I’m preparing today…for surgery tomorrow, bright and early, at 7:30am! Taking care of a bunch of things I won’t be able to do, or things that require using both hands, for at least ten days post-surgery. Some household things, some projects, some freelance work…and then I actually have a plan during the recovery phase of catching up on reading, visiting blogs, sorting through clutter, organizing projects, and numerous other things I can do with one good hand.
So onto today’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“Do you know there are people who really don’t want to get well? They just want to talk about their problems. Are you one of those people?
Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem. It becomes their identity, their life. It defines everything they think and say and do. If you have a ‘deep-seated and lingering disorder’ (see John 5:5-6), the Lord wants you to know that it does not have to be the central focal point of your entire existence.
He wants you to trust Him and cooperate with Him as He leads you to victory over that problem one step at a time. Don’t try to use your problem as a means of getting sympathy.
We get angry at those who tell us the truth. And the truth is that before we can get well, we must really WANT to be well–body, soul, and spirit. We must want to enough that we are willing to hear and accept truth.
Each of us must learn to follow God’s personal plan for us. Whatever our problem my be, God has promised to meet our need and to repay us for our loss. Facing truth is the key to unlocking prison doors that my have held us in bondage.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“A lot of people never do anything because they cannot do everything. They are negative people who concentrate on what they cannot do, instead of seeing what they can do and then doing it.
If you confidently step out and do your part, God will surround you with people who have the gifts and abilities that you don’t have. However, when people lack confidence, quote often they cannot receive help from other people.
Insecurity and a lack of confidence will steal the wonderful life that God has planned for you. It causes us to be jealous of and resent those whom we should appreciate.
Pray: Lord, You have designed me with gifts and abilities to develop and use in service with others. Keep me from being jealous of others, and hep me to enjoy the journey. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- Ironic to read this one today as I prepare to deal with this lingering PROBLEM of my arthritic thumb! I really don’t want it to be an excuse or part of my life any more; I’m looking forward to regaining functionality AND being hopefully pain-free! I’m especially anxious to be able to crochet and x-stitch again, and do many other things without pain that are now very difficult (like just buttoning up a shirt!)
-2- I confess that I have suffered from insecurities and lack of confidence for a long time…TOO long! I really need to make this change in focusing on what I can do, using the gifts God has given me to fulfill the purpose He has orchestrated for my life.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you tend to focus on problems rather than solutions, or know someone else who does?
Do you suffer from insecurities and lack of confidence?