Welcome (or welcome back) to my Words of Encouragement blog, where I’m making an effort to share daily devotional thoughts (up to date now!) that will hopefully uplift your spirit and speak to your life in some way. I have decided to follow this format: number and post the devotions, then follow those numbers to share my own reflections on the devotions. Then I follow up with some questions to YOU, my readers!
I also have a separate page for Daily Scripture Readings from Psalms and Proverbs, if you would like to check those out.
“Are you confused? Is there something happening in your life right now you don’t understand? Or perhaps you’re baffled about the way things happened in your past. Many people today suffer tremendously with confusion, but that was never God’s plan. He doesn’t cause your confusion–He wants to stop it.
He doesn’t want you to try to figure out everything that happens in your life. He knows what is going on and why, and He is in control. So trust God to take care of everything that concerns you and enjoy a peaceful, happy life.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Lord, thank You that I can enjoy my strengths and gifts without pride or false modesty as I give You the credit for them, praising You rather than congratulating myself. What do I have, that I did not receive from You? All that I am and all that I have comes from You; it is all sustained by You…and I want it all to glorify You! Not to me, O Lord, not to me, but to Your Name be the glory.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“When it comes to prayer, we sometimes only think about the big things. But nothing is too small to bring to God in prayer. He is interested in even the smallest details.
The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4, ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God’ (verse 6). Notice he didn’t say, ‘In only the big, hairy, scary things of life, pray. Only pull out the prayers when things get really bad. Otherwise, just sort it out yourself.’
Nothing is too small or too big to bring to God. If we see God in all of His glory, we will see our problems in their proper perspective. It is not that your problem isn’t serious; it is just that your God is greater. And if you see that, it will change the way that you pray.”
-1- It is so difficult sometimes to trust God without fear and worry interfering. That’s when I think of the well-known “Footprints” poem, that when we review difficult times in our lives and see only one set of footprints…that’s when God was carrying us THROUGH the difficulties!
-2- There is certainly a balance between having confidence in our God-given abilities…and crossing the line to one side or the other, either into arrogance where we take all the credit or into self-pity where we are either unable or unwilling to acknowledge our gifts.
-3- On prayer– I’m so glad God cares about even the small things in life that mean something to us, and He really just wants to have the communion with us.
What are your thoughts? Do you sometimes have difficulty trusting God without fear or worry edging in?
Do you feel confident in the abilities and talents you have?
Do you believe God cares about even the little things that matter to us?