As I mentioned in Day 22 – I was learning to trust God on a totally new level and armed myself in the office with post-it notes, words of encouragement calendars, and among other books, Jesus Calling. God used these devotinals to become very personal with me! He fortified me for battle every day using a book sold to millions – how did He do that? Well, apparently I’m not the only one struggling with being human!
Here are a few of the devotions…
Jesus Calling: February 21
Trust and Thankfulness will get you safely through the day. Trust protects you from worrying and obsessing. Thankfulness keeps you from criticizing and complaining: those “sister sins” that so easily entangle you. Keeping your eyes on Me is the same thing as trusting Me. It is a free choice that you must make thousands of times daily. The more you choose to trust Me, the easier it becomes. Thought patterns of trust become etched into your brain. Relegate troubles in the periphery of your mind, so that I can be central in your thoughts. Thus you focus on Me, entrusting your concerns into My care.
Jesus Calling: February 22
You need Me every moment. Your awareness of your constant need for Me is your greatest strength. Your neediness, properly handled, is a link to My Presence. However, there are pitfalls that you must be on guard against: self-pity, self-preoccupation, giving up. Your inadequacy presents you with a continual choice–deep dependence on Me, or despair. The emptiness you feel within will be filled either with problems or with My presence. Make Me central in your consciousness by praying continually simple, short prayers flowing out of the present moment. Use My Name liberally, to remind you of My Presence. Keep on asking and you will receive, so that your gladness may be full and complete.
Jesus Calling: February 26
I am leading you, step by step, through your life. Hold My hand in trusting dependence, letting Me guide you through this day. Your future looks uncertain and flimsy–even precarious. That is how it should be. Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things. When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine. This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.
Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and return to Me. I will show you the next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that. Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go.
The last devotion still gets to me…”worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.” Ouch…it still stings…and often today I find myself asking the same question:
“what’s it gonna be? Do you believe God’s promises include you Ms Carr? Yes. or. No.” Yep… It’s that simple.