Survival Gear for Dads – Day 6

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘ “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. ‘

Luke 16:10

‘No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. ‘

1 Corinthians 10:24

‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ‘

Hebrews 13:5

God’s Word is so incredible. It’s trustworthy throughout the generations! It’s unfailing and never changing! God’s Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! So let’s grab hold of what His Word tells us today!

Let’s be the dads who can be trusted! Let’s be the dads who are trustworthy no matter how much or how little we are given to take care of! Let’s be the dads who aren’t dishonest! Let’s be the dads who aren’t dishonest with even a little because it will point to a problem in our hearts and so put up barriers to getting trusted with much!

Let’s be the dads who are seeking the good of our wives! Let’s be the dads who are seeking the good of our kids! Let’s be the dads who are seeking the good of all those God brings into our lives! Let’s be the dads who aren’t selfish or self-seeking! Let’s be the dads God created, purposed, and plans for us to be and become!

Putting all of these together, let’s be the dads who are good stewards and demonstrate good stewardship!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Steward Resources

Survival Gear for Dads – Day 5

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. ‘

Deuteronomy 13:4

‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‘

Mark 10:45

‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. ‘

John 13:14

God’s Word is so incredible to me because just looking into it and reading it speaks such volumes. Taking verses from various parts of the Bible and putting them together on a topic or theme is so powerful because it speaks from God, about God, and to our hearts! The one compilation that always gets me is The Father’s Love Letter that I discovered many years ago. Take a moment to consider how the Bible is God’s love letter to us! (the first version shows the text of the verses, the second is the 20th Anniversary Edition)

The Father’s Love Letter (20th Anniversary Edition)

Looking at today’s reading we start with the command and direction for us to be the dads who follow the Lord! We are to be the dads that revere God! We are to be the dads who keep His commands! We are to be the dads who obey Him! We are to be the dads who serve Him! We are to be the dads who hold fast to Him!

Today’s reading teaches us that we aren’t to be the dads who try to hold power over others or force others to serve us but rather that we would be the dads who serve! Just as Jesus didn’t come to be served, we are the dads who shouldn’t be trying to get or have others serve us! We are to be the dads who serve others! We are to be the dads who serve our wives, our kids, and our world with a heart to serve and save many!

Let’s be the dads who are willing to serve others! Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to serve those in need! Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to serve our wives! Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to serve our kids! Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to wash one another’s feet!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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:
Serve Others

Survival Gear for Dads – Day 4

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13

God’s Word is alive and active and is able to meet us right where we are at. So let’s make sure we spend time in God’s Word in order to hear what He has to say. Allow God to lead and guide you in the ways you should go and how to study His Word. This year I have mixed things up and instead of going through a devotional that brings me through the Bible in a year, I am working my way through devotionals on the theme of dad.

Let’s be the dads who love our fellow brothers in prosperity and adversity! Let’s be the dads who love our fellow brothers and will stick with them and give them a hand up if and when adversity comes their way! Let’s be the dads who love our wives and our kids and support and encourage them through adversity! Let’s be the dads who have a legacy of love, unconditional love for our wives, our kids, and the people God brings across our paths!

Let’s be the dads who are willing to lean in and have the tough conversations with our wives, our kids, and the people God brings across our path because we know that it will allow both parties to be sharpened! Let’s be the dads who are willing to connect and have contact, even if and when it hurts in order to help our wives, our kids, and the people God brings across our path so that we can sharpen one another, even if it may hurt at the moment! Let’s be the dads who love our wives, our kids, and our God intimately!

Let’s be the dads who love our wives, our kids, and the people God brings across our path sacrificially! Let’s be the dads who love sacrificially and are willing to give! Let’s be the dads who love our wives, our kids, and the people God brings across our path as Jesus has loved us! Let’s be the dads who love unconditionally, intimately, and sacrificially for the glory of God!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Build Relationships

Survival Gear for Dads – Day 3

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘

2 Chronicles 7:14

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:6-7

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ‘

1 John 5:14

As we jump into our today let’s never forget to start in God’s Word to help prepare us for the day ahead. God’s Word is active and alive and able to speak right into our day! God’s Word never returns void and so let’s not hesitate nor delegate the meditation on God’s Word but rather meditate on it daily as we pray without ceasing!

