1 & 2 Thessalonians: Day 9

Hold On to What Is Good

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Today's Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Chronicles 31:4-10, Ephesians 4:11-16

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Chronicles 31:4-10, Ephesians 4:11-16

What is God’s will for my life?

Oh, the anxious hours I’ve spent with this question on repeat, searching for a spiritual formula to solve life’s riddles. My college years especially were a mishmash of trusting the Lord with newfound abandon yet agonizing over every decision. What am I supposed to study? Am I supposed to go on this mission trip or that one? Should I break up with this boy? Should we get back together?

The weight of my young world balanced precariously on so many question marks. Sometimes it still does.

The uncertainties I’ve faced in each phase of life have felt big and I’ve felt small, like life is the sum of a million puzzles, most of them missing a piece (or ten). But as the years pass and draw me closer to the Lord, a surprising truth has become clear: God’s will is not a problem to be solved.

God’s Word tells me His faithfulness does not depend on my wisdom (Lamentations 3:22-24).
God’s Word tells me His grace does not depend on my performance (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God’s Word tells me that no matter what shape my life takes, His steadfastness and goodness trump whatever is going on around me (Psalm 136).

Friends, our circumstances are big, but our God is bigger. And as we learn to trust the bigness of our God and the sureness of His sovereignty, we find that His will is not just a path—it is also a way of walking.

In his letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul reduces all our agonizing life questions to a non-formula so simple it makes the perfectionists among us a little crazy:

“Rejoice always,
pray constantly,
give thanks in everything;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

No hoops to jump through. No tests to pass. No situational tidiness required. Only actively resting in our God.

Why an active resting? Because rejoicing is not a passive pursuit. Thanksgiving is not an emotion. We are to declare God’s goodness in every circumstance. We are to let the world know what He has done and what He is doing. We are to pray to Him, seek Him, give Him thanks with an expectant, joyful heart. This is God’s will for us in Jesus.

There are heartaches among us today. So many question marks, so much waiting, so many puzzles missing a piece. And with so much confusion surrounding us in this world, Paul tells us to “test all things” with the help of the Holy Spirit, and then to cling to what’s true and “hold on to what is good” (v. 21). And we know this: In everything, our God is good.

God’s love for you is steadfast, no matter the path you’re walking. His promises hold even when your world is crumbling. It is not up to you to be the god of your circumstances. It is for you to give thanks to the One who is greater than any circumstance you will ever face.

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  • Drafternoon

    —- “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. ” (2 Thessalonians 2:4 KJV) “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. ” (Luke 21:26 KJV) “Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

  • A good reminder that I need daily!

  • Rebecca Fountain

    I woke up this morning feeling completely heartbroken and lost in the bottom of a valley. But my past is not something to be shameful of, it’s something to look back on and see the monuments of Grace upon Grace that is shown to me everyday by my God. Abundantly thankful for my God and how BIG he is.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing. Praying for encouragement and peace for you. We’re thankful that you’re a part of our SRT community! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Melanie Bisson

    I’m grateful for the grace day to get caught up! Oh how God is always on time!! I read this as I’ve been struggling near the end of my MBA program … while my classmates are getting their promotions and big raises, I am questioning everything I went through with my executive coach last year and trying to focus on being still and hearing where God wants me to be. My husband has many prophecies on his life as a minister to be involved in prison ministry and I’ve often wanted to tie that into a business or non profit but He hasn’t called me yet. I needed this lesson today. I can’t have my cake and eat it, too. I can’t say I trust in His plan and timing while still trying to solve the complexity of it and see when it will play out. It’s easier said than done but this was a great reminder!! I’ve memorized the scripture from chapter 5 when I made it my wallpaper last weekend, but today I finally READ and understood it. Thank you, Jesus!!

  • I LOVED this devotion. I’ve recently been convicted about joy and rejoicing. I would say I’m typically “happy and in a good mood” but I’ve been praying for the joy that comes to those who truely seek God. It’s incredible how many time rejoicing comes up in the Bible and I love how this passage shows it’s not a passive act. It’s more than just a feeling :)

  • Marie Brown

    Makes sense! Thanks so much Eva.

