Spiritual Practice

Images of God

Alina, Katy, Danika, Rachel, Heather & Numica

Who is God? That’s a big question, maybe bigger than we can answer. But here are some ways devozine readers understand God . . .


God Is Love

Doesn’t love shape God’s every action? God loves us no matter what we do. God loves us so much that God sent Jesus to die for us. Read John 3:16 and Romans 5:8. How amazing!

—Alina Kanaski


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We know the stories: Creation, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the birth of Jesus. But we struggle to figure out the big picture, who God is for us. For me, God is like the imaginary friend I had when I was little. When I’m lonely, I talk to God. When I’m scared, God holds my hand. Wherever I go, God is by my side. No one can see God; but God is always with me—just like an imaginary friend. But guess what? God is real.

—Katy Steele


God Delights in Me

When I consider God’s glory, honor, and power, I am astounded by the way God feels about me. I am God’s child, adopted into God’s family and heir to God’s kingdom. God delights in me. Delights! It took years for me to realize how much God loves me. God created me and gave me the freedom to choose my fate. Then to pay the price for my disobedience, God willingly provided the ultimate sacrifice—the life of God’s only son.

—Danika Cooley


God Is Reflected in the Face of a Child

I see God in the faces of children. Children are able to find joy in the smallest things; they become best friends on the day they meet. They are curious about everything they see, and they love to learn. As we grow up, we often become jaded, bored, and worldly-wise. Scripture is clear that children have a special place in God’s heart. God values their wholehearted faith and trust. We can learn about God’s character when we look into the face of a child.

—Rachel Spoelman


God Is Beyond My Understanding

devozine Nails-Crown of Thorns2 TS 120167529I never understood sacrifice. Why must blood be shed to pay for sin? It seemed unfair to me, and it bothered me to the point of questioning God’s wisdom—until someone reminded me, “Never make your God so small that you understand God completely.”

Of course, I could never shrink God; but I was trying to without realizing it. Yet what kind of god would I be able to understand? Would I worship a god whose thoughts were no greater than mine?

I still get frustrated at times when I don’t understand God, but now I take comfort in knowing that God is light-years ahead of me.

—Heather Tekavec



Dear God, thank you for letting me understand the connection I have with you. You created me, I belong to your family, and you love me every second of every day. Your love has helped me through many difficulties in my life, and I have faith that your love will carry me through whatever is to come. Thank you for helping me to understand more about you. Amen.

—Gayanthri Numica de Silva

—from devozine (May/June 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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