Melinda Keays


And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37, ESV)

We hear this scripture quoted all the time. Do we actually know what it means to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind? If you love someone, you will go out of your way to please them. When you have loved someone for so long, sometimes you begin to go through the motions and make less of an effort to show them how you really feel.

If you have been a Christian for years, it becomes easy to forget about that initial feeling of love you had for Jesus. It’s not that you love Him any less, it’s just that you forget how important it is to treat every time you enter his presence like it was the first time. Make sure you take time each day to tell Him how much he means to you and express your gratitude.

Prayer: Lord, I love you so much. I love how you love me even when I make so many mistakes. Thank you for your forgiveness time and time again. In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 from the New International Version of the Holy Bible)

It is difficult to wrap your mind around how incredible God really is.  As I was doing devotions this morning I stopped for a moment to think about it.  He designed this whole world.  Each one of us has been placed here for a specific purpose – how amazing is that?  It takes my breath away when I think about the enormity of Him.

As you go through your day today, take a moment to think about the greatness of God.  Forget about any issues going on in your life, just think about Him.  You will be amazed by the peace that will come upon you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to take time out of each day to think about how amazing you truly are. Thank you for the peace that passes all understanding.

Devotion by Melinda Keays

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. (Genesis 37:3-4, King James Version)

Joseph was given a coat of many colours by his father. Even if Joseph had wanted to fit in with the crowd he would have stuck out because of his multicoloured garment.  Joseph was hated by his own brothers because of the special call that was on his life.

We are God’s chosen people just like Joseph was Israel’s chosen son.  The Lord has clothed us with His spirit and it is inevitable that we will look and act differently than those around us.  We need to be proud of who we are in Him.

Prayer: Help me to be unashamed of who I am in you, Lord.  Help me to be separate from the world even though it isn’t always easy.  In Jesus name, amen.

Devotion by Melinda Keays