  • This is a beautiful lesson today! Thank You Amanda. This encouragement and truth meant so much to me!

  • Marie Brown

    Hi everyone! I am new to the Bible. Reading it for the first time and working through issues related to faith/spirituality. I’m happy to
    be here, reading along with you all! Can you tell me what he means by “test everything” ? Is this somehow related to the idea of prophecies in the sentence before it or related to a different idea? Would love to hear people’s thoughts and interpretations.

    • Amy

      Hi Marie! Yes, it’s related to the verse before it. Verses 20-21 are saying that we shouldn’t immediately ignore someone who claims to have a message from God, but compare their claims against the Bible. This really is true whether we hear from God through other people or whether we hear from Him ourselves. Anything God says will be supported biblically, giving us a method to discern truth.

    • Eva Holsinger

      In general I take it to mean that any teaching you hear or read from other people, don’t blindly accept it as the truth but compare it to what you read in the Bible for yourself—study the scriptures and hear directly from God as the “gold standard.” Look up references, read the context, and compare it to the source.

  • Caralee Lilly

    What an awesome God we serve I love the verse “He who has called you is faithful I recently accepted a job in which I am drowning. I have to believe and trust God for the wisdom I need to serve my boss well. I love that He is there to make that possible

    • Katie Morrison

      Caralee, I identify with this. I feel that I am drowning some days in my job. I also read “21 days to beat depression” on the Bible app. It helped me to choose joy and energize me. Whether you deal with depression or not, it’s a great devotional to help you feel confident in the ability to succeed in any circumstance.

  • Hannah EliseAcosta

    I desperately needed this tonight. It has been a very rough day and now I’m able to fall asleep with peace in my heart. God is always providing what we need in His timing, the perfect timing.

  • “…comfort the discouraged…be patient with everyone.”

  • Lori Hamilton

    This was well need today. Thank you so much.

  • “God’s will is not just a path, it’s a way of walking.”

    How beautiful! I came here in emotional turmoil and am going to bed in peace. The Word of God is truly life-giving. Thank you, Jesus.

  • Audrey Gonzalez

    As someone who has struggled with figuring out “God’s will” for my life, it’s so great to know that it’s not a mystery. His will is for me to live with thankfulness. To choose joy. I’m so thankful that he IS bigger than my problems and bigger than what I’m facing right now. I need to cling to that truth.

  • Courtney Osborne

    Loved this post ❤️

  • Sara Freeman

    This was so timely for me today. I have recently made the decision to apply for a minimum of two years serving as a missionary with IMB (international mission board). I just graduated college last May and have felt called to missions since I was in middle school. I finally got to the point the last two months where the Holy Spirit has had to continuously tell me, “You’ve run out of excuses. Why not now? What’s holding you back?” And the answer is… nothing. The unknown of the future scares me but being outside of the will of God scares me even more. Please pray as I begin this process, pray that my family will be excited and that their nerves will be handed over to Jesus, and ultimately that I follow the path that God has laid out for me!

    • Leslie VanNess

      Hi Sarah, i belong to a C&MA Christian and Missionary Alliance. Just spent a week long conference with Mission mobilizers from around the world. I hand an opportunity to Pray with several individuals with a strong call from the Lord to serve. we are called to Go Give & Pray Acts1:8 Trust is his calling dear Sister ❤️

    • Eva Holsinger

      Hi Sara, your obedience will lead to so many blessings but it will not always be easy and people won’t always understand you or get what you’re doing! We have served in Asia for 8 years and every day is good and hard and joy filled and draining!! But so so worth it!

  • Melody IreneConey

    Gods will is not a problem to be solved. Such a profound and true statement.

  • Julie Waldvogel

    Just what I needed to hear today! What a beautiful picture it puts in my mind – an active resting in our all-sufficient God.

  • Sarah Tinker

    What a beautiful reminder as I continue through a season of unknowns, to not just fight through the path to get to my destination, but instead to continually grow in my walk with Christ daily as He ultimately leads me to the destination He has for me ❤️

  • Kim Pullman

    I could study just this one devotional for months! The scripture is so rich and the interpretation of it was blessed. Thank you God!!!

