Devotions for RV Travelers

Author Nancy Kimsey has written Grace on a Rambling Road. This book is a collection of devotions for RV travelers.

Nancy Bell Kimsey is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast whose hiking and camping experiences have ranged from backpacking and family tent camping to adventuring in a fiberglass travel trailer.

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She moved to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University and remained in the Tar Heel State throughout her career as an educator. When she’s not writing or camping, Nancy enjoys sewing upcycled creations and singing with her church worship team and a local community chorale.

Her writing has been published in Women Who Served, The Secret Place, and Christian Women’s Voice.

Last update on 2021-05-08 / Paid Affiliate Link / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Below is a sample of 3 devotions you will find in her book.

The Heavens Declare

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2

Someday I hope to visit a Dark Sky Park, an exceptionally dark site designated by the International Dark-Sky Association in which there is minimal light pollution, allowing for amazing star- gazing. Psalm 19 tells us that the heavens are on display in order to declare the glory of God. What specifically can the heavens reveal about God?

God is awesome. The size of the universe is beyond our ability to comprehend. We are only infinitesimal specks in the cosmos. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

God is orderly. Even early civilizations were able to track the heavenly bodies through their predictable paths. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

God is creative. The creativity of God is on display throughout the universe. Planets, stars, comets, meteors – all reveal the fascinating breadth of God’s inventive hand. Each star (like each snowflake and each person) is unique. Lift up your eyes

and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.” (Isaiah 40:26)

God is loving. His creation provides all that we need. Just as we are designed to need the Sun for warmth and for our food supply, we also need the universe to fulfill our soul’s longing for beauty.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.

Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:3-5)

Prayer for Today:

Dear God, the heavens declare your glory. Thank you for providing a clear message to all mankind of your awesome power and creativity. Thank you that we can depend on the orderliness of your creation and the constancy of your love and mercy. Amen.

Need S’more Patience?

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But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:25

My mother was a Junior Girl Scout leader, and even before I was old enough to join my sister’s troop, I was allowed to tag along on weekend camping trips. At campfire time, the Scouts were excited about creating S’mores from graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows.

I detested marshmallows, but I adored working with fire: sparking tinder, adding twigs, and stirring the coals were all very satisfying. Before long, the older girls in the troop enlisted me as their “mascot” and chief marshmallow cooker.

Because I didn’t want to eat the fluffy treats, I had the patience to gently cook them to golden brown perfection. The girls who wanted to eat their marshmallows right away often held them too close to the fire and ended up with scorched, flaming torches rather than edible marshmallows.

The Scriptures often link patience with hope. The concept of hope in the Bible is that of confident expectation. It is not mere wishful thinking. Because God is faithful, our hope is not misplaced.

As an experienced marshmallow roaster, I was confident that if I would patiently check the fire, twirl the marshmallow slowly, and keep away from the hottest coals, I would end up with a finished product that the older Scouts would love. In the same way, reminding myself of the consistency and

power of God is helpful during difficult times when I find it very hard to be patient. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” I have seen God working in my life and in the lives of others; therefore, I will seek to patiently wait on His timing.

Prayer for Today:

O gracious and faithful Heavenly Father, you are utterly consistent in your character and loving in your dealings with me. I know that you have the power to bring your promises to fruition. Grant me the ability to patiently wait on you. Amen.

Roadside Attractions

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He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. Isaiah 53: 2

Sometimes it’s fun to get off the interstate highways and travel down less crowded paths. On these roads, you are likely to encounter some interesting roadside attractions (not to mention delicious food at local diners.)

Some of the more quirky stops are the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas, and Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. The small towns near these curiosities benefit from the patronage of extra visitors each year who end up buying gas or supplies.

Beautiful women are said to be attractive; magnets attract metal, and roadside attractions draw in gawkers. In what way did Jesus attract people?

In Isaiah chapter 53, the prophet makes it clear that the coming Messiah would not be physically attractive. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2)

Crowds did not follow Christ in order to gaze upon a handsome man; rather, they were attracted to his wisdom and miracles. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?” (Mark 6:2)

Our culture places such a high value on physical beauty that even infants and toddlers who are especially lovely receive a great deal of positive attention.

Yet when those same children become teenagers or young adults, they may begin to wonder if those who profess a romantic interest in them truly understand and love them for more than just their outward appearance.

How should we approach physical attractiveness? Whether or not we are outwardly handsome or beautiful, we should seek to develop a gracious personality and upright character, Peter, speaking specifically to women, counseled them to cultivate the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4)

When we look at others, we can resist our natural inclination to immediately judge on outward appearances. The children in our sphere of influence will benefit greatly from being complimented on their admirable inner qualities.

Finally, whenever we are tempted to fixate on our own appearance, we can train our mind to focus elsewhere. As Paul advised the Philippians: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  (Philippians 4:8)

Prayer for Today:

Dear God, I thank you that when you sent your Son into this world, it was not his outward appearance that attracted others. May I never give undue importance to external beauty. Please create in me a character and a personality that honor you. Amen.

Last update on 2021-05-08 / Paid Affiliate Link / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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