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  • Dailybite 6:08 am on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    All that we need. 

    Many people in my life, including me, are dealing with inner weariness. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard (or said!). “I’m all done”. Tired of navigating the confusion around us. Worried about what “might happened”. Nervous to go out and be around people. Maybe you’ve hit your saturation point as well. You are in good company.

    As I have been focussing on exploring our identity in Christ, I have been looking for a remedy to my weariness. John 15:9 caught my attention and caused me to pause and ponder its’ truth.

    “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.”

    LET my love nourish your hearts.

    We have all we need, when we can stop and LET Jesus nourish our hearts. He gives us what we really need, and what those around us need as well. Love.

  • Dailybite 11:48 am on July 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The help we need. 

    To approach the throne of God requires a brave level of humility. To admit we are powerless over sin. To expose our hearts. To bow our heads. To stand still before our God.

    Maybe we avoid approaching God’s throne because of how we have been treated by other people. Maybe we were judged harshly by others. Maybe we have been shamed and ridiculed by those we trusted. Why would we go to God, who is more powerful, would we receive harsher treatment?

    But when we do find our way to the throne, we are welcomed by grace. We are accepted for who we are. God is not surprised. We can bravely open our hearts to Him, find forgiveness and the help we need.

    I believe that the most important transactions of our lives happen here, at the throne of God. When we come as we are. We will find the help that we need. Sin will lose its power. Our broken hearts will be repaired. Our souls will be restored. He will make all things new.

  • 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 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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    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.


  • 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 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 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 1:02 pm on May 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    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 9:18 am on April 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Nothing can separate us from God’s love. 

    Lord, today we remember the steadfastness of your love for us. The wind may blow, our foundations may tremble, worry may swirl around us, but there is nothing that can change, cut-off or separate us from your love. You’ve got us. 🙏❤️ Amen

  • Dailybite 10:36 am on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    True North 

    Lord, we trust you. As everything around us changes today, you do not. You are our steady rock – our true North. Our eyes are set on you. ❤️🙏

  • Dailybite 6:41 am on March 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Surround Me 

    Lord, today we thank you for your faithful and mighty protection. You surround us with your power. We trust you. Amen.

  • Dailybite 10:36 am on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, when my thoughts turn towards anger, fear or worry, help me bring them back to you. May your peace prevail in my heart and mind today. Amen.

  • Dailybite 11:39 am on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, thank you for giving us legitimacy through our faith in you and setting us free. Amen. 🙏❤️

  • Dailybite 9:10 pm on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, today I chose to be grateful for all I have and accept the gift of peace you’ve hidden in contentment. Amen.

  • Dailybite 7:39 pm on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, instead of fighting my own battles today, I will wait for you. I will try to give you the space you need to help me. Amen 🙏

  • Dailybite 8:11 am on February 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, as wives we ask that you teach us how to respect our husbands, we love them and wish to honor you in our marriage. ❤️🙏 Amen.

  • Dailybite 12:45 pm on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, thank you for your never ending provision. As we seek you and follow your commands, we will soon see we have all that we need. ❤️🙏 Amen

  • Dailybite 2:37 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    No one compares with you. 

    Lord, we look to you for our direction, help and approval. No one else can even compare. You alone are God. Amen.

  • Dailybite 2:28 pm on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Lord, as we think of the couples in our lives that are married, we ask you to bless and strengthen their marriage as you draw them both closer to you. Amen ❤️🙏.

  • Dailybite 4:02 pm on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Thankful Thursday 

    Lord, we continue to bring our requests before you, thankful for the many ways you have answered our prayers. Amen.

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