Every Day Devotional

Hosted by Bob Wakeman
Group active since Fri, Nov 04, 2011

Share your devotion to God. Share a bible verse. or a devotion for others. I look to the Bible,God and The Holy Spirit each day. Leave a verse,or a devotion,Maby it will lift up another. All are welcome. No one is to judge or be judged. If you have something to post that mite inspire others. Feel free to post.


By sallye bates
Yesterday at 7:45 AM
I celebrate and give thanks for my many blessings.

In the classic song, Irving Berlin writes: “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep.” As I pause in celebration, I am grateful for so many blessings. I begin by appreciating my breath moving in and out, then my body, then all the systems working together to enable me to do all that I do.

I give thanks for the people and pets I hold most dear. I consider my home and the activities that make my day enjoyable. I acknowledge all I have learned from my life experiences, and I am grateful for the person I am today.

I celebrate all the blessings in my life and I am thankful.

He took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.—Matthew 15:36


By sallye bates
Wednesday at 5:39 AM

In today’s frantic fast-moving world, it is easy to forget the most important person. That person is you. We get caught up in the minutiae of every day chores, and our bodies become weary while our stress (and blood pressure) levels skyrocket and our souls cry out for peace and comfort.

Slow down and take a little time for yourself.

1. Take better care of yourself.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated; a quick 5 minute time to meditate in a quiet place for just 5 minutes will restore your inner balance and work wonders for your well being.

2. Explore the world around you.
Take a stroll or bike ride around your neighborhood and really look at it
Smell the flowers and enjoy their beauty
Scuff your feet through the colorful fallen leaves
Notice the varied paint hues on the houses
Say hello or even stop for a chat with your neighbors

3. Indulge your passions and hobbies
Try out a new recipe or create your own. Bake some cookies
Crochet or knit a simple piece
Grab that paint kit that’s gathering dust in the hall closet and start using it.

4. Spread joy
Compliment someone on their accomplishments
Tell your family and friends you love them and are proud of them
Give a smile and “howdy” to everyone you meet
Thank a salesperson or service attendant for their assistance
Pay it forward – perform a random act of kindness

5. Have face to face conversations and listen without judging
Leave the e-mail, face book, texsting and phones off.; speak from your heart
Really listen to what others are saying and carry on a meaningful dialogue

6. Read – Read – Read
Whether it’s an e-book, magazine, a paperback or religious book, set aside a time to read.
Feed your mind and soul with words and thoughts,

7. Allow yourself to make mistakes
Don’t agonize over a fallen cake, a less than perfect meal,, or a missed opportunity.
Pull yourself up and start over.
Celebrate the victories of each day , no matter how small

8. Feed your body with real wholesome foods.
Whether it’s a simple soup and sandwich or a complete gourmet meal, take the time to savor the taste and textures of the various dishes
Try to eat your meal in a peaceful setting, not while you’re navigating the five o’clock traffic jams.


By sallye bates
Tuesday at 8:02 AM

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.

So as she was getting her things "in order", she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.

"What's that?", came the pastor's reply.

"This is very important," the woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."

The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.

"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked.

"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.

The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!"

"So, I just want people to see me there in the casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, "What's with the fork?"

Then, I want you to tell them:

"Keep your fork....The best is yet to come".

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye.

He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.

She KNEW that something better was coming. At the funeral people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand.

Over and over, the pastor heard the question,
"What's with the fork?"

And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died.

He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you oh so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Author unknown


By sallye bates
Sunday at 8:00 AM
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.

In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20."

"Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him."

THOUGHT: The worth of our lives come not in what we do or who we are but by WHOSE WE ARE! You are special - Don't ever forget it! Now where do you want to go next!

Author Unknown

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By sallye bates
Saturday at 9:47 AM
Since Thanksgiving is upon us, I felt some Maya Angelou wisdom would be appropriate.

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.


By sallye bates
Thursday, November 19 at 6:37 AM
I forgive as I open to the love of God in me.

Words or actions from others can hurt so much that I feel justified in holding a grudge. Yet, after careful consideration and reflection, I know I am only hurting myself by withholding forgiveness.

God and I work together to create my peace, and I begin that process by releasing expectations about the behavior of others. I follow the example of Jesus who said to forgive 77 times—in other words, without end.

I remind myself that all human beings make mistakes. It is easier to move forward in love and respect when I remember that in Truth we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. We are all expressions of God. Knowing this, I forgive as I open to the love of God in me.

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.–Matthew 7:12


By sallye bates
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 AM
I am an independent spirit with unlimited power.

I may have been born into challenging circumstances or run into difficulty along the way. Spirit gives me the inner resources to rise above whatever I face. I am free to think positively, act courageously, and soar like an eagle.

I value the ability to make decisions about matters that affect me. I use my spiritual powers to think and act in ways that benefit all. I have the power to do and be whatever I choose. I create the life of my dreams.

Attuned to Spirit, I am fearless and self-assured. I am confident and strong. I am an independent spirit and I am free.

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.–Isaiah 58:11


By sallye bates
Nov 16, 2015
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing...I know my Master is there and that is enough."

-- Author Unknown