Finally Friday – Small Beginnings – April 10 Devotions
Friday is here again! I know this means more to people who work regular Monday to Friday jobs “out there” than it does for people like me who work from home. All my days tend to blend together, but Friday does mean the end of my hubby’s work week and I look forward to him being home for the weekend and being able to spend more time together.
Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“You are probably believing God for something to come to pass in your life. If you look, you will find evidence of a small beginning. God gives you seed–perhaps only a little, tiny seed–something that causes you to hope. Rejoice over that seed. It is a sign of greater things to come.
But if you don’t take care of what God gives you, you will lose it. You need to be content during the small things. You know the Lord is the Author and the Finisher (see Hebrews 12:2). What He begins, He completes (see Philippians 1:6).
Don’t curse your seed by complaining or proclaiming negative things over it. Instead, say, ‘Lord, this is only a little thing, but thank You for giving me some hope, something to hold on to. Thank You, Lord, for a beginning.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Have you ever had ‘one of those days’ where nothing went right, yet you were hesitant to pray because you didn’t know where God might lead you? God won’t always ask you to DO something; sometimes He just wants to talk to you.
If He does ask you to do something, He will anoint you to do it. You will enjoy the presence of His power, and someone will be blessed by your obedience. Those are the best days of your life.
Take time to pray this morning. Today may be ‘one of those days’ that God has a special assignment for you.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- I often think about this idea of not despising small beginnings. Everything in life had to begin somewhere. I think back to how my youngest daughter announced her first pregnancy–I went to visit her and my son-in-law for the day, and my daughter said she had something to show me. She handed me a folded up napkin and told me to open it. Inside was an apple seed. I was perplexed, so she explained, “That’s about the size of your first grandchild right now.” THEN I was ecstatic! 🙂
So yes, everything has to begin some how, often as that tiny seed. And as long as we are thankful for these small beginnings and continue to nurture them, they will grow into bigger things. Sometimes it’s beneficial to reflect on older, established situations in our lives and remember who we got from point A to point B!
-2- Ah yes, very familiar with the “one of those days” issue–funny that we usually think of that phrase in the negative, rather than the positive! And today could be “one of those days” for a new, small beginning of greater things to come!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Have you ever wondered about a “small beginning”–if it would ever amount to anything? Or are you able to reflect on how a now established relationship, career, or business began as a “small seed” many months or years ago?
Have you ever thought of the “one of those days” phrase in a positive light?