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Our Devotion in Motion

Despite all the ups and downs, heartache and trials, my life can be stated simply. I want my devotion to God to be in motion. I desire to preach with actions and not just words. As a mom, I want to be a living textbook that answers the question,”How do you live a God-honoring life?” I don’t want to be afraid of the raised bar. I love that it so high that I can’t attain the goal on my own. I will need the power of the Holy Spirit to live it out. I know that I am not alone in this passion. I want my devotion to be in motion.

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From time to time, especially when I am feeling low, I revisit my personal mission statement. This past weekend was one of those moments. I re-read the opening sentence in my journal; “Lord, I surrender my life to you, and will worship you with all my heart, body and soul.” It lifted  my focus to the one my heart loves, and my sunken emotions dissipated in the light of His purpose for me.

As a new school season begins, I want to explore what a deeper devotion to my Savior. I want to hear from you and be encouraged myself.

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Many years ago in a dark moment, a moment where I desperately asked my friend, “Where is God? Why can’t I hear him?” She took my Bible and a pen. She opened it to Genesis 1:1. She wrote, “Dear Beth” above the text. Then she went to the very end of my Bible in the book of Revelation. The last line reads, “The grace of The Lord be with all. Amen.” She wrote-“Love, God”. She handed my Bible back to me and said with a confident smile, “He is never silent; he has written you a very long love letter for you to read over and over.”

GOD’S word, His love letter , is food for my soul

that I may try to live without but I can’t thrive without!

Last year, my dear daughter was reading The Hiding Place. It’s about the life of Corrie Ten Boom (Holocaust Survivor) and her family. I decided to adopt the Ten Boom’s style of Bible Reading. I  read one chapter in the Old Testament (I am just finishing the Book of Judges) and one chapter in the New Testament ( I am in Luke Chapter 15.) I will post my “ takeaways”, and I encourage you to do the same. Please don’t feel you have to follow my reading plan. However, If you don’t have one, check out Here to Help Learning’s Pinterest board for Bible Reading Plans and Bible Study Help websites. http://www.pinterest.com/HTHLearning/bible-study-helps/

I invite you to stop in at Home to Home  and share your journey and devotion for our wonderful Creator, the one who relentlessly pursues our hearts with His own devotion to us.

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POST IT! What Bible reading plan do you use? If you have a Bible Study Helps website to share, please post it!

From My Home to Yours,

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    mrsmora

    Today’s “Devotion in Motion”-I was reading about the prodigal son and Luke 15:20 challenged me. Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
    The verbs stood out to me….arose….saw….felt compassion….ran….embraced….kissed. Then I realized; these were the responses to someone who had been deeply hurt by another’s actions! Lord, give me the strength to respond with these actions words to those who hurt me.

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    mrsmora

    I was reading in Luke chapter 17 verse 3 and the words, “Be on your guard!” stood out to me. The verse continues with instructions about a brother sinning and my responsibility to forgive. Many times, I let my guard down and stew over the offense. Lord, help me today “Be on guard! ” and quick to forgive!

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    mrsmora

    Reading in Luke chapter 18…..I pondered on this verse. Luke 18: 43a…”And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God.” My pride blinds me in so many situations. I need healing to recover my vision. But removing the scales of my pride is truly a miracle. Unfortunately, sometimes when this miracle happens I sometimes feel embarrassed and shamed. Lord, help me to recognize the miracles in my life and stop what I am doing and glorify you!

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    Beth Mora

    Luke 19:41..41 And when he ( Jesus) drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,” I found out the word “wept” means “strong grief.” I can’t imagine the depth of loss that Jesus experienced. His passion for this lost city was what moved him forward into a place where He would ultimately lay down His life. Lord, move me with that kind of passion where I lay down my life.

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    Beth Mora

    The question was posed…..Is there a resurrection?….Is there life after we die. I love Jesus’ answer in Luke chapter 20 verse 38, “Now He is not the God of the dead, but the of the living: for all to live to Him.” Lord, thank you that I serve you a living God! Let my life that you have so graciously given to me fully honor you, my living God today!

    1. Beth Mora

      In Luke Chapter 21… Jesus is explaining to His disciples about the things that are to come. He continues to explain that the trials have a purpose. In verse 13, He says, ” It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” This verse stopped me today. I realized the trials that I experience have purpose. They lead me to an opportunity to tell of God’s faithfulness in a fallen world. Lord, may I be bold in sharing your faithfulness at all times.

