All posts by Ray Of Light Devotionals

I grew up in church. My grandfather always made it a point to go to church, read your bible, and then eat a good lunch. He taught me to listen to the preacher, then go home and study what the bible says - to make sure you understand the message. This is something that has always stuck with me. The best way I’ve found to really help me get a better grip on different verses is applying the verse into a situation that I’ve faced - in order to make it make sense in my life. Thus, Ray of Light Devotionals was born. Enjoy, and God Bless. 💗”

#BlackOutTuesday

Last night I was laying in bed reading the news…seeing all of the negativity I decided to take a much needed break. So, I got on TikTok (don’t judge – this is a safe place). I was so pleasantly surprised. I was greeted with video after video of police officers holding hands with protesters, protesters thanking and protecting officers on the streets, and protesters walking in the streets singing, “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, My God, that is who you are” I was beyond moved, I had tears steady streaming down my face. I was amazed. It was a bright light among all of the darkness I’ve seen over the past week.

We’re watching our country tear itself apart. It is RAW; It is HEARTBREAKING; It is PAINFUL. I don’t want to say anything controversial, we have enough of that right now. So, here are some things that I think we can all agree on.

God cares about how we treat one another.
•Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”

We were created in HIS image.
•Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them…”

Red, yellow, black, or white – we’re all precious and loved in his eyes.
•1 John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

We are one body united by Him.
•1 Corinthians 12:13 “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…”

Lord, watch over our country. Fill our hearts with love. Make us better. Restore our humanity. Fill us with grace. Unify us. Forgive us.

Ephesians 2:14-18 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

the one for when it’s too much…

Sometimes it’s too much. Sometimes your head races with every heart wrenching thought. You can’t think straight. You can’t focus on work. You can’t get out of your head. It’s just too much. I know I’ve been there too, feeling like you can’t catch a break – like whenever you finally have life going your way something goes wrong. Never fails. Right?

Have you cried out to God in your car, all alone, with tears running down your face begging for everything to be okay? Begging God to help you survive. Telling him you can’t possibly take any more? I’ve been there, I’ve screamed, I’ve begged, I’ve cried, I’ve pleaded. I’ve S U R V I V E D.

You see, we often hear, “God will not give you more than you can handle”. That’s not the case, God will give you more than you can handle – because that’s how you grow stronger.

When you are drowning. When you are gasping for air; splashing and trying with all of your power to get above the water. When you feel your body tiring and you take that last breath and finally close your eyes to let the water overtake your body. That moment, when you give up, is when God picks you up out of the water, and carries you to safety. Is God being mean? It may feel like that. You may want to yell and scream “Why didn’t you help me sooner?”. “Why did you make me go through that?”

God sometimes allows situations in your life to appear hopeless because He is trying to direct your focus onto Him. You may feel like giving up because you can’t seem to fix the situation that you are in, and no one you know can fix it either. But, he can. You need him – he doesn’t ever give you more than you can handle, because when you feel like giving up, he will hold you up; he will walk next to you, and when you can’t walk anymore he will carry you.

Lord, thank you for rescuing us in so many ways. Thank you for carrying us when our bodies cannot go any further. Thank you for redirecting our focus to you. Help us to remember that you will give us more than we can handle alone, but that you will never give us more than we can bear together.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The one for the secret to a long marriage

We have been together since we were young, dumb, teenagers. After five years and a half years of being together and one FULL year of marriage sometimes I think about how we’ve made it this far – it’s INSANE to think that he’s stuck around with me this entire time….

I know the typical responses from every single forum or blog on the internet always say “Don’t go to bed angry” or the “Always say I love you when they leave”

Do you know how many times we went to bed angry? How many times we’ve hung up because it’s just easier to click the button than to keep having a “pointless” conversation.

We try not to make it a habit but guess what…all the “secrets”? We have broken them. M A N Y times.

The secret to a long lasting marriage or relationship is that there is no secret at all.

It’s a get up and try again over and over every single day.

It’s hanging on tight when you are in college and living on frozen dinners because it’s all you can afford.

It’s counting pennies when you are newlyweds so that you can build a life together for your future family.

It’s about knowing that nothing is going to turn out perfect, that your marriage won’t be a highlight reel because that’s not real life.

