It’s an exciting day to be a dad as the gift of children is so powerful and with my kids each doing their own thing I find myself in an exciting situation where based on outcomes of today there will be traveling plans booked based on the outcomes of today the person traveling will differ and yet in both cases, it turns out to be a win-win gift because it will mean getting to see one of my kids. I know God shows up!
So looking forward as I put my hope and trust in God to orchestrate the outcome and help with making the plans, I turn to God’s Word and look to dig deeper into today’s devotional because I know that God always shows up!
Today’s devotional comes with the following description:
This 7-day reading plan from Dad Tired podcast host and author Jerrad Lopes will prepare your heart and mind for the advent season as you explore God’s presence throughout the Bible and in your everyday life. From the garden to the manger to your own home, Jerrad helps you gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the God who always shows up…and will do the same for you.Finding God in Advent | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible
Scripture from Today’s Devotional:
So let’s get started not only in our post today but in our lives daily by turning to God’s Word and allowing His Word to speak into our situation! Let’s allow God’s Word to enter into our very situation in order to receive His teaching of what is true and be able to adjust and clean out things that are wrong! Let’s choose to lean in on God and His Word than trying to figure it all out in our own understanding so that by acknowledging God He will be able to show us the path to take! Let’s turn to God’s Word that is sharper than a double-edged sword because it will allow us to get to the core of the matter with the right attitude and response!
Let’s be the dads who share and express who Jesus is to us! Let’s be the dads who share the importance of having a relationship with Jesus rather than just a religion with rituals and routines! Let’s be the dads who trust God in His Word! Let’s be the dads who know that even on our worst days God will show up! Let’s be the dads who know that even when we make the biggest mess of things possible that God will show up! Let’s be the dads who in those moments invite Jesus into the situations to help us clean things up!
Let’s be the dads who ask Jesus into our lives when things don’t seem to be working out as planned! Let’s be the dads who rather than just giving up are ready, willing, and able to receive God’s instruction and do it obediently! Let’s be the dads who realize that we can’t do it all in our own strength but rather that with God all things are possible! Let’s be the dads who consider inviting Jesus into our situations before they get too rough! Let’s be the dads who when things get rough are ready, willing, and able to invite or receive Jesus with His instructions and direction to help us get back on track and for things to get settled! Let’s be the dads who don’t lose hope and try to go it alone! Let’s be the dads who choose to continue to walk out our lives with God allowing the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide! Let’s be the dads who love Jesus and in so take care of our wives! Let’s be the dads who love Jesus and in so take care of our kids! Let’s be the dads who love Jesus and in so take care of the people in our community! Let’s be the dads who love Jesus and offer up God’s Word, the bread of life, into the lives of all those God brings into our lives!
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Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
“God Shows Up After Your Worst Day“
- Ever had a rough day and experienced God showing up?
- Ever had a rough day and invited Jesus into it?
- Ever had what felt like the worst day and witnessed God showing up?
- Ever experienced your worst day and invited Jesus into it and had things turn around?
- Today’s devotional speaks to how God shows up after your worst day and today’s scripture speaks to it too.
- Let’s be the dads who realize and believe that God showing up is for us!
- Let’s be the dads who accept and expect that God will show up even on our worst day!
- Let’s be the dads who know that we aren’t too broken, sinful, or messy for God to want to be around us!
- Let’s be the dads who want and expect God to be with us and show up!
- Let’s be the dads who realize through reading scripture how others have messed up and Jesus helped restore them!
- Today’s devotional on this topic speaks to Peter:
- “Peter is one of Jesus’s disciples—in fact, one of his closest friends. During Jesus’s ministry, the two did everything together and shared some of Jesus’s most memorable moments on earth. Together they ate meals, shared a home, experienced amazing miracles, and even walked on water. They were close. Really close. Which is why it’s so confusing when on the day Jesus needed him most, Peter turned his back on him. Jesus had been arrested and was in the middle of a sham trial when a young girl accused Peter of being one of his followers. “I don’t know that man” Peter sheepishly replied. In fact, he denied Christ three times in minutes. Wait a second—the guy who once told Jesus that he would die for him…that same guy now denies even knowing who Jesus is? Don’t you think now would be a good time for Jesus to quit? I mean, come on…he pours out his life for these guys for more than three years, and now one of his most loyal followers is claiming he doesn’t even know him. If Jesus were going to bail on humanity, this would have been a very reasonable time. But he doesn’t bail. While Peter is denying even knowing him, Jesus is on his way to being falsely accused, tortured, condemned, and eventually nailed on a cross to die. The last time the two interact before Jesus dies, Peter claims he doesn’t know his best friend. This is a bad day for Peter. Probably the worst day of his life.“
- Let’s be the dads who realize that on our worst day God doesn’t give up on us!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t give up on ourselves but instead turn back to God for forgiveness and reconciliation!
- Let’s be the dads who turn back to God for wisdom and discernment on how to proceed!
- Let’s be the dads who draw closer to God rather than turn away from Him!
- Today’s devotional takes back into scripture when Peter decides to fall back on what he knows and looks to go back to fishing, where Jesus first found him when it says:
- “Peter, likely depressed, gives up on ministry after that night and goes back to what he knows best—fishing. But Jesus doesn’t give up on Peter. Instead, he shows up. In fact, he cooks breakfast for him. You can’t make this stuff up. Peter, after denying that he knows his friend Jesus, now finds him on the shores of the lake, cooking Peter breakfast and calling him back into ministry. Because this is who God is. He is a God who always shows up for broken people on their worst day.“
- Let’s be the dads who remember God always shows up!
- Let’s be the dads who remember God “always shows up for broken people on their worst day“!
- Today’s devotional closes with this thought and challenge:
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