Jesus is coming!

There is so much incredible richness in this passage of scripture it will be hard to encapsulate it one short devotional. First, Jesus is coming! He will return as the King of kings and Lord of lords to judge the hearts of all men. Those who refused to believe will see the truth, and those of us who do believe and have made Him Lord of our lives will be given the place of honor at His right hand. We will be welcomed into the Father’s kingdom, a place of no pain or heartache that God prepared for us from the very beginning of time. Eternity with Him was no after-thought by our Father-God—He planned it and paved the way for us to enter the gates. Jesus is coming! Are you ready?

Attitude of gratitude

One of the best ways to develop a positive outlook is to adopt an attitude of gratitude. When we put our focus on the blessings we’ve been given, we become more appreciative, more peaceful, more satisfied. Being appreciative and satisfied with Him brings Him honor. If you start feeling grumpy and out of sorts, remind yourself of the wonderful Gift given at Calvary. Remind yourself that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Look back and remember the times when He was present with you. Toss off the doldrums and seek His face. Honor Him with a cheerful countenance.

Peace with Him

Good parents discipline their children, meaning they teach their children through word and example the proper way to behave. Children who respect their parents are much more likely to be obedient. God, as a loving parent, has given us an instruction Book outlining how to live: His Word. When we seek to follow Him instead of pleasing self, we can be at peace with ourselves. When we respect Him enough to obey Him, we find ourselves at peace with Him. There’s no better place to be.

Hymn day: ‘Have Thine Own Way, Lord’

HYMN DAY! “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” by Adelaide A. Pollard. This is a repeat, but I it’s a good one to repeat. In fact, it’s a good one to send up as a prayer.

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!

Greatest joy

I get a little weepy reading these words—the good kind of weepy. You see, I have learned that when I lift my soul to Him—open myself fully to Him in praise and adoration—joy always follows. Even in the midst of heartache, confusion, or fear, praise changes me. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: God inhabits praise. When I praise, His Spirit descends; in the presence of His Spirit, I experience a joy that can’t be explained but that I know is there. No hardship, no pain, no loss is greater than God’s ability to comfort and restore me. Knowing He is there and always will be is my greatest source of Joy.

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