june 30

Hearing the truth is freeing. Think about a time when you felt like someone was lying to you. You feel unrest until you know the truth. And then it’s as if a weight is lifted from your shoulders.

The same thing can be said for telling the truth. Something as simple as telling someone what you really think about their hair (in love, obviously!) can feel freeing. It’s so nice to have relationships in life where the truth is mutually appreciated, shared and forthcoming.

Our relationship with Jesus is based on nothing but truth. (On His end, anyway!) We can trust that what He says is true. And right. And perfect. We may, from time to time, try to hide certain parts of us. We may think that we NEED to in order to receive His love. But Jesus is all-knowing. He IS truth. Knowing, serving and loving Him sets us free.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32

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june 30

Hearing the truth is freeing. Think about a time when you felt like someone was lying to you. You feel unrest until you know the truth. And then it’s as if a weight is lifted from your shoulders.

The same thing can be said for telling the truth. Something as simple as telling someone what you really think about their hair (in love, obviously!) can feel freeing. It’s so nice to have relationships in life where the truth is mutually appreciated, shared and forthcoming.

Our relationship with Jesus is based on nothing but truth. (On His end, anyway!) We can trust that what He says is true. And right. And perfect. We may, from time to time, try to hide certain parts of us. We may think that we NEED to in order to receive His love. But Jesus is all-knowing. He IS truth. Knowing, serving and loving Him sets us free.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32

june 29

“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow (the best) and fatness (abundance); and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” – Psalm 63:5-7

Not only is it vital to praise Him and seek Him early each day, it is equally as important to remember His goodness and mercy each night. Thank Him this evening for His lovingkindness and for how He ordained your steps today!

june 28

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” – Psalm 34:8

The Psalmist is encouraging us to take part. To be a participant. To take action. To be proactive. Tasting requires action. It’s an experience. The Lord wants us to experience Him and His goodness daily. And to believe in the promise that He actually IS good. We can have the head-knowledge all day long, but does our heart truly believe that He is good? Sometimes, we have to step out in trust and faith to see how good He is. But don’t worry. He will prove Himself time and time again.

june 27

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” – Psalm 5:3

It’s vital to our spiritual life (and otherwise!) to seek the Lord first before all things each morning. God has ordained our days specifically with our needs in mind. When we seek Him first, we receive the nourishment that we will no doubt need to face the day!

“Looking up” is the only way to see the path clearly. If we look ahead, we get consumed with fear and stress. If we look down, we stumble. If we look behind us, we will be discouraged by mistakes made. Fix your eyes heavenward today, and know that the day’s events will transpire exactly as they are intended to. Be encouraged that you are not alone in your walk!

june 26

“That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” – Joshua 4:6-7

I was reading these verses today, and I thought about the stones we have in our own lives that should serve as a memorial to us. About the times God granted us immense grace. And abundant favor.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of a very special day in my life. A day that changed my walk with Jesus forever. A day I’ll never forget, because it represents the beginning of a time of total trust in Jesus. A time when I realized the only One I can run to is Him. A time when grace was bestowed to me and my family even though we were so undeserving. God makes Himself known to us in the most peculiar ways. Through crisis and great trial. Through the generosity and love of strangers. Through situations you’d rather not face, but you know, in the end, it was ALL worth it. That it was ALL for your good, but HIS glory.

Today, I want you to think about the “stones” in your own life. Stones that maybe God has removed. Or stones that He has placed in your life to remind you of His great love or protection. Stones that you’d rather step over. Stones that have allowed you to cross over a great gulf or gap. And today, don’t just think to yourself about the pebbles or boulders you’ve slipped on, stepped on or crossed over. Thank GOD for them. And pray you’ll have strong footing when you encounter one again.

june 25

Ever since I heard this song a couple of days ago, it’s been replaying again and again in my mind. The concept isn’t new. It’s not really even that profound. But it is a good reminder that our behavior and speech should really be a reflection of God. That, in everything, people should see God in us. Here are some of the lyrics:

“Who am I without Your grace?
Another smile, another face.
Another breath, a grain of sand
Passing quickly through Your hand.
I’d give my life, an offering.
Take it all, take everything!

Let them see You in me.
Let them hear You when I speak.
Let them feel You when I sing.
Let them see You, let them see You in me.”

Here’s a link to the song, and I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOg-1JjAdGk