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  • Dailybite 11:04 am on July 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Free from condemnation. 

    The verse, Roman 8: 1, had a powerful impact on our lives in 2015. In August of that year, our nephew, Jon, was hanging out with us for the day. He was living with the complications of heart failure, struggling to find the right blend of medication to live outside the hospital.

    He attended church with us, on and off for many years and we frequently spoke together of Jesus and our Christian walk. On this day, he was expressing the desire to hear from God and wasn’t sure he was hearing anything. We talked through different ways we believe we hear from God and then we put God on the spot. We gave Jon a list of bible verses that outline our identity in Christ. We asked him to read through it to see if one verse popped out at him – as if God was highlighting it for him. He picked Romans 8:1.

    My husband grabbed some bibles and together they read through Romans 8, studying the meaning of this verse. Then we prayed it over Jon. Before he left that day,, I wrote the verse on a slip of paper for him and he tucked it in his wallet.

    A few weeks later, Jon was back in the hospital. During his stay, a chaplain came to visit him. During their discussion the chaplain said he felt lead to share a verse with Jon. He read Romans 8: 1. Jon smiled and said, “you’re not going to believe this”. He reached into his wallet to retrieve the verse. God was so faithful to continue to emphasize for Jon, in his final days, that he was free from condemnation, in Christ his sins were forgiven. Jon died in November.

    We are comforted, through this verse, to know that Jon is with Jesus in heaven today. ❤️

     
  • Dailybite 1:45 pm on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Stick Together 

    Before entering a gathering of people, my husband often looks at me and says. “Whatever happens in there, we have a better chance of surviving if we stick together.” He loves to quote his favorite movies and I believe this quote comes from Gladiator. I often told my boys to stick together as they were leaving our house. I knew that together they were both clever enough to solve any problem they may face, but apart, they may not be as strong.

    As believers we are all given the gift of the Holy Spirt by Jesus. Jesus’s sacrifice and the gift of the Holy Spirit give us direct access to the Father. We are never again alone, never again without the full resources provided in the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit is ever present, sticking with us through thick and thin.

     
  • Dailybite 3:08 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    You are a saint. 

    I started working when I was 15 because I wanted to earn my own money. I was a car-hop at A&W. A change machine on one hip and a tray of frosted mugs full of root beer on the other. I can still hear the jingle sound of the change machine that rattled as i walked. I learned a lot that summer, root-beer is sticky, there is an art to using an ice cream machine, co-workers are fun people and I loved working and earning. I still do.

    In Paul’s letters, he refers to Christ followers as saints. He describes a saint as somebody who is chosen by God and given undeserved grace. As an “earner”, who strives to achieve, it’s hard to fully grasp what it means to be called a saint and to be given undeserved grace. If you’re like me, most of your experiences in receiving something “undeserved” has been mainly negative and painful. Receiving a gift of such magnitude from God is humbling.

    You are blessed, dear saint.

     
  • Dailybite 11:45 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    You are part of the body of Christ. 

    My great-grandmother, Florence, sewed several quilts, most of them by hand. All her quilts were made with scraps so there were many colors and patters to enjoy. As she assembled her squares, she would give them names; Snow on the mountain, peas and carrots. sunny skies. As kids. we would try to guess which one was which, and then we’d pick the square we’d want to be and the one we wouldn’t want to be. But, regardless of our opinion, the quilt was a complete work of art, each square adding its own charm.

    When I read Paul’s analogy of being part of the body of Christ, I often think of being part of a beautiful quilt. What piece do I want to be? And stepping back to see the beauty and purpose of all the pieces together.

    You are part of Christ’s body. What an honor!

     
  • Dailybite 10:14 am on July 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    You will never walk alone. 

    The first memory I have of feeling alone was when I was six. I went for a walk in the woods with my brother and two of our friends. As we headed home, we came to a fork in the path. I was confident that the path home was to the left. The other three thought we should go right. My stubborn self set off alone to the left.

    As my companions voices began to fade, I was sure I would beat them home and I began to run. Pretty soon the familiar path became surrounded by unfamiliar trees and sounds that I was sure I had never heard before. I was too afraid to turn back and too unsure to go forward. Where am I? I was lost. I felt so alone. I sat down and cried with fear.

