Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 19th

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I Don’t Have Time! I seriously think I have said this way too many times! Do we not all have the same hours in the day? The end of last year I felt led to do a devotional and didn’t realize it would be on my blog or social media, but that’s how it ended up. I told God that I didn’t think that I could commit because “I don’t have time!” Ha! Well, I do have the time, if I make the time. And I have realized it has become the best part of my day. Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

What do you need more in your life? How about energy? How about time? How about money? How about talent? Whatever you need more of, take the little you’ve got and start using it to serve other people unselfishly. Then watch God multiply it. You say, “I don’t have time to serve other people. I don’t have time to minister. I already don’t have time to get all the things done I need to do. How about I add anything else? Why do you think you don’t have time? Because God never meant for you to spend all your time on yourself! Why would God give you more time if you’re just going to spend it on you?

If you don’t use it, you lose it. And the way you get more is by investing whatever you’ve got. Watch and see how God will give you everything you need-and more-for doing his will when you use your time, money, and talent for him!

Psalm 57:2 “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”

Today as you approach God, come to Him with a heart full of worship, expressing your awe of Him and His faithfulness toward you. He promises that He will never forsake you, but will be with you all day long. Joshua 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the day of thy life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Find some “down time” to be alone and just sit quietly. You may think you don’t have time, but if somebody was giving out thousand-dollar bills at the mall, you would find time to get there. Don’t use the time to try and figure out something; just be still and available to the Lord’s attention.

 

 

 

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 18th

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Glorifying His Name. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

What does it mean to glorify God? It means to bring him honor through what we say, how we act, and how we think, how we treat others. To glorify God means to acknowledge His glory and to value it above all things. To glorify God means we make it known to others. To glorify God means we have a heartfelt gratitude. We glorify God through our faith. We glorify God through our love. We glorify God through our desire to obey Him. We glorify God through our desire to know Him.

Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” Our purpose here on earth is to glorify God.

To glorify God is to set God highest in our thoughts, and, to have a venerable esteem of him, “But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.” Psalm 92:8

Glorifying God consists in worship. “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2

Love is not a feeling. Love is something that you do, and it produces a feeling. If you really love someone, you show it. You do something. You don’t just say, “I love you.” We tell the world that God loves them, but those are words. We also need to show them that God loves them. How do we do this? Through our actions! Loving others through our actions brings glory to God.

We bring glory to God when we love on another. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35

Let all your words and actions today be to glorify our Father in heaven!

Matthew 5:15 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 17th

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If Jesus comes tomorrow, what then? I saw this statement at church yesterday and it made me think….

Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

Many of us may have experienced situations in our lives that seemed like it could be the end of our life here on earth. Scary situations that made us ask the questions-Was I ready to die? Have I lived life to the fullest? Did I have any regrets? Should I have done things differently? Should I have laughed more, loved stronger, hugged harder, and lived more abundantly? Should I have done more for others? Had I stepped out in faith to do all God had called me to…or let my list of excuses stand in the way? Had I allowed my problems and busyness to steal my peace and joy? Had I been taking life for granted? Had I lived as if I truly loved and appreciated life?

In the book of James, the author encourages believers to live out each day based on godly wisdom, not worldly wisdom. In James 4:14 he said, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appearth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

We all need to stay grounded in our faith and live the abundant life God intended, and it’s a shame we allow problems and disappointments to blind us from the beautiful parts of the life we have. Since we’re never guaranteed tomorrow, we should always make the most of today.

We don’t have to search for a different life, a carefree life or a life with perfect circumstances in order to love our life and make the most of it. It’s never too late to start anew and begin intentionally living each day with purpose and joy.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”

Lord, forgive me for letting things stand in the way of appreciating, loving and enjoying the life You’ve given me. Help me make the most of every moment beginning today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 16th

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In My Father’s Eyes. I am not sure how all these “Days” came to be but nonetheless today is considered Father’s Day. Nothing wrong I guess with having a day exclusively to celebrate our fathers. However, sometimes these days are reminders of hurts and pains, whether from father’s that are no longer here or neglect, suffering, abuse, addictions from our earthly fathers.

