, they followed it.
I often wonder, how many signs has the Lord given me to seek Him further, to grow in my gifts, and I have not picked up on it? I read and study the word, but when the sign of Him calling me to go further is in front of me, do I ‘see’ it?
We live in a society that wants everything quick, easy and simple. Everything is fast, ready at our fingertips. In case you have not noticed, we also live in a culture that lacks commitment. If things don’t go our way from the start, we become discouraged and give up. It happens with us in the workforce, in church, friends, marriages, and yes, it even happens to our relationship with the Lord. If our prayers are not answered yesterday, we tend to loose faith and become easily discouraged. We have lost the art of discipline and perseverance.
I desire to “see” the signs that are in front of me, I feel that perhaps I have missed some along the way. I also desire to make a deeper commitment to the One who has already committed to me, and to ‘seek’ Him in areas that I have not looked before.
Let us be like the wise men, and seek Him. Seek the one who has redeemed us, given us a hope and a future. Let us commit to something that my even hurt and cause us discomfort, but in the end, build us up, reward us and cause us to be all the better for it.
Better for Him, for us, and for those around us.
May you be richly blessed this day.