Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 29, 2014

Forever His

Couple Holding Hands on a Railroad Track“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” I Peter 1:8 (NIV)

He has numbered each strand of our hair. He created every part of our being and orchestrated every moment of our lives. He has danced with us in the breeze and held us close in the storm. He has felt every pain; He has wiped every tear. He calls us by name and draws our wandering heart from afar. Though our life is just a vapor that is here today and gone tomorrow; God treasures us above all creation. Though we falter in our walk and are unfaithful to His calling, He has caught us each time we have fallen. Even when we demand our own way, God continues to fulfill His purpose in our lives. With the purest knowledge of all that we are and the sin that covers us, He never turns away. He has seen our weaknesses and tendencies to doubt. Yet God has stood beside us with a love beyond our comprehension and helped us to rise again. With the power and might of His voice, He has reached out through the rain and carried us through the raging storm. Planting our feet on higher ground, God has sheltered us under His wings. Because of you – because of me – arms stretched wide and blood ran from His pierced side. In the midst of extreme pain, joy was birthed. God’s love redeemed us, set us free and captured our hearts; we are His forever.

“Father, just one glimpse of your unfailing love draws me in deeper. Help me to radiate that love so others will be drawn to you.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 28, 2014

The Monster Hiding In Plain Site

cb devo aug28“Can any of you by worrying add even a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 (NIV)
What if.

What if I get sick again? What if I never get over this pain? What if I mess up my kids? What if we don’t have enough money? What if I don’t get the promotion? What if I never get married? What if…what if…what if…

The what if monster is hiding in plain site. This monster causes fear and worry. Insecurity and stress. This monster is lurking everywhere just waiting to bring us down Ugh. Get out of here you monster!

In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks, “Can any one of you by worrying add even a single hour to your life?” Great question. I remind myself of this question frequently. Clearly, the answer is “NO.” Worry does get us something, but it’s not positive. We certainly don’t get time added to our lives by worry. Instead, we feel bad emotionally and physically. Worse, it can impact our relationship with the one who clearly tells us we should not worry.

Friends, I know, and I mean I really know, that this is easier said than done. But, I am committed to working harder to focus on the One who created me not to worry. He can help us kick that old what if monster to the curb.
“Dear Lord, please help me to have more faith to trust in You more and worry less.”

For His Glory

Laurel Shaler (drlaurelshaler.com)
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 27, 2014

What Are We Missing?

Businesswoman  in Front of Doors“You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to give your fathers.” Deuteronomy 6:18 (NAS)

Have you ever felt invisible? Sometimes we feel like all we’re doing at work, home, school, church, and with friends goes unnoticed. Most of the time that’s a trap that Satan throws us in and lets us wallow; however, it could be God’s protection. How proud would we be if we knew what people thought of us, or maybe we are protected from their ill thinking of us? Who are we living our lives for? Recognition? Awards? Money? Fame? It’s all temporary; yes it can be fun for the moment, but what happens when the moment is over? Heaven is the only thing eternal.

What would it like look like if we lived just for His Glory? How much more would we give? How much more would we do? How much more would we stay in His word and on our faces in prayer? I am blessed in having the ability to give time to others praying, encouraging , and touching their lives in ways beyond my ability. Because I said “Yes, Lord use me” and put myself out there to be used, God opens the doors and He is willing to do the same for all His children. What door is He waiting to open for you?

“Father, I want to be used by You. I want to be open to Your will in my life, show me which door You want me to walk thru so that I can glorify You.”

For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 26, 2014

Sustaining Joy

cb devo aug 23“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

After returning from exile the Israelites, Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites assembled with the people to hear Ezra read from the Book of the Law. Overcome with mourning and grief, the people wept as they heard the spoken words from Ezra’s mouth.

