Welcome back! If you are just joining us, we are using the YouVersion Bible App to follow a devotional together. Read THIS POST to get all the information you need to join in and then you can read THIS MORNING'S POST to see the promises we are focusing on this week.
Did you get a chance to spend some time with this week's promises. I read them over and over and had such a hard time deciding which one stood out to me the most. Each one is so fantastic but the promise I am claiming this week is....
I make certain you always have everything you need.
Psalm 23 will always hold a special place in my heart. I spent many days reading it over and over while I was experiencing back to back miscarriages. It was a strong reminder that while I was hurting and struggling to understand my circumstances I had everything I needed in Christ. Not only was my hope in Him, He also brought everything I needed to make it out of the darkness into my life at the perfect time.
I had a husband that had a very flexible schedule so he could be home with me. I had a mom that was able to get off work a few days after the second miscarriage so she could help out with the boys so I could rest. I had a mother in law that, unfortunately, had experienced similar pain and was able to be a comforting voice and a helping hand around the house. I had two beautiful and wonderful boys that brought me joy with their sweetness. I had a church family that sent flowers, prayed, and brought meals. And I had friends that shared their stories about their own losses and encouraged me to share my own when I was ready.
There is nothing I need other than Jesus. This world tells us that we should want more, better, bigger, all the time. But we don't. I swear some of the happiest people are those that truly have nothing but Jesus. They truly know how to depend on Him for everything and their faith has rewarded them. I want that kind of faith!
This promise doesn't mean I sit on my butt and wait for God to dump my food, mortgage payment, and anything else into my lap. Far from it. This means that God provides ways for me to live my life when I follow Him. He provides a good paying job for Micah that allows me to stay home with the kids. He provides family and friends for fellowship. He provides children for laughter and to teach His ways. He provides His word for me to learn and grow. He provides opportunities for me to use my gifts and share my words and life.
Even if I have no money, no shelter, no food, I am wealthy in Christ. I have been given eternal life because of His sacrifice on the cross. The promise of heaven is greater than anything I can have in this world. The relationship I have with Jesus should be my focus.
Heavenly Father, I thank you that in you I have no wants or needs. You have promised to be our shepherd that will protect us and provide for us. I pray that I will trust in your provision at all times and not try to make things happen without you. Amen
What promise spoke to you this week?