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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 148

Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright

 🔴 Look And Wait

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalm 25:3, “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”

In Psalm 34:5, the Psalmist reminds us that we will shine with the light of His glory as we look to God, and our faces will not be ashamed.

Shame is a grueling issue that many face in today’s society.

We may battle shame in private. We may be shamed by others. We may have even unfortunately been shamed by the church. Shame can overtake us, it can undermine us, and it can ultimately keep us out of God’s will and what He wants for our lives.

We often battle shame because we don’t take time to see God’s perspective on a matter. When we fall short… when we deliberately sin…when we miss the mark…we see all these experiences as reasons why no one should want us, love us, or grace us. We count ourselves out before we ever let God step in and speak truth and love over us.

We dismiss ourselves from the very table where God set a place for us.

Scripture reminds us that if we just take time to look upon the Lord, our faces would never be ashamed. When we encounter God’s presence, we find PEACE and LOVE. We experience all that we have been lacking, including and especially, GRACE.

When we seek God’s face and look to Him, we don’t have to leave with our heads hung low. We don’t have to walk out with our spiritual “tail between our legs.” When we look to God, we encounter holiness in its truest form. In those encounters, a conviction may come, but so will love. God is full of goodness, a virtue that will meet you in your mess. His love will meet you in your mistakes. His presence will meet you in your “miry clay.” Look to Him.

Now to close out this devotional, let’s discuss the topic of waiting.

In Psalm 25:3, it says, “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”

As you read this, you may be waiting for something to blossom in your life. You’ve been holding on to God’s promises and trusting Him daily. After a while, it can get weary. It can become disheartening, breed disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion. These all can make you get to the point where you doubt yourself. You question if God is still working. Eventually, this doubt branches out and grows roots of shame. With this guilt, you begin to believe God isn’t worth your trust. You become ashamed that you “wasted time.”

I come to encourage you that if you wait on the Lord, you will never be put to shame. It is always worth it to remain in the Lord. His ways are higher. His ways are better. His path is sure and steadfast. He knows best and will bring that to pass.

We serve an Ephesians 3:20 type of God, so we know that He will do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask, think, or imagine.

Look to the Lord. Let His presence and glory shine upon you. Wait on the Lord. Trust in Him. In both looking onto Him and waiting on Him, shame has no place.

 

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, May 28, 2021

2 Samuel 13:1-39, John 17:1-26, Psalm 119:81-96, Proverbs 16:6-7

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 82

Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright

 🔴 Desire for our Savior

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.”


This verse in the book of Psalms shows humility, submission, and a desperate desire for our Savior. It jumped out of the page as I read it. After reading it several times, I had to ask myself the hard questions, asking the same of you.

Is this our heart’s cry?
Is there really nothing else that we desire besides God?
Have we gotten to a point where this lives out true in our life –where we are delighted with God and God alone?

It’s easy to say ‘yes’ from a church pew or in the middle of a Bible study. But what about on a typical Wednesday morning when the busy-ness of life seizes us? What is our heart’s posture as we run around with all of life’s tasks at hand?

This scripture can’t just be read and acknowledged; we need to live it. God MUST take priority and preference in our lives. He must come before our marriages, children, careers, education, never-ending to-do lists, and even ourselves. If we genuinely desire nothing but Him, that should be evident in our prayer time, in the time we spend in the Word, in our obedience to God, and our everyday living for Him. And don’t get me wrong…desires aren’t evil. Doing great things in life isn’t necessarily sinful or wrong. The issue lies when we let those things take the throne of our heart, and then we bow down to worship it.

We are nothing without God. That’s a striking yet necessary reminder.

Without God, everything else is null and void. Let’s make sure that our actions prove and align with the posture of this verse. Let no title, degree, salary, or accomplishment stand in place of the Most High God. No matter how awesome of a person they may be, let no creation stand in place of the Creator.

Church, it’s time to return to our first love. It’s time to seek God above all else and before all else. It’s time to have the posture of this Psalmist and desire God first and foremost.

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 

 

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46, Luke 5:29-6:11, Psalm 66:1-20, Proverbs 11:24-26

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 57

Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright

 🔴 Praise Again

Praise is an expression of approval or admiration. We give God praises to show our admiration or respect for Him, who He is, and all that He has done. God is worthy and deserves our best praise. The issue is this: At times, it is hard to praise when our circumstances are not excellent, in our eyes at least.

Inner Thoughts

What we must remember is that God is worthy of our praise despite our circumstances. He is always worthy of our praise, no matter what situations we face.

We must also remember that when we praise, we take our focus off the situation and place it on the God who has the power to change it. We automatically begin to feel better after praising because we satisfy an innate need to commune with our Creator.

Outward Display

Praising God does not mean that everything is automatically transformed in the ideal utopia, but it shows that we STILL give Him the honor, praise, and glorify His name, regardless of what’s ahead.

