trials September 01

Be prepared and Stand Firm through Trials

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:2-4, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Psalm 62:6 Throughout scripture, we are repeatedly asked to “stand firm”. Some verses instruct us to stand firm with the belt of truth (Eph. 6:14), without fear (Job 11:15) and with courage (1 Cor. 16:13). We are called to stand firm in our faith because that is […]

psalm51 August 31

Pray with us

A Historic Puritan Prayer from The Valley of the Vision: “Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, […]

psalm51 August 29

Build up the walls of Jerusalem

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:18, Romans 8:38-39 I tend to dwell on things long after they’ve happened. If I know I’ve messed up, I pray, “God, please have the Spirit work in spite of me.” Whether it’s something I said or how I acted, one of the enemy’s greatest tools in my life is guilt.   […]

psalm51 August 28

A broken and contrite heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:16-17, Matthew 5:3-11, 1 Samuel 15:22 I have had many days where I have seen my sin and felt overwhelmed by shame. But I have learned through study that shame is not the definition of contrition (feelings and expressions of remorse). Rather, when we offer God a heart that is contrite, it then leads […]

psalm51 August 27

My mouth will declare your praise

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:15 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ; Philippians 4:4 I have this saying I’ve said for quite some time now: I want to live my life so that I die with words of praise on my lips. Life is incredibly unexpected, and no one is promised their next breath. Yet how many days […]

psalm51 August 26

Deliver me

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, and Psalm 51:14   “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.” Psalm 51:14 This is David’s lament, after realizing the severity of his actions. He uses the term, “bloodguiltiness”, which means guilty of bloodshed or murder. […]

psalm51 August 25

Sinners will return to you

Scripture reading: Psalm 51:13 “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” Psalm 51 is a hard song to read. It’s filled with brokenness, vulnerability, weeping, and a heart poured out. It’s an incredible chapter, but whenever I read it I really empathize with David and feel like I am able […]

psalm51 August 24

The Joy of Your Salvation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:12, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 62:1-2, Nehemiah 8:10   Restore to me the joy of your salvation. This has become my mantra whenever I’m having one of those moments. You know, the questioning-my-purpose, doubting-my-faith, wondering-what-in-the-heck-has-my-life-come-to sort of moments. It’s those times when I need an anchor to cling to, and to pull me up out […]

psalm51 August 23

Do not cast me from your presence

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:11; Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 1:9 Did you know that nothing can separate us from the love of God? Not even our sin. Before I go on, I will clarify that we can separate ourselves from God. If we are in the downward spiral of darkness, we make a choice to turn […]

psalm51 August 22

Worship with us

Today take some time to worship in His presence today. Mediate on the words of Psalm 51 through this song written by Jon Foreman. Put it on repeat a couple times. Let us know what stuck out to you today and share with us about how the Lord is working in your life!  

psalm51 August 21

Create in me a clean heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:10   Can I admit something to you ladies? Sometimes I get a little off track. Be it my habits, disciplines, thoughts–you name it. I think if we were honest with ourselves, we’ve all been there. Sometimes we just need a fresh start.   When I read this prayer, “Create in me […]

psalm51 August 20

Blot out my iniquity

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:9, Psalm 103   Knowing that our God is omniscient, all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-hearing, can be a bit alarming when I consider the kinds of things he has an inside scoop on. That means he knows every resentful thought I harbor, every comment I mutter under my breath, and every flicker of […]

psalm51 August 19

Let me hear joy and gladness

#repenting brings #joy and #gladness. #Psalm51.

psalm51 August 18

Whiter than snow

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:7   It’s an analogy we’ve heard, over and over again… white as snow. Will you pause, and bask in that with me today? Don’t let this analogy be lost because of redundancy.   When a white dog suddenly appears yellow, against the fresh, clean snow. When a white house appears cream, […]

psalm51 August 17

Wisdom in the Secret Place

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:5-6 “Surely I was sinful at birth,    sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.” Shoot, there is no getting out of it when I read verses like this. We are sinners right off the bat. […]

psalm51 August 16

Against you, you only, have I sinned…

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:4, 1John 4:19-21 If we wrong our brother, then we sin against God. This is a pretty harsh statement but it’s exactly what David is claiming in verse 4 of the 51st Psalm today. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are […]

psalm51 August 15

Pray with us

Scripture Reading: Psalm 42:1, 5  and Favorite Psalm   Sister, as you read today’s scripture, pray through it. Get down on your knees. Say it out loud. Sing it. Journal it. Pray that God would grant you hope and desire for His Word.   Today, just sit in His presence. Bask in His Truth.   […]

psalm51 August 14

Cleanse me from my sin

  Scripture reading: Psalm 51:2-3 Sisters, I’m going to cut straight to the chase: Are you cleansed from your sin? Are you washed by the blood of Jesus?    If not, let me give you a quick cliff-notes version of the Gospel:   We have all sinned. Sin separates us from God. To be made into […]

psalm51 August 13

According to your great compassion

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God,    according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion    blot out my transgressions. As a graphic designer and photographer, when I read, “blot out” I immediately think of photoshop and the little eraser or magic wand tool that seamlessly takes away little blemishes on […]

psalm51 August 12

Introducing Psalm 51

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 11, 12:1-25   Over the next half of August, we are going to be doing an in depth study of Psalm 51. I know that there is a lot of scripture today, but please click it above and it will take your right to it, or even better, open up your […]

