Three Things Thursday – Two Plus April 23 Devotions
Yes, indeed–it is once again Three Things Thursday! So I’ll tell you about two things before adding my third and usual “thing” for the day: your daily devotions. I learned about this from my fellow blogger, Salma, of The Write Balance, who participates in this “Three Things Thursday” linkup every week. It’s fun to add a little variety to the week.
Thursday Thing #1. **Thumb surgery.** Oh yay.
So the arthritis has become worse in my right thumb over the past year or so; when I saw an orthopedic doctor about six months ago, he explained that there is no cartilage left between some of the bones at the base of my thumb AND there are bone spurs. The cortisone shot and this brace I’m wearing were just temporary “fixes.”
He highly recommended surgery to rebuild the joint and provide relief from pain and restore range of motion and functionality. Since the pain has worsened, and I’ve lost even more grasping/pinching ability (think of all the things that require that capacity, from brushing your teeth to buttoning shirts to holding a glass, and many more!)…yeah.
So I have a surgery consultation appointment on Monday, May 4th, so the doctor can explain to hubby and me what all is involved, and then they will schedule the surgery. This article here explains what is involved in the surgery and the recovery (that will be challenging, because I’m not sure what will happen with blogging, writing, sewing, and all during that time!) –> Basal Joint Arthritis.
Thursday Thing #2. **New quilt listing!**
I’ve been wanting to add more listings to my Etsy and Bonanza stores. I finally added one new quilt listing last night; it’s one of my favorite log cabin variations, called the Log Cabin Star. This particular quilt in the photo, shown as a sample, has a sad story. I originally made this quilt for my oldest daughter–and she lost it in a house fire! 🙁
I’m working on another one now for her–and a new one for hubby and me, in the same design, just different colors. I love how just varying colors and placement gives the log cabin design whole new looks!
Thursday Thing #3. **Devotions!**
Yes, devotions, because that’s one of the main purposes of this blog. 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.
“Lord, thank You that You plan to use for good the struggles my loved ones face–including their disappointing choices, their unwise or even harmful ways of thinking and living, and their sidetracks from going Your way (as I see it–and Lord, I know I could be wrong!)
I praise You in advance for the part these difficult things are going to play in Your good plan for us–in eventual deliverance and growth and fruitfulness. I’m grateful that in all these things, the battle is not mine, but Yours…and the final chapter has not yet been written.
Thank You that You are at work to answer my prayers in Your good way and time. Thank You for past victories You have won in my loved ones’ lives–for progress and growth and answered prayers–and for the victories we will yet see in the future, to the glory of Your Name. I praise You that as time goes by, in new ways, You will show us Your goodness in the land of the living.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“I believe people give their mistakes more power than they need. We should admit them, repent, and ask God to forgive us for them. We should also learn from our mistakes because by doing so, they can add value to our lives. Instead of allowing mistakes to make you feel guilty and bad, let them be your teacher.
–> And always remember that just because you make a mistake,
it does not mean YOU are a mistake! <–
To grow, we must step out and try things. We learn what works and what doesn’t. Learning from firsthand experience is a much better teacher than a textbook.
Pray: Lord, I’ve made my share of mistakes, but I refuse to let them rule over me. I take them as lessons that I am learning from, and I know You will lead me into all truth by Your Spirit. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Women Devotional”
-1- It is so difficult sometimes to continue to have faith in God and His ultimate plan even during the dark times of life. His timing is usually not our desired timing, either, so it continues to be an exercise in patience, and having faith in God, rather than faith in our faith–as we discussed earlier this week!
-2- This is such an important reminder: Just because we make mistakes, does not mean WE are mistakes! As we discussed in a previous devotional, we have to remember to differentiate between our “do” and our “who” – and not let our actions and mistakes define who we are.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
What do you think about “Three Things Thursday”? What are three things you’re doing or thinking about today?
Do you struggle to keep the faith even during difficult times, knowing God has promised to see you through?
Do you ever have difficulty separating what you do, from who you are?