Righteousness by Faith Alone

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Romans 10:1-21, Joel 2:32, Galatians 3:7-14

If asked, “Does righteousness come through faith alone in Jesus?” I would have responded, “Absolutely!” But I didn’t live like this was true. For many Christians, we still live by the law when it comes to our righteousness. We want to have a good standing with God so we make sure we serve at the soup kitchen, join two Bible studies, and never raise our voice at our children. We tally up our good deeds and our ability to interpret Scripture insightfully so that people will be impressed with how righteous we are. 

In seminary, a mentor revealed to me the dangers of my pursuit for righteousness on my own. She said I was not free in Jesus because I was a slave to doing all the right things to control my own right-standing with God—she wasn’t wrong. Since then, I have heard many accounts from faithful Christians who feel that God is angry with them if they don’t read their Bible every day. Or they wonder if they are wrong for not following or agreeing with the unspoken laws of their church community.

Even though I had walked with Jesus for a decade, I had not realized the chains of the law that were strangling the true freedom I could experience by trusting that my confession of faith in Jesus was truly enough. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), and we receive the blessing of faith through Jesus to receive salvation and in addition, righteousness.

At the age of 23, I had a faith awakening. Yes, I had faith in Jesus all those years before. But now, I was experiencing the true freedom of righteousness that rested on Jesus becoming the curse of the law for me. It became a mission to let my troubled brothers and sisters in Christ know.

This is the message of faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” 
—Romans 10:8–10

Now we no longer have to be put to shame by the law. I am free from the human standard for being a “good Christian.” And you are free from whatever binds you to performing the right services to be accepted and loved by God. You are right with God through Jesus. 

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  1. Ebony Lewis says:


  2. Misty Portland says:


  3. Portia Strange says:

    There are quite a few extremes when it comes to righteousness.

    I don’t want to take Christ’s righteousness for granted & believe the lies that:
    1. I can do whatever I want. I can live in rebellion, ungodliness, & unholiness b/c of His righteousness. To believe that it’s ok to live in consistent, unconfessed, unrepentant sin.
    2. I don’t have to do the good things God is calling me to do. I don’t have to fast, pray, read my Word, serve, and/or worship because of His righteousness.

    I don’t want to not trust in Christ’s righteousness alone & believe the lies that:
    1. I have to do all the right things, at all the right times, in front of all the right people b/c this gains and/or maintains my righteousness.
    2. I can’t do anything bad. There’s no room for errors, mistakes, sins, and/or shortcomings. To believe that this will take away from my righteousness.

    Holy Spirit, help me to not fall into any of these 4 camps. Help me to be spiritually alert, awake, & sober-minded that I’ll immediately notice if I am, so that I can be quick to confess, repent, seek forgiveness & the transformation that only comes from You.

    This is the only camp I need & want to be in-You are right with God through Jesus.

    1. Bri Barholm says:

      Thank you for this Portia! So perfectly written!

  4. Teresa Donley says:

    KRISTINE LOUGHMAN, Thank you for your insights into today’s Scripture reading. Great food for thought. Praying for your school year.

  5. Teresa Donley says:

    “You are right with God through Jesus.” Amen! Hallelujah!

  6. Iesha McDuffie says:

    Wow… “you are right with God through Jesus.” Amen.

  7. Lara-Turiya Molitschnig says:


  8. Claire B says:


  9. Rhonda J. says:

    Good Evening She’s!

    @Mercy- thank you for missing me, you made me smile. I have been here every morning, but for once, I have nothing to say, haha. The comments and wisdom of you all excellently expounded on the scriptures! I am praying for your husband, and others, I can concur with searching that marriage feels like a roller coaster most of the time.:)

    It’s hard to believe it is time for school to start again soon. I pray for all of our teachers/helpers/administration. That God will lead you to have patience, strength, perseverance, and encouragement. To trust Him to lead you and to love on the hard to love. It must be such a tough environment, a true calling of serving. I pray for the parents as they start another season. I pray for patience for you all as well, to be parents with boundaries, to give and show love lavishly to those kiddos, yet require respect and obeying the set rules. It will make your job easier for sure and kids to know what is expected.

