I just want to apologize for April’s Devotional being so late! Uhg! I eventually want to get to the point where it’s not the last week of the month every time LOL. If you are new to the blog, first WELCOME! And to fill you in, my goal is to share one devotional a month in addition to sharing some outfit posts.
So let me just be real. While fashion posts are time-consuming, they just come much easier to me because I don’t really pray about them. Sure I plan them, but I basically just get straight to work! But with devotionals…I feel like I have to sit and pray about a particular topic to see if it’s truly something from the Lord. I also know I am held accountable for what I share, because I am doing my best to represent Jesus and I’m pointing others to His word. I hope that makes sense!! Anyways, thanks for being so patient with me, y’all! I will definitely be working on it and I’ll see if I can actually get a schedule down for these!! Or maybe I’m just over-spiritualizing it, and I just need to get my act together (yep, probably the latter). But really, I know both are important and I just need to figure that all out.
So back to April’s devo.
You may have seen this quote circulating around online. I have yet to find who it originates from (side note: please let me know if you know & I will quote them in the graphics I created)
I often see quotes like this, and while they might be great, I rarely ever think about them again. But when I saw this…I could NOT stop thinking about it and it brought up a brand new way of how I prayed and my perspective on thankfulness, and being grateful for where the Lord has brought me over time. I don’t know, somehow it was different than the typical “Can you share a testimony of what God has done in your life?,” or something like that.
All of a sudden, the things I was currently discouraged about quickly dissipated as I thought about where I was 7 years ago, 5 years ago, and even two years ago. Here’s just a few things that came to mind:
Seven years ago, I could hardly speak in front of like two people without getting super flustered and anxious, much less ever lead anything ministry related. Fear crippled me and I hated that. I prayed for God to give me courage and boldness to do the things He’s called me to. Now, meeting with women I barely know and encouraging them on their journey with Jesus is a huge part of my life. Leading a Small Group/Bible Study used to be out of the question in my eyes, and now it’s something I love and feel much-more confident in. While I still struggle with speaking in front of others, and perhaps it will always be something I wrestle with, so much progress has been made in this area over time and it because of His goodness.
Five years ago, Nathan and I were praying how or when we could get married when high school and college was all-consuming. Now we are coming up on two and a half years of marriage, and are talking and praying about a family. Craziness.
Two years ago, I was working in a salon that was commission-based, and while it was wonderful, we needed and prayed for a salary-paid job for me that included benefits, so that there could be another consistent paycheck, and my health insurance could taken care of. Now, I am working for a public high school, and it’s provided so much stability for us. While I know it won’t be there forever, it’s been a blessing for us during this season.
I remember scrambling to my car to get to work on time, and praying over the things I was worried about. I remember closing my bedroom door, writing in my journal, and pouring my heart out to the Lord over all those things listed above. Yes, I remember. And I am so grateful for where He has brought me.
This may look like things are all working out, and that life is just perfect – but I assure you that there are new challenges of today (ha, remember this?). Between situations, people, and most of all – my heart that is continually being transformed to be more like Jesus, there are things in my life that I am currently praying over and things that I currently struggle with.
But despite the current challenges we all face, Let’s look back on His past faithfulness in our lives to fuel our faith for the things we are praying for right now.
Just take one moment to look back on where you once were. What are the differences of then and now? Where as has He brought you? Yes, there are challenges of today – but what progress has been made?
Or maybe there are things in your life that you are thankful for, but you didn’t necessarily pray for them specifically leading up to this point. Remind yourself that “every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17),” and that He knew what you needed before it was even on your mind.
Maybe all of this is new and you have just decided to follow Jesus. Are you able to look back on your life to see how He was ordering your steps to draw you to Himself?
And maybe, all of this Jesus-talk is a little overwhelming and you’re not quite sure how to piece everything together, and you still have questions, but nonetheless you feel Him tugging on your heart and you know something has to change. Figuring it out on your own isn’t working, and you know you need to surrender your heart and your life to the Lord. The One who created you, loves you, died and rose again for you, and has great plans for you. The One who wants to change you from the inside out. If you like, please send me something here, and I would love to come alongside you on your journey and pray for you!
And finally friends, my hope and prayer is that you would not be discouraged of the things of now. That you would praise Him for His past faithfulness in your life, and that you would would pray the prayers that say “You’ve done it before, Lord; You can do it again.” Let’s never forget where He has brought us, and let us be full of faith and we face today.
TRUTHS to pray
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