Holding Tight to Permanent: Day 6

Grace Day


Today's Text: Hebrews 11:13-16

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
- Hebrews 11:13-16


  • Lauren Ruhs

    I was a missionary in South America for several years and recently moved back to my home town in the states. This is a beautiful reminder that my people from both nations are first God’s people, and that He has made us a home in Him. Thankful for this reminder as I struggle with constantly missing one of my two homes.

  • Christina Cannon

    I needed this this morning! I’ve struggled with the unknown questions and analyzing him and I am reminded that this isn’t our homeland and that’s what I feels so strange sometimes. So thankful for what he is preparing for us

  • This is encouraging because I’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past 2 years, moving back home, having a baby, getting married. It seems that I have moved out of my old like into a new one and I miss the old one sometimes but I also know God has a plan for my life and my new beautiful family! Praise him. I hope whoever reads this finds this day full of encouragement!!

  • Angel Cbow

    I’ve seen my life moving from one stage to the next from this past year and all with the beginning hope of something better out there. God has already prepared that something better for me and I am learning to receive and appreciate the plan he has set up for me and the promise he has always kept for me. Thank you lord I will trust that the best is yet to come!

  • So encouraging

  • I’ve moved around my whole life. When I get married I know that my future husband will be moving around too because he’s studying to be a pastor and jobs can sometimes take you anywhere. After reading this, I am reminded that God is always with me. No matter where life takes us.

  • My husband has just got a job in Denmark and we will be moving out with our two small children. Grateful of today’s reminder that we are citizens of heaven and clinging into that in the uncertainty and challenge that lies ahead!

    • Stephanie

      What a huge move! Denmark is a lovely place. Lovely people. I pray the Lord surrounds you with friends that become like family who can love and support you in the Lord on your journey!

    • Apryl

      Oh wow!!! What an amazing journey and show of support to your husband! I️ pray you’ll find the home you’ve always wanted and a life you never knew you could have. I️ also pray for your sweet babies that they thrive there and make great friends.

    • Barbara Anne

      We also are living abroad (Ireland) and are moving this month (to another place in Ireland). From my experience: See it as an adventure and an opportunity to press into God. When things are hard remember these truths. This world is not our home. He has prepared a place for us. For the time being he has put us where we are and we are to live for His glory. Praying for you on this journey. Side note: A Christian podcast that has helped me as an expat: Taking Route.

  • “If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.”
    I’m heading off to college I’m a few days and I’m filled with nervousness, excitement, and anxiety. I also fear how much I’ll miss my family and friends back home. So thankful for this verse that reminds me that I’m not just going to college to increase my education but also to grow in my relationship with the Lord. And that though I will miss my family I need to keep my sights set on what is eternal. So grateful for these verses!

    • Melonie

      Jade, best wishes to you on your venture! Many times in the Bible the Lord sent people out on their own and yes you are not “alone” because he is there with you every step of the way! Keep your faith strong and amazing things will come to light! Many Blessings!

    • Jenna Condon

      I’m like you Jade, so know your not alone! Been at university now for one month and the Lord has shown me so much!! It’s hard leaving home and doing everything by yourself. I’m 20, and a junior so I felt ready, but the things I’d had to endure here is nothing I expected. You will do great, and I pray that the Lord becomes your everything….it’s the only thing getting me through!!

  • Just need prayers right now, have to make an appointment with an FNP to rule out whether how I’ve been feeling is completely mental or if I have a thyroid / possible vitamin b12 deficiency. Need to trust and rest in the Lord but would love prayers of healing.

  • Ruth Chalk

    . Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
    Heb 11.16
    I don’t feel worthy, but all that God requires is that we seek first his kingdom, it seems. i.e. not that we are perfect, but that we go out in faith. Now that is reassurance!

  • Leah Martin

    I had a pretty hard breakup recently and I’m trying to cling on to God’s truth and it’s not always easy but God has a plan and he makes everything for our good for those who love Him. Thankful for His presence in my life!

    • Connie

      Praying now for you that you will soon meet the one He has for you. His promises are true!

    • Apryl

      No man will ever fill you heart like Jesus. I’m so sorry for your heartache. I️ will tell you that one day you will look back and thank the good lord that you did not stay within the wrong relationship. He has the perfect fit for you and you deserve nothing less!! Don’t ever settle and stay strong. I’m praying for you!

