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Week One

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Day: September 2, 2012

Title: Love Never Fails

Scripture: Song of Solomon 3:4–Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love.

Question: Who in my life can benefit from my touch today?

Reflection: *Deep Breath*  This devotion is really easy.  It is all about the power of touch. That human contact is one hundred percent needed in life.  That if a baby is denied human contact it will die. Because it has formed no bonds.  It encourages me to hug my children.  So I’m happy to report that this is easy, because if I had my way, my children would never leave my grasp.  

I do however have to admit, that time and I are enemies.  Time that slips by as my children age.  Time that takes my attentions to my various works.  I don’t spend enough time with my babies.  But the one thing that will always come first is them.  I will gladly ignore the work to spend time with them. I have. I always will.  I have flat-out told that to my professors. I am thankful for my children. Wouldn’t trade them for anything. If you don’t believe me, look at what I’ve done for them.  Including postpone my education to take care of them.    

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Day: September 3, 2012

Title: Love Never Fails

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 –{Love} bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Question: What opportunities will I pray God will send my way?

Reflection:  So, this devotion is about looking for opportunities to help others. How a friend of Napoleon’s gave him the help and hope to continue on in a rough patch of his life, before he took power. I think this is very important.  I tend to rush around only thinking of the immediate needs, the people directly in my life: my kids, my husband. That I forget that I need to be a light shining for others. This is something I really do need to work on.  Take moments to look at others and see what I can do for them.  Now, I just need to put my thoughts into action and do it.  I’ll keep you posted.   

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Day: September 4, 2012

Title: Show Me How to Live

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:15–What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.

Question: What “hopeless” situation will I turn over to God?

Reflection: “Accepting God’s help in coping with the despair and hopelessness of a situation is often the first step God uses in preparing us to live a new way–a way that is far beyond mere coping.” That is a sentence out of today’s devotion.  It is about living in a hopeless situation rather than not living.  As in sitting so deep in depression that you aren’t living.  I can’t say I’ve ever been in that deep dark place, but I have been in some dark places.  Recently even.  But I want to focus on when my back got bad again.  I had had a disc issue, while living in North Carolina.  I hated it and with doctor’s help worked threw it.  It still gave me tons of issues but I was living with it.  Doing okay with it. Until I wasn’t.  It was after we moved back home.  Living in NKY and I moved my couch one day by myself, something I had always done. Well I should not have.  I tweaked my back, and it put me down.  I can remember very vividly a day when my dad had to break into my house because I couldn’t get out of bed.  He then carried me to his truck and then into my parents house.  I was hurting so bad it was all I could do to speak. The doctors didn’t seem to understand how bad it was.  It was awful, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t take care of Haylie, I couldn’t clean or cook, or shower.  Standing in the shower was painful. I am not sure how I was living. Finally one day, standing in the crap shacks living room, I put both hands on my desk, pushed my self as upright as I could and demand God heal me.  I said something along the lines of I’m not putting up with this anymore, You need to do something.   Yea that seems really silly in retrospect but at the time I wasn’t living I wasn’t even surviving, I just was.  I needed God to move, or move me as the song says.  And He did.  It took time, but as the time moved, so did I.  Both literally and spiritually.  Things turned around for me, and by time I got to Bowling Green my back was basically a non issue.  Sometimes it hurts, but I swear that is more old age at this point than anything.  God was there for me to help me cope and grow from it.  He moved me from that dark place.  And if anyone is in a dark place right now, just open up to Him.  Ask Him, seriously 100% believe in Him, and ask Him.  I know He will do it for you.  I know, I have faith. 

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