#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

Fill Us With Peace

November 14, 2020

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

This world is so different from a year ago; it has changed before our eyes. This is the first time in history that we are experiencing a pandemic in every region of our globe. It is worldwide. It creates anxiety and fear. We can balance caution and sound mind with faith. God is the source of peace in times of uncertainty. We can ask God to speak comfort, peace, and love to us.

Lord God, please bring peace where there is anxiety. May we lift up those who are sick, those who are stressed about jobs, those who have experienced loss, and those who are filled with fear and worry. Fill us with hope, comfort, and peace. Amen. 

Cheryl Costolo


November 13, 2020

My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. Job 16:20-21

Many years ago I was part of the Little League board. It came to my attention that one of the coaches, who had been elected to the next year’s board, was a convicted drug dealer. He had a long history of drug trafficking, with warrants out in several states. He was eventually caught and served several years in prison. Eventually he moved to Arizona. None of this had been disclosed to the Board or any of the people he had coached over the years, which meant that he had not answered his application truthfully. I called the man and said that he either had to tell the truth to the Board and the families that he coached, or he would need to resign.

Needless to say, this was a very trying time for me. I had to hire a lawyer, friends turned against me, and I was afraid. I called the church to talk to Pastor Garman, but he was out of the office, so I left a message that I needed to see him. Shortly after, my friend Sandy called and asked if I had prayed to have this burden lifted from me. That had never occurred to me! Sandy said that was exactly what she had been praying for, for me. While talking with Sandy, Pastor Garman’s call came in, so I switched to talk to him. He said I should come to his office right away.

I poured out all the details to him and he said to me, “This is just too much for you. Leave me the documents. I will read them over and then I will go to the Board meeting and speak for you.”

Talk about an IMMEDIATE answer to prayer! I will always be grateful to Sandy for being my intercessor, and for pleading to God for her friend.

Dear Lord, please help me to look outside myself and be an intercessor for others. Thank you for blessing me with all the intercessors in my life, known and unknown to me. But you know who they are Lord. Please bless those who intercede for others. Amen.

Nancy Butters

God’s Love

November 12, 2020

Christ Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32

When my children were young and made a poor choice I always told them to be truthful about the circumstances. Eventually they learned that if they lied to me they were in more trouble than if they had just been honest.

Truth can be a complicated thing. It’s difficult to discern what is the truth. One day we are told that coffee is bad for our health. A month later we are told that coffee is good for our health. The political ads that bombarded us for months offered conflicting “truths” about each candidate.

The only truth we can always depend on is God’s love. When conflicting truths about life overwhelm you, turn to God for help. Pray to him for guidance and clarity. Use your Bible as a guide for answers to your questions. When we spend time in God’s word and in prayer the truth is revealed to us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of knowing we can always turn to you when life gets confusing and overwhelming. Thank you for giving us clarity to know what is really important. Thank you for your never-ending love.

Kristen Cross

Protect me, Lord

November 11, 2020

Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life, for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.   Psalm 138:7-8

Sometimes life can surprise you. You’re going along your merry way, and then all of a sudden, before you know it, you’re surrounded by trouble. You’re in the thick of a situation you never saw coming. Now you’re more than worried—you’re ready to freak out!

Stop. Take a deep breath, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Remind yourself that God will protect you. He is protecting you. His power is saving you in that very moment. He’s going to work out everything for you. Why? Because He not only loves you but He has a good plan for your life. All you need to do is trust Him and live it!

Protect me, Lord, when danger steals in. I know You’ll save me. You have a plan! Amen.

David Ulibarri

Here I Am Lord

November 10, 2020

The Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”    Luke 10:41-42

Are you a Martha or a Mary? We had a MOMS ministry speaker who suggested we try to put a little Mary in our Martha so we are a good balance of both.

Martha had invited Jesus to come into her home. But while she was rushing around preparing food for Jesus and the other guests, her sister, Mary, “sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught” (Luke 10:39). Martha went to Jesus saying, “Lord doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work?  Tell her to come and help me” (Luke 10:40). That’s when Jesus made it clear that Martha shouldn’t be worried or upset. There was only one thing to focus on—Jesus and His words.

Today, turn your worries over to Jesus. Let Him know you are interested in one thing only—listening to what He has to say.

Here I am Lord, sitting at your feet. Please speak to me. I am listening. Amen.

Jennine Ulibarri