Spirit and Soul is all about eternity. Life ever after with a God who has prepared a place in advance for us. Dig into the Word. Search out your heart. Contemplate where you will spend eternity. . .then choose to offer your life to God.
DEVOTION BY Lisa Crowe POSTED 9/29/2022 6:00:01 AM ON 2 Peter 1:3 NLT
It was a few days before Christmas and, as usual, I wasn’t ready.
Getting ready for Christmas is not a challenge unless I’m still shopping on Christmas Eve. Finding a parking place in Asheville, NC, is often difficult, so I was happy to find a metered spot just a block past my destination.
The meter required coins, and I had none in the car. My pockets were empty. I scrounged under the seat, in the glove compartment, and in the console. After much digging, I decided to take the risk. I completed my errand in record time and rushed back to the car, relieved to find nothing on my windshield. I reminded myself that I needed to replenish my cup holder change and proceeded to my next destination
I pulled into my credit union and walked to the back of my car. That’s when it hit me. My next errand was to cash in a jar full of change I had accumulated over the past year. I planned to give it for a special offering at church on Sunday. I had more than one hundred dollars in the hatch of my car. I laughed at the absurdity of my scrounging around in the floor of my car when there was an ample supply just a few feet behind me.
I often do the same in my walk with God. Peter says God has given me everything I need to lead a godly life. Everything. God lacks nothing. But I often limp along, relying on my own pitiful strength when the power of God’s Spirit lies within me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to quit focusing on what I can scrounge up in my own power and tap into the infinite provision of my Father God. Will you do the same?
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DEVOTION BY Theresa Pierce POSTED 9/22/2022 6:00:01 AM ON I Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
My daughter once gave me a sewing kit with needles pre-threaded with sewing thread.
I thought maybe she had seen me struggling with the tiny holes. Then she said, “These are great for busy women.” I was relieved, and now I don’t know how I could live without them.
God wants us to give a helping hand. The Scriptures are full of references about helping others. “Encourage one another” adequately describes the authors I have met over the last two years. I approach them in awe of their skill. They reach back with a kind word. Sometimes, they are hard on me but not in a bad way. I need to be reminded what it is like to be an amateur.
When I served as a mentor for new teachers, I often brought them breakfast biscuits and praised their efforts, but sometimes I had to level with them. In their enthusiasm, they often got ahead of themselves just as I do as a writer now. Sometimes, I want to give up just like a new teacher, but I remind myself there are so many people rooting for others.
My first-grade teacher taught me teachers will apologize. One middle school teacher challenged me to think on my own. A high school teacher stood up to the football player who made fun of my success off the field.
For thirty-five years, I stood on the shoulders of giants in the teaching field. One principal showed me how to handle an angry parent. A teacher’s assistant held me while I cried and then squared my shoulders and said, “Now get on with it.” And I did. Over and over, colleagues reached across the table and encouraged and built me and others up.
Yes, I experienced bad times when no one was there, but somehow, those times forced me to lean on God. God threaded my needle, and I kept sewing. He could see the big picture.
When we look at tapestry, we see the underside with matted threads, but God is in heaven looking down at the beautiful picture.
Who is God calling you to encourage? Who needs a helping hand, a threaded needle of sorts, that will give them a start?
DEVOTION BY Tina Smith POSTED 9/15/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
One Saturday morning, Vaughn and I went running.
We began at the Chamber of Commerce and started along a course we had run many times. When we made our normal turn to the left, Vaughn went straight. I encouraged him to keep going, thinking we could run a different route. I knew most of my surroundings, but I kept my eyes on Vaughn and when he turned, I followed.
After three miles, I didn’t know where we were, except that we were further from our car. Vaughn reassured me he knew where we were. He likes to run. Me, not so much. A little later, Vaughn looked back and asked if I was okay and if I knew where I was. I told him I knew where we were, but I didn’t know how to get back to our car. I reassured him that I trusted him and believed he could get us back.
Like most of our runs, Vaughn waited on me if he got too far ahead. Sometimes, he would circle back and then start again. At other times, he would wait at an intersection before he made the turn. He was always aware of where I was.
As I made my way through one of the intersections, I was reminded that Vaughn mimics God. God leads the way. We just need to keep our eyes on Him. Doing so is not always easy, and sometimes He must circle back and encourage us to keep going. Our job is to keep our eyes on Him. We need to trust that He knows our destination and the best way to get us there.
Vaughn and I did make it back to our car. When I looked at my watch, I saw we had run five miles. Of course, Vaughn said, “Five miles? Is that all?” And, yes, I rolled my eyes.
How can you better trust God’s guidance?
DEVOTION BY Julie Grenness POSTED 9/8/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
Daily, I proceed with the tasks of routine housework and my enjoyable activities as a senior.
I welcome Team Jesus into my heart. The things I enjoy include a simple life in the slow lane: reading, writing, and crafting for the underprivileged. I have been a Captain Smiley who welcomed friends who planned to visit me. I support them as I support Team Jesus. I’m on the team.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. To me, this verse means we all have gifts from God, such as my gift as a writer. Jesus saved us by coming to earth and dying for our sins. As a Christian, I aim to walk each day in step with my Saviour.
We must all do what we can, while we can, and for as long as we can. This keeps our hearts full of thanks for peaceful days of harmony. Team Jesus is heading for peace, so I’m on that joyful team, along with other Christians and the angels who bless us daily with God’s love.
Belonging to Team Jesus means exploring God’s grace. We can pray for the gospel to be spread, for all the people we love and care for, and for the unity of all Christians.
Keep on praying and spreading God’s grace with your gifts. I’m on Team Jesus. Are you?
DEVOTION BY Andrea Merrell POSTED 9/1/2022 6:00:01 AM ON Romans 1:18 MSG
“Where is God?” the child asked. “Why can’t I see Him?”
Unfortunately, too many adults ask the same question. They refuse to believe in something—or rather Someone—they cannot see or touch.
For those who refuse to acknowledge Him, the Bible says: “The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thankful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes, as such, can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being. So nobody has a good excuse” (Romans 1:18-20 MSG).
The Passion translation puts it this way: “The invisible qualities of God’s nature have been made visible . . . He has made His wonderful attributes easily perceived.”
What we see—the visible—helps us recognize and understand what we can’t see—the invisible. I saw a T-shirt once that read, God doesn’t believe in atheists. That’s because He has placed a piece of heaven in every human heart. We choose whether or not to embrace it.
So, where is God? Maybe the parent should have said to her child, “Look around you. You’ll find Him in a beautiful sunset. A majestic mountain peak. A glorious waterfall. Snowflakes that blanket the earth in brilliant white. A baby’s smile. The giggle of a toddler at play. A warm hug from someone you love. An answered prayer. Open your eyes and your heart. If you look for Him, you will see Him.”
God is everywhere. But the place He desires to dwell is in your heart.
Will you invite Him in?