Where’s Your Root?

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Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 3 of 52

Song pick of the week: https://youtu.be/-8bYgVEfAUo “You’ll Never Be Alone” by Capital Kings

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Where’s Your Root? …sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Gen.4:7 …the LORD your God fights for you, just as he promised. Josh. 23:10

I sometimes wonder what happened to people that have asked me for directions…(Please understand I had the best intentions!) I quite possibly could be the reason GPS was invented! So, you’re welcome, if you too find electronic directional assistance useful at times. However, what I appreciate more is that God anticipated I would need LIFE directions and so He gave me His living Word! Can I get an “amen!”?!! 

Now, we can and should work to memorize His Word but what good is that if it just stays head knowledge?! Sometimes the most difficult journey can be from head to heart. If any of you have ever watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” you know the father character traces every single spoken word somehow back to having its root in the Greek language and then says, “…there ya go.” This got me thinking as I attempt to read and memorize Scripture; to challenge myself to try and trace each verse back to the heart of Jesus in order to LIVE like Him and in His Truth.

For example Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. We know Jesus was at the beginning (John 1:1) and if He is in the biggest of big (slinging galaxies into the heavens) and in the smallest of small (knitting the butterfly’s wing on earth) than I can LIVE rooted in that Truth without worry and fear. Gen. 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image.” If I am made in the image of Jesus I can LIVE free of insecurities and can forget playing the comparison game (in which no one ever wins anyway)! 

What about Gen. 3:6? When the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. How would you LIVE this one out?! We certainly don’t want to be another’s stumbling block, as we know this event caused the fall of mankind! So let’s look deeper… What was the motive maybe in Eve that caused this situation? Maybe she had ONLY memorized Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:26 and was not LIVING rooted in those Truth’s. Maybe she was still living in fear, worry, insecurities and comparison, always feeling like she fell short. Jesus must be our biggest distraction, our loudest Truth, or we will be seduced by the next shiny red apple too.

Ephesians 1:11 tells us He holds the plan and if I walk with Him it’s all going to work out in the end (I don’t get lost, hallelujah!). Did you know that the words “work out” in that verse is actually “energeo” in the Greek?!! God Almighty is the energizing force behind everything dear one! Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and LIVE different! LIVE God-centered and rooted in His energizing Truth over us. Let it ring louder in our hearts and minds than all the lies of the shiny red apples swirling around us. John 8:32 Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. Well, that’s all for now so… “there ya go.” 🙂 *Independent Read: Judges 3:12-31 and notice how God used Ehud’s overlooked ability to conquer the enemy. In Jesus you are not lost or overlooked you are victorious! LIVE in that Truth!!! 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Genesis 4:7 and Joshua 23:10 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 73 with special attention to verse 17 (In Him you will always find Truth, run into His sanctuary!)

DISCUSS: When you have gotten “lost” and God showed you He is The Way (John 14:6).

ACT: Write a Truth to surprise and encourage someone on their mirror… (bathroom mirror, rear view mirror, office mirror… Get creative!)

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Heb. 10:23 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Joshua 23:14 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Ex. 14:14 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Deut. 30:19 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Matt. 11:28 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:_________________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jer. 29:12 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

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Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Frozen What?!!

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In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

It’s just not about whether your glass is half full or half empty its that in Jesus your glass is refillable! His precious promises are faithfully available to refill our glass and re-frame our perspective at all times… like for me this morning.

Over my warm cup of coffee from my kitchen table I happened to be gazing out onto my snow covered backyard which is actually more like a frozen solid tundra. Embedded into this frozen white landscape in stark contrast is black rabbit and dog excrement! Yes and as you know rabbits never travel alone and my dog could very well be mistaken for Ferdinand the bull… I’ll let your imagination paint the picture now of just what exactly my backyard looks like and it is no Thomas Kinkade.

