LifeLines Weekly Devotion

October 19, 2020

No “Buts” About It

Then Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”   Luke 23:34

You may have heard these words from someone you hurt: “I forgive you, but ………….” What are you thinking?

During that moment of silence you are probably wondering if you are truly forgiven or not. The relief you heard in ” I forgive you” probably vanished when you heard “but.” But” usually means there is a condition involved. “You can ride with me, but (I have three stops to make first).” “I’ll let you borrow my car, but (you’ll need to return it with the gas tank full).” Sometimes conditions are expected (filling the gas tank), but sometimes they seem out of place: I’ll forgive you, but…….”   Doesn’t  “forgive” mean, well, forgive—– as in unconditional forgiveness? When we hear “but,” we hear the prelude to conditions on which forgiveness will be extended. When Jesus Christ asked God to forgive those who crucified Him, His request was unconditional: “Father, forgive them.” He didn’t say, “Forgive them, but don’t make it easy on them.” He simply asked that they be forgiven.

Dear Lord, in the future when I am called on to extend the grace of forgiveness, Make sure mine is given unconditionally——  That There Are No BUTTS about it. I always think that forgiveness is a lovely idea until….. I have something to forgive.  Amen

Two Fingers    (with Mask)

P.S. the sooner I forgive…..   I have found it is better for my mind and health. I also think forgiveness is one of the deepest loves someone can give another.

October 12, 2020

In my quiet time I read this encouragement which the writer based on the verses found in Phil 4:6-9: Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for the answers. If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. And now, brothers, as I close this letter let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.

“It may look like we are surrounded by lies, dishonor, inequities, corruption, ugliness and wickedness in the World. While those are present, let’s not forget that we are surrounded by God and His victorious army of saints and angels. Do not be deceived into despair”.

The way I look at it, there are lessons to learn and God is sovereign. He may take me through the valleys, but He’s still present at all times.

How would I cope if it wasn’t for my faith to give me hope and assurance?

Father, I just want to say thanks! Thanks for your patience.  Thanks for carrying me through the valleys. Thanks for victory’s won through your Son. 

I love you, Kathy

October 5, 2020

DOWN & OUT 

When trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy,” James 1:2.

Why do I feel so down? I wake up praising the Lord. This is the day the Lord has made and I rejoice in it. Yet…the ugly feeling of sinking remains. I cannot seem to shake it off.

This is one of those valley times that we know Jesus is holding us up.

We all go through times such as this. It is how we handle them that can give us peace. We shall find joy in our lives if we will walk with our Lord and Savior. Jesus is the fodder to bring us out of this muck and mire. Only through turning to the Lord and walking with Him will the adversity disappear. Is the adversity gone forever? No…it is and will continue to be a part of our lives. However, through faith we know this is temporary. The mountain top is around the corner.

Dear Heavenly Father…thank you for Jesus and the price He paid so we could be free. Help me to always praise you no matter the circumstances. You will show me the mountain top as the ups and downs fade. Praise the Lord. Amen

Nan Cords

September 28, 2020

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

As we struggle with the current times many find ourselves in darkness; the pandemic, financial situations, schooling at home or in the classroom, medical coverage, family challenges, national and local leadership and upcoming elections, and the list goes on.

I have been blessed that I wake up with ease (sometimes too easily) and I find early morning a time of renewal. It’s not unusual for me to sit on the patio at sunrise drinking in the early sun rays and watching the wildlife come to be. At that time I know God is with me, for the day does not come on its own!

When there are difficult dark nights I sometimes wonder can darkness be peaceful? We can’t have light without dark. And so as I use darkness for a retreat it can make the light ever so bright and offer me even more hope.

As I sit in the silence of daybreak I feel the love and grace of Jesus. And I ask that I might reflect His joy and light to those whose paths I cross.

Help us, Father. Help us to enjoy Your brightness. Help us to put on Your armor of light. Amen

Cherri Jestmore