Advent December 21

On Good Authority

Matthew 2:3-6   The people of Jerusalem needed a break.  They were torn apart by wars, revolutions, and false messiahs’ claims.  They had been waiting a long time for the real thing.  Their ruler (Herod the Great) wasn’t even a Jew–he was a Roman convert who wasn’t necessarily “all in.” In the midst of the […]

Advent December 20

Even the Magi Came to Worship Jesus

Matthew 2:1-2 Magi were astrologers from the royal court of the King of Persia. Many sources from this period report them to be pagans skilled in divination as well. So we might not originally expect the Magi to come worship Jesus, especially if they found him not in the royal palace, but in a cold […]

Advent December 19

Sweet Simple Assurance

Micah 5:2-5 Micah 5:2-5 is packed with such an outline of Jesus’ legacy. I think this is why I love the Minor Prophets so much; they don’t have to say a whole lot to get their point across. Short, sweet and they hit the nail right on the head. In Matthew 2 when King Herod […]

Advent December 18

Treasure of the Heart

Luke 2:19-20, Matthew 6:19 Mary had a lot to be worried about during the pregnancy and arrival of her son. First, she was unwed and pregnant. Then Joseph was planning to secretly divorce her because he knew there was no way it could’ve been his kid. On top of all of this, we have King […]

Advent December 17

Making Room to Share

Luke 2:15-18 I think these shepherds and I would be friends. I love “yes” people. People who go. People who don’t hesitate. The NIV states that they (the shepherds) “hurried off” and found Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. After seeing such an incredible sight (as Christine mentioned yesterday), could you blame them?  The excitement they […]

Advent December 16

Peace Among Those with whom He is Well Pleased

Luke 2:13-14 1 Peter 2: 19-20 One angel came to the shepherds, then a multitude. Commentaries describe the multitude as thousands upon thousands; innumerable. The angels greet the shepherds to tell them about Jesus’ birth.  What a beautiful picture! I always want to ask so many questions. Why did he send a multitude? Why not […]

Advent December 15

Active Waiting

Luke 2:36-38 What do you think about when you hear the word, “waiting”? When I think of waiting, I imagine myself in a doctor’s office, smart phone in hand, slumping down in my chair while I browse Facebook. Do you associate waiting with traffic? Stand-still, almost to your exit and wondering if it’s worth driving […]

Advent December 14

Simply Jesus

Luke 2:6-7 Philippians 2:6-8 After surviving the birth of my first child, I have been fascinated by hearing other women’s birth stories. I soak up all the birthing lingo like dilated and effaced, transition, placenta encapsulation and postpartum. I groan in sympathetic agony over the 20+ hours of labor stories, and sit bewildered at hearing […]

Advent December 13

In Those Days

Luke 2:1-5  The simplicity of these verses is maybe what makes them so special and incredible to the Christmas story. We hear that Joseph belongs to the house and line of David, that Mary is about to have a child.  Wait, say that again? A virgin with child, who we know herself is in the […]

Advent December 12

PTL

Luke 1:46-56 Oh man, this scripture, Mary’s song, it makes my own heart sing. The scripture itself is enough of a devotional today. When we praise God it brings others to him. After all, we were created to praise him. Let me get real with you for a minute… It was Christmas Conference 2005 with […]

Advent December 11

Imagine If You Were Mary?

Luke 1:39-45 Imagine you are Mary. You just got the news that you are the lucky one to carry the Son of God and have the privilege to raise him. Plus, with all the cultural implications behind not being married, looking like an adulterer, etc this is no small task! So what would you do […]

Advent December 10

A Name

Matthew 1:22-25, Proverbs 18:10, John 14:13-14, Philippians 2:9-11 My middle name is Ruth. I am named after my grandmother and great grandmother. Not only do I take pride in this name, but I also find it a bit prophetic in my life. Just like the character Ruth in the bible, I have a large capacity […]

