Tag Archives: Christian Devotion

This Christmas, choose what’s better

“Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

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Last week someone asked if I was ready for Christmas. I said yes. This week…not so much. The last minute baking, food prep, packing for travel and that one-more-box of cards to buy leave me feeling unprepared.

With every task I check off, the to-do list only seems to grow. What happened to being ready?

Mary got it right. She focused on what mattered. She spent time with the Lord rather than bustling around with preparations. Yes, chores have to be done. But approaching the list with a fresh attitude is key. 

This Christmas, I’m trying to remember to take a breather. To sit at the fit of Jesus before the preparations of the day. To listen. To pray. I want to focus on what can’t be taken away.

Lord, grant your presence. Be my calm before the day begins, remain during the hustle and bustle, and linger long after the last plate is washed and crumbs are swept.


An ocean deep

“This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10

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Love is not based on our love for God. That foundation would be unstable at best because it’s based on human capabilities. Love is based on what God did for us. He sent his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. All other love springs from that foundation…or is it an ocean?

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An ocean deep,

Is the well of God’s love—

where springs begin

and rivers flow—

it’s endless depths

no man can know.

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On shores of sand

 foundations collapse—

yet tides of mercy pull

and waves of grace call—

God’s ocean reverberates

for one, for all.

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Faith takes wing

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

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Faith takes wing

and flaps to the sky,

not knowing the how—

but trusting he will—

come through.

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Faith is flying on air

I cannot see.

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Believing God can do something is only half the equation. He calls me to put feet to my faith, or, take wings to the sky. I play an active role in his response to my prayers.

Faith is action. Doing. Moving forward. Faith is not sitting around and waiting—unless that’s what he said to do.

Faith is pushing past worry and fear. Past the past and into the future. Faith is marching around a city for seven days; it’s leaving Egypt and crossing the sea as on dry land. Faith is flapping wings and flying into air that can’t be seen.

And when you’re a writer…faith is pressing “send”.


At potter’s wheel

“For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

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Here I sit, a pile of dust,

Bending to the potter’s touch.

From inside out I yield,

Fightings within—stilled.

Living water, beget me fusible,

Shape me into a vessel…usable.

May something beautiful churn,

From the wheel’s steady turn.

Remember always that I am just,

A pot created simply of dust.

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Whisper then to me

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” Hebrews 1:1-2

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If prophets hear your word

may I a prophet be.

If visions reveal your will

then visions give to me.

If angels do your bidding

let me an angel see.

If worship draws you near

find me worshiping free.

If you whisper to your child

Lord, whisper then to me.

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What do I have?

“Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?'” 2 Kings 4:2

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A widow from among the prophets was about to lose her two sons to a creditor. Elisha asked what she had and worked with that. He told her to pour the little oil she had into jars. The oil kept flowing until all the jars were filled. She was able to sell the oil, pay her debts and live on the rest.

God uses what we have, no matter how small. Like the two fish and five loaves of the New Testament, He is able to multiply it to feed a crowd. He doesn’t ask for what we don’t have, but looks for faithfulness with what we’ve been given. He does the rest.

Our part is being faithful with what we have.

What does He ask of me? What do I have.

And…my new rose bush has this one little bloom, but look what one little bloom can do.


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The chilly waters of change

“…they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.” Acts 7:39

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The Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt—back to the only way they knew—slavery.

It takes time to adjust to the chilly waters of change. It’s not always comfortable to welcome the unseen and embrace the new—to believe and trust when life is thrown off-balance. It’s tempting to go back to lukewarm waters where one knows how to maneuver, even if it’s not the best choice for the long run.

The waters of change take time to adjust to. One has to learn where to step and when to trust the next foothold and move forward. It’s not necessarily the easy way; it’s the new way. And, however scary, it’s better to move forward with God than to turn back to Egypt.

Lord, go with me and lead the way. Let me not turn back to comfort zones and old ways. Give me the faith to believe in You, the trust to know you won’t leave me and the faith to move forward. Amen.

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