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#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

God Guides Us

January 4, 2020

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.  Psalm 32:7

Physically, it’s difficult to find a place where you can truly hide. Someone will always find you, whether it’s kids, husband, boss, or even the cell phone. It’s almost as if their radar goes off whenever you want to find a moment alone.

Yet spiritually, there is one place you can always go to get away from all people and all worry. It’s in God’s presence. Once there, you find yourself surrounded with not just love and encouragement but with songs of victory.

God is your biggest cheerleader and best coach. He says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).

His only request is that you not be stubborn when He tells you which way to go and what do to do. But that’s a small price to pay to live in victory.

Lord, I come to hide in You. Save me, guide me. Make me putty in Your hands. Amen

 Jennine Ulibarri

Focus On the Right Things

January 1, 2020

Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You. Jeremiah 32:17

Sometimes, the many things going right in your life and your world are overshadowed by that one thing that’s going wrong. You begin to question whether God has the power or know-how to change things for the better or get you out of whatever mess you are in.

That’s when you need to begin focusing on the right things. Trust that along with all the wonderful things God has done, is doing, and will do, He will turn any mishaps, errors or darkness into something right, correct and light.

You see, there is nothing too hard for God. He can do anything, so don’t panic. Simply pray and leave everything in God’s mighty hands.

Thank You, God, for reminding me that nothing is too hard for You. I’m leaving everything up to You, knowing You’ll put things right.

David Ulibarri

Be Transformed

December 31, 2020

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2

Many years ago, when my children were participating in their elementary school field day, several moms would volunteer to help out. My friend Laura and I were watching the events along with one student who had muscular dystrophy and was in a wheelchair. The student did not wear shoes, as he was confined to the wheelchair, and his socks were pure white. I remember Laura saying to me in a whisper, “I will never complain about my kids’ dirty socks ever again because they CAN get them dirty.” I admired her perspective, and that statement has had a great impact on me and my perspective ever since.

We tend to complain, as is the “pattern of this world,” when we have so many chores to do: cleaning fingerprints off surfaces, laundering dirty socks, or cleaning up after pets, to name a few. When we allow God to transform our minds and give us a new way of thinking, we learn to appreciate so much more.

Nancy Gerardo

Trust in Him

December 30, 2020

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.   Romans 12:12

“Well, two out of three isn’t bad!” That phrase comes to mind as I read Romans 12:12. Joyful in hope, check. Yes, I am joyful that my hope is in Jesus. Faithful in prayer—I try to take everything to Him in prayer. Patient in affliction…nope. 

Patience is the fruit of the spirit that I imagine should look something like a large, ripe, juicy, vibrant plum. However, mine looks more like a raisin that has been stuck between the couch cushions for a while. I know that God will grow my patience and that the adversity and struggles I face are helping to do just that. But, if I’m honest, that’s not an area where I currently exhibit patience. I have a hard time waiting for God’s answer in a given situation. I plow ahead on my own power only to find I am right back to square one (Jonah anyone?). Or equally as bad, I complain about the situation and the waiting instead of looking at it as an opportunity for growth. I hope and pray that God will change my heart and my habits in this area.

During this time Lord, please help me be more patient as I rely on and trust in You. Amen

Donna Bosley

God’s Light Drives Out the Darkness

December 29, 2020

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:6

I saw this quote a week ago and it reminded me of what is happening with a lot of people: “You cannot see your reflection in boiling water; similarly, you cannot see the truth in a state of anger. When the waters calm, clarity comes.”

Darkness in the verse from 1 John can represent different things to each of us. Perhaps the darkness is addiction, an inability to forgive others, anger and frustration, or maybe it’s fear of what will happen tomorrow. Maybe someone you know or love is struggling with darkness and isn’t seeing clearly.

Clarity comes when we allow God’s wisdom to drive our thoughts and actions.

My challenge to you is to choose one kind of darkness that you or someone you know is struggling with. Then close your eyes and imagine physically handing the darkness over to God.

Allow God’s light to drive out the darkness in your life and in the lives of those around you!

Laurie Secor