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Don’t pass by on the other side!

 

DJ8PBJWWAAA78fX.png largeToday I am sharing Devotion on Kelly Basham’s blog  Blossom in Faith as a part of Petals of wisdom devotional series.

Jesus tells a beautiful parable in Luke 10:25-37. It’s a story of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and while on the way he is robbed of everything he had, including his clothing. He is beaten and left half dead alongside the road.

First, a priest comes by but he shows no love or compassion for the man and passes him on the other side of the road. Next, a Levite comes by and does exactly the same thing. He too passes by on the other side of the road without showing any mercy to the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by and helps the injured man.

Please read the entire Devotion here: http://blossominfaith.com/2017/09/14/following-in-the-example-of-the-good-samaritan

Thank you!

Elizabeth Livingston

 

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He is faithful

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“Are you pregnant yet?” this question might have pierced Sarah’s heart each month. The shame of barrenness was unbearable. God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of nations with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. After waiting for many years, Sarah convinced Abraham to sleep with her maidservant Hagar to produce an heir. That was an acceptable practice in ancient time. The child born of that encounter was named Ishmael.

Today I am sharing a Devotion on Blogs by Christian Women. Please click the link below to read the entire post.

https://blogsbychristianwomen.com/our-god-is-faithful-2/

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Mary’s Alabaster Jar

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“Mary wasn’t a wealthy woman. The alabaster box containing such a costly perfume maybe represented her life’s savings. It was worth 300 denarii which was about a yearly salary for a skilled laborer in those days. She gave all she had to Jesus for His glory. She has expressed the depth of her love and devotion to Him by a costly sacrifice.”

Today I am honored to share the Devotion at Blogs by Christian Women where I am a Regular Contributor. Please continue reading the post here: https://blogsbychristianwomen.com/mary-alabaster-jar/

 

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Attitude of Gratitude

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm107:150

In today’s world, not many of us are satisfied with life. We desire more and more from it and are disappointed with things we can’t receive. We are frustrated because of our unfulfilled dreams or failed plans. We often complain and get resentful about our circumstances and shortcomings. We focus more on things we don’t have. In the midst of all our discontentment, we often overlook things God has blessed us with and forget to count our blessings.

Today I am honored to share my Devotion ” Attitude of Gratitude” at BlOGS BY CHRISTIAN WOMEN https://blogsbychristianwomen.com/

Please read the entire Post here:https://blogsbychristianwomen.com/attitude-of-gratitude

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Are you feeling left behind?

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Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:8

He missed out last 38 chances to be healed. After waiting for so long and being disappointed each time, he probably gave up on himself. There was no one to help take him into the pool. He probably was tired of waiting for a miracle for himself. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he already had been in that condition for a long time, Jesus asked him if he really wanted to get well.

In John chapter 5, we read a story of a man who was sick for 38 years. It’s a story we have been listening to since our Sunday school time. This man was laying at the pool of Bethesda for a very long time. He probably spent the best part of his life in despair and in a hopeless situation as he had been sick for 38 years. He was lying on a porch waiting for the moving of the water, but whenever the Angel came down into the pool and stirred up the water, somebody always stepped down before him.
There are seasons in our lives where we feel forgotten and left behind. Expecting a miracle can be so challenging when we have waited for a quite long time being in a same condition. It’s very easy to believe that nothing will ever change; we will remain the same. We kind of find a compromise with our crisis. We give up on our lives, our dreams, and probably even we give up on God. It looks like we are just fine with our crisis. It doesn’t seem like we ever want a change, a miracle, or a fulfillment of our dreams from God.
He says to Jesus that he has no one to help him into the pool when the water is stirred. While he is trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of him.

Many times its easy to blame others for our inability, our lack of progress and our problems when people goes ahead of us and we remain in the same situation. Someone else is promoted and we often miss out on opportunities.

We read in the scripture that Jesus commands him to pick up his mat and walk .(John 5:8)  Jesus heals him and he not only receives healing but also a Savior for Life.

Dear friend, I don’t know which crisis you are struggling with right now. You may feel like giving up, feel like compromising with it and feel like there is no hope, no one is there to help you out. You have missed out on many opportunities. Others have gone ahead of you and you are left behind. It may look like you are just fine with your adversity. You have stopped expecting any change for your situation.

Let me encourage you today. You will not be left behind. When there was a hope for a man who was as equal as dead near the pool of Bethesda, then there is sure hope for you in Christ Jesus. God is the one who defines your destiny. He has the answer for you. He holds the key to unlock your future.  In His time He will raise you up. You are probably still waiting for someone else to help you get into the pool, but the Lord himself will visit you. You were not created to drag through life constantly. Don’t settle down for mediocrity. His promises never fail. He will raise you out of lack into abundance, out of sickness into healing, out of failure into success, and out of despair into His joy and peace.

 

 

 

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The Patience Zone

Today I am privileged to share my words of encouragement through a devotion on my friend Kelly Basham’s Blog ” Blossom in Faith”.

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Being the impatient person I was, I never liked waiting. I wanted God to answer my prayers as quickly as possible. I didn’t like the idea of God putting us on hold, seeing our tears, our struggles, our difficulties but yet making us wait for Him to answer our prayers. I couldn’t understand why I had to wait when He is the all-powerful, all-knowing God who can easily put an end to our problems.

Please read the devotion here:   http://wp.me/p45OCW-X9

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Mrs. Proverbs 31

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In a time when most women were not taken very seriously apart from childbearing, the writer of this proverb dared to present a picture of woman as a glorious, vibrant and intelligent creation of God. It’s amazing to find that the Bible’s view of a ‘excellent wife’ is a women who lives in the present, who is down-to-earth and does not depose the ordinary processes of living. Yet she is wise to the ways of the world because she lives by the wisdom of God.

She is a wife of noble character whose worth is more than rubies. The heart of her husband trusts in her. Why? because she does him good and not evil all days of her life.  A submissive, supportive and trusting wife is a blessing to a man.

She raises up in the morning to provide food for her family. She portions for her servant girls. She ensures that those under her care receives what they need – food, clothing and protection. She is generous too. She extends her hand to help the poor and needy.

She is not only Mrs. superwoman in the home but she also has an interesting life of her own. She has the means and authority to buy land and plant a vineyard. She has her own creative industry which has many activities to fill her day. There is no end to her capacity. She is wise, enterprising, imaginative and confident.

What’s makes her exceptional? How can she fulfills many roles? How did she come to be like this? Her secret is that she draws her strength from the Lord. She has invested her faith in the principles of God’s word and found them to work. As she consistently applied them in her life, they became like keys unlocking doors, opening out her potentials and widening her experience. It is her attitude to herself, to her husband and to God which has formed her character. A woman who fears God will be fruitful in every good work.

Her reward? her children call her blessed. Her husband praises her. She will be remembered – long after she is gone not as a woman who looked beautiful or cooked tasty food or successfully balanced a budget but a woman who sought the Lord first of all.