beatitudes August 11

Blessed are those who are insulted for My Name

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:11-12, I Peter 4:13-14   There is something very difficult to swallow about this Beatitude.  Up until this point, Jesus has blessed the poor, the meek, the peacemaker….but now, He blesses the cursed, the accused, and the persecuted.  Like Leslie said yesterday, this is where we lose control. This is where I […]

beatitudes August 10

Blessed are those who are persecuted

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:10 & Romans 8: 28-39 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 As I read through the beatitudes, I notice a trend. Jesus says, blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for […]

beatitudes August 09

Blessed are the peacemakers

Scripture Reading: Matt. 5:9 ; James 3:18 Peacemaking doesn’t always come easy to a person like me. You see, I enjoy being right. And, uh, if I’m completely honest, I’m a wee bit stubborn in my “right-ness”, if that makes sense. My guess is you are either like me, or you know someone like me. […]

beatitudes August 08

Blessed are the pure in heart

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:8, Psalm 73, Colossians 1:21-23, 1 John 3:1-3   Those who are pure in heart are given the highest honor: to see God. As Matthew Henry puts it, It is the perfection of the soul’s happiness to see God. Of all the blessings promised in the Beatitudes, this might be the most […]

beatitudes August 07

Pray with us

In effort to further create community and connectedness with each other, the team at re:devotionals has decided to integrate a few intermittent days of prayer and worship into our schedule. You are invited to participate with us in this different avenue of communing with our God. We welcome your written prayers of agreement in the comments below!   […]

beatitudes August 06

Blessed are the merciful

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:7, Ephesians 4:32, Psalm 139:23-24   When I was a little girl, my sister and I used to play with bugs on my grandmother’s porch in the sweltering summer heat of Louisiana. If we were caught in the act, my uncle would call out to us, “Have mercy on them. Put them […]

beatitudes August 05

Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:6 It’s summer time here in the Pacific Northwest, and thankfully we have had some gorgeous weather lately: 80 degrees with no chance of rain. Not a single cloud in the sky – SHOCKER! But it is also the time of year where I see more fans whipped out of storage, windows […]

beatitudes August 04

Blessed Are the Meek

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 5:5; Matthew 19:14   Woe to the meek, for they will never receive what they deserve. What if the Bible were written by people whose hearts weren’t changed by God? Woe to the meek, for they don’t have the guts to stand up for themselves. What if the Kingdom of God were […]

beatitudes August 03

Blessed are those who mourn

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:4, Romans 8:19-23   I really love my dad. Growing up, I proudly claimed the title of “daddy’s girl,” and frequently tried to do whatever necessary to be “one of the guys” with my brother and dad, just to get to spend more time with him. And when I say whatever necessary..that […]

beatitudes August 02

Blessed are the poor in spirit

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:3, Romans 10:9-10     “But they are poor,” saith one. True, but the poorest Christian possesses more than the richest unbeliever. You shall set before me now the pauper who is a believer, and the emperor who has no faith in Christ, and I am persuaded that the poor, aged pauper […]

beatitudes August 01

Introducing the Beatitudes

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5 The Beatitudes are the familiar opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus delivered some of first teachings. It is the longest and fullest continued discourse of our Saviour that we have recorded in all the gospels. The eight beatitudes list people who are entitled to be blessed. However,  in […]

proverbs July 31

Noble Wife

#NobleWife. When we are His, we have nothing to #prove. #proverbs

July 30

The Re:devotionals Team is Changing!

Goodbyes are hard…but today we celebrate our dear Christine moving on to a new season of ministry, and we welcome a new sister, Becky, to our team! Both ladies have taken a minute to write a quick note to you, our readers, about this next chapter in their lives. Hello Sisters, These past few months […]

proverbs July 30

Faithfulness

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:3-6, 28:20 ; Luke 16:10 ;  Colossians 3:23-24 “When in doubt, love and be faithful.”  That’s what I keep telling myself these days. Proverbs 3:3 says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Later in Proverbs it’s revealed that […]

proverbs July 29

Greed – The Opposite of Trust

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 28:25, Psalm 28:7, Matthew 19:16-26   What is the opposite of greed? Have you ever thought about that? Is it happiness? Wealth? Contentment?   I had never really thought about that question until I read the Proverbs passage: “A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord […]

proverbs July 28

Honesty: a life of integrity

Scripture: Proverbs 24:26 ; 10:9 At the beginning of our journey through Proverbs, Elizabeth wrote so beautifully (here) on the importance of being honest with ourselves and with God. To get REAL with God and ourselves is sometimes uncomfortable, but the rewards we reap–being shaped and molded more like Him–far outweigh any discomfort or temporary […]

proverbs July 27

Leadership

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:16, Ecclesiastes 9:17, 1 Samuel 16:7 Today I am offering you an extra little nugget about myself: people have often described me as quiet, reserved, shy, soft-spoken and hard to read. Whether or not I totally agree with all that, there’s something to be said about how people tend to perceive you. […]

proverbs July 26

Injustice

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 22:16 One has likely heard the quote, “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Scripture teaches us that Jesus, though he was rich, became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9) God became poor, for you. There isn’t even an analogy for that… The […]

proverbs July 25

Praiseworthy

Scripture: Proverbs 27:21 (Message Version) “The purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in the fire; The purity of human hearts is tested by giving them a little praise.” As fire refines and brings forth the impurities of the metals, so does a public opinion of someone – the good, the bad […]

proverbs July 24

Patience

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 15:18, 16:32 I’m going to be honest with you. Patience is really REALLY REALLY hard. Being slow to anger is so tough. Especially when I am living. Seriously, is there anything harder than patience? Yes, probably…but not many things. It starts really young. Getting impatient and snappy with people. Like basically from […]

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