New Things I do Declare!

Day 1

Read: Isaiah 42:8-10

New Things Do I Declare!

“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare:

before they spring forth I tell you of them”  (Isaiah 42:9).

Happy New beginnings! You may be reading this on New Year’s Day, in the middle of the year, or even in December, regardless of when, hopefully these devotions will encourage a time of new beginnings for you.  So what would your new beginning look like? Would it bring new thoughts, goals, desires, and dreams? Is God included?

Have you tried to start over and failed in the past? So what? So did I and everyone else. That shouldn’t stop you. Don’t set goals you can’t keep. For instance, I am going to do my devotions everyday, and even better, I am going to do them for an hour. Oh, and then I am going to pray for every one I know. Sounds a little “undoable” doesn’t it?

Try this: Starting today, I want to love God more, know Him more, worship Him more, and serve Him more. I also want to love others more, know them more, teach them to worship Him more, and serve them more.

Make it about Him, not about you, and your life will blaze with new and exciting things for God. “New Things I do declare!” God says. If only we will follow Him, what a glorious “new beginning” it could be.

Praise Prayer: Lord, I do want to love You more, know You more, worship You more and serve You more, this is my heart’s desire. And as I permeate myself with You may I inspire the desire in others to do the same. Amen.



God Knows What He Is Doing

God Knows What He Is Doing

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,

to them who are the called according to his purpose.

~ Romans 8:28

My stepson was admitted into the hospital last night. For months now he has been dragging his leg as he walks. He didn’t realize it until my husband mentioned it to him. His MRI revealed lesions on his spinal cord and in his neck. The uncertainty of the situation is unsettling at best.

Regardless the diagnosis, God is in control. He has the situation firmly in his grasp. It may be nothing serious, or it may be something extremely serious; nonetheless, God’s grace is sufficient to see us through.

His wife and children are concerned, but they have one thing many people do not—faith. It is this faith that will carry them through the hard times.

Maybe you are awaiting some news. Or maybe you already received some, and it has thrown you for a loop. Cling to this promise from God; the circumstance never changes the truth. Trust God—and believe. He knows what He is doing.

Today’s Hot Flash: Emotional pain is often blinding to those experiencing it. That is why it is imperative that you spend this time believing that what God says is absolutely true!

Prayer: Father, you know the circumstances. Help me to cling to your unchanging truth. You have everything under control, and I will trust in you. Amen.

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Grief Process

If I’ve learned anything in this thing called “the grief process,” it is that every single person’s grief journey is different. Not only is their journey different, but their reactions and coping mechanisms are different as well. Just because I smile, joke, or seem to move on with my life, doesn’t mean I am done grieving. As a matter of fact, I can be perfectly fine and then suddenly something sets me off. I’ve also come to the conclusion that grieving never really ends, it just begins to look different. Do we ever truly get over a loss of someone we loved dearly? Should we? Don’t judge another if their pain doesn’t seem as intense as yours. You may wear your emotions on your sleeve, I may hide mine behind the shower curtain when I am alone for no one to see. Grief is grief is grief is grief and it culminates a million different ways.If you’ve lost a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a friend, a grandparent, it doesn’t matter . . . my heart goes out to you, because I know your pain is very real. One more thing . . . to love again does not mean unloving the one who is gone, it is to experience a true blessing from above.