  • Stand out! Don’t fall into the patterns and the habits of this world! Be salt and light.

  • It is so beautiful and restoring to be led by the truth of the Bible this week. It’s been so powerful to remember to be still, to know Whom to look in times of trouble because He remains!

    I pray for God to make us strong and firm in the Rock of our salvation till the day He comes again. We are called to be brave and courageous women of God, warriors who lift each others arms when they get tired.

    Be still and have faith! ❤

  • Precious


  • Claritsa Zambrano

    I’m going on a missions trip in a few weeks and questions of worthiness is weighing on me. In need of prayer. This devotion has helped me realize that even in my brokenness good will work in me.

  • Wdmomma

    Our bible study last night was about how we try to make someone or something Jesus to fulfill us knowing that no one can be our Jesus but Jesus! So thankful for this message and may the Real Jesus show up for each of you today!

  • Feeling overwhelmed. Needing prayer. My heart is so weary. Feels like every day is a new struggle.

  • I’m feeling crushed by the world this week. Surrounded by things that aren’t for me, temptation at every turn and the enemies lies stronger than ever in my head. Reading this and clinging to the eternal promise reminds this too will fade and the feelings I have of loneliness will disappear someday. Thankful for your hearts and the words you shared. Praying I can be strong.

    • Stormye Puffer

      Meg, thank you for sharing this with us. Praying that the Lord would give you strength in this time.

  • “Admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” How often do we look around and feel so lonely and search for someone likewise isolated from society by our eternal quest for His Kingdom. I choose the narrow gate, literally the road less traveled. It is exhausting and lonely but I am so grateful for the encouragement to keep going because our rewards are not of this world. My prize is a glorious position at the feet of my Creator. Until then, let me be a light to the world!

  • Wow. This made a huge impression on me, and it reminded my heart that we don’t always see the results of our actions, for we walk by FAITH and not by SIGHT. We can plant a seed or water it, but it’s God who does the growing.

  • The basis is faith. It’s always faith ❤

  • I just found out a couple weeks ago that I am pregnant with my 4th little one. My youngest is only 8 months. Morning sickness has just started and I am so sick. Please pray for me that I would have the strength to get through it all. I’m really down, because I can’t give my children the mommy they deserve right now.

    • Lauryn

      Just incase no one has said this to you today..
      You are enough, just as you are.
      You’re doing a great job!

    • Jenny

      Lord I ask for Hannah to find her place in you. When she feels overwhelmed, you are her place- when she feels tired, you are her place- when she feels sick, you are her place. When she has a need, you are her place. Psalm 90:1 “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.”

    • Sarah Engle

      I just stopped to pray for you, Hannah! ❤

    • Joy

      Praying for you Hannah! Just keep on loving those kids even when it’s hard. ❤️

  • I desire to live as if I’m a foreigner, awaiting the return to my homeland. Jesus please come soon. Yet while I’m here please let me live grateful for another opportunity that show Your love to others.

  • Nautica

    Does anyone know how we can share the plans

    • Brittany

      So when your in the devotional part there is an upload icon that you can send the whole scripture and devotional and comments in a message or email.

  • I am my Father's daughter

    please pray that Gods will be done concerning my schooling…. there are odds stacked up against me!

  • Isabella Grace

    its amazing how God puts a reminder for prayer exactly when I needed it most.

  • Olivia Weeks

    We truly have new life in Him .

  • Emma Grace

    Exactly what I needed. So good.

  • Brittney M


  • im so thankful for this communty of women. I a foriegn exchange student, raising a family in a totally different place, trying to learn a difficult language everyday. it’s refreshing to wake up and be able to have fellowship from the word and ladies who speak my language. I hunger and look forward to the day when I can truelly fellowship with the ladies here in their language.

  • Kendra Doherty

    This passage provides an amazing lens to look upon the new year. Not only has the Lord prepared a city for us beyond this life, but he has promised new things yet to come in this life. The comforts and crutches we cling to now pale in comparison to the richness of life ahead. This verse challenges me to venture into the unknown, especially when it seems safer to stay and settle. Onward!’

