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.  

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Daily Devotion

by Danelle Buelsing

by Danelle Buelsing

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

As I am writing this in early February, Pastor Heidi’s sermon from last Sunday is fresh on my mind.  She talked about the 3 things that we seek through prayer:  community, clarity, and commitment. Although I look for each of these from time to time, the one that I relate to the most is clarity.  You see, making decisions is not my strength.  I can spend huge amounts of time considering the various angles of a situation and then get completely stuck when it comes to committing to one side or the other.  

A few years ago, our son, Anthony, was ready to start high school.  We had planned for him to attend the public high school in our district until my husband Mark’s cousin presented another option.  She suggested that we look at the parochial school where she worked, as she thought it would be a good fit for Anthony.  There was even a scholarship available that would cover most of the tuition.  Predictably, I was torn.  Mark and I saw pros and cons with each school, and Anthony didn’t have a strong opinion either way.

In the midst of this decision time, I attended a class on various types of prayer, led by Pastor Alice.  We started by each thinking of a question to bring to God.  For me, that was easy.  I had been thinking of little else.  Much to my surprise, as I moved through the exercise, the answer to my school dilemma became clear.  I felt so strongly where God was leading us, and I was overflowing with joy and gratitude for showing us His plan for our child.

The next evening, I was at home, making dinner.  As I chopped potatoes, my mind was in turmoil.  What if I had misinterpreted what I had perceived in class the day before?  Was I really going to choose a high school for our son based on an activity?  What if God wasn’t a part of that experience at all?  Our daughter, Emily, was in the kitchen with me and had the radio on.   I wasn’t paying any attention to the radio because I was preoccupied with questioning my decision.  Suddenly, Emily interrupted my thoughts by asking, “Mom, did you hear what they just said on the radio?  They said, ‘Don’t dig up in doubt what was planted in faith.’  I really like that!”  I was stunned.  I couldn’t imagine a quote that could have spoken more clearly to my questioning heart.

We followed God’s lead and didn’t look back.  We watched Anthony grow significantly during his years at the parochial high school.  I love that we have a God who loves us, knows us, and has plans for us.  When we falter in our faith, I’m grateful that He gives us second chances.  Our job in return is to ask, listen, and trust.

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Love this: "Don’t dig up in doubt what was planted in faith". Going to write this one down. Thanks!

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I agree! I'm going to lean on this when I find myself stuck overanalyzing or re-thinking decisions. "Let go and Let GOD!"

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Peter Eller

The admonition to let the faith-planted work grow and prosper is quite powerful and inspirational.

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