Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion by Carla Jowanovitz

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13

Annamarie was born after a long labor.  I was able to hold her only briefly, however, because she was having trouble breathing.  Lots of people rushed into our room and then took her away to the newborn unit.  I cried!  I had worked in a newborn intensive care unit as a pharmacist so I knew what could happen to big babies who had respiratory distress.  It was then that I distinctly heard God speak to me.  He said, “Carla, everything will be alright”.  I knew it would be so.  

I have not had another experience like that since.  Now almost 18 years later, I believe that God speaks to us in many different ways.  Of course, God can certainly speak in His own voice, but I think most often He speaks through the voices or actions of others.  

Since I injured my ankle in June, I have had many people pray for me.  I have received God’s peace through those prayers.  Years ago when Alex and Annamarie were born, friends brought meals for us and I felt God’s hospitality.  When we received cards of sympathy after Jim’s dad died, we felt God’s love and comfort.  During Renewal there were several times God spoke through scripture.  For example, I choose Romans 15:13 as my verse with the word hope in it.  One of the notes I received from a renewal sister had the same verse in it.  My parents recently moved out of their home of 50 years.  I saw God in the people that took them out to eat before they left, those that wished them well.  Have you ever received a phone call, text or card from a friend right when you needed it most?  What about the song in church or on the radio that encouraged you?  

God’s timing is perfect and He is with us – ALWAYS!  Seek Him out.

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