I’m humbled and honored to announce that a piece I wrote is being featured by Daughter of Delight! This is an INCREDIBLE on-line ministry that exists to empower women in their worth and identity found through Jesus Christ. You’ll find a portion of my devotional below.
Every so often I find myself in a certain kind of mood. Whether you call it being down in the dumps, in a funk, grumpy, sad, whatever, it’s an unpleasant feeling that I’m eager to shed.
For the last
several few days I’d been battling with myself to let the “blahs” go, knowing that I have reason upon reason to rejoice. I could’ve blamed it on jet lag, missing my mom, or caring for my sick family, but all I really wanted to do was shake it off and give it to God. He was there like He always is, ever-ready to help, but instead of casting my cares upon him there was a small part of me that was quite content in my sulking stage. The weather was gloomy, and as the rain poured down I thought it was oh so poetic given my mood. When I woke up yesterday I’d finally had enough of my moping, and knew it was time to wipe the perma-frown off my face. It was a cold, wet, and all together miserable morning, and my hubby was too ill to go to church. In spite of feeling like the wretched Enemy was doing all He could to keep me under His thumb, I was bound and determined to break free!! I knew the Word I’d hear and the praise I’d sing would be just what the doctor (Jesus) ordered, so I focused on only happy thoughts. As I looked out the window and saw the gray skies, I was reminded of such a comforting thought. Big or small, storms don’t last always. See the beauty that’s to come. So in my mind’s eye that’s exactly what I did! I thought of sunshine, and joy, and the smile began to form. I meditated on the Lord’s purpose for rainbows, and felt my spirit soar as God’s Word renewed me.
By the time our service ended, the touch of blue peeking out from behind the clouds was the confirmation I needed. I felt as though it was a message just for me, and a reminder that Our Heavenly Father loves me so deeply. Yes, He adores imperfect, moody, grumpy me, and no matter what spiritual season you may be in, He cherishes all of you just the same. He smiles on us even when we don’t feel it, and I hope you decide to smile back!!
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Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Do you ever notice how often the world tells us not to get our hopes up? Everything could be going well or we could be praying for things to get better, and someone comes along to “help” us with a reminder to realistically manage our expectations. You might be heading out the door for that job interview, and your roommate makes sure you know that “This economy is tough. I hope you get this job because this could be it and bills are due.” Perhaps you’re answering the question of how your baby sleeps, and when you share that she sleeps thru the night the response is “Don’t get used to that. I hope you don’t think it will last.” (Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience on that one). Or maybe as you enter the classroom to take the final exam, you say to yourself “I’m so nervous. I hope I don’t mess up and forget everything.” For some reason we’ve determined it’s better for us to keep our desires in check because we can’t stand the feeling of disappointment. For some reason we’ve allowed this word to lose its value because we’ve forgotten what God has to say on the matter:
Romans 5:1-5 (NJKV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Scripturally speaking, hope is more than just wishful thinking! It’s based on the firm foundation of the assurance of God and the return of Jesus Christ. It’s OK to have confident expectation!! Do you know that God is aware of our hopes, dreams and desires, and because of His love for us He wants to deliver?! We can trust Him completely and not have to succumb to the mediocre expectations of this world!
You may be wondering if it’s really this simple. It’s possible that you’ve been hoping for something and you’ve yet to see the manifestation, but if you’re experiencing this don’t give up! Find comfort in knowing that once we have what we ask for there’s no longer a reason to hope for that particular thing. After all “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Think back to that last prayer He answered (I’m sure it wasn’t that long ago), and ask yourself if the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has ever let you down. Something tells me He’s done more than enough to have your faith renewed!
I encourage you today to not only set your hope in Him, but do so with a smile. 🙂 Meditate on His loving ways and the truth found in the pages of His Word, and the next time you “prepare for the worst but hope for the best” know that it comes with the certainty of God’s promises!
Does your hope lie in man or in our Almighty Savior?
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Revelation 5:8-14 (NKJV)
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And weshall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-fourelders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
This beautiful song encouraged me during a challenging time in my life and takes me to a very special place every time I hear it. Allow it to uplift you, and always give God the praise! He is worthy!!!!