Let’s be the dads who are called by God’s name! Let’s be the dads who humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face! Let’s be the dads who turn from our wicked ways so that God will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land! Let’s be the dads God created us to be today!

Let’s be the dads who aren’t anxious for anything because in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving we present our requests to God! Let’s be the dads who walk with the peace of God that transcends all understanding and will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Let’s be the dads who can live carefree, unconcerned, and relaxed because we cast all our cares upon God because we know He cares for us! Let’s be the dads who walk in relationship with Jesus rather than allowing the devil to create anxiety, worry, and fear!

Let’s be the dads who are seeking to live our lives in accordance with God’s will! Let’s be the dads who are living our lives in pursuit of God’s will! Let’s be the dads who ask God for something in accordance with His will! Let’s be the dads who are living confidence that God is hearing our prayers! Let’s be the dads who can approach God with confidence because we know, we have faith, we believe that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Pray Fervently

Survival Gear for Dads – Day 2

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. ‘

Psalms 119:11

‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ‘

Psalms 119:105

‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, ‘

2 Timothy 3:16

Every day I wake up and wonder what God is going to do today. Every day I start by turning to His Word! God’s Word is active and alive! God’s Word is available and accessible for us to use and reference to get through life! God’s Word is something we should meditate on and memorize. Let’s check out what the verses that related to today’s devotional tell us!

Let’s be the dads who store up God’s Word in our hearts so that when we are faced with having to make a decision we won’t sin against God! Let’s be the dads who write God’s Word in our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and invite Jesus into our hearts! Let’s be the dads who focus on God’s Word daily! Let’s be the dads who stay in contact with God throughout our days by praying without ceasing so that we always have the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to help us make the right decisions and move into all God has planned and prepared for us!

Let’s be the dads who use the Word of God as a lamp for our feet, helping us to know and see where we are going! Let’s be the dads who use the Word of God as a light unto our path so that we can see beyond our feet and be able to step out in faith, trusting God even when we can’t see that far ahead! Let’s be the dads who aren’t walking around, stumbling around, and bumping into everything because we spend time in the Word and we walk in alignment with the Word so that not only will we glorify God by pursuing His will and His way but will also will receive the desires of our heart that are so aligned and in pursuit of what God has prepared in advance for us!

Let’s be the dads who make time for the Word of God because we know that all scripture is God-breathed! Let’s be the dads who spend time in the Word of God because we know that it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness! Let’s be the dads who use the Word of God to help us learn how to be dads! Let’s be the dads who use the Word of God to help teach, rebuke, correct, and train our kids! Let’s be the dads who use the word of God to build up our family, from our marriage with our wives to our parental leadership over our kids and finally to the world around us that God has perfectly positioned us to be in and at!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Know Scripture

Survival Gear for Dads – Day 1

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies and getting to look through various dad devotionals helps me grab hold of and make the most of each day. After a week of grabbing onto Love Slows Down, I did a search to discover what the next devotional series would be and found Survival Gear for Dads | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible. Ever found it hard to be a godly dad? Ever found it exhausting to be a godly dad? Ever found it challenging to be a godly dad? Ever found it thrilling to be a godly dad? Ever found it confusing to be a godly dad? Ever found it rewarding to be a godly dad? As today’s devotional tells us “Being a godly father is an exhausting, challenging, thrilling, dangerous, confusing, and rewarding endeavor. It’s both a place you are and a journey you’re on. It’s a destination you arrive at and a process of becoming.” I am excited to get to read another devotional from the Manhood Journey and to read that this plan “will help you gear up for the journey, get a sense of where you are right now, and what steps to take next.” So let’s get into it and see what we can learn and what tools we can add to our toolbelt to be a part of our survival gear for this journey of being a godly dad!


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. ‘

Isaiah 26:3-4

‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: ‘

Psalms 37:4-5

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’

Proverbs 3:5-6

God’s Word is always so powerful and so it is the reason I tend to go through the verses first before jumping into the devotional and see how they apply them. I like to meditate and hear from God about how to live, listen, and learn. So let’s consider what God is saying to us through His Word today and then discover what the Manhood Journey will provide us in terms of gear to be better prepared as dads!

