LifeLines Weekly Devotion

April 6, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11  a “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…”

The life of a senior is full of surprises. Probably the reason that the Lord tells us to live one day at a time. Is too much crammed into your day? Have you overloaded yourself? Did you take the time to start the day in communication with your Lord and Savior?

I can start the day in God’s presence and then midway through it I drop the ball . . . frustration, irritability set in. It is back to the drawing board. We have an awesome God and He is waiting for us. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We are missing these blessings as we seem to insist on rushing through our life. We simply do not take the time to speak with our heavenly father and enjoy His presence.

Heavenly Father, Slow me down so I can reap the rewards that you want me to have and experience your awesome love.  I love you Father and I want to be an unhurried servant. This I pray in Jesus name . . . Amen

Nan Cords

March 30, 2020

There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.      Isaiah 4:6

Last week I pulled into my driveway and right away noticed a bird nest had been built (that day while I was away) under the eaves of my neighbors roof. It was secure, up high between the downspout of the rain gutter and the side of the house.  And there was a Robyn, still busy, probably making final touches. Later in the week, early in the morning following a heavy overnight rain with wind and hail, there was the Robyn sitting proud as you please, safe and secure.

That’s how it is with our God. He has us covered on all sides. In these days of new anxieties and fears it can be easy to get caught up in all the negative news, turning inward, away from our Lord. But God has us . . . all of us in these perilous times.

Father, we give you thanks for your protection. Help us to listen to You, to have faith that Your will for us is life and everlasting good. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into Your caring hands. Amen

Cherri Jestmore

March 23rd, 2020

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

In this verse, Jesus offers us his peace, his comfort, and his reassurance. The Lord is our best example at offering comfort to others. In Chapter 14, we find Jesus comforting his disciples even though he realizes he will soon be headed to the cross. In these latter chapters of John we find this amazing discourse of comfort, the promise of the Holy Spirit, and prayers for himself, the disciples, and all believers.

In this time of fear and angst, we are not quite sure what to do. In the first nine verses of Joshua, the Lord tells Joshua three times to be strong and courageous. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

I love listening to Christian radio stations, especially Life 88.5 and K-Love. I feel encouraged and nourished. Recently, one of the radio hosts mentioned the following verse: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). He urged listeners to pray. During this time of Lent, we can pray for all those who are experiencing incredible suffering. If you’re strong and brave, you can walk alongside those who are struggling and help them bear their burdens. Even the smallest connection is beneficial—a phone call, an email, a video chat, a friendly wave or conversation with a neighbor.

The most important thing to remember is that God is ultimately in charge and sees what’s happening in the whole world. Jesus built a strong relationship with his disciples, and Jesus wants to build an enduring relationship with you and me. And no matter what, the Lord has you—in His embrace.

Lord, remind me to always put you first, and I ask you to lead me through this day. Lord, we pray for all those who are suffering in mind, body, or spirit. Let them feel your presence. Father, we thank you for sending us your Son who showed us the greatest example of sacrificial love. Holy Spirit, we thank you for coming to live within us and offering your counsel and truth. Amen.

Your sister in Christ,
DW

March 16th, 2020

A Reason to Worship

And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.Then all the people answered “Amen, Amen,” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah 6:6

It could happen at the reading of a relative’s will, wherein you are named as the beneficiary. It could happen when you are hired or promoted or accepted to college.Maybe it happens when you are the grand prize winner in a contest. Or when your beloved says “Yes” to your marriage proposal.

Good news can produce excitement, passion, joy, surprise, and even WORSHIP. That’s right the revelation of profoundly good news can bring a response of worship.That is what happened to the Jews who returned from exile in Babylon and were attempting to rebuild Jerusalem when Ezra read to them from God’s Word. (Nehemiah 8). What good news did they hear? That God’s love for them was everlasting, that His blessings were never ending, that His love and protection were theirs if they would give themselves to Him. To which they responded  “Amen, Amen”

Dear Lord, let the good news of Your Word, and precious promise move me to worship You. When I see a small glimpse of Your holiness may I bow in worship. Gospel= Good News. Amen
Two Fingers

March 9, 2020

Ephesians 3:18,19 – …and may your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. 

I’ve been doing more pondering than usual this week because of something I read. It was on the depth of God’s love. I have known for a long time that God loves me. I know that my sins are forgiven and I have asked him to take ownership of my life. I know that I didn’t earn my salvation. I realize I never could. I know that it was God’s grace alone, a gift, that as a young teenager at Bible camp I received with a thankful heart. I know that God can’t love me more – or less – than He already does. Yet, in spite of this knowledge I catch myself trying hard to please God with my attitudes and actions. It’s almost as though I am trying to gain God’s approval, wanting God to like me. Maybe if I pray more, read my Bible longer, are careful with the use of my tongue? When I mess up I really feel like a failure and promise I‘ll try harder tomorrow. (As I write this it almost sounds foolish.) 

Three things have come to mind:

 One was a memory from Bible camp when as a teenager I listened to a wonderful missionary and concentration camp survivor, Corrie ten Boom, speak. She said, “God loves you and wants you to be His child. When you ask forgiveness of your sins and turn your life over to Him it is just like He takes yours sins and throws them out deep into the depths of the sea and then posts a No Fishing sign.” 

The second thing was a reminder that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. 

And third, the fact that I often correlate divine love with my behavior is something I need to stop. God won’t love me more when I am “good” or less when I mess up.

Now, this doesn’t mean I get a pass on my actions, inactions or disobedience. Obviously the Lord loves me too much to let me hinder our relationship by disobedience.   He’ll lovingly discipline me in whatever way He feels is necessary to bring about my repentance. 

