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

The Long Way Home

Have you ever taken a trip, missed a turn, and find yourself having to back track? Last winter when my husband was traveling back and forth to his mother’s house working with his siblings to sort through and downsize her stuff before she moved to assisted living, it was decided to sell her vehicle. She wasn’t able to drive anymore and we were casually looking around for another vehicle. As it turned out, we purchased it when we learned the mileage was low and within our budget. (That’s a whole another story which I wrote about earlier this year. 😅)

Now my husband does the driving when we travel 😐. The drive to his mom’s is a route that he can practically drive in his sleep. Since I’m not the one driving I never really paid much attention. Yes I had a general idea having traveled there with my husband in the past. It’s actually fairly simple but if you are like me, it’s easier to learn a route when you are the actual driver. The good thing about my husband when he is driving is that he doesn’t get annoyed with me when I ask him the names of the interstates or back roads that we would sometimes take, pretty much every time I would go with him. He is quick to give me a little background or some long ago memory of the small towns that we pass through when we take the back roads which is pretty neat.

The day we drove up to get the car he quizzed me on the directions and reminding me the names of the interstates that I would be taking. So when I had to drive the car back while he stayed a few more days, I thought I can do this even though I must admit I was a little intimidated. I mean I was making the trip back alone ~ well Lucy was my companion and we all know that dogs are great travel companions 😉~ I sort of knew where I was going and my husband had given me directions. The one thing that he stressed was going east and south. He said as long as I did that I would be good. So, off I went on my return trip home.

About that missed turn. My husband had reminded me about the road splitting before getting onto the interstate I needed. In fact he had even offered to drive to the state line so that I wouldn’t miss it. I told him I had it under control and I would be fine. Well…I was doing pretty good and I knew that the road would be splitting soon so I got in the lane that I needed to be in. Except I forgot and took the wrong split both were pointing me East but one was further north of where I needed to be and while I’m certain I could have stayed on that road I wasn’t familiar with it so I backtracked and got on the correct road. You know what? My husband even called to check on me to make sure I had gotten on the right road! I’m pretty sure I waited to tell him about my side trip after I was headed in the right direction to which he laughed. Thinking back over that time I thought about how we sometimes can get off track in our relationship with the Lord if we aren’t paying attention and how He nudges us back on track.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

These are but a few reminders of how much He loves us. Of how He is watching over us and is there for us if we will only cry out to Him.

He cannot help you unless you let Him. But while He is waiting for you to open the door, He can remind you of His love, and that He is waiting for you. God bless!

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.

Devotional ~ Jehovah – Jireh

Talk about a man of faith. The-Lord-Will-Provide. Abraham did not waver because he knew that the Lord would provide. The whole time that he traveled with Isaac to the place the Lord had directed him to go, he never questioned. He knew that the Lord would provide for the burnt offering. How could he not believe after the Lord had already told him that He would establish His covenant with Isaac? And provide He did. The ram caught in a thicket provided by the Lord when Abraham drew his knife to slay his son. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son for his Lord. When you think about it, Abraham must have known that even if he did slay Isaac, the Lord would have had to raise him up because He had already said He would establish His covenant with Isaac.

Maybe you are facing a difficult situation that seems hopeless. It could be a financial situation, your health, or maybe even your job or lack of a job. With God all things are possible. He will provide for our every need if we have faith to believe and not doubt. Big or small nothing is too difficult for Him. If Abraham who faced the difficult situation of sacrificing Isaac, had enough faith to believe that the Lord would provide. How can we not believe that He will provide for our situation?

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:32

Jehovah-Jireh our provider.

Devotional ~ Fear Him

Websters Dictionary : fear ~ a feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. It also says ~ an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger: a feeling of being afraid

Interestingly enough fear can be taken one of two ways, with respect and wonder, or with a feeling of being afraid. Sound familiar? We can have faith and trust in the Lord, or we can be afraid and listen to the lies of the enemy.

Consider the Lord was here at the beginning. He created the heavens and the earth. He created us and everything all around us. He knew us before we were ever born. He knows every detail of our lives. He is able to see it from the beginning to the end whereas we only see in the now. We may remember the past, which is over and cannot be changed; the future has yet to happen and we have no idea what it involves because we aren’t there. The only thing we know is what is before us, the now. When you think about it wouldn’t you rather fear and hope in His mercy and grace than to think you have it under control and don’t need Him? If He is pleased when we give Him the respect He deserves, imagine the blessings He will pour out on us. Praying for you and your loved ones. 🙏❤

Praise You, O Lord, for You alone are worthy of all our praise. I honor You, O Lord, and thank You for Your mercy, that You extend each new day. Praise You, O Lord!

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