Last week after a day of shoulder pain... and a little bit of ensuing grumpiness... I was praying about the next day and wondering how I could face it. There were decisions to be made, things to do and people to work with and I was tired and sore and discouraged. As I read through the verses in my devotional for the evening, I asked the Lord how I should approach my day, and, OH, what a blessing the verses were! I'd like to share them with you, because maybe they'll encourage you as well.
Approach each day as one given a second chance. Psalm 18:16
The Psalmist was rescued - and given a second chance at life. I had been given another try at living out how I should respond when my shoulder hurts. Each new day I am given a "second chance" to respond correctly to the challenges of my life. Challenges especially measured out to me from His hand. What a wonderful ray of hope for tomorrow! Thank you Lord!
Make decisions and walk with confidence in them. God has established my paths. Psalm 40:2
Sometimes trying to make a decision is like being sucked into a mud pit. I feel totally unable to work through all the possibilities, so I make no decision at all. But if I have asked the Lord for guidance He WILL direct my paths!! I can make decisions confidently and not second-guess myself even when difficulties present themselves because of those decisions. Of course, that doesn't give me license to be foolish or do "as I please"... my GOAL is to please God - to delight myself in Him and do what He desires, and my decisions should reflect that!!
Want things for GOD, not for myself. Ephesians 2:1-3
I have been brought to life by God! I don't need to spend my hours wishing for things for myself. As I delight in fulfilling God's calling for me, and bringing glory to Christ in my attitudes and actions, He will provide my needs. And often He blesses in ways I could not even imagine!
When I am overwhelmed - PRAY. Ps 61:1,2
And then rest in the knowledge that He hears me!
Realize that I am where I am because God has me there for a purpose.
They are HIS circumstances, not just mine!
HOPE! And meanwhile - ENDURE. Ps 66:12
We so often want OUT of unpleasant things and forget that we are soldiers - needing to endure unpleasantness with honor and loyalty before winning the victory and coming out into a "wealthy place".
Hold fast! He is with me!!!
I pray you'll have a blessed week as you continue to Plan to be a Blessing!
Blessings In Christ,
Today's Happy Monday prompt...
A decision that I've been struggling with is....