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Don’t Lose Heart….

I read a lot of different devotions and while a lot of them are very motivating and comforting and encouraging, the devotions I post on here are normally more in tune or in line should I say with where God has me in my life.

I have not posted devotions in a while simply because I have transferring my website over and really have not been updating my posts. So while I am still very much in the process of getting my website right, I still want to be an encouragement for others so i will definitely do better with posting more actively.

The devotion below is from the Proverbs 31 Ministries site. One thing I love about there devotions is that they give you application steps, power verses, and reflections to think during the day. This devotion “Losing Heart” is right on time for me right now because sometimes when you’ve been praying for something for so long and it don’t LOOK like its getting better and at times it actually seems like its getting worst it’s very easy to lose hope but Im learning that that’s when its time to be more devoted to God and learn how to be in tune with him. It is truly amazing how once you start reading the Word that even when the situation haven’t changed YET somehow God gives this miraculous peace that even puts me in awe of Him. So instead of losing heart, I’m soooo thankful that He put me in this position so that I can get to that deeper level with Him and in turn it allows me to understand why He do what He do and to remember that God is TOTALLY in control and knows what He is doing. God bless and I pray that you find encouragement in the devotion below.

Amplify’d from devotions.proverbs31.org

Losing Heart

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”
2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

In the mid 90’s I chose 2 Corinthians 4:1 as my life verse. At the time, God was teaching me a big lesson about truly appreciating where He had me in life. As a mom of several small children I could often be found complaining about the mess, the noise, the lack of “me” time. I thought often about running away, pointing my car at the horizon and driving until the road ran out.

God began showing me that being a mom was about having a ministry to these little people He had given me. When I found this verse, I felt that it summed up in one line all that I needed to remember: It’s only through His mercy that I have these children and—while I am in the midst of my ministry—I should not lose heart, as I was apt to do. I clung to this verse as a spiritual life rope.

s circumstances do. I am no longer that young frantic mother. This time I was struggling with something else as I flipped past 2 Corinthians 4:1. My eyes fell to the notation I’d made years ag

Fast forward to the other day as I was doing my Bible study. My circumstances have changed, as circumstances do. I am no longer that young frantic mother. This time I was struggling with something else as I flipped past 2 Corinthians 4:1. My eyes fell to the notation I’d made years ago: “MY LIFE VERSE” it said in all caps. I re-read the familiar verse, but this time I applied my current situation to it.

Years later, I am just as quick to lose heart. I have a ministry that looks different from the one I had then. This one involves new challenges, new feelings of inadequacy. Yet I was reminded again that it is only through His mercy that I have this ministry. And in the midst of this ministry—even as I struggle with challenges and inadequacies—I should not lose heart.

What can we do when we are losing heart in the midst of the ministry God has given us, whatever it might be? I went to scripture and found some answers to this question:

Luke 18:1 tells us we should always pray and not give up.

2 Corinthians 4:16 tells us we should remember that we are being renewed inwardly day by day.

Galatians 6:9 tells us that we should focus on the harvest that will come if we do not give up.

Ephesians 3:12-13 tells us that we should find comfort in the amazing ability we have to approach God with freedom and confidence.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 tells us that we should just keep doing what is right.

And finally Hebrews 12:3 tells us that we should think about Jesus and what He endured on our behalf. Nothing we are going through will compare with that.

These verses help me to keep things in perspective when I lose heart and I hope they will help you, too. Whether you are a single woman caring for an elderly parent, a mom of young children, a professional in a tough job, a wife in a struggling marriage, or a woman chasing after her dreams, it’s easy to lost heart from time to time. It’s not whether we will, it’s what we’ll do about it when we do. Armed with these verses we can remember that God in His mercy gave us a ministry, and we can live out our callings without losing heart if we will only keep turning to Him.

Dear Lord, I know I am where You want me, that You gave me this ministry. And I know that You do not want me to lose heart but to persevere. Help me to remember to focus on You when I want to run away – to find my strength in You. Thank You for Your mercy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Application Steps:
Look up the verses mentioned in today’s devotion and jot them down in your journal or on index cards. Go back to them when you feel like you are losing heart.

