“What’s Next?” Book

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Find fulfillment and freedom in your career and ministry as you discover God’s will for your life.

Scripture has outlined everything we need for guidance, direction, and a peace-filled life. What’s Next points you to God’s Word to help you move forward when life seems like it’s standing still.

Daniel Ryan Day found this to be true as he struggled to find God’s call on his life. Day had expected that “dream job” and “God’s call” would be the same. But what he discovered when he searched Scripture set him free from frustration so he could confidently step forward in God’s will.

Sometimes while we wait for clear-cut advice from the Almighty, we miss what He’s already directed us to do. Learn from Day’s experience and see how God’s directives can give you a life that sets you free.

What’s Next includes discussion questions to help you process what you’ve learned through Scripture and guide you toward your next steps.

Dimensions 5.375 × 8 in

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Looking at the life of Jesus through the eyes of the world, a lot doesn’t make sense.

When we think about power, we don’t usually think about a baby.
When we think about kings, we don’t usually think about sacrifice.
When we think about greatness, we don’t usually think about humility.

And yet, the birth of Jesus, God coming to earth to become one of us, to walk alongside us... changes things. It challenges the way we look at the world and the way we look at ourselves. God chose us, humans, to bear his image. God chose us to share in his laughter and his suffering. God is near to the ordinary. The beautiful. The lost… all of us.

𝐋𝐮𝐤𝐞 𝟐:𝟏𝟎-𝟏𝟐
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

𝐎𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭
Christ’s birth is GOOD NEWS (v. 10)
Jesus is Savior and Messiah (v. 11)
God isn’t ashamed of us, he wants to be with us (v. 10-12)

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞
God in the Manger, thank you for challenging what the world views as strength and weakness.

Light of the World, when I am struggling to accept _________ about myself, help me remember that you came to be with me.

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬
Humble Savior, this Christmas I’m feeling really ________. Give me your peace.

Lord, ______ is in so much pain this holiday season. Help them tangibly feel you alongside them during this time.

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬
Cosmic Christ, just as they waited for your birth, help me patiently wait for your return.

Jesus, help me see opportunities to reflect your love in the world as I _________ this Christmas season. 

#scripture #bibleverse #verseoftheday #reclaimtoday
Contributed by rootandreap 

Luke‬ ‭2:8-14‬‬‬ // Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” //

I can’t help but wonder at how absolutely breathtaking this news must have been, and the sight the Shepard’s beheld in front of them. The best news they would ever hear, was unfolding before them.

Even with every single thing that’s happened in the last year for us all. Every thing that felt confusing, unprecedented, unsure, and out of nowhere, has been God-ordained. There is nothing that surprised God then, and there is nothing that’s surprising God, now. His plan from the beginning to bring Jesus to us to bridge a gap we could never, was fulfilled. His plan in-motion, revealed to us in His word, will continue to be fulfilled. His promises never, ever fall flat.

Today, I pray that you rest in the fact that all of God’s promises, since the beginning of all we’ve ever known, have either been fulfilled or will be fulfilled. We have a hope in our Savior, born fully man and fully God, to pay a price we could never pay for our sins. God loves you so very much; so much, He sent His son down to pay that price of salvation for every single one of us, individually.

God is active, God is alive, and God is not finished yet. Jesus is King. Merry Christmas 🤍

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You know what’s wonderful? Sitting near a window on a rainy day with a cup of something hot in your hands—especially if that something hot also has milk and sugar in it. Okay, oat milk. Or almond milk. Or coconut milk. Or corn milk (is that a thing? Yep, it is!). 

You know what’s not wonderful? Waking up to the 6th and 7th and 12th day of rain (or snow!) in a row. When the clouds roll in and stay for a while it can lead to a nagging sense of negativity or sadness that just won’t give. So this year, when we make our 38th cashew milk latte and notice the rain (or snow!) falling again, we’re meditating on this scripture and praying this prayer… 

𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
“...even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:12).

𝐀 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧
Light of the World, fill my heart with joy and peace, even as darkness surrounds me. Jesus, you spent 40 days in the wilderness, give me your strength to bear these 40+ days without sun. Help me sense your presence in the midst of sadness. Help me find joy in the midst of this nagging negativity. And help these struggles lead me to depend more on you. Amen. 

*Note: We are not experts on what to do with seasonal depression, but we’ve experienced it a bit (thanks, Michigan). If you struggle with depression, or if your seasonal depression feels a bit out of control, consider seeking the advice of a therapist or medical professional.

#prayer #dailyprayer #dailydevotional #verseoftheday #christianliving #reclaimtoday
How's the Christmas shopping going? 💀🎄😭 

This time of year, all the lists just seem to keep growing-- the to dos, to buys, to makes... Buut, before you get to a point in the season when prepping for the holidays is feeling anything but cheerful, pause for a second.

While you're working hard to make everything perfect (and doing great!), remember that someone else has already been there and done that... the guy we're all working so hard to celebrate this time of year (sorry, not you, Santa 🎅).

