“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain.”
– Randy Alcorn
I compiled 2 weeks of devotionals to help encourage you. As I've mentioned before, my sister and a good friend did this for me, and it re-established my value and worth. I want to pay it forward to help you in your journey as well. You'll find the devotionals below, but I wanted to give a sneak peek of day 1, so here you go!
Day 1: Kneel at Jesus’ Feet
Theme: Be still before God. He loves you. You are enough, and He’s big enough to take your imperfections and work amidst your weakness.
I wanted to start off our journey together with this song. I’ve highlighted the chorus for you down below. I hope you find comfort in reading the words. I encourage you to read slowly, pause if you need, and come as you are before God’s throne room and kneel at his feet.
There's no such thing as perfect people
There's no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scared
Lift up your heart and be amazed
And be changed by a perfect God
Who lived and died to give new life
To heal our imperfections
So look up and see out let grace be enough
Be changed by a perfect God
We all try to cover our imperfections. Often we try to not show our weakness. We build up walls as a means for defense so that we won’t be hurt again. When you’re a part of a pastor’s family, there’s additional pressure not to question and to even be fake about your pain because pastor’s families are supposed to have all of the answers and be perfect with their walk with God. However, I found freedom and hope in this song.
Most of the pressure I was putting on myself, was simply that. J I’ve found that individuals respond much better to genuine faith. Let’s take time to read the story of Mary and Martha. It’s important to note the context of the chapter. Right before Jesus meets Mary and Martha in their home, he tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Think about this question as you read, “How does the context change your perspective? “
Luke 10:25-42 The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c] ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] ” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I’m going to ask you the question that I told you to think about before you read the passage. Right before Jesus meets Mary and Martha in their home, he tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. How does that change your perspective of a common story in the church?
It’s important to be intentional to spend time with those you love. It’s in those moments that you show them time together is enough. Chris Tomlin’s song, “Enough” and Jesus Cultures’, “More than Enough” embodies this. Jesus was intentional about getting away from the crowds to spend time with God because He needed that time to be restored. Jesus set the example for us to follow.
What do you need to do today to get into the presence of God?
How can you kneel at his feet?
Read your Bible then pause for reflection.
Psalms 46:1-3 and 10 When the world is crashing down around you God tells us to “ Be Still and Know that I am God.”
Pray and pause to listen.
Isaiah 66:13, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you, and you will be comforted.”
Get into nature.
Romans 1:9-10- “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Find a friend/mentor.
We often forget that we are also a part of God’s creation. We go out into nature to seek God, but forget that God speaks truth though wise, godly mentors and accountability partners. We aren’t meant to do life alone. We need community and accountability. (Acts 2)
Listen to Music
Take time to write down your thoughts, the verses you read, and what sticks out about your time with God.
If you don’t have someone to comfort you today, talk to God, be still, and let Him comfort you through the Bible and His creation all around you. Put yourself in serving positions where you can meet others that are like minded and find a friend. Stop the pity party. Break Satan’s grip on your life.
Did you take a walk or find evidence God cares for you? Write it down.
What are you dealing with now?
What are some of the blessings in your life that you can be thankful for today?
You'll find Day 1 along with the other 14 days of devotions in the file below... So go download it, share it, and maybe even start writing your own to share with me and others. It brings be so much joy when we don't let Satan's lies waste our pain. God loves, heals, and restores so that we can live intentionally for His purpose.
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