Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Being Content
Happy Sunday! I am working on a thirty day photography challenge, taking pictures for different prompts such as pattern, things in threes, movement, etc. What I have learned is there is beauty in the ordinary things that I see every day. God wants us to be content, He wants us to find joy in the ordinary. There is a lot of pain and suffering in this world, He knows that. But, God wants us to enjoy everyday living, He takes pleasure in seeing us happy. Stop and appreciate the small, simple things, be content, find the gift in the routine and in the common.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Verses

Short devotional on Father's Day
Happy Sunday! I love this picture of my husband and daughter. She wanted to cross the log, but she was scared. My husband took her hand, encouraged her, showed her how to move across the log, helped her overcome her fears and successfully cross the river. It is a picture of what fathers are called to do: encourage, teach, help, and hold their children's hands when they need it. I am so thankful for my husband and for all of the dads out there who step up and step in to teach and train up children in a Godly and loving way and so thankful that we have a loving Father in heaven who shows us how to love our children and each other unconditionally.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Hope
Happy Sunday! I have always loved rainbows. As a kid, (and mind you, it was the very groovy seventies) I had a rainbow bedroom--rainbow sheets and comforter, rainbow wallpaper, and a full rainbow painted on the wall. Today would have been my son's nineteenth birthday and in his short life, the rainbow became more special to me. My son was born with a rare heart defect, Ebstein's Anomaly. Shortly after he was born, when the doctors had rushed him away to work on him, I looked out the window of my hospital room and saw a rainbow through the tall buildings. On the day we buried my son it was raining heavily. When we got to the cemetery, the sun came out and a double rainbow appeared over the mountains. After the flood, God placed the rainbow in the skies as a promise and a sign of hope.  Yes, my baby died, but I live with the hope that I will see him again one day. Hope tells us that things will get better, that there is a way through the darkness, that God will work it out. Jesus came to give us life and to give us hope. Find a sign of hope in your life and cling to it. Trust hope.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Verses

Inspiring Devotional
Happy Sunday! It is graduation season and at many graduation parties we are asked to write words of wisdom for the graduate. I often write short, inspirational quotes. But, I realized what I really want graduates (and EVERYONE) to know is this: You are who God says YOU are. You are not your list of achievements or mistakes, you are not your GPA or the activities you participate in, you are not who social media says you are, you are not the college you are attending or the degree or job you want, you are not the friends you hang out with or anything else that is temporary and fleeting and ever-changing. You are who God calls you--fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure, forgiven, and redeemed. When the world tries to put labels on you and define you, work hard to reject them and remind yourself that God's labels are the only ones that matter.