Women in the Word (Daily Tap): "Weekly Devotionals" Sunday thru Saturday (11-25 to 12-1) Discipleship

 

7 Days of Devotion and Teaching from the Word of God posted usually on Week-Ends

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY

 

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
   a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
 

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 

 

Thoughts~ 

 

Weeping uncontrollably, I barely heard the doctor give us the news my Dad was not going to live long. Lung cancer as a result of smoking since he was a teenager was about to claim his life at 57 years old. 

 

Losing my Dad was one of the hardest experiences I have endured so far. He was my earthly hero and his love for me was strong and unconditional. Dad supported me, built me up with huge amounts of encouragement and was there for me when I experienced failures. He was also tough on me and tired to help me make wise decisions. Incredibly funny, he made all of my friends feel welcome at our home, throwing my various boyfriends into our swimming pool as a joke. When he died, my mourning was so real I could nearly taste it.  

 

And now, 29 years later, I still miss his presence in my life, yet know he is dancing with joy in heaven. I feel robbed that I don’t have him in my life, but, I am not mad at God.  However, there were times I was very mad at my Dad for making a choice that took him away. It was his choice to smoke, just as it is mine to not smoke and live a healthy life style.

However, over time, I came to understand that God has a time for each of us when our days are over and mine could be tomorrow, next year or 40 years from now. One day I could be dancing with my little Grandsons and the next, with Jesus, celebrating with family and friends in heaven. There are seasons in our lives that include deep loss and equally deep joy. It is simply part of the circle of life. 

 

Action~ 

 

Thank God for the people you have lost who have impacted your life with encouragement, love and positive relationships. Their season on earth may be up but yours isn’t if you’re reading this blog.  

 

Make your season of living count. Love the Lord with all of your heart; trust Him with your whole life. And ask yourself: have you been an encourager and left a positive print on people’s hearts? Do you need to make some changes? 

 

Pray~ 

 

Thank You, Father, for the people who have loved me and had my back over the years.  I’m sad they are gone and I miss them but am thankful for the way You used each of them in my life; to make me stronger. 

 

Trusting in Him, 

Becky 

 

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MONDAY

 

 

 

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
 

Psalm 143:8 

 

Thoughts ~ 

 

When we go to bed at night and talk to the Lord before falling asleep, we have praises and joys to thank God Him for. But, sometimes we climb into bed, dragging all kinds of accumulated negative junk from the day with us.  It’s the kind of junk that can threaten to keep us from a peaceful sleep, giving us tired eyes and a grumpy attitude the next morning. 

 

I’ve learned, over the years, that the last thing my eyes should see is God’s word. I don’t have a TV in my bedroom because it’s a time for me to read in bed and wind down from a hectic, full day. I read a lot of Christian fiction (Jerry Jenkins, Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and more) but after my wind down time, I turn to a daily devotional called Bedtime Blessings (Chuck Swindoll) and read a super short paragraph. Chuck always includes scripture so I reflect on that and turn off the lights, ready for some prayer time. 

 

As I pray, I give all the negative junk and issues to the Lord.  Every detail that might keep me from sleeping well. I put my trust in Him and believe that the next day, morning will be there, refreshed and waiting for me to begin a new journey. And know He will show me the way to go. 

 

 

Action ~ 

 

When you see God’s word last in your day and speak to Him, giving Him our praises, joys, and needs, you will have a better night’s sleep. For some people, it is an instantaneous experience they embrace. For others, it takes some discipline to get in the sweet habit of spending the last minutes of their day with God. 

 

Please consider trying this for one week. By trusting God with your life as you lay your head down on your pillow, believe that He will show you where to go. Mornings will bring you a sense of His love, knowing He is in charge, not you. 

 

Pray ~ 

 

Thank You, Lord, for taking all of the junk that threatens to keep me tossing and turning through the night and giving me a sweet peaceful sleep. Show me through Your Holy Spirit how and where I should go the next morning. 

 

Trusting in Him, 

Becky 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

 

 

 

And we know that God causes all things to work together  

for good to those who love God,  

to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

 

Thoughts ~

 

It is a wonder that this verse is not displayed all over my home because it certainly is plastered on the walls of my heart. Every time a “lemon” type situation comes my way, I give it to God and He makes the most delightful lemonade out of it. Now I don’t always give it to Him immediately because sometimes I tend to spend some time fretting. However, as I have grown in my faith over the years, I know without a single doubt that He is going to work things out for my good. He has taught me well.