Let’s be the dads to whom God is able to provide perfect peace because our minds are steadfast and trusting in Him! Let’s be the dads in who God is able to produce perfect peace because our minds are firm, fixed, and steady! Let’s be the dads who God is able to create a perfect peace in our hearts and minds because we put all of our trust in Him! Let’s be the dads who will trust in the Lord forever! Let’s be the dads who stand firm on the rock that is Jesus, our eternal Rock! Let’s be the dads who put on the full armor of God and then stand firm on the rock!

Let’s be the dads who are focused on doing God’s Will and pursuing His purpose and plans for our lives! Let’s be the dads whose hearts are so focused on accomplishing the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish that God will give us the desires of our hearts! Let’s be the dads who commit our ways to the Lord! Let’s be the dads who trust in God! Let’s be the dads who look to live our lives in alignment with God’s will, trusting in Him, and accomplishing the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish so that He is able to work in and through our lives for the glory of His Kingdom!

Let’s be the dads who no matter what we are facing trust in the Lord with all of our hearts! Let’s be the dads who no matter what we are facing lean on God rather than leaning on our own understanding! Let’s be the dads who no matter what we are facing acknowledge and submit our ways to God! Let’s be the dads who allow God to make our paths straight no matter what we are facing because we choose to live our lives acknowledging and submitting to God’s ways!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (https://www.manhoodjourney.org).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Most days, being a godly father is not a walk in the park.

Love Slows Down – Day 7

Can you believe it that we have made it to day 7 already? I still remember how as I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ‘

Hebrews 10:24-25

‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

As I consider the importance of God’s Word in my life and His Spirit speaking, leading, guiding, and instructing me, I think about how God never intended us to go through this thing called life alone! Just like when Jesus speaks to love and how love is a foundation to relationships and relationships are the key to building ministries and life, it has to do with God and with others! Remember how Jesus told us:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” ‘

Mark 12:30-31

Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what God has to say through His Word and receive it, accept it, and apply it as we choose to live out our lives! Let’s be the dads who are looking for ways to encourage one another! Let’s be the dads who consider how we can spur one another on towards love and good deeds! Let’s be the dads who consider how to motivate others by not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing! Let’s be the dads who consider how to encourage one another daily and even more so as we see the Day approaching!

Let’s be the dads who realize we aren’t supposed to be going through this thing called life alone! Let’s be the dads who grab a hold of the reality that “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor“! Let’s be the dads who are present and ready to help others when they fall down! Let’s be the dads who don’t try to go it alone and in our own strength and discover that there is nobody to help us! Let’s be the dads who cling to our wives like God planned and designed us for we know that we can support, encourage, love, and protect one another! Let’s be the dads who don’t go it alone but make sure we have one another so that we won’t be overpowered but rather will be able to defend ourselves! Let’s be the dads who keep Jesus in the center of our relationships for “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Walk with Others 

Love Slows Down – Day 6

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ‘

Isaiah 26:3

‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.’

Psalms 1:1-3

It’s exciting to me to get to jump into God’s Word each day. My day starts with an idea and then God’s Word is able to expand, improve, enlarge, amplify, direct, and instruct me on what to do and where to go, and how to do it! God’s Word is alive and speaks right to where we are at! So let’s be the dads who make time daily to dig into the Word of God!

Let’s be the dads who are able to find peace in, with, and from God by choosing to trust in God! Let’s be the dads who keep our minds firm on the Word of God! Let’s be the dads who keep our minds focused on Jesus! Let’s be the dads who are unwavering in our walk because of our trust in God, God’s Word, and Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Let’s be the dads who are firm in what we believe! Let’s be the dads who won’t be moved even when we face trials, troubles, or even difficulties! Let’s be the dads who will defend the truth! Let’s be the dads who choose to worship God in Spirit and in truth! Let’s trust God in order that we can be the dads who are steadfast! Let’s be the dads who are steadfast in our faith because we walk out our lives in relationship with Jesus! Let’s be the dads who put our steadfast faith in Jesus on display that when others see us they will see Jesus and praise our Heavenly Father! Today’s let’s be the dads who are immovable because of our faith and trust in God, putting on the full armor of God and standing firm!

