Category: thoughts by Brigitte Straub

Share

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”  Psalm 40:2

Years ago, I fell into a season of total despair. And although I knew God was with me, the more time passed and my circumstances didn’t change, I struggled deeply with trusting Him and keeping hope alive.

Misery, confusion, destruction… these are all areas in which the enemy lurks and uses to keep us from believing that God is good and that we can fully put our hope and trust in Him.

God loves to get in our business. In fact, nothing is too messy for God. No slimy sin, vile deeds, or dreadful situations can keep God away when we turn our hearts towards Him.

Not only does our God stoop down into the muddle of our life, He delights in pulling us out. He places us on well-founded ground, established in Him.

John 3:17 says that Jesus came to save us and not to condemn us. His perfect love for us overwhelms any darkness that tries to overtake us.

Whatever pit you might be in that is trying to keep you from being secure and established, keep trusting in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. You will come out of the pit not only being more assured and confident in God, but also with a fresh and active testament to God’s amazing grace and works in your life, as I did with my situation.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that I can trust You and know that You are a good God who is always with me. I put my hope in You alone and ask that You would enter into this area of my life that I am struggling with and deepen my faith, making me more assured and confident in You. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/brigitte-straub_pit/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

 

 

___

thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Experiencing hardship is never easy. In fact, it can be downright agonizing, exhausting, and depressing.

There have been moments in my life where I have instantly sensed God’s awesome presence with me during a difficult circumstance. But there have been even more instances when it seemed as though God was nowhere to be found.

While Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane awaiting His fate, His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground as He prayed. He knew that what He was about to endure was going to be excruciatingly difficult (Luke 22:44). He didn’t even hesitate to ask God if He could be spared from the suffering.

Jesus felt utterly alone. Even His friends had fallen asleep during the most crucial moment in his life.

No one enjoys going through trials, especially feeling alone in them. But in these moments, God asks us to trust Him.

Not only did Jesus ask if His cup of suffering could pass, but He prayed for strength and embraced the will of His heavenly Father who gave Him the power to endure. As Hebrews 12:2 says, He endured the cross for the joy set before Him.

Hard times will pass. But with patience, prayer, and a heart full of hope and trust, we can live through them, knowing God can give us a deep joy that will outlast any pain and sorrow.

Thank You, heavenly Father, for the gift of Your Holy Spirit to comfort me during this difficult time in my life. I ask for Your strength to empower me, and for hope to fill my heart. May I walk through this situation trusting You and believing that You have something good in store for me and those around me. I open my heart to Your will and Your way in my life. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/brigitte-straub_power-endure/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Follow Us On:

facebooktwitterinstagrampinterestrss

 

___

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Several years ago, my husband and I went through a difficult season. My husband had just lost his job; it was unforeseen and was a challenging time in our family life and in our relationship with God. Although we put our trust in Him, we definitely lived moments where our hope seemed weak and our faith, small.

Mark 2 shares a unique story of faith. Large numbers of people were gathered together after hearing that Jesus had come home. There were so many people crowded around Jesus that there was no room left in the house, including outside the door of the place! But that didn’t stop four friends of a paralyzed man from having their friend see Jesus. Since they couldn’t get to Jesus through the front door, they made a hole in the roof and lowered the man into the house so he could be healed.

Faith sometimes looks radical.

The paralyzed man had four friends full of faith, willing to risk looking like fools. Yet, “when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’” (Mark 2:5).

We don’t know how long this man had been paralyzed. We know nothing about his own personal struggle for faith in God’s goodness and healing for himself. But what we do know is that he had people who loved him and came alongside him who were full of assurance in who God is and what God intended.

Sometimes, we need others to stand strong in faith with us. When my husband lost his job, others cam alongside us in faith, full of hope in an awesome God, and trusted that He would end up making something beautiful out of a difficult situation. And He did — God provided my husband with a better job than what we could have ever asked for!

Heavenly Father, I thank You so much that I can trust You and put my hope in You. You are a good God, always compassionate and loving to Your people.  Help me grow in my faith in You. Mold me and make me into the person You want me to be. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Used by Permission
https://thelife.com/devotionals

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/b-straub_a-fighting-faith/


Share this Devotional:

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?”  John 11:40

Our relationship was blocked. For years I experienced the loss within my family, even though I wanted desperately for this member and I to be reconciled. I almost lost hope that we would ever connect again. Then someone came alongside me and filled me with encouragement that one day it would be restored.