Though their weeping was understood by Nehemiah and all the other leaders gathered at the gate, they wanted to give God their best on that day that was supposed to be a time of celebration before Him. Nehemiah promptly instructed his leaders to say to the people, “this day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” He instructed the people to “go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.” Then he added again, “do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Oftentimes, we find ourselves in situations that are bigger than us, over which we have absolutely no control. Our natural tendency is to weep and mourn, crying over something that God can fix in just a blink of an eye. If you are going through a tough time, a situation that you feel impotent to fix, choose today to focus on God and praise Him in spite of your circumstance. As you make the choice to give God the glory in spite of your pain, He will fill your heart with unspeakable joy, the joy that nothing else in the world can give you. And you will forget the mourning and grieving – as a new day dawns, His joy will be your strength.

“Father God, You are our peace. You are our comfort. Lord, You are our joy. Thank You for giving us the assurance that You are right here beside us at ALL times.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 25, 2014

His Guiding Light

cb devo aug25“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

Ever stumbled in the darkness? Amazing how different a known space feels when light is absent. We reach with our toes to cautiously navigate our step. We stretch hands to feel the edge of familiar to avoid collisions. Yet we inevitably stumble and end up bearing the scars. And then we wonder – why didn’t we simply turn on the light?

Ever watched someone stumbling in their darkness? Carelessly maneuvering with no brightness to guide them. Their world hasn’t changed. God hasn’t changed. Yet His welcomed presence and guiding light has been extinguished for their own illumination.

Darkness attempting to lead through darkness results in major stumbling. We can’t navigate our way through life without His light. We can’t make decisions, even seemingly insignificant ones, without His light to lead us. And the stumbling – well it magnifies, wounds and scars. Deep wells that spiral into further darkness unless we run to Him.

Love the simplicity of Jesus words – if we follow Him then we will not walk in darkness. Guaranteed. Sounds easy but following is hard work. Following means listening, waiting, trusting and not running ahead. Following requires steady movement that doesn’t slip into the shadows. Following means focused intentional copying of the One original God. His integrity, His character, His wisdom, His reactions, His love – duplicating God – the light of His glory shining through us. Where are we walking today?

“Father, we follow many things that don’t serve us well. Teach us to desire the light that leads us to right living, blessed living and abundant living – beautiful reflections of You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 22, 2014

A Living Sacrifice

Woman with Arms in the Air“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 (NlV)

Have you ever noticed how motivated we get to lose weight when a big event is coming up? A wedding, milestone birthday, or a high school reunion can quickly make us take a second look at our weight. Our bodies are actually a living sacrifice to God, so on a daily basis we should be paying attention to how we are treating our bodies. If we are going to be offering something to God, we should want it to be our best. However, this is an area that takes a lot of discipline to keep things under control. It takes work to get into shape and to really make sure our bodies are at their best.

It’s not only our physical bodies that we need to present as a living sacrifice, but our daily walk as well. Everything we do and say should honor and glorify God. The verse above written in the Message Bible below helps us put this verse into perspective.

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message) Place Your Life Before God
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

“Dear God, May we focus on presenting our best to You and the world on a daily basis. May every decision, word, action, and attitude reflect You in us.”

For His Glory

Katrina Redman
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 21, 2014

I Am Not My Own

Bible“Our only power and success comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NIV)

I love writing notes and cards to friends filled with fun, colorful confetti, which flies out in a million pieces once the envelope is opened. The apostle Paul, like me, sent many letters in his lifetime. He had a lot of zeal for God’s word, and his zeal was evident in his letters to the different churches where he ministered. He encouraged and admonished them to do better and be better than they were the day before, when they did not know the Lord.

Paul lived during a time when trade business was performed in the streets and most business negotiations were sealed by a handshake. He was concerned that people would be too hung up on the technicalities of writing and receiving letters of recommendations on behalf of one another. He feared they would forget that they should be concerned about being in tune with God’s word and teachings in such a manner that people would “read” them without needing a piece of paper with a signature to recommend and accept them.

As I read this text, I asked myself, “What message am I passing on to those who cross paths with me in life?” “Am I being true to the God whom I serve by justly depicting Him with my lifestyle, my words, and my actions?” “Am I a good letter of recommendation on behalf of the Almighty God?”

