John: Day 2

Glory on Display


Today's Text: John 2:1-25, Psalm 104:14-15, 1 Peter 4:11

Text: John 2:1-25, Psalm 104:14-15, 1 Peter 4:11

I have always wondered why Jesus gave permission to not believe on account of Himself alone. After all, wasn’t it He, who claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life? That no man comes to the Father except through the Son? (John 14:6). Why then, did Jesus Himself say, “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works” (John 10:37,38). Even if, Jesus said. Even if you cannot believe His words, believe the works of His hand.

Pastor and author Tim Keller calls Jesus the Lord of the wine, the feast, the party, and basically, the greatest time ever. We know this because His very first miracle—the first work of His man hands—was the turning of water into wine. Nay, the best wine. And the disciples marveled, John tells us; they believed in Him (John 2:11). It was because of a miracle that His disciples believed in Him, and it was on account of His miracles that many came to Him.

I find it hard to trust sometimes. Don’t you? It seems sometimes that God is intricately interested in the plans and futures of so many others, while He feels far off from me. His presence feels not as near and His words sound not as bright. I find it hard to believe Him in those moments. It’s much easier to believe the God who answers my prayers, clears my ways, and makes straight my paths. It’s easier to believe the God who is there.

I think Jesus knew this. In our common vernacular, I imagine His words sounded something like this: “If you cannot believe me (even though I’m doing these works right in front of you), can’t you believe on the evidence of me?”

I don’t know whether Jesus was disappointed with the people for being incredulous at what played out in front of their eyes, in their skepticism and doubt. But sometimes, when God feels far from me, I remember the glory of Jesus and imagine these words to be more tender than perhaps He meant them. I imagine He knows to believe is hard enough, and even harder when our hearts have grown hard and our hearing dull, and this is why He worked miracles during His short time on earth. He wanted so deeply for the people to believe and see and understand and come and follow Him.

Recently, at Christmas, we celebrated the coming of God to earth not only as man, but as baby. That baby grew into a man, changed water to wine, healed blind eyes, raised the dead, commanded the storm to be silent, and then He died an unjust and brutal death. But this can never be the end of our gospel story, because the most miraculous event comes after: His own resurrection and the proffered gift to us of eternity with Him. Jesus is one long succession of miracles, from birth until death and then life again. His glory is on display from the beginning of time until now, this very second, even in my doubt and my struggle with belief.

I know so many of us struggle to believe with all our hearts that all Jesus’ words and love are true. But do you see His miracles? He didn’t do them for the healed, calmed, and raised alone. He did them for you and for me, and for all humanity. His best glory is the belief of His children. SRT-John16-Instagram2s

Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, tweets @lorewilbert, and posts photos @loreferguson. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

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  • Donna Brown

    I have a hard time believing in His word. However it is so, Jesus is the evidence of this Word.

  • Margaret Nan Harkey


  • Briana Errington

    This is my second study to do on here. And I have come to love the comments just as much as the devotion part. I go down reading the comments and its like for the first time I realize that I am not the only one experiencing the feelings I feel (even when comments are from years ago) it’s so encouraging. So thankful for each women who decides to make a comment, you don’t know how much it may help someone else way down the road!

  • Redeate Seife

    As I was reading this God spoke this over me

    “If I can turn water to wine, don’t you think I could do far grater in your life?”

    I am challenged to give Jesus more room, all the room in my life. If he filled our barrels to the brim, imagine what that wine would taste like. What’s even more amazing is that it is other people who get to taste the water he has transformed in our lives. Then they’re lives will be transformed from the evidence of his work in our lives.

    It is always bigger than just us. & it’s all for HIS glory.

  • Maddison Duty

    I read the scripture “zeal for your house will consume me.” Where is our zeal? We say we believe… but our lives don’t often show this zeal we should have for the One who gave us life. My prayer for me, and for you all is that we guard our hearts from being a “marketplace”— where people come and go, give and take as we please— but that we would keep our bodies as temples that house a living God! That when he moves we would run after Him! That we would believe even more and run after Him.

  • Melissa Nassauer

    I like to think that even when the Lord does not answer my prayers, that it’s in his plan that things I had prayed for did not come about . Even though I might be upset, I don’t want to only believe in God because he gives me what I want every time I pray for it . It makes me feel more thankful and humbled for the prayers he does answer

  • Samoanjoy

    The context of Jesus’ 1st miracle is awesome!
    Mary knew her OT & the prophecies of the coming Messiah – that there would be abundance of choice wine in the Kingdom (Gen 49:11-12, Is 25:6, Jer 31:12, Hos 2:22, Joel 2:19,22, Amos 9:13-14). To answer the Christmas song, “Mary, Did You Know?”, She sure did! She was ready for Jesus to establish the Kingdom. Look at her faith as she tells the servants in Jn 2:5, “whatever He says to You, do it.” I want to have this same faith & expectancy for Jesus to rule & reign as Mary did!

  • Amanda Wilson

    My pastor taught on this story a while ago. In that day if you ran out of wine at your wedding it was an embarrassment. It showed the family that the groom was incapable of providing for and caring his new wife. So many people focus on the fact that Jesus made wine- but the point is that he took a hopeless and embarrassing moment for the new couple and gave them hope. Jesus provided for them.
    What an example of what God can do for all of their marriage… he can provide when we have nothing left and not just cheap wine…he gave the best.

  • Lillian Gochee

    Honestly, Jesus does the works right in front of us. Yet do we believe? No because we are selfish stuckup hunans.

  • Frances

    I believe Lord help my unbelief


    I want to believe even when I don’t see God’s way. Remove all fear & doubt is my prayer

  • Signs and wonders are for unbelievers.

    • Photokaren

      I think also for the believer. In those wavers tunes of unbelief, sometimes we need those signs and Miri led to go back to as well.

  • Can we just smile for a second at Jesus saying “Woman, What do you want from me?” at the beginning of this passage.

    • Rebekah

      Yes!! She responds to his question by ignoring it. Saying, do whatever he tells you!? She already knows he’s going to handle it. :) it’s an interesting exchange!

      • carly

        Fun fact: I read that the greek word for woman (that Jesus used) is not a disrespectful term, it’s just a way to address a female when talking to them! :) But at first I was like WOAH JESUS hahaha.

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  • I love this story, and have read it often. What stood out to me today was verse 2:8 the servants small role of taking the water to the head table. The blind obedience here, put yourself in the servants shoes, your serving at the wedding, the wine is running low & disaster & humiliation is right on the cusp of happening. Then you get told to take water to the head table that everyone is drinking wine at. You gotta be thinking great now I’m going to get yelled at for bringing this water, I really don’t want to do this. Why me this totally sucks.
    I wonder how many times the Lord has asked me to do something crazy, that makes no sense, this serves no purpose why me moments in my life. I know the one time I did this one vacation I had blind faith & had the best time ever, it’s ok to let Jesus drive he knows the way.