    Prayers for all of us She’s as we grow in our walk with our Father God, knowing He loves and cares for each of us, and that we trust Him with all our heart, soul and mind. It’s not what we do, yet we should want to do…for Him, and for others! Let that passion spill over, it is the greatest gift ever, and everyone needs to know about it!

    Through the trials and the struggles I am choosing to know my God is good, and he is praise worthy. No matter what shall come. He didn’t promise a perfect life, he promised to be with us through the ups and downs, the valleys and the mountains. He chose us, we are his children. Hallelujah!

  10. Tia Watkins says:


  11. Tia Watkins says:

    Very impressive

  12. Tia Watkins says:

    Yes.. Me too

  13. Mercy says:

    Correction: amidst (not amiss). Excuse my several typos today.

  14. Mercy says:

    Christ is the end to the law of righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:4). Jesus did not come to do away with the law of righteousness, He came to fulfil them all. I saw a lot of debates from Christians who argue they don’t need to tithe anymore since it’s the end of the law- which is a misunderstanding. We don’t do away with the law, we are fulfilled already. We are called to give with a cheerful heart since tithing will bring increase, we cannot afford not to tithe. The Lord says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17). Someone who is a great minister said this and it stuck with me, since it is so simple the way he put it: there are 613 Jewish laws and Jesus is the only human being that was born and could live up to all those 613 laws successfully, and that satisfies God, and Jesus swaps places with us when we believe in Him, by that great exchange, we gain righteousness as if we have already fulfilled all those 613 laws. Amen. I would take that substitutionary work any day, in my weakness of the flesh I can’t. Self-righteousness is the condition of the church who approaches God carnally, who gloats in the work of the flesh, which makes such congregation a dead church. Being carnally minded leads to death. And for that dead condition, the Scriptures say, “After all, what makes you so special? What do you have that you didn’t receive as a gift? And if in fact it was a gift, why do you boast as if it weren’t?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). And even in Revelation, Jesus speaks to the 7 churches, some are dead. The dead church will always boast in their works/ self- righteousness/ the elder prodigal son mentality- which causes them true distance from God. May we approach God in spirit and in truth, in humility, realizing that all that we have is all that we have received, all good gifts from the Father of Light alone, even our faith Glory to Him who has made salvation as simple as possibly for us, through faith in Jesus, we are righteous. Though we still stumble, miss the mark 7 times per day (work in progress we are), yet amiss the several stumbling, God still graciously calls us righteous (Proverbs 24:16 for a righteous man may fall seven times, he will rise again).
    Lifting up our sisters’ needs in prayers (ALEIDA, KRISTINE LOUGHMAN AND OUR OTHER TEACHER SHE’S, LAUREN GW, LAURA’S DAUGHTER, HEIDI, MARI V, DOROTHY and other shes). Thank you CEE GEE. RHONDA J, where are you? Hope all is well. Prayers for your pain and recovery.
    Be blessed dear sisters.

  15. Carol says:

    Thank you, Bailey. I actually feel like I am getting it now❤️

  16. Nora Lowrey says:

    Welcome Tia, this is my first study here also. Impressive!

  17. Catherine McVey says:

    Very, very well said! ❤️

  18. Jakayla Turner says:


  19. Laura says:

    I just read a wonderful devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries called “Growing the Fruit of Peace and Patience.”

    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things” (Galatians 5:22-23).

    From the author: According to these scriptures, peace — and all of the other eight traits that characterize the life of a believer in Jesus — is something God’s Spirit plants in our hearts at our salvation, then grows into maturity as we pursue knowing Him more and more.

    This really resonated with me, because I am a fellow do-gooder and working-out-my-salvation type of gal. But it is not that these things are wrong, of course not, but they are FRUIT from our salvation. I love that reminder. The seeds are there when we accept Jesus, but in order for them to grow, we need to keep pursuing Jesus and knowing Him. Our good works are an outgrowth of our knowledge and love for our Savior. Love this so much!

