Category Archives: Devotional

Why Am I Discouraged?

38696_1529145115233_1432873828_31339927_4328909_nPsalm 42:5-6, 8: “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God…each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.”

Many of us suffer from the roller coaster syndrome of our faith. We have up seasons in the Lord, as we develop a closeness to Him and feel His presence constantly. We also have down times, times when we are dry, almost estranged from our relationship with God. This is a confusing period, and though we may know in our heads that God will never leave us nor forsake us, we still feel so alone.

Let me encourage you: God has never left you. He is still here, and He is still present. He pours His love in abundance, a love that lets you know that even when you don’t understand the reasons, the circumstances, or the future, you still have Him. It’s a love beyond understanding, a love greater than words.

If you are struggling with discouragement, maybe it’s time to let God take control of your burdens. Maybe it’s time to pour out your heart to Him and trust in His will. God will answer in just the right way and at just the right time of the day or night- He always does. I pray that you will do as the psalmist did and place your hope in God- as you do this, may you enjoy His presence and His incredible love for you!

Pastor Fran

Devotion: Comfort in the Midst of Crisis

2 Corinthians 1:3-5, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”

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When tragedy strikes, people need comfort. Sometimes people need hugs, words of kindness, a smile, a tear, or just a sympathetic ear. There’s something to be said about the power of encouragement, as the loving presence of a loved one can change another’s overall outlook for hours, days, or even years.

Yet there is a greater comfort that is available for Christians: the comfort of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that if you are a believer and are hurting, He groans, He prays, He brings peace to you. Comfort, true permanent comfort, is found through the healing touch, the cool refreshing water of the Holy Spirit. It is an internal joy that comes from Him, knowing that although the situation seems impossible and the hurt seems limitless, the presence of God is still with you.

King David wrote in Psalm 30:5 that “weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” There is a joy promised, a hope before you, and a love around you. It may not feel like that right now, but God is surely with you, never to leave nor forsake you, never to forget your pain. Remember this as you suffer through the pain found in this fallen world.

May the power of God’s love surround you, and may the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you in this time!

Pastor Fran

Pressing forward for Him

O Lord , you have examined my heart and know everything about me. (Psalms 139:1 NLT)

God knows Us. He knows our externals, like what others see, but He also knows our internal, innermost thoughts. This is why it is so amazing that God still loves us!

Amazingly, He presses us to a growth in Him for His glory. When we are discouraged, His Word comforts and strengthens us. When we are thrilled about something, He reminds us that we should cast the glory onto Him. God’s process of teaching and leading each of us brings us to a place where we can serve Him and show the world who He is. He leads us to humility, peace, and trust in Hs will and His way.

Look at the many accounts in scripture of this happening- the process of humility building happened to the best of men in the bible! Moses was one example. David another. Even Jonah was humbled in the belly of a great fish! The point is, we are called to the service of The Lord, and the service requires a character shaped by Him.

Are you willing to be shaped? God wants to use you. Just trust in His ways, seek His Words, and look to go deeper, farther, better for Him!

The mind of Christ

1 Cor 2:16, “For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’ But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”


What does it mean to have the mind of Christ?  When one studies, he must focus on being transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit.  When one meditates, he should look to be filled by the truths applied rather than just emptying himself.  When one prays, he needs to pray with the realization that he is at the feet of God, ready for the power of the Almighty to change whatever events seem impossible.  This is the mind of Christ. The mind that is aligned with God makes it about Him in all things. The mind that focuses on the King focuses on His Kingdom.  The mind that eagerly awaits His work awaits His will to be done in His timing, His way, all for His glory. 


When we as sinful, impatient humans feel that God didn’t do things the way we expected, we miss the point.  A person with the mind of Christ shouldn’t concern himself with such petty things- these are the concerns of God.  Ultimately, God will receive the glory, and we will be in awe when He works.


What are you concerned about today?  Are you upset about your current place in life?  Put on the mind of Christ, because God always knows better.  Trust Him, walk with Him, and allow God to change your perspective!

What’s Really Important

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain- Phil 1:21

Sometimes, life is really tough.  In fact, life is almost always very tough.  Lately, it’s been a bit more difficult than most days, yet these are the best times to grow closer to God.  On a personal basis, I have been dealing with a multitude of issues on many levels for me, for my loved ones, and within the local church.  Yet, as I think a bit about these struggles, I can’t help but turn to see what is really important in life.

Don’t get me wrong- we really are blessed.  I mean, we don’t know persecution in this country.  In my home, we don’t have to struggle to find food, drink, or shelter.  We don’t have any major life or death issues, and if we did, we know whose we are, right?  So why is it that at times I have to fight for joy, to push through discouragement, to shut out the cutting comments of a miserable curmudgeon so that I can stay encouraged?  Why do I feel physically and emotionally exhausted after a full day of ministry, feeling like I have been swimming upstream against a current of the sewage of sin?  I do it because my Jesus doesn’t deserve anything but the best.

You see, it’s not really about what is important in life, but who.  Christ followers running the race for Jesus will receive bumps and bruises on the journey- some may even have serious injuries.  In a world of 7 billion people with many headed for the depths of Hell, I must count myself forever grateful for the grace God has given to me…and my response must be “to live is Christ.”

So as I continue to do, you must do too.  Fight for joy when the chips seem down.  Agree to remove the feelings of self preservation and ego, and humbly accept God’s calling on your life.  Press forward in trust to the God who cares for you.  Cast burdens at the foot of the cross as He strengthens you. Live for Christ, live for His glory, and lift up His Kingdom.  As you do this, and as I do this, God gets all the glory, a glory that will endure forever.

Fran