Reflections:
Have I recognized the ministry God has given me as a ministry?

Power Verses:
Psalm 18:45, “They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.” (NIV)

I Samuel 17:32, “David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’” (NIV)

Read more at devotions.proverbs31.org

 

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From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook” No Cause to Blush June 11 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed. (Isaiah 54:4) We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. It is no discredit to be a simple believer; the faith which looks alone to Jesus is a crown of honor on any man’s head and better than a star on his breast. We shall not be ashamed of our hope. It shall be even as the Lord has said. We shall be fed, led, blest, and rested. Our Lord will come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. How we shall glory in the Lord who first gave us lively hope and then gave us that which we hoped for! We shall not be ashamed of our love. Jesus is to us the altogether lovely, and never, never, shall we have to blush because we have yielded our hearts to Him. The sight of our glorious Well-beloved will justify the most enthusiastic attachment to Him. None will blame the martyrs for dying for Him. When the enemies of Christ are clothed with everlasting contempt, the lovers of Jesus shall find themselves honored by all holy beings, because they chose the reproach of Christ rather than the treasures of Egypt.

Battling in Prayer

I am fan of In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley and I was looking at his website and reading some of his articles and I came across his article about Battling in Prayer. Basically it’s about how we deal with conflict, worry, stress, etc and for me this is right up my alley with what I’m dealing with in my life right now. Not necessarily that I have a lot problems but just decisions that have to be made. I know sometimes people tend to think they need to pray more when there having problems but forget that you dont have to have problems to pray. We should be in prayer with every decision that has to be made so that is where I am going to God for everyday decisions and not stressing out trying to get the right answer. I think this is a great article to read. It’s short but covers a lot. So check it out and learn how to go to God in everything. He wants us to. God Bless!!!

Battling in Prayer

India… 🙂

 

Faith Without Works…

Good verylate Evening, tonight I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I’m currently studying James. The book of James is basically about faith. He speaks about having faith with no works being dead (James 2). Many people say “I have faith, I believe in God and I go to church and/or read the bible sometimes”. What was revealed to me through my study is that I speak on faith but faith is also about the ACTIONS of doing what God told/tells me to do in my daily walk. We can tend to get side tracked or allow fears to stop us from doing what He wants us to do. We think about “but what if they say this or they say that, or what if this happens or this dont happen”, but if u believe that God has ordained for you to do something if you have step out and know “I dont have all the answers and I dont know where this is going to take me but I do know that God has told me to do this”. We have to take down the barriers that we have up between us and God. God will not invade our space unless we ASK Him to because of the free will He has given to us.

Also another part of our faith is how we are when we don’t SEE God in our lives. What are we doing? What are we saying? Are we trusting and believing God for deliverance. This is something that I’m still continuing to pray and work on but we have to sing when it’s raining knowing that when it stops the rainbow shows. The works here is praising God even though people dont see the evidence of His blessings in your life, knowing that your praises aren’t determined by the material things He gives us only but His blessings of another day to live which means another chance to make a better and different decision than the day before.  Learn to dance and sing in the rain… God bless and good night 😀

Being Submissive to God..

Me and my husband loves animals. We have 1 dog, 1 puppy, 2 cats, and a rabbit. Right now in my journey with Christ I’m praying to be more submissive and have more faith in God. It’s amazing how loyal animals can be. No matter the circumstance or whats going on animals are sooo content. There so relaxed and with out a worry, they trust and depend on us to feed them, clean them, clean there litters, walk them, and whatever else they need. Even if u dont feed them at the same time as usual they still wait on you and continue to show there affection. They make patience look so easy. I just pray to have the faith in God that my pets have in us. God made animals so amazing in their character and nature (we’re really into our pets..lol) and God always has a way of revealing more of Himself to me thru them. As humans we have a way of over thinking things and over analyzing. The media tells us that we have to worry about things and be concerned, that we have to panic but God says to not worry(Luke 12:22-26), but to cast your burdens on Him(Psalm 55:22) . I just pray that I submit myself totally to Him so that HIS will be done in my life. I’m sooo excited to see more of Him in my life, to learn more of WHO He is and His works.

Please share your experiences with your relationship with God, I would love to hear about them… 🙂