7 devotionals that inspired and challenged me in 2014

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7 devotionals that inspired and challenged me in 2014
I write most of the devotionals on this site myself however I love sharing the voices of others who have found Jesus is with them and likes them in the midst of something hard. 

Sometimes I ask people who inspire me to write for me and other times they ask if they can share something. 

Here are some of the devotionals written by guests on my site that inspired me and challenged me the most in 2014. (If you'd like to see your devotional on this site in 2015 go here to find out how that can happen).

When you're going through a deep, dark valley
This guest devotional is by a woman I've never met but who reached out to me to tell me her story, her story that was like mine but different. Her story was of meeting a man with skin darker than hers and making South Africa her home. They now live back in her home country, the USA, but somehow it feels like she could come over for milk tart and rusks and we'd get along just fine. Kate Motaung recently released ebook called Letters to Grief. 

When it feels like God has forgotten your dreams
I lent this space to Renee Fisher, a woman and a writer who knows what it feels like to lose sight of dreams and then have God birth new ones. 

How to find contentment in difficult circumstances
Kelli McIntosh is a wife and the mother of two children.  Her 7-year old son, Kyle, has special needs and as a result, Kelli has been on a journey the last 7 years that she never would have imagined.  I loved her post because it reminds me of the difference hope can make. 

When you're wondering if God is broken (or what happens when all you can hear is silence)
Rachel challenges me not to allow my circumstances to limit my view of God. 

When your Prince Charming isn’t who you think he is 
Claire, is a South African blogger who wants her life to mean something and is using her words to figure out what that looks like. Her post was part of that journey and I hope it helps you to find meaning in your own life.  

The One Thing I Wish I Believed Sooner
I asked Dabney to guest post on my blog because I cried my way through her book, When God intervenes, on a flight to France. She helps me remember that sometimes the best miracles look like nothing. 

When you have to do something you don't want to
I first heard of Bronwyn via an online friend who told me they knew another South African blogger who lived in California. And then I bumped into her online one day and we both went, "I've heard of you!". I loved her writing and invited her to share on ilovedevotionals. 

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When you need some encouragement to get through Christmas

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Christmas can be the best of the times or it can be the worst of times. My prayer for you is that it’ll be the best. I pray that God – Immanuel – the One who became like us so we could become like him will be real to you today. 

If Christmas is more hard than joyful and you’re sitting thinking, God definitely doesn’t seem to be with me then I hope these posts from across the web about how to make it through a tough Christmas will help even just a little: 







I’m taking a bit of a break from writing new devotionals over the Christmas season. But I’ll be back to my normal writing routine of a fresh devotional every Monday and Thursday in the New Year.  

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7 whispers of hope for the hopeless

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But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)

Hope is a fragile thing. (tweet this)

Hope is hard to wrap your heart around. Just when I think that I’ve got it, that hope has found a place right there next to Jesus I begin to feel hopeless. 

I guess that’s why I write so much about hope on this site because I know that most days hope is what I need to see tomorrow. I imagine many of you feel the same way. 

One thing I’ve learnt in the three years since Xylon’s cancer diagnosis is that when the rest of the world is saying there’s no hope, Jesus is standing there saying, “They’re wrong.”

When everyone else is questioning if Jesus really cares about the hard things we’re going through, I listen for his voice declaring, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.”

When everyone else is saying, “You have no hope!” Jesus is saying, “I am your hope!” (tweet this)

As I listen to the whispers of Jesus I find hope rising in unexpected places. 

If you need a whisper of hope today may you find it in one of these devotionals: (tweet this)

If you’re wondering if Jesus is still reckless with hope then read this.

If it’s hard to believe that hope is coming I wrote this for you. 

If you can’t seem to crack the secret for finding and keeping hope then follow this link.

If you’re falling to pieces and need hope then this one is for you.

If curling up under a duvet seems like the best thing to do then I hope you read this post by Ruth Garner with your head on the pillow.

If you’ve made a mess of life and need hope then read the words my Dad wrote.

If life is heavy and hard to take then read this and discover 5 things you can do about it.

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3 ways asking God to help me forgive changes things

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If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped. Psalm 130:3-4 (MSG) 

One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who hurt you. 

I know that I should. I know that Jesus asked me too but that doesn’t make the fact that often forgiving feels like trying to swallow a pill that should be a quarter of the size. 

I’m still learning day-by-day how to forgive when my heart aches and my soul is angry, maybe you are too, which is why I sometimes need to remind myself how asking God to help me forgive changes things:

1. It reminds me who God is and who I need to be in the situation.

2. It teaches me that forgiveness is a habit.

3. It gives me real-life stories of God turning ashes to beauty, evil to good, hurt to healing, pain to laughter. 

If you find yourself without words to ask God to help you forgive then know that you are not alone. (tweet this)

Author of Not Marked, Mary de Muth, shares her story of being violated by two boys as a young girl in this post about how to forgive someone you hate. And she offers these words for all of us who walk with a limp because we have been hurt by others to pray: 
Jesus, I’d rather not pray for the people who hurt me. To be honest, my heart is petty, not pretty. I want revenge sometimes. I want the people who hurt me to experience hurt themselves. 

But I can’t stay in that place, Jesus, because I know You ask more from me. Scripture (Matthew 5:43-47) makes it utterly clear that You want me to bless those who cause me pain. You want me to be like You, who when You were betrayed, You still called Judas “friend.” 

How do You do that, Jesus? How do you love so well? How did You forgive the people who put you up on the cross?

And even as I pray these words, I realize I put You up on that cross. My sin held you down as You bled for my caustic words, my unrighteous anger, and the things I’ve done that I deeply regret. 