In the Bible, the book of Psalms speaks heavily of giving praise to the Father. In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist commands us to do two things: hope and praise.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation
PSALM 42:5 (ESV)

In the flesh, it was easy for the psalmist to be cast down. The same can be said of us. When we endure hard times, it’s easy for us to approach them with negative thoughts. It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to moan and groan.

But…

Despite what is natural for the flesh, I encourage you to approach all your situations in the Spirit. Accept the challenge from the Psalmist: Hope in God, and praise Him again. When you put your hope in God, it will be easier to praise Him. When you glorify Him, your hope is strengthened. Let the words from your mouth be a revolving, never-ending circle of hope and praise.

Change is coming.

Healing is coming.

Breakthrough is coming.

Deliverance is coming.

A miracle is coming.

In the meantime, praise God and praise Him again. Praise Him from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same. Let His praise ever be on your lips. Praise Again!

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, February 26, 2021

Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional 

 

🟥 Guiding Scripture Psalm 23:1-6

 

 🔴 It’s Only A Shadow

Psalm 23 is a very intimate portion of scripture. A majority of Christians have this scripture embedded in their memory. You learn it at a young age and recite it for the rest of your life. Recently, I decided to do a deep dive into Psalm 23 and dissect the layered metaphors. I received such a revelation from this study.

Although each verse is infinitely profound, one statement almost flatlined me. The Lord showed me a new perspective. The fourth verse brought me hope, strength, encouragement, and I pray this revelation does the same for you.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” PSALM 23:4 KJV

First things first, the promise of this verse reminds us to walk through valleys. It’s not an option; it’s not a 50-50 chance…we are GUARANTEED to encounter hard times. That’s not the most positive news. 

If thought through with the proper perspective, the next part of the verse can be a game-changer: “I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”

Keyword: Shadow

We’ve all seen shadows before. Shadows always distort reality. They make you seem taller than you are. They magnify objects that are actually really small. They present an image that does not match what is there.

So yes, this verse says that we will walk through valleys with shadows of death, but take hope in this! That is your Good News: IT IS JUST A SHADOW.

Death-fear-sickness-brokeness is just a shadow. Whatever hard thing you’re facing is only a SHADOW the enemy wants you to believe that this thing will take you out. He wants you to become so overwhelmed with your situation that you think that there’s no remedy. He wants the shadows to bring that impending fear like off the scary movies. He wants your heart beating fast as fear comes over you and paralyzes you.

I want to encourage you to remind Satan of this very reality: It’s just a shadow! Scripture is the alive and active Word of God, and it’s also your weapon against attacks. The next time the enemy tries to scare you by throwing challenging situations, remind him that he has ALREADY LOST. Remind him that his tactics won’t work because you already know that they’re not what they look like. His shadows have distorted what is valid, but you can see around the corner. You can see that it’s not a giant monster coming for you—it’s just silly little Satan and his spawns scrambling trying to find anything to knock you out. 

Spoiler alert: He doesn’t win. EVER. 

Keywords: FEAR NO EVIL

Why won’t we fear? Well, because our God is with us. His rod and His staff are a comfort to us. His correction and His guidance are what will keep us on track. That is what will keep us grounded, not looking to the right or the left, but straight forward to what God has for us. This one verse can be our armor as we withstand the schemes of the enemy. Use this verse as an affirmation. Strengthen yourself in the Lord as David did. That is your key.

You’ve studied your enemy. You know what he’s going to try. You know that he’s just playing with the flashlight making “shadows,” but it’s nothing to be scared about because you know that God is with you. So flip on the lights and let the enemy know that you’ve caught him. He won’t scare you. Remind Him of the God you serve, who is high and lifted, seated on the THRONE. 

It’s just a shadow. There’s no reason to fear.

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 

 

 

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Monday, January 18, 2021

Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

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Prep Yo’Self! A Collaboration Podcast

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In order of appearance:

Being Eve with Casey Alexis

Christian Girls P.O.P with Stephanie Bright

Purpose Without Apology with Lisa Gant

Our Given Purpose® with Torrie Slaughter


Hello, People of Purpose,

I am so grateful to be connected with an incredible network of talented entrepreneurs. In this episode, Casey, Stephanie, Lisa, and I share how we prepare for things to come. We pray you are impacted and inspired to tell your truth. I encourage you to be still and know that the Lord He is God. Wait. But, while you’re waiting, don’t forget what He has assigned you to do. 

Please connect with these women and subscribe to their podcasts. Thank you for embracing these believers and this remarkable collaboration.

~Torrie

 

THE DETAILS

CASEY ALEXIS: 

CEO/Founder and host of Being Eve, the podcast

Tune in to Being Eve the Podcast   and connect with Casey Alexis on Instagram and Facebook


STEPHANIE BRIGHT: 

CEO/Founder and host of Christian Girls P.O.P the podcast.

Visit www.christiangirlspop.com  for all the information.


LISA C. GANT: 

 CEO/Founder of Purpose Without Apology, the Podcast. Tune in for weekly podcasts and connect with Lisa on Instagram


 

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