Advent December 09

Choosing Righteousness

Matthew 1:18-21 For today’s study we are going to focus on Joseph, the step-father of Jesus. The Galilean carpenter who is so often dismissed as but another prop in the advent scene.  Fading into the background with the donkey, sheep, and cows. Scripture (Matt. 1:19) refers to Joseph as “just” (ESV) or “faithful to the […]

Advent December 08

I am the Lord’s Servant

Luke 1:26-35 This short passage carries so much emotion and awe for me. There are so many aspects for one to be blown away with God! Gabriel the angel is speaking to Mary! Gabriel tells Mary that the Lord is with her and she is highly favored! Gabriel shares with her that she is to […]

Advent December 07

He Looks at the Heart

Luke 1:18-25 “It’s a heart issue.“ I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve said this to myself, as well as friends during times of trial. Above all else, beyond actions, deeds, and words, the Lord always looks at the intent of the heart. Zechariah is in the temple, burning incense to […]

Advent December 06

Preparing the Way

Luke 1:11-17 At the age of 7, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I often spent my free time playing “classroom” with my stuffed animals, spent every Sunday of my middle school years working with the children’s church classes and sought out a University with a reputable education program. Though my desire to […]

Advent December 05

For the Longest Time

Luke 1:5-10 This few-verse segment of the Christmas story seems less important than the rest…no angels, no donkeys, no swaddling clothes, no wise men–and not much is happening.  But I believe that the richness of these verses comes from the past, from the story leading up to them. Zechariah was from the line of Aaron, […]

Advent December 04

What’s Your First Sacrifice?

Ezekiel 20:40 This Christmas, let it be that your faith comes first amidst all of the other things that are flooding your mind. How can you use time today sisters as your first sacrifice to God?

Advent December 03

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is Freedom

Isaiah 11:1-11 I didn’t grow up in a war-torn country, nor a military family. Freedom to me was like breathing air, it was just natural. Then I lived with refugee’s in the West Bank for three months and was in Cairo one week after the downfall of the government. I witnessed the dramatic effects of […]

Advent December 02

Hope on the Horizon

Isaiah 9:2-7, Romans 8:19-25 Hope is such a strong emotion. Merriam-Webster defines it “to desire with expectation of obtainment” and “to expect with confidence”. Hope is so much stronger than a wish. When we hope for something, we know it is going to happen and we wait for it with great anticipation. With Christ’s first […]

Advent December 01

Anticipation

John 1:1-5 My three year old nephew calls Santa. Daily. Better yet, he actually gets to FaceTime with Santa. (Yep, there’s an app for that). Half chewed cookies, a nearly empty glass of milk, and a “Santa Helper” who visited our uptown two Friday evenings from 6-8pm; those were all the connections I had to […]

thanksgiving November 30

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving By: Vienna Cobb Anderson God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:   We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be […]

thanksgiving November 29

Thanksgiving: Refreshing Hearts

Philemon 1:4-7 Thanksgiving Day is over, the Black Friday shopping aisles have been exhausted, the turkey has turned into sandwiches and soups, and the Christmas trees are going up.  It’s crazy how quickly the warm glow of the Thanksgiving table can turn to the bright fluorescent lights of the 3 a.m. Toys ‘R’ Us line.  […]

thanksgiving November 28

Thanksgiving brings peace

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-7 When tragedy strikes and there is no way to make sense of it or explain it away, I often find myself praying for “the peace that surpasses all understanding.” When loved ones die, natural disaster hits, poverty or divorce destroys families… there are no words that can truly bring sustaining comfort. It’s […]

thanksgiving November 27

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18    Happy Thanksgiving day! For some this means turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and a full stomach. For others, a turkey trot followed by volunteering at the local food bank. Yet still for others, Thanksgiving day is a reminder of what they used to be thankful for. The empty place setting at the table, […]

thanksgiving November 26

Thanksgiving: It’s in Giving that we Receive

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:4-5 There are those people in this world who are especially dear to my heart. I’m surrounded by them in my life although I’m not one of them. Church worship leaders. The ones who are really gifted with it. It’s a calling on their lives. They really understand what it means to […]

thanksgiving November 25

Thanksgiving: Thankfulness in a Life Changed.

