In the Hands of GRACE — S2-DE18

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them.” 

“The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” 

They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.”  

“Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her.” 

“Woman, where are they?” Does no one condemn you?”  

“No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”  

John 8:1-11, (MSG) 

Photo of hands palms up against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. A cross in the midst of the sun well represents in the hands of grace who is Jesus Christ.

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You ever got caught doing something you shouldn’t have? Yep, we all have. But when you’re caught in front of a live audience—it’s embarrassing!  

Much like the adulterous woman we’ve all had and/or have hidden secret sins. And when judgmental people find out—they are ready to point fingers and put up picket signs as if they are perfect. 

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“Are You Ready?” S2 – DE17

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  

The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.” 

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” 

Matthew 25:1-13, NIV 

Photo 1 is a man sitting and watching the sunset over the water. Photo 2 is of a group of people standing in a line. Collage represents how one will be found when Christ returns. Some people will be going about their lives while others will be watching for Him even a they do life. Are you ready?

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For the wise, preparation is an essential ingredient in all areas of life. For the Kingdom of God, it’s essential for—eternity.  

A relationship with God is spiritual preparedness that will ready us for life after this one. When Jesus returns for His people, our time spent in God’s Word and in His presence will have made all the difference.  

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The Awakening to LIGHT – S2-DE16

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” 

John 1:1-5, NLT 

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When I was a child the darkness frightened me because I couldn’t see. I stumbled around in the dark as if I were blind. As soon as I’d find the light switch it was like I’d been saved from the creatures that lurked in the darkness. 

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Unified in LOVE – S2-DE15

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” 

Philippians 1:9-11, NLT 

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America—a land filled with many intricate doorways that lead to opportunity, and yet some are a revolving door to the past. The cries of the ‘blood of people’ murdered for the color of their skin reach heaven to GOD, the ONE, who created them. 

And as God looks at HIS creation, in which all are made out of LOVE, I imagine, HE must shake HIS head to say, “What have you done with what I have given you?” For the Breath of LIFE is given for HIS purpose, HIS plan, and HIS glory. 

So, to everyone on earth that takes a breath, what really matters is that everyone has a heart of unified love. That kind of LOVE can only come from knowing God.  

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Help for Today—Hope for the FUTURE – S2-DE14

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed, that I would see the goodness of the LORD, in the land of the living.” 

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” 

Psalm 27:13-14, NKJV 

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I recall growing up hearing the older folks singing about life’s troubles, and getting to the sweet ole by-and-byIt gave me the impression that the only time God would show HIS goodness was after death and not in this life—which is simply not true

In Revelation chapter 21, we read a description of the New Jerusalem, which is the new city of God and HIS future home for HIS people. It is, no doubt, the goodness of the LORD for the FUTURE.  

And, in John, chapter 14, Jesus says, “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1-3, AMP). 

Photo: Don't Give Up. Person peeling back a black and white cloudy day to reveal a beautiful colorful sunny day. Pic represents help for today and hope for tomorrow.

Now, that’s Good News! The Word of God lets believers know that Jesus is confirming that eternal life with HIM, is secured by believing in HIM. And not only that, there is special preparation going into our joining Jesus in eternity. 

But, let’s look to HIS goodness for TODAY. In Psalm 27:13-14, here we find David, going through some type of trouble.  

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The “Gift of Peace” To Those Left Behind – S2-DE13

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” 

John 14:27, NLT 

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A Caucasian woman holding flowers in a distraught state. This Greyscale  photo is representing the loss of a loved one.

When you lose someone you love it is often devastating. The uncertainty of life going forward can seem unbearable to face. You need peace.  

People want to comfort you. But who knows what to say? Your peace is stolen and your heart is broken. In actuality, you’re tuning every word out anyway. In fact, you want to go back to yesterday before it all happened.  

So, you may ask; “How does one find peace in this?”  

Well, in John 14:27, we find Jesus talking to His disciples, preparing them for His departure here on earth. Jesus knew he was about to face death and He wanted to leave the disciples with words that would impart in them—the gift of perfect peace. 

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The God of Mercy – S2-DE12

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 

Lamentations 3:22-24, NLT 

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Collage of photos representing the God of Mercy. 1) a woman standing against a blue and white wall, 2) a crown of thorns, 3) a person's hands breaking free of chains, and 4) a light at the end of a tunnel.

Do you have moments where you feel hopeless? Does it seem like you’re in a dark tunnel and you can’t see your way out? Who hasn’t had a moment like that? 

It may surprise you, but in the midst of those dark, places we CAN find hope. That hope is in Jesus. 

Truth be told, the love of Jesus is faithful and does not end. He specializes in freeing people from dark places and lights the path to a fresh start. 

Let me tell you about a man who was in desperate need of a fresh start. Folks in town called him the ‘blind beggar.’ He was homeless, blind, overlooked and deemed as insignificant to people. He knew what it felt like to feel hopeless. 

 No doubt, he needed a breakthrough. Suddenly, the day came when his life changed dramatically. He met Jesus and Mercy showed up!  

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Live Beyond Fear–S2-DE11

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

Mark 5:35-36, NIV  

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Photo of a person leaping across a canyon representing how trusting God will help you live beyond fear.
Take a leap and trust God to help you live beyond fear.
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Have you heard some bad news lately that shook you to your core? We all have at some point in life. But, it takes knowing God and trusting God to LIVE BEYOND FEAR

Jairus, the leader of the synagogue, was given some terrible news by a messenger about his daughter. She had just died and now it looked like all hope was lost. 

Jairus, must have paused for a second to catch his breath. His emotions now caught up in a whirlwind of FEAR. Was he too late?  

For you see, he had journeyed to find Jesus to ask HIM to come, and heal his daughter who was deathly ill when he left home. This was a pivotal moment! —FEAR or FAITH.  

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Marvelously Made—S2-DE10

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. 

I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.  

It simply amazes me to think about it! 

How thoroughly you know me, Lord! 

You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.  

You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book. 

Psalm 139:13-16 The Passion Translation 

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When we look in the mirror, sometimes we can be our biggest critic.  We see things we want to change about ourselves, and yet God sees HIS masterpiece.  We were MARVELOUSLY MADE! 

As God sculpted us in secret, a mysterious work of art was unfolding. Every moment was crafted to be a step closer to the appointed time that HIS latest work of art was to be revealed. 

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The Integrity of Our Words – S2-DE9

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies….”

 1 Peter 3:10, NLT 

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Woman with yellow-gold top sitting at a table with a bible another book and a cup of coffee. Photo represents the the integrity of our words lead to a life of joy.
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Can people trust what you say? Do you say words that connect you with having integrity?

Believe it or not; our words speak to our character. And, whenever we open our mouths it will say something about us.  

The words that we speak can be a lot like a ‘social media’ post gone viral; it can spark a whirlwind of conversation. Thus, it is important that we communicate words with integrity. 

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