March 21 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O God, disrupt, disturb, disorient, do whatever it takes to make us into the people and the lovers you desire for us to be. Amen. 

Scripture Reading for the Day: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Journal: What is your thorn? Is his grace sufficient for you, even in that?

Reflection:

undone

years and years of hard work
diligently putting it all together
piece by piece
thinking all is well
progress is being made

but then you 
come and scramble the whole picture
leaving pieces scattered everywhere

you smile lovingly
as I sit in the middle of the mess
knowing that I don’t know
knowing that I’m undone
and thinking to yourself
now that’s progress

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

Steve Hoke works with national church denominations and mission organizations in 25 countries and North America in the area of leader development and strategic life coaching. Pray today for Steve for wisdom and clarity in completing a new book manuscript with co-author Dr. Bill Taylor to help mobilize and equip the next generation of North American missionary candidates.

Core Leadership is a ministry of spiritual formation and leadership development. Its mission is to help strengthen and encourage the life of leaders, in the Knoxville area and beyond, by the means of spiritual nurture and leadership development. Jim Branch is the director of Core Leadership and is actively involved in the lives of people all over the city of Knoxville and beyond, as well as being active in the Powell community, where he lives. Pray for Jim today and the people that he is reaching with this ministry.

Closing Prayer: Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon - from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5-11)