The goal for this week’s #soulh2o devo is to help you find creative ways to get a message to stick in your brain… especially ones from God and my ideas come from all the way back in elementary school. I wrote today’s devotion from the sunshine state of Florida. When you receive it on Wednesday morning, I’ll be moving Shelby back home to Canada… that is before she plans to go to Australia! My world traveler. I’ve had 10 trips to Florida in four years. Lots of km’s tracked with my girl 🙂
An Unexpected Way To Get A Message To Stick
Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets ~Habakkuk 2:2 NIV
Did you ever have to write lines as punishment in school?
Do you remember the resulting hand cramps and chalk dust all over your clothes? Well, I might have gotten in trouble a time or two for talking in class and maybe once or twice had to face the consequences. The penalty was anything from sit-ups, stand in the corner, out in the hall to the dreaded writing out lines (My love for rule-keeping kept me from the strap).
Writing Out Lines
Fast Forward to parenthood and when I was desperate to find creative ways to discipline, I heard about a mom who got her to write out lines. At first, I thought it was a horrible idea, and my kids might still think it was, but I felt it had a purpose beyond just making them aware of their wrongdoing. I felt writing out statements that gave positive direction would help them learn from their mistakes.
Write Down The Revelation
Today’s Bible App Verse of The Day had an accompanying image of the verse that reminded me of writing out lines to bring about a positive impact. It’s the modern-day equivalent to “write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets”, like sharing it on your iPad or surface tablet. 🙂
When I saw these lines written out it was the encouragement I needed for my day. Certain situations have been stirring up fear in my life and I’ve been trying to stuff fear down and keep it from causing full-blown paranoia. I woke up with thoughts swirling in my mind that weren’t full of faith, so I knew I needed to dispel those negative messages with the truth of God’s Word, it’s the only thing that truly works for me.
When I pulled up the verse of the day and saw this image it was the faith-lift my heart needed to face the day and trust God with my concerns. This reminder to not ‘let’ my heart be troubled was just what I needed. It was a kick in the pants to pull-up my emotional bootstraps and then it reminded me of a song that helped change my mood, so that today, I choose joy!
I pray the image, today’s #musicpic and this devotion do the same for you. Whatever the message God is trying to speak into your spirit, I pray you find a way to help make it plain, even if that causes you some hand cramps. 🙂
Father… Thank You for speaking into my life when I open up to You. Your Word brings life. I’m thankful for your unexpected affirmations of faith. Please help me to write them down and make it plain so the message becomes secure in my heart. In Jesus Name…Amen
- Habakkuk 2:2
- Jeremiah 30:2
- Revelation 1:19
- Romans 15:4
#musicpic SONG: JOY 🙂
Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Joyful, Ready to dance!
Sung By: For King & Country
Album: Burn The Ships
© 2018 Written By: Ben Glover, Matthew Hales, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, Seth Mosley, Tedd Tjornhom, Stephen Blake Kanicka
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0vBjd0I8iefycEZ2ex1Zpi?si=R7UnJ2yFR7i4QcS8xuF-3A
Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://youtu.be/E-r7ogDaaEQ
For KING & COUNTRY – joy. (Official Music Video) – YouTube
AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/forkingcountry/joy.html
My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):
Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones Before my heart, heart, turns into stone So somebody please pass the megaphone I'll shout it on the count of three One, two, three… I choose joy
If you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.
- https://www.bible.com/111/jhn.14.1.niv The Bible App Accessed: 2019-06-26