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 With this time of year comes an attitude of reflection. We think about all that we’ve accomplished or learned this year and in the last weeks of 2014, we will continue with the mindset of thanking God for our many blessings. But before the mentions of family and friends and […]

thanksgiving November 24

Thanksgiving: Thankfulness in everything.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:15-17      Thankfulness…It’s something God has been placing on my heart lately. There are more than a few situations that come to mind when I think of being thankful for God’s hand working in my life. I am sure some of your own scenarios are popping into your head right now. It […]

thanksgiving November 23

Worship through Thankfulness

As we head into thanksgiving week, let’s take time to really list out our “thank yous” to the Lord. Today, I am thankful for amazing community that I can share my struggles and triumphs with. Women that will take me into their arms and pray with me. To hold me up and to walk with […]

1Peter November 22

This is it!

Scripture Reading: I Peter 5:12-14 This is it.  It’s not your best life now, it’s not a get rich-quick scheme, it’s not even this is the “TRUE GRACE OF GOD.” I don’t know about you, but when I read those words that Peter wrote, I can’t help but feel excited and blown away by the truths […]

1Peter November 21

A snowball of suffering

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:8-11, Ephesians 6:10-18, James 4:7-8   When one thing goes wrong, it’s so easy to let it cascade into the ultimate domino effect. i.e. your toddler had a rough night and was awake more than he was asleep (for no logical reason) which then resulted in him being a crabby pants […]

1Peter November 20

Humility trumps Anxiety

1 Peter 5:5-7, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5    ReDevotionals has been a live, posting website for eight months. In that short eight months we have posted twenty blog posts focused on humility. Twenty. That’s a pretty significant amount of blog space. We’re big on humility, because we believe our Lord and Savior values humility. Time and […]

1Peter November 19

True Leadership is Servantship

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 Sometimes it really pushes my buttons when we say, “Leader of fill in the blank” or “Director of fill in the blank”. I understand that we need to know who is in charge, but I also feel that it’s kind of giving us the glory.  Those of […]

1Peter November 18

Rejoicing in the Midst of Persecution

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-19   A few weeks ago in my bible study group, we were discussing persecution. It was a tough discussion especially in light of the crises happening overseas. In the western world, it’s hard to say if any of us are truly persecuted for being Christians…at least in the physical sense of […]

1Peter November 17

Living in the Light of Christ’s Return

1 Peter 4:7-11 In this passage Peter discusses bold Christian service in the light of the impending end. The hope of Christ’s return is an essential part of the believer’s equipment for fruitful Christian living. Yet, how often do we let this be our motivation? Is our motivation only from an obligation of we should […]

1Peter November 16

Day of Worship

“I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.” Isaiah 8:17 Do you feel like you are far from God today?  We all do at times.  But today, remember that He is very near to you, and that your hope in Him […]

1Peter November 15

An Opposite Life

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-6 ; 2 Corinthians 5:17 Black and white. First place and last place. David and Goliath. Old and Young. In case you didn’t catch on, we’re talking about opposites. I’ll refrain from singing you Elmo’s song about opposites, even though these days that’s mainly what rings through my head. Friends, it’s […]

1Peter November 14

Suffering for the Sake of Righteousness

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22, Hebrews 12:4, Matthew 25:40, Psalm 37   Being an aid worker in the Middle East, my life constantly revolves around suffering… and let me tell ya, it’s not pretty. So what does it mean to suffer for righteousness’ sake and why would I ever consider saying “Yay!” to that? In […]

1Peter November 13

The Call to be a Blessing

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12 How does one bless in the face of suffering? How does one stand firm in the calling to bless one another, while horrendous acts are occurring around them? I cannot comprehend, nor will I pretend to be able to. Yet, when I have witnessed it. I fall in love with […]

1Peter November 12

The kind of woman I want to be.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:1-7, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 These are a lot of verses to unpack. I really wish I could break this up into like 3 days of devos! But I need to keep this short. I saw this quote on pinterest the other day and I loved it. Don’t judge me. “Being both […]

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