Daily Devotional

Green Grass

Green Grass

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare. (Heb. 4:13) I sometimes struggle with jealousy, and when I do, it stops me in my tracks. My heart is so messy when I’m in the midst of those jealous thoughts. For...
Loving Others

Loving Others

The word of God is alive and active . . . it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb. 4:12) I hit the roommate jackpot years ago. When I moved to my current city, I knew just a handful of people. A friend told me about her friend who needed a roommate. As...
Great Blessings

Great Blessings

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God. (Heb. 4:9) God has blessed me tremendously in so many ways. I cannot deny the gifts the Lord has given me in the form of family, friends, job, health, and other areas. Thankfully, I have known very little...
Good Girl

Good Girl

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Heb. 4:7) I grew up in the church. My family attended almost every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. We learned at a young age the importance of a worship service, youth group, and...
Inability to Rest

Inability to Rest

Since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (Heb. 4:1) I love making lists. It doesn’t matter what kind: a grocery list, an errands list, or an evening to-do list after I return...
Rejoice in the Lord, My Heart

Rejoice in the Lord, My Heart

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. (Ps. 16:5) They ripped the wrapping paper with such enthusiasm that I was near tears. My three sons’ happiness and gratitude as they chanted “thank you” over and over made my heart...
Sorting the Fruit of Our Hearts

Sorting the Fruit of Our Hearts

Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? (Heb. 3:16) We learn much from children. Children are open and honest, and they seem to appreciate the little things. Children are also teachable. Although there are notable...
Take Us to the First Love, Lord

Take Us to the First Love, Lord

We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. (Heb. 3:14) Have you ever been in love? There are many ways to tell someone is in love, but among the different feelings and emotions that are present is the desire to...
Encourage Others to Believe

Encourage Others to Believe

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Heb. 3:13) Jesus spent his ministry on earth telling people about the Father’s kingdom. When Jesus would go from...
Willing Hearts Yield Obedience

Willing Hearts Yield Obedience

Where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. (Heb. 3:9) He was just twenty-one-years old and had already been in jail six times. The young man seemed never to learn his lesson and often crossed boundaries he should not cross....
Safe and Secure in His Care

Safe and Secure in His Care

But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house. (Heb. 3:6) We secure our valuables because, as the name states, they have worth to us. We often allow ourselves to spend a little more money if it means ensuring the safety of what is...
God’s Special Design

God’s Special Design

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Heb. 3:4) Building a house takes planning—lots of planning—before execution can begin. My Italian grandfather, Gothardo Natali, passed his building genes on to his youngest son...
We Will Not Be Shaken

We Will Not Be Shaken

Whoever does these things will never be shaken. (Ps. 15:5) When we are born again, we are changed. When we decide to follow Jesus, we are changed. We cannot keep living the way we used to live, in the ways of sin and the world.When our beliefs change, our behavior...
More Than Conquerors

More Than Conquerors

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Heb. 2:18) Why do we go through hardships and struggles? Have you ever asked this question? Have you ever wondered why life couldn’t just be a little easier? The...
No Longer Slaves

No Longer Slaves

And free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Heb. 2:15) I have had the opportunity and the privilege to play worship during some awesome moves of the Holy Spirit. At one camp, we saw multiple deliverances from demonic forces. It was...
Green Grass

Bind Us Together

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. (Heb. 2:11) We are family. It doesn’t matter whether we are from the same place, the same race, or even the same lineage; we are family. As children of God, we are connected...
Loving Others

We Fall Down

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor. (Heb. 2:9) When I was a kid, I loved to win. And I hated to lose. In fact, I was so obsessed with winning I would often make up new rules to the game we were...
Great Blessings

Spirit Break Out

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Heb. 2:4) Take a second to remember the best present you have ever received. Remember the anticipation of unwrapping, the joy of...
Good Girl

The Sound of Your Voice

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (Heb. 2:1) How often do we forget a sermon the day after we hear it? How often do we forget Scripture right after we have read it? The human mind and memory are not...
Inability to Rest

Joy in Objective Truth

I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Ps. 13:5) Our feelings often lie and try to control us. And, with the introduction of social media, we find ourselves experiencing the ups and downs of our feelings more than ever. Many of us spend...
Take Us to the First Love, Lord

Serve Downward

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Heb. 1:14) Serving others brings me joy. I led a team of approximately 15 real estate agents several years ago. As the team leader, I recognized the team was only as successful as...
Encourage Others to Believe

Loving the Unloveable

Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. (Heb. 1:13) I was teased as a child. And, after several years of enduring harsh words, I developed a spirit of defense. They were hurting me, and I wanted to hurt them in return. I wanted to...
Willing Hearts Yield Obedience

Babies Don’t Keep

You remain the same, and your years will never end. (Heb. 1:12) As a new mom, nothing is more precious than holding your newborn baby. Yet, those moments fade away just as quickly as they occur. When I had my son, it was a life-changing moment. I remember just sitting...
Safe and Secure in His Care

It Is Done

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever. (Heb. 1:8) As a child, death is extremely hard to understand. When my father died, it was devastating. I could not understand why he was taken away from me. Despite assurances he would always be with me and adults...