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DEVOTIONS

a simple collection of devotions

“You can find beauty in the world – every single day regardless of where you are. One of my greatest passions includes revealing the positivity in every situation. I want to bring to you a collection of short simple truths that you can spend a moment reading here in my devotions or you can spend half an hour listening to encouragement in my podcast. Remember, it is never too late to become you who might have been – follow your dreams, see the good & chase after God’s will in your life.” | KH |

 

Treasures

Stockpile heavenly treasures; at least that’s what it suggests in Matthew 6:20-21 [NIV] which states, “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Near the end of The Message version of this verse it states, “…the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” Being on a minimalist kick these recent weeks and months – I find myself pondering this verse and asking myself, what are the things that I need in this life to make it full? Having things and being prosperous is a wonderful part of life, but it isn’t what makes life full. I believe this is why this scripture is pointing us back to the heart of it – where is the heart? What is the treasure? Ask yourself these simple questions each week to keep a heart check going on – How full is my heart? What makes my heart full? …the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” What and where is that for you? If your answer is something different from your daily reality, then let’s take a step back and re-prioritize some treasures. In doing so, we will look back on these times years from now and thank our younger selves for investing in the things that matter most. | KH |

Vision

We serve the Most High God, and His plan for your life is greater than you can imagine. I want to challenge you to enlarge your vision for your life; for today, for this week, for this year. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The Message version of Proverbs 29:18 says it this way; “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” Let us learn to see our lives the way that God sees our lives – to have His vision. To attend to what God reveals as we live our life with kingdom vision for our future and all that is to come. | KH |

Favor

In Job 10:12 it says, “You have granted my life and favor, and Your providence has preseved my spirit.” When you live in the favor of God, love and blessings will chase after you all the days of your life. [Psalms 23:6 MESSAGE]. God never promised that life would always be easy – in fact many times it points out the exact opposite; however, we are promised that with God all things are possible. Begin to declare favor over your life today. A prayer that I have prayed for many years is for the Lord to grant my family and I with favor with man and favor with the Lord as it encourages us to do in God’s word. One touch from God’s favor can change every circumstance and situation in your life. Speak life over your trials and watch the favor of God move mountains. | KH |

Honesty

Keep your word. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Live and work with honesty, openness and integrity; keep your promises and live a life based on Phillippians 4:8 that says, “Finally, brothers and sisters: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Living a life of honesty will lead you to a life of peace. Truth will always bring freedom and a release that can feel like a weight has been lifted off of you. In Psalm 25:21 it says, “integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for and expect in the Lord.” Being a person of integrity and uprightness is something that no one will ever be able to take away from you. Your reputation will speak for itself and honesty will bring you peace all of your days. Choose truth. Choose honesty. Choose integrity. | KH |

Victory

Do not allow anything to be an obstacle, but instead see everything as a stepping stone to victory! One thing that I have learned is that when God is about to do something radical in my life – there is always a supposed roadblock. Some type of push-back may occur during the road to victory but a breakthrough is always on the other side. Romans 8:37 says, “Amid all of these things, I am still more than a conquerer, and I gain a surpassing victory through Him who loves me!” Today, let’s adopt what it says in 2 Samuel 8:6 where he says, “I have victory wherever I go!” Let us declare that and proclaim it as we go through our day – as you step onto your school campus, or the parking lot of your job… wherever life takes you today declare it with, “I have victory wherever I go!” Amen! | KH |

Way

Where are you going and what do you wish for? Searching has become a phenomenon in our society full of generations desperately trying to reveal their purpose. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, the life.” To be in search of a gifting – yes, let’s. To be in search of the way – no, for He has already established the path – He is the way. We are all called to be the light in the darkness regardless of what your surroundings may look like. You don’t have to go on a long journey to find yourself. Simply ask yourself the questions, “what makes me mad? What makes me sad? What makes me happy?” In the answers to those questions you will find a direction that leads you to a connection of your life and the call on your life. For me, reaching the lives of others through written and spoken word as God gives me what to say burns so brightly that it truly is like a fire shut up in my bones. Your purpose, your passions, your destiny; Each of you have a remarkable gift within you that is meant to touch the world – globally or locally. Discover or rediscover those gifts within you along the path that has already been set before you. Jesus is the way. | KH |

Unity

The ultimate design in the body of Christ is unity. Psalm 133:1 says “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity! It is like precious anointing oil poured on the head running down…” and then the message version reads, “How precious it is… how beautiful it its… how wonderful it is when brothers and sisters get a long – it is like costly anointing oil flowing down the head…” We must pull together as the body of Christ – one church – unified, whole and pressing onward towards truth together. When we are are unified and work together we can and will do far greater things. Let’s stop tearing one another down, learn to celebrate one another and all that God is doing in one anothers lives. Gods plan includes the best for everyone involved, including you. Believe that with me today. | KH |

