All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.… Read the rest “Blue Christmas, a tool box, and the comfort dogs, A Devotional by Marci McGowan”
… Read the rest “Worshipfully, a devotion by Marci McGowan”
It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.
For many Christians in the Western part of the world, the church's new year will soon be here, beginning with the first day of Advent. The date moves year to year but is always the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year that day is Sunday, November 29, 2015.… Read the rest ““Head of the Year?” A devotion about time by Marci McGowan”
The Fabric of Peace, written September 11, 2015
Today we remember 14 years ago
and Peace’s fabric ripped into shreds;
Innocent lives gone in an instant, or longer;
Brave lives given that others might live, in defiance
of the incomprehensible will of the life-takers.… Read the rest “The Fabric of Peace, thoughts on September 11, 2015”
What's in your bag?
Don't take a traveling bag for the trip, a change of clothes, sandals, or a walking stick. After all, the worker deserves to have his needs met. -from God's Word Translation
Where I live in North Carolina, USA, right now it's summer and it is hot.… Read the rest “What’s in Your Bag? A devotion by Marci McGowan, July 28, 2015”
… Read the rest ““Ora Et Labora,” ( Work and Prayer ), a devotion by Marci McGowan”
-James 2:18-26, The Message, selected passages:
I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works.
… Read the rest “Paid in Full, a devotion by Marci McGowan”
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to you out of that dead end, emptyheaded life you grew up in. He paid with Christ's sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.
72 parts of the heart
Singing heart!… Read the rest “HEART, a devotional poem by Marci McGowan”
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out.
Plans to take care of you, not abandon you,
plans to give you the future you hoped for.
-Jeremiah 29:11 The Message Bible
The year 2015 is a huge milestone year in my family.… Read the rest “Milestones, a Devotion by Marci McGowan”
“Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.… Read the rest “The Give-Away Box, a Devotional by Marci McGowan”