So, it's alright to be reeeally excited about the gifts you're giving this year, or wanting to make your decorations look 🤌, but there's no need to put too much pressure on yourself. We can already thank God for the best gift we've ever gotten, and all of the other ways he has poured blessings upon our lives.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created" (James 1:17-18).

Artwork by robertsolcan
“I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.” -C.S. Lewis

If you’re in a tough season of waiting, let Daniel remind you of how the Lord works during these times, too.

𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength…” (Isaiah 40:31).

𝐖𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧
From across the bay, I could see perfect waves break in unison along a rocky point in Ireland. My heart began to beat faster, an overwhelming sense of anticipation swept over me. It might seem silly, but I was on the verge of experiencing the fulfillment of a lifelong goal. For two decades, I’d dreamt of surfing the Irish waves stretched out before me. After waiting most of my life to experience this moment, the combination of my hope and excitement was tangible. It was well worth the wait. 

In Isaiah 40:31, we’re told those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength. The Hebrew word for wait in this verse is qavah, and it has a compound meaning. It means to hope expectantly for and to bind together or intertwine. 

We’re being told that waiting on God is to intertwine or bind ourselves together with Him; and in doing so it creates in us a hopeful expectation of God. 

𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐈𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬
The act of waiting can be extremely difficult, especially in our culture of instant gratification. But often we see that when God has us wait, He does so with a purpose. It’s not simply to make us wait, and it’s not without reason. It’s to make us intertwine ourselves with Him and His purposes. When we do that, we inevitably experience this hopeful expectation Isaiah speaks of. To intertwine ourselves with God, to bind ourselves to His presence, is to bind ourselves to the very source of hope. 

What is it that the Lord has asked you to wait for? Don’t give up, don’t get discouraged. Godly waiting is a good thing that produces eternal fruit. If we allow it, it will knit our hearts together with God. If we qavah like it says in Isaiah, we find our strength renewed because we will be bound to the only true source of hope in this world.

#dailydevotional #verseoftheday #christianliving #reclaimtoday
Do you ever struggle with doubt?

Many people in the Bible did, too. There are many times when our faith might seem small or hard questions (sometimes really good ones) dominate our minds. Jesus’s response to these moments of doubt are assurance, grace, and healing.

You can admit that you’re struggling, all while inviting Jesus to continue his work in your life.

Try this breath prayer with us.

“And Jesus said to him, ‘‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” (Mark 9:23-24, ESV).

Breath Prayer is a way of aligning your breathing with a short prayer or psalm, in order to slow you down and draw you closer to God. You only need a line or two of scripture to help ground and comfort you in the truths of his nearness and his love.
Learning to hold tensions.

Preaching to ourselves today. 

#reclaimtoday #tweetfeature #biblereading
They say seeing is believing, buuut I'm pretty sure "they" came up with that before photoshop 😖. And, truth be told, there's a whole lot of things in life that we won't know for sure this side of eternity.

It's normal to have doubts and questions. It doesn't make you a bad person, or a bad Christ-follower.

But, just like the disciples, Jesus invites us to "come and see" the work he is doing in the world.

After spending the day with Jesus, the early apostles were convinced of who he was. I wonder what it was about him. I imagine the love that exuded from him. The understanding. The laughter. I imagine the feeling of relief they had as he looked at them with compassion and wonder-- God delighting in being able to know us.

I wonder if we might open our hearts enough to know that he feels the same way about us. If we are able to "come and see" how he desires to be at work in our lives, too.

"'Come,' he replied, 'and you will see.'

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, 'We have found the Messiah' (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus" (John 1:39-42).

Artwork by robertsolcan
Sometimes it’s hard to feel at home in the world. Maybe you lost someone who made you feel loved and accepted. Or a place where you felt secure recently changed. Once that special part of your life is gone, the sense of home feels out of reach.
 
We have a home that will never change and is always within our grasp: God’s presence. Here, we’re fully known and accepted.  We always belong. This Forever Home provides more love, security, and safety than any place here on earth. His presence is with us everywhere. To enter his “shelter,” we only need to think about him, say yes to his presence, and remember all he has done and promised. As friends and places come and go, we can always be grounded in our Home.
 
𝐏𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝟗𝟏:𝟏-𝟒
“1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
  will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
 my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
  from the fowler’s snare
  and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

𝐎𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭
 His presence brings us rest (v. 1)
 We can trust him (v. 2)
 He protects us (v. 3)
 He comforts us and provides safety (v. 4)

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞
​​Heavenly Father, I miss ________, but I know I can find security and comfort in your presence.
 
Thank you for the love I’ve enjoyed with ________. Ultimately, the belonging I had was a gift from you.

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬
Since your presence is ready for me always, help me remember you as I struggle with feelings of ________.
 
Sheltering Wing, please heal my heart from losing a “home” in ________ . Make me whole in ways only you can.

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬
Today I give my sense of ________ to you and enter your loving presence as my home.
 
Faithful Refuge, people and places I rely on may change or leave my life altogether. But you are my solid ground. You are my Home where I know I have ________. 

#scripture #dailydevotional #christianliving #reclaimtoday

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