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Week Two

**From now on I’ll group them as weeks instead of days.**

So, I would love to sit here and type that I’ve been doing these and just wanted to posted it once or twice with all the blogs.  But the truth is, that I let my other goings on in my life distract me from taking the time to work daily on my devotions. So here I am, four days behind.  But at least I only skipped three days and not any more than that.  I feel bad that I skipped three days, but I’m bright-siding it.  I didn’t skip more than that.  So I’m starting with the first one I skipped and going from there, reading and reflecting and praying on each devotion as if it was today’s. This is why I need the blog.  It makes me feel that someone else is benefiting from these and I’m letting others down when I don’t do them, not just me.   

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Day: July 31, 2012

Title: The Lady with the Lamp

Scripture: He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor. –Proverbs 22:9

Question: What keeps me from giving to others selflessly?

Reflection: After do the reading about the lady with the lamp who is Florence Nightingale I’m impressed by her determination to treat patients, even when everything was against her. Straight up awesome, right there.  My first thought is I could never do that.  But in a way I am.  I’m so determined to finish school that I’ve dug in my heels and I won’t/haven’t given up.  But that is to my own benefit. Not the benefit of others, so I guess it really isn’t the same.  

Now to answer the question.  What keeps me from giving to other selflessly?  I don’t really know, maybe it is the fear of being hurt, or the weight of my responsibilities to my family and self.  Because let’s face it, outside of doing for myself and family I don’t do for others. I say I’m tired or busy.  I don’t volunteer or jump in when something needs to be done. I used to, somehow I lost that good trait about myself.  I need to work on that.  

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Day: August 1, 2012

Title: Even Cockroaches?

Scripture: Romans 5: 3-4–We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 

Question: What problems in my life can I begin to view as “character building” from God?

Reflection: So the reading is about a pastor’s wife who was dealing with cockroaches, she didn’t see the purpose of having to deal with them in her home.  She then saw the reason when her missionary daughter was grateful for being able to learn how to deal with the cockroaches at home before going to Paraguay and having to deal with larger flying ones.  Showing me that there is a purpose and a reason for the icky annoying things in life.  There is also a quote at the bottom of the page stating, “When God does not immediately respond to the cries of His children, it is because He wants to accomplish  some gracious purpose in their lives.” So I’m taking this as saying there is a reason that Phil and I lost the pay we just lost.  That there is some reason, and in the end it will benefit us.  That I just have to stay strong and trust God. Devote more time.  Devote more of everything.  Help others.  Do all the things I am re-learning and saying I need to do. 

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Day: August 2, 2012

Title: Inside Information

Scripture: Psalm 91:1–He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

Question: How can I best seek God’s precepts for my life? 

Reflection: This devotion is all about a person’s character, and taking a good deep look at my own character.  Truth is I haven’t really thought about my character. I try to be a person I am proud of, and overall I am.  But there is so much more room for improvement.  A main reason I’m doing these public devotions.  I want to be better.  I don’t want to air my dirty laundry so to speak. But I need to improve my life.  to shape myself better.  Which starts with trusting God, and letting him guide my life.  Not just leaping forward and hoping for the best.  

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Now on to today’s so I can be all caught up and never get behind again, I hope.  

Day: August 3, 2012

Title: Improvising Under Pressure

Scripture: Psalm 28:7 (NIV) –The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trust in him, and I am helped. 

Question: When have I given up in the face of difficult circumstances?

Reflection:Today’s reading is about not giving up in the face of difficulty, telling of Nicolo Paganini a violinist who finished a concert when three of his strings broke, finishing on one string of his instrument.  I don’t think I give up easily, but I do give up.  Like with my mom’s side of the family.  It took 20 something years, but I’ve given up.  Mostly because I don’t want them to hurt me anymore.  Maybe that is wrong, maybe I should keep trying so that it has the chance of getting better. But I don’t know.

It comes back to trusting in the Lord again.  Believing that He will guide my life the way it is supposed to go.  And trusting him to keep moving forward, even when it is hard.

Now I am not sure if I like grouping them like this. But I think it is better than having a million pages on my blog.  Also I know that it might make it harder to read them.  I’m gonna play around a see which way I prefer.  I hope I won’t get behind in these again.  But I have to admit I am only human, and sometimes I run out of time, other times I run out of steam.  Hope you are having a great day.  Love you all.  Dedicated awesome readers….Until tomorrow.  

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Day: August 4, 2012

Title:Peace from Prayer

Scripture: Psalm 91:15–He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

Question: How can I use prayer today to deal with a difficult situation?

Reflection: “A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.” That is the quote at then end of the devotion.  Nothing more should be said than that.  Prayer always makes the day better, a person stronger, a situation easier.  I pray everyday.  Not as throughly as I should, but I do pray and it helps.  I’m thankful for the direct line I have to my God. I can ask him to help my family in our situations.  Ask him to give me peace in knowing that He is God and will help our circumstances.

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Day: August 5

Title:Expressions of Divine Exactness

Scripture: Romans 8:31–What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Question: How have I seen God’s truth prevail in the past?

Reflection: I don’t know how to reflect on this blog.  I have never doubted God’s truth.  I know that He is God.  I have no doubt of this, even when I’m not living right.  I know who He is.  I know.  I’ve seen to many examples of his power.  That He will always prevail.  Many can hide from the truth, but I know that he is God. 

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