Fisher of Men

Pushing Through Prayer Obstacles

When you bring Me prayer requests, lay out your concerns before Me. Speak to Me candidly; pour out your heart. Then thank Me for the answers that I have set into motion long before you can discern results. Jesus Calling, January 11 I sat staring at my computer screen, trying to write a sermon for Sunday, and a full hour passed before I realized I had nothing to offer. The church my wife and I started from scratch was 4 years old and growing like crazy. I, however, was not. I was spiritually exhausted, defeated, and depleted. My only connection to God was tethered to the content I was struggling to create for others. Something had to change. I needed another way to connect with God and refuel my spiritual life. I needed prayer. Finding it hard to pray But the truth is at some point in our l...

Pushing Through Prayer Obstacles

When you bring Me prayer requests, lay out your concerns before Me. Speak to Me candidly; pour out your heart. Then thank Me for the answers that I have set into motion long before you can discern results. Jesus Calling, January 11 I sat staring at my computer screen, trying to write a sermon for Sunday, and a full hour passed before I realized I had nothing to offer. The church my wife and I started from scratch was 4 years old and growing like crazy. I, however, was not. I was spiritually exhausted, defeated, and depleted. My only connection to God was tethered to the content I was struggling to create for others. Something had to change. I needed another way to connect with God and refuel my spiritual life. I needed prayer. Finding it hard to pray But the truth is at some point in our l...

Empathy: A Key to Loving Our Neighbors

“Learn to relate to others through My Love rather than yours…Instead of trying harder to help people through your own paltry supplies, become aware of My unlimited supply, which is accessible to you continually.  Let My Love envelop your outreach to other people.” Jesus Calling, May 12 Early in our marriage, my husband and I experienced two miscarriages a year apart, followed by years of infertility. It remains one of the hardest seasons of my life. Even though I had good friends, a loving family, and a supportive faith community, I felt alone in my grief. Well-intended Words The platitudes started within days of my first miscarriage. An older woman came to visit and casually mentioned her own miscarriage. “It was early, first trimester,” she said. “I was fine. You’ll be fine too.” Ye...

Seeing God’s Beauty All Around Us

“My world is filled with beautiful things; they are meant to be pointers to Me, reminders of My abiding Presence.” – Jesus Calling, June 6 It’s the end of the day, and I’ve been searching for my slippers. I am so annoyed. In this one simple and meaningless failure, I do what I sometimes do: I consider myself a failure. This one little thing spirals into a weight on my chest, and I can feel depression and anxiety slowly creeping in.  Our house is littered with shoes. There are shoes by doors and couches, beds and chairs, here and there and everywhere. I trip over them often. Under my desk, where I write and sit most of the time, there’s always a pair or two strewn about, since I kick them off when I sit in my chair cross-legged.   As the night falls and the routine of the day...

Connecting to Your Final Destination

A life lived close to Me will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route throughout the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. – Jesus Calling, January 13 As I slid my bag onto seat 28E, I uttered, “Lord, just get me there!” I made small talk with the stranger beside me and felt the familiar nervous flutters in my stomach that come whenever I travel. Several hours later and 30,000 feet above the Midwestern plains, I let out a relieved chuckle as I crunched stale airline pretzels and sipped bubbly ginger ale. An hour later we landed in Denver. As we taxied to the gate, I turned my phone back on and received the text no traveler wants to get: my connecting flight was canceled. I was to collect my checked b...

Wrestling with Faith and Expectations

With My help, you can overcome any obstacle. Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very-present Helper, am omnipotent. Jesus Calling, January 9 Our Expectations Has Jesus ever behaved differently than you expected? Or maybe differently than you wanted? If God has ever moved—or not moved—in a way you desired, then you know the sting. You know the hurt. You know the confusion that surrounds you, threatening to suffocate your faith. If you have ever felt this way, please know you are not alone. John the Baptist is just one example of a person’s faith tested in the furnace of trials. He, too, felt the sting of wondering what Jesus was doing—or not doing. He had been a voice in the wilderness, a wanderer waiting anxiously for Israel’s Messi...

Walk By Faith – Jesus Calling Video Devotional by Sarah Young

[embedded content] “Be willing to follow wherever I lead.” “Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know, and that is enough!” “Some of my richest blessings are just around the bend: out of sight, but nonteheless, very real.” “To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith—not by sight.” “Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain with only My hand to support you.” “The higher you climb the more spectacular the view becomes;also the more keenly you sense your separation from the world and all its problems.” “This frees you to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of My Presence.” “Give yourself fully to these Glory-moments, awash in dazzling light.” “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.”—Psalm 96:6

A Grateful Heart – Jesus Calling Video Devotional by Sarah Young

[embedded content] “A thankful attitude opens windows of heaven.” “Moreover, as you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows.” “Such samples of heavenly fare revive your hope.” “Thus, your path becomes an upward spiral: ever increasing in gladness.” “Thankfulness is the language of Love.” “A thankful mind-set rejoices in Me, your Savior in the midst of trials and tribulations.” “I am your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.” “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” — Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV)

The Way of Peace – Jesus Calling Video Devotional by Sarah Young

[embedded content] The Way of Peace “Come to Me, and rest in My presence…” “As you ponder the majestic mystery of the Incarnation, relax in My everlasting arms.” “Praise and worship are the best responses to the wonder of My Being.” “Sing praises to My holy Name.” “Look for a star of guidance in your own life, and be wiling to follow wherever I lead.” “I am the Light from on high that dawns upon you, to guide your feet into the way of Peace.” “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  — John 1:14

Step Into a New Year – Jesus Calling Video Devotional by Sarah Young

[embedded content] “Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.” “A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness.“ “Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.“ “As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you.” “I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite.“ “I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love.” “Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness of My Presence.” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:1...

One Church’s “Jesus Calling” Story

Pastor Cindy Ryan Sometimes the best view comes when looking backward. I am a pastor in a 2,800-member Methodist church in Texas. Like most pastors, my days are filled with typical church happenings: programs, studies, ministries, church members’ needs, planning, and leading weekly worship. Five years ago, I became aware that some women in our church were reading the devotional book Jesus Calling. They had been buzzing about the impact the book was having in their lives. But honestly, church members buzz often. They regularly tell their pastors about books or devotional materials we should read. With a full ministry plate and a busy family life, I’d had no time to read Jesus Calling, even to evaluate it. Their words and recommendations barely registered. Little did I know, God had a differ...

God is Our Companion – Jesus Calling Video Devotional by Sarah Young

[embedded content] “Walk boldy along the path of Life, relying on your ever-present Companion.” “You have every reason to be confident, because My Presence accompanies you all the days of your life—and onward into eternity.” “Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfecter of your faith.” “Whenever you start to feel afraid, remember that I am holding you by your right hand.” “Nothing can separate you from My Presence!” “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” —Isaiah 41:13