  20. Traci Gendron says:

    ALEIDA – I’m praying for all you requested. I pray your visit will go well.

    I truly believe that God loves me more than I can comprehend. That is is not from works that I have that love. I believe it is important to do those things to show others God’s love. To love His people. I think works without this would feel so empty. Like you’re trying to gain someone’s love. I think it is how we need to love everyone. Our husbands, children, friends, etc…

  21. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Paul had such a heart for the lost, especially for God’s chosen people. I often wonder how is it so difficult for them to understand the love of God, His mercy and grace?? How is it so hard for any who are lost? Satan is a deceiver. He is a liar and he blinds the hearts and minds of those who reject Christ. I was also touched to read Romans 10:21 – “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.” I picture God, standing there with arms wide open – and the lost just passing on by Him as if He didn’t even exist. God is so merciful, so loving, so kind and SO patient!! I would have given up on them long ago – SO thankful that God did not give up on me! The gospel is so simple, yet we tend to make it so complicated. Praising God that all I had to do was believe in my heart and confess with my mouth – and for that I am justified.

    @Aleida – praying for your trip to CA – that your son will welcome you and give you the opportunity to ask forgiveness. May he give his heart fully to Jesus, may he overcome his addictions and continue to seek help in doing so.
    @Kristen – praying for Andrea and Andrea – may each of them have healing, deliverance and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
    @all you who are school teachers – Father God, bless this coming school year. Use these dear sisters to be an instrument of your peace, to be the hands and feet of Jesus and they carry out their calling of being a teacher. Protect them, guide them, equip them. In Jesus name.
    @all my SRT sisters who have been praying for housing for my sister Arian — thank you!! Please continue as there is still nothing on the horizon.

    Blessings to you all on this beautiful Wednesday!

  22. Kristen says:

    @CeeGed thank you so much for praying for school employees! We absolutely need prayers!

    @Searching Thank you for praying for my friends and for the other prayers! In agreement and amen! God bless you! Praying for you too.
    I was just thinking about anger and resentment and bitterness. I was listening to a podcast called. Dial In by Johnny Ardavanis on anxiety. It gave the statistics of how many suffer from it. He said that sometimes having anger, resentment, and bitterness can increase it. I know that God’s Word says we are to forgive! I found this: According to Matthew 6:14-15, a person who doesn’t forgive others will not be forgiven by God. In the verses, Jesus states: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your This is serious! I started to think of what resentment and anger I have. I prayed and ask God to forgive me. I need His help and to focus on His Word and Jesus’s sacrifice!
    I found this too:
    “While forgiveness may feel difficult, it is important to focus on how God calls us to do it, and why. Ephesians 4:31-32 reads: “Be kind and compassionate to one another Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
    I remember a former pastor say that when he thinks of all God has forgiven him, it makes it easier to forgive. (I may be paraphrasing a bit, but you get it.) May that be true for us all! Amen

  23. Cheryl Blow says:

    Prayers for Alexia and Terri ‘s family. So thankful for God’s answers to everyone’s prayer.

    So grateful for the simplicity of the gospel. Confess, Believe, Receive and then share it. I be don’t know why I try to make it more difficult for myself. Works are part of our life in Christ but righteousness comes from Christ alone. So thankful for the love of Christ!

  24. shay cecil says:


  25. Allison Bentley says:

    21 But concerning Israel he says,
    “All day long I have held out my hands
    to a disobedient and obstinate people.” – Romans 10:21 ouch this stings!!! I can’t imagine the rejection- I struggle when a mom group won’t accept me. The thought of my own creation’s rejection just stings. Lord my hearts desire is that my brothers and sisters know you and confess with their mouths and believe with their hearts!

  26. Aimee D-R says:

    Oh thank You Jesus!

