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  • Hey everyone!

    Hope you are all doing well and hanging tight during quarantine. This devo will be a time for you to meditate and reflect on God’s Word.

    Pray to begin! If you feel anxious/stressed, give them up to God and put any distractions aside. Ask God to speak to you today.

    Proverbs 3:3-10

    3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

    4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 

    5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 

    6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

    7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 

    8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 

    Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 

    10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

    Take time to reflect on these words. Read and reread. Let each word carry weight and importance. What stands out to you? What is God trying to say to you?

    Some questions that may help guide your thoughts. If it helps, type up your answers or jot them down in a notebook.

    • How do you display love and faithfulness?
    • When was the last time you trusted in the Lord? When was the last time you trusted in yourself rather than God?
    • What are areas you may need to submit to God?
    • What sins in your life do you need to shun and extract out of your life?
    • What steps can you take to honor and fear the Lord?

    Once you’re done with this, you can end in prayer and stop here! If you’ve skimmed over it, I encourage you to go back and take your time with it! Everything after this is optional so don’t feel like you have to get through all of this devo. It is your personal time with God. I wanted it to be less focused on you just trying to read what I have to say.

    If you have time and want to read on, here’s a short testimony of where I’m at and how God is speaking to me, especially through these verses.

    If you don’t know me, I’m 21 years old, a senior in college, and soon enough, I’m going to step foot into the “real world” of uncertainties. I’m scared! I had an internship over this past summer and when that ended, they offered me a full-time position for after I graduate. Mom and dad, I DID IT. Each year starting from beginning of high school till now, persevering through the Computer Science track, having multiple summer internships, all my hard work and time spent is paying off. Security!! Future set!!

    So this deadline to accept the offer was approaching (they only gave me a month) and I figured it wouldn’t be a tough decision. This is what I had been preparing my life for: Computer Science. But the closer it got to the deadline, the more unsure I was with where God is leading me. I kept waiting and waiting, hoping to hear from God, hoping for some guidance because I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to commit and click one button that would affect the next three years of my life (it was a three-year offer).

    I had a lot of doubts all centered around one thing: I know my purpose in life is to glorify God. How can I glorify God in Computer Science? It’s something I can do, but is not something I’m passionate about. I don’t want to choose it just for financial stability and security. What if God has better in plan for me? What if I can do what I think I’m actually passionate about, which is making an impact on people’s personal lives or reaching out to people who are hungry for God? But what would that even look like? I guess that means I want to glorify God in a more direct way where I can see fruit from my work. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t find ways to glorify God in a less direct way such as through working with coworkers in the tech field or honoring God with my wealth. So, I was at a loss with what to decide. I didn’t want to make a wrong decision.

    I like this analogy that my campus ministry pastor shared with me when I explained to him my struggle: “A boat that is not moving is a lot harder to turn than a boat that is currently in motion. You can’t turn the boat while the boat is still. But if the boat is moving, the rudder will make it easier to steer and guide where to go.”

    I had put so much pressure into trying to figure out my life with this one decision. I thought I wouldn’t make God happy if I made a wrong decision. But why was I trying to turn the boat and shift my life while I was at a standstill? Why couldn’t I trust that if God has somewhere in mind for me, whether that be Computer Science or something completely different, he will gradually pave the way for me? I was really just trying to worry myself. Although it isn’t bad to think thoroughly before making big decisions, it isn’t good when it overcomes your thoughts and when you lose trust in God. I ended up accepting the offer! I’m putting my trust in God that He has been preparing me and He will continue to steer me in the right direction. A burden feels lifted off my shoulders and I’m comforted knowing that God is the one leading me.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” God, I trust that you are in control, that You know what You are doing, and that you’ve paved my life to this point for a reason. God, forgive me. I’m sorry for trying to lean on my own understanding of how my life should go. I’m sorry for putting so much pressure on myself when I should have been trusting in You. I surrender it all to You. Even when my decisions are mine to make, I trust that wherever I am, You are the rudder that is steering me on a straight path in the direction You want me to be. Along this path, God I pray for love and faithfulness to abide in my heart. I pray I can learn to love with Your love those You place in my life. I pray I remain faithful to You no matter how difficult the work to glorify You may be, whether or not I see fruit from my works. God, thank you for Your many blessings that I can have comfort, security, and stability. Help me to honor You by giving what You have given me to others. Remind me that the way I treat others resembles the way I treat You.

    God, I pray for the person reading this devotional. You know this person deeply. You love him/her unconditionally and want to show Yourself more and more. Whatever worries, anxieties, or distractions there are, remind him/her what it looks like to trust in You. Give him/her clarity, a sense of peace, and purpose. Allow this person to walk on the straight path that leads to life. Remain faithful, as You always are. We love You.

    Here are my answers to some of the questions.

