Devotionals
 

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
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Daily Devotion

Heidi Johnson

One of my favorite quotes in “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  I had planned to keep teaching until 2023.  Things happened and I retired in June 2020.  My daughter Jillian had planned to work in a nursing home this summer.  COVID19 happened and she has been staying at home.  We had planned to travel to China (her birth country) this year as a HS graduation gift. That isn’t happening anytime soon.

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    Jeremiah 29:11

I read Pastor Alex’s Devotion about how the disciples must have felt after Jesus had died and was inspired to write a song.  This is unusual; I haven’t written many songs.  But my heart cried out with these words:

REFRAIN
Now what? Now what? Everything is different.
What shall we do?
Now what?  Now what?  Everything is different.
We don’t have a clue.

 

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”     Jeremiah 29:12-13

Change is hard, especially when it is thrust upon you unexpectedly.  Feeling like you have lost all control over your life and trying to figure out what will happen next.   It’s all too much!  Help me, God. Then I remembered the words to this hymn:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

As C.S. Lewis put it: “Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes me.”  Take time today to carry everything to God in prayer—it really makes a difference.

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Danelle Buelsing

A favorite verse, a treasured hymn, a wise quote, and a newly written song... such beautiful reminders to let God be in charge of my life.

Maybe song writing will be a retirement activity for you, Heidi. :)

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