Devotionals, Mini-Devotionals

Ephesians One

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Ephesians 1:4 NIV

When people speak about chaos and mess, do we wonder if they speak from a heart of living in a certain season or a heart that struggles with mental illness? Sometimes messes stem from anxiety. One can’t focus, has a difficult time with organization and finds themselves walking in circles. Children or loved ones who live in the home often time mimic the behaviors which only amplifies the situation.

How do you become a model of Christian living when you can’t get it together? God brings peace, but a foggy flustered mind keeps the door only partially open to His grace.


Coming to terms with one’s self and with God’s grace will shine a light on these seasons and patterns. He heals in the midst of disorder and shows that we are chosen, mess and all. He handpicked us from day one and when we see Him through the fog of life, we see how we’re chosen to be holy and blameless.

He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus vs. 5.

God decided from eternity what will happen. The goal from the beginning was to be adopted sons and daughters through the grace of Christ when we believe.

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Dear Lord, you make us glad as we see your faithfulness throughout all time. Your promises hold fast despite our anxious lives.  We pray for eternal rejoicing as we live under the wing of the shadow of your goodness.  Thank you, Lord, for choosing us and being sovereign over all. In Your Name, Amen.

3 thoughts on “Ephesians One

  1. I’m so grateful for God’s grace in my life! Thanks for sharing these encouraging words… stopping by from #sittingamongfriends

  2. God is a God who calls and heals–but sometimes that healing requires medication and therapy along with our faith in him. I’m so glad God has created humans who can find ways to help us in our illnesses (whether mental or physical).

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful encouragement from Scripture. It truly is a comfort to know what He has chosen us before the worlds began to be holy and blameless and that he can redeem even our anxiety. And I am speaking from experience. The Lord used anxiety to ultimately draw me to a saving knowledge of Jesus AND continues to use anxiety to strength my faith. His ways are certainly not our ways, but they are the best ways. 🙂

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