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!

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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