  • This spoke to the depths of my heart! Ooooo boy, in the midst of having a “God what I am supposed to” moment and I stumbled upon this. What a good word this was. Grace & Peace to all!

  • Rhonda Johnson

    I love this today!! I often agonize what am I doing, where am I going, how do I follow the right path??? This really puts all that into perspective!

  • AimeeJoy

    My thoughts today are evoked by the scripture reading, but also a collection of thoughts throughout the past week: Yesterday, I was reading a book for a class I am taking. The author so eloquently put the process of mourning the pain and loss we experience in life. She states that in grieving the painful moments or memories, people “face the task of grieving not only for what was lost [time, identity, innocence, loved ones, dignity, etc…] but also for what was never theirs to lose”… Painful experiences often come with self blame. “It is my fault that this happened? I must not be worth it or good enough to experience blessing or goodness in life”. We are hopeless as we think of the way in which we let our life get out of control.– In light of the scripture readings for today, and the question, “What is God’s will for me?”, I wonder if we should further ask the question, “How does God envision me as a part of His Kingdom picture?”. The reason I make that proposal is that it encapsulates not only the positive outcomes and directions we walk towards, but also the valley’s we walk through. I believe the pain we experience in life is not something that God desires for us. The brokenness of the world has a way of convincing us that a part of our person was stolen through the pain we experienced. But what if God still holds that part that we think was stolen? What if God has ALWAYS held our Identity, our time, our dignity, our loved one, etc…? What if God is holding us as he holds our pain, waiting in anticipation for us to give Him the “OK” to add the part of us we thought was lost to the Kingdom picture He is painting? And then we wait. we wait with renewed hope as we watch how dark hue of the pain surrendered and grieved adds amazing depth to the painting God is working on. And we look into God’s loving eyes and are empowered to life. Empowered through the meaningFULness of it all.

    • Juliet

      Beautiful!!

    • Debbie Lanier

      “What if God is holding us as he holds our pain, waiting in anticipation for us to give Him the “OK” to add the part of us we thought was lost to the Kingdom picture He is painting?”
      Wow, Amy, your insights have given me much to think about. Thank you for posting your thoughts!

    • Obi

      Your insight has stirred me! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Merissa Golding

    “God’s will is not just a path. It is a way of walking.“
    That put things into perspective for me this morning. I love that God gives us participation in His will for us. His desire for relationship and intimacy, and how he calls us to Himself always blows me away. I am a new mom and we have been having a rough go this past week with sleepless nights and ear infections. Feeling exhausted. I so needed this reminder of rejoicing, praying and giving thanks. I can chose God’s will everyday in every circumstance.

  • This message is SO GOOD! Thank you for reminding me of the simple things I should do in life and the important action of giving it all over to God. This is exactly what I needed to hear today, and I thank God for bringing it to me, and I thank you ladies for following His calling upon your lives in obedience.

  • Rachel Lynn

    Thank you Jesus! As I lie in bed resting… for the 5th month…
    in September I suffered a bad fall with my horse. I have been resting since. As a teacher I had so many things planned. New ways to engage my students, to encourage and love them and point them to the one who will never leave them. (Christian school). All those plans had to be put on hold 5 months ago.

    The part about “actively resting” is beautiful. Naturally, I am tired. I hurt. I am healing from a brain injury… there is no way to stop the beautiful brain God gave us. It is active every waking and even sleeping moment of the day. But it needs rest, to heal. I praise the lord for this time to rest and heal. To give into his grace and love, even though I can’t see the ultimate plan nor the purpose my fall will have, I can’t actively rest in his grace and keep all those plans for when I am well, to further His kingsomy

    • Merissa Golding

      Praying for continued healing for you Rachel

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Rachel, thank you so much for sharing some of your story with us! Our team will definitely be praying for you as you walk through this season and trust in what God has in store for you. We are grateful to have you a part of our SRT community! -Margot, the SRT Team

    • Cori S.

      Rachel, prayers for your healing.

  • Breanne Lewis

    Today’s reading was exactly what I needed to hear during this season of my life. Rejoicing that my God is bigger than all of my worries!