It’s being deep in the trenches of so many obstacles and every plot twist that life could throw you and getting to look over and know that you aren’t alone and that your best friend is walking it with you.

It’s knowing that you can never be prepared for the burdens you might have to help your partner carry but knowing that you are willing to carry it right alongside them.

Just try every single day, in the trenches and on top of the mountains don’t ever stop. Because stopping, that’s one thing that isn’t a secret, it will make you fail.

Dustin, I’ll never stop. Happy First Anniversary.💗

The one for the new year (2020)

Lord, I want to wear my love for You like writing on my skin. Carrying it day by day for all the world to see. I want to love You loud with every piece of my soul. I want everyone to know I am a Child of God!

As this new season unfolds, I realized how much I’ve missed You. How far I’ve distanced myself away from Your love. I can feel guilt all over my skin as I think of all the ways I’ve chosen the world over my faith throughout this last year.

I handled some situations my own way, created my own mess until there was nothing left but the chaos in my broken heart. You’ve seen me trembling in sadness and confusion when there was nothing but darkness. You’ve known my battles. You fought them with me. You heard the cries I tried to hide. You knew the sins I was too ashamed to speak of.

I wasn’t like the daughter You claimed as Yours. I wasn’t myself.

And yet, You came running for my rescue. You covered me in the forgiveness that can only come from You. You held me in Your arms and reminded me that I am still and will always be Your child. I am Yours from the very start to the very end.

I am Yours endlessly. You renewed my faith and helped me start over.

I have a lot of hopes for this year but above all, I hope to love You more, My Savior. I hope to sing You praise at the top of my lungs. I hope to write about Your salvation in the pages of my life (and this blog, obviously).

I want to understand my own heart while I seek Yours. I want to put You first and love You the most. This is the only way I can love others as You taught me how.

You proclaimed Your love for Your children without fear. I no longer want to love You in silence, behind the comfort of my own walls. I want a love that climbs mountains and makes it move.

I want to live out this love like a fire that burns every trace of hatred and resentment in me. I want to love You, Lord, with my heart that has known brokenness and redemption.

I want to love You more, Lord God, because You are what love is. I want to love You because You loved me first.

“..but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” I S A I A H 4 0 : 3 1 •

The one for when your mind tricks you

Has your mind ever tricked you? Has that little voice in your head that normally keeps you out of trouble – just gone quiet and let you do something stupid?

So many times we trust ourselves, we trust our heart, our mind – and we make decisions – decisions that we think in the moment may be okay – but we find out later that they were definitely not the right choice. You see, our emotions can be a little bit like a roller coaster. Our emotions and thoughts can change based on how we are feeling that day, that minute, that second..(if you’re like me you probably change your mind every two seconds). Let’s face it – we are very I N C O N S I S T E N T.

God is not deceitful, he will not fluctuate, he is a C O N S T A N T. When we don’t see the bigger picture, he does. He won’t lie, he won’t change, he knows everything. He won’t tell us to make a decision just because we’re mad, or sad, or hurt. He will teach us to make a decision based on the words that he spoke – he will teach us to make our decisions be more Christlike. We must learn to lean on him when we make decisions – he can teach us how to follow his voice instead of following our temporary, ever-changing feelings.

Lord, help us to lean on you whenever our vision is clouded by our own emotions. Remind us that you know all things and most importantly, you know what is best. We ask you today, to lead us down the path that you see best fit for our lives.

| “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”| P R O V E R B S 3 : 5 – 6

the one for Nourishing Your Spirit

Does your spiritual grass ever get a little dry? Mine does…sometimes my grass is more like hay – but I want my grass to be some San Augustine; pretty, green, sift, no stickers.

Do you know what helps your grass stay healthy and pretty and soft? Water. Fertilizer. Weedkiller.

Water your grass. Open up your Bible and give your spirit something to drink, let your spirit S O A K in the words of God.

Plant your roots somewhere with plenty of nutrients and cover yourself in fertilizer. Surround yourself with people who help F E E D your spirit.

Kill your weeds. Talk to God. Pray. You have some weeds that are hindering your spiritual growth? Break out the week killer – P R A Y. Pray that God will remove the weeds out of your life. Just like weed killer – it may take a few rounds – but weed killer work; and so does prayer.