When Jesus came to the tomb where Lazarus lay dead, He told his sister, Martha, to take the stone away so He could get to him. She immediately gave him the excuse that there would be a repulsive smell since he had already been dead for four days.
Jesus responded, “…if you would believe….”

Unbelief is an obstacle in our life, like a stone rolled over an entrance. It can keep us from knowing God. It drives us to make excuses, as it did Martha, eventually hindering us from experiencing all that God has to offer.

Just like the stone kept the mourners from Lazarus, it also kept Lazarus from becoming free from the bonds of death. It kept Lazarus from experiencing Jesus.

Sometimes we need to help remove the stone for someone else that is keeping them dead inside. And at other times, we need to allow people in our lives to help take away the barriers that are keeping us from being truly alive in Jesus.

Jesus, I come to you and ask that you would help me in my unbelief in _______________ (name a specific area you are struggling in). I want nothing in my life to keep me from experiencing all that you have to offer me. Forgive me for my unbelief, and give me strength so I may know you more. Amen

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

https://thelife.com/devotionals

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/brigitte-straub_stone-unbelief/


Share this Devotional:

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12

I came to a place in my relationship with God when, for the first time, I felt I was able to openly talk to Him. I shared my heart, my pain, my sin… anything and everything. I didn’t hold back.

That day marked something very special because it meant that my relationship with God had changed into something I desperately needed — and something He desired. It was a freedom I thought I would never experience. My perception had always been that I could not approach God easily because of my sin. Once I began to understand His unconditional love for me, my perception changed. I couldn’t help but want to be close to Him.

In John 15:15, Jesus says,

“I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

The enemy would like nothing more than to keep us from an intimate relationship with Jesus, because that is what we were created for. He’d love to keep us from realizing that our worth as God’s children allow us to fulfill our true purpose: knowing Him.

When we know the love God has for us, we can become connected to Him in such a way that we don’t feel ashamed for Him to know us for who we truly are. We can freely go to Him. In truth, He already knows us… but He’s been waiting for us to desire Him also, so we may know Him and all He has for us.

I love you God… with my whole heart! I love you and desire to know you more intimately. Thank you for loving me and that I can come to you with anything that’s on my heart and my mind. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Used by Permission
https://thelife.com/devotionals

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/b-straub_no-holding-back/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Subscribe to Daily Devotionals by Email

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

My son was complaining recently about a throbbing pain in his legs. It was so painful that we went to the doctor to have x-rays taken. The result? It was merely something we have all felt at one point when we were younger. Growing pains.

Growth hurts. The ache and discomfort of pain can be agonizing, but it is necessary and always beneficial. God created us, not to stay stagnant, but to always be growing in Him and becoming more like Jesus. But it’s not easy, and we can certainly stunt it.

Failure to thrive” is a term used to describe an underlying condition causing physical growth delay. The reason behind it is inadequate nutrition. Just like we need to feed our bodies with the necessary nutrients to grow, we need to feed ourselves spiritually for growth to occur.

God’s Word is the essential nourishment for your being. King David, described by God as a man ”after my own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), deeply loved and valued God’s Word with such passion that he not only meditated on it all day, but all night (Psalm 119:97, Psalm 119:148). Maybe we should be more like him so we can grow in faith.

Know that in the midst of heartache and pain, God is molding and growing you. Be confident in the promise from God that He is perfecting you as you allow Him to do the work He desires to do in you.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your promise that you are growing me into the person you have created me to be. I pray that your Word would fill my being. Open my heart to hearing all that you have to say to me and give me wisdom and knowledge while I meditate on your Word. Amen.

Thought:  it’s vital to commit yourself to putting time aside to read and meditate on God and His Word. Before you begin your day as well as at the close of your day, take some moments to be with God, strengthening and encouraging yourself with what He desires to show you.

By Brigitte Straub

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Used by Permission
https://thelife.com/devotionals

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/b-straub_growing-pains/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Subscribe to Daily Devotionals by Email

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

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

Some of the greatest feelings of agony I’ve ever felt was being rejected by a family member. I remember grieving like I have never grieved before. I was left with searing pain, and a loss that I wasn’t prepared to deal with. I questioned whether my hurt would go away.

