Why or Thank You…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I sometimes chuckle at how the Holy Spirit brings me the message for each week. This week, the Holy Spirit was showing me a video game. In the game, the avatar was collecting certain required items and placing them in a basket tied to her waist as she made her way along a marked path.

Initially, I didn’t understand the purpose of getting all of the items along the path. I knew where the path was heading. I wanted to just run as fast as I could to get to the end goal, which was a beautiful castle.

The game would not let me skip past the required stops along the way. With a lot of frustration and attitude, I completed my first few tasks. Shortly after, I continued my journey along the path when a creature jumped out at me. I panicked, at first, and then I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Your weapon is in your bag.”

I quickly began to see where this vision was taking me. The Holy Spirit reassured me that everything I have gone through had two purposes. Growth and Glory are the lesson twins. God allows every lesson we encounter for two reasons. The lessons are for OUR GROWTH or for HIS GLORY.

I know that we are sometimes tempted to ask God, “Why?” Several years back, I learned an invaluable lesson. I learned that if I changed my “Why” to a “Thank You” I was able to get through the lesson or season much easier. What will your answer be? How will you respond when life throws a curveball your way? Will you say, “Why” or “Thank You”?

Scripture Reading of Edification

Ephesians 4:1-6

The Message

To Be Mature

1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

Song of Worship and Praise

Sean Feucht

Family, I pray your strength in the Lord, as you walk the Path. Walk graciously and humbly with love for one another, in the name and authority of our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus The Christ. Amen.

Your sister,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Covington, GA

No Shortcuts…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I hope this week’s devotional finds you filled with peace, hope, love, and joy. I pray all four things are a part of your life as a result of your walk with Christ Jesus. Peace, hope, love, and joy, not as the world gives, as the world’s ways are fleeting and temporary.

In today’s desire for instant gratification and satisfaction of the flesh, many people sound like Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory singing, ‘I Want It Now.’ When instead we should sound more like Men of Standard singing, ‘In Your Will.’

What does it mean to know the Lord’s will? There are no shortcuts. Knowing the Lord’s will requires time spent together with the Lord by reading the Word of God, praying, and becoming sensitive to the voice and moving of the Holy Spirit.

Words of Thankfulness and Hope

Psalm 86:11-13

New International Version

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

Song of Worship

Men of Standard #MalacoRecords

Family, I pray for your strength, daily, in the Lord. Ask the Lord to teach you how to love. Ask the Lord to teach you how to be pleasing in His sight. Ask the Lord to teach you how to be a living sacrifice that puts His needs before your own. #NoShortCuts

Your sister in Christ,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Covington, GA

Continuous Praise…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I hope you are peacefully dwelling in the love and shadow of God. This morning, I think about the fact that so many things are happening in the world around us and directly to us.

I remember a good lesson that I’ve heard several times over the years. What matters most, in any situation we may find ourselves, is whether we respond or react. I know reacting with emotions is easy to do in a stressful situation. I think that most of the time, most of us respond with love, grace, and patience.

No matter what you are faced with this week, I pray that you would pause to make sure that love is leading and guiding your thoughts, will, and emotions.

Song of Hope and Praise

Alan Jackson

Scriptures of Hope

Psalm 91

New International Version

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”


I love you with the everlasting and never-ending love of Jesus, the Christ.

Your sister,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Covington, GA

Training and Discipline…

Good morning, Precious Family:

I pray that this week’s Devotional finds you in a place of peace and abundant joy. Joy, not in the earthly sense, but rather joy that comes from the inside of your deepest belly. A Godly joy and peace that’s in your innermost being, letting you know that everything is going to be alright.

This week’s devotional centers around discipline and training. Most of us have heard or read the Proverb that speaks of training a child in the way that they must go.

Do you know that as Children of God, there is no age limit in regards to discipline and training. If God sees that there is something in us that needs to be corrected or instructed, God, as our Father, loves us enough to prepare us and mature us in the faith. Whether we are 8 years old or 80, we are still eligible for training and discipline, Amen.

Scriptures of Wisdom

Proverbs 22:1-6

Living Bible

22 If you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.

The rich and the poor are alike before the Lord who made them all.

A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor, and long life.

The rebel walks a thorny, treacherous road; the man who values his soul will stay away.

Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.

Song of Praise

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Family, in the same words of the Apostle Paul, I pray that you would prosper, even as your soul prospers. Stay in a teachable and pliable place, for this is a position of worship and honor to God.

I love you all with the amazing and everlasting love of our Lord and Savior Jesus, The Christ.

Your sister,

Rev. Marcia Davis

Covington, GA