  27. Heidi says:

    Loved the Beth Moore quote as well (yesterday’s comments, towards the end of the day) – that’s the kind of confidence we should carry. Full assurance that our God is so in control, so capable and so ACCURATE in His timing and responses that we can sit back in peace, absent from any worry because He’s got it. WE just need to redefine what we think His promises look like in our lives. We tend to take them in under the filter of our western culture of “blessing means comfort” and He simply never. ever. said that. My word, take one look at what He allowed for His own child to suffer through – His perfect child who WAS BLESSED. Some of His great promises I (we) will not see this side of Heaven. But it doesn’t mean they are not true – it means they are perfectly timed and I’m grateful I have a God who does not cave to the “pressure”, as the quote put it, of my complaints and begging. Just as I would never allow my own children to put themselves in harms way by giving into their begging to do something (unknowingly) unwise. What kind of parent would I be if I said “yes, it’s fine, do it” just because they wanted to SOOO BADLY??? I AM the one that can see the car coming from around the corner – why would I let them run into the street? His ways are higher, He knows my future, He sees around the corners of life that I don’t even know exist yet… He has blessed me with the undeserved gift of salvation and righteousness. Anything more He does is honestly outrageously extra…

  28. Deirdre Twyman says:


  29. Annie says:

    Jesus is Lord! I know in my heart I need only confess Jesus, but I admit it is difficult to also not expect myself to do “right” actions in hopes God will be proud of me. Interesting topic perhaps for future discussion (on a SRT podcast episode?)

    How do we pursue God’s will and strive to align ourselves with Jesus in our daily life without misconstruing in our minds that we must achieve X,Y,Z in order to be in right standing with God? It is simple to know and understand, but I truthfully find it hard in daily practice to live out… Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

    Love to all!

  30. Kristen says:

    Aleida, praying for you and your family. I was just talking to a friend who’s brother has an addiction and anger. He’s on house arrest. I told her about a rehab program called Teen Challenge but it’s not just for teens . It is faith based, so from what you said, he may not want to hear it. As we know, God isn’t limited to one place only! Maybe someone reading this will find this helpful .I will pray for him and others that have similar circumstances

    I would appreciate pray for my friend”s brother and sister and 2 woman both named Andrea that need prayer for healing, deliverance, and salvation. Thanks!

  31. Michelle Patire says:

    Good morning, Shes!
    Encouraged by @LYNN SOKOLOWSKI’s response to @Aleida- believing in time, Victor will see Jesus clearly and the Lord will show the fruit of these prayers!!!

    @Mercy, Allison B, Buttonberry, Searching, Kelly Neo, & others thank you for reading and encouraging me!

    God bless all the teachers in transition back to school – thinking of all you teaching Shes who have made recent requests :)
    Crazy, it is the beginning of August and you’re already back at work! Summer is yet to be over, lol.

    Have a good day, everyone !

  32. Lynn Sokolowski says:

    Hi Aleida. As a therapist that worked in recovery for 5 years I would have encouraged you to do exactly what you did which was not to accommodate your son’s addiction by allowing him to go home to your brother and be comfortable. There is a great video on Tree House Recovery YouTube channel where a man now in recovery described his resentment he had toward his mother who would not buy him a sleeping bag as he was living on the street. While in recovery he understood her statement “I would not allow my son to be comfortable living on the street” which motivated him to do the work to get and stay sober. Yes he needs empathy and love but he also needs a reason to stay clean. His addiction won’t let him understand your choice now but when he’s healthy he will. I’m praying for you and Victor. I pray God will heal him and use Victor as a light for others struggling with addiction as we need more warriors and helpers to fight that horrible disease.

  33. Maria Baer says:

    Oh Aleida, we continue to keep you and Victor in our prayers. I am going to hold on to the fact that, he on his own, is seeking help, as a good sign. Sending prayers and safe travels.

  34. Maria Baer says:

    This was such a good devotional. I think at the bottom of our dilemma of works vs faith is the WHY. Are we doing the works because we want to be the ‘teacher’s pet’ and be known as “the good Christian”? Or are we doing the works because we are moved by our faith to serve others and love our neighbor as Jesus instructed us? Are works the fruit of our faith because we love God, and in his love are moved to do those things? Or are works a means to gain faith and ultimately salvation?

