Devotional: Reigned In By The Father

Colossians 1:19-20
For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by
Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him,
I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

I have one dog, Noel, my sweet 17 year old Miniature Poodle who only wears a leash when she is out of our yard because she typically stays right beside me. I have had other dogs I had to put a leash on just to keep on our property, even then, they tugged, just testing to see how far they could get.

I know these were around for a while, but Brittney had a retractable leash for her little dog and I thought that was the greatest thing! The puppy could stay close by or it had the freedom to roam. Well, I thought having such liberty, there would be no need for tugging anymore, wrong! Even with the ability to do what it pleased, found that some of my pets still wanted to go even further! UGH! The beauty of the retractable concept is that I can draw them back in before they go somewhere they shouldn’t. They can’t go anywhere so far that I can not pull them back to me.

This morning I remembered that I need to replace one of the leashes because when I tried to retract it, the mechanism did not work properly and I still had a dog half-way across the yard. I had to tug the leash to get her attention; thus a devotional was born.

Some Christians stay right with the Lord, walking closely with Him throughout their life; However, some of God’s children treat salvation as a lifeline to the Lord; they want the security without the commitment to live a godly life. The “leash” representing our free will, they pull as far away from the Lord as possible. They know He is there, in control, but constantly test the Father’s presence. Sometimes, they stray so far that they get into unfortunate situations before acknowledging or obeying the tug of the Lord, calling them back to Him.

Where are you, sitting at the Lord’s feet, waiting for His commands, obedient? Are you on the fringes, playing near a spiritual busy street, involved in enjoying your own will and ignoring His beckoning?

Keep in mind, yes, the Lord is in control, but that does not allow escape from consequences of our actions.


Father God
Thank You for being in control
We praise You for protection
Lord, we ask forgiveness for times we have strayed away from You
In pursuit of our own wants

You have given us free will, O God
Lord we pray for strength to surrender that to You

Scripture tells us that You give us the desires of our hearts, Mighty One
Please direct our desires to serve and please You

You are so precious, Lord
We are so blessed that through the blood of the Lamb
We are tethered to You through salvation

Thank You for being our Powerful Father
Thank You for Your Beautiful Son, obedient to death, even death on a cross
To pay the penalty for our sins
Thank You for the Holy Spirit
Convicting and lovingly calling us back to You

Through the Name of Jesus Christ we pray,


“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

“The Anchor Holds” (NOT RAY BOLTZ/The story behind the song and it’s original artist)

“Draw Me Close to You”


About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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