DEVOTIONALS

P IS FOR PRAYER DEVOTIONALS

 

P is for Prayer Devotionals take a different perspective on exploring God’s Word and the power available to anyone willing to take a proactive approach to living the best life possible. Prayer is illustrated as a proficient weapon to wage in life’s battles, turned to not as a last resort but instead a first line offense in fighting for what really matters most. Prayer along with topics such as Praise, Perspective, Patience and Peace are examined and explored, defined by the role each plays in facilitating spiritual growth and unleashing untapped potential all in the midst of life’s daily demands.These devotionals are meant to encourage those who may have given in or are low on hope to dig in and dig out of whatever depths they may be experiencing. Practical definitions and Biblical scriptures illuminate various principles to be considered and implemented in the continual search for progress, promotion and peace of mind. Real life examples and scriptural references urge you to strive for higher heights and accessible gains without condemnation or magnifying spiritual inadequacies. 

P is for Prayer strives to unlock the potential that often lies dormant in each of us. Perseverance, Prosperity, Purpose and others are examined as precepts to be implemented for better outcomes.

P is for all these things and so many more, but most importantly P is for prayer! 

P IS FOR PURPOSE

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.” Psalms 20:4 NKJV

 “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,” Ephesians 1:11 NKJV

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV

We all have a purpose. God loves, corrects and directs us when we trust Him enabling us to walk into the talents and dreams that He instills within each of us. Purpose means that we actually have a job to do or a role to fulfill according to God’s plan. This means that no matter what we “mess up” in life, God is not done with us and is not through with us. He can use us to serve some purpose in His Kingdom. We are not here by accident and each have something to give no matter what the media, economy or naysayers may say. 

As people who have a role or a purpose in God’s great scheme we should act like the children of God that we are!  God can turn life’s “losers” into winners. Only He can transform the addict into a counselor. God can allow you to lose it all so that you are a better steward when He later restores you. God can allow the tests you endure to become a testimony that not only glorifies Him, but inspires someone else to seek salvation. Never doubt that God has a plan for you. God can use your past sins as learning blocks for spiritual growth. Your experiences and failures are opportunities that you can share to show not just how God got you through the storm but how God got you to a better outcome. We can’t possibly imagine how God places each piece of the puzzle together.

However we can trust that God has a purpose and a plan, especially when we (deceptively) feel like we have nothing at all.God can take the least to bring about the most.  God spared a baby and made him deliverer of a nation. God took a shepherd boy and anointed him King. Moses and David were far from perfect, but God used them nonetheless.

We don’t have to be perfect to fulfill our purpose. When we make ourselves available, God will surely make us able! Heavenly Father, I pray you would align my heart’s desires with Your purpose for me. I pray for revelation that I would do the things You would have me to do. May I have faith and trust in You that I would not allow fear to rob me of Your purpose for my life. Thank you for these and other blessings in Jesus’ name, amen. 

GOD AND THE GARDEN DEVOTIONALS

 About God and The Garden Devotionals…   

Anyone who has ever made attempts at gardening, on any scale, will usually admit that the tasks involved probably took more energy than anticipated. The eventual harvest of pretty plants and fruitful bounty do not come about without hours of weeding, fertilizing, watering, pruning and often times praying. Pests must be thwarted from destroying hours of work. Sometimes it appears everything from beetles to bunnies and caterpillars to cardinals are deliberately working to sabotage the best-laid plans. Some pests are obvious like a black fungus blighting the rose bush. Others, such as root rot, lie unseen beneath the surface but are just as deadly. Careful consideration and prudent planning bring forth the greatest yields and abundant bounty in the best of gardens. These same concepts can be applied to our everyday lives and are essential for the maturation of our spiritual selves. 