 

Today started out fine with my morning coffee and computer time. However, when I opened my Trust in the Lord email, I discovered it had been blocked from sending replies or messages and I slightly panicked. But if His purpose for me is to share encouragement with believers around the world, I knew He certainly wasn’t going to allow a silly email problem stop that.

 

I spent the entire morning and afternoon setting up a Gmail account and searching for the best possible solution. I soon realized I would continue to have the problem with “mass” mailing no matter what server I used and I would need to pay to have the Daily T.A.P. sent out by companies that would take care of my emailing. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, I decided a blog would be better and it’s free. More people would be reached so more would be encouraged.

 

As I began setting up the new blog page, I realized I could link it to the Facebook Trust in the Lord and I laughed out loud.  Literally! The enemy was trying very hard to stop me from sending out the Daily T.A.P. and also was hoping I would get so frustrated I would give up. I laughed in his face. My God has a purpose and He indeed caused all things to work together for my good because I love Him so much and it is His purpose to see people encouraged and refreshed. God took a lemon situation and made the new version of the Daily T.A.P. better than ever. Sweet lemonade!

 

Action ~

 

Buy some fake lemons and set them in a bowl in your kitchen as a reminder of this beautiful promise! I did and they are a great opportunity to share this wonderful verse with your friends.

 

Also, make a lemon list and ask God to make lemonade out of the sticky situations you are traveling through. Sometimes His purpose isn’t revealed as quickly as mine was today.  But I guarantee, if you love Him, He will cause things to work out for your good.

 

Pray ~

Lord, I love You so much that you do cause everything to work together for our good when we love You. Remind us before we panic. Before we start fretting. Your love is so real. 

 

Trusting in the Lord, Becky

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

 

 

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 

2 Thessalonians 3:3


Thoughts ~


I really don’t like to give the enemy of God much devotional writing time. However, today I felt led to. Not even wanting to capitalize his name, I feel he is not worthy of distinction. He is not just evil but the worst kind of evil known to mankind. His greatest thrill (when it comes to believers) is to get our eyes off the Lord and onto ANYTHING else. Hating it when we pray, he will use all his tricks to keep prayer time from happening.

 

Fortunately, God has more power than our enemy and will battle for us when we come under attack. The closer you get to God, the more the attacks may seem to come.  But don’t let that get you down: God will give you the strength you need and keep you lovingly protected.

 

Even when we lie on our beds with tears covering our pillows, God is there. No matter what the situation that has troubled our hearts; God is there and will not allow His enemy to win us over with doubt.  Cry out to Him! Trust in Him; rely on the Lord of your life.

 

Action ~

 

When the enemy will not leave me alone, I picture gnats. While I know nothing can happen to me that the Lord doesn't allow, those continuous attacks seem like an angry swarm of gnats sometimes.  Bothersome. Distracting. Annoying.  I get so tired of swatting at them.  Then I picture, in my mind, a giant gnat-swatter held by the hand of the Lord. Victory!

 

Pray ~

 

Lord, You are so faithful and protective of me.  Thank You for all You do in fighting Your enemy on my behalf. Thank you for giving me the strength to endure.

 

Trusting in Him,

Becky

 

 

THURSDAY

 

 

 

 

I waited patiently for the LORD; 

 

   He turned to me and heard my cry. 

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 40:1-3

 

Thoughts ~

 

When I was a little girl, I saw a photo of quicksand in a school book, and to this day, it is the first thing I think of when I read verse two. Quicksand became a fear of mine when I was small . . . which is ironic since I live in the desert. But children don’t understand these things.

 

The way we get stuck in life happens to all of us over the course of our lifetime and it is, for believers, one of God’s great blessings to lift us out of the situation. And when He places us on firm ground, there is reason to celebrate and praise His name.

 

Psalm 40 is my favorite of all the Psalms because it speaks of my relationship with the Lord. I love this Psalm so much I have memorized parts of it to remind myself that no matter how stuck I get, God will be there to place my feet on the rock. He always does.

