Joanne Creary

Morning Devotions

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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

To His feet thy tribute bring.

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like me His praise should sing?

I remember my grandpa singing this old hymn when I was growing up. My sisters and I would visit my grandpa for summer holidays. During the…

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Morning Devotions

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Put another way, “practice makes perfect.” This applies to everything in life, from taking your first steps to learning to play a musical instrument. The more you practice, the better you get.

This is also true of our faith — to the way we apply our faith to our circumstances.

Therefore,… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12, NIV)

Paul gives us some practical advice for “working out” our salvation:

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice… (Philippians 4:9, NIV)

When we practice what we learn about the faith we profess, we get better and better at living in faith.

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MORNING DEVOTIONS

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Psalm 19 in the NIV begins “The heavens declare the glory of God…”

These words rise spontaneously to my lips many mornings as I glance out my kitchen window while I wait for my first cup of coffee to brew.

The streaks of color brightening the night sky as the sun comes up never fail to remind me of the Creator and make me grateful to be alive.

…the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1 NIV)

God’s glory is on full display all the time if we would just be attentive. My prayer today is that God will grant us eyes to see the world He created. As you read this, may your spirit to be drawn to praise God for the glory of creation all around you.

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MORNING DEVOTIONS

Four  women standing in a circle praying with their heads bowed.
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May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, NIV)

We’re told many times in Scripture to guard our hearts and be careful of our speech. The two are related, for what comes out of the mouth reflects what’s in the heart.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

(Proverbs 4:23–24, NIV)

…the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart

(Matthew 15:18 NIV)

You can tell a person’s spiritual condition by the words that come out of their mouths.

My prayer today is that we would be careful to guard our hearts and be mindful of our speech.

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Joanne Creary

Joanne Creary

I write on personal growth and development, faith, career transitions, human behavior, and anything else that catches my interest.