    • Britney Vaccaro

      I really needed your comment today, I think that’s such an incredible take away from the reading. Thank you!

  • Taylor Agee

    I feel like everyone doubting their faith should read this and should know that we are here for a reason. We as humans want answers and evidence that is so in our face that we would have to have Jesus himself stand in front of

  • This is exactly what I’ve needed to hear for so long. My doubts have piled up and I have struggled with my faith for many years. Thank you for your ministry to us!

    • Rebekah

      Yes, yes, and yes. I have struggled the same way. I often think of my doubt/faith problem as “the thorn in my side” that the Lord won’t remove that Paul refers to. I fight it constantly. I know my Jesus is who he says he is, but the enemy comes back and whispers lies and then I feel guilty. I’ve never read a devotional like this that speaks so directly to this. I needed it. And I’m sure I’ll be reading this over and over. Loving this study already!

  • Danya Ho

    Jesus is one long succession of miracles, from birth until death and then life again. His glory is on display from the beginning of time until now, this very second, even in my doubt and my struggle with belief.

  • Claire Massey

    It is so exciting to read the book of John and know the background behind it. While reading John 2:22, “After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scritpute and the words that Jesus had spoken.” To know John wrote this after Jesus’ death and to hear that even the disciples had a hard time believing though faith while standing next to Jesus, but finally could though remembering His words he spoke, shows how we are all very similar in faith. But, we have the everything we need now to believe and can read it everyday and learn and apply according to the Word. And going to Cheri’s comment – How could they not believe completely when it was happening right before their eyes!!!??? I would be bowing down and celebrating what all Jesus did at that time! Wouldn’t you?

    P.S. Love the photo from 30A!!! My favorite place to visit!

  • So many times I have wished to have Jesus walking with me the way He did with His disciples… and I think to myself, “How could they not see? Why didn’t they just know? He was right there!!” And yet, I KNOW He’s with me… and I know the more time I spend with Him, the more I can feel Him with me, so why is it that I don’t always make Him my priority?? I know how it works, but I let the enemy trick me with a comfortable bed in the morning… or busy-ness… or TV… or a myriad of other distractions. Oh, Father, help me to ignore the distractions and make You my priority today and every day!! I want to feel your closeness in each and every moment of each and every day!!

    • Emma

      Cheri you have described exactly how I feel! I know how wonderful God is and how much I love intimate time with Him- and yet I seem to avoid spending time with Him?! God is so faithful that despite my distractedness He continues to patiently call me to Himself. Amen- I too pray that I will choose God first everyday, make time & ignore the distractions. Thank you for your honesty- it is encouraging to know other people feel this too.

  • I’ve felt the presence of God so deeply and seen the redemptive work of Jesus in my life firsthand, so I don’t wrestle with doubt as much these days — but it’s hard for me to relay the depth of what I believe to my kid. My nine year old struggles with doubt, and I struggle to help her believe. These miracles in the Bible are the first thing I ever believed, they’re what led me to a life of trusting God with my life – that’s when I noticed he was performing miracles all the time, right in front of my face . Today I took a minute to write out all the miracles Jesus has done in my life , in our life, and the ones I’ve seen in her life. We will overcome by the blood and the word of our testimony, right? Praying the works of Jesus both in the Bible and in our lives help her in her doubt. Meet her where she’s at, God!

    • Keeta

      Beautifully said! I believe that your faith in God will be what your child needs to see to help her with the doubt that she has. So many times children look at us even we don’t think they are. Your testimony will be great! Continue to have faith in God and pray for your child in the midst of it all.

    • April Heather

      Kylee-I am an adult believer , but I am also the adult child doubter. I, like your daughter, doubted, questioned, challenged & walked away for a time. But God’s got her. Her questioning and doubting can be so good! It can enrich and strengthen her faith ultimately. My mom is like you-she believed wholeheartedly always. I just couldn’t. I needed those years, but they were hard for my mom. Have faith that your sweet daughter’s faith, while different from your own, is wonderful and rich and right for her. And that developing her relationship with Christ is her unique journey-and He’s with her the whole way-even if she doesn’t quite know that yet. Xo

      • Kylee

        April, this is so encouraging to hear! I want to believe that everything we are learning together about Jesus now will be seeds for later – they will flourish into a relationship of her own with God, in time. Bless your mother for never giving up! And thank you for this encouragement!

  • There are times when I feel that God is so far away from me. And I long to feel so close. Yet the reason WHY He is so far away is because I don’t make time with Him a priority. I wish we didn’t have to go through these cycles in our faith; being close and then far.

    • Alexandria Contreras

      I’m in the same boat! I’ve been struggling with even wanting to try to be close to Him but my husband and I have started a small group at our house with some close friends and it’s been super encouraging and slowly but surely I feel the fire lighting back up, stay faithful even when it’s hard, even when you feel like your failing, He is there always even if you can’t feel it

      • Tessie

        I’ve been struggling with this as well, and I feel completely encouraged by your words. I believe they’re exactly what I needed to hear in this season of my life; thank you.

    • Jean :)

      I just lifted you Up sister :) For desire for Him that results in seeking Him and walking with Him daily :) I have felt just this way so many times, but He is giving me the desire and discipline for following Him, just like what He will do for you as you express your desire to desire Him :) When this happens, there just might be setbacks…man oh man, I had such a hard week last week!!! But I realized that the enemy was trying to discourage me, but even more, God is trying to strengthen my muscles for growth…don’t be discouraged by setbacks, rather enCOURAGEd and keep moving forward trusting in Christ’s love for you and His power at work inside of you!!!!!!!

  • I absolutely love Mary and Jesus at the wedding! “3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, k“Woman, lwhat does this have to do with me? mMy hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” When I read it this morning, I actually laughed out loud. Mary had no doubt Jesus would be able to turn that water into wine (I get the feeling he may have done it at home??), and his response seems to me to be the Biblical, “But, Mom”. She didn’t say it as a question of oh what shall we do? Can’t you imagine her turning to her adult son with *that* mother look and saying, “They have no wine” with an eyebrow slightly raised and Jesus looking slightly chagrined before obeying her. It makes me smile to imagine the scene. =)

    • Ginger

      Brandi, you’re so funny! I’ve imagined it every time I’ve read this story!!! I’m sure He was very gentle because it was His mom…lol, and to say “No” probably wouldn’t have been the thing to say because her faith was so very strong!!!! So why wouldn’t He do it??? I love your thoughts on it, though…exactly how I’ve imagined it for years!

    • Kasiah Danelle

      I love that! I never thought of it that way but I like that. Kinda makes it make sense!