  • Melanie Makovsky

    Wow. I rarely comment, but this is mind-bending for me. I suffer from extreme perfectionism plus anxiety, and even though I’m well past college I struggle with “what is God’s will for me?” everyday. I’m a carrier of a genetic disease that could make my life shorter than average, and sometimes that means that there is a running clock in my mind, counting down the time I have left to make a difference for Christ. But our Lord isn’t held back by my genetics, or my fear, or my imperfections. What grace and mercy there is in knowing that God will work through me as long as I cease my striving and rest in His grace and love. That is His will for me, and by that will everything else will fall into place. Thank you Lord.

    • She Reads Truth

      Wow thank you for sharing your story with us! Our team will be praying for continued encouragement and peace for you. We are so happy to have you here! -Margot, the SRT Team

    • Deborah Craytor

      From one perfectionist to another, know that you are not alone in your daily struggle to determine God’s will for your life. I do that, too, but as the devotional says, “God’s will is not a problem to be solved. His will is not just a path; it is also a way of walking.” What relief to stop worrying about where we’re going and to just enjoy our journey together.

  • I so needed this truth today! I recently have felt the nudging of God to leave a job… I has been my dream job since I was young!! I stepped out and resigned, and this week is my last week. I’ve been asking God over and over “what is your will?” And I love how this devotional emphasizes that Gods will isn’t a puzzle, but a way of walking. I have to remind myself that’s God isn’t a God of confusion but of peace! So I’m stepping out and clinging to the fact that my God is good, and that he leads me to and away things. I’m scared of the unknown of whatever future job I get, our financials, but I am excited to see what God has in store. And I’m trying to “test all things” and “cling to what is good.”

  • Rejoice always is my verse for this year. I had been thinking about it in isolation from the surrounding passages, but looking at it again I’m given a deeper understanding of the advice here. It’s a set of actions for myself and for others. The rejoicing and praying and thanks are such a pure manifestation of clinging to what is good.

    I had kind of skimmed over the line about doing what is good for all though, which feels like other key piece to this. Being patient with everyone, helping the weak, comforting the discouraged, warning the idle. These are basic kindnesses I can perform for the good of all.

    So between the three things that let me hold on to what’s good and the four things that let me do what’s good for those around me, this is such a piece of wisdom for how we should be living. I’m praying that I can infuse my 2018 not just with what enriches me, but with more of what strengths those around me!

  • Lauren Fulcher

    Ah this is what my heart needed this morning. As I am about to step out into a new season of life I have had so many worries so many anxious thoughts that have kept me from moving on before. The question of “what exactly is gods will?” Has honestly been a huge hurdle for me. It had kept me in a place of analysis paralysis, not going forward because I am fearful of mistepping and disappointing God. But here is His will so clearly displayed, rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.

    I am resting in that this morning.

  • Samantha Samuelsen

    God, thank YOU! I needed this word today. What a timeless reminder – God is so much more concerned with my relationship with Him than my actions. Nearness to Him will result in intimacy with Him, causing a natural leading to the path & specific plans He has for me.

    Thank You, Jesus. You’re always after my heart above all else. I can choose to set aside the worry of tomorrow and be held by You today.

  • Betty Packer

    My husband and I lead a college group and this is so perfect for where many of them are! Thank you #shereadstruth! Thank You Holy Spirit for Your timing!

  • Erica Cosgrove

    What a timely devotional. It seems like over the past week, I suddenly have all kinds of options for the next step in life. The options excite me, both involve moving, one much farther than the other, but I have found myself worrying over which is the right step, which is God’s will. This passage reminds me to continue in prayer, praise Him for the opportunities and guidance, and trust Him to lead at the right time!

  • Leslie Clement

    “God’s will is not just a path. It is a way of walking.” I just love this. I’ve struggled so much with “God’s will” and hoping i am living in it. But these words! His will is not a specific formula. There are things i can do, ways of walking, that are His will, that draw me nearer—rejoicing! Praying! Gratitude!

  • Kelly Chataine

    Please pray for me. I am so angry. I am angry about my situation. I am angry that my husband didn’t listen to my daughter when she told him not to go higher on the ladder. I am angry that he still doesn’t listen to things concerning his safety. I haven’t read the scriptures, yet because of this anger that is pent up in me. Please pray. This is so hard.

