Tag: Devotionals

Express your love to God!

Express your love to God!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Sandi over at @refreshingmelodies Express your love to God! ‘O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! – Psalm 103:1-2 (MSG) 

Faith Training

Faith Training

Editor’s Note: This is a story by veteran Diva Maria Drayton. Thank you so much Maria for continuing to share your writing with us! “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 

Guess What? God knows technology!

Guess What? God knows technology!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by June Titus, a veteran Diva writer. Thanks for sharing again, June!

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29: 29

Human beings, ever since the creation, have been trying to find out things. They found out about fire; discovered time; discovered out how to make a wheel; invented the boat; figured out a microscope, and found germs; a telescope, and learned that the earth rotated around the sun; and introduced modern technology…and everything in between.

God has known these things all along, allowing these secrets to be unveiled over the centuries. The more we learn, the more we understand that we know very little. There’s lots more out there to learn. It is like God is saying something like, “It’s for me to know and you to find out.”

I’m glad we have technology. Without my computer, I would never be able to go to college online. I went to a brick and mortar college for a couple of semesters more than thirty years ago, but now I am going exclusively on the computer. That is good. But it is also a bit challenging.

Case in point: I am not good in math. I have trouble keeping my checkbook balanced. Now I am studying a freshman level math course, and it’s not a pretty picture. One assignment this week was to put a lot of data in a prepared template regarding three potential job offers. It was long and detailed, with figuring everything from cost of living, cost of relocation, income taxes, retirement savings, health insurance, as well as salary expectations. I would get one section finished, save it in the computer and start another, only to lose the one I had just entered. I lost it four times. I emailed the professor, but it always takes her a day to respond. Guess who was totally frustrated to the point of tears.

I sank to my knees, certain if God didn’t show me what to do, I would fail the course. No sooner had my plea escaped my lips than I knew exactly what to do. Simple. Write the thing in a document and scrap the template! Worked perfectly. I told you God knows technology.

That may seem to be a small or frivolous thing to pray about, but I know that God answers prayer. He delights in showing us what He has known all along. When he created this universe, He knew all the things humans have discovered, invented, or built since then. There is nothing new to Him. Yes, we need to find cures for diseases, vaccines to prevent them, fixes for social problems, ways to reduce crime, get the right government for the nation, or a myriad of other things. We need to pray for these things. All of them.

Let’s go back to the discovery that the earth orbited the sun. Copernicus, in the 15th century, had conjectured that the earth revolved around the sun. Two centuries later Galileo, in using the telescope he had developed, confirmed the theory. He was a believer in God and was fascinated by the beauty of God’s creation. God gave him the intelligence and interest in science to find out how it worked. Perhaps in his searching he realized that he would have opposition from the Church by bringing to light what he had learned. But the truth was right before him. And yes, he was excommunicated for what he learned. But what he learned has led to the explosion of discovery and today’s technology. A matter of humans finding out what God has known all along.

The little bit I am learning in Math, Science, and my other college courses is but a drop in the ocean of what there is to be learned. But I can rest assured that God knows technology and He knows me. Intimately.

June Titus is a retired nurse and poet and mother and grandmother, living with her husband in southern Georgia. Now in her eighties, she remains active in her local church. Among other church responsibilities, she teaches a Sunday school class of her peers. She writes a weekly blog on Facebook, entitled “Monday Musings.” Prior to moving to Georgia, she was a regular contributor to “The Watauga Democrat” newspaper, and “all About Women,’ a monthly magazine, both in Boone, North Carolina.

Dragonflies – Fall 2020

Dragonflies – Fall 2020

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our Fall 2020 submissions cycle! Today we have a beautiful devotional from our friend Sheila Lloyd. Her bio is down below if you don’t remember her! We live in a beautiful neighborhood hemmed in by the river on one side and 

Healing + submissions are open!

Healing + submissions are open!

Most mornings, I wake up with a start. I look around my room and remember where I am. And then I tell myself, “everything’s okay.” I know this isn’t normal. And I am undergoing treatment for my anxiety and nightmares. But it’s my reality after 

A Moral Imperative

A Moral Imperative

Hi guys. I’m going to talk about George Floyd. I have always stood by the belief that everyone is welcome and loved here, regardless of color or faith, and will continue to do so.

Some things I’ve been thinking about during all this:

Are those cops Christians?

With a knee on his neck, what was that officer thinking?

As the police standing by heard the words “I can’t breathe”, over and over again, what did they think they were doing?

Did they not believe they were murdering, or were they caught up in the moment?

Finally, what would Jesus do if he was standing watching this scene? I think we know the answer to that.

As you know, murder is mentioned many times in the Bible.

Genesis 9:6 ESV

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

Exodus 20:13 ESV

“You shall not murder.

Deuteronomy 5:17 ESV

“‘You shall not murder.

Matthew 5:21 ESV

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Romans 13:9 ESV

For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Those police that day committed murder. No one stopped it. The officers continued the act of murder for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Did they once think of Christ? We cannot know what is truly in their hearts, and if they try to follow Jesus’ word. Ultimately, an unarmed black man was granted no trial and slowly suffocated until his soul left this earth.

