Posts Tagged ‘devotions’


We are reading this book for our small group this year. It was on the best seller list for several months and I’ve personally have had a copy of it for years and never had the opportunity to read it. I have done the drivetime devotions for it and found it very inspiring. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church wrote The Purpose Driven Life in 2002. It has changed many lives and I’m excited to read it with my church community to start off 2018.

Three Basic Life Questions

Why Am I Here?

Does my Life Matter?

What is my Purpose?

God’s Purpose for Us

  • We were planned for God’s pleasure
    • so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family
    • so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
  • We were created to become like Christ,
    • so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
  • We were shaped for serving God
    • so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
  • We were made for a mission
    • so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

In this chapter we focus on God’s amazing and unconditional love for us. But it also asks us to reflect on our earthly father and how that relationship shaped our view of God. For me, my Dad was a provider. He worked long hard hours to make sure we had what we needed. But what he missed out on was being there for us. I learned many lessons of life on my own through trial and error. So for me to fathom knowing God is always there for me when I need Him is hard for me. I have always relied on myself to get things done and for the most part found myself in some jams because of it.

I know I can never fully understand God’s love for us. But I experience it by spending time focusing on how good He is and how He is always there for me. Even through the trials of life, God has been there and has restored me and gotten me through some difficult times. He blesses me and uses me for His purposes. But what always awes me the most is when He chases me when I drift away from Him. God has never given up on me even when I screw up.

God doesn’t have to love us, but He does. And nothing can separate that love He has for us.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:31-39

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Do I really view God as this BIG God? Why are Christians judgmental and having a hard time loving others? Do we really view Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the ultimate love letter from our Father in heaven to us? Do we long and hunger for the Father each and every day? I have read Crazy Love by Francis Chan several times. He is a hero of mine and I seen him speak countless of times. I was asked by a friend to join a Crazy Love study group using the DVD and workbook. Being at this amazing new journey that I’m on, I decided to join to see where my own heart is and to really start asking myself the same question. Am I truly in love with this amazing BIG God of the universe and do I respond with the same love to others? I will blogging each week of my experiences during the next 10 weeks.

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I have been doing this Experiencing God study for 4 weeks now. I started this study over a year ago and was pretty committed to it for a few weeks. Then life got hard and the devotions I did weren’t consistent. I would do a devotion maybe once a week. Today’s devotion is the last one I did before I quit doing Experiencing God altogether over a year ago. I remember that period of my life. Life was getting rough and I was taking hold of the reigns on my own. I quit trusting God was sovereign over my trials. As I look at today’s devotion, I was convicted by what it was about and what I probably struggled with back then – Loving God. My time with God is very intimate right now and I look forward to going through this whole study as it has enriched my life so much. It has revealed so much of my heart issues and how I view God. I am thankful He continues to initiate His love for me so I can respond in obedience and in love.

Your relationship with God right now reveals what you believe about Him. It is spiritually impossible for you to truly believe one way and practice another. If you really believe God is love, you will also accept the fact that His will is always best for you. By nature God is omniscient – all-knowing. He has all the knowledge – past, present, and future. Nothing is outside His knowledge. Whenever God expresses Himself to you, therefore, His directions are always trustworthy.

If you have an obedience problem, you have a love problem.

(Big Ouch on this one. Very convicting…)

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I LOVE LOVE starting every morning out with a coffee, pastry and my Bible!!!




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New friends

I got up early and worked out. I was struggling in my morning devotions. The message from Ben Stuart about the gift of being single was hard for me to hear. I didn’t understand why I have to be single at this age. I know I have a gift to connect with people and God wants to use that. I know he wants to use the trials in my life to speak into and relate with people. But why does my life have to be so difficult? I trust God has a plan for me. I met with my community group one last time this morning. They have been great and have provided much insight for me. It was great to wrestle through the topics of the week with them. We exchanged emails to try and stay connected after Passion was over.


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