This could be seen as an eye sore (glass half or totally empty situation) but the more I pondered it the stronger His promise poured into my heart! My God is a God who has a time for everything under the sun (Ecc. 3). He changes the seasons and that always reminds me He is always moving (John 5:17).

My backyard will eventually thaw and when it does it will be the most fertilized yard in the neighborhood AND it won’t even cost me a dime!!

What excrement (so to speak) seems to be frozen in your backyard? What seems impossible, unmovable and unchangeable in your life?

Jesus is a God that makes possible the impossible (Matt. 19:26). He is always on the move and those that wait on the Lord and His perfect timing will be blessed (Isaiah 30:18). Like my backyard, what seems awful now, in time will be the biggest blessing!

Dear one, Jesus loves you, He sees, He’s moving, trust His process and His faithful promise will refill your cup.

God bless you muchly~

Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:7

 

Not Alone

Reigning Rainbows Devotionals (Matt. 13:16) – 2 of 52

https://youtu.be/kylPaf8uQPo – Song pick of the week: “Close” by Tauren Wells

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A “Rainbow” Painted Just For You: NOT ALONEFor what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? Deuteronomy 4:7

Ever feel like the number of times you exclaim, “Failed it!” far outweigh the number of times you exclaim, “Nailed it!” ?! Well, take heart if you find yourself in this same boat with me! If we look at some promises God gives us… John 15:5, John 14:16, 1 John 2:1 and John 14:26 I think His expectation of us is that in ourselves we WOULD fail, we WOULD need help! So in that case every time I feel like I need help, or I’ve failed this week, I can exclaim, “Nailed it!! I’ve met God’s expectations for me in myself!” BUT… God, through His precious promises to us whispers rejuvenating Truths to restart the heart! He says, “Yes, you nailed it but I was nailed TO it and overcame, so you don’t have to stay this way. Take My hand, what is humanly impossible is possible with Me (Luke 18:27)! Let Me take you beyond yourself. I hold immeasurably more in you than all you could ask or imagine, according to My power (Eph. 3:20). Trust Me and receive it!”

Remember all the fullness of God is in Jesus and Jesus is in you as a believer and stronger is He!!! (1 John 4:4, Col.1:27, John 14:20) No greater gift can you give the world than the Holy Spirit in you and that dear one is something He gives you without limit (John 3:34)! It’s not about the glass being half full or half empty, it’s that in Jesus your glass is refillable!!! Praise Him! 

This week when you feel that you have come to the end of your rope, look up and find it’s just the beginning of His!! Look for ways He fulfills His promise that He is close to you and will never leave you to do things alone. Then step out in trust and take hold of HIS strength. *Independent Read: 2 Timothy 1:7

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: Deuteronomy 4:7 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 121 over, for or with someone

DISCUSS: Share a time you knew God was with you and ask someone if they have ever experienced God’s presence with them in some way too.

ACT: Challenge: Who have you been keeping at a distance that maybe God is asking you to bring close?

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) Record how you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read Isaiah 41:13 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________

*Read 2 Tim. 1:7 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:__________________________________________

*Read Psalm 23:4 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_____________________________________

*Read Deut. 31:6 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________

*Read Matt. 28:20 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:___________________________________________

*Read 1 John 4:4 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: _______________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27_______________________________________________________________________________________

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reigning Rainbows 1/52

Our God reigns! (Psalm 47:8)  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

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A devotional to encourage awareness of His faithfulness to His promises in everyday moments, coupled with resources to help share His love.

Maybe you are a mom, grandma, a great grandma, a woman that has kids walk past her home to school each day, a teacher with 30 littles to care for all week long, a babysitter or a bus driver… Maybe you are a woman that never really thought about how many young in the faith, or those that may not have The faith, actually cross your path each day. 

A little R&R at the feet of Jesus and you will begin to see the R&R’s (“Reigning Rainbows”) God is still painting –  in, through and with your life dear one… rainbows of faithful promise too special not to share! 

