Our Kind Father {VOTD}

Praise the Lord, my soul! All my being, praise his holy name! Praise the Lord, my soul, and do not forget how kind he is (Ps. 103:1-2, GNT).

The past 24 hours was somewhat enveloped in chaos. Things were crazy. Even so there were plenty of moments, where I was reminded of the Holy Spirit. You know, it’s enjoyable to see the Holy Spirit and His fruits (like self control) in action. My faith is not empty, because I could see the result of trusting Jesus and the way He changes how I respond to a tense situation.

In today’s verse, we are reminded to praise the Lord with all our soul and to remember His kindness. The Lord has been abundantly kind toward me. No matter how I have acted, the Lord has chosen to love me through every bit of it. He has shown me what patience and kindness really looks like!

The Lord has been kind to me and allowed me to experience His grace. There have many times in my life where I have acted foolishly, but the Lord protected me in those moments. He has protected me in many ways and displayed His costly love.

The Reminder

While He has taught us through the Bible that He loves us, we can know these aren’t empty words. The Lord has lived out His love for us every moment of our lives. He has chosen to love us and intimately walk with us – even when we make bad decisions.

That’s where my mindset needs to be.
I need to remind myself of the Lord’s love and amazing grace.
The kind of grace that saves, regardless of what we have done.

The Lord Jesus loves and has handpicked us to be His forever treasure. Let’s fix our eyes on Him, and continue to offer Him our praise as worship. His kindness is far greater than we could ever imagine!

Run to the Father

Even when you are going through a tough situation, remind yourself of how the Lord has been faithful to you in the past. The Lord is our loving Shepherd, our Father, and Mighty One. He will lovingly act. As hard as it is, we need to remind ourselves of these truths.

God is described in the Bible as our Father. I know many of us have a rocky history when it comes to fathers, but He is our good good Father who takes thorough care of us. Our heavenly Father won’t leave our side for a moment.

He is the One who is always available and is actually waiting for us to come. He is waiting for us to draw near and be reconciled through His Son Jesus Christ. He is inviting us to come and see who He truly is!

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13, ESV)

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The Man I Met {You Can Meet Him Too}

Today, I am met with a man. A man who probably isn’t that much different from me. In Luke 5, we meet a man who is covered with leprosy. The disease has ran its course, and reached its capacity.

. . . And, he is sicker than he has ever been.

The Emotions

 It so happened that, as Jesus was in one particular town, there was a man whose body was riddled with a virulent skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face. ‘Lord,’ he begged, ‘if you want, you can make me clean.’ – Luke 5:12

Illness brings heavy emotions, difficulty thinking, and crazy sleeping patterns, which admittedly is on top of the “typical” symptoms of our health issue.

While emotions can be beautiful and exhilarating, it can be a heavy burden to carry as well.

The emotions might be worse than the actual medical condition. It sticks to our side like glue, and reminds us of what we do not have. It reminds us of the past we cannot go back to, where we once had our family/friends and a place to call home.

. . . This is what this leper faced, and the reality for many of us on a daily basis. 

The life we once knew is – dissolved. Our new life is confusing. And, rarely understood by those nearest to us. They know not the debilitating emotions we struggle with. Even if it is suffocating, others often do not see the enormous burden we carry.

. . . But there is One who knows exactly what we face, as He is the only One who can carry us through this mess!

The Jesus I Know

I appreciate this man who is known only by his debilitating condition, because he knew the struggle, experienced the heavy emotions, and went running to King Jesus! He ran until he reached Jesus, because he knew Jesus is the answer.

. . . Jesus loved him {and us} and delights in taking care of us {just as He delighted in caring for this broken man}.

This Jesus is the same one who holds my heart. Jesus came, went to the cross, died and rose again to be with me. So, I may have peace with my Father.

My heart is safely held by Jesus, even on my worst day.

. . . He is my Protector, Comforter, and Friend.


This man encountered Jesus, and was changed.

Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘I do want to,’ he said. ‘Be clean.’ And the skin disease disappeared immediately. – Luke 5:13

Honestly, this is enough to bring me to my knees. The man ran to Jesus, and was wholly welcomed as he was. We are, too.


Our Invitation

Just as Jesus welcomed this man, we are welcomed and invited to come running to Him right now. We don’t have to wait until x, y, and z resolves itself. We can come to Jesus right now.

. . . Jesus invites us to come to Him. Weariness, heavy circumstances, and all, we are invited to simply come to Him.

How Will You Prepare for this Transition?

This past week, we have had a great deal of emotions related to the election alone. Some happy. Some sad. Some resolving to be content in a discontented situation. A wide array of emotions. Our actions are just as varied. Complaints. Protests. Violence. Self-isolation. Deleting facebook friends, who are in favor of a different candidate than you are.

We and our world are in dire need of intervention. We need to remember our hope that extends beyond any of today’s politicians’ promises for a better tomorrow. It is time to remember the hope, assurance, and peace that only God can give!

I don’t know (nor do I want to) where you stand in relation to the election. I don’t know anyone’s opinions on the election. But I do want us to do something intentional. There are ten weeks before our next president begins his four year term (along with his cabinet of advisers).

Let’s devote ourselves to search the heart of God intentionally, and just give to God our hearts and our country.

