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March 18 Devotional Thoughts

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Hey, we made it to the midweek of this third week in March! How’s the weather in your area of the nation or the world? Here in Maine USA, we still have about 3 feet of snow on the ground, currently at 16 degrees (8:30am) and sunny, BUT…high winds (wind advisory out) that make it FEEL LIKE MINUS 2 degrees! Brrrrrr…. But onto warmer thoughts with today’s devotional shares. [Belated posting from yesterday morning due to a major interruption.]

 

 

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“The Bible speaks of the arm of the flesh and the arm of the Lord. One is based on human ideas and effort; the other is based on God’s plan and power.

It is hard work to carry out the plans and schemes you yourself devise because you are operating in the flesh. But when God starts something, He carries it through to completion without any struggle on your part.

If you are facing struggles, it may be because you are taking matters into your own hand instead of being patient and waiting on the Lord to work things out according to His perfect will.

So stop struggling–turn away  from the arm of the flesh and learn to live victoriously according to God’s divine plan and purpose for your life.”  

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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 “God can gain glory for Himself through those who will not let their personal weaknesses stop Him from flowing through them. For God to do that through us, first we must come face to face with the fact that we have weaknesses, and then we must determine not to let them bother us.

Our imperfections are not going to stop God unless we let them do so. If we have our faith in God, and a heart that wants to do right, that is all that is needed.

Pray: Lord, I am glad that my imperfections cannot stop Your blessings. I don’t mind walking with a limp as long as You get the glory and honor. Amen.” 

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

 

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 -1- I find it so ironic–and even bordering on eery–that this first one is so applicable to some personal and family issues that took place yesterday, which kept me from posting what I had started writing in the morning! How difficult it is sometimes to “let go and let God” in the midst of troubling circumstances; yet that’s always the best way to go!

-2- Yes, facing our weaknesses and imperfections is not a pleasant task–it’s so hard NOT to let them bother us! But I know from experience that I want to continue to trust God and do what’s right–and as the image above says, I hope to inspire others by how I deal with my imperfections.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?  Do you have trouble trusting God when all around you seems so out of order? Do you find yourself wanting to “fix” things instead of waiting for God to move on your behalf?

Do you find it easy or difficult to acknowledge and deal with weaknesses or imperfections in your life? Do you agree that you can inspire others as they watch how your manage those imperfections?

5 Comments

  1. Doreen McGettigan

    I don’t feel so bad that we are getting 3 inches of snow today. Spring has to eventually come:)
    I used to have a lot of trouble letting go and letting God and then some really tragic things happened and they taught me that there is very little worth our anxiety. It is easy for me to turn it all over now.
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    19 . Mar . 2015
  2. Francene Stanley

    Dealing with imperfections is something I do on a daily basis. I often wonder how people in passing cars view the struggle I make daily on my walk with a rollator up the hill. Do they see the imperfection or the way I’m dealing with it?

    20 . Mar . 2015
  3. Misty Spears

    Thanks for sharing this today. I am definitely a “fixer”. I’ve always had a hard time just letting things happen and never really felt like anything would unless I made them happen myself. But I hope that I do inspire others by showing my weaknesses and imperfections. Goodness, I sure do have them and I definitely believe in learning from your mistakes and imperfections…even if it’s others.
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    20 . Mar . 2015
  4. Pam@over50feeling40

    So sorry to hear that you are dealing with difficult family circumstances. As a mom and now grandmother, I often struggle with worry and trust. But, I have learned two important things to increase my trust: Pray without ceasing…be faithful in prayer to draw near to God and live life one day at a time for the future has enough worry of its own. If I am faithful to do these two things…my trust level is much, much higher. I am not inspired by perfect people…because there are none! I am inspired most by OVERCOMERS.
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    20 . Mar . 2015
  5. Amy

    I really like what Pam (above) has to say about this matter: constant prayer is so important, especially in dealing with our imperfections! What God has to say about those is the only important thing, not what others may say.
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    20 . Mar . 2015

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