Devo #30

4 06 2011

“It should be your JOY to be tried and tested by God because you know that HE is molding your character into CHRIST-LIKENESS.” – Martha Peace

I’m not gonna lie, today wasn’t the easiest day of my life. But, something I learned was that in the pain, we can find JOY. As I was hurting for a friend, talking with them, praying for them, and seeking out what the Bible says, I found that through the hurt in the situation there is joy because of the love.  To hurt for others is joy. To know that I am getting a taste of what it must feel like for God, is incredible.

Joy isn’t happiness because happiness is simply a feeling. Joy can be a struggle. Joy doesn’t always happen when things are going fine. James 1 :2 says

” Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Joy comes when we learn to love like God and trust fully in Him.



Sexual Healing

1 06 2011

This guy did an awesome job! I love it! He is deep in a very tangible and understandable way.


Devo 27

28 04 2011

We are selfish. Have you ever noticed that? If you haven’t, you need to open your eyes to the world and get out of your own little bubble because there are more people than just you hurting.

This weekend my friend’s had the shock of a lifetime. A good friend of theirs took his own life. Hearing this broke my heart! Suicide is a very real reality and the pain of it is excruciating! As I watch my friends hurt, I hurt and it puts my life in perspective. My little “hardships” that I’m going through right now are so small in comparison.

We work together at a sandwich place, and as they grieve it shows at work. They can’t hide it or put it aside while at their job, it simply doesn’t work that way. But some of our coworkers are less than sympathetic at times. They can’t see past themselves and their “problems.” They can’t put away their selfishness and just support, encourage, and love these people in the midst of this pain! This drives me crazy! The pain is unbearable for them and you can see it in their eyes! The least we can do is put aside ourselves and understand that life isn’t all about US.

When we step back and take a look at our lives, what do we focus on? Is it how to make my life better? Or is it how to be selfless? Take a look around you. I guarantee you have people in your life who are hurting more than you are.

Ouch, that hurt!

6 11 2010

Sometimes the things that hurt us the most are the things that we find so much healing in. Last winter I went sledding with some friends and this is what happened…

Not the best picture of me but it gets the point across (haha!).When we got to the top of the sledding hill I decided to take a running start and jump on my tube head first (laying on my stomach). The hill had gone from fluffy snow, to hard ice and on my way down I hit a grassy spot. My tube stopped but my body kept going and I slid face first on the ice, flipped over, and slid the rest of the way down on my butt. I was in pain for a few days, but after 7 I was completely healed with no scars! YAY!

So what does this have to do with relationships? Relationships hurt us, but relationships can also heal us. The first thing we did after I hurt myself was put a bag of ice on my face to keep the swelling down. It was kind of ironic. Ice was what destroyed my face, but ice was the first thing we used to help it. In the same way, we get hurt by relationships but we can begin to heal because of relationships.

I have had good relationships with others, and I have had bad relationships with others. I have had relationships that hurt and I have had relationships that restore. My point is that even though relationships are sometimes what make our lives hard, they can also be the thing that helps you get through the tough times! Think about the times when you were hurting the most. Where relationships a part of it in any way? If they were, were there any people that helped you through the pain? Then think about the best times in your life. Where relationships a part of it? For me the answer would almost always be “yes” for all three questions.