Let’s be the dads who are blessed because we don’t walk in step with the wicked! Let’s be the dads who are blessed because we don’t stand in the way that sinners take! Let’s be the dads who are blessed because we don’t sit in the company of mockers! Let’s be the dads who are blessed because we delight in the law of the Lord! Let’s be the dads who are blessed because we meditate on God’s Word day and night! Let’s be the dads who are so connected and plugged into the calling, the purpose, and the plan of God for our lives that we can stand like a tree planted by streams of water producing good fruit in season without withering because we have our deep roots planted into the solid ground of Jesus!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Seek Solitude

Love Slows Down – Day 5

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’

Ephesians 4:32

God knows what we need even before we ask, so let’s be the dads who ask! Let’s be the dads that seek so that we can find it! Let’s be the dads who knock so that the doors will be opened! God’s Word never returns void! God’s Word will meet us right where we are at and speak to us the wisdom we have need to press in and press on, to get up and stand firm!

Let’s be dads who guard our hearts as we read in God’s Word! Let’s be the dads who continually make sure our hearts and our head align! Let’s be the dads who know to be true is what’s setting the direction of our hearts. Let’s be the dads who Focus On Jesus! Let’s be the dads who Identify The Lies That Surround Us! Let’s be the dads who Reject What Is Not True! Let’s be the dads who Remember Our Identity! Let’s be the dads who Continually Remind Ourself Of What’s True! Let’s be the dads who realize it’s not a one-and-done thing but rather something we do to continue to make sure our hearts are in a healthy state! Let’s be the dads who never forget that we are in a spiritual battle and as such will come under continuous attack and as such need to continue to guard our hearts because everything we do flows from it! Let’s be the dads who are vigilant and grab hold of the importance and urgency that comes from the message “Above all else” to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it!

Let’s be the dads who are kind! Being kind is unnatural for us, everybody is challenged by it, and so it is something we need to decide and choose to do! Let’s be the dads who are staying connected to God so that He is able to produce the fruit of the Spirit of kindness in and through our lives! Let’s be the dads who are expressing kindness to other human beings for it is more important than rituals and sacrifices (Hosea 6:6Matt 9:1312:7)! Let’s be the dads who “love kindness (Mic6:8)”! Let’s be the dads who are “exhibiting his kindness and mercy (Luke 6:35-36)”! Let’s be the dads who demonstrate kindness by acting and living “gently and considerately” imitating Jesus’ actions!

Let’s be the dads who are compassionate for we know that compassion “fuels acts of kindness and mercy“! Let’s be the dads who are “aroused within us when we are confronted with those who suffer or are vulnerable” and show compassion! Let’s be the dads who act because of our desire to alleviate the suffering, and don’t allow something like geographical distances or lack of means to prevent us from acting upon our compassionate feelings! Let’s be the dads who are so interested in being God’s hands extended that we are willing to dig deeper and study God’s Word including what words in the Hebrew align to our English words like compassion which allows us to discover information like:

The Hebrew (hamal [חָמַל], rachuwm [רַחוּם]) and Greek (splanchnisomai [σπλαγχνίζομαι]) words sometimes translated as “compassion” also bear a broader meaning such as “to show pity, ” “to love, ” and “to show mercy.” Other near synonyms for compassion in English are “to be loved by, ” “to show concern for, ” “to be tenderhearted, ” and “to act kindly.”

Compassion Definition and Meaning – Bible Dictionary (biblestudytools.com)

Let’s be the dads who look to mirror compassion as God shows it! Let’s be the dads who give compassion freely (Exod 33:19Rom 9:15) and tenderly (Isa 49:15; Ho 11:8)!

