Devotionals are short essays written by GSLC members and staff that explore the ways the Holy Spirit works within our every day lives.  There are several ways we invite you to use these devotionals:

  • Make them a part of a prayer practice - read a devotion and consider the ways that Christ has worked similarly in your life or works in unexpected ways.
  • Make them a part of a journaling practice - read a devotion and journal about what the Holy Spirit is stirring in you as you reflect on the essay.
  • Use them as a reminder that God works in all things, the bad and the good.

With over 400 available devotions, you can use these daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's up to you!  We just hope that by reading these inspiring stories provided by Good Shepherd's flock you are able to better see where Jesus is present in all things!  Thank you to all of our members that have provided devotionals throughout the past couple of years!

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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