Yes, it is Friday the 13th–no, you should not be worried or give into superstitious fears! Here are some devotional thoughts for March 13th to help you throughout this day and beyond.
Remember, if you’re interested in Daily Scripture Readings from Psalms and Proverbs, I post those everyday on the linked page.
“We make excuses for our own behavior, but when someone else does the same thing we do, we are often merciless. In other words, the very same thing that we judge others for, we do ourselves.
Doing unto others as we want them to do to us (see Matthew 7:12) is a good life principle that will prevent a lot of judgment and criticism, if followed. A judgmental mind is an offshoot of a negative mind–thinking about what is wrong with an individual instead of what is right.
**Be positive and not negative!**
Others will benefit, but you will benefit
more than anyone else.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“One of the great things about a relationship with God is that He always provides new beginnings. His Word says that His mercy is new every day.
Recovering from pain or disappointment of any kind is not something that just happens to some people and not to others. It is a decision! You make a decision to let go and go on. You refuse to think about what you have lost, but instead you inventory what you have left and begin using it.
Not only can you recover, but you can also be used to help other people recover. Be a living example of a confident woman who always recovers from setbacks no matter how difficult or frequent they are.
Pray: Lord, thank You for every new beginning You are making for my life. Help me to put the past aside, and move on with Your help. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- Oh, how easy this is to do – point out faults in someone else, yet they are often are OWN faults that we can’t see or won’t acknowledge. Yet, that’s probably why they look so familiar to us! In psychology, it’s called projection, a defense mechanism by which we deny the existence of our own faults and unpleasant characteristics, and assign them to and see them in others. We sometimes forget other people don’t like being reminded of their faults any more than we do–and it’s always important to practice that “Golden Rule” of “Doing unto others as we want them to do to us.”
-2- New beginnings and recovery…seems to be the story of my life, in so many areas. Even with blogging, for example, I keep starting, stopping and restarting. I am thankful for multiple new beginnings, and the opportunity to be a blessing to others. Letting go of the past seems especially difficult sometimes, though, but it reminds me of this poem (and I don’t know the author of it):
As children bring their broken toys with tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God, because He is my friend. But then, instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone, I hung around and tried to help in ways that were my own.
He didn’t do at all the things I thought that He should do; He didn’t mend my broken dreams; He didn’t make them new. In fact, He seemed quite nonchalant, as though He didn’t care. So I increased with holy zeal My intercessory prayer.
Watching, waiting for His hand to do what I had prayed; but nothing I could say or do helped Him on His way! At last I snatched them back and cried, “How can you be so slow?”
“My child,” He lovingly replied, “What could I do?
You never did let go!”
So what are YOUR thoughts today? Do you ever wonder why certain traits in other people make you so annoyed, only to realize you have struggles in the same areas in your life?
Are you thankful for new beginnings? Do you ever find it difficult to let go of the past, so you can move forward unhindered?