    • I’d like to believe I have love and faithfulness. But those words are heavy for me and seem difficult to attain. It’s something I strive for, but not with enough intentions. And my love for others is flawed and biased. I forget that my neighbor refers to everyone and that everyone is made in the image of God. As for faithfulness, I know I fall short in many ways. I choose more time on my phone rather than with God. My prayer life is very inconsistent. When I worry, God continues to reveal areas that I have so little trust in God. But, I think it’s ok that I’m flawed in love and faithfulness. God is love and has always been faithful to me. The more I focus on God and know His character, the more love and faithfulness will naturally flow out from me.
    • I need to submit my thoughts to God. My thoughts get distracted easily, overcome by emotions, filled with the sin of selfishness and favoritism. I need God to sanctify me from the inside out. My thoughts are so hard to control, so I know I need to fully submit them to God for God to work in me.
    • Understanding and putting to practice fearing the Lord has always been difficult for me. But reading Proverbs is giving me more insight. Fearing the Lord is a lot about actively searching for wisdom and understanding. It is a humbling approach towards knowing yourself and your weaknesses and also knowing who God is as the almighty, infinite God. One step I can take is trying to be more aware of my heart. Do I desire the right things? Am I seeking to please people rather than God? Do I fear man more than I fear God? I need to remain constant in seeking God’s Word to get a better understanding of who God is.

    I’d love to hear your answers to any of the questions as well! Or you’re welcome to share what you got from the passage or thoughts from my testimony!

    Kristen

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  • Let us renew each day our trust in the working of the Holy Spirit and open our hearts to His inspiration and gifts.

    —Pope Francis

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  • Heavenly Father, during difficult seasons of life, it’s easy for me to be discouraged; in those hard times, help me place my hope in You. And in every season of my life, help me share with others the peace found in life with You.

    Our Daily Bread

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    It’s hard to trust somebody… maybe… I wouldn’s mind being betrayed by you.

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  • Chris and Alfredo @staff @support hey hey hey happy Monday. 🥰

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  • I try to give people a chance; I’ll try to trust them again and again, but it always ends the exact same. They all see the same in me, which is worth about a nickel and a dime.

    It’s getting hard to believe there’s anyone out there who’s not like this.

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  • Not sure what or how to feel right now. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for the last few days even months.

    This will be quite long. I don’t usually do this because I want things to remain private but I have to write this down just to clear my head and collect my thoughts on the current situation.

    I’m in a long term relationship with my girlfriend for over 9 years now and is currently working overseas to be able to save up money faster and settle down with her. In short we’re in LDR (long distance relationship). At first we are doing fine, talking and chatting using the fb messenger everyday, then suddenly she started not replying to messages or calling. I thought she might be busy with her work, which is true. Then the pandemic started, I still get ignored and I would stop messaging after a few days but occasionally get some replies, later she asked for a cool off to clear her head and for some space which I gave her.


    When July rolled around she said she wanted to break up with me and she doesn’t love me anymore but wants me around to be her friend, at first I blocked her 2 FB accounts but failed to block her on Instagram on which she messaged me she doesn’t want to really break up just want more space to think more. So I unblocked her after cooling off my head and re added her accounts but she didn’t add me back. I try to message her everyday but my messages just got ignored (as usual), but would occasionally get some replies and some I love you’s every now and then.


    Now comes this month October, I still continually message her everyday but still gets ignored, unsurprising at this time. I would stop messaging her then and would sometimes get some exchanges. Just last week we talked to have some sort of closure and have our final goodbyes and sort out what we really feel, I told her I still love her and wants this to workout. She admitted she has a new boyfriend after I pressed her to admit and told her she’s just using him because she misses me. She was crying the whole conversation. The following morning she told me later that she got thinking what I told her. Due to anger and disappointment I later messaged her what I couldn’t say to her on the call since she was already crying and boy did I leash out on her, accusing her a lot of things and said a lot hurtful words.


    Yesterday she told me she broke off things with her boyfriend and might not return to a relationship with me after the hurtful words I said. We got to talk in the afternoon and apologized to each other for what happened and said. We agreed to starting all over again. Hopefully I can rebuild my trust. It’s hard to trust her completely after what she did. She added me back on her second account but still remains blocked on her main account.


    I don’t want to be accusatory and jealous but it’s hard to avoid doing so. How can I rebuild my trust?

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  • Dankbar

    Egal in welcher Lebenssituation wir uns befinden. Wir lernen aus jedem Moment etwas neues. Wir entwicklen uns durch die verschiedenen Abschnitte des Lebens. Manchmal sind es Taten, die uns weiter bringen oder wir lernen durch andere Menschen. Du zum Beispiel hast mir so viel beigebracht. Durch dich habe ich viel bemerkt, gewonnen und gelernt. Du hast mich auch zum Schreiben gebracht. Durch das Schreiben kann ich meine Gedanken loswerden und eine Last fällt von mir weg. Ich bin für jede einzelne Lektion, ob von dir oder über eine andere Weise, sehr dankbar!

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  • The Evangelical Lutheran Worship book is not just a hymnal but also a beautiful prayer book.  Every Monday for the week’s moving forward, Pastor Nate will be posting an image like the one above with a quote from one of our great church hymns.  You are invited to use these posts as an opening to prayer– connect with God through these poetic expressions of worship and prayer.

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  • Dream, Goal and Life

    Dream can come

    But when only if you work hard

    Dream is not easy to achieve

    Unless you do something to pursue your dream

    Dream is not a fantasy that comes in the magic ways

    Dream is a goal that you need to be accomplish

    A hope that you need a trust

    Trust that with God is everything

    A life without a dream is nothing

    Because a life with hope is a belief


    —-Haisyyoo27

    —-Sad_poem

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  • a light to my dark

    pretending to be my guard

    sharing me your warmth

    why does it feel so hard…

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