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    Beth Mora

    In Luke chapter 22….The verse that stood out to me is verse 28….. “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials,” Jesus is speaking friend to friend….revealing a tender relationship. Although the disciples were about to scatter as it was predicted in prophecy from long ago, He was taking a moment to say…thanks for staying in the game when it was rough. Lord, please give me the resolve to stand with you even when the going gets tough.

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    Beth Mora

    In Luke Chapter 23, the heading states, “Simon Bears the Cross”.
    About Simon…. first, he was from Cyrene, hundreds of miles away. He lived in a town where there was a pocket of Jews. He was not in the majority. He most likely has made the journey to be in Jerusalem for Passover. Making a journey like that can only mean one thing….he was seeking. By Roman authority, he is pressed into service, and what he finds is a broken, beaten Son of God, Jesus.
    Lord, there are so many times that my expectations of how you work in my life ends up being so different. May I recognize your hand in all areas of my life.

  8. Beth Mora

    Luke 24:27 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
    The disciples did not have the benefit of having a Bible. This moment must have been awesome, the ultimate revealing of God’s love for mankind. This scripture makes me want to read His word all the more! I am so grateful! I have been given the gift of a Bible that I can read and see the unfolding of all the scriptures concerning my Lord, Jesus.

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    Beth Mora

    Oh, there are so many verses that stand out in John, chapter one! I stopped for a moment at verse 39…Jesus said to them, “Come, and you will see.” I am invited by Jesus every day to “come and see.” Lord help me hear your invitation every moment of every day and respond by following you in all things!

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    Beth Mora

    John Chapter 2…”Zeal for thy house will consume me.” I stopped when I read this….consume me. It is a statement filled with passion, passion for a place of worship. A passion ignited by delivering honor to the Creator of the Universe. Lord, I pray this driving force would be in me. Fill me with your grace and truth to bring you honor and glory in all that I do!

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    Beth Mora

    After reading John Chapter 3, I discovered something. Chapter 3 is a beautiful picture of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a glimpse at how each functions as one to reach out to me and other hurting lost souls. It is love that binds the Trinity together. (The Father Loves the Son) (Spirit without measure) And it’s the passionate love of God that draws me to love and serve. John the Baptist shares the best response to this discovery. Lord may my life’s response be the same…. He must increase, but I must decrease.

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    Beth Mora

    In John, Chapter 4 ….Jesus has an amazing encounter with a woman, who is opens her heart to His truth, grace, and love. The woman is changed. She shares Jesus with her village. The people from the village leave what they are doing to seek Jesus. Jesus forgets to eat, and when His friends reminds him to eat. He answers, “My food is to do the will of Him, who sent Me and to accomplish His work. I can almost hear Him. Guys, this is it! Do you see what just happened? This kind of work sustains me. Seeing transformation keeps me going! Lord, may your work, doing your will be the only thing that keeps me going!

  13. Beth Mora

    Praise…honor…credit..fame…. all synonyms for the word glory. John Chapter 5 gave me insight about how important it is to give glory to God. Praise is due. Honor is due. Credit is due. Fame is due. It also gave me insight to misplaced priorities in my life. Do I seek glory from another? Do I give glory to others? Lord, may your name, and your fame be above all in my life!

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    Beth Mora

    John, chapter six could be subtitled, “The Ultimate Communication Barrier.” The physical realm versus the spiritual. Jesus communicates what abundant life is like in the spirit, and sadly, the disciples and the crowds, despite the witnessing of miracles, can’t wrap their brains around what Jesus is saying. My life parallels. So many times, I don’t understand what God is doing in my life. I look at the physical realm and ask questions, “How can I…” I don’t understand….” “Why are you…..” However, I love the faith of Peter. Lord, let my answer be like Peter’s answer. “Lord, to whom shall we go? YOU have the words of eternal life.”

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    Beth Mora

    John Chapter 8: Talk, talk, talk….opinions, opinions, opinions! No one is sure how to respond to Jesus. The wrestling and the tension must have been thick. Accusations and the threat of death permeated the talk of the town. However, Jesus remains true to His calling and true to His servant attitude. Lord, help me to focus on your words, and not the “talk of the town”. Let me remain true to your calling with the attitude of a servant.

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