Devotional comes from the word DEVOTE. It means Dedicate. Committed.  Set apart to God.  Hold fast to.  Endure in.  Stand perpetually ready.  persevere in.  To associate closely with.  To attach oneself to.  Be Loyal to.   

And, on and on, each definition, in its various form, calls us to an action.  In this case, we are called to the act of dedicating ourselves to apply what we've read in God's word. To associate closely with it. 

How sweet it is to spend time in the Bible.  But if it only lasts for that moment, what good is it?  Carry His words into your day and begin to be transformed by it.  That's my prayer for you, and for myself as we devote our lives to God. 

  • No Fear

    FEAR - I'm sure all of us could confess to a little fear over something at one point or another, whether it's a fear of spiders, snakes, heights, childbirth, a child or spouse dying, or leaving us. You name it, there are a million and one reasons in this fallen world that we could be afraid.  We fear everything from small things to the large, and Satan is good at holding us in bondage by that fear.


    For some, fear may not be something you experience often, if at all.  I always thought I was pretty fearless. “God was with me, who could be against me” kind of mentality. And then the Lord called me to do something I hadn't planned on doing, something that would stretch me, something that He could use to shape and mold, and to be perfectly honest, I was pretty content to stay as I was. But He wasn't content to leave the work He had started in me unfinished.  Warning: He's not content to leave you unfinished either. And so, He may call you to do something you thought you wouldn't, or He may shape and mold you in the everyday circumstances you live in, but we can know without any doubt, God isn't finished with us yet.


    As God began to put the wheels in motion for Grace to Joy, I found myself behaving much like Moses.  “Lord, I'm not eloquent enough.  How am I qualified?  What do I have to say that is relevant? I prefer to be part of a team, and not start this alone. There are so many other women's ministry sites out there, who would need one more?”  I gave every excuse I could think of. And sat waiting, as if He was going to change His mind and let this whole thing pass over. But He didn’t. Instead He took the opportunity of my silence to reveal that every question and excuse I had was rooted in fear. Fear of the responsibility, fear of the time involved, and yes, fear of rejection of people. 


    Fear is one of Satan’s greatest tools to distract us, and if we allow it to, it will derail us from the track God has laid before us.  My heart’s desire has been, and will always be, to follow hard after the Lord. To run the race set before me and to run to win.  Fear wasn’t going to allow that to be the case, so I asked the Lord to show me how not to be fearful.  Here is the writing in my journal that day:


    “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…. For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”  (Isaiah 41:10, 13 nasb)


    And then I read, “And the Lord is the one who goes before you; He will be with you.  He will not fail nor forsake you.  Do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8).


    The next words I penned were:

    “Fear has no place in the heart of the one

    who holds the hand of God Almighty.

    Trust replaces fear, Faith removes fear,

    and His perfect love casts out fear.”

    Think on that for a minute.  Fear has no place in the heart of the one who holds His hand, why? Because He is the Almighty. There is no one greater than He.  If we are holding on to Him, He will protect, sustain, and deliver us from whatever situation comes our way.  He alone is able to meet our every fear. 


    I encourage you to take time and search His word, find verses that speak to your fears of the day and keep them close before you. I can testify that He is faithful to relieve those fears as we trust Him, but only as we move forward, trusting Him.


    Here are a variety of verses that I’ve found comfort me:


    “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7


    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7


    “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3


    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26


    “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” Psalm 56:3


    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


    “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


    “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4


    There are so many more. Let your fear be consumed through the comfort of His word.


    Father, how precious and magnificent Your promises are to Your children. How sweet to know that we need not fear anything. I pray for those who might read this and think fearlessness is not a possibility in their situation.  With You all things are possible. Praise You Sovereign and Omnipotent God.  Lord, give them the assurance that You are with them, the reminder that Your Holy Spirit belongs to them if they belong to You. The fact that You have put within them the very power source needed to deal with any fear. Your grace is definitely sufficient for every need and Your perfect love casts out fear. Thank You Father for making that possible in Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.   

Grace to Joy

Encouraging women to know the grace of God and experience His joy!