For the past couple of months I have been getting up early each morning to spend some time reading my Bible and doing a daily devotion. At the beginning of the year I started this devotional book.
It is AMAZING!! I stumbled across it while reading another blog (really wish I would remember which one it was) and was blown away by the segment the blogger had posted from the book. It is written from the perspective of Jesus speaking directly to you each day. I decided it sounded perfect for ME, for the new year. I ordered it, along with a new Bible. Granted, I have a couple of bibles already, but I didn't have a Study Bible and I really like the NLT translation. This is the one that I ordered and I am LOVING it!!
I also bought a cute little notebook at Target and I was ready to grow with God. So each morning I read the bible verses for that day as well as the study material related to those verses. Sometimes I copy the verse right into my notebook. Then I read the material for that day and then record my thoughts in my notebook as well.
It has only been a couple of weeks, but I am already going back and re-reading verses and thoughts from earlier days! Like today, when I am feeling the frustration of things not progressing like I think they should. I pick up my notebook and glance at it only to find this.
"...If God is for us, who can ever be against us." Romans 8:31
"The key to God being FOR us is that our course of action has to be in line with His will. God never promises that simply because He is for us that our path will be without obstacles. Trying to force things to happen before God's time is the cause of a lot of stress (what I am feeling now!). Let God set the pace. Ask Him to show you the path forward, moment by moment. Make sure that your decisions are based upon God's will and then - Never Give Up!"
Wow, I seem to have figured it out a week ago, but have had trouble remembering it this week! It is so good to be able to go back and re-read these words. Reminding myself that I MUST wait on God's timing.