Good morning, friends. You are receiving an early edition of Nana’s Nook as I will be away from my computer for the next week. I am taking a break from daily postings on Nana’s Nook on Facebook as well. But I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts that piggy-back off of the devotional from this past Monday.
In 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, Paul writes these words to the believers in Corinth:
“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scripture and that He appeared to Peter and then to the Twelve.”
The word “Gospel” means Good News.
“What better news could there be than that through Christ, our sins can be forgiven, our lives made new, and our access to God opened wide.” ~ From Joy for the Journey
Jesus gives us a fresh start, a new heart, a brand new way of seeing things! That is the Gospel! And, as Mercy Me sings in one of their newest songs, that’s not just good news; it’s the best news ever!
As you go about your day, and as you enter a new week, take some time to mediate on these truths. If you need a little extra inspiration, here are some musical suggestions: Best News Ever (by MercyMe); The Gospel (by Ryan Stevenson); What Sin (by Morgan Cryer). Take a listen and be encouraged!
I will close with this prayer taken from Susie Larson’s Blessings For Women.
Grace For Today
“May you pause right now and give your burdens to Jesus. He’ll carry what’s too heavy for you. He’ll give you grace to carry His assignment for you.
May you release the worries that slow you down and make life unnecessarily burdensome.
May you choose the discipline of joy and discover a new strength in the process.
You are loved, called, cherished, anointed, and appointed. Refuse yesterday’s baggage, today’s insecurities, or tomorrow’s worries.
You’ve got Jesus and He’s got you!”