I’ve heard and listened to the argument that George Floyd wasn’t a good person – that he was high during his arrest and had committed crimes. OK BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN HE NEEDS TO DIE UPON ARREST?

America does have a justice system after all. It may not be perfect, but it’s better than slowly being murdered in the street.

And this is only one of many times unarmed blacks have been murdered. This is evil. Systemic evil. If the murderers are Christian or not, Satan is the one at work here.

People of all races are God’s children and creation. The enemy is turning us against each other, when the Lord says we must love each other.

John 15:12 ESV

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

We as Christians, of all colors, can no longer stand aside and be silent. THIS IS OUR WAR. Now is the time to stand up for our black brothers and sisters. Lives literally depend on this. Change is now.

Believing We Are Right…But Still Being So Very Wrong

Believing We Are Right…But Still Being So Very Wrong

Editor’s Note: She’s back again, our veteran writer with my favorite name! Maggie Meadows Cooper! While home on quarantine, I have had the privilege (and let’s be real…sometimes headache) of homeschooling my sweet babies. One is in preschool, preparing for the start of Kindergarten in 

Bleeding in the Midst of a Calling

Bleeding in the Midst of a Calling

Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Ann Grace. A great devotional for you today. Have you ever had to comfort someone after a hard fall or loss? Well, I have had my fair share of “mommy moments” where I kissed a bloody booboo 



Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by June E. Titus. Thanks so much for this encouragement, June!

Psalm 86: 1 (Read entire chapter),

O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

I love words. Especially intriguing to me are words that sound like what they mean—“onomatopoeic” words. “Ennui” could be one of those words. It aptly describes a recent blah-ish period in my spiritual life. The word sounds—well, blah. Many excuses could be listed to attempt justification of those spiritual doldrums. But, to quote late nineteenth/early twentieth century evangelist, Billy Sunday, “An excuse is a skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.” Like a sausage.

Jog a dull spirit by a sermon or some special issue may work for a moment, but the next moment it is forgotten. Boredom sets in. God Himself is the only one sufficient to extract such a dullard from the hole of their own making. (Psalm 40: 2-3a)

He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.

How God pulls me out of my self-dug hole filled with boredom, blahs, and ennui:

· Don’t depend on sermons, good works, Bible study groups, to throw in a rope to climb out of the hole. Rather, get a proper perspective of the holy, sovereign creator, who loved me so much He became the Incarnate Son of God to die in my place and make me the child of the King of kings. That’s the rope; I grasp it in faith. Then I am ready to hear sermons, do good works, and go to my Bible study.

· Get back into God’s Word—not just a daily verse in a devotional with an encouraging half page. Read a portion each day, learn the lesson it has for me. Not my neighbor. Me.

· Pray. Ritual prayers are only as meaningful as the heart and mental conception behind it. Table grace, bedtime “now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep,” or even the Lord’s Prayer, are meaningless if I do not think of what I am praying. I need protracted prayer: time spent talking to “Our Father” as a child who has a reverent awe of His majesty, yet can sit at His feet and communicate the desires of my heart. I can tell Him how much I love and need Him. I can take my prayer concerns and the concerns I have for others. I need patient prayer–to keep at it when I can’t see the end God has designed, but faithfully persist. I need specific prayer that names not only names, but names needs and concerns attached to those names.

· Do good for others. Believe it or not, I am not in this world alone with my pocket full of blahs. To help pull another from his hole, I must crawl out of mine.

· Don’t allow temporal distractions derail a spiritual journey. When I pray the line in The Lord’s Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation,” I have to understand that God’s train is right on track, but there may be stops along the way to tempt me to get off the train and wander about. The distractions may not be harmful in and of themselves, but in my human frailty, I can veer off on my own and spend unredeemable time in an irresponsible manner. Derailed.

Funny thing: Some of the opposites to ennui are words like cheer, delight, and enjoyment. The temporary kicks resulting from mundane activities may only rebound on the unprepared traveler. On the other hand, to serve God with a whole heart is to enjoy life—delight in every mile of the way—living in His presence. The opposite feeling from ennui is “BAM!” I am looking to get a “bam” out of my walk with Jesus.

June Titus is a retired nurse and poet and mother and grandmother, living with her husband in southern Georgia. Now in her eighties, she remains active in her local church. Among other church responsibilities, she teaches a Sunday school class of her peers. She writes a weekly blog on Facebook, entitled “Monday Musings.” Prior to moving to Georgia, she was a regular contributor to “The Watauga Democrat” newspaper, and “all About Women,’ a monthly magazine, both in Boone, North Carolina.

Shadows: A Mother’s Day Devotional

Shadows: A Mother’s Day Devotional

Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Sheila Lloyd! Welcome back Sheila. I hope that this devotional can be an encouragement to you all today. Shadows lengthen on a mid-October lawn reminding me of Autumn afternoons of my childhood and adolescence in a veritable