Waiting Is Often Hard, but God’s Timing Is…

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Galatians 6:9, Psalm 39:7, Hebrews 10:36

Waiting is often hard, but God’s timing is perfect.

When I see a problem, I want to fix it right now.  When I’m in a storm, I want it to be stopped right this second.  Waiting is not my strong suit.  I hate it.  I’m like a kid waiting on Christmas, I want the problems solved right away.

Though when I want something to be dealt with now, and I start meddling, well it never turns out well.  When I try to push my own timeline, it always causes a bigger problem than it’s worth.

God’s timing is perfect, he had this overarching plan and he knows what is best for me and when I need a valley or need a hill. He knows when I need to do some strength training and when I need to take a rest.  And in all these metaphors, I mean God knows me and what I need in any time of my life. I have to put my trust into Him.

When I’m in a storm I have to believe it is for a purpose.  I have to trust that God is working in my life, and I have to take his lead, follow his direction.

Do you trust in God’s timing? How do wait patiently?

 


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Forgiving and Forgetting

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James 3:17

This devotional has a quote written by C.S. Lewis

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Day 169:

Oh, today’s devotional is a hard subject.  It’s one that I haven’t mastered.  It’s a subject I struggle with daily.  Forgiving and forgetting that someone has wrong you.  It’s like tearing yourself apart, at least it is for me.  When I’ve been wronged in a big way, it just feels like I’m giving a part of myself if I forgive them, which is not the case.

Forgiving a person is not easy for anyone.  But with God, it is possible.   If you want to forgive a person, pray for them.  Go to God and ask him to heal your heart, to help the other person. It might not come quickly. But when you put your trust into God and believe that he will help you through it.  You’ll find yourself working through it.

The thing I’m learning and that keeps coming up to me, is that when we turn to God, the answers do come.  When we trust God, the path becomes clear.  When we study God, we learn how to live.

The thing is, we have to let go of the bitterness, anger, resentment towards our fellow brothers and sisters.  No matter what has happened, we need to show God’s love to each other.  Give love to each other.  God wants us to be in unity.  So at the end of the day, we need to work on forgiving each other. Even it is hard.  We all have to do it.

Who do you need to forgive?

 

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When I Respond in Gentleness to Others…

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Matthew 5:5, Psalm 147:6, Titus 3:1-2

When I respond in gentleness to others, they are typically surprised.

These days, everyone is geared up for a fight. Whether it’s on social media or in the line at the drive-thru, we are ready to defend our-self or put someone else in their place. But when I respond to someone with gentleness, there is just a level of confusion.

People want the fight, they want to be right, they want to have the final word, and when you don’t put up a fight in return it just confounds them.  They don’t know why you are being gentle. They don’t understand how you can do that.

While I’m in no way endorsing any of us to be a doormat, I do encourage us to have a more gentle spirit.  Put away the fight face.  Being gentle with others is a kindness that we don’t have enough of in this world.  God’s word says, “blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.”  And if God’s word said that, it’s good enough for me.


Now is the Time

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2 Timothy 1:1

This devotional has a quote written by Bill Bright.

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Day 168:

God is a gentleman.  God will never force you to love him, serve him, follow his rules.  Does he want us to? Yes.  But he will never force us.  God loves us and loved us too much that he sent his only son to die on the cross.  Just for us.  He would have done it for just you or just me.

Think about that for a second.  God saw you, he saw your need, your wants, your hopes, and your dreams.  And he saw that you were destined for hell.  Because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  (Roman 3:23)  But he didn’t want that for us.  So he gave us a sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice in the world, and then gave us the choice to choose to get to know Jesus or not.  He did it all just so you don’t have to go to hell.

Now is the time to serve God.  Not tomorrow, not in a few years (when you get yourself ready), not when you are done fooling around.  But now.  All you have to do is decide for yourself if you want to serve him or now.

What is your choice?  Do you choose to be a child of the king?  Then seek God and ask him into your heart.  Then find a church, a bible and get to work.  You give a shred of effort and God will meet you.  He’s waiting for you.  He loves you.  He wants you to join him in his Kingdom.

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Because of God’s Unfailing Love…

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1 John 4:19, 1 John 4:16, Proverbs 15:9

Because of God’s unfailing love, I can breathe easy.

While I have grown up in church, always keeping a faith-based background, I have not always lived in righteousness.  This gives me an opportunity to see both sides of the world.  To know how it is to live life not feeling God’s love and living with feeling it.  And I just can’t fathom why people choose to live without it.

God doesn’t turn off his love for you.  But when you aren’t living in his will, it’s hard.  Everything is just so much harder. To walk without his guiding makes it so arduous.  So because of God’s unfailing love, I can breathe easy.  I know that I’m protected.  His love is the safety net for my life.  It’s the reason that I can stand up even when the enemy has knocked me down.

God’s love for me, comforts me when times are hard.  It gives me the courage to take on new adventures.  It strengthens me.  It guides me.  God’s loves never fails me.  No matter what I need, it provides me.  God’s love just makes everything–good and bad–easier to deal with.

I know that people think that God is a love of rath and revenge.  Which yes, he’s capable of both.  But God is a loving God.  He wants good things for our lives.  He wants joy and peace.  He will give it all of us what we need, providing for us, keeping us.  Because of his love for us.

I’m thankful that God loves me.  I’m thankful for his presences in my life.


I Want to Live with Purpose, So Each Day I Will…

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Proverbs 3:1-2, Psalm 91:16, Proverbs 9:11

I want to live with purpose, so each day I will make my day count.