Let’s be the dads who practice forgiveness just as Jesus forgave us! Let’s be the dads who follow God’s command to forgive others! We know from the Bible God’s forgiveness can be summarized like this:

Let’s be the dads who take seriously that God wants us to forgive others! Let’s be the dads who take seriously that when someone hurts us, we are under an obligation to God to forgive that person as Jesus commands in Matthew 6:14-15 where it says: ‘ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. ‘ I remember as part of my story on forgiveness how after forgiving others God brought this scripture to mind in the statement “as you forgive others, I will forgive you” and how I started to ask God for forgiveness because He had been telling me to forgive for months at that point and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding came upon me and the sadness, anger, and bitter were taken away!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Let It Go

Love Slows Down – Day 4

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘

Matthew 22:37-39

‘So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ‘

Matthew 6:31-33

Ever realized how alive God’s Word is? Ever found how God’s Word meets you right where you are at? As I was getting my day started I was thinking about the and wondering about this day and how to finish the week strong and on a high note so that next week will be able to start stronger and the quotes and thoughts that came to mind align with today’s devotional’s verses.

Let’s be the dads who slow down out of love! Let’s be the dads who put love as our top priority! Let’s be the dads who love the Lord your God with all our hearts and with all our souls and with all our minds! Let’s be the dads who make this our top priority! Let’s be the dads who continue to seek to put God’s will first and as such choose to love others as Jesus commanded when He told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s be the dads who love God, love our wives, love our kids, and love those God has brought into our lives as our neighbors!

Let’s be the dads who are trusting God so much that we aren’t living a life of worry that would rob us of all God has planned, prepared, and wills for our lives! Rather than worrying, let’s be the dads who cast our worry, anxiety, and care upon God because we know that He cares for us! Let’s be the dads who aren’t stuck worrying about things like food, drinks, and clothes! Let’s be the dads who are focusing on God and His plans and purposes for our lives! Let’s not be chasing after the material things of this world but rather are pursuing God, God’s plans, God’s purposes, and God’s will for our lives! Let’s not be caught in the snares of the devil who is tricking this world into believing they need all these things that will not last and instead be focused on the things that will last! God knows what we need even before we ask, so let’s choose to be the dads who are walking out of our lives trusting in Him and living in a relationship with Him so that we can ask, seek, and knock and know that God has our best in mind! So to do this, let’s be the dads who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness trusting, believing, and knowing that then God will take care of everything else! Let’s be the dads who are focused on making the most out of today rather than worrying about tomorrow because tomorrow will have enough to worry about on its own, let’s focus on today because each day has enough trouble of its own!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Create Space

Love Slows Down – Day 3

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’

Ephesians 4:31-32

Ever felt stuck and weren’t sure why? Ever felt down and wondered if there was anything you could do about it? Ever felt like you were stuck on a downward spiral and wondered what to do? God’s Word is filled with wisdom and direction for us. God’s Word points us to the things that cause us to feel stuck. God’s Word points us to things that drag us down. God’s Word calls us to stop and look up to Him and cry out to God rather than continuing to fall on a downward spiral. So let’s be the dads who turn to God quickly when we feel stuck. Let’s be the dads who turn to God quickly when we feel down. Let’s be the dads who look up and cry out to God when we are spiraling out of control. Let’s be the dads who receive His instruction, direction, and plan in obedience rather than turning our back on Him and getting stuck, feeling down, or spiraling out of control! I remember challenging God about forgiveness when some people hurt me and it wasn’t till years later that I discovered others were hurt too and that had I been thinking about others more than myself I wouldn’t have started my own pity party. At the moment God has prompted me to forgive and I had more excuses and reasons why I shouldn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t. That was the beginning of getting stuck and allowing a bitter root to take hold in my heart. That was the beginning of allowing rage and anger to take hold of my heart and mind. That was the beginning of the downward spiral and it took nearly hitting rock bottom for me to look up and cry out to God and obey. Let’s hear God and obey Him! Let’s do it His way rather than suffering through it in our own way. Let’s go through what we have to go through with Him rather than on our own! I have had the opportunity to share my story with the people who were around me at the time as God kept bringing people who needed to forgive across my doorway and I had to tell them they needed to forgive first. I’ve even gotten to share the story with a group of coworkers as part of a Story Slam event that was put on to help people get to know each other as the company was growing. (Sharing as a link rather than embedded so that only those who want to spend the extra 10 minutes have to have the space on the screen taken up.) The key is that God’s Word is full of wisdom and direction! The Holy Spirit in His still quiet voice will instruct you and guide you! Now the decision is in our hands to obey or not!

