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.

Devotional ~ Expectation

Expectation. Have you ever expected something to happen only to be disappointed when it didn’t turn out the way you thought it would or even should? Maybe you had plans to do something and those plans fell through. Or someone said that they would do something and for some reason didn’t. When our expectations fall on man’s shoulders or even our own we can’t have the assurance that everything will always work out all of the time.

There have been times when people have said that they would do something and for one reason or another didn’t follow through with it. That feeling of disappointment thinking that whatever didn’t happen was somehow my fault. I also remember times when I have done the same thing unintentionally, and how I felt to disappoint someone. It is unfortunate and uncomfortable when it happens, that feeling of letting someone down. And while it isn’t a good feeling, I’m certain I’m not the only one who has felt that way at one time or another.

But when we put our expectation in God, we have the assurance that He will not disappoint. He is our rock and our salvation. He delivers on what He says He will do. He is our defense and He will keep us protected. With God as our protector we can rest in the knowledge that no weapon formed against us will prosper.

O God, You are my rock, my salvation. You defend me from the attacks of my enemy. I wait on You, O God, for I trust in You and my expectation is in You alone. Man cannot move mountains, create a world filled with beauty, or speak life into an empty void. But You did that and more. You planned for man's redemption through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May I always honor You in all that I do. Create in me a clean heart, daily renew a right spirit in me. Abba I love You with all that I am and I trust in You. I thank You for loving me and praise Your holy name, in Jesus name amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

God bless and have a wonderful day! ❤

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