<![CDATA[women of the word - Daily Devoitionals]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:52:35 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love My Parents]]>Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:22:54 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-parents
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12

My parents laid the basic foundation for my life. They taught me through their own mistakes, that perfect shouldn’t be the aim, but love! I don’t want to excuse any bad behaviour, but I do need to say that I doubt if any parent will make mistakes out of spite or on purpose, whilst raising their children? Every parent believe that they are doing the right thing (even though they sometimes sadly repeat bad cycles). God teaches us to honor our parents, despite their imperfect nature. There is no need to duplicate their mistakes or ponder upon the past, but we need to show appreciation, respect them, and love them. 

Prayer: If you carry any hurt, bitterness or blame in your heart towards your parents, please do surrender it to God in prayer. Set yourself as well as your parents free, and break the cycle. And if most of your childhood memories are good, thank God for great parents! Pray for daily wisdom in raising your own children / grandchildren.

Journal entry: Write down a couple of your best childhood memories!

<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love My Friends]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:03:41 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-friends“Once again Jonathan made David promise to love him, for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself.” – 1 Samuel 20:17

I love my friends, every single one of them. Even though I don’t see them all very often, I still love and appreciate them. Why? Because they make me laugh, they supplement and balance my life, I relax when I am with them, they give me the opportunity to express myself and they give me new perspectives on life. The story about David and Jonathan is truly a very special story of a very pure and special friendship. We need to pray for wisdom to only build genuine, constructive friendships; instead of friendships that will ruin us (Proverbs 13:20). 

Prayer: Dedicate your friends in prayer today. Ask for God’s blessing on each and every friendship.

Journal entry: Write down two (or more) reasons you love your friends, and the name of at least one friend that you know you always laugh with. (Why not make a coffee date with this friend – it is worth it!)

<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love To Sing And Dance]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:01:21 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-to-sing-and-dance
“…sing Hymns and Psalms to the Lord with praise in your heart.” – Ephesians 5:19 (b)

“Praise Him with drums and dancing. Praise Him with harps and flutes. Praise Him with cymbals. Praise Him with loud cymbals. Praise the Lord all living creatures! Praise the Lord!” – Psalm 150:4-6

Did you know that the word Hallelujah is Hebrew for Praise the Lord? While we sing our thoughts are focused, and as a church we move into unity all giving praise at the same time (that is powerful!). When we praise and worship the Lord, we stand in admiration for what He has done for us, we bring honour to Him, and we devote ourselves to our living God while giving thanks. And this is why I love to sing and dance!

Prayer: Give thanks to the Lord while singing and dancing in front of Him today.

Journal entry: Write down the words of the chorus of one of your favourite Gospel songs. And whenever you feel a little bit down, just sing this to the Lord and see how everything changes inside of you.

<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love Gods Timing]]>Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:28:46 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-gods-timing

“You are my Defender and Protector; I put my hope in Your promise. As You have promised, keep me from falling; don’t let me be overcome with evil. How certain Your promise is, how I love it!” – Psalm 119:114, 133, 140

A promise God makes, is a promise God keeps! And He assures us of His unconditional love, joy in abundance, peace, friendship out of this world, His unmerited favour, protection from the enemy, prosperity & a bright future, gentle guidance and His truthful Word (to mention only a few!). He has a plan with each and every soul; but we need to learn that it is not about Him fitting into our own imperfect plans for our lives, but all about us fitting into His absolute plan for building His Kingdom and glorifying His Name. He is a God of love, and therefor He will take care of you; but step into obedience, consult Him to reveal to you His plan for your life and then trust His timing!

Prayer: Ask God to guide your footsteps, so that you can be sure you are following His will, and not your own.

Journal entry: Write down one thing that you have tried to change / work out in your own life, but wish to rather surrender to our loving Father now. Pray about it, and trust His timing!

<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love My Past]]>Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:00:17 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-past
This is why I love my past

“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” – Romans 8:3

Depending on what your past looks like, we often times don’t really want to talk about it. And if we talk, we don’t want to go into too much detail. Why? Because it reminds us of shameful and hurtful experiences (sometimes our own doings, and sometimes the doings of others). But focus on the positive aspect of your past today. Your past shaped you into who you are today, and you have learned valuable lessons from it. Though there is no reason for your past to define you, it did set you apart to make you a unique being. A being that serves a purpose in the Body of Christ. And with God on your side, who can be against you? It doesn’t matter what happened in your past. What matters is that you are victorious, because you have made a decision to follow our Saviour. So love your past, but focus on your future.

Prayer: Thank God today for your past, for every beautiful memory you have, and every single person that played a positive role in your life. Thank God for your parents, teachers, friends and family who all played a role in developing you into the person you became.

