Yes, here in Maine, it’s snowing…again! We got about 4 inches of snow overnight; and this was after we could finally see our driveway and part of the yard! But that’s OK–it won’t last long, because we’re supposed to see temps into the 50s and 60s over the next several days! COME ON, SPRING!!
Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Ask yourself how you react to correction or criticism. Try to be honest in your evaluation. Confident people who have validated themselves as valuable can receive correction without anger or a defensive attitude. Confident people can listen objectively to another point of view. They can pray about what is said and either receive or reject it according to what God places in their hearts.
It is absolutely wonderful to be able to approve of ourselves, because we believe God approves of us, even though others do not. It is good to be humble enough to receive correction, yet confident enough not to let the opinions of others control us.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” [April 9]
“Many people burn out because they don’t take time to refresh themselves. We feel such a need to give and do for others that we ignore our own needs or, worse, we feel guilty for even thinking about ourselves.
We need to be ministered to spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Each one of these areas is important to God; He made them, and He is interested in the well-being of all of them, including our physical and emotional needs.
You are worth being cared for and don’t ever forget it. You have value, and you should make an investment in yourself.
Pray: Lord, I believe that every aspect of my life is important to You, including how I care for myself. Help me to not think of myself too highly OR too lowly. Help me to be balanced. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- I admit that I struggle with receiving criticism, because it often feels like an attack on me personally instead of on something about my behavior that needs to change. I’ve found it makes a big difference in WHO says it and HOW that person says it. Two people can offer the same correction or criticism – but how they say it can make all the difference in how well I’m able to receive it — or not! Also, you have to distinguish between someone who’s just being critical for the sake of criticizing–and someone who genuinely cares about helping you improve.
-2- This one also speaks to me, because I know I tend to be the caregiver to others, and ignore my own needs. I think that’s why I often end up sick and/or exhausted (maybe like right now!) It’s all about balance! Ironically, I think this also ties into the first one about criticism and correction. There are those who might criticize you for daring to think about doing something just for yourself–while others might try to offer correction (like my husband does to me!) about not trying to do everything for everyone, and instead getting enough rest and letting some things go.
So what are YOUR thoughts? First of all – has SPRING arrived where you live?
Do you receive correction or criticism well? Does it depend on who says it and how they say it?
What do you think about meeting your OWN needs? Do you think that’s selfish or necessary, as long as it’s done in a balanced way?