Sunny Sunday here again in Maine! It’s still such a nice change after our way too long winter of 2014-2015! I was out doing errands yesterday and was able to take off my jacket and was warm enough in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt! So wonderful!
So onto Sunday’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.
“Sometimes you forget how big your God is. Whatever may have happened to you in the past, you must understand it doesn’t have to dictate your future. Set your faith and trust in God and watch to see how He will turn it around for your good.
Rejoice! God has a good plan for your life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Preparation equips us to move confidently. Many women lack confidence because they are not properly prepared for what they attempt to do. There could be a variety of reasons for this lack of preparation.
They don’t realize the importance of preparation…or they are too busy doing things that don’t help them accomplish their goals, and then they have no time to do what would help them.
Take the time to prepare; you’ll be amazed at the confidence that will follow.
Pray: Lord, whether or not anyone else notices, I will do everything in my power to prepare myself for what You have called me to do. I want to be confident that I am always being the best I can be and that I’m ready for more. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- I love this concept especially: “Your past doesn’t have to dictate your future.” It’s comforting to know that no matter how many mistakes we’ve made or negative events we’ve suffered in our past, they don’t have to dictate how our future plays out. Of course, that once again depends on the choices we make now and our ability (or inability) to leave the past in the past.
-2- This one really speaks to me, because lack of preparation and the related tendency to procrastinate–true confession–have been strongholds in my life for far too long. As this devotional says, that lack of preparation leads to lack of confidence, and I have seen that manifestation in my life.
This line especially seems to express what I’ve unintentionally done, being “too busy doing things that don’t help them accomplish their goals, and then they have no time to do what would help them.” The challenge now is to act on what I’ve learned and make the necessary changes!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Are you ready to not allow your past to dictate your future? What can you do now to prepare for a better future?
Do you find it easy to make preparations to achieve your goals or was this devotional thought a revelation for you?