It’s funny that this is the devotional subject on January 2nd.  It’s the time of new year resolutions, the time changing your perception on how you live your life.  God has given us this life, and it’s important that we don’t waste it.

Living with purpose. It brings up the question of what is my purpose? What am I supposed to do with this life I’ve been given?  And for each person the answer to those questions are different.  For me, I’m a writer.  And I do believe that my purpose is put words our there, and words that lead to people to Christ is the best words I can put out there.

So every day I need to live with the purpose of making my words count.  Now, this is not something I have excelled at, especially in recent history. But if I take ten minutes every day to think about my words, and the words I put out there in the world, then I am working towards my purpose.

Living with purpose also means that we are working towards a goal, and it should be all of our goals to reach Heaven’s gates and hear welcome, my child. So each day that we live with purpose, should be a day that we are working towards finding our way there.  Finding our way to be with God.  Making the choices that will lead us down the path that God has set out for us.

What does it mean to you? To live with purpose?

 


When I Give to Others, it Blesses me Most Because…

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Psalm 112:5, Luke 6:38, Proverbs 11:25

When I give to others, it blesses me most because it’s what God wants from me.

Giving is a hard thing for me to do.  There is a voice in my head that says I already do so much.  And I’m all about balance and no overextending myself to the point it cost me my sanity.  But giving to others a core value of Christianity.

The word of God tells us that we should give to others.  Give knowing that we are helping our fellow-man.  I think it’s easy to fall into this mindset of I need, my family needs.  Or even I can’t help because I’m barely holding on.  But some of the best stories I’ve heard about giving is when someone gave their last, and more came.  The picture was bleak, but God provided.

God wants us to help those who need it.  God wants us to care for our brothers and sisters.  When we obey, he rewards us.

What happens when you give to others?


When I Feel Alone, This is my Prayer to God…

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John 14:18, Isaiah 58:9, 2 Corinthians 6:18

When I feel alone, this is my prayer to God: Please be with me.

In these responses to the devotional entry, I’ve talked a lot about the world being this overwhelming, scary place and for most of us, it is true.  The world can be this place of fright and fear.  But, the beautiful thing is not a single one of us have to tackle the world alone.  We might feel alone, we might not have an actual person within a hundred miles of us.  But we are still not alone.

Feeling lonely is something that happens to all of us.  Crazy when we think about how many people are actually out there.  But it does happen.  Many people reach out in crazy ways to find someone else to be with.  Due to the age of technology many of us are physically alone and friends with people who are miles away.  There are all these extraordinary ways that people attempt to connect.  Because of loneliness.

The thing is, God has never one left us.  And if you have left Him, he’s camping out waiting on you.  Wanting you to come back to him.   Our Father loves us and cares for us.  He will never abandon us.  He will always be with us.  He will always comfort us. So when you are feeling lonely, ask God to comfort your soul.

What do you do when you feel lonely?

 


 

 

I Never Have to Feel Guilty Because…

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1 John 1:9, Psalm 103:12, 2 Chronicles 30:9

I never have to feel guilty because there is nothing I could do that God would not forgive.

Humans are judgy things.  Myself include.  We look at another person and while we might never say it, we think it.  We think about how much better we are.  We let the thought of “Oh, I’d never do that” and because we would never the idea brews that they will never find forgiveness.   But seriously, let’s be real.  That is crap. Humans put each other down so we can feel better about our own shortcomings.

Sin is sin is sin is sin is sin.  Jesus hung on a rugged cross.  When he hung there, he took on all sin.  The liars.  The perverts.  The addicts.  The gossipers.  The judgey.  The self-righteous.  The adulterous. He took it all.  To be a perfect sacrifice, to save all of us from the sins we will, do, currently, are committing.

It doesn’t matter if I only ever commit one sin.  In my eyes, it’s a baby sin.  Because Joe Smoe over there, is committing a bigger sin.  So obviously, I’m good.  Joe Smoe, he’s not so good.  BUT THAT ISN’T HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS!!!!!!  Joe and me we are both sinners.  But the beauty is, God will forgive us both.

Salvation, grace, mercy is so beautiful.  We take advantage of it sometimes.  We fail and falter.   But God wants to forgive us.  We don’t have to carry the guilt of sins on our backs.  Give it to the cross.  Find God’s forgiveness, forgive yourself.  We don’t have to be guilty because God forgives us.  We only just have to ask and turn away from the sin.

Find your forgiveness today.   Don’t wait another second.  Turn to God.

What is holding you back?

 

 


 

 

Things That Help Me Stay Rooted in my Faith Include…

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Hosea 14:5, 2 Peter 1:8, John 15:2

Things that help me stay rooted in my faith include my knowledge.

My faith stays rooted because of my knowledge of God.  Now I’m no scholar.  I don’t study deep enough.  I am not a pastor or a counselor or anything that has this stamp of approval that says, oh, she knows things.  But the experience I’ve had in life has been enough for me know that I know God.  I don’t understand everything, or even know a grand scale of things.  But what knowledge I have is enough for my faith to stay rooted.

I have seen with my own two eyes things God can do.  I have asked for things and they have happened.  I have experienced the feeling of the holy spirit.  Things in the Bible, that I have studied, I have found to be true.  I have a deeply rooted faith, because I have a background in the church, in seeing what God can do.

While that isn’t the case with everyone and others have different reasons, this is mine.  I know what God can do, I’ve seen it.  I have no qualms about believing in the seemingly impossible because I just know.  I suppose that is a part of what faith is, knowing.

What helps you keep your faith rooted?