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“Great Day” Saturday 03/28/2020
Since He created mankind, God has desired that we love one another.
In 1st John we read; “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us. Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “What The World Needs Now Is Love” by Jackie DeShannon.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 03/22/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“We all have occasions when we fear. All of us have occasions of fear in our life, but that fear doesn’t have to control us, it doesn’t have to have power over us. God has a plan and a purpose for our life and we can fear less. That comes by knowing we have a life that is driven not by our own pleasure but by God’s purpose. In times of crisis we must turn to God, not away from God. God uses a crisis in some way to draw us closer to Himself and equip us to follow Him more faithfully and more fearlessly.”
“To fear less in a crisis, go through it gratefully, prayerfully, courageously, joyfully and eagerly.Know that what is ahead of us is greater than what is behind. One of the powerful things you can do in tough times is to journal things you are thankful for.”
“When you are afraid, the best thing you can do is take on a small battle and have a victory, and then take on a bigger battle and have a victory. Trials in life are what produces courage, and courage produces fearlessness. God may have you in a tough spot because that’s where you can be the most powerful witness for Him. Hardships are opportunities for Christ.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 03/22/2020.
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Our Devotion: “Opening Up”, Part 2 of 2 by Lindsey Metzger of Indianapolis, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)
I hate being vulnerable.
God has challenged me to open up more about my anxiety and loneliness with a small group of friends I have at school. While I’ve been able to do that, I found it was time to talk to them about something that has plagued me for almost three years.
I hadn’t opened up about the things that transpired in my past romantic relationship for a year and a half. When I talked about it before, I didn’t feel heard, so I assumed it wasn’t important and I needed to let it go. My ex-boyfriend dumped me, so I should have moved on by now. It shouldn’t still be bothering me after all this time. I thought I’d forgiven him in my heart. So why was I still hurting?
When I told my friends everything that had happened during and after that relationship ended, they told me something that made me understand why my heart still hurt.
I had been in an abusive relationship. And the things my ex-boyfriend said and did during the relationship carried on long after he ended it.
It’s still hard to accept, and there are times when I get upset or angry because something triggers memories from my past. It’s icky, I know, but through it all, God had me go through that so I could share my story with others who might be going through the same thing.
Abusive relationships are not easy things to accept and grapple with, and not all abuse is physical. It helps to talk to people you trust and confide in God for what steps you need to take next in your recovery process. God truly is in control, so let Him lead you through this.
Prayer: Father, I pray You lead me through this valley. Help me to lean into You through it all. Amen.
Book Review 03/25/2020
This Book Review is by Jaci Gorrell, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
By Lysa TerKeurst
Nelson, PB, 256 pages
Sometimes life throws curveballs we don’t expect. Whether situations don’t unfold as we planned or our lives feel completely unraveled, it can be difficult to muster the strength to trust God in these moments. Lysa TerKeurst’s It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way confronts this issue head-on.
As TerKeurst explains, this book was penned in the midst of two of the most monumental trials she has ever faced. Accordingly, her words echo wisdom that has been hard-earned. TerKeurst begins by discussing the reality of earthly suffering while living under the providence of a loving God. With relevant and raw anecdotes, she illustrates how God can transform and mold us through every season of life—especially those that hold suffering.
TerKeurst proclaims truth and gives practical guidance for those walking through trials. She speaks candidly about times when it feels like God has stopped listening or when it feels like He has left. In doing so, she pulls back the curtain to reveal how the enemy uses our doubts and trials to advance his schemes.
Altogether, this book offers a challenging, practical and powerful message. TerKeurst bravely shares her story and employs Scripture to share valuable advice on being steadfast when we are given more than we can handle. If you are walking through a difficult season or are supporting someone in this position, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way will encourage you to find strength and hope in the midst of it all.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way offers candid advice for Christian women who find themselves questioning God’s timing and actions during life’s struggles. This book examines the depths of unexpected suffering through the lens of scriptural truth. The advice, stories, and testimony shared are rooted in biblical research and wisdom.
TerKeurst includes a short section at the end of each chapter to recap subject matter, highlight applicable Scripture, pose thoughtful questions, and provide a relevant prayer. She also includes a section at the end of the book detailing nine Scriptures to help readers through the times when God seems silent.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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