Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst
Lysa is continually open in this devotional. She doesn’t paint herself in a certain picture, but she is what she is. She is honest. She boldly shares herself and her walk with God in this devotional. That alone makes the devotional a beautiful thing. It is one where we can realize we come unglued, but we are not alone. God will meet us right where we are! Lysa is honest about her own struggles of grabbing ahold of her emotions and desiring to act in a way that honors God. On day 53, she is having conversation with her husband as she realizes the need to give others grace—those close to her, not just the pizza guy. Life is very real like that. Those we offer grace are often those we do not personally know or interact with regularly. Where is the grace for our husbands or children? Each of us have much growing to do with Christ as our leader who guides us into a different way of living and responding to life!
If we are totally real, a lot of us want to honor God. It is carrying it out that we struggle with. I am reminded of this particular passage: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do… For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” (Romans 7:15; 18-20)
While we struggle…with our emotions…loving others…giving grace, we are NOT alone! The process may be imperfect, but we have God as our strength! It is through God alone that transformation can occur as we seek Him! The Lord can use this study to help us keep our emotions in check, and learn how to honor Him more in our lives!
It is a 60 day devotional. Each day includes: a Scripture, thought of the day, devotion, and a closing prayer. No one part is more important than the other. It is when those things come together that makes it a devotion that I would want to read. This devotional, it feels more practical. She gives questions that may be answered one of two ways, as we struggle with a particular issue. As I read through a day’s devotion, the Lord calls to mind things I can do in response to the devotion. For the day I mentioned above, I was reminded that I need to show others God’s grace.
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