    One of my friends came looking for me when he heard me crying, and lead me home. My hero, Todd.

    When we belong to Jesus, we are made one with his spirit. He is always with us. He continually leads us towards a better life and towards our forever home with him. Never will he leave us, never will he forsake us. Our truest companion.

    We will never walk alone.

     
  • Dailybite 2:38 pm on July 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Justified 

    Identity in Christ, Day 3. Justified

    Have you ever used the phrase, “let’s start with a clean slate?” Forgetting what has previously happened, we begin again with a new outlook. I have had many “re-dos” in my life. Second chances, another try, a chance to make something better.

    We can never really achieve a clean slate here on this earth. It seems that as soon as we clean something up, new problems arise, or a new mistake is made. If you’re like me, every time you decide to start a new effort to lose weight, you catch yourself slipping in a cookie, or two, thinking one slip won’t matter – only to find it happening again. Now what? Do you throw in the towel and say, “I can’t do this”? Or, do you begin again, with a clean slate? I’ve done both in my battle with self-control.

    I think this is why it is sometimes hard for me to fathom the fact that we are permanently made clean when we accept Jesus as our Savior. We are washed “clean as snow”, made right in our Father’s sight, by our faith. We don’t have to try again, it’s given, it’s eternal.

    How will you enjoy your clean slate today? I am enjoying mine with amazement.

     
  • Dailybite 9:54 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    A friend of Jesus 

    I have found friendships in a variety of places. My neighborhood, school, in groups I belonged to, at work, in low and high places, in ministry, through other friends and circumstance. Now and then you just meet someone you “click” with. My best friend in Jr High was a girl i met in my home economics class. Our teacher asked, “are there any birthdays today?” We both stood up and the class sang to us. We thought it was fun to have the same birthday and so our friendship began.

    Not all friendships last, some come and go, some are for a season, some are inactive but easily rekindled after years apart, picking up where you left off, as if no time was lost.

    Its so amazing to think that Jesus calls us “friend”, and that he feels a “click” with us. To know Jesus as my friend and confidant has been a beautiful journey. Healthy friendships are two way streets, where conversation, affection, respect and trust go both directions. For many years, my friendship with Jesus was a one way street. He was there, trying to talk with me, loving me, reaching out to me, waiting for me. I was busy looking elsewhere for all I needed. When I began to reciprocate and participate in the friendship Jesus offered, i found a friend who understands me, encourages me and teaches me. He knows my history and he knows my future. He will always be with me, guiding me to become the person God created me to be. He offers the same friendship to you.

    Thank you Jesus for calling us into friendship with you. Today we say, hello, my friend. ❤️

     
  • Dailybite 5:44 pm on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Children of God 

    I have had several conversations lately about the kingdom of God and how it compares to the world that we know. Instead of just settling on the phrase “well, it’s completely different”, I want more specifics. My focus for the next five weeks will be a look at what the bible says about who we are in Christ. How is our identity in Christ different than our identity in the world?

    We are children of God.

    When I think about what it means to be a child in this world, I think about my experience as a child in the family I grew up in, as well as the experience my own children had with me. Both imperfect because we are imperfect. Its hard for most of us to think of being part of a family free of competition, criticisms, feelings of being lover-looked, misunderstood or unloved at times.

    As a child of God, we are fully loved, fully accepted, nothing we do surprises our father, he will never leave us and he will never forsake us. We don’t have to compete with our siblings or wonder if we are loved. It’s a paradigm worth exploring. How can I live my life more aware of being a child of God?

    Thank you Jesus for what you’ve done – so that we may be a child of God.

    Amen

     
  • Dailybite 4:40 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    💬 

    Sometimes my writing partner has to curb his enthusiasm. I’m having a “too much thinking, not enough writing” kind of day.

     
  • Dailybite 4:40 pm on June 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The greatest of these is love. 

    Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

    I’m ending my love series with the powerful promise packed into verse 13. A reminder that our relationship with God begins with His love – and never ends. Love welcomes us, approves of us, and stays with us, now and forever. The perfect shelter for any storm. The ever-present comfort that never wears out.

