Reflections and Memories, Obedience and Joy – July 7 Devotions
This is a day of reflection for me, because my Mom passed away four years ago after a brief battle with lung cancer, and other cancerous cells throughout her body, as a result of not overcoming breast cancer two years earlier.
Mom attended my youngest daughter’s wedding on June 4, 2011, and met her first great-grandchild for the first time (my oldest niece’s and hubby’s child – they are linguists in Indonesia and were in the USA for the wedding and to visit family and friends).
Then, on July 1st, Mom learned she had advanced, aggressive lung cancer. She wanted to enter hospice care at home. She was surrounded by family and close friends during her final days. We all took turns spending time with her and sitting by her bedside overnight. She passed away peacefully around 4:20am on July 7, with one of my nephews by her bedside.
While we grieved her departure, we were thankful Mom’s pain and suffering ended as she left her cancer-wracked body behind and entered the presence of her Lord…and was reunited with my Dad (her Ben) who passed away in 2002. We could just envision him waiting for her with open arms!
Now onto today’s devotions.
“Obedience to God fills our lives with so much joy that we don’t even know how to talk about it. The Bible calls it ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ (1 Peter 1:8).
Experience the joy of being in God’s awesome presence. Start your day by praising God for your blessings, and worshiping Him with a heart ready to serve Him.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“Acknowledging the Lord in all your ways means submitting all your plans to Him and allowing Him to work them out according to His will and desire for you. He wants you to come to know Him in the power of His resurrection (see Philippians 3:10).
It is a sign of maturity to seek God for who He is and not only for what He can do for you. So as you pause at the end of your day, seek God’s face (His presence) and get to know your wonderful, loving heavenly Father better.
Acknowledge His power and experience the joy of walking in the paths He chooses for you.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- I have experienced both sides of this devotional. When I get off to a hurried, distracted start and don’t take the time for prayer and devotions, the day doesn’t go very well. The reverse is true on the days I follow my preferred routine of prayer and devotions. The day may not go perfectly, but usually much better and more productive overall.
-2- I also have experienced submitting or not submitting my plans to God and the result is similar to starting or not starting with prayer! These two devotionals together remind me of a x-stitch piece I made MANY years ago (1991!) that says “If your day is hemmed with prayer, it is less likely to unravel.”
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Do you find starting the day with meditation sets a good foundation for the rest of the day?
-2- Do you practice regularly submitting your plans for the day to God?