  • Kaitlyn:)

    Oh man this one got me. It’s so hard for me trust. I’ve been through a lot these last few years. I’m finally realizing to trust HIM and he will do what’s true and right.

    • Kersti

      Trusting is hard! We’ve all gone through it, and in right there with you trying to change a habit that isn’t good. God is good. Oh so good. Let us rest upon him today!

  • Teresa Gregory

    There is so much nourishment in the truth.

  • Heather Fringer

    I agree with Keri McCue. That is so true more and more these days. People are fast to turn to God when there is something wrong in their lives and then they just seem to forget about him when everything is good again. My trouble is hearing God’s voice. I have yet to be able to do that. I pick up things from Him though. Like I will be driving down the road and the same song plays over and over again about 5 times that day every time that I get in my car and it always relates to what I am going through (at that time it was “Lord I’m Ready Now,” and I am sure that was my cue. But I am not giving up on the thought that one day I will be able to feel/sense/hear the voice of my savior!

    Another thing that I loved about this read was 1 Peter 4:11- If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks Gods words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

  • Keri McCue

    I think it’s so easy for us to believe when we are in the midst of trial because THAT is when we seek Him out. We aren’t as passionate about hearing His voice when life is going great. So we think we aren’t hearing Him or we can’t feel Him near. But I argue that it’s not that we can’t feel Him, it’s that we are so distracted with other things that we aren’t seeking Him like we do when we feel we NEED Him most. If we could seek after Him with the passion of a servant in desperate need of Him (because we really do desperately need Him every day not just in trials) then I think we would have an easier time believing Him and His miracles.

    I love that He basically said, “Don’t believe my words, but believe my actions”. It’s just so profound because actions absolutely speak louder than words. I love that our Savior knew this and stated it!

  • “His best glory is the belief of His children.” Father thank you that you never change that you are the one Constant in my life. Thank you that my degree of belief doesn’t change how much you love me and see me in this moment. This morning I find myself echoing the words of the father in Mark 9. “I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”

  • Sally Sparrow

    19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

    He has such power and might, but they didn’t realise it at the time.
    I often think about how if I was around when Jesus walked the earth, would I have been any different? I hope so. I hope I would have dropped at His feet, stopped everything I was doing and just listened. However, how often do I do that now? And I know who He is! I know the truth.
    What will I miss while “sleeping”. I must remember to have a Mary heart in a Martha world and not miss all of the incredible things He does.
    He is always here. Always with me.

    • Melanie

      Well said, friend! I’ve had that thought before, too. I’d like to think that I would have been different, but I struggle to let him be Lord even today, knowing the truth about him. Each day is a new opportunity to trust him more and follow him more closely :) Prayers for you today!

    • Kayla

      I really appreciate what you said here, especially “I hope I would have dropped at His feet, stopped everything I was doing and just listened. However, how often do I do that now?”

      This question is resonating with me. You’re so right, we know who He is and we know the truth, yet how often do we really just stop what we’re doing in our lives and listen! It’d be easier to stop and listen if Jesus were standing right in front of us, but is He not with us at all times? Too often we forget his presence.

      Thank you for your post :)

    • Laney Grimes

      I always wonder if I would have followed him without question as well. I’d like to think so, but it’s taken me awhile to trust him and I still struggle sometimes.

  • First time and first study on She Reads Truth. I’m excited to dig deep with you all!

    • Christine

      So cool! May your soul be so very nourished from the Word as a result of this awesome ministry to women! I know mine has. xo

  • Thank you. I needed this desperately.

  • Maria Jones

    I feel like I came upon this journey with Jesus with an amazing miracle (my daughter a 29 weeker) and many difficult times testing my faith right after(being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 months of life). For so many months after her birth I kept doubting and praying for another miracle. Without truly realizing it, I was praying that Jesus would change his mind and make everything right. After 19 months, I’m starting to feel peace and understanding of my daughters condition. I believe an even bigger miracle awaits in her future. There are days I feel horrible for feeling like I “need” a sign to know he is still there, and then there are days I feel his warm guidance and grace in all I do. I am amazed on a daily basis by his love. <3

    • K

      Maria. May the Lord bless and keep you. My daughter, now 4 years old, was born with a rare genetic disorder. She spent her first weeks in the NICU and I spent her first weeks crying out to my God to make her ok. To heal her. To make her perfect. It too so much time but, lie you, I came to His understanding that she was made perfect, down to her tiny broken genetic structure. God made her the way she is to live as our everyday reminder of all of our brokenness and Gods plan to heal that forever through the blood of His son. I’m so thankful you are starting to find peace in this and pray that you will continue to do so as you and your daughter walk in God’s grace.

    • Diane

      Dear Maria, The Lord blessed us with our first grandaughter,30 years ago. She too was struggling from the moment of birth, Apnea, limp muscles, it took months of searching ,months and years of ?? God. Finally a diagnosis of a very rare genetic disorder.Only God could hold us up through this time. This baby has grown us all in our faith as we watched her grow into a gracious, beautiful woman. She is challenged,physically and mentally, but she has taught us so much about love ,acceptance and forgiveness. God truly does save the finest wine for the end of the party. She is a gift beyond anything we could ever imagine to ask for.
      Im prayng for you today.

  • Struggling with doubt and belief has definitely been my struggle for the past few months. I’ve been finding it hard to pray and read the word. My husband is not a believer and has come at me with a few hard thoughts and questions that I can say threw me off my spiritual walk. It shaked my walk so much so that my prayers became few and my time reading the word almost vanished. Well this morning I decided to pray on my way to work and ask God to give me that desire to seek Him again. I decided to open up the She reads truth website to see if there were any new devotion for the new year. I realized that this one was on day two and decided to catch up reading day 1 and then during my lunch break day 2. Its like God spoke to me as I read “His presence feels not as near and His words sound not as bright. I find it hard to believe Him in those moments. It’s much easier to believe the God who answers my prayers.” Wow… this is how I have been feeling for the last few months now. I thank God I cam across this and hope that my desire to dive into the word grows as I continue this spiritual journey.

    Thank you She reads truth team :)

    • Betsy P.

      Oh, Mel, I am so sorry that you are walking through this, and am so happy that you have found SRT. I will be praying that the Lord would affirm and strengthen your faith, and that He would use you as His hands, feet, and words to your husband. Jesus has power to soften even the hardest heart of stone, and I pray that He would open your husband’s eyes to His good news. Stay strong, sister! I can’t help but think about the story of Esther, and how she was reminded that she had been placed in her situation “for such a time as this”, and wound up saving her people from destruction as a result of her obedience and the Lord’s faithfulness. I would encourage you to spend some time in her story; it has always encouraged me when I feel out of my depth! Prayers and peace to you.