 

Even when the enemy of God wants you to believe that there is no way out of a situation, let me assure you there always is when you have the King of your heart on your side, just waiting for the perfect moment to lift you to a higher ground. 

 

Action ~

 

 

Have you ever felt like you were slipping and sinking like you were sloshing around in mud?

Please take a few minutes to read Psalm 40 and then re-read it, allowing it to sink in to your soul.

 

I printed it out, using Biblegateway, and have it in several special places to remind me of the Grace of God. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%2040&version=NIV

 

 

Pray ~

 

God, You are my help and my deliverer and I praise You for all You have done in my life to bring me closer to You. Thank You for lifting me out of the quicksand moments and placing me on firm ground.

 

Trusting the Lord,

Becky

 

 

FRIDAY 

 

He turned the desert into pools of water 

and the parched ground into flowing springs.

Psalm 107:35

 

Thoughts~

 

I live in Arizona where cactus surrounds the city. While I love the stately saguaro that lifts its arms skyward as if praising the Lord, I am not a huge fan of much of the other desert life. There are hundreds of varieties of cacti and  people love to transplant them in their landscaping. Not me! I love the lush green of other locations, where winding paths intertwine with trees, flowers and waterfalls. Truthfully, cactus reminds me of the desert experience that believers in the Lord travel through sometimes.

 

If you have never found yourself in a “desert experience”, let me warn you, it’s a rough and tough time. You feel far away from God, totally hopeless and your joy is limp. We know God didn’t move; we are the ones who took a few steps away from Him. We wonder why and can’t quite figure it out. We simply know we feel a distance from God. And desert experiences are felt by all Christians, including the spiritual giants. One of the “giants” is Chuck Swindoll. He is my spiritual hero and has spoken volumes into my heart with his honest approach to life.  I first “met” him in 1982 and have been influenced by his love for the Lord and care for people’s growth as Christians ever since.

 

USUALLY the reason we feel distance is that the enemy of God, the enemy of our soul, has pulled us ever so lightly away: directing our eyes off of the Lord and onto life’s details. The enemy isn’t dramatic about it and it happens without you even knowing it has occurred until all at once, you feel stranded in an island of dry sand, parched for God’s love and His word.

 

Know this my friends: God will never leave you stranded in the dry desert. He doesn’t want us there anymore than we want to be there. He uses these times in our lives to build us up in our faith and helps us to find balance in our lives.

 

Actions ~

 

If you find yourself in a desert experience, find time for quiet time with the Lord. A weekend, a day, whatever is feasible.  Turn off the noise makers in your home, sit quietly in a place that you are comfortable, and open your mouth for the Living Water. Tell God you need Him to refresh your heart and show you the way back from the desert. Spend time reading His word and listening for His whispers of love and encouragement.

 

Pray ~

 

Thank You Father, for giving us a way out of the desert and into the lushness of fellowship with You.

 

Trusting in the Lord,

Becky

 

 

 

SATURDAY 

 

 

Come to me, 

all you who are weary and burdened, 

and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

 

Thoughts ~

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to never grow weary? There are times that we find we cannot lift our feet another step, open our mouths to simply talk and find our eyelids growing heavier by the minute.  Often, days that are very busy, where we had much to accomplish, have simply worn us out physically.

 

Other times weariness invades our souls from adding too much clutter that is not necessary. When weariness threatens to bring discouragement, it’s time to step back and ask if our schedules are keeping us from spending time with the Lord. Sometimes it’s time for a clean sweep, a time to de-clutter our lives, sort of a spring cleaning of the soul.

 

In this verse, Jesus is inviting us to come to Him, to be refreshed, to allow Him to carry our burdens. He invites us, ordinary you and me, to be in His amazing and loving presence! When I get weary, I long to sit at His feet and be refreshed, allowing Him to give me needed comfort and relief of my burdens. Sometimes it’s through prayer, other times through reading a Psalm or a devotional that brings my focus back to Him. Those days when He lifts my weariness are so appreciated and cherished.

 

Action ~

 

When you feel burdened by weariness, take a minute to ask yourself what has caused it. And then run; don’t walk, to the Lord Jesus who has promised to give us rest. Ask Him to help you find time in your day to spend time with Him. A quiet time, prayer time, a praise time will refresh your soul and your weariness will be lifted. When we take our eyes of ourselves and place them on the Lord, perspectives change

 

When we add too much world to our lives, our weariness seems to grow out of control.  Slow down. Get the rest from the ONE who loves You and has called you by name.

