Friday Matters- February 3, 2023
Everyday Furnace Faith
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are three teenagers we can read about in the Bible who refused to bow to a golden idol and their punishment landed them in a furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. But think of the courage they had in responding to King Nebuchadnezzar; “Our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us. But if He doesn’t, let it be known that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”
They stood strong in their faith and as the king himself said; “These men were delivered by their God for they believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him!” Our faith shouldn’t be dependent on whether we see all that we want to see in our lifetime, or whether our dreams come true or we’re free from pain. Let our faith stand on the belief in God’s Word whose purpose for our lives will be accomplished in His perfect way and timing...everyday.
Thursday Matters- February 2, 2023
Everyday Genie in a Bible
How do you view yourself? Do you think about what God sees or what others see? It’s definitely a process to be able to hear God’s voice and listen to Him alone. When I got my eyes off of how I looked or performed I began to truly see myself the way God saw me. That changed everything. THEN I was like; “Where should I go, who should I meet, and “How can I serve?” Prior to that I made wonderful plans and then asked God, “Bless what I’ve decided is good.” God is not a Genie in a Bible. It’s not about saying the correct verses and doing super good deeds, it’s about trusting God’s faithfulness and believing He knows the best plan for your life.
God doesn’t need me to be heard on the radio, write books or be a speaker. He loves us for who we are and not for what we do. He gives us purpose with the gifts He’s given us simply because He loves us…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- February 1, 2023
You may be an orphan and by that, I mean an individual who actually has parents but for whatever reason such as abuse, whether physically or emotionally, disinterest, or they’re just plain absent; you may be an orphaned child. I recently heard someone’s story whose case was just that. But guess what Psalm 10:14 says? When we commit to God, He is the helper to the orphan. God makes sure orphans have lots of parents.
God will place others to care and support you. Give up this ideal that it has to be the parents you are assigned to by birth or adoption. When you let go and let God begin to show you the people, He has for share your heart with you’ll be amazed. He may be using that time to prepare you to be a parent or sibling for someone who is an orphan too. God is good. Always. He’s got us covered and He knows who and what we need…everyday.
Tuesday Matters- January 31, 2023
Everyday Itchy Sin
Hidden sin is attractive but once exposed, we see how ugly it really is. But often a person acting in sin can’t see the truth of how what they’re doing is not only hurting themselves but also others around them. C.S. Lewis in, The Great Divorce says sin is like an itch that needs to be scratched. At first, it’s small but the more it’s scratched the better it feels. After a while the itch becomes less, but you actually long to have it back. Sin is that way, when you aren't being satisfied by it anymore, you still long to have it. Only God can take that desire away.
Sin costs us and the real loss isn’t just on earth but the loss of eternal life. Good news is that if we change our ways and accept God’s grace, we have life, which is what 1 John 5:12 talks about with repentance which brings true freedom, forgiveness and life...everyday.
Monday Matters-January 30, 2023
Everyday New Thing
“The Bible never once says; ‘Figure it out.’ But over and over it says, ‘Trust God.’ He’s already got it all figured out.” Oh, but the ache of the wait and the question of “Why God did this happen?” “Why” will never bring peace but knowing He’s the WAY…will.
In Isaiah 43:19; God tells us He’s doing a NEW THING in our lives and then asks us; “Will you trust Me and cooperate with Me no matter how hard it is? WE can release God’s plan for our lives by no longer thinking about the things of old but instead believe that God has a good plan for our future. We need to stop mentally living in the past and begin to speak in agreement with God’s promises rather than pondering the “what if” thoughts which pop into our heads. God makes a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert as Isaiah 43:19 tells us, He can make a way for you…everyday.
Friday Matters- January 27, 2023
Everyday Race Running
It’s not always good or healthy to say “yes” to everything that seems good and godly. But sometimes God calls us to minister in seasons that are challenging and keep us very busy. What’s comforting to me is to know that if God asks us to do something He’ll always give us the grace and strength to do it.
So, it kinda bugs me when people step in and offer solutions to my busyness, even if they mean well, by telling me to stop what I’m doing, especially when you know in your spirit that God’s asked you to do something and you’re feeling overwhelmed what you need is encouragement to run your race. So, let’s cheer each other on from Hebrews 12:2; “Keep going and persevere. You can do it, keep your eyes on Jesus. Your faith will sustain you!” It won’t always be easy but there will always be strength, grace and even JOY when we’re running for Jesus…everyday.
Thursday Matters- January 26, 2023
Everyday Past Future
Joshua who served under Moses finds himself ready to lead God’s people into the Promised Land but first he needs to send two scouts to check things out especially into Jericho to see what they might be up against. And it turns out these two scouts are able to lodge at the house of Rahab, a woman who had worked as a prostitute. In Joshua 2:14 we read the promise of the two spies; “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety. If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the LORD gives us the land.” And that’s in fact what happened.
By the end of her life, Rahab too had come to love the God of Israel and she’s even mentioned as an ancestor of Jesus. No matter how bad your past is, always know that God has a new beginning for you. You may have a rough past, but you also have a future with Him who loves you…everyday.
Wednesday Matters- January 25, 2023
Everyday Boldness in Feat
“My husband has cancer” I wrote that in the subject line of an email that I sent to family and friends in 2010. My brother responded, “Wow, Deb that’s powerfully blunt to write in the subject line.” I know. But it helps for me to face what I fear. There are so many times the enemy has used fear to immobilize me, and in those times, he whispers lies against the truth I know. Philippians 1:28 is great because it says that not for a moment should we be frightened or intimidated by our adversaries, for such constancy and fearlessness will be a clear sign to them of their impending destruction, but sure evidence of our deliverance from God.”
Satan knows that the only way he can overcome a believer is through deception and intimidation. Dan is cancer free, and we thank God, but we thank Him because He’s God no matter what happens…everyday.
Tuesday Matters- January 24, 2023
Everyday Confident Dancer
When our son Joey was four, he took dance classes in ballet, tap and jazz. He did this for six years but being the only boy dancer in a small town we knew there might be some teasing. I remember clearly in first grade when Joey told me what Bryce had to say about his dancing. “It’s so stupid you’re in dancing. That’s only for girls,” “So, what did you do Joey. “Oh, I just told him, ‘I’m sorry you have a problem with my dancing. I guess I’ll pray for you.’” And then Joe walked away.
Joey knew it wasn’t his problem what others thought. Joe’s confidence came from knowing who he was, and that kind of security comes from knowing your identity in Christ. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 we know that by receiving Christ we have the righteousness of Christ. This means we are in right standing with Him and we know who He says we are!” Walk in confidence knowing your identity in Christ…everyday.
Monday Matters-January 23, 2023
Everyday Corrie ten Boom
Corrie ten Boom along with her Sister Betsy hid a number of Jews during the Holocaust and both were caught and sent to a Concentration Camp. Amazingly Corrie managed to smuggle in a Bible and held Bible studies in the barracks. God’s Word changed the lives it touched in a powerful way despite the circumstances.
Corrie was obedient to Ephesians 5:20; “Give thanks for all things,” but she wrote in her book; “God, I can thank You for almost everything, but I can’t thank You for the lice.” Still, she obeyed and realized it was the lice that prevented the guards from coming into the barracks where the Bible was. When I began to trust God and His Word (The Bible), God began to change me. Thanking God for my husband’s cancer seemed goofy at the time but now I see the many blessings that occurred during that season years ago. God is always on the move working and redeeming ALL things no matter who difficult they may be. He is always good…everyday.