Journal entry: Write down at least three wonderful childhood memories, which you believe played a role in shaping you into the unique person you are today.
<![CDATA[This Is Why I Love Me Time]]>Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:55:26 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-me-time
This is why I love "Me Time"

“Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29

As women, we always put someone else or something else first, and we tend to neglect our own personal time. We even feel guilty if we take a well-deserved coffee break. Sadly, we often don’t even find enough time in a day to read God’s Word uninterrupted. God invites us to get to know Him on a personal level, and in return He offers us rest for our souls. But you will only be able to enjoy, appreciate and benefit from it, if you consciously set time aside for you to be alone. Remember, you can’t be everything to everyone! Become selective on how you spend your time, and fit in some ‘me time’. 

Prayer: Take God up on His offer to give you rest for your soul. Make a verbal commitment to consciously set some time aside each day, to relax and enjoy the presence of our Creator. 

Journal entry: Make a wish list of things you would like to do in the next six months (things for your house, yourself, your family). Pray about them, and make a commitment to start with your list. You deserve to do some things for yourself, all by yourself!
<![CDATA[This is why I love to take a breather]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:18:05 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-to-take-a-breather
“Work six days a week, but do not work on the seventh day, so that your slaves and the foreigners who work for you and even your animals can rest.” – Exodus 23:12

 In the physical body, we need to rest to recharge our batteries. You are of no good use if you are in zombie mode. Make sure that you get sufficient time off, as well as enough sleep. You, your spouse and your children all deserve a revitalised you! If you read about the creation in Genesis, you will notice how God stopped every single day for a moment to admire His creation, and every time said “it was good”. We also need to take time to appreciate the beauty around us. But we can’t do it if we are always running late, always in a hurry to get to work, always in a hurry to get back home, and always too busy to just stop and pause for a moment, to breathe in the fresh air and just ‘feel’ God around us. 

Prayer: If your life is too hurried and if it always feel like your world is spinning, ask God to show you how you can slow things down. Or if your life is calm, and your husband is the one who is way too busy, pray to God to change the heart of your husband, to show him how important time off is. And if you are in the fortunate position where your life is calm with enough time in every day, just praise God today for filling your life with His peace. 

Journal entry: Write down things that are consuming too much time in your life / husband’s life. Write down possible solutions (even if these solutions can’t be implemented immediately). Pray about this & speak life! 
<![CDATA[This is why I love my soul]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:17:48 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-soul
“For I will fully satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.” – Jeremiah 31:25 

Just like our physical bodies need food to survive, our souls need God’s Word & Truth. In John 6:48 Jesus says that He is the bread of life. My soul is the consumer of this bread. My soul is the part of me where I gather my thoughts, I make decisions and I exercise my will. And this is where I make the conscious decision to follow Jesus, to fully surrender my life to Him. I love the fact that God deem me trustworthy enough, to have given me full control of my own soul. And to top His trust, He made an infallible commitment to pick me up if I should fall. 

Prayer: Although we always try to act brave & be strong, we sometimes face fears we just can’t handle on our own. Surrender your fears to God in prayer, and trust Him the same way He trusts you. Our Saviour will never disappoint those who put their faith in Him. 

Journal entry: Take a trip down memory lane, and make an entry of the people who positively influenced you on your journey of spiritual growth. And then make another entry of the date / period that changed your life. That point in your life where you made a conscious decision to turn your back on your past, and follow Jesus!
<![CDATA[This is why I love my health]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:16:59 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-health
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 

What an awe-inspiring promise! Although my physical health will deteriorate as I grow older, my spirit can only mature as I grow in my relationship with our Creator. But the saying ‘a healthy body houses a healthy spirit’ remains true. So I need to keep a grip on my lifestyle and my habits. I don’t want to harm my physical being, as this can have a negative impact on my spiritual growth and health. 

Prayer: If you are not feeling good emotionally, pray to God about this. Ask Him to heal your soul, to enable you to grow your spiritual relationship. And likewise, if you have any habits that influences your physical health (ex. smoking, compulsive eating, etc), ask God to strengthen you to be able to cut it out. Our God is the great Healer, so please ask for restoration of your health if you are struggling with any specific condition. 

Journal entry: Remind yourself of something out of the ordinary that God has done somewhere in your past, and write it down. Remember that God wants to do miracles in every area of your life, so never stop praying!
<![CDATA[This is why I love my body]]>Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:16:29 GMThttp://women-of-the-word.weebly.com/daily-devoitionals/this-is-why-i-love-my-body
“Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ? Shall I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of the body of a prostitute? Never! Never!” – 1 Corinthians 6:15

”For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16

We need our physical bodies to be able to play a part in the spiritual Body of Christ. The moment you realise that your flesh is only temporary (although extremely important!), you will be able to stop comparing yourself to top models and Hollywood stars, and rather value the vessel God gave you to travel through this life. Unfortunately the world sets a very high and unrealistic expectation on beauty.

Prayer: Ask God for wisdom and courage to graciously grow older, and to appreciate every single part of your being. And if you do not have clarity on where you fit into the Body of Christ, ask for guidance on how to become more involved with God’s work.

Journal entry: Write down your first thought(s) on how you can become more involved in your church or community. Pray about this involvement, as this is most probably where the Body of Christ needs you. And also write down what you love most about your physical body.