    • Maria Jones

      Mel, I too struggle with a husband who is not a believer, I understand the struggle. I continue to pray for him daily and am so thankful for finding women online like SRT to share and lean on through my spiritual journey. <3

      • Karen

        I too struggle with an unbelieving husband. Praying for them is all we can and should do. In the meantime, I just try to draw closer to God and He always meets me right where I am. The harder I press in on Him, the closer He comes to me.

    • Lla

      Mel my heart goes out to you ❤️ ~ on this one I took a different approach – God spoke to my heart as I read this and said that at times when his presence is not as profound is because He wants to know if we are “there” too ~ he wants to know if we are patient in the waiting and if the will is there, he wants us to ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7) even if he doesn’t answer in our timing and his voice and words are not as bright . Hugs xoxo

  • I’ve made it a focus to really dig deep and try and get to know Christ aside from his miracles in this study and verse 25 really jumped out at me today, “He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person”. Instead of saying who knew who each person was, or about them – John writes he knew “what was in”, what we are made of and really the core of who we are. I believe this speaks to the very real, personal relationships Christ created with those he met and that followed him. And includes the very intimate relationship he wants with us. In this passage he continues to reveal his glory to us through his works and then asks us to trust in him. What a blessing it is that the creator of our universe wants to hold something so special with us. Feeling overwhelmingly loved this morning. Many blessings to all you wonderful ladies!

  • I chose the word Trust as my word to reflect on in 2017. As a follower of Jesus, I assume I trust him always. I’m finding out in so many ways how I haven’t really been trusting when I thought I was. This morning I loved reflecting on the verse from 1 Peter, “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides through Jesus Christ.” Trust could be inserted right there in this verse…If anyone serves, she should trust God will provide the strength (that you need) through Jesus. I don’t need to do it myself, I shouldn’t be doing it myself. Thanks be to Jesus!

    • Bailey

      I always find myself digging my claws into anything and everything I think is good and right for me rather than simply letting go and TRUSTing God to take the reigns (which he already holds). BUT how wonderful it is to know that He is holding me through it all whether my plans about my life pan out or not. How hard it is to remember that blessing sometimes.

  • Caroline

    I love all the miracles that he performed and is still performing today. So amazing!

    • Maria Jones

      I just browsed your site, I can’t wait to order your book and read your journey. Your faith is inspirational. I share my miracle story on my family blog, it was at this moment Jesus returned into my heart. <3

  • Good morning SRT,
    I loved the study from today and it was such an amazing reminder to keep entrusting my heart and future with the Lord. I have a prayer request for my friend Megan. We are both attending college, but this semester she will be taking the GRE to get into vet school upon graduation. She has a few learning disabilities and is constantly anxious if she will get in and is having a hard time trusting the Lord with her future plans since her heart is set on vet school. I just pray she can give her worries to the Lord and trust that no matter what happens this semester, His plan will always be the best for us, whether we think so at the time or not.

    • A. Kate

      Praying for your friend Megan!

    • Robin W.

      Praying, too!

    • ~ B ~

      Prayerful over Megan, as well! There is so much to the portion of life you both are in. I hope you both feel God’s presence everyday!

    • Candy

      Good morning Haley! I am praying for Meg- that God’s will and plans for her life will become clear to her. I pray that God gives her a peace and calmness as she prepares for and takes her test so that her knowledge and passion will come thru in her test answers.

  • Deborah Akines

    Thank you for this. I am new to you workand enjoyed this reading today along with my other devotional reading. Bless you.

    • Deborah Akines

      Thank you for this. I am new to your work and enjoyed this reading today along with my other devotional reading. Bless you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Deborah! Thanks for joining us, friend! Looking forward to reading through John with you.


  • Tanya Thurnau

    This was powerful for me this morning. It’s a reminder that God is at work…always! Not just in the moments where I choose to see “proof” of His existence. He is working in my life at EVERY second – orchestrating what I truly need, not always what I want in the moment.

  • Trying to be more self-disciplined this year and study God’s Word daily. Praying that I would live in His presence and walk in His purpose for my life.

    • Sarah Jane

      I’m trying to do the same. I have gotten so busy with doing ‘works’ and have not been investing in my relationship with the Father. I am desperate for this presence today. I want to pursue Him with my whole heart.

  • Psalm 104:14-15 jumped out to me this morning. Beth Moore has done a study which focuses on this verse. The bread represents the scriptures, the oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the wine represents the gladness of heart. “There may be no greater, more visible and conspicuous gift we believers have to give in this world full of sadness than the hope of our gladness.” In our times of doubt and weariness may we feast on the scriptures and allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.

  • Katalina

    Beautiful words and very relatable. Yesterday, i watched the movie Gods Not Dead 2, and surprisingly enough, they spoke about how the protagonist felt that God’s presence was so far away when normally she could feel Him right beside her. Her grandfather mentioned something that I’ve been told a couple times. In the hardest times, sometimes God is completely silent because He is doing something Great. When you’re taking a test, the teacher is always silent. I’ve had moments when I’ve felt like His presence wasn’t near. But oh, how I’ve learned, He is always there working in my life. He does not ever abandon His children.

  • Seeking my place in 2017 where the Lord wants me. Very grateful for this quiet time of study and connecting with Christian women worldwide.

  • Terry Anderson

    Praying for you!

  • I love these words… they encourage pause and contemplation. Very well written. Thank you. Needed to pause and feel God’s peace. Woke up to another family member falling victim to our locally trending virus in the night. The world invades the quiet presence of The Father all too quickly. His Word and SRT reads are an oasis.

  • Emma Bjorback

    Hello! Newbie here to SRT, so excited though since I’ve always struggled with daily devotions, and spending time in the word. I have a question – im a little confused as to what’s going on in v.23-25, anyone have some more insight? Thanks!

    • Diane Huntsman

      Do you mean that verse 25 was omitted from the passage? If that’s your question I think it was an oversight.. I think verse 25 just somehow got mistakingly omitted!

    • Diane Huntsman

      a. Many believed in His name when they saw the signs: Jesus knew that this was thin, superficial belief. It wasn’t based on anything other than an admiration of the spectacular. Knowing this, Jesus did not commit Himself to them.

      i. “If belief is nothing more than admiration for the spectacular, it will create in multitudes applause; but the Son of God cannot commit Himself to that kind of faith. ” (Morgan)

      b. He knew what was in man: Yet Jesus still loved the multitudes, though he would not commit Himself to them. We can love people without entrusting ourselves to them. Even though God knows exactly what is in us, He still loves us powerfully.

    • Diane Huntsman

      That was taken from David Guzsiks commentary.. hope it helps!