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16 (NIV)

Reigning Rainbows  – Devotional 1 of 52

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https://youtu.be/x6GhNgXdwpUSong pick of the week: “Beyond This World” by Shonlock  *Share it! If you can “rainbow bridge” Jesus into someone’s playlist it’s a win for the team! 

A “rainbow” painted just for you: RAINBOW GAZING –When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth. Genesis 9:16

How romantic! How captivating to know that the Almighty God of the universe wants to share a rainbow gazing moment in time with YOU, dear one! In Hebrew the same term is used for both the word “rainbow” and “bow”. It’s like our Mighty Warrior hangs His bow in the sky to invite us to do the same… to hang up the “bow” we have been fighting life so hard with and just curl up in His lap to receive the peace, the energy, the rest, and restoration that only comes from the One who fights FOR you. Let Him enrapture your heart over the fleeting seconds a rainbow exists on the edge of a storm with the Truth’s that He is faithful; that the earth’s time and seasons are preserved and held in His powerful hand, there is no storm He can’t calm or take you walking on the raging waves of – safe and secure in His enduring love. 

This week savor the fleeting seconds a “rainbow” exists… when you first open the dryer door – the rush of warm air reminds you of the warmth of His love (1 Peter 1:22 GWT)… wiggle your fingers and toes before getting out of bed – it’s a rainbow gifted moment from God Almighty that is not guaranteed at the end of that day (Philippians 2:13 NIV)… the “rainbow” of the 100th interruption because you are just that important (2 Timothy 3:17 NIV)… God is trying to catch your attention with His lavish love for you sweet girl, take time this week to notice His flirtations with your heart and praise Him as you rainbow gaze together.

**Independent Read: Psalm 63

Building a rainbow bridge for someone else to see Him more clearly (options):

rainbow hands

  • MEMORIZE Genesis 9:16 together. Because Jesus never forgets and is always faithful and trustworthy. 
  • PRAY/READ Psalm 63 with/for them, that their faith and trust in Jesus’ love for them would strengthen through ANY circumstance. 
  • DISCUSS throughout your day, on car rides, before bed, in the checkout lane, taking a walk, or bring them a study break snack and tell how you have seen God’s “rainbows” in your days and then encourage them to share theirs. 
  • ACT out a “rainbow” for someone else, be God’s hands and feet-go the unexpected extra mile.

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: Read Deuteronomy 4:9                                  Record below how you have seen God’s handiwork in your life, how have you observed Him faithful to His promises in His Word? Read 2 Timothy 2:13

Read Exodus 14:14 and record Monday’s “rainbow”: _____________________________________________________________________________

Read Isaiah 40:29 and record Tuesday’s “rainbow”: _____________________________________________________________________________

Read Isaiah 40:31 and record Wednesday’s “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________

Read Isaiah 41:10 and record Thursday’s “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________

Read Isaiah 43:2 and record Friday’s “rainbow”: ______________________________________________________________________________

Read Daniel 2:21, James 1:5  and record Saturday’s “rainbow”: _______________________________________________________________________________

Sunday… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Luke 10:27? Read Luke 10:27 .________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Record a prayer to God. – DATE ___/___/___: (Don’t forget to record praises and answers to prayers.) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Be The Star

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The wise men could have been too distracted, side tracked… I mean after all, Matthew 2:9 (NLT) states, After this interview the wise men went their way… These guys had just had an interview with the big wig King Herod!

Now, can any of us relate to being a bit distracted or side tracked during the Christmas season!? Whether it’s some big interview or just trying to make sure everything on your list has a tidy little check mark next to it, I think it’s safe to say the enemy doesn’t have to take us out of the “game” to make us ineffective for the Kingdom… he just needs to distract us!

I love that the wise men were NOT distracted by the interview with the big guy Herod. No, they were able to keep their heads in the game! But how?!?!

Matt. 2:9 And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. So they must have had their eyes focused UP and not looking around for the next best thing!

