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 4: Quarrel or Character

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
    and he receives favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22

A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping
    of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
restraining her is like restraining the wind
    or grasping oil with the hand.
Proverbs 27:15-16

She [A wife of noble character] speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:26-27

[Husbands] Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:31

God intended marriage to be a partnership that brings value to each other. Read more

Day 3: Strength when Weary

Marriage Devotional: Traveling Spouse

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Today I think about those marriages that are separated not by choice. Read more

My Anything Project, Week Two

Matthew 19:16-30

FullSizeRender 6If you want to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give them to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” Jesus wants us to take care of the poor, to sacrifice for others, and to follow Him. Jesus is asking us to be willing to give up what we hold closest to our hearts: the things of this world that holds no true value. For the young man in Matthew 19:16-30, this was his possessions. Jesus simply wants us to love Him first and to serve Him above all else.

Dear Heavenly Father, what is in my heart that I put before you? Please show me and make it clear so I can better serve.

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Prayer Journal

As I prepared to complete my year in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, I started a daily prayer journal following the example of my husband who was encouraged by a Rick Warren message on The Spiritual Act of Journaling. I was also inspired by the executive paster, Bo Chancey at Manchester Christian Church. Bo spoke once about spending his early mornings in prayer, devotion, and study.

Enthusiastically, I started setting my alarm to early hours to do the same and failed miserably as I pressed snooze every 9 minutes for an hour. Read more

A year with Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Jesus Calling by Sarah YoungOn May 3, 2014, I picked up Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young from a local bookstore. I was 33, four months into living on a very tight budget (thanks to Financial Peace University) working to recover debts I acquired from a failed marriage. The neighborhood I lived in was modest… er, dangerous. (I only ran for my life 3 times). I was working in a non-profit where I commuted 3 hours a day, was fueled by toxic amounts of coffee, and delirious from emotional and physical exhaustion on most days.  In my spiritual development and choice to let God back in, I started this daily devotional. Read more