  35. ERB says:

    BEV thank you so much for sharing that Beth Moore quote!! “What God is this who can keep a secret so long? What God is this, so unhurried to prove Himself? So confident of His own spotless character that He is unpressured by all the second-guessing of His own children?”. You’re right, this fits in perfectly with what we’ve been reading!! So good!!

    I didn’t comment yesterday, as I needed a day of rest, but will put what I journaled yesterday in today’s comments…
    Ephesians 1:14
    **Amen!!! Thank You God!!! All glory, honor and praise to You and You alone!!!

    Jeremiah 18:1-3
    **I love this parable.. we are clay in The Potter’s hands. Let Him mold and shape us as He sees fit!! But what stood out to me in these verses today was the immediate obedience!!!! Jeremiah KNEW the voice of God, so when He asked him to go do something, Jeremiah did it without hesitation or question!!! This speaks deep within my spirit!!! Lord help us KNOW with confidence Your voice, and help us to immediately obey, no matter the cost!!! Thank You Father. Amen.

    Romans 9:27
    **reminds me of Mathew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” …it also reminds me of separating the wheat from the chaff. Wheat and chaff are hard to distinguish from one another until harvest time. Wheat bows with the weight of its fruit, chaff stands straight up and is empty/hollow. Makes me ask myself… am I choosing the narrow way? Am I producing fruit and bowing down? Or am I just putting on an empty shell, disguising and fooling only myself. All of it just makes me realize the seriousness of my thoughts and choices. God will and does follow through!!! May we be like the prepared virgins, waiting for the bridegroom!! Mathew 25:1-23 Amen.

    Romans 10:1-3
    **heart’s desire and prayer to God… I love how desire and prayer are linked here. It shows me how often they go together and it tells me to get my heart right and to pray more!! I also love how these verses point out that we cannot do anything out of our own understanding, we must do it out of submission to God and His understanding!!! He knows ALL things, therefore we must give ALL things over to Him!!! For the righteous live by faith!!! Help us live according to Your will, not our own!! Amen.

    Romans 10:8-13
    **in our mouths and in our hearts… this reminds me of the old saying “what’s in the heart comes out the mouth”. This convicts me. May our hearts and mouths be FULL of You God!!! Amen.

    Have a BLESSED day She’s!!! You are all SEEN, HEARD and LOVED by our Heavenly Father!!! Let us let Him embrace and hold us today and always!!! Xoxo

  36. June Pimpo says:


  37. Cee Gee says:

    PRAYING FOR ALL REQUESTS on each heart, but specific encouragement to:

    ALEIDA – Softening of Victoria heart and that witnessing your humility in asking forgiveness will prompt him to give you another chance. Praying also for a good discussion on the part each of you plays in his recovery.

    MERCY – I didn’t see your request re: your husband until this morning. Thankful there was an improvement yesterday! Much of my marriage relationship feels like a roller coaster so my heart goes out to you, sister!

    KRISTINE LOUGHMAN AND ALL OTHER TEACHERS, AIDES, AND SCHOOL STAFF – Praying God’s hand of protection over you and your charges in the new school year and that any challenges will have a successful/peaceful resolution.

    KRISTINE – I love what you said about a classroom family and the wisdom in your comment!

    I have 2 grandchildren going into 3rd grade and 1 going into 8th. My son is an elementary assistant principal and daughter in law teaches, so I fervently cover our schools/teachers in prayer! ❤

    Believe in the heart and confess with the mouth. As MERCY mentioned yesterday, our knowledge/faith grows as we teach/share with others. If we just believe and do nothing, we miss the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus, which He has called us to be – out of love, not seeking reward.

    MARIA BAER – Enjoy your new study Bible! We are so blessed with the options we have these days!

    ALL SHES -❤

  38. Theresa says:

    ALEIDA – praying this morning for you and for Victor.

    HEIDI- praying for direction for you and Ryan.

    Happy Wednesday, ladies!

  39. Searching says:

    Another teary study time. I was stopped in my tracks by Roman 10:1, Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. NKJV
    This is still my prayer for Israel, that they would see Christ as their Messiah.

