Please pray for these horrible unwarranted persecutions.
I don’t feel good today, God
Today I’m going to:
Pray for the healing that You give
Only through Your grace and love, shall I ever live
Feeling ill, whether acutely ill for a short time or chronically ill, is devastating. The effects can dig deeply into our being, eroding our spirit, etching ugly scars into our heart and defeating us to the point of deep, dark depression.
It is easy to question God when it comes to illness. As I have suffered chronic illness for years, I have always believed in what Jesus spoke at the end saying “it is finished”. Those three words to me supported all that He had taught his disciples about healing, teaching, faith, love, God and everything else.
We are told that “by His stripes we are healed”. So why, then, do we not always heal? Why is it that I still have the illness that has since compiled itself into other chronic illnesses.
And then I just understood. By His stripes I am healed. In this time of my illness, I have drawn closer to God than I ever would have drawn had life kept going along as it was. Comfortable for the most part, health wise.
In my illness, I have needed God. God has patiently worked with me on my spirit. I have eliminated things that offended God, that hurt my own life. I have believed more and more. I have been striving to share His love, to gently allow others to see the love He gives me in my life. My life is His testimony of overcoming to becoming the person He has planned for me to be all along. I have far to go, but I now see that the healing is not always as we picture it, but rather as He has planned.
Ps 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases
Lord, the waiting is so very hard.. please help me through this
Today I’m going to:
Close my eyes and see You touching me
Help me to be patient as my faith can grow in You
Waiting. We wait for answers. We wait for miracles. We wait for the right person. We wait for courage. We wait for faith. We wait and we wait. It almost seems against our human nature to wait, and yet we must.
We ask God why we have to wait. I am a very impatient person by nature and wait is a four-letter word to me. I don’t like it. Sorry – I didn’t like it, until I came to see the richness that God has blessed me with in waiting.
Waiting is truly God’s way of allowing us to choose to hone our faith, to draw closer to Him, to grow our trust in Him.
Waiting is our time to be able to thank God. “For what”, my impatience says. For the beauty of the growth that God blesses me with as I have waited out so many difficult circumstances in my life.
I like to refer to our little friend the caterpillar quite a bit and so I will again. It is in waiting that the beauty and magic happens.
As the little caterpillar struggles, fights and cries his way to get loose from his prison, his wings gather the strength they will need to carry the weight of his body to soar above the earth in wonder. Any sooner than when God breaks Him loose and the little guy would parish.
So it is with us. Our spirit, feeling imprisoned as it is made to wait, gains the gift of long-suffering. “Gift?” you ask. Gift. In this time of waiting and suffering, our needy and weak-feeling spirit reaches in the dark to our Creator. Reaches through the strife to find the hand of Him who will hold us through eternity. Reaches and grows.
He is always waiting for us there.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
**So many of my WP friends are going through difficult times. I pray for you all and know that the Lord is with you. Today’s devotional was inspired by Michelle Marie, who together with Jeanne Marie are very special people, indeed. Please join me in praying for her family as they are facing a difficult time of waiting.
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Lord, when I look back, I see what I could have done and where I’ve gone wrong…
Today I’m going to:
Look to You, instead of looking back
I know that You’re my Lord of all and will put my life on track
Life is full of “if only”s. “If only I hadn’t….”; “if only I could have….”; “if only I’d known then….”.
Living life with these types of regrets is dangerous to our spirit and to growing as a person in our life. It is easy to get stuck in the past and what could have been, should have been, would have been, etc. What does pondering these things accomplish other than leaving a wistful sadness in your being? It gets you nowhere and worse, it can cripple you from moving forward because you are too busy looking at the past.
God promises that He has a plan for us. He promises that He will not let any of our life be a waste when He promises that He uses “all things for our good”. God’s love for you is boundless and too much for us to fathom.
When we focus our eyes and our lives on following God’s direction, our regretful hearts become renewed into hearts of hope. Hope in knowing that the Creator of all is lovingly waiting to guide us and lead us in our days. What wonderful peace awaits us in this knowledge! What joy in knowing that our tomorrows are in our loving Heavenly Father’s hands!
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Feeling Like a Horrible Person
Sometimes, Lord, I feel as if I am a horrible person. I have done so much wrong in my life.
Today I’m going to:
Ask You Lord to see me as You do
That I will see the good in me as I reach for You
When we think about the past.. about the regrets that we have and the things we are so sorry for; when we think about the stupid choices that we’ve made and how much we’ve messed up, we can end up seeing ourselves as a horrible person. Stupid, worthless and ashamed of who we see ourselves as.
Yet, when God looks at us, He looks at us with eyes that see a pure child. God gives us the beauty of a “clean slate” when we put our trust, our faith and our life direction in His hands. God looks at us with the eyes of the best parent ever. Once you begin to grasp the greatness of His love for you, you will understand that whatever your views of yourself have been, the power of God’s love is more than able to recreate you from the moment that you begin your relationship with Him.
2 Cor 1:22 He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit
Lord, I feel as if there is nothing left of me
Today I’m going to…..
Ask You to help me find my soul
I’m empty, but with You Lord, I can be again whole
There are times that we feel empty of spirit and being. As if a part or all of who we are is missing and we search for something to make us feel whole again.
We are taught that only God can make fill the void of our hearts. Only God can make us feel complete. Friends, family, spouses can fill important parts of our lives, but still we often will feel as if a part of us is empty, missing something.
God is always with us. Always waiting for us to turn our spirit to Him. He longs, with love, to fill our hearts, strengthen our spirits and calm our minds.
Is 41:10 So do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Lord, I cannot stand that every time I think I’m getting somewhere, something goes wrong
Today I’m going to:
Look to you, to give my heart some peace
I ask You take over my day, and guide me, as You see
When we are frustrated, it is easy to loose sight of all of the things that God does for us. We get caught up on thinking about what goes wrong and it starts to consume us, taking over our days with frustration.
God has planned your day according to His will, according to His love for you and His unending care as any good father wants to guide His child’s life.
When our day is frustrating, when we feel stumped in our ever move, we must turn to God and remember what He has done for us. Remember the times that He has been there (even when you have not acknowledged it) and helped us through trying situations. His love is boundless, His mercies unending. Thank Him for the times that He is there for you. Thank Him in the moment of frustration, as He will work things out for you. It is His promise to you; that He will be with us in all things and that those things will work for us because we love Him and so that we and others can see His glory.
2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.