    • Sarah D.

      WOW yes!!! Onward we go!! :)

    • Christine Marie

      I love what you said, “the comforts and crutches we cling to now pale in comparison to the riches of life ahead.” This is so true. It’s so easy to keep looking back to what was and to try to cling to the comfort of the known. But I believe God wants us to leave behind our comforts that keep us stagnant and lukewarm, and pursue Him and His grand plans for our lives-often times the unknown! Thank you for the encouraging words Kendra!

      • Kendra Doherty

        So true! What feels comfortable is often what is holding us back. Thanks for the mutual encouragement :)

    • Kayla Mullen

      Thank you so much! I’ve been having a hard time letting go of an abusive relationship in my past. But your words moved me and encouraged me to keep walking towards God’s path for me

  • Mercy Me

    Thank you to my SRT sisters for your insight. Each day I learn so much from each of you. Looking forward to 2017 as we “lock arms together” in faith and love our Lord and his Word. What a comforting thought for the new year.

  • Elizabeth

    He has prepared a city for us…. for those of us that understand this world is not our home, for those of us who pilgrim together, for those of us seeking to be His faithful ambassadors, for those of us trying to be a light in a dark world. Praise Him!!! (Borrowed some of churchmouse’s words from above)

  • Sarah D.

    So thankful for SRT! Thankful that it’s been a year since I truly found freedom in Jesus and broke down a barrier of temptations between me and Him. I still stumbled, but I know now God picks me right back up, forgives me, and continues to guide me along this life journey. He is so faithful and refuses to give up on me. Thank goodness for that!! 2017 is when I graduate from highschool. Crazy but exciting times ahead! New year means a fresh start again. Reminds me of the Anne of Green Gables quote, “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.” Thankful God loves me despite all the mistakes I have and will make. Praying u all have an amazing new year! Lots of love to you all!

    • Skigranny1

      This is sweet Sarah. Pray you will continue to stand strong in your walk with the Lord. Thankful for you that you know Him at a young age. I was in church most of my life but didn’t know Him until I was 50. I could have done things so differently, but grateful that my eyes were finally opened!

    • celia davis

      Sarah, wow, so glad your heart is soft to God’s voice in your life. Never lose that. So glad you are in this world!

  • I’m so thankful for my sweet friend G who introduced me to SRT! Every morning I wake up looking toward to my devotions. I especially look forward to reading all the comments and joining you in prayer. And I really take in the wise counsel from you women here who have journeyed with the Lord for a long time. It’s been a very rough past 2 and half years as my husband on and off continues to be unemployed and can’t find permanent employment and all the stress that goes along with it. Trust me it’s no fun and we have had one the most trying year ever! A very painful one. I wish I could say I stood here as a strong woman trusting in God, yet I was weak and wept and experienced a lot of anxiety. I’m looking forward to a new year and anticipating a “new” start in all aspects of my life especially my marriage and motherhood. I’m so grateful for Jehovah Jireh MY PROVIDER and provided for my children this Christmas AGAIN. Happy Blessed New Year to you all.

    • Hope

      ‘His strength is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corithians 12v9) Our God is Good and Faithful, may He bless you and keep you and yours ❤️

  • Terri K

    Amen! Seeking better opportunities in the new year!

  • I’m so very thankful for this beautiful community of women! I don’t always comment, but I read nearly every comment and prayer request everyday & they mean so much to me. I can’t wait to dive into a new lesson beginning in January… looking forward to starting the year with Jesus!
    If you all could be praying for a relationship between two people I really care about, I would appreciate it. It’s been hard & awkward standing in the middle of their discomfort. But most of all, I want them to experience the fullness of forgiveness & second chances. Thanks in advance. :)

  • Amen to the verses in Hebrews and all the comments. We are set apart for HIS glory when we obey the words spoken through the word in the power of the Holy Spirit. It can be a lonely place. As I shared a Christmas celebration yesterday with my 2 sisters,I was struggling to keep loving them in the face of the superficial, the mockery in their humour. On the way home my sister said I was like a lite in the darkness.Wow, thnaking the Lord for shining His glory. and covering my inside thoughts with His grace.

  • Well said, J. Your insight gives me strength and hope.

