Inspirational devotions are basically short, precise Bible studies that can help us keep our focus on Jesus even when things get super busy! I like to call them "Godprints" as He reveals His character and presence to me through the everyday things around me.
God has revealed Himself in two basic ways - through His creation (general revelation) and also through His Word (special revelation). These are both combined through these unique & creative inspirational Christian devotions as we seek Him!
Years ago, soon after Jesus saved me, a certain verse "grabbed a hold of my heart" (a little Southern colloquialism there) that I came to call my "life verse":
Psalm 27:8 "When Thou didst say, "Seek My face," my heart said to Thee, "Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek."
This has become my daily goal - to seek Jesus and find Him daily in His Word and in the world around me. I hope these inspirational devotions will assist you in doing the same. :)
Every Bible verse has a story, a lesson to teach us. God's Word, the Bible, is inspired; so what better place to find inspirational devotions!
One example is:
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says:
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life."
What fragrance do we carry around for others to smell? How many times has someone hugged you and you walked away still smelling like them? Can others tell we've been in God's presence because we have been close enough to smell like Him?
Have you ever heard the phrase - "A picture is worth a thousand words"? Even in children's picture books, the illustrations tell a great deal of the story. Photos can also teach some pretty great spiritual lessons!
I am such a visual learner! I remember things so much better if I can actually have a visual cue. I also love to take pictures! My husband laughs at me because as we take our walks in the evenings I keep stopping to snap a shot of something because God uses it to speak to me along the way!
This is a picture I took of a blue jay eating out of our cats' food dish...a little lesson in temptation!
This photo I took when I was having my quiet time and looked up as the morning sunlight began to shine through the windows; that's when I noticed the crosses!
How many times will we see the Cross today? How many times will we point someone else to the Cross?
"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity." Colossians 4:5
Let's make the most of today and be Cross-pointers!
Look at the world around you as though you're taking snapshots; what is God speaking to you?
Christian music is a wonderful avenue for inspirational devotions; so auditory learners, these may be for you!
Music touches our emotions and is able to move us in a very unique way. Christian music though feeds our minds and souls with God's Truth!
Choose any Christian song and allow yourself to seek God's presence as you listen. Hear Him speak and calm your soul in the midst of any busy day!
Phil Whickham is one of my favorite Christian artists to listen to right now:
There are so many everyday objects that God uses to teach me more about Himself, His character, His love and presence! I like to call these Godprints because they are like fingerprints He has left that help us identify Him in the world He has created around us!
You may be wondering what in the world are these?! Think about it though, words are objects and in our world today, they are everywhere! Why not let certain words become "triggers" to help us think about God in the midst of our busy lives?!
Here are just a few:
"Whatever..." Have you heard this expression lately or even used it? If so, you may have been showing an indifference towards making a choice. This is a correct usage using it as an interjection. You, like me, may have also used it in a voice of disgust - "Whatever!"
It does, however, have other meanings including - "everything and anything." This is how Paul used it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when he wrote:
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4:8
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23
Wow! What if every time we said or heard "whatever", we let it remind us of these verses to think and do "EVERYTHING and ANYTHING" for His glory?!
Compare these two words:
What do you immediately notice the difference in the two? You're correct if you noticed the obvious - loss as an "s" and lost has a "t". Many times we use the word "loss" when someone we love has passed away. They won't be returning; hope is gone. But if we have someone we love that is "lost," they can be found because of the beautiful "t". Our hope is found in the "t" or cross of Jesus Christ.
Jesus assured us of the love of His Father for ones that are "lost" and need to be found. Luke 15 gives us three parables Jesus told - the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. God pursues us when were lost and wants us found and returned. Like the lost son though, we are all given a choice though. Will we choose the love of the Father?
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The various seasons bring us wonderful everyday inspirational devotions!
Other seasonal object lesson devotions
Inspirational devotions from other everyday objects