    While reading vs 13 (For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”) and praying for my loved ones/friends, I realized I need to pray for ALL that are lost. And many times I do, but need to be more consistent in realizing the tremendous need for the Lord exists both inside and outside my small circle and that He is still reaching out to the lost,
    (vs 21: But to Israel he says:
    “All day long I have stretched out My hands
    To a disobedient and contrary people.”)

    Regarding the reason behind doing the things I “know” I should do (especially Bible study), I look at it as accountability to myself to stay close to the Lord – but will be keeping a watch on my overall intentions after today’s devo.

    Praying for:
    ALEIDA – your trip and time with Victor, for healing, reconciliation and restoration of relationship. Awesome that he is seeking a path to recovery on his own – which says he realizes that he needs help, big step! Praying he accepts your apology, and also that he understands you forgive him (even if he doesn’t ask) – reading your comment brought to mind that forgiving others is for more us than them so the anger and hurt don’t fester. I need to remember that when it is so difficult & I want to shout to world – see what you did!
    LAUREN GW – your mom (answers and healing) and feeling God’s presence, strength and comfort, and your husband (stable days and healing)
    KRISTINE LOUGHMAN – your feet!
    SOPHIE MARIE – continued studying, seeking and understanding
    KRISTIN – your friends, that they would come to know the Lord
    LAURA – your daughter and partner
    MARI V – your new position
    HEIDI – protection! Guidance, wisdom and clarity.
    CANDACE SMITH – restoration of balance in life & responsibilities
    SHARON JERSEY GIRL – Arian and her housing solution
    RACHEL FROM TX – upcoming biopsy

    MERCY ❤️
    MICHELLE PATIRE – beautiful, moving poem ❤️
    KELLY (NEO) – no pacemaker yet. I wasn’t the only one confused on timing as several others thought it was for July. Supposed to be August now – thanks for reminding me to check if they know the date yet. ❤️

  40. Kim Green says:

    Prayers for Victor. And for you and your spouse.

  41. Terri says:

    Aleida, My husband and I are in a similar situation and I prayed for you and your son.

  42. Kim Green says:

    I am free in Christ. I have guilt over not doing things “right.” Through prayer and SRT studies I am more accepting of the grace given by God to me.

  43. Kim Mullins says:

    Praying for Victor!

  44. Erica Christian says:

    The law was fulfilled by Jesus, now we can walk in freedom with Him! All we have to do is believe in Him and He does the rest. What a beautiful gift we’ve been given. Amen!

  45. Kate Kerekes says:

    Praying for Aleida and Victor.

  46. Kristen says:

    Praying for you all. I have been listening to the messages by Voddie Bauchman on Romans on YouTube. There are 37 messages, so he is breaking down the Scripture to teach. This has been helpful to me. Thought I’d share in case anyone else wants to listen I usually play at 1.25 speed. I co this with a lot! My kids don’t like that though! Have a great day!

  47. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Like the Jews, I find it hard to break from the Sinai mentality. As we grow up we were trained if we do such-and-such we are “good” girls if we don’t then we are “bad” girls. So when it comes to my relationship with God, operating in the understanding that it is not what I DO that pleases Him, rather it is WHY I do it.
    Are my “good” thoughts and actions a RESPONSE to His love or an attempt to WIN His love? Most days, only God knows.

    ALEIDA – praying you have safe travels to CA and that Victor will agree to see you and hear your request for forgiveness and reconciliation.

    MARI V – praying for “L” May she see God’s hand in her procedure this week. Praying Tuesday is a fantastic day for you and the kiddos.

    MICHELLE PATIRE- thank you for sharing your poem.

    SEARCHING – sorry if I missed it, but did your friend’s mom get her pacemaker?

    HEIDI praying for clear direction for you and Ryan.

    CANDACE SMITH – praying the Lord brings you Shalom and the courage to ask others for help.

    RACHEL FROM TEXAS – praying for a good report for the biopsy, and peace of mind in the waiting.

    LAUREN GW – agreeing with you that your mom will sense the Lord’s presence as she draws near to Him.

