#LaCasaFamily Daily Devotion

Serve God in All That You Do

May 27, 2020

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23

The above passage in Colossians comes from Paul’s letters. Here, Paul presents the importance of integrity and excellence in every aspect of our life. We are called to do different things in our lives. Maybe it’s working full time, maybe it’s being a stay at home mom or maybe it’s something completely different that you had never imagined. No matter what we are called to do, we want to be able to say that we served God with our whole heart. 

Sometimes we get very caught up in our “spiritual lives.” Things such as time with God, prayer, church, small group etc. become our main focus instead of our everyday lives. God wants to be in in our “everyday” as much as he wants to be in those other things. 

God wants us to serve Him with excellence no matter what our work may be. Today I challenge you to include God in your everyday. Serve Him in whatever your calling is and do it with your whole heart. 

Staci Medina

Temptation

May 26, 2020
And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.  Matthew 6:13
It has been a strange week. Our world has started to slowly open up.  I know it is tempting to go back to our “normal” but in our hearts we will know when it is time.
How many other temptations do we struggle with?
I started thinking about this devotion and temptations. I thought about when Jesus taught us how to pray, he added to the prayer…”Lead us not into temptation.” After reading that,  2 stories came to mind.  Eve in the garden of Eden and Jesus after He was Baptized. Jesus went into the dessert for 40 days and was tempted.
Why did Eve lose to temptation when Jesus won?
 
Eve believed the serpent rather than God. Eve believed the lie, rather than the truth of God’s words.
Jesus was under control of the Holy Spirit. He turned to what He knew to be the truth. He turned to the Word of God.
 
When faced with temptation, who will you turn to?
Looking at the two example above, we see the importance of the Word of God in our decision-making.
I pray when I am tempted I will pause and look to the Word of God before I make a decision.
Suzan Scudder

God is love

May 25, 2020

I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

God’s love is unconditional. He pours His love on us daily. No matter our imperfections, what we’ve been through or decisions we’ve made, God’s love is with us. He wants to mold us and shape us into something beautiful. 

There’s times in our lives where we may feel alone and that no one cares.  We may feel like a struggle is too overwhelming and too big for us, and that’s exactly it! It IS too big for us alone. 

When we pray to God and communicate with him constantly, He reminds us of His amazing love. God is love. 

Staci Medina 

Morning Prayer

May 24, 2020
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3
This psalm makes me think about morning prayer.  There is a challenge in it that encourages me to pray in morning.  That the best thing to do in the morning would be to lay out my requests, my plans, my thoughts, before the Lord. What better way to start the day?
There is also something else to consider in this verse. Not only am I expected to pray, but there is an assurance that the Lord will hear my voice when I pray.  I am assured that the Lord will listen.  For the Lord our God is one who listens when we pray.  God, in the morning, hear my voice.  Listen to my prayer.
Pastor Matt Knopf

Build Each Other Up

May 23, 2020

“Let everything you say be good and helpful.” Ephesians 4:29

Have you ever had a friend say something to you at just the right time? Maybe you were having a rough day and they didn’t even know it yet but somehow they said just the right words to build you up. It is an amazing feeling to be the recipient of encouraging words. 

During this time while we are separated physically, it is incredibly important to build each other up even though we may feel far away. 

Let someone in your life know that they are not alone and most importantly that God is with them. Share an encouraging message and let God’s light shine.

Staci Medina