As promised in my actual birthday post on March 29th, I’m here to catch up on devotions since then, as March ends and April begins–no April Fool’s joke!
So here are the devotional thoughts for March 29th. And remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“All of us become disappointed when we have plans that fail, hopes that don’t materialize, and goals that are not reached. When this continues for awhile, we become discouraged, a condition that can lead to depression if not handled properly.
When you get discouraged, you must make the decision to adapt and adjust, to take a new approach, to just keep going despite your feelings. When you feel discouraged, it is sometimes difficult to be positive. That’s when you must rise above the discouragement through Him who lives in you. He is always available to help you find renewed direction and hope.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Purposely forgetting about ourselves and our problems and doing something for someone else while we are hurting is one of the most powerful things we can do to overcome evil.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” [March 29]
“Lord, thank You that I can give myself up to be led by You… I can go forth praising and at rest, letting you manage me and my day. Thank You that I can throw the whole weight of my anxieties on You, for I am Your personal concern.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise” [Day 29]
-1- Definitely not an easy task to keep moving forward when discouragement settles in as an unwelcome guest. That’s when it’s time to revoke guest “privileges” and kick discouragement out!
-2- What a concept – at the time it’s the most difficult, doing something for someone else when our own problems seem so all-encompassing. Definitely one to think about.
-3- This is one of my favorites in this devotional book by Ruth Myers; letting God manage me and my day, and casting my cares and anxieties on Him instead of trying to carry them myself.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you struggle with discouragement to the point it takes up residency in your soul and your mind?
Do you endeavor to do kind things for others even when your own problems seem so overwhelming?
Have you ever asked God to manage you and your day?