DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Ten, Day One

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Theme of Week Ten: My God is All I Need

Week Ten, Day One

 

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.” Matthew 11:28-29 (HCSB)

 

The LORD Jesus knows that each of us is going to go through periods of great want. He knows that this life is going to throw us curve ball after curve ball at times that will leave us exhausted. How gracious our LORD to invite us to come to Him, personally, and receive the rest that we each to desperately need in times of trial. By taking up the yoke of the Lord, we are then able to be directed, in how to respond within any given situation. How wonderful to recount that we serve a risen LORD who is able to empathize with the suffering that results in this fallen world, yet was never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). He not only understands, but He has provided each of us a way out of the sorrow and grief by providing His own grace, strength and guidance to last beyond our entire journey (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

Prayer For Today:

Mighty and Powerful Jesus, how unworthy am I to approach You with my troubles. You are awesome. You are holy. You are righteous. Yet, You sincerely care for each of Your creations—and invite us to come receive rest from You. What an invitation! Through Your own sacrifice, I am only able to approach the throne of grace. It is all because of You, Jesus. Help me to focus on Your goodness and incredible power in times when I feel helpless. Teach me how to give You my burdens regarding (name)__________ and all that goes along with the situation’s many aspects to consider. Thank You that You are all-knowing (1 Corinthians 2:10-11), all-loving (1 John 4:9) and all-present (Psalm 139:7-10) in Your creation and in heaven. You are God and I praise You for who You are amidst the storm. I choose to hold fast to the promises to my heart for trusting in You. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Six, Day Seven and Review

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Six, Day Seven:

 

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (HCSB)

Devastating choices can leave powerful impressions on the heart and body. No matter how large the wound or how deep the scar, remember that the Lord desires to lead you to good (Jeremiah 29:11). Foolish and even life altering decisions can leave us reeling as we ask the Lord if we can still be restored by His love. Claim the truths of the Holy Bible in that, yes, when confessed, sin can in fact be a gift from God, once your heart is willing to accept the bitterness along with the blessing. In the old testament, when an important event took place, a place of remembrance was established with stones in order to recall, in future dates, the sheer impact of what had taken place (Exodus 39:6-7 & Joshua 4:4-7). And praise be to God, that our Risen Savior Jesus Christ gave us a stone to remember as He conquered death on the third day and the stone of His tomb was rolled away (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)! As some of the followers of Jesus had come to the tomb, they were met by angels who asked plainly, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here. He is risen just as He said! Come see the place where He lay (Matthew 28:1-6).” Praise the Lord that in that moment, no matter what shameful and horrific thing we have done, said or thought, when we confess our wrongdoing to Jesus Christ through prayer, we are forgiven (1 John 1:9-10)! Be encouraged as a follower of Jesus Christ, in that Jesus has redeemed your past and will restore the years that the “locusts” of poor decision making or horrific circumstances that have eaten away happiness and joy (Joel 2:25). Cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for guidance and wisdom for He is sovereign, all-knowing and eternally good.

 

*Week Six in review. Please write down the most meaningful verse from this past week below. As you do, please take the time to thank God for His Word. This past week has been a powerful reminder that my life, and the lives of those I most cherish, are indeed within the hands of the Lord. As we come before Him in prayer with honest praises, pleas and petitions, we can rest assured that He is all-loving (Ephesians 2:4-5), all-knowing (Hebrews 4:13) and ever-present in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

 

**Optional Service Project (Acts 20:35): Take your children, nieces, nephews or friends out to ice cream. Sprinkles, chocolate chips, mini gummy bears, etc…when enjoyed with precious ones, all are great toppings to put a smile on a face that needs refreshment. IF YOU ARE IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CANNOT GET OUT TO ENJOY ICE CREAM, do a quick google search for “ice cream in a can” and multiple options will pop up to meet your family’s personal dietary needs. Blessing others blesses the giver as well.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Five, Day Six

DAILY DEVOTIONAL Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Five, Day Six:

 

The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (HCSB)

 