When we give ourselves fully to God, that is when He is going to move mountains like never before! I am setting up a reading plan for myself, over these next ten weeks. I am sharing it, in case this is stirring anyone else’s heart to join me in this pursuit.

I want to see God move mountains.

I want to see God perform miracles like never before.

I want to see what my God can do!

… It all begins with prayer and studying His Word!

… Its starts with us turning from sin and turning our lives fully toward God!

I know God is deeply concerned about our nation, too. God sees everything going on, and He is in tears about everything going on too. He cares about what is going on in the nation, because He lovingly and passionately cares for us. He wants us to begin seeking Him and to start inviting Him to be involved in our lives and our nation as well.

The question is, how will we prepare for our next president?

While we could use this as an opportunity to breed discontentment, gossip, and strife, we have another choice too. And, that is to seek after the heart of God. While I cannot promise you that your deepest fears won’t come true, I can promise you that God loves you personally, deeply concerned for you, and wants to work in your life. And, He is not going to leave your side. He is waiting for us, to begin seeking after Him and allowing Him to be our Faithful Companion and Source of Hope.

You can view the reading plan below –

Citizen of Heaven / / Resident of Earth Reading Plan

~ Stacey

Fueled by God’s Power {{Week 3 Recap}}

Welcome, friends!

Today, we are going to sit with our journals and ponder the truths we discovered this week.

What has stuck out most to you, this week? Is there one truth that hit home harder than the rest? How are you implimenting the truth, and allowing it to be a catalyst for your life?

Last week, I asked you for your top three. I asked, as I shared my top three. Today, I want you to think about your top three for this week, and be sure to comment below to share them with me.

As I scroll through my printed journal, I have a few of my own to share.

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{Day 15} God is my good good Father. He gives me an inheritance, but it is done so purposefully. God is rich in His giving. He is determined to provide all I need. And, this is one truth I need to hold onto. I need to trust God to provide, even when I don’t have the slightest idea how things will turn out. God will provide. God has given me an inheritance. He will take care of me on earth, too.

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{Day 16} The God I serve, changes lives. When I spend time with God, I am allowing Him to work in my life – and – change my life! God is changing me. God is working. God is not calling me to “figure things out” for myself, but He wants to help me work through every single detail of things I face. He wants to help in every decision I make. And, it is counted as an absolute pleasure to God!

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{Day 18} God wants to fuel my life, by His Awesome power! If I will seek Him, my life could be fueled 100% by God. I wouldn’t have to try and do things in my own strength. I could discern and know His will, plans, and purposes. But, it comes with seeking after God with all my heart. I have to be willing to trust Him!

Learning to Trust

Trusting God definitely feels like a theme for this week!
… which is true. I do need to learn how to place my trust in Jesus versus the things I can see and touch.

God is continuing to remind me of His power. Even this week’s focus Scripture points us to God’s power.

God’s power is unlimited, and that’s what we have access to – as followers of Jesus!

Ephesians 3:20 teaches us that nothing is impossible for God. While we may wonder how God can pull off some things in our lives, we need to trust God and seek to know more about His power.

God is not powerless, far from it. God’s power far exceeds anything we could ever imagine. So, does His passionate love for us!

As we conclude week 3, what is God teaching you? How are you putting it into action the belief that God is all powerful?

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Grace Leads: A Devotional Series on the Power of God’s Grace

When Our Strength Runs Out {{Five Loaves and Two Fish}}

(Disclaimer: I am referring to chronic illness, but God wants to take every single symptom of every single problem we have…. and do something incredible in the midst of the stuff of our lives. Will we allow Him to?)

Sometimes, it isn’t about the pretty little filters, make-up, or hair products used in effort to disfigure the symptoms…

It is just about getting up for another day and giving it all you got.

Trusting God to stretch what you do have available.

Trusting Him to take the “five loaves and two fish” of our strength, hope, and best laid plans… And stand… And watch Him multiply it in crazy amounts.

Amounts that go beyond anything we could ever imagine.

All because we chose to give it to Him. To Jesus.

To Jesus, I give this day.
To Jesus, I give my strength.

I know, in Mark, Jesus is multiplying actual fish and loaves of bread. But, one problem we have – is our ability to limit God. The God we envision is not the God we see and come to experience in the Bible.

God wants to do so much more in our lives, friends! He wants us to enable us to use His power, which we are given access to from the moment we say “yes” to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, to overcome all kinds of crazy obstacles!

What would happen in our lives, if we would give God our little bit? Even though it is “five loaves and two fish,” what if we gave it over to God as our genuine offering? How could that not only be transformed into something more, but it could be an instrument in our love relationship with Jesus Christ?

The truth is – God wants to give us far more than we have settled for!

Life has a way of turning everything upside down, and we just want the roller coaster to settle down. So, we settle. But, we need to keep our spiritual ears open to what God could do in our midst.

Let’s read and soak up the truth found in this Scripture –

“Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed (Mark 6:41-44).”

This passage of Scripture offers us beautiful hope!

God can take our little, and make it into so much more. But, we have to come to Him. We have to come to Jesus. Bring our little to Jesus, and share it with Him!

We will come away with Jesus, gaining far more than we had when we first came to Him. What are we waiting for?