Good Intentions

Do you remember those resolutions you make at the beginning of the year where you plan to do better? While I didn’t make it a resolution I did plan on using my time more wisely. I had it all planned out. (Mistake number one.) I would do my morning devotional with Charles Stanley before work, while eating breakfast and getting ready for the day. That actually works well for me. When I’m running short on time, I listen to a devotional podcast or to the Bible on audible. Then at the end of the day and after dinner, I would paint, then do evening devotionals and blog. All good intentions mind you but that wasn’t the way it worked out. After dinner I would sit down and relax before working on my well laid out plans. (Mistake number two.) You know the plan where I would paint, do my evening devotionals, and blog. ~ You can see how well that turned out. I haven’t posted in some time. 😦

Instead, I played phone games. I read. I painted. I did my evening devotionals.

Winter wonderland at my sister’s house.

The next day I started over with the same routine except after a few weeks, after dinner, I played games, and painted. I still had my morning devotionals and I justified not doing my evening devotionals by saying

I’m doing my devotions in the morning…and I’m working on my painting so that I can become a better artist.

Then it started. The guilt. The whispers of not having my evening devotionals, of not blogging. That went on for a few weeks. I knew it was an attack from the enemy and I let it control my thoughts. I let it guilt me into reading my devotionals at night. In fact, it would be so late that I didn’t get around to writing in my blog. Then I stopped again. I stopped with the nighttime devotionals and went back to what I was doing. I recognized the attack from the enemy and I said “enough”! Our heavenly Father does not operate in guilt. Does He convict us when we start down a path not good for us? Yes. When the whispers of guilt started I firmly told myself that it wasn’t the truth. That I was okay not to feel guilty for missing my evening devotionals but I also needed to get back into a routine that worked for me. I am slowly getting there and I don’t beat myself up if I miss an evening devotional. (I do when I miss both devotionals though! 😅 No, I don’t but I do work on making a conscious effort to get back on track.)

So now I have my morning devotionals with coffee. At night after dinner, I still play games or read, I paint, and I have my evening devotionals because I want to read my Bible and not because of guilt. Even though I already knew this I learned or I could say, relearned an important lesson.

It is important to be in the Word. To read the Bible and plant God’s Word deep inside ourselves. We are the light of the world and ambassadors for Christ. There will be times when we may miss reading the Bible but if guilt begins to assail our thoughts we can be sure that it is the enemy attacking us. God does not drop guilt on us for not reading our Bible. He will convict us when we do something we shouldn’t do to steer us back on His path that He has for us. But He will not guilt us into doing anything.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:14

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:20

By the way, I want to mention when I paint I find myself praising the Lord and humming worship songs. Have a wonderful day and week. God bless you! ❤

Devotion ~ 1 Peter 5:10

God tells us that we will suffer a while. That could mean in any number of ways. From our health to our finances, or even in our relationships. I sometimes wonder if people may think, “why would I want to be a Christian if I am going to suffer?. I can do that without being a Christian.” Except whether we are a child of God’s or not, we will all go through moments of suffering. Of trials that seem unbearable. Yet as His child, we have confidence in knowing that He will strengthen and settle us. He is with us and we are not alone in dealing with our trials.

My prayer for you is that your week will be blessed and that you will see God at work in your life. God bless!

Devotional ~ Psalm

It is easy to say He is Lord of our life when things are good. But when disaster strikes, when it feels as though our hearts will break in half, do we still say He is Lord? Or do we blame Him for our troubles? For our wounded hearts? The Lord can heal us, and He wants to, but we have to let Him in to do it. We cannot expect Him to heal us if we push Him away. Can you imagine going to the doctor with a broken leg, he can see the bone protruding through, and you say fix it but you can’t touch me?

Are you wounded? Do you feel as though nothing can heal your hurts? Come, let the Lord bind your wounds and heal your heart. 💕

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Psalm 145:9

Devotional ~ The Stone

David was just a youth when he faced the Philistine. He had gone, at his father’s request, to check on his brothers who were with Saul fighting the Philistines. What he heard was the fear running through the camp. He had faith and knew the Lord was on their side and that He would deliver them from the enemy. With Saul’s permission, David took the tools he was comfortable with, little as they were compared to the armor and weapons of the Philistine, and faced the enemy.

David stated what he was going to do and did it. He trusted the Lord to win the battle and he was obedient, going into battle believing the Lord would deliver him from the Philistine just as He had when David faced lions and bears while tending the flock. Because of his obedience and his faith in the Lord, David prevailed.

Just as David prevailed against overwhelming odds, we too can prevail when facing seemingly difficult situations when we trust in the Lord. David went on to become a king. What can you accomplish when you are obedient to what the Lord has for you to do?

Lord, May we be like David, obeying and trusting in You when we go into battle remembering that You have already won. Amen.

Strength & Song

When you are tired, praise Him. When you are weak, praise Him. When you feel hopeless, praise Him. It is easy to praise the Lord, to give thanks to the Father when things are going well. When life hits a bump, or we feel tired and weak, sometimes we forget to turn to the Father, to praise Him for a new day or seeing us through that tough spot in our lives when all seems hopeless.

Was there a time in your life when it seemed as though everything was upside down and you weren’t so sure it would be right again? Or maybe you are going through something right now and it feels as though you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lord is your strength, sing a song of praise to the Father especially when you don’t feel like it. As you praise Him in the middle of the storm, He will lift you up. He will walk with you through it and give you the strength to endure. But here is the thing… sometimes you may not feel it until after the storm has passed and you are on the other side of it.

When life seems overwhelming and you think you can’t handle anymore, turn it over to the Father and sing a song of praise. Praise Him and honor Him and watch as He takes you through it to the other side. God bless! ❤

Abba, Your mercy and grace are new every morning. May we seek You out every day praising and honoring You. Help us to remember when trials come where our strength comes from and to turn toward You. Thank You for loving us and strengthening us to face today. Amen.

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