    • CJ

      Hi Kelly. I will pray for you. It is ok to be angry, as long as in your anger you do not sin. Allow yourself to feel the emotions, wrestle with God about them. As Amanda said, in EVERYTHING, our God is good, so while you can still be angry, you can rest in that whatever happened in your life, whatever circumstances, was for your good! Maybe the anger is needed to break something deep down, . . maybe x, . . maybe y, . . . maybe z. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord”. <3

    • tahoechild

      Kelly, it is so hard when we bring circumstances upon ourselves. I pray that your husband uses these teachable moments to strengthen his faith if he is already a believer and if he is not, that the Holy Spirit will open his heart to listen ❤️.

  • Jo Gistand

    The reading from Ephesians especially stood out to me today. “Not to be tossed to and fro.” I know that when I am NOT clinging to what is good( my Savior) and missing my bible time, I start to get tossed to and fro. Praying that the Lord keeps my eyes focused on him, so that every trial in my life does not send me In a million different directions.

  • I know that the Lord wanted me to read this devotional today. I’ve been living the last few days with an internal anxiety; far too many unknowns popped up in my life at once and I’m trying to walk forward in wisdom, but it’s so hard. I’m so grateful for the reminder that God’s will isn’t so complex when I live out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

  • Churchmouse

    “Test all things.” May I hold up what is before me – that person, that circumstance, that report, etc-may I hold it up against the Word of God. What does God say in regards to that person, that circumstance, that report, etc. Let the false be exposed. Let Truth shine. May I then walk confidently in the Truth. Unwaveringly. Confidently. With Full assurance in Him. Amen.

  • Kathleen

    Oh how I needed to hear this today. I am a single working mom with a very stressful job. I am pulled in so many ways and feel that I am not doing well in any of the roles I play. My job is very demanding, 24/7 and my boss is very difficult. My task list is never ending and I feel like a failure. I am traveling with my boss this week and sick about it. I have prayed for a different job that would give me more work/life balance and allow me to be there for my teenage daughter and still allow me to provide for my family. I really need encouragement and prayers this morning ladies.

    • Cassie Kendall

      Praying for you Kathleen! I’m a working mom too, and I know it can be hard. I’m blessed with a job with a good work/life balance, and I can’t imagine being in your shoes, and with a difficult boss on top of that! Just like the devotion today, remember to keep rejoicing and praying. The right opportunity will come, and God will always provide. <3

    • CJ

      Praying for you Kathleen. You are already being there for your daughter by being an example of faithfulness and resiliency. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” ! You are doing kingdom work Kathleen! Be encouraged! <3

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is like a super power … We live in a world that wants us to rest in our misery, to lament about our circumstances but like defrost on our icy windshield this morning, this level of praying, rejoicing and gratitude melts our hard hearts and those around us … it is contagious. A few months ago our entire neighborhood lost power, the kiddos and I were in the dark and my then, seven-year-old was wringing his hands in fear with a nervous twelve-year-old not so far behind him. My eldest and I lit some candles and dragged out the card games, what at first seemed frightening, in a short time, became pleasant and fun … they all forgot about the situation at hand. With my kids focused on something else and enjoying the simplicity of a game and the laughing that came with it, fear no longer existed, worry went away and gratitude for the circumstance was on the tip of their lips. When the lights came back on, they rejoiced but with sighs of disappointment in tow.

    There are times in life our circumstances leave us feeling alone and in the dark, not able to see what is in front of us, we react in fear and worry but if we practice shifting our focus to God, to walking through it with Christ something changes and while the circumstances don’t change, our vision, our hearts do. God’s will for our life doesn’t have us ignoring the hard parts, He’s just asking us to trust Him as we walk it all out. His Will is always good, He knows pain and He knows the difficulty involved in walking through it … He doesn’t want us to become overwhelmed by our circumstance, He sits with us in those hours asking us to look to Him, to focus on Him and to lift our eyes to Him.

    • Cassie Kendall

      Love this! And you’re right, focusing on gratitude will change our perspective on any situation!

