Showing posts from June, 2018

Lessons Learned in the Garden

By Susan Nichols, Fellowship Bible Church CR Devotional Team 6/27/2018 Lessons Learned in the Garden For many years, we had a huge vegetable garden where we grew tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, purple hull peas, greens, and more.  We loved growing our own food and sharing fresh vegetables with friends and neighbors.  I must admit, however, that while caring for the garden was satisfying, it took continual effort to make sure it was productive. 
One of the biggest chores was weeding.  My favorite tools for this were my two hoes.  The pointed ends of my crescent hoe (below left) were for precision work—reaching under individual weeds to pull them up, turning over the soil and exposing the roots in the process.  My heavier grub hoe (below right) helped overturn larger patches of weeds or unwanted grasses whose roots ran deeper into the soil.  

Just like that vegetable garden, we all have weeds—the effects of trials, traumas, and tribulations that have changed us emotionally, mentally, physi…

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…