I pray that I will never forget whose I am, versus who I am. Who I am, in the scheme of things is of infinitesimal importance compared to who God is and how I represent His kingdom to the world.

“Lord, You are the Great I Am. You are my all in all. Please forgive me when I forget that without You I am nothing. I need You, Lord.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 20, 2014

Restoration

Young Woman Sleeping on Lawn Chair“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want! He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3a (NKJV)

In our home, we have some pieces of furniture made by two of our grandfathers. Each piece had to be stripped, cleaned, sanded, and varnished from nearly 100 years of use, until they sparkled and shone as though they had just been made. We are so proud of them both for the people they represent, the time they took to make them, and the fact that they now grace our home.

As I reflect on Psalm 23, I am awed that our Savior and King, the Great I AM, “restores our soul” when its been dragged through the grit and grime of daily living. He takes us in His hands and wipes the stains of the world off; He gently smooths out the hurts that others inflict, and reminds us of His love. He tells us we’re beautiful in His sight, and that nothing, NOTHING, will ever separate us from His undying love. He has restored my soul, given me what I need to sleep peacefully, and I can wake to a new day with opportunities to serve Him.

Dear Father, please don’t let me forget for one moment how completely You love me, and how lovingly You restore me when I have had to be in the world for a day! Let me be an outpouring of love to others, as You have loved me.

For His Glory

Sandy Day
TRBC Mountain Blend

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 19, 2014

Step Away From The Shelter

MP900438647[1]“Those who try to hold onto their lives will give up true life. Those who give up their lives for me will hold onto true life.” Matthew 10:39 (NCV)

What’s the one thing that means everything? The place where the most time is spent.  The place where the focus is measured. That is where our treasure lies. The main focus should be on the Lord. Many times it’s on anything but. How much time is spent in prayer? How much time is spent in God’s word? Are the words spoken honoring and glorifying to the Lord?

Many of us will say we lack in our quiet and sharing time. We will say life gets busy with our jobs, our families, and our fill in the blank. A powerful memory from the movie “God’s not dead” from the mom with dementia is

“Many times Satan lets us have everything and not feel the pain, because we have placed ourselves in jail cells. The door is wide open, but we choose not to exit the cell because life is too good. Until, time runs out and the door slams shut.”

Don’t let the door slam shut on your life. Don’t miss out on what God has in store for your life. Step away from the comfortable shelter. Offer your lives to Him to use however he wants. Give him your one thing, give him your treasure, He in turn with give you more to share with others.

“Father, use me for your glory. Help me to rely on you and focus my time and talent to further your kingdom.”

For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 18, 2014

Standing Together

cb devo jun23“Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the leaders and the people and said to them, Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and glorious and fight for your friends, your families and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14 (NLT)

Controversy and criticism are Satan’s most effective tools in rendering us vulnerable and helpless. Nehemiah and the Jewish people were diligently rebuilding the walls of protection around Jerusalem and right in their midst stood a few who were just as eager to see them fail. As the leader, Nehemiah saw the effects this criticism was having, and he reminded the people that there is no enemy that can defeat the work of the Lord. Focusing on God’s greatness and glory, Nehemiah challenged his people to hold on and fight for what they believed in.

What do you believe for your family – for yourself? As co-leaders in our homes, we can choose to boldly face our enemies knowing that our mighty God goes before us. We can be free from bondage, insecurities, fear and lukewarm faith as we embark on a building project that lays the foundation for our families to succeed. We can fight for our beliefs, values and morals with the Word of God and the power of prayer. And by positioning our children to live out their faith, we can beat the odds and erect a protective hedge that no enemy dare penetrate.

The God of Nehemiah is the same powerful and mighty God we serve. He stands ready to defend us, He kneels to hear us, He reaches down to touch our lives – Accept His presence and watch in amazement as He builds our families.

“Father help us to consistently live out our faith so our children will see how awesome You are.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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