We see how the scripture for today’s devotional comes from Ephesians and God’s Word commands us to rid ourselves of some very specific things! Let’s be the dads who get rid of bitterness! Let’s be the dads who get rid of rage and anger! Let’s be the dads who get rid of brawling and slander! Let’s be the dads who get rid of every form of malice! God’s word helps us realize the things we have to clear out of the way and then how to proceed! Let’s be the dads who are obedient and not getting stuck, down, or spiraling down! Let’s be the dads who by choosing to be obedient to God’s command and instruction are able to be kind and compassionate to one another! Let’s be the dads who are being kind and compassionate to our wives, kids, and the world! Let’s be the dads who are forgiving each other! Let’s be the dads who are forgiving our wives, our kids, and the people from this world that God has brought in! Let’s be the dads who realize that we aren’t forgiving first as Jesus who forgave us! So let’s be the dads who emulate Jesus and forgive and walk in obedience to God’s Word and Spirit!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
The Love That Drives Out Anger 

‘Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’ ?” And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night. ‘

Matthew 21:12-17

Love Slows Down – Day 2

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ‘

1 John 4:18

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 8:38-39

Each morning I am so excited to get to see what God’s Word will say. I know God’s Word isn’t just words on a page or on a screen but rather God’s Word is alive and active and meets us right where we are at. Where are you today? What do the verses for today’s devotional speak to you? Will you cling to them? Will you meditate on them? Will you receive them?

Let’s be the dads who are filled with God’s love! Let’s be the dads who are filled to overflowing with God’s love! Let’s be the dads who from the overflow of our hearts, which is so filled with God’s love, pour love into our wives, kids, and the world around us! Let’s be the dads who are so filled with love that there is no fear! Let’s be the dads who allow God’s perfect love to drive out any threats or fears! Let’s be the dads who are so aligned with God that we are walking in faith, hope, and trust in Him rather than allowing the threats and lies of the devil to be trying to create fear of punishment when we know that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus“! Let’s be the dads who are living by faith, trust, and hope in Jesus so that His love casts out all fear and so that we don’t allow fear to be ruling our lives! Let’s be the dads who are “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor heavenly rulers, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord“. Let’s be the dads who are with God and who are living our lives to bring our wives, our kids, and our world to Him too!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

Love Slows Down – Day 1

As I went looking for our next devotional about dads, I found this one named “Love Slows Down” by Joël and Jonathan Malm. In a world where we see so much of a desire or need for instant gratification the topic of slowing down is interesting. In a world where everyone is busy and always on the go the topic of slowing down is intriguing. Today’s devotional draws us in with the statement “We were made from love, made for love, and are called to live in God’s love.” Today’s devotional is based on the book “Love Slows Down” by author Joël Malm. Looking to learn more about the book, it speaks to how packed it is with truth, guidance, and spiritual wisdom. This devotional will carry us through a week as it is a 7-day devotional. Its introduction shares how it will help us slow down and trade in anger, anxiety, and hurry for life with God’s love! I’m excited to get to see where we go.


Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ‘

1 John 4:7-12

God’s Word is alive and active and is sharper than a double-edged sword! Let’s not read it or treat it like it is a dusty old book of stories but rather let’s study it as the Word of God that can and will speak directly into our lives right here and right now.

Let’s be the dads who are filled with love because of our connection to God! Let’s be the dads who are filled to overflowing with love because we are filled with the fountain of life that is Jesus! Let’s be the dads who live out 1 Thessalonians 3:12 where it says: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” Let’s be the dads who love one another because love comes from God! Let’s be the dads who loves because we have been born of God and we know God! Let’s be the dads who take that love and pour it into the lives of our wives and kids because we know that “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Let’s be the dads who demonstrate love in the ways we think, speak, and act towards our wives, kids, and world around us! God showed His love by being generous! God shows His love by sending “his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Let’s be the dads who will love our wives, kids, and world around us first! Let’s be the dads emulate our Heavenly Father who “loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Let’s be the dads who take hold of how much God loves us and love one another! Let’s be the dads who reflect God through our lives and point people to Jesus because we live our lives loving others, loving one another! Let’s be the dads who demonstrate that we have Jesus in us, in our hearts, in our lives, by loving so that His love can be made complete in us!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Joël and Jonathan Malm (http://joelmalm.com).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Made for Love

‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ‘

1 John 4:7-12

The Father Knows Best – Day 3

The search continued for dad-related devotions and I found this one titled “The Father Knows Best” by Dr. Tony Evans. This devotional is interesting as it speaks to “major loss or difficult setbacks or emotional turmoil” and how “it can be a temptation to fall prey to despair.” As we close this devotional today we will get to hear about how “he found peace through hanging on to hope“. We each have things we have, are, or will be going through and the more tools we can put in our toolbelt to help us press on the better prepared we will be to thrive for the glory of God! Let’s be the dads who are looking for ways to lean in on God when the world starts to press in on us because we know that we can trade our sorrows for the joy of the Lord! Let’s pause for a moment and allow a song to get us prepared for God’s Word and the message of hope from Dr. Tony Evans.

I’mTrading My Sorrows (yes lord) – Darrell Evans (With Lrycis)

Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:


‘And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ‘

Romans 8:27-28

‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ‘

Matthew 6:33

God’s Word is unchanging and alive! God’s Word is a love letter to us! God’s Word is powerful! God’s Word provides us with truth and wisdom!

Let’s be the dads who invite God into our hearts to search it and clean house. Let’s be the dads who invite Jesus into our hearts so that we can have His Spirit in us to provide us with wisdom and guidance for each day and every situation! Let’s be the dads who lean in on the Holy Spirit and allow Him to be our comforter and our guide who can intercede on our behalf even when we don’t know what to pray! Let’s be the dads who lean in on the Holy Spirit when we don’t know what to say or pray because we know that He prays and intercedes in our moans and groans in accordance with the will of God! Let’s be the dads who trust God because we know that in all things He works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes!

Let’s be the dads who get our priorities straight! Let’s be the dads who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! Let’s be the dads who trust God to take care of our needs so much that we look to fulfill His call on our life first and lean in on Him, seeking His will and His way as our top priority! Let’s be the dads who are leaning so hard into and on God that we have no worry or fear because we know that by giving it all to Him, every need or concern will be taken care of by our loving Heavenly Father! When we put the right things in first it leaves room for the smaller and smaller things to fill in the gaps. Check out the example where they put in the rocks, the pebbles, the sand, and even then when everyone is sure there isn’t any room left, they add water. So let’s make sure we put first things first! Let’s be the dads who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness so that everything else can be taken care of too.


Today’s devotional has been provided by The Urban Alternative (Tony Evans) (https://tonyevans.org/).

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)

For more information, please visit About The Publisher.


Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Learn about the nature of God so we can have a deeply rooted trust in Him

  • Do you know God or just about God?
  • Are you about rituals and routines or about a relationship with God?
  • Let’s be the dads who have invited Jesus into our lives who had made a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled back unto God so that we can know God and live our lives in relationship with Him!
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God so much that our wives see it and they lean in and trust God too!
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God so much that our kids see it and they lean in and trust God too!
  • Let’s be the dads who model our lives after our Heavenly Father so that our wives and kids can know and trust they will be taken care of!
  • Let’s be the dads who model our lives after our Heavenly Father so that our wives and kids don’t have to worry about the day-to-day things because they know that those will all be taken care of!
  • Let’s be the dads who are looking out for the best for our wives and kids!
  • Let’s be the dads who are providing for the needs of our wives and kids!
  • Let’s be the dads who like our Heavenly Father are looking to not only meet the needs of our kids but to exceed them by providing something better than they expected!
  • Let’s be the dads who like our Heavenly Father are looking to provide love, hope, and faith into our families for our wives and kids to cling to and be able to live by.
  • In today’s devotional, we hear about the author’s personal story and how God was able to work a way through his dad to show God’s love and provision!
  • Let’s be the dads who are pouring love and provision into the lives of our wives and kids!
  • Today’s devotional closed with this question:
  • Today’s devotional even closed with an opening for you and for me:

The Father Knows Best – Day 2

The search continued for dad-related devotions and I found this one titled “The Father Knows Best” by Dr. Tony Evans. This devotional is interesting as it speaks to “major loss or difficult setbacks or emotional turmoil” and how “it can be a temptation to fall prey to despair.” As we spend the remaining two days going through this devotional we will get to hear about how “he found peace through hanging on to hope“. We each have things we have, are, or will be going through and the more tools we can put in our toolbelt to help us press on the better prepared we will be to thrive for the glory of God! Let’s be the dads who are looking for ways to lean in on God when the world starts to press in on us because we know that we can trade our sorrows for the joy of the Lord! Let’s pause for a moment and allow a song to get us prepared for God’s Word and the message of hope from Dr. Tony Evans.