 

Pray ~

 

Only You, Lord, can truly give me the rest I need.  Thank you for carrying my burdens and inviting me to be your child.

 

Trusting in Him,

Becky

 

 

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Women in the Word Paris (Paris Lynn Harmon): "Weekly Pictorials" Sunday thru Saturday (11-25 to 12-1) Inspirational

 

 

7 Pictures of Devotion and Teaching from the Word of God posted usually on Week-Ends

 

 

SUNDAY

  

 

 

 

MONDAY

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY 

 


SATURDAY 

 

Women in the Word Paris

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Women in the Word Paris (Paris Lynn Harmon): "Weekly Pictorials" Sunday thru Saturday (11-25 to 12-1) Inspirational

 

 

7 Pictures of Devotion and Teaching from the Word of God posted usually on Week-Ends

 

 

SUNDAY

  

 

 

 

MONDAY

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

 

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY 

 


SATURDAY 

 

Women in the Word Paris

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Women in the Word Joyce (Joyce Meyer): "Weekly Devotionals" Sunday thru Saturday (11-25 to 12-1) Devotional

 

 

7 Days of Devotion and Teaching from the Word of God posted usually on Week-Ends

 

SUNDAY

One Step at a Time

I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. 
— Philippians 3:12 

Following God is like climbing a mountain. If God showed us how high the mountain really is that He wants us to climb, we might be afraid to take the first step. We might argue that we're not ready, that we're not at all prepared to go all the way to the top. So He covers the top of the summit with a cloud, and all we can see is the step before us. That first step looks manageable, so we take it. And then we take another step, and another, and another, until one day we find ourselves at the top of the mountain without even realizing where we were headed when we began. Then we are very glad we took the journey. 

I recall a woman who came to me complaining that she could not hear from God, that He was not speaking to her even though she was seeking Him about some things. Then the Lord told me that there was no point in speaking to her about doing something else until she had done the last thing He had told her, which she had not done yet. 

In God's plan for us, we cannot skip steps that we don't like and move on to other ones. We cannot skip the hard steps or the ones that require sacrifice. I repeat: following God's plan for our lives requires investment. We must sacrifice self-will to have God's will. We must sacrifice our way to find His way. Don't be afraid of sacrifice—it eventually sets us free to be all we desire to be.  

MONDAY

 

 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. 

— Psalm 37:4 

One of the ways God speaks to us is through the sanctified desires of our hearts. God places right desires in our hearts and then He gives us those desires. I remember a time when I had a desire for homemade zucchini bread but had no talent or time to make it. I simply said, “Lord, I sure would like some fresh zucchini bread,” and did not think about it again. About a week later a lady who knew nothing of my desire handed me a box and when I opened it, I found homemade zucchini bread. God delights in doing small and large things for us and we should never fail to appreciate all of them. 

We need to ask God to give us sanctified, or holy, desires. We usually have desire for natural things such as success, finances, nice homes, and good relationships, but we should also desire spiritual things. We should desire to know God in a deeper and more intimate way, to always display the fruit of the Spirit, especially love, to serve God in ways that glorify Him, to always be obedient to God, et cetera. Let us ask God to take away fleshly desire and give us sanctified desire. 

God puts in us desires that will bring His righteousness, peace, and joy to our lives (see Romans 14:17), and they never disagree with His Word. 

Wrong desires torment us and we are impatient about receiving them, but sanctified desire comes with a willingness to wait on God’s ways and timing.   

 

God’s word for you today: Place your desires before God, pray about them and trust God to give them to you if and when they are right for you. 

 

TUESDAY

 

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.
— 
2 Corinthians 12:9  

Come apart and spend some time with God before you come apart. No matter how strong and healthy you are, no matter what your age is, no matter what you think you know, without God you are going to get weary and tired. 

God doesn’t get tired, and the Word says He gives power to the faint and weary, and increases strength to those who have no might. But those who wait for the Lord, who expect, look for, and hope in Him, will be renewed (See Isaiah 40:29–31). God is willing to increase your strength. Get alone with Him anytime you need to be strengthened.