Lord help our spirit grow, help us to nourish our spirit, and to surround ourselves with those who are eager to grow as well.

• But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! 2 P E T E R 3 : 1 8 •

The one for the love of god

The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God. Man, doesn’t that sound amazing? Think about it – N E V E R ending. That’s amazing knowing someone so powerful loves you unconditionally, F O R E V E R.

Sometimes. usually on my way home from work jamming some Lauren Daigle. I become so overwhelmed by how amazing God really is. I’ll be ugly crying and singing hoping I don’t get pulled over because I’m a H O T M E S S. To be completely honest, that’s one of the best feelings in the world. As I pull into my driveway I feel weightless – like I’m floating.

I am loved by the one who hung the moon. I am enough for the Maker of the Mountain. I am known by the one who hung the sky. He knows M Y name. He built this amazing world, and he thought that it needed M E in it. That is so overwhelming, and it is so A M A Z I N G.

Have you ever had a reckless friend? One who drives like she’s running from the cops? One that trusted everyone in the world despite everyone’s advice otherwise? Yes? Me too. But, I swear, I loved that friend more than anyone else in this world. That’s how God is with us. “Girl have you lost your mind?!” But, he loves us anyway. He loves our reckless not-so-right-in-the-headed selves because his love has N O L I M I T S.

Lord, thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for loving us no matter how reckless we are. Thank you for overwhelming us with your never-ending glory.

<< For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 >>

the one for realizing You are God; I am not

Do you ever get ahead of yourself? You want something S O badly that you can barely function? You feel empty without it. You dream about it, you pray about it, you cry about it, you scream about it, but you don’t have it. .

S T O P stressing. I know that seems impossible, and it’s easier said than done. Trust me. I know, it’s hard. My Pawpaw told me something one time that I try to remember when I struggle.

“God will answer all of your prayers. You may not get the answer you want. He may say no. He may say yes. He may say not yet.”

That’s a start. God answered our prayer. We are still hurting, so obviously he either said No or Not yet. That’s rough because we want it N O W. We need to be patient. We need to know that God knows what he’s doing. He is God, we are N O T. He knows what he put us on Earth to do. He knows when he wants us to do it.

Lord, instill in us a patient demeanor. Help us to trust that you have our best interests in mind. Thank you for looking out for us, and for hearing and answering our prayers.

>> Be J O Y F U L in hope, P A T I E N T in a affliction, and faithful in P R A Y E R. Romans 12:12 <<

the one for Coffee

My relationship with coffee is not easily broken. I don’t stray far from it. I relish it it once, twice, sometimes even three times a day. Without it, I don’t feel like myself. Let me tell you, if my relationship with Christ was as strong as my relationship with coffee…that would be something A M A Z I N G.

We should strive to talk to Christ daily, even multiple times per day. We should have such a strong relationship with God that if we go one day without talking to H I M, praising H I M , worshiping our Lord and Savior that we don’t feel like ourselves.

Lord, create in us a craving for you and for your word. Help us to become dependent upon your presence in our lives.

| – “I am he who will sustain you.” I S A I A H 4 6 : 4 – |

the one for Hanging up and Hanging Out

Have you ever heard the term…hang up and hang out? This is something I constantly find myself saying. Whether it be to my friends when we’re sitting around playing cards or to my husband when we’re sitting in the living room watching tv or laying in bed at the end of the night.

I enjoy spending quality time with people. Putting away the screens, and just enjoying each other’s company. Laughing at each other, talking about how our week was, yelling “UNO” after you’ve spent the entire game with half the deck in your hand. What can I say? I’m old fashioned when it comes to quality time.

I got to thinking though, how often do we do that when talking to God. How often do we sit down in bed and read the bible – no distractions? Do we turn the TV off, put our phone down, unplug and truly listen to what his word has to say? Even at church, we can get easily distracted – looking around the room, glancing at the clock, making silly faces at the baby two rows up. I’m thinking about this and I begin to feel a twinge of guilt bubbling inside of me.

Why do we think we can ask our friends to do this for us – but we don’t feel the need to extend the same courtesy to our Lord and Savior, the Maker of the Mountains, our Father?

Lord, help us practice unplugging and putting our focus on you. Let us remember that you’ve given the ultimate sacrifice for us, and that the least we can do is devote a small portion of our day to you, and only you.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13