Slip-Away Saturday – Belated April 11 Devotions
Yes, I did – I managed to “slip away” on Saturday to do a few errands, enjoy some FINALLY spring-like weather in Maine, and do a bunch of OFFLINE activities. SO I never made it here to blog. Sorry about that!
So onto Saturday’s belated devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Lord, I’m so grateful that all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word…to draw me to Yourself, and to work out Your good purposes for my life.
And Lord, I choose to look beyond my past and present troubles in this life–this temporary life–and fix my eyes on the unseen things that will last forever. I praise You for the eternal glory these things are piling up for me as I choose to trust You.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“To avoid pain, some of us build walls around ourselves so we will not get hurt, but that is pointless. People are not perfect; therefore, they hurt and disappoint us, just as we hurt and disappoint others. I used to put up walls to protect myself…however, I learned that if I wall others out, I also wall myself in.
If you build walls around yourself out of fear, then you must tear them down out of faith.
Go to Jesus with each old wound and receive His healing grace. When someone hurts you, take that new wound to Jesus. Do not let it fester. Take it to the Lord and be willing to handle it His way and not your own. With the help of the Lord, you can survive hurt and disappointment and find your completion in Him.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- It really is hard sometimes to see how certain circumstances could possibly be part of a master plan for our good. Yet it’s better than allowing negativity to take over.
-2- Building walls around ourselves is definitely a defense mechanism that I think we all do sometimes. Probably don’t think about that fact: if we wall others out, we wall ourselves IN. I like that sentence, too:
“If you build walls around yourself out of fear, then you must tear them down out of faith.“
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you believe that all circumstances are part of the overall plan for your life?
Are you a wall-builder or do you tear walls down and build bridges to pave the way to your future?