Yes, it’s Thursday: Three Things Thursday, an idea I picked up from a fellow blogger. And since another priority pulled me away from blogging for a couple days (exciting opportunity–stay tuned for details!), I’m making this a triple blog post of three devotional thoughts for this Three Things Thursday! 😉
“Guilt doesn’t bring us nearer to God;
it distances us from Him.
Listen. Disappointments may discourage you.
Anxiety may plague you.
But guilt ? Guilt consumes you. So what are we to do?
Confess our need. Proclaim our guilt to the Father.
And accept the righteousness of God,
freely given by the One
Whose sacrifice makes us righteous.
‘Father, You are holy and righteous,
and I gratefully accept Your gift of redemption.'”
–Max Lucado in “Traveling Light”
“Whatever the problem or situation,
decision is always better
than doubt and indecision.
Become a decisive person,
and you will accomplish a lot more
with less effort.
No one learns to hear from God
without making mistakes.
Don’t be overly concerned about errors.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
You are a fallible human being,
not an infallible god.
Learn from your mistakes,
correct the ones you can,
and continue being decisive.
Don’t fall back into a pattern of indecision
just because you are wrong a few times.
Take some action and sow the seed.
Devote a reasonable amount of time
to waiting on God.
Don’t be afraid of yourself!
You will not be the first person
to make a mistake,
nor will you be the last.
The fear of failure
keeps thousands trapped in indecision,
which definitely steals joy
and complicates life.
Don’t be afraid to make a decision–
follow through with it.
Just do it!”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“We all have times in life
when we feel like giving up…
God gave many men and women in the Bible
difficult tasks to perform,
but He always promised a reward.
Looking to the reward helps us
to endure the difficulty.
I encourage you not to look
merely at your work,
But look also at the promise of reward.
Take time to enjoy the fruit of your labor,
and be energized to finish your course.
It will also build confidence
as you realize that you are worth enjoying
the reward of your labors,
and it is indeed God’s will for you.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
~1~ So timely right now, especially in light of a family tragedy that just occurred on my hubby’s side of the family. Many people are dealing with guilt over a family member, yet there was nothing anybody could have done to prevent this situation.
~2~ I think some of the best takeaways from this one are to remember we’re not perfect, and will make mistakes, but as long as we keep learning from them and continue making decisions and taking action, we will be more productive and accomplish more!
~3~ I am so thankful that God, and those people He has placed in my life to be encouragers and supporters, have helped me to NOT give up on my various dreams! I will continue to keep my eyes on the prize and rewards that await me for goals achieved.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle with feelings of guilt, or difficulty making decisions?
Have you felt like giving up, but then push yourself forward to achieve your goals?