Devotional for July 16th, 2007
July 16, 2007 4:00pm CST
Some days when I sit down to write the devotion, my fingers seem to fly across the keyboard and they still can't keep up with the thoughts that are coming from head. Then there are days like today, when I stumble, erase and re-write because I can't seem to get it right. These are usually the days when God is dealing with me, and I'm trying to avoid what He's trying to tell me. I am trying to write what Paula thinks should be written because writing what God wants would involve opening myself up for scrutiny. And I don't want to do that. A little over a month ago, my youngest child turned 17 years old. I no longer have any babies. And I don't like it. It's not that I don't want them to grow up...ok, scratch that. That is what I'd like: for them to stay little forever, because then I don't have to let go. Letting go is not easy. Regardless of the circumstances. There are many of us that are on the prayer chain that are facing this. For some of us, it's letting go of a child and we just want to turn back the clock, and wish for the days when they were just learning to walk, rather than learning to spread their wings and fly away. For others, it's letting go of a loved one who is facing an illness, that we feel powerless to control. We want to turn back the clock to the days before they were affected, and try to keep it from occuring. Your situation might be a job change, or a move. Perhaps you feel God urging you to take your family to another place of worship, but all of your friends are right there in the pew next to you and you're quite content to stay right there. We want to hold on to the familiar. For most of us, change scares us to death. But you know what I'm learning as God leads me through all the changes that are happening in my life? God has a plan, and He's in control. Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Message) gives us a clear promise of this! Be strong. Take courage! Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; He won't leave you. Let go....and Let God!
• South Africa
16 Jul 07
May you be blessed because you are a blessing to others. Thank you for opening your ears to hear what God wants to say through you. You have touched me today. Thank you. I had to make a big change in my life. I had to give up my job and everything that goes with it, my beloved city, my friends, my sport, etc, at the age of 32 because God has called me to go study full-time and then go into ministry. I am in my last year and it is not always easy to trust God for the next days petrol. I am totaly dependant on God for everything. Just today I spoke to my brother about giving somethings up. I am glad I made the change, because that is what God wanted me to do. I do reap the rewards because I realise my absolute dependance on God, I have nothing I can call my own. Thank you for this message of your's to encourage me. Blessings
• United States
18 Jul 07
First of all, I want to say that I absolutely love the Pig on your icon! He is adorable. Second, I wanted you to know that I will pray for you. It is difficult to understand where GOd is leading sometimes, when we're not sure if we can eat the next meal or not. I have found that God always comes through though! We've never lost the roof over our heads, have always had clothes to wear and never missed a meal (Although I probably need to once in a while) Keep me posted on your ministry. Any ideas where God is leading you after seminary?