You’ve forgiven a mountain of sin between us. And I have a hard time forgiving the molehill between my friend and me. To love them well, I must let go. Help me remember I’m more like You when I’m offering grace, than when I’m spewing judgment. 

I choose right now to give You my pain in this situation, and I ask for Your help. 

Please give me love for my enemy. I recognize that I don’t have it in me to do that. But You do. You’re good at it. So I trust You right now. Amen. 

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3 reminders of God's love for the days you feel invisible, unwanted or held back by your past

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Romans 8:39 Nothing can separate us from the love of God pic
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8: 38-39 (MSG)

I’m taking a bit of a break from writing new devotionals over the Christmas season. But I thought I’d take a look back at some of the places where God has met me over the last few years and share these with you until the New Year. 

This is part of my attempt to remember the hard places that God meets us in

Today, I’m focusing on the times when God has reminded me that I am loved by him, seen by him, and that nothing can ever change the way he feels about me. 

For the times when you feel invisible, know that God has remembered you and he’s searching for you, longing to bring you back and he’s painting the sky reminders of his promises to you. 

For the moments when you feel like an outcast: God says, “Come sit with me, you are one of the family.” You are no longer called an outcast and a wanderer but a citizen with God’s people, a member of God’s holy family, and a resident of His household. 

If you feel crippled by your past: God is looking beyond that to your future.  He is giving you what you need for the right now and enough to take care of you into the future. 

As I look back at a few of the places and moments where God has reminded me of his presence and love I’m convinced that there is no loophole, no getting round the fact that you belong with God and to God. 

And you are loved by God. (tweet this)

If you remember nothing else, remember this: 
Nothing, absolutely nothing can get between you and God’s love because of the way that Jesus has embraced you. (tweet this)

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When you don’t have anything left to give

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I don’t really have much of anything. The only thing I have in my house that might be of any worth is a jar of oil. 2 Kings 4:2b (VOICE)

It was almost 12 months ago that I chose my one word for 2014.

I liked the idea of picking one word that sums up who I want to be or how I want to live, one word that I can focus on every day, all year long. 

I picked the word: enough.

I selected it because I hardly ever feel like I am enough

I chose it because I spend so much of my life making comparisons and believing that what I have isn’t enough. 

I wanted to stop doing that. 

I wanted to start believing that who God made me is enough

That the blessings God has given me are satisfying enough.

The other day I took half an hour and went for a walk on my own through some beautiful gardens at a wine estate. 

It was a rare moment of solitude for me. I gulped in the beauty, quiet and lack of distractions. 

As I started back towards the rest of the people I was there with the thought crossed my mind, “Sometimes we don’t need more; most times what I already have is more than I need. 

I’ve been thinking about this and the widow in 2 Kings 4 who came to the prophet Elisha after her husband died and pleading with him to help her. 

She needed enough to pay back her debtors. Elisha asked if she had anything of worth in her house to which she replied, “I don’t really have much of anything. The only thing I have in my house that might be of any worth is a jar of oil.”

The widow thought she had nothing but really the little she already had was enough. 

Elisha told her to round up all the bottles she could and pour the oil she had into them until they were full. 

The widow thought she had nothing but really the little faith she had was enough. 

She shut the door and with the help of her sons poured oil into jars until there were no more bottles left. Elisha told her to sell all the oil and pay back her debts. 

I love this story because it is such a reminder that who I am is enough, that what I have to offer is enough and that God is enough to supply all my needs. 

When I have nothing left, God is enough. (tweet this)

Ponder: What need do you need God to meet? Do you believe he is enough to meet it.

Prayer: God, turn what I already have into enough. 

This year I decided to take part in #OneWord365. Through out the year I’ve been writing devotionals about what I'm learning about “enough”. You can find the whole enough collection here or read why I chose enough as my word for 2014. It’ll be happening again in 2015 if you’d like to join in. More info at oneword365.com


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When you feel like there is no way out

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{Guest post by Nichole}
Today's devotional is by Nichole Howson. She is a Business student who grew up in a town outside of Windsor, Ontario, on a dairy and cash crop farm where she learned what it means to work hard, and what is involved to be successful. You can read more about her on her blog, Defying Shadows, or catch up with her on Facebook and twitter
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22

Have you ever been so far under that you feel like there is no way out? 
So stressed that you do not think you can get through one more day? 
So sick that you are sure this is the end?

I have.

I remember being in so much physical pain every day and night, for so long, that I lost count of how many days I laid in bed. 

I remember feeling so empty inside; so discouraged from the illness that followed me, no matter how good of a day I may have been having. 

Depression can do that to people.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” 

No matter how bad my day may have been there was a truth that helped me face another day. I have to give this emotional pain to God. I have to let go and trust him, and in return, He will sustain me. He will help me through another day.

I love the wording of this verse. It doesn’t say, hand God your cares. No. It says cast your cares on the Lord. 

Have you ever seen someone cast a fishing line? 
Their whole body goes into it! The same thing should happen to our spiritual body! We shouldn’t just let half of it go to God. We need to put our whole spiritual body into it and cast our cares to the Lord. 

It is amazing how praying the words, “God, it’s yours” can be so freeing. (tweet this)

How the weight is lifted immediately off your shoulders. 

Those whom trust God, and cast all your cares onto him, will be sustained. 

God will never let the righteous fall. 

If you trust in Him, He will guide you. He will help you. He will heal you.

Let God sustain you. He won’t let you fall.

Ponder: What do you need to cast onto God today?

Prayer: Lord, I give you _______________ (whatever you are worried about). Thank you that you never let the righteous fall. Amen

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