  48. Kristine Loughman says:

    It’s tricky, this human pursuit for righteousness. Because the list of things the devotion mentioned – serving in the soup kitchen, joining two Bible studies, not yelling at your kids…those are all good things. They are all things that show love to our neighbors and grow us closer to to God. But maybe the key is, WHY are we doing those things? If we’re just checking off the list of “Things Good Christians Do” to try and earn our ticket to heaven or stay off the naughty list, that’s a problem. We’re already “in,” thanks to Jesus and our faith. So the list, instead of being a Must Do To Prove Something list, becomes a heart change. My heart longs to know Jesus more, so I join the Bible study. My heart breaks for my neighbors, so I serve the soup kitchen. I don’t want to hurt my children, so I ask God for extra patience and kind words when dealing with them. But it all has to start from inside the heart moving outwards, instead of starting with the outward appearance.

    I love that this word comes from Paul, because he was the ultimate outward appearance guy. The perfect law following, list checking Pharisee. And then he meets Jesus and realizes he’s had it totally backwards. He goes from first to worst. But he also seems to find so much freedom in Jesus’s not-by-works message.

    First day of school for students is tomorrow! Praying for all of you this scorching hot Wednesday!

    1. June Pimpo says:

      Well said. Perfect. That’s why we have to walk in the spirit so self doesn’t get in the way.

  49. Tina says:

    Thank you Bailey Hurley, for this truth!


    Morning dear hearts, Happy Wednesday covered in prayers for your day to be wrapped in blessings!❤️

  50. Tina says:

    ALEIDA, continued prayers for you and yours.
    When we love, especially our children, we absolutely and without a doubt would do anything ( mostly) for them. Lesson learnt here, is that WE let go and let GOD. Hard I know, BUT GOD, He is with Victor through all this, He has not forsaken him, not for a minute, but our perspective on what is best for our children, is not always God’s best.. Trust God, dear sister, and know that His plan for Victor is for sure, purposeful, with a plan! Who knows, Victor, may be a witness to others of God’s goodness in some way.. one day.
    It’s hard, but trust God. He will come through. Amen.
    Prayerful over your visit too, ALEIDA, that it will be restoring and filled with hope..
    God bless you..❤️

  51. Aleida says:

    Today’s reading and devotional really spoke to me. I want to thank you all for continuing to pray for me and my son Victor. I’m actually leaving early in the morning to CA and will be seeing him on Thurs. He is still VERY hurt and bitter with me and my husband. When we heard he wanted to leave the residential treatment center for mental illness and addiction, we (I) told our extended family in CA not to pick him up or take him in because we wanted him to finish the program and get the help he so desperately needs. He ended up at my brother’s house and not speaking to us for 2 months. Since he hasn’t been able to find a job and he’s still very depressed and smoking pot, he has decided on his own, to go to an intensive outpatient facility and sober living, which he also found all on his own this time. Please pray that because he’s finally seeking help, that this program will work for him. Please also pray that the Lord will break the strongholds the enemy has on my son because I firmly believe this is also a spiritual attack. Satan has been after him for years. He gave his life to Christ as a child and then in high school at youth group but now has walked away from having faith in Jesus. He accuses us of shoving our God down his throat. He also believes that I was very manipulative in telling the family not to take him in. He believes that we wanted him to live on the streets, which is absurd! What we wanted was for him to finish the program and then transition to aftercare. Our intentions were full of love for our son, but I’m realizing that how we went about it was wrong. Today during my time with the Lord I realized that what we/I did (it was my idea to tell the family not to take him in) was my way to try to control him and the dire situation. For that I do plan to ask Victor for forgiveness. I hope and pray that he also realizes how much he has hurt us in return by his disrespectful language towards us. I know that what he said was coming from all the pain he was in. Please continue to pray for healing and complete reconciliation. Please pray that I can release my son completely like Abraham did with Isaac, and that I don’t try to take control of what God has planned for my son because His plan is perfect, not mine. I pray that I can remember that God loves Victor more than I do and that I NEED TO TRUST HIM!
    Thank you my sisters for continuing to pray❤️❤️❤️