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Today’s Truth

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

(James 2:26, CSB)

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Are you in a season of your work and life being re-defined?


If you’re reading this in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic that swept our world, my guess is that your answer is “yes.”


We’ve had our “normal” rocked. As I confessed in my last devotion, I struggle to not choose work over everything else, especially relationships. Nothing like experiencing stay-at-home orders to make that tendency all the more evident. How do I balance work with family? How do I walk in faith but steward my responsibilities well?


Maybe your work right now isn’t only your paid job but staying on top of the household needs or getting creative in supporting the ministry you volunteer for that’s struggling with

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Today’s Truth

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

(Psalm 121:5)

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The sun’s intensity pushed me toward any shaded spot I could find. We were just south of the Judean desert, close to the Dead Sea, in Israel. And it was H-O-T, fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot. From the heights of Masada, we were able to see for miles. Beige and brown. An eye-full of arid. Heights and depths. Dust and dirt. Almost no life, save that of a few date palms. The smatterings of shade I found made the desert heat less draining and more bearable, but those pockets of reprieve were hard to come by.


The writer of Psalm 102 is looking for shade as well.


1 Lord, hear my prayer;
let my cry for help come before you.
2 Do not hide your face from

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Today’s Truth

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to be silent and a time to speak.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1,7 NIV)

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Timing is everything. How many times have I heard that? How many times have I heeded that? Hmmm. Those two answers are not the same.


When Steven was about seven years old we went snow skiing. For hours I instructed him how to stand up, ski down, and get up once he fell. In his frustration, Steven fell down and fell down and fell down. He was not getting the hang of it at all. What’s the problem, I wondered? Then I found out. It was me.


“Mom,” Steven cried, “if you just quit telling me what to do, I think I could get it.”


“Fine!” I said. “Go ahead and do it your way!”


And you know what? He did. Thirty

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For he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

(Hebrews 11:10, New English)

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Our son was born to be a builder. From the time he could hold a plastic red hammer in his toddler-sized hands, Jered began hammering imaginary nails into the coffee table, fixing everything that was broken in our house, and drawing crayon blueprints of various objects he planned to build. No wooden surface in our home was safe from Jered’s scrutiny or design.


Since my husband enjoyed woodworking as a hobby, he decided to build Jered a miniature workbench beside his own in the garage. Several nights each week, Dan and Jered headed out to the garage to pound and hammer and do what they called “man stuff.” I thought it was cute – a philosophy that would drastically

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Today’s Truth

The Lord has made his victory known.

(Psalm 98:2, CSB)

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“I got a call back!”


This statement can mean different things to different people depending on the context. To an actor or actress, this is a declaration of excitement that stirs up dreams, desires, aspirations and goals. To a woman who just had a mammogram, this is an expression of concern that stirs up fears, unknowns and anxiety.


Context matters.


It shapes the narrative of the story being told.


Psalm 98 helps me to see the matters of my heart, the matters of my now, the matters of my heavy, in the context of eternity. These verses establish a narrative where the context of life is eternal, not temporal. They establish a narrative where the bigness of my circumstances shrink when placed

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Today’s Truth

Between three and six o'clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When his followers saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, ‘It's a ghost!’ and cried out in fear. But Jesus quickly spoke to them, ‘Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.’ Peter said, ‘Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water. Jesus said, ‘Come.’ And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid and began to sink. He shouted, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter.

(Matthew 14: 25-31, NCV)

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Jesus and His disciples fed more than five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Now that is what I call a miracle! The disciples not only saw the miracle Jesus performed, but were the ones Jesus actually commissioned to distribute the bread and fish.


Witnessing the miracles of Jesus was not a new experience for the disciples. In fact, I am fairly certain they considered themselves mature, devoted and unshakable disciples. But when Jesus sent them out onto the water in a small fishing boat while He went up into the hills to pray – their faith was put to the test.


Everything was fine – the disciples’ faith in tact – until the storm

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There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

(Romans 8:1, ESV)

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On a recent evening my daughter and I met for a writing date. We spread our laptops out on a wood-topped table in a corner booth of our favorite place. We ate delicious soup and clicked on our keyboards.


In between paragraphs we’d talk and at some point, our conversation drifted to an area in which I’ve personally struggled. I’d never shared this with her and I felt afraid about doing so.


I’m supposed to be her Mama after all. What if this made her feel unsure of me, unsafe in some way? But it seemed God kept nudging so I cleared my throat and said, “There have been times in my life when this thing we’re talking about has

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Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7 ESV)

(Romans 15:7 ESV)

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Nestled 50 feet off Highway 17 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., rests C.J.’s Beach Club. For years, Steve and I eyed the clapboard building tucked in the grove of myrtle trees, but it wasn’t the sort of place we would tend to visit. One weekend it was just the two of us on a short holiday at the beach, and we were feeling adventurous. Steve turned the car onto the crushed-oyster-shell parking lot of C.J’s, and we decided to taste the local nightlife of the coastal South.


C.J.’s was a dance club. Now, before you click delete in shock that we would darken the doors of such a place, I want you to stay with me a moment. We grew

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Today’s Truth

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son … and having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself.

(Romans 8:29-30)

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Most people recognize the familiar line from every Mission Impossible movie, “Your mission … should you choose to accept it … “


God asks us the same question. We have a God-given mission. We are called by God to be a blessing in the world where we live, work, and play. But we choose to accept or reject that mission every single day.


Sometimes the call of God seems to make no sense … almost ridiculous. Gideon felt that way when God called him.


Gideon was a farmer, a family man just trying to earn a living and put food on the table. He felt inadequate to carry out God’s plan for his life.


But God saw what Gideon could be …

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Today’s Truth

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

(Acts 16:25, NIV)

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Trials can lead us to a greater dependency on God and a deeper trust in His sovereignty if we let them. In every situation I come to a crossroad and have a choice: I can pout, or I can praise.


I can turn away from God because I don’t understand, or I can turn toward God confident His understanding is enough for the both of us – even if it hurts – even if anger lingers – even if doubt looms.


Have you been to these crossroads?


God shows us a powerful example of praise-over-pout behavior in chapter sixteen of the book of Acts. During the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey, he and his ministry buddy Silas encountered a collision of

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