Happy Valentine’s Day! Below I am posting the double-D (Daily Devotion). I wrote most of these before the turn of the new year, ready to be copy and pasted in mornings where I was rushing out the door, but today, I modified the DD to flow with this entire message. For the part of this blog you are reading right now, I have found myself adding something that has come to my attention that I feel worth sharing with the world. I hope you do the same and share anything that moves your heart and soul.
I had no idea that Matthew West‘s new album was dropping this week. If you do not know who Mr. West is, you’re gonna learn this week, because he is in my top five of favorite Christian artists. His lyrics are always relevant and real. So for the next week, in honor of his new album Brand New, I will be sharing a song below and talking about the lyrics behind the music. Enjoy.
29”But what about you? he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8:29)
Today is a day where we spend a little more, give a little more, and love our significant other’s a little more than normal. While today is meant to be a day of celebrating love and faithfulness, it can also be a day of painful reminders. Today can be a day when we are reminded of heartbreak and loss, maybe spending the day thinking of the one’s that would not stay. That’s why I shared the song above to remind anyone still dealing with abandonment or regret that we were created by a God who stays, a God who, no matter what we have done in our past, stays and loves us the same.
Today can also be a day when loneliness and isolation is magnified. But there is never a need to feel alone in this life. Jesus loves each and every one of us. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. So if you find yourself alone today, stop isolating yourself. Get out and be with friends. If you haven’t become involved in your church, get involved. You’ll make wonderful friends through your church. And if you don’t feel like going out, just stay in, grab your Bible and cozy up to the Prince you’ve always been waiting for, the Prince of Peace.
Reading plan: Mark 9:1-29
Deeper reading plan: Deuteronomy 13-15
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray for the lost and lonely to find Christ.
Fitness challenge: 2 slow, controlled sets of 14 reps of your favorite exercises.