#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

Hope and Healing

February 5, 2021

I am the Lord, who heals you. Exodus 15:26

This week my dentist said two words that would make any sane person cringe: root canal. One of my canine teeth had turned greyish and to determine the cause I was referred to an endodontist. After a 20-minute tutorial on the inner workings of teeth, I left his office enlightened.

At some point, as long ago as childhood or as recently as this past year, my tooth experienced a trauma. Trauma in the form of a car accident, an overthrown baseball or even orthodontics can alter the growth of nerves in a healthy tooth. When the nerve dies, the tooth becomes discolored. In my case, the tooth also developed a blockage in the root canal to protect itself from further harm. 

While this is probably more information than anyone outside of the dental profession needs to know, it’s an apt metaphor for spiritual life. At times in our Christian walk, we experience trauma. The death of a loved one, a career path cut short, and addiction or abuse are just some of the challenges that can create an emotional blockage or cause us to turn inward to protect ourselves from further harm.

At those times we need an experienced professional to put things into perspective and help us move forward. Instead of allowing your thoughts to dwell on pain, fear, or anxiety, spend time in Scripture—I recommend a 20-minute tutorial or more—and learn what the “experts” have discovered about overcoming trauma. Here’s a sampling from the healing word of God:

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.  Jeremiah 17:14

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Isaiah 40:29

Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  Psalm 30:2

Heavenly Father, help us to put the trauma of 2020 behind us and look forward in hope and healing. You who created us can make us whole when we put our trust in you.  Amen

Kim Atchison

Love

February 4, 2021

But I say unto you: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you… Matthew 5:44

The word love is used in many ways. The love that we should strive to manifest in prayer reflects “real love.” Real love is not a measure of emotion, but something much greater. Being able to channel the extraordinary power of love brings freedom from hate and from a host of other ills. Love can even bring freedom from war, disease, and our own basic selves. Rather than thinking of it as a state of mind, think of it as a state of whole being.

When the Bible says, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” it doesn’t mean that we necessarily have to tolerate or embrace these actions, but rather turn our intentions to desiring the highest good for those who would do such things. Ultimately, we need to pray for their enlightenment that they will be inspired to be better people of God.

Trish Langenhuizen

Get Over It!

February 3, 2021

Special Guest Submission by Roger Hilderbrand:

GET OVER IT!

Ever get tired of offering up the same old self-centered prayers?

Get over it! God is used to it. Why, because

He truly cares.As such, He knows what to expect from you.

In actions and words, some not intended for Him but who knew?

Fear not, Buckaroo, give those actions and words flight,
right into the arms of one who knows your plight.

Yes, He is aware there have been numerous times,

Amigo, when you did not seek Him out,

He who cherishes you and wants a relationship

with you, know this, without a doubt.

Get over it! You’re not going anywhere without Him.

Whether you are aware of it or not

your salvation was planned and bought

at a great price, your salvation central to His thoughts.

Get over it! Stand up. Rid yourself of feeling unworthy, full of despair,

ever remembering, He who created you is and always will be…. there.

Roger Hilderbrand

Developing a Stronger Faith

February 2, 2021

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30

It’s easy to let doubt and fear creep in during these turbulent times. When we take our eyes off Jesus, our Savior, we can begin to sink, to lose hope, or to become fearful. It’s human nature! But Jesus wants us to keep our eyes and minds on Him, not the storms of life, and to trust that He will empower us to get through tough times. How do we do this? By reading God’s Word every day! Daily devotions help to remind us of His sovereignty, that He is on the throne and in control, and that we are not to fear but to have faith.

Jesus, I pray that I will always be willing to follow your lead and keep my focus on You! During the storms of life, remind me that my help comes from the Lord!

Nancy Gerardo

Commit To the Lord

February 1, 2021

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

These days more than ever, I feel we are making a lot of decisions about our futures. A lot of planning is going on, trying to figure out how to proceed with careers, schooling our kids, families, and so on. It’s important to think about our futures, and to think about them in responsible and realistic ways.

All the things we need to deal with in life, from family to careers and other activities, can be overwhelming. We get so focused on these things and what we need to do each day that we forget about God. This leads us to make ourselves the center of our lives and decisions

Any decision must be filtered through the prayerful consideration of God’s desire for the lives of His children. When we do this groundwork, we can live our lives with purpose and passion, and ultimately use our lives for God’s glory.

Suzan Scudder