Our Legacies (Prayer Devotional for the week of March 13, 2016)

The time has come for me to move on to other areas of ministry. I hope this final devotional entry will encourage you to seek after God’s plans for your own life and strengthen your faith for the journey. Thank you for walking this path with me for 5+ years! It has been a joy! Please feel free to visit the archives to read past entries.

Early in my walk with the Lord, I felt drawn toward ministry, especially foreign missions. My pastor at the time once quipped that I would become the next Lottie Moon (a famous missionary to China in the late 1800s). I tucked away his comments in my heart as I mulled over God’s plan for my life. A few years later, that same pastor disgraced his family and left the church amid a scandalous affair. I struggled for a long while about his teachings and encouragement that had meant so much to me as a new believer in Christ, but suddenly felt tainted. I learned the hard way to put my trust in the Lord, rather than in people.


That isn’t to say that godly leaders have no impact on us – of course they do! Look at the story of Elijah and Elisha, beginning in 1 Kings 19. Elijah had accomplished amazing things for the Lord, but this part of the story picks up with him hiding in a cave to avoid capture. Elijah felt like all of God’s people had turned on him, and he was the only faithful one left. The Lord spoke to him, encouraging him that not only were there still thousands of loyal Israelites, but God had also identified Elisha as his successor to carry on the work that he had started.


Elijah may have thought his ministry was a goner (through no fault of his own), but as it turns out, his legacy was so incredible that he even had an encore performance in the New Testament (see Matthew 17)! There may be times – no, there will be times – when serving the Lord feels like a one-man band, and you question your purpose or calling. There will be times when other Christians let you down, disappoint you, even betray your trust. In those times, we need to remember that we are serving the Lord, first and foremost. When we walk with the Lord, great things happen – not for our own glory, but for his.


When we began these devotionals a little over five years ago, I could not have imagined how the Lord would use them. After all, I’m no Elijah; I’m just a gal with lots of ideas in her head and words on her heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts, struggles, and prayers as you came alongside and walked with me through grief, despair, joy, heartache, growth, and change. This season of ministry is coming to an end for me, but I hope that somehow I have spurred each of you on to find ways in which you can serve the Lord through your own gifts, talents, and passions. Don’t be afraid to strike your cloak on the water, as it were, and step out in faith (see 2 Kings 2 for Elijah & Elisha’s river story). Who knows, you might just become the next Lottie Moon … but even if you don’t, God still has mind-blowing things planned for you. Just trust him.

Tell of His Majesty (Prayer Devotional for the week of October 5, 2014)

We’ve been in southern Utah about two months now, and although we’re learning our way around and getting into some scheduling routines, there are times when the majesty of God’s creation makes me feel as awe-inspired as it did when I first arrived in town for my job interview last spring. Routines are fine, and staying on schedule is great, but it’s easy to get caught in the daily grind and lose sight of the wonders that God has placed around us.


As we were driving into town the other day, the sun illuminated one of the mountains in such a way that it practically glowed in vibrant colors. Trying to explain it won’t do it justice, but it was remarkable. The rocky parts were a pallet of such rich browns and reds that Sherwin-Williams would be jealous. The forested areas were a blend of dark and bright greens. It was glorious.


I pointed out the view to the kids, and we all oohed and ahhed over it. We talked about how lovely it is here, yet sometimes we just go about our day and don’t pay much attention to it. One of the younger ones commented, “Yeah, sometimes I just get used to seeing it.”


The psalmist reminded us to keep God’s majesty in the forefront of our minds, and to share his wonders with others as a testimony of his goodness: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds” Psalm 145:4-6 (NIV).


It has barely been two months, yet we have to remind ourselves to look around and admire what God has done. May we be more mindful of God’s majesty, not only his creation, but also his many wonderful blessings in our lives.