My new favorite devotional is With God by Skye Jethani.
It's short, he links to scripture, even includes a prayer at the end (though with my current life I don't always have time to get down that far).
More importantly, it's deep. He builds day to day on the same topic and I find that is really powerful in my life. Do you ever notice how God speaks to you in multiple ways when He's trying to get your attention?
You hear a sermon at church. You hear the same message in a clip on the radio. A similar issue comes up in the life of a friend (and now 'magically' you have scripture to pray over them because you've heard it a few times already). A song comes on the radio and it speaks to that same message from God. Hey girl, God is speaking to you! Do you hear His voice? I hear Him all the time. I have a friend who like really hears Him. She's so close to God He practically directs her day. It's beautiful.
My message of late is (cough, sputter) surrender.
Can I share that I hate that word? It makes me afraid and fear is not something I suffer from. I'm not a worrier, I don't ring my hands over issues generally. I'm far too pragmatic for such behavior. Yet, if you enter the word surrender into my life, suddenly I worry, "Oh no, what is God going to ask me for?" "Do I have to give up everything and go work on a missionary field without access to a good manicurist and my daily cup of oh so carefully made coffee?"* or worse, will He take me somewhere away from daily access to a computer? Egaads what would I do?
The answer to that is... I would, nay -- I will -- do what God calls me to do.
My fear of surrender involves several things.
1. Giving up my belief that I'm in control.
2. Giving up my belief that there is control to be had.
3. Realizing God has the BEST plan for me.
4. Realizing all my plans are for not without His blessing and guidance.
When I fear being homeless due to some catastrophic event... I hear the Holy Spirit whisper in my ear, I'll be with you should that happen. Then I think, of the people we are most inspired by, who among them hasn't endured some kind of tragedy? Who hasn't walked through a fire holding fiercely to Jesus as their endurance?
And I think... OK, surrender.
God's will for my life.
How courageous am I?
*Some could say I don't even drink coffee. I drink Folgers instant in very specific measure with creamer and sugar. I don't even let others make it for me. But still, I love my coffee.