I’m calling it “switch-over” Saturday, because the day is typically a total switch or change from my usual day’s routine. Instead of getting up before 5am, helping hubby get out the door to head to work at 5:30 with his coffee and lunch, taking care of pets, and reading morning devotions, blogging, and writing–Dave gets up early and lets me sleep in! Today, I slept later than usual, until about 10:00–probably since I’m still in recovery mode!
Then it was onto housework, discussing a shopping list with Dave, and heading out for what turned into about a 3-hour trek to four different stores. By the time I got home, it was time to make supper, spend some time chatting with Dave, and THEN I got to read my devotions AND now here I am! 🙂
So onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, 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.
“Don’t receive condemnation when you have setbacks or bad days. Just get back up, dust yourself off, and start again. When babies are learning to walk, they fall many, many times before they enjoy confidence in walking…even though they may cry awhile after falling, they always get right back up and try again.
The devil will try hard to stop you through discouragement and condemnation. Quote Romans 8:1, reminding Satan and yourself that you do not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit. Walking after the flesh is depending on yourself; walking after the Spirit is depending on God.
When you fail (which you will), that doesn’t mean YOU are a failure. It simply means you don’t do everything right. We all have to accept the fact that along with strengths, we also have weaknesses. Just let Christ be strong in your weaknesses; let Him be your strength on your weak days.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Father, I’m so delighted that You are both loving and sovereign, and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You, to those who are called according to Your purpose. So I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life, for each breaking or cleansing process You are allowing, for each problem or hindrance, for each thing that triggers in me anxiety or anger or pain.
Thank You that each difficulty is an opportunity to see You work…that in Your time, You will bring me out to a place of abundance. I rejoice that You plan to enrich and beautify me through each problem, each conflict, each struggle. Through them, You expose my weaknesses and needs, my hidden sins, my self-centeredness (and especially my self-reliance and pride).
Thank You that You use trials to humble me and perfect my faith and produce in me the quality of endurance…my momentary troubles are producing for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, as I keep my eyes focused on You.
‘I thank You for the bitter things
They’ve been a friend to grace,
They’ve driven me from the paths of ease
To storm the secret place’ (–Florence White Willett).”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
-1- Both of these devotionals, again, are so timely for a current situation. My favorite line from this particular first devotional: “When you fail (which you will), that doesn’t mean YOU are a failure.” It’s so hard sometimes to separate the action of failing from the feeling of BEING a failure!
-2- You know, I have read this particular devotional every 18th of the month, for years. Never really liked it or understood WHY I would want to be thankful for what seem to be all negative situations. I just got it today, following the catharsis I experienced yesterday after discussing the “problems, struggles, conflicts, breaking, and cleansing process” with some key people close to the situation. Again, I can’t really go into details, but this all just clicked with me, and fits right in with the first devotional about differentiating what we DO from who we ARE!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you ever feel condemned or feel like a failure because of mistakes, set-backs, failings, and struggles? Can you separate what you DO from who you ARE?
Do you “get” the second devotional? Can you see how going through a “breaking and cleansing” process can actually eventually yield more positive, better results in your life?