First order of business: The devotion book I’m using is God’s Little Devotional Journal for Women. It is published by Honor Books. It’s a dated devotional so I’ll be starting mid way through the book. It was actually a gift from my mom and dad in 2009. I hate to admit this, but it has sat on my self after then. I flipped though it and like it, but I never read it more than a few days. See why I need a check and balance system. It was near my bed and I would say I’d read it before I went to sleep, but I only read for a few days and then just started forgetting promising myself I would catch up the next day. Then it became very easy to forget.
The layout of the book is a title, scripture, a question, some reading.
So, here we go.
Day One: July 26, 2012.
Title: Taking the First Step….how appropriate.
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1–A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
Question: Where do I need to stand my ground?
Reflection: It is really fitting that the day I start this stand in my own life, that the devotion is about taking the first step in order to cause change. The reading talks about how Rosa Parks was the first to stand up to segregation and is considered the mother of modern-day civil-rights movement. It’s really making me know, not just believe that the nagging claw at my heart and mind telling to do something was God. I need to take a stand in my own life and draw my lines. Know who I am and what I believe in. Which is also the answer to my question. I need to know where I stand and for better or worse stand behind my beliefs. Start making the changes that I need to. While I need to see the other side of the story and know that the other side is full of people too, I need to not be wavered when it comes to my beliefs.
Also I need to stand firm in my faith. Parks is quoted in the reading as saying “I made up my mind not to move.” While I think the point of this devotion is to help me think about standing firm as to not waver in the uncertainties of the world, I also take it as standing firm in my prayers. Knowing that they will be answered. I have asked God to provide the right jobs for both me and my husband. So we can have the money we need for our living cost and time with our children. The places where we will be happy and working won’t be awful but tolerable. I have to stand on my rock of faith and know He will provide those. Not to waver and feel discouraged that it hasn’t happened yet, that we aren’t where we want to be yet. That there seems to be no end in sit with the debt in our finances. I declare right here and now God will provide. I just have to hold on to that.