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Week Four

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So I didn’t skip today.  So that is a proud moment for me.  I got off track but found my way back.  

Day: August 18, 2012

Title: Time Beauty

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Question: What part of my character is the most beautiful? The least beautiful? 

Reflection: The reading talks about Leo Tolstoy and how he asked God to make him beautiful because he was so upset over his ugly appearance. Making the point that inner beauty is more important than physical beauty.  That the character of the person is what makes a person beautiful or not.   I have to say that while I do care about my personal appearance it isn’t all that matters to me.  That I try very hard to be good, so others see me as good.  I’m not really sure how to answer today’s question just because I try very hard to not dwell on my good and bad parts.

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Day: August 19, 2012

Title: Father Knows Best

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:25– The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 

Question: Have I ever overlooked a blessing from God because it wasn’t what I was looking for?

Reflection: “God may not answer our prayer precisely as we would desire, but we can know He will always answer out prayer in the way that is best for us.”  That is the last paragraph of the reading today.  In Sunday school, church and my devotion I have been reminded that my want and desires are not always best for me.  That I need God’s will.  And I need to step back and follow that path of God’s will even when I don’t know what the big picture is.  Truth is I’m bad about saying God this is what I need.  When He already knows what I need, and what I’m saying normally isn’t the same as what He says I need.  It really burns down to the point of I need to 100% trust God.  I’m afraid I’m still having a really hard time with that.  I see and immediate need.  He sees the big picture.  I haven’t gotten it.  I still haven’t gotten that point.  I try, but my humanness somehow always steps in and makes a demand that is stupid.  I’m thankful he sees the big picture.

Dear God, Please help me step back and let you move your will in my life, even when I do not understand what is going on.  Please continue to move in my life.  Thank you for everything you do for me.  Thank you for saving my soul.  Amen

  

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Day: August 20, 2012

I can’t believe that I missed this devotion.  I know I had a full day of event.  (see new post, that isn’t up as I type this but will be soon) But still no excuse to skip my daily devotion.  I need it.  It is my daily food for the soul. But I did. I missed it.  I’m very disappointed in myself for doing so.  But I’m catching up today.  I’ll be doing the 20th devotion along with today’s. So.  Hope everyone can forgive me.  And here we go. 

Title: Trust your Instruments

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:5–Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Question: Is there an area in my life where I have stopped pressing on? 

Reflection: The devotion is all about having faith.  That once you start down a path, you have to believe that the outcome will be positive. I needed to reminded of this.  A long time ago I started down a path to become a journalist.  Yesterday, the 20th, I hit road bump.  I was told that I would not be hired because of my lack of internships.  The lack of a professional portfolio.  It was a slap in my face. I have worked at the Herald for a year, I thought that it would be enough. But according to a professional that came to speak to us yesterday that isn’t the case.  But that is where the faith has to come in.  I must have faith that God will provide the job that will be right.  That I will be able to be a journalist.  It is what I have wanted since I can remember.  So I’m on this path, and I must have faith to keep going.    

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Day: August 21, 2012

Title: Dial 911

Scripture: Job 34: 28–They caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; for He hears the cry of the afflicted. 

Question: Is there anything that keeps me from fully trusting in the all-knowing God?

Reflection: First, to answer the question.   Yes, my doubt keeps me from one hundred percent trusting God. Which is so stupid that I doubt.  I have seen to many examples of how big and amazing my God is.  I seem him heal, keep a baby from dying, bring people home from war, ect ect ect.  There are too many examples.  I should have no doubt.  I wouldn’t say that it is doubt in him, but more doubt in me.  Like I’m not worthy enough for him to do anything for me.  Which is true.  There is no reason that God would do anything for me, but I know he has, and will.  

Now to the devotion it is all about how by using pray we can connect instantly with God.  That he knows exactly how to help in an emergency.  This is something I know.  Something I’ve used daily.  I know I need to depend on him at all times.  I just need to really work on my faith.  Knowing that God will provide to all my needs.  

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