    Focussing of God’s love over the last 25 days has changed me. I tested every verse against my experience of Jesus. Where have these words been true in my life? Kind of like when you test a company’s mission statement against your experience with them. In this exercise, however, I found way more love than I was looking for. My understanding of God’s love has broadened and I have a new degree of freedom to just be me. I am loved.

    Lord, thank you for your love. A love like no other. May we all continue to seek you and grow in our understanding of who you are and who we are in you. You are our good good father. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 2:35 pm on June 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love never fails! 

    God’s love for us is everlasting. His love for us will never fall-apart or disappear. Human love is often imperfect, the love we receive from others, the love we give to others and the love we have for ourselves. But the love Jesus has for us is perfect. We may never fully grasp this truth, but that does not change the fact – God’s love for us will never fail. He loves you because He loves you.

    Amen ❤️

     
  • Dailybite 12:03 pm on June 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    A love that we crave. 

    I have carried this verse with me all weekend. Mulling it over, and looking for its presence in my life. How would i describe this verse – as it lives and swirls around me.

    To me it holds a complete description of the unfailing love God has for us – and – a the description of the love we all seem to crave. Does this describe the God-sized hole we all have in our hearts that only God can fill? A love that endures the circumstances we struggle with. A love that carries a banner of hope for us to follow. A love that upholds a faith in us, that we will find our way through the sins we struggle with. A love that never gives up on us. With this ever-present love encircling us – how can we fail? I am so grateful.

     
  • Dailybite 4:32 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love always protects. 

    “Always” statements make me nervous because if it refers to a good quality – I immediately feel like I’ve failed. Love always protects refers to the kind of love God has for us. The kind of love we can try to emulate, returning it to Him and extending it to the people in our lives. Although we won’t be perfect, He will be. He will weather the storms of our lives with us, loving us through all of them.

    Thank you Father God for loving us, believing in us and sticking by us. Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 2:30 pm on June 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 

    Years ago, I was mediating a conflict between a foreman and a union employee he supervised. The tension had steadily risen for weeks as the foreman held his ground. During our session, the foreman finally spoke the truth and admitted to what he had said to the employee and sincerely apologized. I was struck at how fast the tension left the room once the truth was spoken. We were now able to move forward and soon their relationship was mended. It was a lesson I carry with me today.

    Lord, help us speak truth when it’s our turn to share and help us discern when truth is spoken by others. Thank you for being the very best example of truth. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 10:23 am on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love finds no pleasure in injustice done to others. 

    The Vines dictionary describes injustice as – a condition of not being right, whether with God, according to the standard of his holiness and righteousness, or with man, according to the standard of what man knows to be right by his conscience.

    This definition has caused me to pause and reflect on recent events. What has happened to the “standard” of what man knows to be right by his conscience?

    Lord, without your influence we are lost. I pray that your wisdom will break-through and refresh our sense of right and wrong. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 9:38 am on June 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 

    There’s a song by the Superchicks called, We Live. A line in the song is engraved on my heart. “We live, we love, we forgive and never give up.” I think of it when I am tempted to make a record of a wrong someone has done to me, or, when I get tired of carrying a thoroughly written list around with me. Forgiveness erases the negative records in our hearts and frees up space to record our blessings. If it’s true that we will find what we look for, let’s gather blessings and fuel our hearts to love.

    Lord, help us clear out the negative records in our hearts by prompting us to forgive, as you have forgiven us. Give us eyes to see the blessings around us. Amen. #jesuschrist #fathergod #holyspirit #dailydevotional #bibleverse #loveis #forgive

     
  • Dailybite 9:50 am on June 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is not easily angered. 

    Often when I find myself “easily angered” it’s because I am overwhelmed. I have either taken on too many tasks or I have made the achievement of a task vitally important. My focus on my task prevents me from truly seeing the current situation clearly and I may react with anger. If I catch myself and take time to put all matters in their true perspective, I am better able to react in love. The holy spirit is brilliant in this situation and helps me expand my vision and gain a healthy perspective. My prayer today is that we will each learn to hear the holy spirit as he prompts us and eagerly desires to help us be better lovers. ❤️ Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 4:01 pm on June 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love does not demand its own way. 