God is the greatest Gardener. The Garden of Eden is the backdrop for one of the most pivotal chapters in the Bible. Adam and Eve were in a Garden and in this garden they enjoyed the very presence of God. We too can enjoy God’s presence and His peace when we allow Him into our own personal “gardens.”In the image of our Creator, we too can “grow” our own “gardens.” But for abundant harvests we must be well aware of successful gardening principles. Many of these concepts are illustrated as parables in the Bible.Lessons that teach of reaping, sowing, pruning and harvests are repeated in the Bible. References to vines, trees and the importance of being fruitful are plenteous throughout God’s Word. It is not a coincidence that God’s instruction manual for us, The Bible, uses gardening illustrations to explain the difference between life and death, success and defeat in simple illustrations that we would understand. When we actively apply these lessons and more, we reach the personal heights and fulfill the dreams God has placed in each of us.

You can plant wildly and blindly and end up with a complete mess.  Or you can plan and then plant taking into account various factors such as “soil, season, and seed,” to yield the best harvest possible.Have you really given thought to what you want out of your own personal harvest? How are you going to use the resources available to you? Do you want annuals for immediate short-term gratification, perennials for steady recurring results or are you patient enough to wait for hardwoods to grow that will take longer to develop yet provide a lasting presence over time?   Are you willing to tend to a few pots or are you up to the challenge of taking on a couple of acres?  How much are you willing to pull weeds, fertilize and prune to get the best personal yield for yourself? The answers to these questions will determine what kind of harvest you will reap out of your own circumstances.  Successful gardening requires that you must plan for the results you want and then prepare if your end product is to become what you intend it to be.

Hopefully God and the Garden Devotionals will inspire you to apply these principles spiritually and practically on a day-to-day level. These devotionals are intended to inspire you to seek a more lasting and bountiful harvest in your own life. Bloom where you are planted. Bloom bigger and better than you ever dared dream before. Grow your own personal garden that exceeds your wildest expectations and even your physical abilities. It is truly God that makes a garden grow. 

 I challenge you to invite God into more of your life and see what blooms. 

BURIED OR PLANTED

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” 1 John 4:4 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” John 16:33 NKJV

There are times in life when we feel stressed and overwhelmed by daily responsibilities. Family obligations, job stresses, health issues and an array of other things can make us feel as if we are overcome and buried beneath a ton of bricks. 

We often bury ourselves beneath the weight of unnecessary commitments, circumstances, and even our own poor choices.In addition, the storms of life can pour more rain on us that any umbrella can withstand. It is at this time we must make the pivotal decision that will determine our outcome. 

We must each decide if we are buried or planted?

Buried is to be overcome by whatever situation is bearing down and you can’t see your way out from under. Buried is seeing a situation as permanent and immovable. When something is buried it lies dead never to emerge again. Planted is quite different. Dead seeds are covered with dirt just as something that is buried, however they will eventually emerge transformed into something new! You are planted when you are overcome with the stuff in your life yet expect to rise up from under and into something better, something only God can do!

Our storms dump water on a grave from which nothing will rise forth. For that which is planted, those same storms provide the water necessary for growth, transforming that dead seed into something that will yet live and break out from under the dirt.We can look at the “dirt” that appears to overtake us and believe we are buried or have faith in God that we are instead planted in that same situation.The dirt that weighs us down may actually hold the nutrients (circumstances, experience, and maturity) required to grow into what God would have us to become. 

We all require a unique combination of trials and tribulations if we are to grow instead of wither and die. God truly gives each of us what we need (not necessarily what we want) to grow with Him. Jesus was planted in the tomb and resurrected into something new. His own disciples didn’t recognize Him upon His resurrection. This same power is available to us when we choose to submit ourselves to God and allow Him to transform us into so much more than we were before! We need only to ask Him and be changed for the better. Obedience may require that we push through some dirt and weather some storms but it is faith in what God can do that fuels our final outcome.Which do you choose…buried or planted?

Heavenly Father when I feel overcome, allow me to remember Your power to bring something new out of the ground. Allow the burden of dirt to nourish me, not bury me. May I be planted in You instead of left for dead. May I rise from the dirt and not be imprisoned by it. Thank you for the resurrection power that You have made available to me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.