Can you just imagine now-a-days if the wise men had gotten too caught up in the comparison rat race only to find that all that time taking selfies with ol’ King Herod just cost them their greatest “post” of all time… there would be no wise men listed in God’s Word!!

How sad that would have been when these Magi were most likely a legacy of the Jews transported to Babylon years before. They knew Daniel 9:25… Who and when to look for Jesus. They did not know exactly where to look, as that is what they were asking of Herod. (Matt. 2:2)

God is faithful and always provides for His purpose so the star He placed in the sky was available to lead them in what He knew they did not know! God is just so good! Let’s not waste His purpose for our life building our own picture of how we think our life should go.

2:9-11 This star then, It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The Lord was faithful and they trusted Him one step at a time. They could not see the destination but they saw Him on their path and that was enough. Is it enough for you?

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

The star is what God used to get those wise men’s attention during that busy season.  Maybe He wants to use YOU as a “star” in the life of someone else. Maybe God wants to use YOU like He did the star so that someone else can be led to Him.

Exodus 35:26 states, All the women who were willing used their skills… Now this is in reference to building the Tabernacle but it hits home in my heart because it doesn’t say, all the exceptionally talented women… no, it says all who were WILLING used their skills!

You and I have been given skills to use for His glory. What stirs your heart? What ability do you have that you could use to show someone Jesus… do you have a smile to share, a voice to say “hello”? How can you use what God has stirred in your heart to notice someone else for Him? Like the star, who’s attention can you grab for Him? Are you willing?

What happened when the wise men saw the star? (Hint: verse 10) They were filled with JOY! Don’t miss your greatest “post” of all time, USE your God given skill so others will notice and see that El Roi, the God who sees, notices THEM, loves THEM so much He gave His life for theirs and rose again! (John 3:!6). Now that’s true joy. Are you willing to bring it?

He made you to shine.

Be the star.

Independent Read: Matthew 5:16

Chance The Gap

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I was sent a picture of a saying on a t-shirt that went like this…

“I want to be a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for a while. Wake up beautiful.”

Did that make you smile like it did me? Well what made me smile even more is that in Jesus we already ARE like the caterpillar!!

We CAN, “eat a lot”!

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; Ezekiel sure did! Ez. 3:3 states, Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. And what did he get to do next once he ingested the Word of God (which is available to us today)!!? 3:4 tells us!! He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. Good to know that when we have eaten a lot of His Word we then have something worth sharing! Something that will not return empty (Is. 55:11)!!

We CAN, “sleep a lot”!

We CAN because He doesn’t! Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. 

We CAN, “wake up beautiful”!

Ecc. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

A caterpillar is not worried, it enjoys the journey. I know because if operated in fear no cocoons would ever be attempted. They have to trust and rely only on God Himself to equip and lead them in that endeavor. And they can’t give up in the waiting period, they must sleep and get rest… or the something beautiful won’t emerge! Can you imagine a world without butterflies?!?!?!? OR can you imagine a world where butterflies just walked around and never risked using the wings God gave them?!?!?! How silly, how sad!

Their beauty (EVERY SINGLE ONE) carries a message of hope. YOU too dear one in Jesus have a message of hope to bring for Him into the world. Don’t be afraid, don’t give up, let Him, trust Him, to lead you. (Psalm 16:7-8)

Do you see in that picture above the cross shape that is created as the caterpillar braves crossing the gap in the sidewalk?! I do, and it reminded me that right there in the word caTerpillar is also a cross shape in the letter “T”!! Because of the cross we can trust Him to faithfully finish what He has started (Philippians 1:6) even when it’s hard. We can chance the gap safely because He’s already crossed it for us through His death and resurrection!

So… feast on His Word daily, abide in His mighty hand and trust that the King of kings, the ultimate prince charming, the victorious One, WILL wake you up beautiful in His eternal unshakable kingdom – do not give up – within you is His message of hope!

Chance the gap – you can – because He did.

