Devotions By Jan

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388213_cookie_eraser_round_brownScripture for Today: Luke 16:17 “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.”

I had no idea that erasers came in this form, looking good enough to eat!  If little ones were around who could not read, these erasers would probably end up in their mouths!  The erasers I grew up with were just the boring grey or pink kind.  When our children were growing up in the French schools, they were not asked to bring pencil erasers.  That is because they were required to write in pen and had special pen erasers.  But regardless of the type or form of eraser, we all need them for the many mistakes we know we will make.

Erasers are definitely needed for a few man-made laws still on the books.  It is against the law in North Dakota to serve beer and pretzels at the same time.  You can be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer in Florida.  And it is a crime to molest butterflies in California!

Our verse for today describes the permanence of God’s Word.  His moral Law is without any mistake.  God is perfect and He does not make them, not in any area.  There is no need for erasers.  There is no need to revise or change His Law in order to be relevant.  What He says stands for all eternity.  His Law can not be explained away as being something true for another time but not for our day.  It is all valid and always will be.  Being inspired by God makes this Law different than any other standard.

Thank you Lord, that Your Law makes clear what is right or wrong.  And thank You for fulfilling that Law for me.



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Light Bulb Ban

bulbs-400x242Scripture for Today:  Psalm 43:3 “Send me Your light and Your faithful care, let them lead me.  Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell.”

The European Union has reached its goal of a total ban on incandescent bulbs.  This ban was done in stages beginning in 2009.  Although the up-front cost is higher, the resulting energy savings are thought to off set it.  It was feared that people would stock up on the old style before it was no longer available, but that has not happened.  It is amazing that this widespread change was done through legislation rather than conscience.

The lighting from these energy efficient LED or halogen bulbs is just as effective.  I can feel better using more light as my aging eyes seem to need it more.  With extra light I do not have to search for the magnifying glass to read a recipe.  Increased light makes all the difference.  The downside is seeing something still dirty that I thought I had cleaned!

Our verse for today is a prayer for light.  We need His light to guide us back to the altar, back to His presence.  We lose the way when our souls are downcast and disturbed.  Without His light, everything seems somber, confusing, and even despairing.  Disquieting thoughts and doubts keep us from enjoying His presence.  The light of His truth brings us back to praise.  It is in His presence that we find what we need.  He is our joy and delight.

Where do I find this light?  I find it in His Word.  His light points out the truth of His love and care.  It gives me hope.  It turns my disturbed soul back to praise!  Thank you Lord, that Your light brings me back to You!

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IMG_20140625_193115Scripture for Today: Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes….”

A quick glance at this scene and one might miss my husband standing there!  His clothes just happened to blend in perfectly with the castle wall over which he is looking.  Of course, it helps that he is wearing the military style camouflage shorts.  In battle today, just as in the day when these castle walls were guarded, camouflage was important to blend in and avoid detection.

Nature is full of beautiful stunning scenes of animals and insects that God designed to blend in and camouflage with their surroundings.  I ignored all those images in favor of my husband!

Our verse for today is a bold statement of Paul’s that is the very opposite of the camouflage idea.  Paul is not concerned about blending in with his surroundings.  He wants to be detected.   He wants to stand out from the crowd.  And believing in the Gospel of Christ in the midst of a non-believing world will do just that.  There is no shame in standing out for something so powerful.  There is no shame in being different from others when it can mean the salvation of a soul.

It is a strong inclination blend in and belong.  It is uncomfortable to draw the eye or incite the comments of others.  Worry over what others think can sometimes nullify our testimony.  But rather than the approval of men, my overriding desire is the approbation of the Lord.  He scorned the shame to hang naked on a cross for me (Heb. 12:2).  How could I possibly be ashamed of a few odd looks or comments?

Lord, may I scorn shame in any form.  Keep me bold with the Truth!