Rejection by friends or family, the loss of a loved one, the feeling of overwhelming depression in your soul due to various circumstances — these can all leave the heart wounded. A broken heart and crushed spirit is something we have all felt at one point or another. The ache can feel unbearable at times, leaving us to question whether or not we’ll be able to get through it. But it is in that moment that we realize God desires to be the strength of our hearts. God understands. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

When Jesus faced the excruciating physical and emotional torture of taking on the world’s sin, He leaned on His Father to give Him the strength He needed to push through and come out victorious (Luke 22:39-43).

Surrender to God and ask Him to have His way in your life. Acknowledge God to be that strength you need in the current situation you are facing at the moment. Pray and allow Him to bring you to a place of peace, knowing He will see you through.

Heavenly Father, thank you for being my strength during the moments where I am hurting and in pain. Thank you that I can lean on you and rest knowing that you are all I need. I surrender my life to you. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/b-straub_strength-amidst-anguish/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Subscribe to Daily Devotionals by Email

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.Exodus 17:12

God created us for relationship. He made us to be dependent on each other. We were never meant to live life alone. Just as the different parts of a body are dependent on one another to work most efficiently, we need each other — especially during the most difficult times.

The Israelites were in a time of war against Amalek, and when Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed, and when he let his hands down, Amalek prevailed. When Moses could no longer hold up his hands on his own, his friends came around him.

I have a friend who is currently battling breast cancer. Like all who have gone through times of despair where perseverance is vital, she is in great need for people to come around her and hold her up with encouragement and support.

To feel alone and abandoned while fighting your own internal war is an overwhelming and frightening feeling. Just as Moses had friends to surround him and help anchor him for the sake of victory, we are called to do the same for those around us who need to be lifted up.

And we should also be willing to ask others to lift us up when needed. There is a tendency to isolate ourselves during challenging periods in our lives. It is the enemy’s goal to make us believe that we are alone in our circumstances and that we don’t have anybody who will come along side us and “hold up our hands.” This is so we’ll lose hope. Remember, we were never meant to “go it alone.” It may be hard, but reach out so you, too can be held up in your battles, just like Moses and my friend.

Father God, thank you that I am not alone and for being my ultimate source of strength to endure what I am going through. Help me to be the kind of friend that people can lean on during their times of difficulty so they can feel your presence around them and have a sense of hope and victory in their situation. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

Comments: If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/b-straub_held-up/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Subscribe to Daily Devotionals by Email

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

I will never forget the day I was sitting eating dinner with my family when I was six years old. My Dad came home from work and surprised me with something special. I didn’t see him often growing up, so the moment when he walked through the door and handed me a doll I’d had my heart set on for a while, it meant the world to me.

Just like my dad showed me I was in his thoughts and on his heart, so does our Heavenly Father. God pursues His children in different ways, but He does it because His desire is for us to know Him and His love for us.

Psalm 139 shows us that God pursued us even before we began to pursue Him, and that He knows us even more than we know ourselves. He knows our joys, our fears, our grief, and every thought we have.

Before Jesus was crucified, He fell down with his face to the ground in prayer. Jesus knew he could go to His Father during one of the most agonizing and excruciating moments in his life because He knew the love God the Father had for him.

As a child, I missed knowing my father more, but I know he loved me. God never leaves. He’s always there. Knowing our Heavenly Father is the only way to fill the emptiness we can so often experience. The more we nurture a relationship with Him, the more we will know and cherish Him and His pursuing love for us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you love me and desire to have an intimate relationship with me. I want to know you and know your purpose for my life so that your will is done through me. I pray that you would open my heart and mind to know you and love you more. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission


Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus and have him in your life?   You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you truly believe them Christ will enter your life and start you on a wonderful journey. (not always easy, but never alone)

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


If you prayed this prayer we would love to hear from you . If you would like to know God deeper we can connect you with an email mentor and/or send you some great links.


Enter Email

We’d love to hear from you.  If you don’t see our response form, please go to  https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/bs_the-pursuer/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”  Isaiah 40:28-29

As a military wife, there were times I was surrounded by grief that followed the lifestyle, including the day I found out that a good friend of mine lost her husband in an airplane crash. It wasn’t just the crash that was absolutely devastating, but the fact that she witnessed it first-hand with her two daughters. How did she cope? Two ways.