When we believe in Jesus Christ, we receive a peace that surpasses all of the logic and rhetoric of the day (Philippians 4:7). As believers, we are to pursue peace, rather than looking for ways to stir the proverbial pot. We are to study peace and spread it throughout the diverse societies of this vast globe. True peace with God can only be obtained through the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on the Cross; which is offered to each desiring heart (Ephesians 2:8-10). It is our privilege to forgive quickly and not bring up past issues as weapons to hurl at others. As we exhibit peace, we will find others attracted to that something that is different about us. As a child of God, we have the awesome privilege to promote and bring the peace of Jesus Christ to other people. In your turmoil today, the Lord desires to use you to promote peace and forgiveness for His name’s sake and your ultimate blessing. Rise to the occasion, dear sister. You serve a Great God who has great things to accomplish through you.

 

Prayer for today:

Lord, please give me the heart and mind of a peace maker. I am one who is prone to quarrel and fight for my way. Teach me Your ways. Help me to represent Your character to (name)____________. I need Your help so desperately. Please help (name)__________ to let go of the hurt and bitterness—knowing that justice is found in You. Allow Your peace, true peace, to wash over (name)_________ anew today. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Five, Day Four

Week Five, Day Four:

 

The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (HCSB)

In seasons of grief and deep despair, it is easy to become critical and vindictive. As a result, we add additional weight to our already grieving hearts by carrying a record for another’s debt. The Lord Jesus Christ implores us to be a merciful people. By extending mercy to others, the Lord assures us that we too will be shown mercy—by God (Matthew 6:14-15). Remember, mercy is not something that is earned. Rather, it is something that another could never earn—and is given anyway. This is exactly like the redemption each of us, as Christians, have received from our own hurtful and stained pasts by the perfect life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6 & 1 Peter 2:24). This very day, as the Lord brings faces or names to your mind, may you extend mercy to these individuals in the presence of the Living God through pray—and experience the freedom that is found in extending mercy to the undeserving (Luke 6:38). Praise God that He saw fit to do this very thing for each and every one of us.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Lord, there are so many emotions whirling around in my head. There are so many situations that I want to “fix”. There are so many things that have gone wrong. I feel justified in my anger and resentment. I feel challenged today to let this go. I acknowledge how badly I was hurt by (name)__________, but I forgive (name)___________. I believe that You are bigger than any pain that (name)__________ has caused and will bring healing. Help (name)________ to also experience the freedom of forgiveness and mercy that is found in You, Jesus. In Your name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor” Week Five, Day Two

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”

Week Five, Day Two:

 

The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 (HCSB)

 

When feelings of injustice flare and vengeance boil, choosing to forgive and release those who have caused the infraction can prove quite challenging. This release and continued stouthearted pursuit of the things which honor God, is called meekness. When we choose to exhibit self-control over our thoughts and actions that want to respond to the circumstance of life, we are exhibiting meekness. The greatest example of meekness is our LORD Jesus Christ. He was tempted, betrayed, brutally slandered and violently killed on a cross, yet never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). Yet, all the while, just as the prophecy declared, Jesus did not speak up to defend Himself in order to pay the penalty for all failures of mankind—past, present and future (Isaiah 53:7 & Mark 14:61). Jesus had been given all authority over heaven and earth, yet He chose to endure the suffering and extend eternal grace and peace for all humanity (John 14:27). At all times, Jesus Christ was in perfect control of His emotions, attitudes and actions—and charges us to follow Him and learn His ways (Matthew 11:29). As a result, Jesus reminds us of the promise of a new heaven and a new earth yet to come for all who trust upon His name (Isaiah 66:22 & Matthew 28:18-19).

 

Prayer for today:

Dear LORD, please teach me how to extend grace and longsuffering to my own life’s circumstance. Thank You for Your life’s example of perfect controlled submission to Father God. Thank You for showing the world at large that regardless of the amount of suffering, as followers of Jesus Christ, we too can exhibit meekness as we submit to God’s will and live in a hurting world. Please teach (name)_________ the beauty and deep strength that is found in meekness. Thank You for leading by example. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley of Achor” Week Two COMPLETE

DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley of Achor” Week Two COMPLETE

 

Theme of Week Two: God Will Restore My Hope

 

Week Two, Day One:

 

I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (HCSB)

 

 

