This was a nice change of pace today–I was able to slip away and enjoy a hair appointment, use a gift card (finally) at Kohl’s that my oldest daughter gave me for Christmas, AND browse the new Hobby Lobby that opened recently.
So onto Saturday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“Brokenness seems bad, but through brokenness we rid ourselves of the outer shell, the fleshly parts of us, that need to be thrown off in order to bring forth the good things that are in us.
All of us need to be broken as David was (see Psalm 31: 12); we need to be totally dependent on God to deliver us from evil. Pray today as David did: ‘But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God’ (see Psalm 31:14).”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“When you feel down, everything around you seems to fall apart, and you begin to lose your strength. Your head and hands and heart begin to droop. Even your eyes and your voice are lowered.
You are downcast because you are looking at your problems and this only makes you feel worse. Sometimes you are tempted to say, ‘Oh, what’s the use?’ and just give up. But God is waiting for you to lift up your eyes and look to Him for help.
Life will always bring discouraging situations, but you don’t have to let them get you down. Despite life’s distressing circumstances, you can be confident in the Lord, the lifter of your head.
Lift up your eyes, hands, head, and heart and look not at your problems, but at the One who has promised to see you through to victory. Smile…it will lift your spirit.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- That’s a hard concept to grasp–brokenness being a good thing. But I guess it’s like the seeds we plant in the ground, which also have to throw off that outer shell so the new growth can spring forth, push its way through the dirt, and blossom into a whole new form of life with a drastically different appearance than that little seed we planted!
-2- I can’t get over the truth of this one, how when you’re feeling down, you really do feel DOWN–droopy, downcast, even a sensation of being physically weighed down. Yet again, as in many of these devotions, if we just make that choice to grow through the process, learn what we can, and look to God to raise us up from the rut or the pit we seem to get stuck in at these times…we will eventually experience victory.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you believe that brokenness can be a good thing? Have you learned valuable lessons during these times?
Have you experienced that sensation of being weighed down when you’re feeling discouraged or depressed? How do you recover?