Independent Read: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

Never Fade

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Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

Suggested reading before reading: Exodus 4-5 (NLT)

Exodus 4 starts out with Moses posing a couple “what if..” questions. Been there for sure! Knee deep (who am I kidding) neck deep in “what if…” worry; anyone else been there too?! Come on, even for a short visit of hyperventilating panic?!

I think it’s safe to say Moses was visiting this place, right here in Ex. 4. God however is never in that state of mind but He will visit that place just to pull us out of it. Amen! That’s just what we see Him do with Moses as He combats his list of worried “What if’s…” with “What IS…”

Good golly sometimes the quickest way out of the worried quicksand of “what if…” is to stand on what IS! And you may say, “but that is just it, I’m worried about what is!!” So look at what Moses does with what is…

God asked Moses what IS in your hand (vs. 2)?  And Moses responds, a shepherd’s staff. But you know what it’s called by verse 20?! In his hand he carried the staff of God. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if I place what IS, in God’s hand, He can transform my perspective of the whole thing and see it not just as a “shepherds staff” but the “staff of God”!

Verse 17 God instructs Moses to “use it” as “I have shown you.” verse 21 “as “I have empowered you to do.”

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 2 Cor. 5:5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has give us his Holy Spirit. 

Romans 8:11 says that Spirit is the one that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!! Talk about power! And in case we have any doubt He clarifies it in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

John 15:5 states, apart from Him we can do nothing! Zech. 4:6 …Not by might not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.

So who needs to go back to what IS and wrap it in His Truth and trust Him to be I AM over it? Who needs a perspective change to see what IS in your hand is something of great value and worth and was given to you to steward for His mighty purpose? Will we choose to use it? Will we take time with Him to let Him show us how?

Maybe these are not easy questions but as you know Christmas trees are everywhere this time of year and maybe they can help us with this…

Evergreens do not fade they are EVER green and keep their leaves even when other trees will loose theirs in winter or dry seasons. Tempting isn’t it, to fade in the “winter and dry” seasons of life.

It is due to the shape of the evergreen needle that allows it to store up more water than other trees and thus is able to thrive when others will die. (Just think of all that wasted time if an evergreen sat around wondering “what IF” it could just be a beautiful maple until they saw a maples leaves shrivel up and die?! Maybe we should just start enjoying “what IS”!)

How does the evergreen reinforce their survival you ask?! Well… the evergreen needle litter has a higher carbon-nitrogen ratio which increases the soil’s acidity and lowers the nitrogen content. Sooo this enables conditions that favor the growth of MORE evergreens and the shelter of the existing evergreens then make it easier for the younger ones to survive in the winter and dry seasons as they establish their roots and grow up!

My take away…

While everyone is giving gifts around the evergreen Christmas tree I’ll remember John 4:10 “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked  him and he would have give you living water.”  

The gift of LIVING WATER found in His Word is what I need to be drinking from constantly so that I have a storage in my “needles”, my heart, for the wintry dry seasons of life of which the Holy Spirit can bring back to my mind. Bring back what IS His Truth at the time I need it (John 14:26) in order to remain ever green and thrive in any season!

I’ll remember an evergreen is not ever green only for itself… it is a shelter for those under it. Filled with His living water and firmly rooted in what IS I can let go of what IF and encourage those around and under me to grow into His purpose for them too! I can take courage to seize opportunity to share with others the everlasting joy found in His living water that no “what IF…” of this world can shake!

I’ll remember to pray that when my life is gone and my “needles drop”, the soil, the legacy of faith left behind will be fertile ground for “saplings” still to come to sink their roots into and not let His glory fade but to grow and glow brightly in faith!

Live evergreen without fear or fade dear one! What IS His glory is just too bright!

Allow Him to shine His glory, the hope you have in Jesus, into the world through what IS right now, YOU!

And never fade.

Independent Read: Hebrews 12:2, John 3:16