Last fall I read there were more than 150 million blogs on the internet, with approximately 175,000 new ones being launched daily. At that rate, cyberspace now includes over 213 million blogs!
After much shopping, I have found twelve devotional blogs which I follow regularly. I’ll introduce six today and six on Thursday–in no particular order. After reading these sample bits, you might want to visit these blogs yourself, and discover fresh insight from…
…Jennifer Dukes Lee (www.jenniferdukeslee.com), wife of an Iowa farmer, mother of two daughters, professor of journalism, and author of a new book being released in early 2014. Recently she wrote about “How to Talk Back to Fear:”
“I believe that bravery looks a lot like…believing. And I believe that there’s really no such thing as failure, because there’s nothing unredeem-able in the hands of Christ.”
Smart woman, that Jennifer.
…Holley Gerth (www.holleygerth.com), life coach and author, tackled the topic, “When You’re Worried What People Think.”
First, Holley quoted 1 Corinthians 4:3 (MSG): “It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion…Comparisons in these matters are pointless.”
Holley says. “When I care very little what other people think of me then I’ve suddenly got room to care a lot about other people.”
Quite insightful, don’t you agree?
…Unshakable Hope (www.unshakablehope.wordpress.com), written by Bill, married more than twenty-five years, father of two daughters, diagnosed in 1996 with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Bill has very little mobility, yet his spirit is more vibrant than ever.
On February 21, 2013, Bill wrote about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). They were about to be thrown into King Nebucadnezzar’s furnace and boldly proclaimed, “The God we serve is able to save us…, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up (vs. 17-18).
Bill says, “For me, this is more than a great example of strong faith. I believe this is a pattern of faith that all Christians should emulate regardless of challenges we might be facing. We can proclaim that, ‘Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from [insert your trial here]. BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT…we are not going to serve…doubt, fear, worry, hopelessness or anything else that destroys faith, hope, joy and peace.’
Strong words from a man of deep strength.
…Morning Story & Dilbert (http://www.morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com). Kenny gleans thought-provoking posts from many sources and serves them up with a Dilbert cartoon — something for the mind and heart; something for the funny bone!
Recently Kenny included an anecdote about Abraham Lincoln, highlighting the president’s humility. Although Lincoln was wise, responsible, and persevering, surely humility was one of the supreme qualities that contributed to his strong leadership.
Here’s the story Kenny shared:
“After the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate forces were withdrawing to Virginia, and Lincoln felt that they were vulnerable. Eager to get the agony of the war over with, President Lincoln sent word to General Meade to attack.
“With his message, Lincoln also sent a personal note. ‘The order I enclose is not on record,’ said the note. ‘If you succeed, you need not publish it. Then, if you succeed, you will have all the credit of the movement. If not, I’ll take the responsibility.’”
Taking responsibility for failure, but giving others the credit for success. Now that’s humility.
…Jean Wise of “Healthy Spirituality” (www.healthyspirituality.org), is a former nurse, but now focuses her time on writing and speaking.
On September 24, 2013, she shared the story of second-string quarterback, Kenny Guiton, of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Opportunities to get in the game have been few for this senior, but Kenny is always prepared. Then, on a recent Saturday, he not only had a chance to play, Kenny scored a record six touchdowns!
In contemplating Kenny’s story, Jean said, “My job is to be faithful. To enter each day relying on God’s love and guidance. To show up every morning with an open mind and heart. To say to our heavenly coach, ‘Here I am, Lord. What position do you need me to play today?’ To be ready when He calls me off the bench. To wait and let God form me as He wills till His time is right.’”
Jean’s prayer resonates with my heart, too.
…Diana Trautwein‘s musings at “Just Wondering” (www.dianatrautwein,com). She’s the mother of three, grandmother of 8, and a graduate of seminary in mid-life. Currently Diana serves as a spiritual director. Her post on October 11, 2013 was titled, “Giving Permission to Say No.” Her words of wisdom include:
“Saying ‘yes’ is central to a full, rich challenging life. We need to say yes to lots of different things over the course of our [life] journey.”
But! “Try as we might, we cannot do everything. (Because God already has.) We cannot save the world. (There is only one Savior.) And we must not work ourselves to death. (We are meant to enjoy God, and glorify God, not assume responsibilities we were never designed to bear.)”
See what I mean? Wise woman.
Please return on Thursday to meet six more outstanding bloggers!