  • I am looking forward to that city, and to be with my Savior and my Father.

  • Well said and amen! We must keep soldiering on!

  • Soothed this morning to read and know that there is a community here of complete and devoted support. I find myself in a situation where I feel like the only Christian, alone and left to face some awkward circumstances every day, including today, and wanting to just run and hide and dart about in my fear of others who are in the wrong and making me anxious as a result of their behavior. But I am reminded today that, as churchmouse below said, “No one is left behind”, and that “when one of us stumbles or is fearful, we lock arms”. What a powerful image to take with me as I enter this day, submitting to the Lord’s beautiful will and stepping out in His power and not my own, but admittedly afraid of people and circumstances I know I will have to navigate. God has prepared a city for those of us seeking Him, and that city begins here on earth as well as I bring to mind a community of sisters who are each brave enough to face whatever situation that is before them each day. May we lift our heads high, breathe in our courage that is from the Lord, and lock arms. I wish I had each one of you to walk about with each day, continuously sharing encouragement, counsel and our faith, but truly, I feel that I do have just that even when I simply bring SRT to mind. Thank you to each of you prayer warriors and faith ambassadors and incredibly strong women. I admire and respect each one of you for choosing the difficult choice today (but ironically the simplest choice of all as we submit to our beautiful Savior) to stand. We are pilgrims here, we have a purpose for Him today wherever we may find ourselves, and may we each take heart knowing that we are not alone, that each and every one of the women of SRT are soldiering forward today in faith.

    • Brandi

      “Ironically the simplest choice of all” Yes!

    • churchmouse

      Using your comment as foundation for my prayers this morning. Thank you, J!

    • Jessica

      J, that was wonderfully said and expresses nearly the exact sentiment I was going to write. I’m generally surrounded by Christians, but most are shallow in their beliefs (as I was for many years) and some seem to have just fallen away, ignoring the truth they know and creating so many difficult situations.
      Some time ago, I decided to really dig in, immerse myself in the word and commit myself to obedience to God. It’s been a beautiful journey so far and I know it’s only going to get better! But being in this state of mind has left me somewhat disconnected from those around me. We still talk, have lunches, etc., but it’s all surface. There’s no one I can really talk to daily about spiritual matters, exciting or deep books I’m reading and the questions all of these things bring up. Then when I read the first day of this devotional, I thought…she gets it!! It’s so wonderful and affirming to be amongst this group of women at SRT who “get it”.
      I just wanted to write and say Thank You! Thank you to the writers who have developed a beautiful and valuable ministry. Thank you to this community of women who share the concerns of their hearts so openly; for those who are further along in your faith journey who can share wisdom and insight; and thank you for simply praying faithfully for one another.
      Happy New Year ladies :)

      • Kristi

        Jessica, I feel like your comment could have been mine this morning. Like you, I am so thankful for this community of sisters in Christ who choose every day to walk in the Truth.

    • candacejo

      Beautifully written ♥ Reminded me of 1 Kings 19 when Elijah had run in fear from Queen Jezebel and hid in a cave. The Lord asks him what he is doing there and Elijah said, “The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” But that is the passage where the Lord tells him to stand on the cleft of the rock and He passes by in the wind, the earthquake and the fire…but the Lord wasn’t in any of them. He was that still small voice that reminded Elijah he wasn’t ever alone. God was always in control! (He goes on to tell him that He had 7,000 that still didn’t bow their knee to Baal!)

      So, yes, we may lift our heads high, breathe in our courage that is from the Lord and lock arms with other believers. But even if no one else is around, we can lock in that faith that God is with us, strengthening and encouraging us each and every day through His Word and His spirit inside us. Blessings and strength to you today! ♥

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    • J

      So many thoughtful, wise, and loving comments. What a gift. Taking each one of them into this day for reflection and encouragement. THANK YOU. May each of you be exceedingly blessed today!

  • churchmouse

    Thankful that while I’m journeying on my way to the heavenly city, I have SRT and all of you to keep me company. We pilgrim together, seeking to be His faithful ambassadors. And when one of us stumbles or is fearful, we lock arms. No one is left behind. Grateful for each one of you. God bless you all

  • I needed this so deeply today, His love is good and He has indeed prepared a city for us!

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