Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Jen Jarman

Daily Devotion

Believe Fully in JesusJohn 7:37-44

The tag line for our Shake It Up Café VBS this summer is “Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe.” As someone who is unexperienced in the kitchen, I really, really appreciate recipes. In fact, I only cook when I have a recipe to follow.

Since I am not an overly confident cook, I always make sure I have the ingredients that I need before even starting a recipe. (Nothing is more stressful than having a hot oven, but you realize that you need to make a last minute substitution and you have no idea what ingredient would be an appropriate choice). This requires me to take time a day or two ahead of when I plan to cook a recipe to make sure that I have everything I need. Of course, I have learned a thing or two about paying attention to which ingredients I purchase at the store – like key lime juice versus lime juice when making a key lime pie.

Once I have all my ingredients gathered, I then simply follow the recipe. Most of the time, this works just fine, but every now and then I misread part of a step or the order of the directions don't make sense. In the end, dinner ends up on the table and I’ve always gleaned a new tip or trick to do differently next time.

I think being faithful is a lot like following a recipe and it comforts me to know that God has a recipe for each of us. “For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

There are many different ingredients that we can put into the recipe that God has for us – prayer, worship, service to others and amazingly, the measurement of our own ingredients in comparison to one another don’t to have to be identical. 2 cups of prayer and meditation each day might taste just right to one person, but be “too spicy” for someone else.

If you were to write out God’s recipe for your life, what would you list as ingredients? What ingredients are you running low on? Where can you restock some of your missing ingredients? And finally, who will you share your recipe with?

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barbara watson

The ingredients I have been using for my winning recipe are Health, Happiness, Strength, Support, Positivity, and Peace. God has given me these gifts I use for my recipe for life right now. When one runs low, He makes sure another will fill my cup to replenish what I need. I restock every night with my prayers and thanks for all my blessings.

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