We must know that regardless of we may have experienced with our earthly father, that we all have the best Father, one who looks out for our good. He longs to bless all of us in special ways. We need to really get to know Him because He wants to guide our lives.

When we learn about His love and goodness, our grief suffered by loss, and all the sorrows of the past will soon fade away. When I look I try to see them through my heavenly Father’s eyes. His eyes are so kind and full of compassion. I have inherited those same eyes. We should continue to help people see that He wants to be a father to the fatherless, and we can celebrate our heavenly Father’s love this year.

Matthew 7:11 promises, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”

Our Father God has gifts and blessings He wants to give us. Sometimes He gives us what we ask for, and other times He just blesses us with the unexpected. The Bible tells us that He loads us daily with His benefits.

Psalm 68:19 says, “Thou hast know my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor; mine adversaries are all before thee.”

We need to realize that He can make up for anything we lack from our past. If you have a great dad let him know ho much you appreciate him, and never take him for granted. Let us also remember those great dads who have gone on to heaven. For the ones who feel as if their dad may have missed the mark, you are not fatherless, our father God is showering you daily with His love.

Romans 8:16 declares, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

God has made it possible for you to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life. Discover how you can find peace with God.

 

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 14th

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This Is The Air I Breathe. When you arrive in Colorado, the thin air at high altitudes has considerably less oxygen and pressure. With so much less oxygen, your body has to breathe more to get the same amount of essential molecule.

Just as our lungs are in need of fresh air, containing life-giving presence of oxygen, it is essential that the Lord’s presence in our lives never becomes stagnant, filling a void, yet serving no purpose. We are in continually need of fresh breath from the Word of God. Without it, both our convictions and encouragements from God’s Holy Spirit, His life-giving breath, will greatly dim. Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”

As I listened to the song this morning, This is The Air I Breathe, by Darlene Zschech, “This is the air I breathe…Your holy presence Living in me…” it reminded me that just as I need air to breathe, I need God’s holy presence living in me and that it is my daily bread. And the song continues that “I am lost without you”, how truly lost we become without God’s Word and Holy Spirit living in us.

Have you allowed the lamp of the Lord to go stagnant in your life? Pick up your Bible and bring the life-giving breath of God back into your innermost being. Do it today!

Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 13th

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New Beginnings, A New Chapter. As I leave Colorado today, my daughter, Claire and her husband, Jeff, are both settled in at their new home in Ft Collins, Colorado. A new beginning and a new chapter in both their lives. However, this also creates a new beginning and a new chapter in my life as well. As a parent, from the time our children are born we prepare them for the day when they will leave and create their own life and home. We are continuously moving each day into new seasons of our lives. Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”

As in all new seasons, our only certainty and security is found in God. To Him, we must cling as we journey forth over every hill and valley ahead.

If you find yourself in the starting blocks of a new beginning, placed there by God, choose to trust Him no matter what. Know that He has purposed your journey, that He is in control and that He has a plan. If you remain obedient to God, you will see His purposes and blessings unfold and receive all the abundance and reward that He has for you, ultimately forgetting all the injustices that occur along the way.

God’s calling for believers is a mighty one. As a follower of Christ, your purpose on this earth will continue to expand, no matter how good the chapter was before.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 12th

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If We Love God Most, We Will Love Others Best. The most loving things we can do for others is love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best. I read this article and wanted to share it because it was so good.

There’s a reason why Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first: if we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbor as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” It functions like faith and works; if we truly have the first, the second comes naturally.

But if God is not the love of our life, there is no way we will truly love our neighbor as ourselves. For we will love ourselves supremely.

The reason we will love others best when we love God most is that love in its truest, purest form only comes from God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” We are only able to love him or anyone else because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.” We are only able to give freely to others what we have received freely from him.

The best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, allow what we see to have its Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” effect on us, and ask God what he would have us do in response. (J Bloom)