Day 2

seven day devotional

Grace

Grace. It’s one of those Christian words right? We insert it into passing conversation and small talk as if it’s somehow a menial or mundane topic in our faith. In reality grace is one of the most pivotal realities to grasp in our walk with Jesus. Now, I agree, it is incredibly difficult to comprehend and understand in a short time, but that’s only because our God and his love and his sacrifice so exceeds what we could imagine or hope to learn. That sounds hopeless but I urge you, never give up on understanding what grace means in your experience with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve got just one verse for us that, I feel, really encompasses a small portion of what grace really means to us as Jesus Followers

Romans 8:1-2, Paul writes these words…

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Paul is saying that because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross He paid the ultimate price for the sins of humanity; He has remedied the separation from Him that we would experience otherwise. That means that Jesus has paid yesterday’s sins, today’s sins, and tomorrow’s sins in full. Now, here’s where things get murky, so stay with me. A lot of people read that and they think wow, so that means I can keep on living my same old sinful life and Jesus just covers it all with some kind of divine credit card?! 

But what this should mean for us is wow, my heavenly Father paid the price for my very existence and because of His sacrifice I am now compelled to live a life that glorifies who He is, not only for me, but for everyone that I encounter! And yes, we could just keep on living with same sinful patterns, and in all honesty we will always mess up we will always sin, we will always fall short however, God and His grace will still be there with open arms. 

If you imagine a home, and a child is missing from that household, do the parents sleep knowing their child is missing? Of course not, they are in a constant state of readiness for the homecoming of that wayward child. Did you know God is just a father who wants all his kids to come home? No matter how far you’ve wandered, the money you’ve spent, the mistakes you’ve made, he’s waiting at home for you in an eternal state of readiness, hoping that one day you’ll walk through the door.

On the night before He was crucified Jesus told his disciples, I am going to prepare a place for you, in my Father’s house there are many rooms. The next day he would pay the ultimate price, and the doors of the Father’s house would swing wide; ready to be filled with the children of our God.

Grace is the reality that you have been adopted by a heavenly Father, and he is just waiting for you to come home.  Scripture says that this earth is not our true home, but if we’re still here, we may as well extend the grace we’ve received to all the Father’s children. A home can only truly be enjoyed, when all have arrived. You have been received grace freely, so you can give it freely.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.


Day 1

seven day devotional

What does a Relationship with Jesus look like?

Hello sweet family! Welcome to Next Step. We are so thankful we get to journey with you on the new adventure you’ve said “yes” to! We can’t wait to see you grow, walk alongside you, and get to do life together. I guess the first question you may be asking is, “what does a relationship with Jesus ACTUALLY look like?” We want to focus our first day of devotions together to answer that question.

For each individual, the day-to-day with Jesus may look different. After all, God talks to us in so many different ways and each relationship is so significant and genuine. One thing that’s for sure, is that God wants to be part of our daily lives, he wants to be involved and welcomed into your every morning. Every day it is important that we make time for God to build the relationship. Making time for God can be through a daily devotional, studying the bible, worshipping, spending time praying, or just having some quiet time and reflecting on God and his goodness. Beginning each day or ending each night with time with God is essential to growing a relationship; he wants to spend time with you.

Today I want to challenge you to spend 10 minutes with God, whenever you have time to do so in the day. Open up in a prayer thanking God for his love and grace, then spend some time praying for those you know who don’t have a relationship with God. Maybe find a devotional (here is one I recommend: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10879-all-things-new). Once you read through the devotional, take some time to think and reflect on what you just read.

Making this habit of daily life with God will set you on a great course for growing a relationship and foundation for the rest of your life.