 

WEDNESDAY

 

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  
— 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV 

Have you ever thought how great it would be if you could live without ever having to deal with fear? 

Of course, there are healthy fears that alert you to danger in time to avoid it—and these are good because they protect you. But there are many other fears Satan tries to put on you that should not be legitimate concerns. They are False Evidence Appearing Real, and they are intended to keep you from having the power, love, and sound mind God wants you to have. 

Fear is a spirit that must be confronted head on—it will not just go away. But God has given you the power to boldly confront your fear and break its hold on your life. 

 

So when fear knocks on your door, send faith to answer! 

 

THURSDAY

 

Jesus said] If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. 
— 
John 8:31B-32 

In my book Battlefield of the Mind, I also write about Mary’s husband, John, a low-key type person. He was a man who had been verbally abused by his mother and taunted by playmates in childhood. He hated confrontation and couldn’t stand up to Mary’s strong will. In his own way, John was as much a prisoner as his wife. He blamed her; she blamed him—and here we see Satan’s deceptive ways again.
 
John was convinced that it didn’t do any good to stand up to anyone; he was going to lose anyway. He thought the only way to get along was to be quiet and accept whatever happened. 

John also believed another lie of the devil—that he wasn’t truly loved by God. How could he be? He wasn’t worth loving. Because he felt that way, he had believed the devil’s lies. “I felt as if God said to the world, ‘Believe in Jesus and you’ll be saved.’ I got in on some kind of package deal—but I never felt I was worth loving.” 

That is one of Satan’s biggest lies: “You are nobody. You are not worth anything.” If the enemy of your mind can convince you that you’re too bad or too worthless, he has set up a stronghold in your mind. 

Although John was a Christian, his mind had been imprisoned by his enemy. John has had to learn that he is important to God. For a long time, he did not know the truth. His mother had not told him that he was good, worthwhile, and a child of God. His friends didn’t encourage him, and in the first years of marriage to Mary, her criticism convinced him even further that he was a hopeless failure. 

John needs to know that he is loved, and that he is as valuable to the kingdom of God as Paul, Moses, or anybody else. Jesus cares for him, and He is with him. For John to win his battle and cast down the mental strongholds the devil has built, he needs to know the truth. Jesus said, “If you . . . [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:31b–32). John learns truth as he reads God’s Word, prays, and meditates on what it says to him. He also learns as he applies God’s Word in his daily life and has the experience of watching it work as Jesus said it would. Experience is often the best teacher. I have learned from the Word of God and life’s experiences that God’s Word is filled with power and will tear down the strongholds Satan has built in our minds. 

You cannot be free unless you know that the weapons of warfare are available to you and that you can learn to use them. As you learn to resist Satan and call him a liar, your life will change dramatically for the better.  

Pray this...

Lord God of heaven, remind me that I am important to You and that I am loved by You, even if I don’t feel loved. Help me to learn that I am as important to You as any other Christian and that You love me as much as You love them. I thank You in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.   

 

FRIDAY 

The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
— 
Psalm 37:21
 

Take chances today and invest in someone else’s life, especially if God tells you to do so. You may give them something of value only to learn they waste it as they have always done in the past. But remember that God made an investment in you, and He wants you to be willing to make an investment in somebody else.
 
Jesus died to give everybody a chance. Not everyone takes advantage of His provision, but we all have an equal opportunity to enjoy the abundant life. If you help someone, and they end up not doing what is right with it, that is between them and God. Give thanks that you are able to give, and then do whatever God tells you to do.


SATURDAY 

We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call.  
— 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 

We all like “suddenlies,” and God promises that whatever remains to be accomplished in us will be done “suddenly” when Jesus returns to the earth. Until then, we can confidently trust He is working in us through His word and Spirit on a regular basis. If you are spending time in God’s word and believing He is doing work in you, then you are changing from one degree of glory to another. 

You don’t have to be discouraged about your spiritual growth or in your walk with God, because no matter what remains to be done in the transformation of your old man into your new man, it will be finished at the appearing of Jesus in the heavenlies. 

If the devil tries to tell you you’re going to stay the way you are forever, he is lying. God promises in His word that He has begun a good work in you and He also will finish it (see Philippians 1:6).

 

Women in the Word Joyce

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