Overcoming Dread and Gaining the Victory – August 12 Devotions

I am thankful that God gives us the ability to handle situations that arise suddenly. This morning at about 5:40, shortly after Dave left for work, my little Zoe pup managed to get out BOTH doors (inside door and porch door, which I didn’t manage to latch tightly) and took off down the road!

 

My Zoe Pup!

My Zoe Pup!

So the neighbors were “treated” to me hurrying down the road in my nightgown, yelling for Zoe! (You know, the kind of incident that might motivate someone to call the police about the “crazy lady” outside).

 

Fortunately, something caught Zoe’s attention in the woods next to the nearby neighbor’s house (or an angel snagged her), and I was able to grab her. I picked her up and carried her about halfway back until an asthma attack kicked in (she weighs about 45 lbs), and then I had to put her down and half drag her the rest of the way. She actually stood up on her hind legs and walked/jumped most of the way (a little trick she does inside sometimes).

 

Not exactly the way to start the day, especially so early in the morning!  But I’m thankful God enabled me to catch Zoe and get her back home. I used my rescue inhaler and got my breathing back under control, and we’re good to go for this midweek day!

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So onto today’s devotions about overcoming dread and gaining the victory…rather fitting after the start to my day!

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“If you put off something you should have done already, it will start to threaten you with fear. Don’t allow an assignment to get out of proportion in your mind.

 Keep your mind on what you set out to do today. If you get interrupted, make yourself come back to that task and finish it up.

Nothing is so hard that you can’t handle it, if you will keep a positive attitude and do it God’s way.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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“Dread is expecting something unpleasant to happen, and it has nothing to do with faith. Faith looks forward to something good. Dread is deceptive…sometimes it is so subtle that it is imperceptible. It often becomes a significant problem that people really need to consider in their lives and see just how it affects them.

The instant you begin to dread something, your joy starts to go and a ‘down feeling’ sets in. We know that lack of confidence, worry, dread, and other tormenting emotions are rooted in fear.

Fear is the source of these problems, but you can stop fear. Listen and obey the word of the Lord, and He will fight for you.

Pray: Lord, all the dreads that come my way today are no match for You. I thank You that I can face them with boldness and overcome them with joy. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

-1- This one is similar to the devotional from yesterday, about putting things off rather than just doing the necessary, unpleasant tasks FIRST, so you can enjoy the rest of the day or week when those tasks are done.

-2- I certainly experienced dread–and panic–this morning when Zoe took off! Many thoughts were running through my head as I scurried after her, not even caring that I was in my nightgown or worrying about what my neighbors or people in passing vehicles (fortunately only a couple) thought. But as soon as I started praying for God’s help, I felt calmer and was able to resolve the situation.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

-1- Do you struggle to take care of those “necessary” tasks first, so you can enjoy other more pleasant tasks or activities later?

-2- Have you experienced dread  recently? How did you manage to get through it?

Past Lessons, Future Blessings, and Doing Things One at a Time – August 11 Devotions

Exciting day. I had the training for my new primary long-term job this morning and I think it’s going to be a great job. With weekly pay to top it all off, this is definitely an answer to prayer!

 

 

Here are today’s devotions.

 

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Lord, I praise You that the things that happened in my past, both enjoyable and painful, are raw materials for blessings, both in my life and in the lives of others. And thank You for the things in my past that appear to be limitations, hindrances, bad breaks…the wounds of old hurts, the unmet emotional needs, the mistakes or neglect of other people–even their cruelty to me, their abuse.

How comforting to know that in all my distresses You were distressed. And how I thank You, Lord Jesus, that on the cross, You bore my griefs and carried my sorrows, as well as my sins…And how comforting to know that in the present, day by day, You feel with me any pain, confusion, inner bondage, or struggles that stem from my past.

I’m so grateful that all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word…to draw me to Yourself, and to work out Your good purposes for my life.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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“One of the reasons people don’t get things done is that they mentally see their unfinished assignments as monstrous undertakings. If they would just take care of those projects, they would find they aren’t that big of a deal.”

Don’t let your mind rule you. When thoughts of inadequacy fill your head, stop and remember  that God’s grace is sufficient to meet all your needs.

Just do things one at a time, and keep your mind on God’s ability, not your own.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

 

-1- New motto from this first devotional: Past lessons, future blessings. It’s hard to see sometimes how difficulties can be transformed into blessings, but I know they have before–and probably will again.

 

-2- I can so relate to this one, because getting overwhelmed at the beginning of a day or a major task often sets me up for failure. It’s important to remember to do one thing or one step at a time.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Do you agree that things we learn in the past become sources for positive changes and blessings in the future?

 

-2- Do you get overwhelmed and discouraged about big tasks ahead of you?

 

New Week, New Beginnings – August 10 Devotions

This second Monday in August is the beginning of a new week and new beginnings for me. I now have two new freelance jobs that have long-term potential, which will allow me to focus on them instead of several short-term jobs or projects. I can also save time I have been spending each week on searching for new jobs!

 

So onto today’s devotions.

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“The best healer is often the wounded healer, because he knows what he is dealing with since he has suffered it himself.

If you have suffered through some hard times in your life, you are going to be even more successful in ministering to those who are going through the same kind of suffering in their lives.

Though you may have had a rough time in your life, God can use what you have been through for His glory–if you will allow Him to do so!

No matter where you may be today or what you may be going through, God can turn your situation around and use it to further  His kingdom and bring blessings to you and to many others.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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“It is easy to leave unpleasant tasks for later. Don’t be afraid to do what seems to be hard. God will anoint you to do whatever He tells you to do.

Good intentions are not acts of obedience, and procrastination devours opportunities to live a purposeful life.

Whatever God has inspired you to do–do it today!”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

-1- I have experienced this myself–both in having others minister to me who understand exactly what I’m going through, and in being able to reach out to others going through similar situations.

-2- Ah, this one is an “ouch” kind of devotional…the human tendency is to put off the harder or less pleasant tasks. AND to try to justify it as having “good intentions.” Oops! This line is especially revealing: “procrastination devours opportunities to live a purposeful life.”

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

-1-  Do you believe this is true? Are “wounded healers” the best healers? Have you experienced this yourself, either as a giver or receiver of healing?

-2- Do you feel admonished by this one or do you find it easy to stay on task? Do you struggle with procrastination?