"God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner
|Day 31 "Celebrating the Victories"|
Psalm 71:8; James 1:17a
Additional Scripture reading:
1 Corinthians 15:57
See the original site for the devotional reading then ...
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE
1. Psalm 103:1-2 says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits …" Why is it important to acknowledge and thank God for every little blessing He gives in the midst of difficult circumstances?
2. What are some of the victories you've already experienced in this trial? Encourage your family and friends to celebrate even the smallest of victories by allowing them to hear you acknowledge God for each one as you have opportunity. For instance, you can say aloud, "Thank God for this shelter," or "Praise God for this food." Or when your child smiles or laughs, you can say, "Praise God! It's so good to see you smile," or "It's so good to hear you laugh again." Or when you or your child arise from a good night's sleep that was finally uninterrupted by the nightmare you've been having since disaster struck, you can say, "Praise God for a restful night! He is doing great things!"
3. Pray and ask God to help you and your family recognize His hand at work in your lives in all the little blessings along the way, as you journey through this difficult time.
My greatest victory pails in comparison to the One of Jesus' Resurrection and His vistory over sin and death! He is risen! Hallelujah!
The one victory experienced in my biggest recent trial I shared back in November when I was focused on giving thanks daily for the trials that God allows for whatever púrpose (that is yet to be seen) but I praise God for whatever He is doing as I wait and press on here in Mexico, trusting that God still is in control. No fire, no disaster is out of God's reach, reason, and redeeming grace and power! He can show His glory in the midst of ashes! He can redeem any of us and restore, rebuild, revive and renew lives, broken or whole, God is in the business of RESURRECTION and redeeming us from sin and death. problems in this life are nothing from His perspective ... and a glance in His Loving Face will erase all the pain, suffering, loss. years and tears and brokenness of our temporary lives for an eternal
Blessings along the way!
And a blessed Resurrection Day! Hallelujah!
(sorry for my absence and lack of reciporcity)
However, you remain in my thoughts and prayers!
Hopeful for a change in April.
After all, April showers bring May flowers...
I have posts still scheduled but very difficult for me to keep up
even with emails and now Google Reader plans to be phased out.
But God will make a way!
|*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.|