March 9 Devotional Thoughts

Welcome (or welcome back) to my Words of Encouragement blog, where I’m making an effort to share daily devotional thoughts (up to date now!) that will hopefully uplift your spirit and speak to your life in some way. I have decided to follow this format: number and post the devotions, then follow those numbers to share my own reflections on the devotions. Then I follow up with some questions to YOU, my readers!

I also have a separate page for Daily Scripture Readings from Psalms and Proverbs, if you would like to check those out.

 

 

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“Are you confused? Is there something happening in your life right now you don’t understand? Or perhaps you’re baffled about the way things happened in your past. Many people today suffer tremendously with confusion, but that was never God’s plan. He doesn’t cause your confusion–He wants to stop it.

He doesn’t want you to try to figure out everything that happens in your life. He knows what is going on and why, and He is in control. So trust God to take care of everything that concerns you and enjoy a peaceful, happy life.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“Lord, thank You that I can enjoy my strengths and gifts without pride or false modesty as I give You the credit for them, praising You rather than congratulating myself. What do I have, that I did not receive from You? All that I am and all that I have comes from You; it is all sustained by You…and I want it all to glorify You! Not to me, O Lord, not to me, but to Your Name be the glory.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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“When it comes to prayer, we sometimes only think about the big things. But nothing is too small to bring to God in prayer. He is interested in even the smallest details.

The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God’ (verse 6). Notice he didnโ€™t say, ‘In only the big, hairy, scary things of life, pray. Only pull out the prayers when things get really bad. Otherwise, just sort it out yourself.’

Nothing is too small or too big to bring to God. If we see God in all of His glory, we will see our problems in their proper perspective. It is not that your problem isnโ€™t serious; it is just that your God is greater. And if you see that, it will change the way that you pray.”

Greg Laurie Daily Devotions

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-1- It is so difficult sometimes to trust God without fear and worry interfering. That’s when I think of the well-known “Footprints” poem, that when we review difficult times in our lives and see only one set of footprints…that’s when God was carrying us THROUGH the difficulties!

-2- There is certainly a balance between having confidence in our God-given abilities…and crossing the line to one side or the other, either into arrogance where we take all the credit or into self-pity where we are either unable or unwilling to acknowledge our gifts.

-3- On prayer– I’m so glad God cares about even the small things in life that mean something to us, and He really just wants to have the communion with us.

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What are your thoughts? Do you sometimes have difficulty trusting God without fear or worry edging in?

Do you feel confident in the abilities and talents you have?

Do you believe God cares about even the little things that matter to us?

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  1. I especially liked it that you mentioned how we can go to God in prayer about everything, not just the big things. And that He doesn’t want us to be confused, that He is willing to share His plans with us!
    Thank you!
    Amy
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  2. I agree that it is most difficult to trust God without worry. I just experienced it today, and I still worry. I guess learning to let go of insecurity and simply have faith is difficult!
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  3. I admit I sometimes let my little voice take over when it needs to be quietly doing something else. I have a lot of gifts to give the world and really, it was never about me. There are people who really need to hear my message. Like right now.
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  4. I love these thoughts. I’m feeling pretty optimistic today ๐Ÿ™‚ but sometimes I need the encouragement from simple phrases like this!
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  5. I definitely carry the weight of the world on my shoulders but I think that is by my own doing. I am a worrier and feel like I need to handle everything. I definitely need to work on being more patient.

  6. Many times I feel, with all of the evil in the world, that we have been abandoned. We don’t see the little miracles all around us. I do struggle a lot with confusion, and uncertainty that things will not work out for some of the ones I love.
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  7. It’s so good to pause and remember that God wants to be involved in all of our life. At the same time it is really hard to live like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s easy to be so caught up in worry and stress we forget to invite Him into the situation.
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  8. I love the quote at the beginning…I need to be more patient with myself. I expect myself to be from point A to point Z in O.2 seconds, instead of giving myself space to grow and develop.

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