Day 9: The Enemy

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7:33

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3

The enemy is not your spouse. This lie becomes easy to believe when Read more

The Women in John

Since meeting my goal to read all the books of the Bible*, I’ve been asking, “Where should I start next?” God answered me in so many ways. First, I attended an IF:Local Mandeville/Northshore at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church. This year’s IF:Gathering dove into the Book of John. Then the following Sunday at Vintage Church the message “Big Easy Jesus: I am the bread” focused on John 6:25-69. And finally, in conversation with a friend, she casually mentioned that she was reading through John this Lent Season.

Ok, God… Got it! John it is… Read more

Day 8: Strength of Heart

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
    I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
    I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:7-8

At the beginning and end of the day, we are only human. Broken, sinful, faulty humans and God loves us anyway. Read more

Day 6: Heart Guard

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23

But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:12-13

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Day 5: Tithing

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10

And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:17

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

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Praise, Promise, and Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are so awesome in power and love. There is no God like you in heaven and earth. You love us so much you keep your promises, especially the gift of forgiveness and grace through your Son, Jesus. Jesus who came through King David’s lineage, just as you promised through prophesy.

Dear Lord please continue to dwell on earth and in our hearts. Please continue to fill us with your Spirit and guide us with Jesus’s teachings. Anywhere that your people gather to worship and praise you, I pray that you hear those prayers. Bless the people who cry out to you!

Dear Lord, you are just. Please be with the innocent who are hurt by their fellow man, their neighbor. I also pray for people who have turn their back on you; that they will come back with a humble heart so they can experience the enormous amount of love in your forgiveness. Teach us the right way we should live to honor you and love each other.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Prayer: Give praise to the Lord

Dear Heavenly Father,

I praise and thank you for all you have done from the small miracles of breath you give me each morning I awake to the amazing mountain moving miracles of healing broken hearts, sick bodies, and giving us your Son Jesus, our Savior. I sing out praises to you and all the wonderful and mysterious ways you create. My heart rejoices and overflows with all the ways you love me, each day and in each moment, directly and through other people who you have filled with your joy and love. I will continue to look to you for strength and perseverance and I will continue to look for you in all of your creation.

A devil said so…

Twenty something days on a Greek island and it’s been an interesting introduction to Greece. I’m submerged in a different culture but surrounded by a diversity of Americans. This island has fresh organic meals to enjoy, an abundance of wine to sip, and plenty of sand to be found in various spaces.

I’ve also been experiencing a tug of war in my spirit but a firmness in faith as finished reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Read more

Lessons from C.S. Lewis on a Greek Island

IMG_3629I’m always in awe how God speaks to me. He seems to give me answers to questions I haven’t asked yet. For example, whenever there is a controversy in the news (which let’s face it, is often), somehow it aligns to either where I am in my Bible, a recent sermon, or in study that I am doing. Currently for my travels to Greece, I brought the C.S. Lewis collection with me and I’ve started with Mere Christianity.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Kim Davis is making a mockery out of Christians. Read more