Comparison

2 Corinthians 10:12 [NIV] states, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” I particularly like the [Message] version of this scripture that reads this way instead; “But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.” Unhealthy competition and comparison can be two of the most self-destructive forces. It’s an ugly cycle that we get ourselves into which can begin early on in our lives. Most of you can think back to the very first time you ever felt rejected or inadequate. While there are some forms of healthy competition, the unhealthy forms can mold us into personalities that are always seeking what the person next to us has instead of being grateful for what we are blessed with already. We begin to compare our purpose to others purpose and our progress to others progress which rears this negativity that is toxic not only to our lives but to the lives of everyone around us. I encourage you today to focus on the positive things in your life – regardless of what everyone else either has or is doing in their life. Walk in your God-given purpose with the gifts that He has given to YOU. When we learn to do this, we can be free to just come to the feet of Jesus and say, “this is how you made me and I am well with it.” There is such freedom in that statement. It frees you from the need and tendency to measure yourself against others that are running in an entirely different course of life than you are. Let’s learn to develop and grow at our own pace and celebrate those around us as they grow and develop at their pace. Some may be further along than you, some may not have reached where you are yet; nevertheless we will celebrate one another as well as embrace ourselves in exchange for the competition and comparison. Today, we trade shame for happiness. | KH |

Call

Discovering ones call comes in vastly different ways. For some of us, we are born into a passion of sports, business, healthcare, ministry, etc. For others of us we default into one job after another in search of our call. Lean in closely and let me tell you something very important. If you don’t discover your call in life, you will become whatever they pay you to be. Don’t let a paycheck determine what your call in this life is. Yes, we have to work and pay our bills. That’s called a job. Not a calling. Find what it is within you that you are called to do – ask yourself what do I care about? What drives me? What makes me happy? What makes me mad? Sometimes, the things that make us happy cause us to strive towards creating something that empowers the same happiness for others such as a campaign or a movement. Other times, things that make us mad can cause us to put a stop to something for justice. There is no exception. You have a call. You are not the one and only person God created without a call on your life. We ALL have a call. Discover what that is within you and mold it into your life. Whether it becomes your sole purpose and bread winner or maybe it’s the thing you devote your Saturdays to as your life’s work and hobby… you have a call. Discover it. Invest time into it. Chase it. | KH |

Direction

Luke 9:62 The Message version reads, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” It’s my life verse. the original “seize the day” – carpe diem. how many times in our lives do we pass someone by who needs our help, needs Jesus, or just a hand to get back on their feet? For me, luke 9:62 establishes a path, a way, a course. it’s a direction to live your daily life in and a reminder that we must not be procrastinators when it comes to the kingdom. These red-lettered words are meant to carve out the description of our faith and how we are to respond to those who need Jesus. Love all, serve all and share your Jesus with all – no procrastination, no looking back, and not putting God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize this day, today. | KH |

Further

Going the extra mile in life is something that I’ve always believed in. Although, there are are times when the word “no” must be utilized in your life in order to keep the chaos in balance, there are also things that we say “yes” to that which requires something further. Matthew 5:41 reminds us that, “If anyone forces me to go one mile, I will go with him two [miles]. I choose the more excellent way even when no one is looking.” That is the key – even when no one is looking to go further, to be excellent, to go the extra mile. Keep balance in order to not wear yourself out; however, don’t take short-cuts and do the bare minimum either. In all you do, do to the glory of God. Balance is vital here; to go further as often as you can without losing to chaos in always saying “yes” to more. | KH |

Her

Did you know that God’s perfect plan includes the best for everyone involved for those who serve Him? As women and girls – we often become jealous and develop a “thing” for our sister next to us who seems to be thriving. Her calling is different than yours, but is not any greater nor any worse than yours. Each of us have a gift, a calling, a talent, a passion that God has deposited within us. As the entire chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes states, “there is a time and a season for everything…” She will have seasons of blessing, favor and will flourish in that which God has called her to do. Likewise, you too will have the same seasons when her seasons may seem as though they have come to a halt. One of the worst things we can do as a body of Christ is to become bitter and jealous of one another while God is in the middle of blessing someone. Our circumstances may change throughout life, but our God remains the same and His purpose for your life will be there as long as you desire to chase it. You have something inside of you that cannot be taken away and is unique to you and only you. I once had a girl come up to me and confess that she was dealing wish such jealousy toward the new girl singing the solos. I replied, “oh, I didn’t realize that you sing?” She responded, “oh, I don’t.” What? If we aren’t careful, we can become bitter towards people flourishing in their calling that we aren’t even skilled at nor have the desire to do in the first place. Chase YOUR dream with all your might. Run for it until you’re out of breath – and then keep running. Don’t stop along the way in your journey to spend your time wishing you had something that your sister has. Instead, cheer her on and celebrate her as you keep on pressing towards the mark (Philippians 3:4). We are all in this race together and we need one another to get to our end goal. We all need fans for our journey. Be for her what you need her to be for you. Celebrate her as you would want her to celebrate you (Matthew 7:12). Above all – be who God has created YOU to be and chase after it with all you’ve got! | KH |

SIMPLE TRUTHS

Stroll through our collection of simple truths and find a message of inspiration throughout your day in our  devotions, podcasts & weekly updates of encouragement.


ROMANS 12:6-8

“We each have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach. if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously, if it is to lead; do it diligently, if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” 

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