God’s Perfect Peace

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 6/13/2018
God’s Perfect Peace
Peace is such a restful word. It implies so many things. When I think of the word peace, I think of a relaxed person in tune with both God and the world around them. A person at peace has a mind that doesn’t feel mentally fatigued and is free from worry and stress. I view peace as something that comes from turning our troubles, worries, fears and cares over to God.
Turning our troubles, worries and cares over to God can be a struggle. For myself, I know the problem. It’s me not trusting Him to give me peace. I hold onto the hurt and worry. But scripture clearly gives us the truth that we can find peace in God. 1 st Peter 5:7 clearly states God cares: 
“Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”.
In the proceeding verses, Peter is explaining God’s expectations for behavior amongst His people. That this command falls in the midst of those behavioral things shows God expects trust to be a behavior …

Perspective Changes Everything

By: Tim Kelley, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery Devotional Team, and TEAM Training Coach 6/6/18
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Can I be honest? There was a time when these verses, above, were so hard for me to hear or read. The reason was that I was always in fear of judgment. My view of the Father at that time would not, and could not, allow me to see Him as anything but a harsh judge. This was my view because I had not dealt rightly with my sins, character defects, hurts, habits and hang-ups. I was carrying them, I was trying to make myself righ…

Service With A Smile

By: Carol Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Assimilation Coach, Fellowship NWA Celebrate Recovery Ministry Staff 5/30/2018
Service With A Smile “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (ESV)


By Katie Treadway, Fellowship Bible Church, CR Devotional Team, 5/23/2018

What a beautiful day the Lord has made! Between the rain and the sunshine, our grass is growing so much and it’s been kind of difficult to keep up with keeping it trimmed. But an interesting thing has been happening around our house when it comes time to mow.

Our house is backed up to a cattle field where cows graze. We had our builder give us a 4 ft fence (instead of the standard 6 ft) so that we could get a better view of the cows and the field. It’s brought with it an unexpected bonus! When we mow our yard, Justin will throw the grass clippings behind the fence. I use to scorn him for this! “What if that creates mold?!” “What if that attracts BUGS!?” “Justin…. You KNOW those clippings will be a safe haven for snakes now.” Unlike Justin’s natural tendency to just go with the flow (flow = whatever the wife says), he, for whatever reason, didn’t listen, and it’s brought about an interesting situation. Somewhere al…

The Storms May Come

By: Kareena Holloway, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Celebrate Recovery, Women's Encourager Coach 5/16/18
Do cloudy, dismal skies get you feeling kind of cloudy and dismal yourself?  I can relate!  I admit, sometimes I forget to look beyond the clouds and to remember that the most beautiful blue skies are right on the other side. I catch myself forgetting that very fact.  I focus on what's right in front of me, or what the sky looks like, and I forget.  If I let it go too long, I start wanting to isolate, and I feel down.  

How about those real-life storms? There are bound to be those days where you can't seem to lift your face because there is so much going on in your own life or the life of a loved one. In these times we need to reach out for prayer so that we remember God's truths. This is why God's Word is so vital to yours and my health.  His truths and promises keep us on track,  inspire us to reach out to like-minded people for prayer, and encourage one another.…

It's Not the End!

By Carl Kimbro, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 5/9/2018

As it happens so often in our lives, we are moving along in a close relationship with God,
serving Him, praising Him, living for Him. Things seem so good, and then suddenly it
happens. We may relapse, we may stumble in our walk, we may get caught up in circumstances around us and fall flat on our face. We may tell ourselves “this has happened too many times. I just can’t do this anymore. It’s impossible for me to get past my hurts, habits, and hang-ups. They own me now and they always will.” Doubt creeps in and we wonder if we are really a child of God. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. We all go through this. In our shame, failure can seem like the end, but is it?

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 73:26;
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

We don’t have to fear failure because failure is NEVER final. God is our strength, not us. God will pick us back …

The 5 W's & the H: What 7th Grade English Taught Me About Trusting God

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional team member 5/2/2018
Have you ever heard of the "5 W’s & 1 H—Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?"  I think it was my 7th grade English teacher who taught that asking these questions when writing helps make sure the reader gets all the important details.  Well, I love to have all the details, so somewhere along the line, I came up with my own 5 W’s and 1 H that I’d ask God.  They went something like this: “Who is going to help me?”
What do you plan to do about this, God?”  “Lord, when will you deliver me from (fill in the blank),” “Where are you taking me, Lord?” “Lord, why are you making me go through this?” “How am I going to fix this?” I asked these questions because I wanted to be in charge of my own life.  I knew what I wanted my life to look like and didn’t want to be patient with God.  However, the harder I tried to control my life, the faster it spun out of control.  I got myself into some uncomfortable situat…