    We have all made drastic changes to our daily lives during the pandemic in order to benefit those around us. A perfect example of love. Lord, help us to continue to put others first as we move through the pandemic journey. We will share all of our frustrations with you as you teach us to love. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 12:41 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love does not dishonor others. 

    In my series on love, this is my verse for today. I have been quietly staring at it throughout the morning. There is so much to say and so little to be said. My heart is troubled and sad. The last several weeks have been so painful here in Minneapolis. My prayer is that love will grow up through the ashes. ❤️ Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 11:00 am on June 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is Never Proud 

    Love is never proud. Another way to say this is – love is willing to put another person’s needs before your own. We bump into pride when we start to think “that’s beneath me”or,“I have more important things to do.”

    Three years ago, I lost my central vision and my whole life changed. I needed help and didn’t want to ask for it. I was fiercely independent and built my life in a way to not be dependent on others. I was stuck in a prideful conundrum. As I began to experience my family and friends making adjustments in their lives to help me, I experienced love, in a richness that I had willfully avoided before. When love is not proud, it is life-giving. ❤️

    Lord, help us see inconvenience as a prompting to adjust our plans to lend a helping hand and show love to those around us. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 10:06 am on June 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is not Boastful 

    My husband has a funny phrase he uses when he catches himself talking about himself. He says, “well, enough about me, now its your turn to talk about me”. 😀 We’ve learned that when we focus on our accomplishments, we miss seeing what God may be trying to do through us, which is always better and long lasting.

    Lord, help us to keep our eyes on you and allow you to work through us. Your ways are always better. ❤️ Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 11:40 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is not jealous. 

    Lord, help us let go of our selfish desires and our focus on what others have and instead open our hearts to be filled with your love. You know what we need and will be faithful to fill our hearts. ❤️Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 10:36 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is Kind 

    Recently I was standing in a checkout line, mask on, feeling awkward and uncomfortable. I heard a man’s voive two rows over. He was asking the cashier how they were fairing and then encouraging and thanking them. It affected my heart, even though he wasn’t talking to me, his kindness set my heart at ease. That moment has been with me for days and it inspires my prayer today. Lord, show us how we can move in the opposite direction of fear, isolation and frustration. Prompt us to greet others with a kind word, lend a helping hand, and give up our place in line for another. Help us sow kindness, as you have sown kindness. Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 5:07 pm on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Love is patient. 

    I am dedicating this month to my 3 year-old grandson, Luke. He has been accusing us of not loving him when he gets into trouble. I told him that love is something way bigger than “never getting into trouble.” As I refresh myself on what love really is, so I can better speak words of life to Luke, I know that together, we will all find blessings in these words. Lord, today we stop and think about how we can experience love through patience. You are our highest and purest example of patience, remind us of how this is true between you and each of us. We thank you for loving us and want to extend patience to those we love. Please help! Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 3:24 pm on June 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    We put our trust in you. 

    Lord, I trust you in everything. As change feels chaotic and unrest surfaces all around us- we can trust in you. Your love never fails. Cover us with your love. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 2:09 pm on May 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Fruits of the Spirit 

    Lord, please fill us with your Holy Spirit. Help all of these good qualiries continue to grow within us and spill out to help those around us. Amen

     
  • Dailybite 1:28 pm on May 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Choose the Better Pill 

    Jesus, help us remember we have a choice to make in every situation. Help us chose kindness over anger. We want to be better, not bitter. It will be healthier for our souls and for your kingdom. Amen.

     
  • Dailybite 5:10 pm on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Cheerful Heart 

    Lord, help us to see the needs all around us and discern what we can do to love our neighbors. Thank you for all the ways you have given to us. ❤️🙏.

     
  • Dailybite 1:02 pm on May 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Gift-giver 

    Thank you Father God for giving each of us a gift that will shine when we use it to serve others. Speak to us about our gifting as we step out in faith to share them.

     
  • Dailybite 10:24 am on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    God has the most trustworthy brand available. 

    Lord, today we celebrate your trustworthiness. When the ground shakes, the sands shift and we are faced with an unpredictable landscape, we can take a deep breath and rest on your steadfast love. You truly are our rock.

     
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