Depending ON God means Surrendering TO God. There are a myriad of things we can try to take away our pain and sadness — alcohol, drugs, or food, are just a few examples — yet nothing will satisfy and fulfill our need for comfort and strength until we run into the arms of God and lay ourselves before Him, relinquishing all control to Him.

Moment-to-Moment Action. Relying on God requires the intentional acknowledgement, on a daily basis, that Jesus is enough and that all we have been given is from Him. It is a constant choosing to trust God to meet all of our needs and desires each and every day, especially when we are going through a crisis.

My friend had every reason to be all consumed with the deep sorrow of losing her husband, but instead, she chose to be sustained by an all-consuming God. The following lyrics are a good reminder that our strength is dependent upon our Lord.

All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. — Van de Venter

Heavenly Father, thank you for being enough for me. I acknowledge that you are the giver of life and that you have given me your Holy Spirit for strength, power, and wisdom. Forgive me when I have gone to other things to try and fulfill me rather than going to you. I recognize my deep yearning for you alone. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

We’d love to hear from you.  If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/bs_sustained/


Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14

Conflict can produce hostility. Years ago, I was asked to be one of the worship leaders at a church where they had never experienced a woman in a leadership position. The circumstances surrounding this caused discord among some of the people, and opposition started brewing within their hearts.

I could have easily felt hurt, discouraged, and abandoned. I almost questioned God’s purpose. I turned to scripture and found King David’s story.

Before David became the King of Israel, King Saul attempted to take his life several times. During years of fleeing, David could have allowed anger and rage to fill his heart toward Saul, and toward God whom he believed had anointed him for this task of leading His people. Yet, in his moments of frustration and suffering, he asked God to search his heart and allowed God to fill him with peace.

Conflict can turn into frustration and unforgiveness, which can breed anger and build a wall of hostility between our relationships with others and with God. We all have experienced hurt, pain, or a time when others wronged us — and where we may even feel that God has forsaken us — yet, those are the moments that God desires to surround us and fill us with His peace that transcends our circumstances.

The peace of God can demolish hostility. We must check our hearts daily and ask God, like David did in Psalm 139:23, to “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Heavenly Father, forgive me where I have harbored unforgiveness and anger towards others and towards you. I ask that you break down the walls that I have put up that are keeping me from experiencing the fullness of the relationship that I can have with you and with others. Fill my heart and my life with your peace. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

We’d love to hear from you.  If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/bs_hostility/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

As a new believer, I remember struggling to spend time reading God’s Word. Not only did I have a difficult time knowing what to read — and an even tougher time understanding it — but I was also influenced by many distractions that kept me from reading and meditating on it.

I’ve found, and continue to find, that the more time I dedicate to reading God’s Word, the more alive He becomes to me. The more time I spend with Him, the more He is able to work through me.

When you have experienced the power of God’s Word in your life, you recognize that you don’t want to live without it. You begin to understand that you can’t live the life He has called you to live without it. You begin to thirst and hunger for more. It becomes a pleasure that is truly substantial.

Life will interrupt us constantly with distractions which will keep us from taking time out to enjoy God’s Word. Guarding ourselves against things that try to take the place of doing that is of the most importance because Scripture strengthens us and gives us God’s perspective on life.

Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word of God is alive and powerful.” There is no greater thing than knowing Jesus. Therefore, there is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than spending time in God’s word and allowing it to immerse us, change us, and draw us closer to Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word. Thank You Holy Spirit for giving me understanding of the things of God through the Word. Give me wisdom and understanding to know and desire the things of God. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

https://thelife.com/devotionals

We’d love to hear from you.  If you don’t see our response form, please go to https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/bs_enjoying/

Learn more about knowing Jesus at: http://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/


Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Peace of God 2

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6

The peace of God can be directly linked with our obedience to God.

For years I had asked God to use me in a specific area of my life, but when He finally opened the door, I didn’t walk through. Instead of being obedient to what He was asking of me, I chose not to, and as a result, I lived with a sense of restlessness for a period of time. Stress and anxiety can often be self-induced due to our own choices that we make apart from God’s will in our lives. Lesson learned.

