Happy August 1st! How has your summer been so far? Now that a new month is here, I’m really hoping to get back to regular posting of daily devotions. I still have several weeks of recovery from my thumb surgery, but daily exercises and weekly therapy are helping me progress toward more normal functionality again in my right hand.
I wanted to update you all on the progress of my friend Debbie’s grandson, Drew. My last post about Drew gained the greatest number of views and comments I’ve ever had here, so thank you all for reading, commenting, and sending good thoughts and prayers to Drew and his family. A news station in Florida where they live featured them in this media clip. It’s an amazing video and article -make sure to click over to watch and read!
Even more good news is that Drew has finally “come back” from the haze of sedation and just started talking again last night. As you can imagine, hearing his voice and his recognition of family members is a tremendous blessing for his family. Please continue to #PrayForDrew as he now goes through withdrawal from the drugs used during his surgery and sedation, and for wisdom for his medical team as they continue to understand what happened with the lung infection and how best to treat him.
Now onto today’s devotional thoughts.
“Lord, thank You that You love me deeply and tenderly. You are compassionate and gracious, full of lovingkindness, ready to forgive, patiently considerate, and generous beyond imagining.
You desire my love and rejoice to do good things for me. You delight to give me the desires of my heart as I delight myself in You. How precious is Your love to me, O God! I sing for joy as I take refuge in the shadow of Your wings!”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“We must develop confidence in simple, believing prayer. We need the confidence that even if we simply say, ‘God, help me,’ He hears and will answer.
We can depend on God to be faithful to do what we have asked Him to do, as long as our request is in accordance with His will. Too often we get caught up in our own works concerning prayer.
Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that prayer is simply conversation with God. The length or volume or eloquence of our prayer is not the issue; it is the sincerity of our hearts and the confidence we have that God hears and will answer us that are important.
Sometimes we try to sound so devout and elegant, that we get lost. If we could ever get delivered from trying to impress God, we would be a lot better off. We should remember that prayer is made powerful by the sincerity of it and the faith behind it.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Self-discipline is keeping yourself going in the right direction without someone making you do so. The problem is that somehow people have gotten the wrong idea that everything in life is supposed to be easy.
You need to be a person who is self-motivated and self-disciplined; who does what is right because it is right, not because someone may be looking or because someone is making you do it.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- This devotional about compassion and granting the desires of our hearts is especially relevant to me regarding Drew and his family right now!
-2- Again, this devotional emphasizing prayer also addresses the demonstration of thousands of faith-filled prayers going up for one little boy and his family over the past 10 days or so–and demonstrates God’s gracious response!
-3- This devotional brings to mind the concept of “situational ethics” — choosing to do the right thing because it’s right, rather than caving to the pressure of society or “political correctness.”
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Do you trust in God’s compassion and believe He will grant you the desires of your heart that are in line with His will for you?
-2- Do you believe in the power of faith-filled prayer? Have you experienced the encouragement of answers to prayers?
-3- Do you find it easy to do the right thing when nobody is looking? Have you experienced pressure in social settings to make decisions you might not make otherwise?