Often times, when we are plagued with a heavy heart and no solution is in sight, our gaze and thoughts grow downcast. The phrase “chin up” captures this beautifully. If our focus is solely on the disappointments and chaos of a given trauma, we will miss out on the rescue that comes from above. Psalm 121:1-2 reminds us to lift our eyes up to the mountains—far above our current circumstances—and recall that our help indeed comes from the Lord, the Maker of both heaven and earth. What a sincere assurance for the believer that the Creator of all things, the LORD, is our help in times of trauma.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, forgive me for allowing worry to prevent me from fully coming to You sooner. I ask for Your forgiveness of this today. Please help (name)_______ to look above the current trauma to find help in You. Thank You, Jesus, that You are willing and ready to minister to (name)_____ even now in the midst of the chaos. Thank You, Jesus. In Your name, amen.

 

 

 

Week Two, Day Two:

 

“Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 (NASB)

 

There is a sincere wonder that comes as we stop and look up into the night’s sky. The sheer complexity of rotating constellations and myriad of stars, makes one realize how vast creation is beyond our spinning planet. Yet, although vast, God Himself calls each star by its name and takes care of it. With this knowledge, rest in the assurance that as another day goes by with saddled sorrow, through God’s immense power and strength, you can experience true refreshment in the midst of this present darkness.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, thank You for the night’s sky. Thank You for a constant reminder that You are in control and attentive to all of Your creation. Thank You that You call (name)________ by name, just as the stars. Please allow Your presence to be felt by (name)________ today in a fresh way. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

 

Week Two, Day Three:

 

“Oh, Lord GOD! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!” Jeremiah 32:17 (HCSB)

 

No circumstance or real life issue is too hard for the LORD to bring rescue and divine solution to. Cancer is not too difficult for the LORD. HIV is not too difficult for the LORD. Separated families are not too difficult for the LORD. Rebellious and destructive attitudes are not too hard for the LORD. Feelings of apathy, vengeance and lust are not too hard for the LORD. At times we hold the deepest pains silently in our souls, with fear that the LORD will not choose to come through on that one. Reject this lie from the pit of hell and stand on the promise of Jeremiah 32:17. In His perfect way, God will indeed bring a solution to each and every heart in need.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, thank You that nothing is too difficult for You to handle. Thank You that (name)_________’s situation is not too hard for You to restore. Please provide (name)_______ with the needed strength to get through today as the battle for truth wages on. You are trustworthy Jesus. Help me to model this as I lean on You anew today. In Your name I pray, amen.

 

 

 

Week Two, Day Four:

 

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (HCSB)

 

When we put our hope and trust in the LORD, Jesus Christ, we gain a strong anchor amidst the storms of life. As the winds and waves rage, and our life seems dwarfed by the turbulent waves all around, we can claim Romans 8:28. When there are no words to express our pain, claim the truth of God’s Word. When a positive outcome to heartache cannot be found, hold fast to Scripture. When it seems that there is no way to find restoration, recall that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him.

 

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, You are perfect in all Your ways. You know things from beginning to end. Help (name)_______ in this time of turbulence. As the waves of turmoil continue to cause panic, LORD, I plead that (name)________ will find refuge in You. Allow the truth of Romans 8:28 to lodge deep within (name)_________ heart in this time and forever more. Thank You for working all things for the good in the lives of each one who loves You. In Your mighty name, Jesus, amen.

 

 

 

Week Two, Day Five:

 

“You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.” Psalm 56:8-9 (HCSB)

 

Praise God that the living God, Jesus Christ, knows all things. He not only saw our rebellion and defiance, but also our deep sorrows. The Bible reminds us that He keeps diligent track of each detail of our lives. And praise be to His name, it was the LORD Himself who would provide the eternal ransom for our hearts when He went to the cross for you, me and the rest of human history (1 John 4:9). Although the devil desired to destroy us, eternally, God stepped in—as only He could—to bring us into the safe place and fulfilling presence of Almighty God. And if we agree with the psalmist, and declare that God is on our side as we submit our lives to His calling, we indeed will be rescued and redeemed for His eternal purpose and our ultimate pleasure.