  • I love the concept of actively resting. They would seem to be at odds. I never thought of resting as an activity. Lately, I’ve been pondering when Jesus said, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    I’ve made His yoke heavy, but I’ve realized that it is I that has done that, not Him. His yoke is not heavy. It is a place of rest and comfort. As Amanda said, it isn’t hoops to jump through our tests to pass. Why it has taken me oh so many years to begin to see this I don’t know, but I’m praising my God this morning. He has gently been trying to show me.

    But the actively resting is so amazing. Yes, we are to rest in Him, but not just sit and doze off. He allows us rest by not giving us a check off list of things to accomplish before He will accept us. But, with the relief He has given us in His grace and forgiveness He has also wants us to live in HIm. Rejoice always, Pray constantly and Always give Thanks. Sometimes that seems easier said than done, but He is ever so patient with me.
    We are all off on this adventure called a new day! Blessings and love to you all!

    • Kay

      Bessie, I am on your same wave-length this morning. It was helpful to look at the “actively resting” in Christ as a time to: “rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks for everything.” I am praising God for a community of women with whom I can share the love of our Savior!

  • Erica Sims

    I am in a season of waiting right now which is a bit scary.. but this was exactly what I needed to read this AM!!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for these words! My husband is facing major open-heart surgery on Feb. 16. It’s the “cool your body down to room temp, stop your heart” kind of surgery and we’ve got almost two weeks of waiting. And, the waiting is heavy and it’s hard BUT GOD…This is big, but “His steadfastness and goodness trumps whatever is going on around me.” So, in this waiting, that is what I will focus on – God’s steadfastness and His goodness.
    Be blessed today, sisters.

    • Lynne

      Good morning, Kathy! I put you on my prayer list last week and have prayed for you and Roger every day since then. Our Great God has got this, girlfriend!!!! Trust Him!!!!!

    • EarlyBird

      Find rest in knowing that sisters around the world, including me, will cover you and your family in prayer during the challenging time. “Where two or more are gathered…”

      • Bessie

        I have the 16th on the calendar. If you let us know the hour I will pause right then and pray. Let God’s strength and the support of your friends carry you when you feel weak and scared.

  • Jess Harvey

    Going through a crisis with one of our 7yo daughters. We adopted her through foster care at 6 months after she had had at least three traumatic brain injuries. There are so many unknowns and those unknowns can become debilitating fears for me during times like this when things are going so bad. I needed the last section and this verse today. We have seen God’s faithfulness and redeeming power in the lives of all six of our children and I need to remember that. I need to remember that the future isn’t mine to sort out. That God alone is in control.

    • Alex P

      Jess, praying for you and your sweet children! I can’t imagine adopting thorugh foster care and the challenges and beauty that face you. I pray discernment and wisdom over you. For Jesus to lift your weary head and equip you to shine the light of hope into the lives of all you meet. And may you know that our God loves your kiddos a billion, million times more than our human hearts are even capable to love and He holds them firmly in His hands.

    • Penny McAuley

      Jess, praying for wisdom and strength.

    • Leslie Clement

      Praying for you…

    • Carrie Doss

      Praying for you. May He give you strength, comfort, and rest in this season.

    • Merissa Golding

      Prayed for peace and a deep knowing that God’s got this.

    • Jess Harvey

      Thank you all!

    • Eva Holsinger

      Jess you are doing God’s work every day with your sweet treasures. He will sustain you n

  • Oh how I needed to hear these words this morning! It spoke right to my heart.

  • The hymn Great is thy faithfulness. .. came to mind as I read this beautiful devotion. .

    These past 1st ears since losing my beautiful daughter, I have had to absolutely lean on, hope in and trust God… I found there was nothing my fellow human could do or say that dampened the pain… In fact, truth be told, I didn’t believe God’s word… He had taken my girl.. He had allowed her to be called home… I was lost… I couldn’t breathe from the hurt and pain I felt, I wanted to be where she was…
    But God. ..

