This and That Tuesday – May 12 Devotions on Grace and Preparation
Tuesday was one of those days where I did a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but not a lot of any one thing! For instance, I got this blog post mostly written, but not ready to publish, SO…here’s your belated Tuesday post!
So onto Tuesday’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
Lord, how I rejoice that through Christ I am all right as a person, now and forever: totally clean, every stain removed..totally forgiven, no matter how great or recent a failure I’ve had to confess, or how often I have failed. What amazing grace! What undeserved acceptance and favor!
How wonderful that You ask me to do absolutely nothing to earn Your forgiveness–no striving to measure up, no self-punishment, no prolonged remorse, no self-blame, no deeds of penance…
I don’t have to sink down into regrets, or into shame, or into denial, or into excuses for things I do wrong.
I’m so thankful that You don’t hold a pair of scales and ask me to pile up enough good works to outweigh my sins, my failures, my unworthiness….it’s all by grace through faith.
What an incentive to live a life that pleases You, that brings You joy and not grief!”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” –Psalm 103:10-13
“I encourage you to let everything in life be preparation for the things you have in your future. Don’t despise the days of small beginnings. Those small beginnings are usually all we can handle at the time.
God will give more when He knows we are ready. Enjoy every step of your journey. Don’t be in such a hurry to rush through things that you miss the lessons you can draw from each day.
If you do what you can do, God will do what you cannot do. Do your best to be prepared for the job in front of you and God will come through with some supernatural abilities that will amaze you.
To be prepared for whatever God’s calling is for you, you don’t have to worry about the part you don’t how how to do, just do the part you know. Your faith-filed actions are seeds you sow. Sow your seed in faith and God will bring a harvest at just the right time.
Pray: Lord, I don’t want to be rushing so fast that I miss the small things in life. I will give You my best, and I trust You to do what I cannot do. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- I’ll probably mention this devotional multiple times on the 12th of the month, because I read through this one (31 Days of Praise) every month. It’s so comforting to know that God doesn’t expect perfection and loves us unconditionally. It’s all a matter of grace and mercy, compassion and acceptance.
-2- I often think of other analogies that fit this idea of small beginnings: seeds we plant in the ground, the cycle of conception through birth, a baby’s first wobbly steps, first day on a job, selling that first handmade product…nearly everything in life, really, has a small beginning. And it’s the preparation during the small beginnings that yields eventual larger results and victories.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Are you a perfectionist? Do you feel like you have to earn God’s love?
Can you relate to this idea of small beginnings? Do you have other examples of small beginnings?