    • Liz C

      My study Bible says this about that passage “Jesus was discerning, and he knew that the faith of some followers was superficial. Some of the same people claiming to believe in Jesus at this time would later yell, “Crucify him!” It’s easy to believe when it is exciting and everyone else believes the same way. But keep your faith firm even when it isn’t popular to follow Christ.” Which is what I think Lore is speaking about as well. It is easy to believe in the sight of miracles but harder to believe when we feel that God is distant.

    • Erin C

      Hey Emma, SRT is such a great tool isn’t it!? :) I know others have answered your question already (and I quite agree with their responses) but wanted to add this tidbit that I found fascinating: the Greek word used for “believed” in v.23 is the same word used for “entrust” in v.24! So, as others have said, basically it means that though people professed belief, Jesus weighed their hearts and did not believe their belief.

  • First, I am loving this study. It is already so good. I love being brought back to the basics of knowing Jesus…which pretty much falls in line with my goal to REALLY know Jesus in this new year.

    Second, I feel like God’s provision keeps getting reiterated to me, through this and other things in my life. it’s so easy for me to get caught up in how He’s not providing in the way I want Him to, but I need to remember He’s providing in the way that I need. I’m so thankful that He does that, because we don’t always (ie, rarely) know what we need.

    Today, I am resting in His provision. Not just of things, but of Himself. He is enough.

    • Emily

      I love what you said about getting caught up in how God’s not providing in the way you want Him to, but that He’s providing in the way you need. I needed that reminder today because I get caught up in that too.

      • J

        I loved that too, Emily (and Rachel!). Really awesome food for thought to consider that in our striving and even best attempts at improving ourselves, we may sometimes, we may be missing the larger point of how He is already providing in a lasting way and a way that matters far more. God less you ladies, thanks for your insight!

    • Heather

      Yes mam!! Especially when we “see” or “feel” others have more or have an easier time. I know that God provides me with what I need. Exactly what I needed to continually remind me that GOD is my provider.

  • Robin W.

    I just was having a conversation yesterday with a dear friend regarding my lack of trust. I hadn’t realized it, but somehow in the past year I have abandoned the belief that God is control. I know that sounds weird, because I surely haven’t forgotten MY love for Him, but it does seem that I have forgotten HIS love for me. I have been making decisions out of frustration, rather than faith. I’ve been viewing my circumstances as untouchable, rather than prayerfully. I’ve found myself struggling to hear the voice of God, struggling to believe He is in control, struggling to remember that I am His. Father, please help me to remember. Please help me to trust in you – to look back and see where you have brought me. Father, help me to believe that you will not abandon me. Help me to see that you do, indeed, love me.

    • lynne

      I am right there with you Robin. I struggle with believing God is truly in control. Intellectually I know this but my heart can’t relate at times. I will pray for you!! Thanks for being so honest. It’s nice to know that I am not the only one who struggles with my faith.

    • Heather

      Me Too!! Being a self confessed control freak, I tend to want to take back control from God. As if I can!! That’s why In those moments I turn on the song King of The worl by Natalie Grant.
      Helps give me a great remember. :)

    • A. Kate

      Praying this along with you!

  • The passages of john 2:23-24 really touched me this morning because they show that Jesus refused to accept being the king of one group that were in awe by him so that he could be the king of all people. It really illustrated God’s glory in yet another way that Jesus didn’t fall to the sins of mankind. This was a great devotional to start out the day.

  • Lore, thank you so much for your words today…
    Very much needed. And a good reminder…
    As those of you that have journeyed together with me a while will know… I Love God..I Love Jesus with all my heart, and for most part I trust and believe…and absolutely have faith in Him….

    ?..but right now at this time, and actually not an hour ago, I have been struggling with knowing that God is hearing our prayers for a friend who has over the last 20years has had breast cancer twice…as recent as 3 years her recent diagnosis., been in remission for 18 months only to find she has tumours (9+) in her brain…she has recently had the largest removed, but she now in intensive care with liquid forming around it…
    I know our God, and He does, certainly in my story, work things for good…but it is also a promise in the bible…I know, I don’t know the walk for my friend and God, though she does…but I hurt for her and her family and this season, ….if truth( human truth) be told, is not looking promising…I want to ask…where is the promise in this….where is the glory on display….

    But God….oh but God, He keeps reminding me of where exactly He is, has been and will continue to be in every and all who believe in Him story, He is right there…right there… Always will be…

    His glory is on display from the beginning of time until now, this very second, even in my doubt and my struggle with belief at this time…

    Thank you again Lore…

    Praying God turn His face to shine on you, sisters, whatever your season… Love to

    • Pam

      Will pray for your friend, Tina. He still works miracles. Thank you for sharing so we can
      pray. Love to you from Texas

    • Pat

      Praying for your friend

    • Debbie

      I remember a long time ago that story about a tapestry. While the bottom side is messy , the top is most beautiful. When I feel sorrow or pain in life, I envision myself as one thread in the tapestry everything I go through is a thread on God’s needle and he is working it in and out for His glorious finish and outcome. Still painful but His timing is beautiful. I am praying that You and their family and your friend will feel and experience the touch of God now and through out
      this experience.
      Sister in Christ sending love and prayers

    • ~ B ~

      Oh T, I am so sorry that your friend is enduring this. There aren’t adequate words. I will be prayerful over your words and her health and heart.

  • Nonni Quintana

    Good morning,
    I was doing the 2nd day of the devotion today and I normally go to the verses listed. Today I went to my bible to read over Jn. 1:37, 38, and maybe there’s a typo, but what is stated in the devotion is not what is said in the Bible. I believe you are referring to Jn. 10:37,38. Please know I love SRT and am not looking to discredit the writings at all. I am deeply blessed daily with the devotions. Thank you for the time and faithfulness that is put into the plans.
    Many blessings,

    • Jacki

      I came to post this too- that the scripture posted had nothing to do with the words! Thanks for finding the correct reference!

      • Sam

        It was just put on my heart to read John 1:37-38 anyway and try to take something away from it. This is what stuck out to me. “The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.” All it took for them to follow Jesus was hearing John proclaim Him as the Lamb of God. What belief! In a similar way, I believe sometimes the testimonies of others lead us to follow Jesus more faithfully. Sometimes our own testimonies lead to stronger belief in others. So I am thankful for this community of women!!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Nonni!

      The reference has been corrected. Thanks for reading along!


  • Thank you so much for this. I am in a very dark and very difficult time of my life right now and one of the greatest difficulties has been believing in all the promises and character of God when they do not seem evident in my circumstances. Holding onto His truth is so hard when the path is dark and unknown. Your words today are the exact comfort and encouragement my weary heart needed. Thank you for your truthful and honest reminders that He CAN be trusted and He is so gentle a patient in our stumblings as we seek to follow after and press into Him

    • Sam

      Amen! He will carry you through. He used my near suicide attempt to instead bring me right back into His heart. He is truly great. I know He will hold you safe in His ever capable hands.

