LifeLines Weekly Devotion

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name . . . Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:4

A couple of weeks ago I was taking my dog, Mia to an early morning grooming appointment. It was early enough that it was still dark outside. She’d not traveled much in the car in the dark, but she seemed to be doing ok; climbed into her car seat, got buckled in and we went on down the road and all was well. And because it was raining, I turned on the windshield wipers. This is when she lost it. She cried and desperately tried to get out of her car seat. All the way to the groomers I kept my hand on her, spoke quietly to her, reassuring her she would be fine. She settled down a little but trembled the entire way. Here was poor Mia, in a dark car, dark outside and she could not see anything, but the awful wipers that she thought were coming to get her. Once we got to the groomers and went inside, she was perfectly fine . . . tail wagging and ready to greet people.

How this reminded me of times when I felt in the dark, not seeing and not knowing what to expect. Occasionally I’ve recited the above verse . . . Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with morning . . . when I’ve not felt well overnight, and before I knew it the sun was rising. This verse brings me respite. It reminds me God is with me, his hand is on me, and He is right by my side.

Thank you, Father, for being by my side, protecting me and loving me. Amen

Cherri Jestmore

November 22, 2021

Christian landmine on the road to becoming more like Jesus

Back 40 years ago: Cookies were for Eating. Having a virus meant we were sick. Hackers were unheard of.

But now we have computers we can hold in our hands or strap on our wrists. The changes are coming at us lightning speed. All this emailing, texting and tweeting have created one challenge that does indeed impinge upon the spiritual life. I can state the challenge in one word: DISTRACTION. When I am distracted, I am unable to discern the voice of the Lord.

I remember the day when all I had to do was turn the TV off if I wanted solitude and silence! NOW I stream through an endless stream of internet links, read tweets from God who knows who, check email constantly, text family and others and mindlessly scroll through Facebook.  How about constant broad distractions of constant noise, constant demands and constant news.

Well. I guess one more email.  to read……. ?

Dear Lord, Help me find your still calm voice today before I get to busy. Amen

Two Fingers