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 […]

1Peter November 11

Submitting to those who are harsh.

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:18-25   Submit yourselves to those who are good and considerate but also to those who are harsh. Deep breath, everybody. This is going to be a tough one. My dear sisters, this is a passage that cuts deep into the wounds I have scabbed over with bitterness. Too graphic?? Excuse my […]

1Peter November 10

Live free

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:13-17   It’s easy to get frustrated with authority. Maybe things don’t always go the way you think they should.  But this passage says to honor those in authority, even when you don’t feel like it.  Because while we’re trying to be like Jesus and advance the Kingdom of God, we […]

1Peter November 09

Praise With Us!

Today let’s praise God that we have a hope in him. Not only for eternity, but that he gives life abundantly right now while we’re on earth. Praise God for our hope and confidence that we have in Him and His promises through the Lamb of God! Let your steadfast love, Oh Lord, be upon […]

1Peter November 08

Resident Aliens

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:9-12 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to GOD, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  […]

1Peter November 07

Living Stones

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-8, Colossians 3:23    My brother and I will forever cringe at the mention of “bonding time with dad.” When we got the invite from our dad to join him for some “bonding time” on the weekends, we knew that meant it was time to tackle the ever dreaded chore list. […]

1Peter November 06

Grateful for Nourishment

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-3 We all need something. For years philosophers, teachers, and individuals have sought this concept. This desire, this longing. We must be filled with something. Some may argue pleasure or happiness is what we long for. Others, may argue purpose. Yet, as a Christian, I proclaim Christ. I have often skipped […]

1Peter November 05

Familial Redemption

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-25 It’s really interesting when you start studying generational sin. I think it’s a very real thing. Look at addictions and how it runs in families – genetically. Look at personality traits and the environments of which one is raised. My Mom and Dad became Christians when I was two years […]

1Peter November 04

Living Beyond our Mistakes

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-16 “Do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance….” When I read this verse for the first time years ago, I wondered what it would mean to someone who became a believer in adolescence. As a new Christian, I had lived in ignorance for twenty […]

1Peter November 03

How Great Our Salvation

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:10-12 , 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 In verses 10-12, I believe there is a central theme of salvation, with the use of prophecy to explain its great purpose. Peter starts the verse off: “Now concerning salvation..” then continues onto how the prophets, apostles, Holy Spirit, and angels were not only used to aid the body of Christ and […]

1Peter November 02

Keep Your Eyes on the Ball

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9 , Ephesians 6:10-13 I am the oldest of 7 kids. I have fond childhood memories of my Dad gathering us kids in the front yard to play football.  We actually played a variety of sports ~ a benefit of a large family :)  The cardinal rule in all sports…..”keep your eyes on […]

1Peter November 01

This Is Who You Are Now

What if you got a letter telling you that your name, identity, home, goals, family, and priorities were changed as of today?  What if one decision you made changed everything about you overnight? Enter: Peter.  And his first letter. I Peter is Peter’s letter to Christians scattered all over the land.  He didn’t want them […]

fear October 31

The fear in questioning

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:32-5:11 So, I am a Christian.  In some of my circles, this is a comfortable title.  I’ve been in Christian youth groups, in churches and well, in America for most of my life. And, pro or con, we all seem to speak in a similar language about Christianity.  And we all sort of […]

fear October 29

Fear and Community

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-27 Oh, how I love community. Real. Difficult. Tricky. Beautiful. Community. For today’s devotional, we are going to focus on verse 43, “And awe (or fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” Oh, to live in that community! To experience authentic transformation in […]

fear October 29

Fear not, God’s Spirit is With Us

#Fear not. God’s #Spirit is within us.

fear October 28

Fear, obedience and repentance

Scripture Reading: Jonah   The book of Jonah consists of three major themes – fear, obedience and repentance. In the beginning of the book, Jonah disobeys God’s command to go and preach to Nineveh because of his fear and pride. He runs away from God hoping to hide himself on a boat but, God causes […]

fear October 27

Fearing God begets wisdom

  Scripture: Proverbs 9:10, 1 Samuel 12:24, Proverbs 8:13   But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. -1 Samuel 12:24   Sometimes when we first think of fear, we think of an unpleasant emotion, of dread, danger or […]

fear October 26

Using Scripture to combat fear

  Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life;    then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”   True Life and True Rest. This is what our Heavenly Father desires for us. Believe it. Pray it boldly. Re-pray it until you find yourself in His midst, truly experiencing the freedom that accompanies a restful […]

fear October 25

David and Goliath: God Gives Second Chances

Scripture reading: I Samuel 17 God operates in love.  That is His language and they way He chose to construct the universe.  So when we operate in fear, we are not even on the same page as God, and there’s no way to communicate openly with Him when we’re not speaking His language.  But because […]

fear October 24

Fear in the Storm

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41, Psalm 46:10 Fear.  A word so small, it should be insignificant… yet somehow this word has the power to take hold of our life in such a way that we can become enslaved to it.   These past few years, my husband and I have walked through some of the darkest […]

fear October 23

Job: Submitting in Fear

Scripture Reading: Job 3:25, Job 38-41, Job 42: 1-6 I’m convinced Job, in modern day, would have the last name Jones. He’d be the guy who manages to open the car door for his wife on Sunday morning, while simultaneously toting a toddler in a manly baby b’journ, and throwing the fully packed diaper bag […]

fear October 22

Obeying Authority

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:17, Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1-7 This idea of submitting to authority out of fear of God is a difficult one for me. I am okay at following rules that I make for myself, or rules that I am passionate about or that I understand as good. But I’m not the best […]

fear October 21

Bringing your fear before God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 6 When I have felt persecuted by another person, I have gone to Psalm 6 to pray about the conflict. This and other psalms remind me of David’s humanity. I like that I’m not the only one who pouts to God time and time again, begging him to hear my prayer.   […]

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