  • I’m struggling with the “even if you don’t believe me believe the works”. I can’t find that in the reference?

  • Often times I feel that there are miracles all around me, and that perhaps I am not able to perceive it. I know that my vision is so limited, in comparison to heaven and God’s perspective. I work in a hospital system, and although many don’t see it this way– miracles happen all around me just not in the form in which we would like to see. God’s purpose is not always in our desires, and I feel the more I am in line with his heart, the more likely I am to see the miracle.

    Death to some, is a loss and certainly hurtful. But in the calling of his saint home, it is a gain for heaven and the person is no longer suffering.

    I think Jesus gave the miracles he knew everyone could SEE. And the eyewitnesses to tell about it so that we could become closer to him. Closer to his heart and begin to see things in a new perspective.

    • Betsy P.

      Mehgan, that is a beautiful perspective on death and suffering…the calling of a saint home to heaven. It reminds me of the passage in Isaiah 55 “For your thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I, too, am praying that the Lord would change our hearts and our perspectives this year, that we may see Him more clearly and see the world as He does. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kate Amaezechi

    was anyone else struck by the picture of Mary approaching her son… she had faith in him before any miracles. true, she was present at the first one of him being born. she knew exactly what she was doing when she told him of the wine situation, and then the servants to do what he said. I can picture her face when Jesus asked “what do you want me to do about it?” I love this glimpse into mother/son relationship and how he honors his mother and the host of the part…

    • Brandy

      I noticed this too and loved it! I also noticed that servants are the first people to see his miracles, I’m sure there is a reason for that.

  • Yesterday my eldest daughter and I were discussing plans for a trip she has. She needs to contribute to the cost and as we were going over ideas for fundraising she tensed up. As we spoke through it, she was able to voice that she just doesn’t know how she will do this and it’s overwhelming to think about because she really wants to go. We don’t have a familial support system and so she is surrounded by others, who with this trip, are receiving donations from grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and further extended family and she doesn’t have that. I understood because it’s an area my heart hurts for our kiddos but it is our lot and no amount of whining about it changes it, additionally, we have the greatest support system imagineable … Christ. Just as He changed water to the best wine, He has never failed at providing for us and in magnificent miraculous ways from surprise money in our account, when there was none to moving boxes in a wretched season. From raising our newborn daughter from the dead to healing our marriage in an unbelievable way. Frankly, the list just goes on and on. I reminded my daughter, who has newly come to personal relationship with Christ at 18, of all of this but added that her confidence should be in HIS power not her own, reminding her that if this trip is His will for her, He will provide what she needs but that she needs to be about action and asking.

    Sometimes, it is natural habit for us to sit and wait on the Lord to provide miracles in our lives, while we don’t even think to ask Him for them. And many times, He does this, but many other times, He waits for us to ask for them. As my talented daughter spoke of creating something and having noone buy them, she spoke of humiliation and defeat, of rejection and pain. I quickly reminded her that it isn’t about her ability. That God can take the least and make it the greatest, she just has to be the vessel for the work. I know this is a hard thing to grow into and that for her, her freshman year in college, it’s a hard concept but I am excited for this opportunity because she will get to SEE God work directly in her life …. all she has to do is ask.

    Friends, my prayer is one in the same for you today. I am prayerful that each of us rememeber that the same One who raised His body from the dead and turned water into wine is the same One who wants to shower us with peace, with love and with blessings. I am prayerful that as we move through the day that we are in constant conversation with Christ and develop the position and faith of asking and the habit of belief in the One who can turn our nothing into absolute everything. That we forget it isn’t about our ability it is about His. Our confidence doesn’t have to be in ourselves, it needs to be in our Maker. We may only have water, but He wants to make for us a great wine. ~ B

    PS … Thank you for the prayers and kind words yesterday. I am always so encouraged by the love in this community.

    • Twila

      Thank you for this beautiful story! Encouraged my heart.

      • Debbie

        What a beautiful lesson for your daughter, B! I would love to contribute to her trip, could you send me her name and address? [email protected]

        • ~ B ~

          Debbie, you are so kind to offer, but I couldn’t possibly. Every member of this community helps to make our tasks and this world feel so much smaller. Thank you for your willingness to love on my girl in this way.

      • ~ B ~

        Happy day, Twila! So thankful for a community that allows us to share with one another and is full of so many wonderful women full of encouragement.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Thank you sos much for sharing B……joining in prayer….and will be sharing with my oldest…we are in the midst of trying to figure out paying for his first year of college…..hard stuff

      • ~ B ~

        Thank you, Heather! I will be prayerful over your coming year. We were in the same boat, not being sure where the short would come from and God has come through in profound financial ways for us with her college expenses. My business, that God asked me to step out with a few years ago, covered the short in the Fall bill. I love to see how His plans work out. I will keep you all in our prayers. There is an online scholarship site that is a helpful tool if you’ve not found it yet, I’ll look up the name. Love to you!

    • Slh

      Praying for you and your daughter. We saw a similar miracle this Christmas season. My daughter was signed up for a missions reality trip with her college. When she came home for the holiday her support was at 6%, she needed 50% by Jan 2. Needless to say she was already preparing herself to not go. She gave a very brief presentation in church on Dec 11 and by Dec 20 she had passed the 50% mark. To date she has surpassed her full support needed. Praise be to God. I hope this encourages you and your daughter.

      • ~ B ~

        That is truly encouraging. Congratulations! That must speak so well in allowing your daughter to see God actively in her life. My daughter’s trip is also a college mission trip with her campus church. I’m confident the funds will come through for her.

    • Carly

      “….and the habit of belief in the One who can turn our nothing into absolute everything.”

      Sometimes I don’t know if it’s His sweet mercy or His power that captivates me more. But His glory is surely captivating nonetheless. Thank you B for these words of praise, it served as a good reminder for my soul! It’s not about our ability but His!

      • ~ B ~`

        I agree! Captivated is the best word describe love for Him. I, too, find myself captivated and enamored with every ounce of His glory.

    • Missy

      Just beautiful! I can’t wait to hear how God works this all out for her! Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful reminder! It’s about Him… not me!

      • ~ B ~

        I can’t wait either. I know He will move on this for her. Thank you for sharing in the excitement.

