Holiday Devotional - December 27, 2016

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Choose To Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5a

Do you trust the Lord? No really… do you trust the Lord right now? Do you trust Him in the midst of whatever you are going through? In the midst of the hurt, tears, pain, suffering, the just downright agony? I have lost count on how many times I've asked myself that over the course of my husband's illness and his death. At times it is a challenge BUT nevertheless it is a choice, a conscience effort, to walk with the Lord and not get ahead of Him… when we try to take control of the situation, especially when we are not qualified, things usually go haywire. He does have a plan for us and right now, at this moment, each of us is learning what that is in the midst of whatever difficulty we are facing. We are learning to trust Him… to wait on Him… to believe Him… to have faith in His promises.

Another thing we are continuing to learn is NOT to have unrealistic expectations on each day so that we find ourselves disappointed or let down… each day is different and new… how boring would life be if everyday were the exact same? Plus, the weight of our struggle would never be lightened… there would be no point in "casting our cares on the Lord." It is because He deeply loves and cares for us regardless of what challenge we face. It is difficult to start each day not having an agenda on how it is going to go and what we will get done. The Lord made each day and we are called to rejoice in the day, be glad that the Lord made the day new, one of a kind… for us! What a gift!

It is an emotional struggle when we have really great days. And then we know with certainty that challenges are coming (for me it was my husband's chemo and everything that went along with it). It is so easy to get down and start focusing on the things we won't be able to do instead of focusing on the good things. Finding things to be thankful for: family, friends, praising the Lord for the opportunity to be loved in so many ways and by so many.

The Lord is doing so many great and glorious things in our lives, in and through the challenges. He is using this journey to not only be blessed but be a blessing to others. One way the Bible tells us we can dispel the yuck is through renewing our minds in Christ. The Amplified version says this in Romans 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]."

So… do you trust the Lord? Are you choosing to think on things that are true, right, admirable and worthy of praise even in the midst of the hard stuff? When we center our thoughts on God, on what He has done and will continue to do, He shows Himself to us. He is Faithful! He is Good! He is Holy! He is Sovereign! He is Righteous! He is Grace! He is Love! He is Trustworthy!

Jeannette George
CSPC Nursery Associate