In John 4, Jesus told the Samaritan woman, who was drawing up water from the well, that He had living water for her by which she would never thirst again. What He was saying was that what He had to offer was far superior to what she currently needed. What He had to offer was something no one else could. What He desired to give her was authentic, eternal, and would never leave her wanting for more.

The things of this world leave us void, giving us fleeting emotions only to deceive us and keep us from the very nature of God. However, He longs to give us Himself ? leaving us feeling fulfilled and truly content if we hear His voice and follow Him.

When we give our life to Jesus and walk in God’s ways, we will have the peace of God no matter our circumstances. Apart from God and doing what He asks of us, we will never experience the fullness of what He has to offer us.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you are always with me and have given me Your Holy Spirit so I may know you and live according to Your Word. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

If  you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can learn how to start one at this link:
http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/4laws/law0.html


arrowcircleEmail Visitors, please visit our webpage to leave a comment. We warmly invite your thoughts on this devotional.


Follow us by:
       
 Follow  Follow

Share with a Friend
Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we’ve shared today?
If you received this issue from a friend, you can join our list at www.thoughts-about-god.com/blog/

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Luke 17:33

Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”  Luke 17:33

When my husband was deployed I needed some practical help as I was raising four children without family around. During one deployment two gentlemen came to my home every week to look after my lawn. I’ll never forget looking out the window and watching them with a humbled heart. They both had full time jobs and families at home but offered their time and work for my family.

When we give to God, we get to take part in the work He is doing.

When the disciples chose to follow Jesus they were giving up their own will, their own ways, their own agendas, their own understanding, their own ideas of what their futures would hold. They gave up their thoughts and their plans and gave all they had to Jesus.

Submitting ourselves fully to God allows Him to come into our lives in ways that we could never fathom and in ways we could never arrange on our own. The disciples could never have imagined the astonishing journey they were about to take when they said, “YES” to Jesus.

The two gentlemen who took such good care of my lawn displayed a wonderful expression of God’s love for me. I felt personally and deeply cared for. Their sacrifice is a reminder of the impact God can have on us when we give of ourselves to Him.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice of your Son Jesus, so I may know you, love you, and share you here on the earth. Help me to remember that without you, I have nothing. Open my eyes to see the opportunities that you are giving me to share who you are with others. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

If  you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can learn how to start one at this link:
http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/4laws/law0.html


arrowcircleEmail Visitors, please visit our webpage to leave a comment. We warmly invite your thoughts on this devotional.


Follow us by:
       
 Follow  Follow

Share with a Friend
Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we’ve shared today?
If you received this issue from a friend, you can join our list at www.thoughts-about-god.com/blog/

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women

Share

Sacrifice

I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24

Several years ago while going for a walk, I noticed someone on a bike and felt an immediate impression to talk to her about God. However, I argued with myself against doing it and kept walking the other way. With feelings of immense remorse, I told God, if I saw her again, I would speak to her. And I did. I shared with her about the love of Jesus but also gave her the gold cross I was wearing around my neck, which held sentimental value.

What costly thing am I giving to God who has given me EVERYTHING?

When Araunah offered to give David oxen for an altar that he wanted to build, David insisted on paying for them out of a deep desire to give to God something that would cost him something. He did not want give God something that would be of no expense to him. David understood that true worship meant sacrifice (2 Samuel 24:18-25).

It is easy to serve God when it doesn’t require much from us. When it does, and we dare go to that place which demands that we fully trust in God in a way we haven’t experienced before, God looks upon that sacrifice as a measure of our deep love and devotion to Him.

Heavenly Father, I love you and thank you for offering your Son to me so I can have eternal life with you. My desire is to offer to you ________ [fill in the blank with the area that God shows you]. I choose to give you this part of my life to show my love and thankfulness to you. Amen.

By Brigitte Straub
Used by Permission

We Welcome your comments.

Enter Email
reCAPTCHA

If  you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can learn how to start one at this link:
http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/4laws/law0.html


arrowcircleEmail Visitors, please visit our webpage to leave a comment. We warmly invite your thoughts on this devotional.


Follow us by:
       
 Follow  Follow

Share with a Friend
Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we’ve shared today?
If you received this issue from a friend, you can join our list at www.thoughts-about-god.com/blog/

Thoughts by All thoughts by Brigitte Straub Thoughts by Women