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1 Kings 2; Gal. 6; Ezek.33; Ps.81,82

Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. ~ Psalm 81:1

 

Joy!  Joy!  Joy!  That’s what we feel when we watch our daughter begin to praise our great God.  She can be in the other room, distracted, but as soon as music comes on, she begins to clap her hands and—if she’s able—she’ll also twirl.  It’s so amazing and heart-touching to watch.

 

And every parent, if they get the joy and honor of raising their kids to know Jesus and in a home under His influence, feels the same way when they see their kids praising God Almighty.  I remember how much joy I felt this past Easter when my brother and his family came to visit our church.  His two little girls where having a lot of separation anxiety and so they sat in the adult service with us.  The younger of the two asked me to hold her the whole time.  I didn’t mind at all.  I will never forget when she asked me why all the people were raising their hands and I told her that they were reaching out to Jesus and asked her if she knew Jesus.  When she said yes, my heart was so full.  The same full that I feel when I watch my 15-month old worship.  It’s the same full that was in my mom’s voice when she told me about the day my brother and I accepted Christ.  She described it at length as if it had only happened yesterday, but actually, it’s been 26 years.

 

Father, I thank you that You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I thank you that with as much joy as we feel to watch our children come to You and desire to know you more, I know that You are even more touched by it.  Lord, thank you for precious memories such as these.  I pray that we would always touch Your heart with joy, just as our children touch ours when we see them delight in You.  Father, I thank you and I praise you.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 19; Psalm 64-65

Choices.  We all have to make a choice.  Will we choose obedience or disobedience, right or wrong, to follow our flesh or God’s Spirit?  And each choice we make comes with a result.  When the result is not favorable, we say the choice or decision has consequences.

 

Every day I make several little choices.  Today, again, I stand at a crossroads.  Do I follow my own desires or do I open myself up to the opportunity, the possibility that my God might know better than me?

 

When we pick up the story of David in 2 Samuel 12, he has already made his own choices.  Read what the prophet says are the results of those choices:

 

Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you…The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.”  (vv. 9-11, 13)

 

David made a series of choices.  At a time when Kings go to war, he chose to stay behind.  Knowing it was wrong to covet another man’s wife, he chose to take her anyway.  Upon discovering she was pregnant, he chose to bring her husband home to cover up his mistake.  When her husband refused to sleep with his wife, David chose to have her husband killed.  One simple choice turned a man from God’s choice as king to someone whose household is filled with calamity.

 

Choices made following our own flesh can lead to the valley low, but choices made following God’s Spirit, lead to His mountain high.

 

Father, keep me from making choices of my flesh.  Help me to follow Your Spirit, always.  Even in this, our current situation and circumstance, when everything “seems right,” help me to make godly decisions and not ones following after my own flesh.  Thank you for sending your Spirit to live inside of me.  He always tells me what is right and which direction to follow.  Help Him to speak to me now, that I would follow where You desire for me to go.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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1 Sam. 26; 1 Cor. 7; Ezek. 5; Ps.42, 43

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? ~ Psalm 42:1-2

When I wasn’t having God-time, I didn’t have time for God-time.

I know that’s a funny statement, but it’s true.  When I wasn’t having God-time, I was too busy worrying and trying to handle everything on my own to make time for God.  The funnier part is, now that I’m having God-time, I often joke that I don’t have time to go to work (just kidding, sort of).  Seriously, though, when I wasn’t having dedicated, committed time carved out with my Heavenly Father, I didn’t know how or where I was going to fit it—fit God—into my day.  Then, several years ago, a wonderful friend and mentor challenged me to give God 15 minutes to work in my day.  She challenged me to give God my first 15 minutes, and here’s what it looked like: 5 minutes of praising, 5 minutes of praying, and 5 minutes of journaling.  The whole concept was just too much for me, but because I trusted her and wanted all that she said God had for me, I decided to give it a try.

Honestly, the thought of praying for 5 minutes straight really intimidated me.  What on earth was I going to pray about for 5 minutes in a row?  Worse yet, what was I going to write about—write to God about—for 5 minutes?  Ironically, I was a Literature major, writing numerous papers when she gave me this challenge.  So writing was not my issue…it was the timidity I felt about writing to God.  What did I have to say that God wanted to hear?  I soon found out that the answer was everything.  God wanted to be better than my best friend and closer than my most intimate secret.  He wanted to be involved in every aspect of my life, and as I began to open that door to Him, He came into my life and my heart and He made Himself at home in my life.

Now, I’m so grateful and thankful that I have that time of intimacy with my Heavenly Father.  I get up extra early just to enjoy the time and to be sure I allow enough time with Him before I start the rest of my day.  And when my days get rough, the question I ask: When can I go and meet with my God?

Father, my prayer is that I will always ask this when can I come and meet with You.  I pray that I will always long to be with and spend time with you.  I thank you for our relationship and the intimate times we spend together.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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1 Sam. 11; Rom. 9; Jer. 48; Ps. 25

Who wants to know a secret?  Who wants to be a trusted confidant?

While it’s not exactly on my résumé, I want to be thought of as someone who is safe enough to be trusted—I think we all would like to be thought of as “safe enough.

I believe God is looking for someone who can be trusted with a secret.  I believe He is searching for honorable, humble, and trustworthy people who long to follow His decrees and follow in His ways.  Those who get up early in the morning just to spend the first part of their day with the Father, I believe those are the one He’s searching for.  And when He’s found them, I believe He comes down from heaven and whispers His secrets into their hearts.  Secrets about His Word that He reveals to them by opening their eyes to the scripture as their eyes have never been opened before; secrets about His people and where He’d like them to go; secrets about how to love on His people and where and how to share His Name.  Secrets are shared between friends.  They are shared between confidants.  They are shared between loved ones.   They are shared between Father and sons and daughters.  They are shared between me and God.

Thank you, Father, for trusting me with your secrets.

The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant. ~ Psalm 25:14

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Judges 19; Acts 23; Jeremiah 33; Psalm 3, 4

As I was reading through the chapters in preparation for today’s devotion, I made a note in my journal that said, “It’s hard, out of the reading from Judges to perceive the promises of restoration found in Jeremiah.”  And then I started thinking that happens a lot in life.  In one time, or season, God give promises of future events.  And those promises get us charged up, but then somewhere in the middle—sometime between the original promise and the fulfillment, usually in the middle of a mess—we look around and ask, “God, how are you ever going to get me to all the things you promised me?”

But Jeremiah reminds us that the Lord is ever faithful. “’The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made…’” (33:14). The days are coming…

I was speaking with a friend last night who said, “Every season feels like it will last forever.  But then before I know it, it’s over.”  And she’s right (I have such smart friends).  This season that I’m in, which feels like it has lasted forever, will be over before I know it.  The promise God made to me are not that far off.  They are right around the corner.  My “day” will be here before I know it.

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. ~ Psalm 3:3

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