2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
First – let me apologize for missing most of last week. My mom passed and I just couldn’t focus long enough to put out a devotional thought each day. I wanted to begin today’s devotional with a thank you. Thank you to all who have reached out or will reach out to my family during this trying time. Last Sunday night – during the Super Bowl (I wasn’t really watching – #NotMySuperBowlChampion) – mom transitioned to glory! I saw it coming. She was tired of fighting – and ready to meet her Lord and Savior and to see her beloved husband – my dad – again.
Mom battled dementia for about five years and the last two have been really tough – for her and for us. She was the last of her siblings – my father has one living brother. Their generation is fading fast. Which means my generation is not the oldest in our family. That seems to hit home when your parents are with Jesus and you are the oldest generation in your family (or nearly). Continue reading
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Here we are – the first Saturday of our Prayer/Fast. How’s your Prayer/Fast going?
We’re getting close to March Madness and our local college team – the University of Maryland Terps – both the women’s and men’s teams are ranked high with high expectations. I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams make the final four or at least the Elite eight. And wouldn’t it be great if both came away with championships!
In most team sports – as we just witnessed in the Super Bowl – where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers – team work plays a big part and giving your all does as well. Peyton Manning – perhaps playing in his final NFL game – put everything on the line – working his way back from serious surgery and injury – to help his team win. There were players on both teams giving their all – fully. Some players – at times in the game – seemed to back away from giving their all. One play – late in the game – when the game was still on the line – a Panther player seemed to back away from contact when a fumble was on the ground. It may have costs his team a chance to take the lead. Continue reading
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
I’m sitting here tonight in my chair – watching the reports from Iowa on the news – with a twisted back and sore neck – rotating a heated bean bag from my neck to my back. I’m typing on my iPad – trying to put together my thoughts for tomorrow’s devotional. I’m wondering if the two or three candidates I have been following will fare well tonight. I’m wondering if the two or three candidates I hope never get elected will do well (I sure hope not). There is so much at stake in this election.
The candidates are leaving nothing to chance. They are working long hours to get their message across. They have spent millions of dollars to be elected. This is only the first of 50 states to walk through this preliminary voting process. Please pray about who you will vote for and please – get out and vote.
Starting Sunday – we will begin a time of prayer and fasting. Starting Sunday – before or after the Super Bowl – your choice – we will pick some things to remove from our lives and we will pick some things to add to our lives. Our plan is to remove things that hinder us physically or spiritually and adding things that will enhance us. I’m going to remove some things I put into my body (food and drink) and some behaviors as well. I’m going to spend more time in prayer and less time on social media. I challenge our readers to follow suit – to pick some things that will enhance our relationship with Christ. Continue reading