Category Archives: Devotionals

Leaves

Eph 2:10 “God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God, makes us new people, so that we would spend our lives doing the good things He had already planned for us to do.” (ERV) 

When I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, the falls were so colorful! There were lots of maple trees, and oak trees, so colors were red, orange and yellows. Just so beautiful. When I first became a Christian, I thought that trees and their changing leaves were all part of His great creation. How so creative God is! 

When I went to school, and had a science class, I found out that leaves on trees always had this capacity to do this. The chlorophyll made their leaves change color. The chlorophyll process made the green color disappear and the vivid colors of orange, red, and yellow became visible. The temperatures change would help to make the leaves change colors. God is so creative. 

God has made us as we are. He has made us His people and we are a new creature when we turn to Him, and we can do His will. So in a sense, we are leaves. God has always worked in us and will continue to do so. He will draw our colorful creativeness out of us! We don’t know what He has planned for us, but we know that they are good things for us to do. Since God had prepared these things ahead of time, we can walk in his way. What an adventure! 

Seahorse Key Lighthouse

“Jesus got into a boat and his followers went with him. After the boat left the shore, a very bad storm began on the lake. The waves covered the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The followers went to him and woke him up. They said, “Lord, save us! We will drown!” Jesus answered, “why are you afraid? You don’t have enough faith.” Then he stood up and gave a command to the wind and the water. The wind stopped and the lake became very calm. The men were amazed. They said, “what kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27 (ERV)

My husband and I like Lighthouses. We have visited Cedar Key Florida several times. We found out that Cedar Key has a Lighthouse, Seahorse Key Lighthouse. It is out in the Gulf about three miles so you have to take a boat ride to get there.  It takes about 30 minutes each way. So we thought we would go for it and visit in July.  

On Fire

I remember growing up and my family had a grill for cooking meat outdoors. Steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers and the like. It was not often that we did so, but when we did, we also sometimes roasted marshmellows. Back then we used charcoal grills, not gas nor electric grills. Much more recently, my wife and I enjoy eating S’mores made by first roasting marshmellows over a camp wood fire. In both circumstances, with charcoal or with wood fires, we would have to “stir up” embers made from burning charcoal or wood which would “fan into flames” so as to “rekindle” the fire and “keep ablaze” the fire in order to continue roasting marshmellows. Without a good fire we could not easily roast our marshmellows.

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Fathers Day 2019

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor thy Father and Mother, which is the first Commandment with promise.” (KJV)

When I moved to Mechanicsburg, my Dad liked that I was close to Harrisburg. He could go to the Farm Show sometimes. My parents would come out for a visit. My Dad would go to the Farm Show while my Mom would stay at my home. I would take some time off to visit with my Mom. This was when I was single, but also after my husband and I were married. It worked out well that we could visit.

Moments With Mom

While growing up, I always have pets. Usually cats and dogs. I sometime took care of baby lambs and pigs. But, I do love my kitty cats! My Mother was ok with pets but only if outside or in basement. When cold outside, I bring them inside. I got a litter box for our cats so they stay inside more. If I take care of them, my Mom was happy. Continue reading

Cursing the Fig Tree

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There are two accounts in the New Testament where Jesus cursed a fig tree. The curse resulted in the killing of the tree. Why did this happen? In both accounts, Jesus was hungry. He wanted figs! The tree was in leaf, but had no fruit so Jesus cursed the tree and it died. The differences between the two accounts is that in Mark it says it was not the season for fruit, and in Matthew it says the tree withered immediately, not overnight.

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Jesus Grows

The Bible has a lot of Promises that God has given us. So wonderful!. It’s especially interesting to learn how Jesus grew while He lived on earth. If Jesus grew that way, then we can grow that way in our faith. Grow in Jesus

Some people may like to pick a verse and memorize it. Or do a “deep dive” [study the verse]. What to do? Choose a verse you like. I choose a verse from Book of Luke.

Luke 2:52 “As Jesus grew taller, he continued to grow in wisdom. God was pleased with him and so were the people who knew him.” (ERV)

I ask myself what this verse mean? I break it down and take each part alone.

  1. Jesus grew taller, or physically, or healthy.
  2. Jesus grew in wisdom, and in knowledge.
  3. Jesus more and more pleased God, or spiritually.
  4. Jesus also pleased people, and earned their respect.

Jesus grew in all these ways when He lived on earth, so we can grow this way also.

How do I make this verse meaningful to me? For me this verse means:

God wants me to grow physically, so I can be healthy for Him. Right now I am having some problems dealing with cancer, but I want to be as healthy as I can and live for Him.

God wants me to grow in wisdom, to learn things for Him. God wants me to more and more please Him, grow spiritually. God wants me to also please people, by earning their respect.

By memorizing and studying this verse, I find God wants me to learn by growing in Him. Jesus grew physically. He became wise. He pleased God and people liked him. God wants me to be like Jesus. So I can grow in these four ways as Jesus did. All of it is to grow in Him. Grow our faith in Jesus.