Father, today is a new day.  I pray that even though I will never understand why you love me so much, that I will feel and experience that love in such a way that I will bring glory to your name by the way I live my day today. I love you, Kathy

March 2nd, 2020

Ezekiel 18:4:  (God is reminding the people who have turned away from him.) “For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son – both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.”

Throughout time God knew that His people would not change. Therefore He so lovingly sent His son to atone for our sinfulness. God loves us so much – John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting Life.” John 3:17 further states….”His son Jesus did not come to condemn us but rather save us.” Talk about a father’s love. It cannot get any better than this. The gift of grace is awesome and God deserves praise and obedience at all times.  We fall short but Jesus is our safety net. Do not squander this gift…share it.

Dear Lord Jesus, Keep us focused upward continually.  You are an amazing gift given to all believers.  Help us to share the gospel so others can come to know you. This I pray in Jesus name…Amen. – Nan Cords

February 24, 2020

The Importance of Prayer

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21).

One of the most important prayers that I have learned is one that my mentor shared with me. She calls it the three-point prayer, and she heard it on the radio. I will share it with you to the best of my ability.

  1. Tell the Lord your concern. Lord, did you see that? Did you see how my teenager talked disrespectfully to me? Did you see how my teacher looked at me with enmity? Did you see how my co-worker belittled me in front of others? Did you see how my friend attacked me verbally?
  2. Pray for yourself. Pray to change your mind and heart. Pray for guidance. Pray for your circumstances. You know me, Lord. You know my vulnerabilities and my sensitivities. This is how I’m feeling, or this is what I’m thinking. I’m hurt; I’m angry; I’m frustrated; I’m confused. Please help me deal with this in a Godly fashion, or help me cope with this in a Christ-like way. Please help me see this differently. Help make me strong enough to handle this situation. Transform me. Help me to grow in patience, kindness, and goodness. Help me to be forgiving.
  3. Pray for the other person or people that triggered the emotions or thoughts. God, you know them. Lord, you know what their insecurities, vulnerabilities, and struggles are. You know what that person needs. Lord, please meet that person’s needs. Pray God’s will into that person’s life.

Lord, as I pray, may I become the person that you intended for me to be. Father, as I encounter others, I ask that you give peace and comfort to that person. Holy Spirit, allow me to encourage others into bearing more fruit for your kingdom. Amen.

Your sister in Christ,
DW

February 17, 2020

What is in your tool box?
Also day by day from the first day until the last day, (Ezra) read from the Book of the Law of God.     – Nehemiah 8:18

Imagine you’ve hired a contractor to carry out some major remodeling on your home. You open the door to find a man dressed in his casual clothes and no sign of tools or workers. Expressing surprise, you ask him if he is there to begin work and he says, “Yes, I am.” When you ask where his tools and workers are, he says “Well I’ll figure it out.” This is a man who is not “toughly equipped” for his job. (2 Timothy 3:16) Don’t show up for the job of life without the tools you need. Let the Word of God thoroughly equip you for life.

Dear Lord, May I always believe the Bible against the opinion of any man. Help me to understand your instructions so that I may make a daily application in my life. Then turn around and give you thanks.
Two Fingers

P.S. Thanks for the wisdom to write and share Your thoughts and mine. To my followers: my new assignment is the 3rd Monday of each month

February 10, 2020

Psalm 90:12  “Lord, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Once in a while I like to read a book in the Bible as I would a book I’d pick off the shelf.  I read it for content and history, rather than application.  Nehemiah was my most recent selection.  

I’m not a Bible scholar—in fact I haven’t even taken the time to research Nehemiah the person.  All I know is that I was really taken with his leadership, his willingness and perseverance.  He saw that the wall surrounding Jerusalem was falling apart and he felt called to rebuild it.  So he beseeched the Lord God of heaven for help.  

The first thing Nehemiah needed was time off of work, so he boldly asked this of the King of Persia.  Considering they were in bondage to a foreign king, this couldn’t have been easy, so you know that the Lord had to have been directly involved in the result!  

Next he needed recruits so he brought the task before his fellow Israelites.  One by one, household by household, he went.  Each family, each person offered their time, talent and goods to make the repair happen.  Men and women of all occupations, along with their households all pitched in.  Amid the scoffing and disbelief of their pagan onlookers and the sabotage that took place (even at the hands of some of their fellow countrymen) they worked diligently filling holes, repairing the wall, securing the gate.  

When it was completed they all listened to Ezra read the World of God.  They repented of their sins.  They glorified God.  And God called for them to celebrate!

This is an example of stewardship at its best!  Just think of the possibilities here.  What would happen if Christians came together in prayer?   What would happen if Christians loved and encouraged each other, cooperated with each other, worked together to build up the kingdom of God?  

Father, I want to obtain a heart of wisdom.  I want to love until I’m asked why.  I want to pray as though I expect an answer.  And most of all I want to be open to your Spirit, to willingly follow your leadership and to recognize that there is much to be done to build up your kingdom here on earth and that it must begin with me.                                                                                                                                                                             

I love you, Kathy

February 3, 2020

Motor Mouth…Here we go again.

Proverbs 13:3 “Those who control their life will have a good life, opening your mouth can ruin everything.”

As time passes one would think we have learned the art of conversation.  Keep the mouth shut…do not be quick to judge…let the other person have their way (own thoughts). However for me this does not seem to be the case. I, at 80 years of age, still try to control my sister and continually judge her decisions. Instead of praying for her, I am mentally judging that she is again making the wrong decision for life.

Family members do not necessarily walk the same path that we do in our walk with the Lord. We should not be quick to judge how they live. This is for the Lord. Simply pray for the family member and let the Lord do his work.

Lord, please give us the wisdom and strength to keep our mouth shut in dealing with others. We are not to judge. You are the great God; let us remember this in all situations. In Jesus name I pray.

Nan Cords