    • Tina

      B, such a great and gentle lesson for your girl…and me
      I hope that this may help in the trust of a God who is in even the very small things…how much more the big things…
      2016 cost me a lot financially…so for something not so necessary as a real christmas tree, I struggled…to be honest if it were just I, I would not have got one, but my children, they love our house looking festive with as much bling as…the other thing was, we get our tree christmas eve, for as long as they can remember, and it comes down 6 days later…
      Christmas eve came, and my youngest sent me a text to ask whether I wanted anything from town…to pass the buck, I said to get the tree…reply..okay…
      Then another text, to say I would have to meet him at the farm, because his car was too small to take the tree..I said fine I will meet him…When I got to the farm, it was closed, but my son greeted me with” there are two trees left and we can have one…free…” No charge..Gobsmacked, and thinking they would be the end ofs, I approached the area with apprehension, only to find the most beautiful tree I have seen in a long time…and one that the needles didnt drop…the price tag read, £50.
      God, His ever faithful Glory absolutely on display for one who had lost heart for a while not in Him, but in herself and life…
      He sees, and He will meet your girls needs…He is faithful…Amen…
      Love to you dearest….

      Happy and God bleesed New year to you all. ? Xxx

      • ~ B ~

        That is a beautiful, T! Like a great Christmas story. You need to put it in a story form to share for years to come. I’d love to share it. It is such a loving and beautiful reminder that God knows even the little things matter. I trust that 2017 is going to be a year riddled with His abundance for you!

    • Debbie

      Thanks for the reminder, B that we have not because we ask not. We need to be asking and believing that God hears us. I will be praying for your daughter through this experience. Thanks for sharing!

      • ~ B ~

        Thank you for your prayerful consideration over my girl. She became about action yesterday with it but still fears rejection. Trusting that this will grow her heart over God’s love and provision for her and not earthly folks’ over her.

    • Sam

      Does she have any sort of gofundme or donorschoose set up where I would be able to donate? I can’t give much. But it’s always on my heart to give what, when and where I can.

      • ~B ~

        Sam, I am so blown away, again, by the genuine love in this community. Thank you for your willingness to consider supporting my Bella. I will take all the prayers I can get from you wonderful ladies.

  • There were three things that resonated with me in today’s reading.
    1. Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. He saw people who did not have, feeling desperation, and gave them plenty. This first miracle is a true testament to Jesus’ character. He sees us, broken and desperate for love and salvation, and gives us more redemption than we could ever deserve.
    2. Jesus showed his rage when the people were destroying His Father’s house. What a relatable emotion.
    3. He foretold his own resurrection in John 2:19. Jesus said they would destroy this sanctuary (his body) and he would raise it up in three days (his resurrection). This is amazing to me. God has every piece of time intricately woven in the fabric of our lives. No one situation happens that he doesn’t know about. This brings me so much comfort.

    • Ruthie

      Amen. Your third point brings so much peace over me. God has intricately and meticulously woven our lives. No need to worry – just keep believing and praising through the highs and lows. Imagine sending your own Son knowing it meant the death he endured.

  • Laura Kane

    Jesus was active, powerful and compassionate, displaying His glory while keeping His Father’s will a priority. All the different things He did in this chapter had three responses from us: remember, believe and obey.

  • God is a transformer. If He can take something like water and wine at a wedding – and it wasn’t even dire straits – He can do that with us. He can transform us into who He wants us to be. It’s a process and it takes time.

    • Kristi

      Yes Kathy, that is so true. Your comment reminds me of a song that has been on my mind and heart lately: Water Into Wine by Chris August. Another reminder of how God can turn something small or insignificant and turn it into something wonderful. Trusting Him to do that in my life right now.

    • Brandi

      Love this!

  • churchmouse

    Never underestimate the power of reaching up. Yesterday I got some troubling news and I thought “this is how the new year is starting!?” I could have helped my mind spin downward but instead I reached for my worship music and let it fill my house. Loud. In the praise, I felt His power and His presence. What is too hard for our God? Even when I can’t see the why or the how, He is working things out for my good and His glory. In the presence of praise, worry faded. Joy and trust returned. I intend to do the same today.

    • Kelsie

      Thank you for being a great example of how to handle to hardships of day to day life. It is so easy to get caught up in the wallowing when something tragic has happened. Finding comfort in the Lord brings a great peace over our mind, body, and soul. I am praying that you continue to find your strength in him and the he continues to take control of your situation.

    • Kristi

      In my church we sing a chorus that says “It’s amazing what praising can do.” I was just thinking about that yesterday when my heart felt unsettled, so thank you for echoing my thoughts this morning. Praying for you.

    • Sharon

      Amen and amen! Everything is going to be alright!

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      prayers for you this morning <3

    • Leslie

      You are so right. Just listened to a sermon jam on this very thing. When we worship, we turn our inward focus to an outward focus on the One True God! We focus on his character, his promises, His Word. Keep worshipping and I love what @Kristi said: It’s amazing what praising can do!

  • Look at this! Jesus’ first miracle is to turn water to wine. Not heal the sick, raise the dead. He chose something that was love shone through extravagance… something that saved the father’s face from embarrassment when he had under planned, hadn’t had enough…perhaps wasn’t enough. Jesus made the situation not only enough but put full glory on display. If he did that for this father, he most assuredly does so for you and me. His glory given to us for all to see and know Him!

    • A. Kate

      I love this insight, thank you for sharing!

    • Betsy P.

      Thank you for this beautiful insight, Rachel! I had never even thought about what that miracle must have meant for the bridegroom/his family. It reminds me that, like we see in Psalm 104, God pays attention not only to our physical needs, but also to our hearts.

    • Leslie

      Yes!!! So true! How much he must love and care for ME!

  • Mark 9:23-24

    23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

    24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

    So often this is my prayer – “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!”


    • Kelsie


    • Jen

      Thank you for this!

    • Kristine L

      “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” It’s easy for my head to believe. I’ve spent 30-plus years believing in Jesús and his story. But I feel like sometimes it is easier to see how He works in other people’s lives rather than my own. I live an average life, no terrible highs or lows (not complaining!) But I feel like that also makes it harder for my heart to truly believe that God is laying my path before me. Lord, help my unbelief!

  • Trusting God has your best interest at heart when everything is going well in your life is simple. This was a great reminder to me that even amidst the chaos and confusion, the wonder of How this could be Gods plan when you don’t see where He is working and you see all the great things He is doing for others… that He is in the midst of every trial, and He is weaving a beautiful pattern out of the tapestry of your life

  • John 20:24-31
    24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
    25 The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
    26 And eight days after, his disciples were again within, and Thomas with them. Jesus comes, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, Peace [be] to you.
    27 Then he says to Thomas, Bring thy finger here and see my hands; and bring thy hand and put it into my side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.
    28 Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God.
    29 Jesus says to him, Because thou hast seen me thou hast believed: blessed they who have not seen and have believed.
    30 Many other signs therefore also Jesus did before his disciples, which are not written in this book;
    31 but these are written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life in his name.

  • I love Mary’s faith in this passage. She believed without seeing the miracle. Even when it seemed that Jesus wasn’t going to get involved, and although she had never seen him do a miracle before, she believed he was going to do something.
    I guess that’s because she knew him better than anyone. She knew from the start that he was the Messiah, there were all the events around his birth that she treasured and pondered in her heart, and she had brought him up for 30 years. She knew him so well.
    It challenges me to get to know Jesus better- so that, even when a situation seems impossible or I can’t see what he’s doing, I can trust that he sees and cares and that he is at work because I know him.

