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#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

God’s Word

September 30, 2020

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

At 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and chock-full of praise and prayer… prayer to God to help us keep His COMMANDS, obey His DECREES, follow His STATUTES, meditate on His PRECEPTS, long for His LAWS… many words to describe His WORD, which we are to hide in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. The psalm is also filled with praise to God for fulfilling His promises! If memorizing verses or large chunks of scripture is intimidating, just remember this: If you know The Lord’s Prayer by heart, you have memorized part of the Bible!

You can prepare for anything life throws your way by learning, memorizing, and hiding His Word in your heart. Let’s challenge ourselves to read and meditate on a psalm, proverb, or Old or New Testament book and learn a new verse that we can hide in our hearts.

Lord, thank you for Your Word! Thank you for Your promises and Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen!

Nancy Gerardo

Seek Him

September 29, 2020

No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.  1 John 3:6 

The last time my son Ross visited me I asked him to organize a cabinet full of ancient videotapes, many from my first job as a TV news reporter. You can imagine the fun he had looking at his 20-something mother in her 1980s clothes and hairstyle. (And of course, the fun he made of me!)

“You look so different, Mom,” Ross said. “You don’t even sound like you.” 

Well, it was a long time ago. But as I explained to him, I was fresh out of school so I often copied others who were successful to learn how to do the job. It made me think – who have I been copying lately? 

Our culture is loaded with so-called role models in sports, politics, and entertainment. And it’s easy to get caught up in wanting to copy the beautiful people in magazines with their flawless faces and fabulous clothes. But the verse from 1 John popped out at me. To really know Jesus is to want to copy Him in real, practical ways. The way he took himself away from the noise and crowds to spend time with God; how he included the often excluded; the way he challenged the accepted rules when he knew they were wrong, like healing on the Sabbath or talking to a Samaritan woman. 

I discovered that the gospels are filled with these kinds of role model moments once I began looking for them. Instead of thinking, ‘Jesus was perfect – I could never actually be like Him,’ now I see the “how to” that lies within His story. A friend recently said to me that when she reads the Bible, “Jesus doesn’t tell me what to do; he shows me what works.” 

Lord, I ask you to show me, and help me follow your example in large ways and small.

Gina Bridgeman

Seek Him

September 28, 2020

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33

I often find myself worrying about tomorrow, then the next day, and not much later my brain is thinking about five years from now. Maybe you do the same. It’s completely human to worry. But in actuality, we are not guaranteed a tomorrow. So we must choose to live for today, to try to make the most of it and to place our worries in Christ’s hands.

Today, as you go about your day, I challenge you…

When you feel yourself begin to worry, try to bring yourself back to now. For example, when you begin to worry think:

“Christ, I put this worry in your hands. Let’s focus on now.” To focus on now means paying attention to what’s going on around you. Maybe it’s your kids playing with trucks and laughing, or your drive home from a long day at work, or even just assessing how you’re feeling.

Hey God, there are a lot of things to be worried about right now. I know, I cannot do this alone. I pray that you guide me, and lead me to where I need to be. Lord, I lay these worries in your hands. And I pray that I am able to see your glory in everyday moments, for your glory is everywhere. Help me to be fully present in these moments. Amen.

Bailey Robinson

He Restores My Soul

September 27, 2020

He restores my soul.  Psalm 23:3

Recently, I heard an account of a prisoner of war who survived the horrors of his captivity while others around him succumbed to their fate and lost their lives. When asked what set him apart that allowed him to persevere and overcome, his answer was: optimism.  

Optimism without naivety regarding one’s surroundings is critical to the human condition. Optimism based upon faith is absolutely essential. By placing faith and trust in God we empower ourselves to endure even the most heinous situations. The unthinkable becomes bearable. The unbearable can be overcome. Positivity and optimism and faith and trust must coexist in each of us to survive. Devoid of faith, we risk succumbing to a life without purpose or direction.
 

I pray to always have eyes that see the best in people, and to have a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God. Amen. 

Trish Langenhuizen

Waiting

September 26, 2020

Blessed are all they that wait for him!   Isaiah 30:18

Waiting is hard whether you are young or old. Waiting for your birthday when you are a child…waiting for the doctor to call with test results…waiting for an answer to a prayer…whether for good things or bad, waiting is difficult!

I came across a profound statement the other day. “When we wait on God, He is waiting till we are ready; when we wait for God, we are waiting till He is ready.”

When we petition God for our wants and desires and are waiting for results, we must always remember God is in control. We must give our requests over to God and only He knows when we will be ready to handle those wants and desires. 

And after the waiting is over and prayers are answered in God’s way, understanding that all these things are God’s purpose and part of God’s plan for our lives makes the path that much easier and the waiting much less difficult.

Jaci Olsen