 

Prayer for today:

Dear Jesus, thank You that my suffering is not hidden from Your sight. Thank You that You indeed care about (name)______ life and are attentive to the details there within. Help (name)________ to remember that when we call upon the powerful name of Jesus Christ, the devil and his minions will retreat to the place You tell them (Psalm 56:8-9). Thank You that caring for (name)__________. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

 

 

Week Two, Day Six:

 

2Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3The LORD had done great things for us; we were joyful.” Psalm 126:2-3 (HCSB)

 

 

When the LORD delivers us, we need to document it in some way. By sharing the event and outcome with others and writing it down, we are then able to reflect on such times of deliverance when future problems arise. In Psalm 126:2-3, the Israelites are recalling how happy they were once they were delivered from harm by the power of the LORD. In doing this, they recall His goodness and His mercy over their lives. As we experience times of hardship and heartache, may we take time to declare God’s power in our own stories—reminding ourselves, just as the Israelites did—God has done it for me in the past…and He will do it again in His perfect time!

 

 

 

 

***Have sketches of a few picture frames. These are to be “framed moments” that we look back on from within our own stories and thank the LORD for His deliverance from. Whether a word or simple sketch, take a moment to actually stop and focus on recalling the LORD’s faithfulness in your own story.

 

“O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 (NASB)

 

 

 

Week Two, Day Seven:

 

7The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. 8The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” Psalm 121:7-8 (HCSB)

 

In the midst of a tornado within our lives or of those we love, it is important for us to remind our hearts of Biblical truths. The LORD is the defender and protector for all who trust in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. This is not to state that we will not experience hardship in this life—in fact Jesus Christ assures us of such difficulties within the believer’s life (John 16:33). Yet, Jesus Christ Himself assures us, in that same passage that we are to be encouraged realizing that He has overcome every form of heartache and temptation that this world throws at us—as He rose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). Let this sink in personally today—you are going to make it through this by the power of the LORD Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for today:

LORD Jesus, I repent for trying to look to other ways to make the pain of this situation go away. It is only You who can bring me through this extremely difficult time. It is only You who can reach (name)________ and bring healing. Your Word tells us that You will keep us from all harm and be with us always (Psalm 121:7-8). Help me to see Your protection and provision within my own story. Help (name)_________ to see Your protection and provision within their own story, as well. In Your powerful name I pray, amen.

 

 

**Week Two in review. Please write down the most meaningful verse from this past week below. As you do, please take the time to thank God for His Word. How beautiful to recall that God’s original plan was for humanity to enjoy perfect communion with Him in Eden. Once we missed the mark, God provided redemption for us through the rescue of Jesus Christ for each of our souls. What a gracious God we serve! Thank Him for His endless grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Optional Service Project (Acts 20:35): Everyone loves to share a story. This week, call a local retirement home and see if you could do something to bless them with your time. Sometimes just being present is all someone needs to receive the needed boost to endure under their own present challenges. Remember, just because one is enduring hardships by no means makes them unable to be a blessing to others. Quite the contrary, often times, it is when we are at the end of ourselves that we find the blessings of God.

HOMESCHOOLING in COVID…Counting in the Bible

Number Counting from 1-12—This could be used to help remember the clock numbers, too

One. There is one God (1 Chronicles 17:20).

Two. The Bible has two parts; the Old Testament and the New Testament (Psalm 119:105)

Three. God has three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17)

Four. The first four disciples of Jesus were Peter, Andrew, James and John (Matthew 4:18-22)

Five. A little boy was used by Jesus to feed over 5,000 with his lunch of two fish and five barley loaves (John 6:1-13)

Six. On day six of creation, God made every animal that crawls and walks as well as mankind (Genesis 1:24-31).

Seven. On day seven of creation, God rested (Genesis 2:2).

Eight. Josiah was eight years old when he became king (2 Kings 22:1).

Nine. Jesus healed ten men, but nine did not say thank you (Luke 17:17).

Ten. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 4:13).

Eleven. After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His eleven disciples (Mark 16:14-15).

Twelve. Jesus told His twelve disciples that anyone who wants to be first in God’s kingdom, must be the very last and the servant to all (Mark 9:35).