DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: May 27, 2013

Romans 13:14 NIV

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

Colossians 3:12 NIV

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: May 2, 2013

“I need to do my devotions before I go crazy,” I say more to myself than to my ten-year-old.

“Why?” he asks.

“Because my perspective changes.”

Opening my journal and devotionals shuts out the overwhelming clutter of rearranged schedules and ransacked well-being. God soothes away knots of unresolved tension when I succumb to His gentle touch and calm direction. His strength seeps into my weakened resolve, and I am ready to resume my day with clarity of sight, mind, and heart.

“When you feel tired, you remember that I am your strength; you take pleasure in leaning on Me. I am pleased by your tendency to turn to Me more and more frequently, especially when you are alone.

“When you are with other people, you often lose sight of My Presence. Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them, and they become your primary focus. When you realize this has happened, whisper My Name; this tiny act of trust brings Me to the forefront of your consciousness where I belong.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Proverbs 29:25 NIV

Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
    but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

Proverbs 31:25-26 NKJV

Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Philippians 4:5 NKJV

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

“We don’t become women of strength, honor, and wisdom overnight; it requires self-discipline and godly surrender.” from A Jane Austen Devotional

 

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: April 30, 2013

“If we don’t consistently and deliberately empty ourselves of pride and confess our sins to God and one another, seeds of bitterness may take root. Left untended, they hold the potential to choke out God’s joy in our lives.” from A Jane Austen Devotional

Hebrews 12:15 NIV

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Ephesians 4:32 NLT

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.