  • Joey Sprenkle

    This Bible Study App is new to me, but I just love it. Thank you Jesus for ALL you do for me.

  • You’d think doubt would be minimized after seeing the miracle of birthing a tiny human this past August. Instead, it’s opposite. I hear Him asking me to trust, but I’m not sure how in a world that is so full of sickness. How do I protect her every single day? I feel His constant pursuit, but I don’t know how to trust in this area. Surrender feels so uncomfortable now. I’m not sure how to shake this doubt. Sisters, Mamas? I need advice because I am weary.

    • Ellen

      Sam, you will be in my prayers. Congratulations on the birth of your little one. Marvel in all that she is…her tiny little fingers, each strand of hair, her coos and her little breaths as she sleeps. Know that God loves her even more than you do. There were many days I would have to say aloud, “Father, these children are yours. Thank you for the privilege and for your trust in me raising them. Help me!” And then I would have to stand back, “let go and let God” .

      Get some rest, take care of yourself as well.
      God bless!!

    • Elizabeth

      I remember feeling like I loved my first baby more than anyone had ever loved a baby before. My heart feels like it could literally burst from the complete love I felt for my tiny human. I think God allows that love because it is a small glimpse into how much He loves us. How much God loves your tiny human. :) God loves her MORE. I would encourage you to begin writing down ways that God has taken care of you and provided for you. When you start feeling that worry creep in, stop and thank God for some of those things on your list. I have found the best way to slow my worry is to remember what God has already done! It will take discipline to take captive those thoughts… but you can do it!!

    • Sarah_Joy

      Oh dear tired mama. Motherhood brings a physical strain that causes emotional depletion. Receive the grace that Jesus offers you in this season. He knows you weary and overwhelmed. Hear truth and tuck it in your heart:
      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
      “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11

    • Kathy

      Sam, I know exactly how you feel. I still struggle with trusting God with my children and they are now 26 and 30. And, I have a two year old grandson. I don’t have any easy, quick words of advice, but I have learned thru the years that my children are first of all not mine. They are gifts that God has given to me. He has assured me over and over that He loves them immeasurably more than I can even begin to fathom. He has plans for them that I can’t imagine and all of those plans are for their good. Yes, there is lots of sickness and evil and ugliness in the world and as much as you want to shield your precious child from that it becomes impossible. Trusting God is a day to day thing – sometimes even just moment to moment. Remind yourself how much God loves you and how much He loves your child. Every day I get up and thank God for giving me these gifts and then I give them back to God.
      I don’t know if any of these words will help, but know that I as praying for you and your little one.

      • Kelsie

        I love that Kathy, “I thank God for giving me these gifts and then I give them back to God.” What a sweet reminder that all things come from God and we are to give him glory for it. I will take this with me today as I prepare for a stressful teacher work day.

    • Jen

      Sam, with my baby girl (she’s now 4) I felt the same way. I was so overwhelmed thinking about all the bad things that could happen to her. All of the “what ifs” flashed through my mind all day. I had to learn to constantly ask God to take control of my thought life and when those evil little thoughts snuck in (as they still do), I give it to God and chose to dwell on something else. The reality is that something horrible could happen at any time to any of us, but knowing that we are in the center of God’s will is the safest place gives me peace. However, God also gave me the wisdom to call my doctor because it was to the point of postpartum depression and anxiety. A small dose of antidepressant helped me be able to think more clearly until my hormones got straitened out! Prayers for you!

  • I feel so strongly connected to the writers words of belief during a time where we feel God is far away. It’s such a comforting, body warming feeling to be reminded that He is still there! In my corner, even though I can go through such pain, grief and loneliness. Bless.

  • I am in a season in my life which has dragged on seemingly forever.. I am confused, hurt, overwhelmed, and in pain. I do not understand.. so I identified with the author’s devotional and felt humbled that again God has reached – in a manner that seems directed at me – and reminded me that faith comes from a place much deeper. That He has not left me. That I am not the only one who feels left behind and far from His loving arms. And that that is okay – but I need to trust what I know, and who I know God to be. I am not alone. —

    Have a peaceful day dear sisters in Christ.

    • Dana

      All Praise and Glory to Him!

    • Fancy

      Praying for you Sari!! Bless you!!

    • Cristy

      Satan would love nothing more than for us to believe God has left us behind or doesn’t care – when the exact opposite is true.

      • Leslie

        Yes, Cristy! One of Satan’s best tools is to make us feel abandoned and isolated. When we know this, we can recognize it for what it is and trust in God’s promise to never leave us or forsake us…even when it doesn’t feel like he’s present. He is because he says he is.

    • Megan

      Praying for you this morning, Sari! ♡

    • Brittany

      God is with you, Sari. In those moments you feel you’re walking alone, dragging your feet in the sand, it’s actually Him carrying you. The enemy is hard at work in you. Keep reaching out for God. <3

    • Terry Anderson

      Praying for you this minute, Sari, that you will feel His arms around you today.

    • Terry Anderson

      Praying for you, Sari.

  • He is the potter.. we the clay. Those unique pots with water.. He fills them and us to the brim.. changes that water into the best wine.. yes made from fruit. In His time, for His purpose. . As Mary says, do what He tells you. Obedience. Fruit. Joy in the feast. He is so good.. As only God can be.
    Have a blessed day sisters.

  • This is my first study in real time. My vacation is drawing near. I studied the Advent over my two week Christmas break and read all the wonderful comments and insightful messages. The study inspired me to study John. I hope to gain Bible knowledge and grow spiritually. My study book should be arriving soon! God Bless each of you as we learn together.

    • JMylin

      Hi! This is my first study in real time, too, and so far, it’s beautiful. Can I ask how the study books are different from this app study? Do they offer deeper study? I’m not familiar with how this all works! :) (Although, my She Reads Truth book should be arriving very soon!) Thanks!

      • Kate Amaezechi

        the books just have the scripture, but they are beautiful. worth doing both simultaneously.

      • Cristy

        The books are beautiful and have a few extras. The memorization cards are wonderful to have too. I prefer KJV though, so I have just stuck with the app. That’s the great thing about SRT though; plenty of options to fit your needs.

    • Cristy

      Yay – Welcome Lane!

    • She Reads Truth

      Lane, we’re so glad you’re joining us! Grateful to read through John together.


    • Naomi LaBoo

      The same to you!

    • Naomi LaBoo

      The devotional that went with this chapter was spot on for me! There have been so many times that I have felt like God was working so hard in the lives of others, but was a little less there for me…

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