    Oh but God.. dear faithful and oh so good God… He picked me up slowly… With pictures of where my beauty was, with loving words from His Word… which in turn changed my heart and desire to know Him more and more. As a thank you for His faithfulness and love over me, on the anniversary of my daughters passing I was baptised… I knew no other way to show my gratitude and hope in Him who had brought a totally broken mummy to breathing point again..
    I am for sure, not where I used to be, praise God I am on a journey with Him by grace… His faithfulness and goodness have never failed me yet.. things happen.. but as Amanda said…He is bigger than our troubles..
    Great is thy faithfulness
    Morning by morning new mercies i see
    All i have needed Thy hand has provided-
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. .
    Great is thy faithfulness and goodness, Lord unto me…

    I know no other way but to hold on to what is good, rejoice always, pray constantly and without a doubt, give thanks in everything He has and continues to do for me…
    All Praise and Glory to Him who has me close…and in Whose will I am, in Christ Jess. .. Amen.

    Praying the Lord God of our hearts turns His face to shine radiantly on you my dears. .. Every blessing…
    Amanda Bible.. A special hug for you dear friend.. xxx

    • Kristen

      Thanks for all of your writings and sharing. My first daughter was stillborn, and I was devastated. On the day of her burial, a dear man in f God asked me to go to his church on Sunday. I grew up in a Catholic Church so it was quite different. The people were praising and clapping. I thought, God why would you bring me here? This one lady caught my attention, and I figured her life was perfect, so of course she could have that joy. Someone told the pastor about my daughter, and he asked people to pray for me. That same woman said that God told her to tell me to run to Him and not away from Him. You know that I got to know her and she didn’t have the perfect life. She had a miscarriage and money issues like me. However, she had Jesus and hope! The message from the pastor seemed like it was just for me. You know that’s a God thing, because he didn’t know me. Years later almost to the day, my friend’s son was stillborn. I was able to be there for her, bc of my loss. Let’s pray she accepts Jesus one day. My daughter’s passing and the time after was grueling, but I got saved, learned God’s Word, was his power and love. I never knew these things before. I’ve been tormented in my mind since I was a child. I realized it’s the devil. I’m still going through that, but I know more about God’s Word now. God can deliver me and use me. Again, I appreciate hearing your encouraging words.

      • Alex P

        Tina, I pray that you will see the goodness of the Lord. I love what you said about the Lord picking you up slowly, with pictures of where beauty was, with loving words from His word. I pray you will draw near to the Lord and that He will renew your strength, being close to your heart. Great is His faithfulness. Keep running the race, dear friend.

        • Alex P

          Kristen, your strength is inspiring. I am thankful for how the Lord has orchestrated all things together for His glory to be declared. Thankful He does not waste a single thing and that He has used hard things in your life to make His faithfulness known. I pray clarity of mind over you, for discernment to know what are words of the Lord and what are not. I pray that the Lord will be ever so near, especially when the battles rage in your mind and heart. Keep running the race, friend.

  • songbird

    I always find this part so acurate for us modern-day Christians: “…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

    Haha and I had to smile at the “sometimes it still does” in the devotional: yes it still does.

    The last few devotionals have made ne realised the following: I LOVE adventure, when it’s about two, three weeks or maybe a few months, I am quite brave in going to a context I don’t know, and I can be quite open to whatever comes my way. Even if it involves lots of things I would normally like: lots of noise, lots of waiting, unhealthy foods…

    Yet within my daily life, I am much more of a control freak. Much much more. And when it comes to my future, oh my goodness I can be so anxious. A few days I told God I wanted to let him take me on the adventure which is called my life.

    • Alexis

      We are so alike. I love adventure too. I am always asking God, “take me on another adventure!” We plan one out and He does. But with my daily life, I like to know EVERYTHING and have no surprises. I can be so controlling. God is constantly working on me with this. For one of the promises God has given me, with it’s coming He’s said: “I want to surprise you!” It’s exciting and yet hard at the same time, because I want to know when this adventure will manifest. But I can’t know. I try to guess and I am always wrong. So I wait, and trust in the Lord in his promises and in my daily life-one of my biggest adventures yet. I still struggle, but am hoping for the day that I just trust completely.

  • Rebecca Leek

    As always Ms Williams writes a beautiful and poignant devotional. ❤️

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