Well, the last Friday of April has arrived! How did THAT happen? Why does it seem like the same period of time can pass so quickly sometimes, and yet drag by at other times?
So here are Friday’s devotions. Remember you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“Thank you, my loving and sovereign God, that my failures and mistakes are part of the ‘all things’ You work together for good…as well as my tensions and stresses, my hostile and anxious feelings, my regrets, my trips into shame and self-blame–and the specific things that trigger them.
I praise You that ‘all things,’ including these, can contribute to my spiritual growth and my experience of You …When my heart is overwhelmed, I’m more aware of my need to cry to You…to take refuge in you…to rely on You.
How grateful I am for Your constant cleansing as I confess each sin You make me aware of, and then turn back to you as my Lord. I praise You that I’m free from condemnation simply because Christ died for me and rose again…I praise You…in humble gratitude for Your undeserved, unchanging love and total cleansing!”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“Self-doubt is simply the fear of being wrong. God does not want you to live in fear, doubting yourself or doubting Him. When we allow doubt and fear to take over, that’s when the wall to God’s blessings starts going up. Don’t let that wall even begin to build in your life.
Doubt is the fear of negative things happening, but faith expects good things to take place. It actually takes less emotional energy to walk in faith than in doubt and fear. People who believe and are positive are much healthier than those who are filled with fear, doubt, and negativity.
Positive people age slower than negative ones and in fact can live longer. There’s every reason to replace doubt with expectation.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- Seems to be a common theme recently, in the devotions I’ve read and even on other blogs–all things, good and bad, being part of our overall life plans–and that God, some how, works things out for good. Freedom from condemnation. Must remember that, to avoid those “trips into guilt, shame, and self-blame!”
-2- I have never thought about self-doubt equaling the fear of being wrong. It’s also interesting to ponder that it takes less emotional energy to walk in faith than in doubt and fear!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you believe that some how, God will work all things out for your good? Have you already experienced this in your life?
Had you ever thought about the connection between self-doubt and the fear of being wrong? How about the idea that walking in faith requires less emotional energy than walking in doubt and fear?