CSR Daily Devotion

Happy Tuesday Y’all! Or as I like to think of it, Happy Two-Days until Thanksgiving!

So real quick, I mentioned yesterday how I spoke to God while staying at Fort Stewart. I love Fort Stewart. It holds a special place in my heart. It’s where I did my first field training in the National Guard, it’s where I trained before my deployment, and it’s where, on any day, when the wind blows and the towering pines mutter and mumble with the breeze, I can feel God’s presence. That’s how He spoke to me this last week, in the quiet roar of pine needles flowing high above my head.

I had been distracted all week and then as I was doing something outside I heard the wind long before I felt it. As I mentioned above, it was a roaring whisper of waving pine needles and then the caressing breeze that chased the higher altitudes. I closed my eyes and said a prayer, and foolishly thought: “Oh there you are.” As if God had not been there. He had been there all along. I just did not take a moment to pause, to reflect, to talk to Him myself until He caught my attention.

God did not have to do that. He could have just let me finish my National Guard training without speaking to me and I would have never thought twice about it. But God did come after me, to remind me of His power and presence and reveal to me how easily I still continue to be distracted.

How often is God trying to speak to you, but you have so many worldly distractions creating too much noise? So much noise you can barely hear yourself, let alone God. Turn down the distractions this Thanksgiving holiday, spend some time in nature and listen to what God is whispering to you!

November 24

1Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.  (3 John 11)

We finish our study of John’s letters with these three sentences that over simplify the distinction between good and evil.  Although the truth of this is rather simple:  anyone who does what is good from a pure heart is from God.  There are many who do good but denounce the existence of God.  These people are not evil, but they choose to refuse to see God.  Which is a sad truth in our culture today.  Religion has pushed many good people away from knowing the true God and the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

I hope that after this year you will be able to go after these lost, good souls and help steer them into eternal salvation.  We need to make Heaven crowded.

Reading plan:  3 John

Deeper reading plan:  Habakkuk 3:11-19

Prayer and meditation:  Today we thank God for all our Christian warriors, for those living good, righteous lives and doing all they can to make the world a better place.  Pray for peace, pray for calm.  Pray the revival in your heart overflows to all those around you.

Fitness challenge:  Day 85-85 reps.

  1. Hand-release Push-up
  2. Sit-ups
  3. Jumping squat
  4. Leg lift
  5. Burpees

Run:  Tuesday is our interval running: Run four miles, jogging for one-minute, sprinting for 30 seconds.

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