I am for sure “working it” on this Wednesday, because…I got the call yesterday that my surgery is now scheduled for NEXT Thursday, May 14th! This article provides a good explanation and diagrams of the condition and what the surgery will do: Arthritis of the Thumb Basal Joint. If you read what’s involved in the surgery and the recovery period, you’ll know why I’m a bit nervous and unsure how things will work out for daily blogging here! Time to write some posts and schedule them ahead of time, I guess!
Also, it is the weekly “Women with Intention Wednesday” linkup, so check it out if you enjoy reading blogs that are family-friendly and encouraging for women!
So onto Wednesday’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.
“Humility comes from brokenness…when we learn that we are not hotshots after all.
Brokenness comes when we judge others, and then realize that we do the same things they do…
when we think WE are going to step out and do something great, and then fall flat on our faces because we forgot to stay plugged in to God…
when we give our opinions, knowing that we are absolutely right to the point of arguing about it, and then find that we are wrong.
Brokenness is good for us. Brokenness leads to humility, and humility precedes honor (see Proverbs 15:33).”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“We need to come to the place where we are secure enough in who we are in Christ that we will not allow our sense of worth to be based on the opinions or actions of others.
Don’t try to find your worth in how you look.
Don’t try to find your worth in what you do.
Don’t try to find your worth in how other people treat you.
You are worth something because Jesus shed His blood for you. You may have faults, and there may be things about you that need to be changed, but God is working on you the same as He is on everybody else.
Don’t let somebody else dump their problems off on you.
Don’t allow someone else to make you feel worthless or useless just because they don’t know how to treat you right and love you as you deserve to be loved as a blood-bought child of God.
Don’t spend all your life trying to win somebody else’s acceptance or approval.
Remember that you have already been accepted and approved by God. Make sure your affirmation, your validation, and your sense of self-worth come from Him.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- This is one of those “ouch” devotionals, because I know there are times I’ve been guilty of some of those examples of actions that precede brokenness. I’m thinking it would be easier and less embarrassing to maintain a humble attitude and mindset, then to get brought down and broken because of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3)!
-2- Yet, as this devotional addressed, we also need to have a strong sense of worth–not exaggerated self-importance, but self-worth–rooted in who we are in God’s eyes. Good reminder.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you ever found yourself on the “broken” and ashamed side, following an argument, realizing you were wrong after all?
Do you have a strong sense of self-worth, or do you struggle to see and feel your value? Do the comments and actions of others tend to define how you see yourself?