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Trading My Sorrows – Elevation Worship Online Experience Version

Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional lesson:


‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ‘

Proverbs 19:21

‘Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in him and he will do this: ‘

Psalms 37:5

God’s Word is the truth! God’s Word never changes! God’s Word is powerful and alive! Let’s never take for granted that we have God’s Word to reference and take with us! Let’s cherish God’s Word to us and that we get to read it, reference it, and meditate on it daily!

Let’s be the dads who seek God for wisdom and discernment to help us prepare and plan for our lives and the lives of our wives and kids! Let’s be the dads who pray for God’s protection and healthy to allow us to complete the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! Let’s be the dads who capture and offer the plans in our hearts to God so that He can refine them and direct us in the ways we should go! Let’s be the dads who seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness so that the desires of our hearts align with Him and that His purposes will prevail! Let’s be the dads who are sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit so that we can walk out our lives in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s be the dads who commit our way to the Lord! Let’s be the dads who trust in God! Let’s be the dads who lean into God trusting Him so much that we will and can receive His promises like ‘He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. ‘ (Psalms 37:6)


Today’s devotional has been provided by The Urban Alternative (Tony Evans) (https://tonyevans.org/).

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:
Saying “yes” in the face of God’s “no”

  • Let’s be the dads who are focused more on being obedient to God’s will than getting our own way!
  • Let’s be the dads who are ready and willing to say “yes” to God’s “no”!
  • Let’s be the dads who are pursuing the will of God, even if it isn’t what we are asking for or desiring!
  • Let’s be the dads who break the process of our natural tendencies in order to choose and receive God’s plan and purpose for how our lives will play out!
  • Let’s be the dads who are willing to deal with the pain and suffering for a season because we know that it will end and that we will find joy in the morning!
  • Let’s be the dads who are willing to let God end one season in order to start a new one!
  • Let’s be the dads who are ready and willing to let God start something new in and through us!
  • Let’s be the dads who learn through it so that we can share the lesson with others!
  • As I typed that I reflect on how I had to trust God even when He called me to something I thought was so much bigger than anything I could ever do!
  • As I typed that I reflect on how I had to trust God and be obedient when He called me to forgive those who had hurt me and how forgiveness was the key to freedom and that I was going to be positioned to speak forgiveness into the lives of so many others!
  • Let’s be the dads who like Jesus when He was in the garden and asked if there was another way, submitted to the Father in order to do it His way that would open the door to forgiveness and salvation!
    • ‘Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” ‘ Matthew 26:36-46
  • Let’s be the dads who are ok to let this cup pass from me so that God’s will can be done in and through our lives!
  • Let’s be the dads who are able to release that which is behind us in order to press onward to what lies ahead!
    • “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
  • Let’s allow God to be God and not try to take control out of His hands!
  • Let’s choose to surrender to God’s purpose and plan because we know it is for our good and His glory!
  • Let’s choose to surrender to God’s purpose and plan no matter how much it hurts in the moment!
  • Today’s devotional shares these ideas like this:
  • With my promised son from God whom for that reason I named Isaac, there are many times when I wonder about all that took place in the life of Abraham.
  • Abraham trusted God to the point of getting to be called His friend!
    • Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.Genesis 15:6
    • “Abraham showed his love for God through his faith accompanied by obedience (Genesis 12:1, 4; 15:6).”
      • ‘The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. ‘ Genesis 12:1-5
      • ‘Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? ‘ 2 Chronicles 20:7
      • ‘Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. ‘ James 2:21-24
  • Let’s be the dads who are more interested in what God says and thinks than what people say and think!
  • Are you ready to put something behind you because God says and open yourself up for the miracle God prepared for the outcome of that obedience?
  • Today’s devotional tells the story this way:
  • Today’s devotional closes with this question for us to ponder: