An Example of Humility

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1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Zephaniah 2:3, 1 Peter 5:5

Although we’re halfway through 2024, every time I hear the word humility, I think of the practice of identifying a word of the year that many of us participate in every January. Why? Because humility was my word for two years in a row. Before you begin to admire my piety or depth, I must tell you I did not want to choose that word. It was a word I felt the Holy Spirit impressing upon my heart as if He was trying to tell me something. Humility was a characteristic I desperately needed to grow and mature in and for good reason.

To be honest, up until that point, I hadn’t really seen humility as a positive attribute. I had been bullied and picked on in my adolescence, and as a result, I had no problem attempting to prove others wrong about me. I had cultivated a complex system of defenses to protect myself against people, and it had become my signature. Thankfully, there were a few people who modeled humility in my life, as the early apostles modeled it for the Corinthians. 

Although Paul had every reason to boast, defend himself in the face of contempt, and make demands of those whom he was serving, he resisted all of it. He realized he was a manager of the mysteries of God. Instead of confusing himself as the owner of those mysteries, he continued to remember that pleasing God was more important than pleasing people. As a steward, Paul resisted the urge to grow proud among those who were entrusted to his leadership. Instead, he redirected his attention to that which we learn in Zephaniah 2:3. He learned to pursue the Lord, righteousness, and humility, and in doing so, he helped others to see the Lord more clearly too. 

In my youth and naivety, I often wondered why my spiritual mentors overlooked offense when they would have been justified in defending their point. I questioned why they worked so hard for so little when they could have demanded more. I became curious about why they didn’t do more to respond to other people’s opinions. Over time, instead of holding them in contempt, I have learned to conform to the image of Christ in them because they consistently point me back to Jesus and His character.

By choosing to resist their natural urges, my mentors, much like the apostles, continued to do the hard work of helping people see Christ and pursue the mysteries of God for themselves. Humility cultivates greater unity and purpose within our churches than pride ever will. It redirects attention away from ourselves and helps others recognize God’s hand at work in our lives. Humility serves as a reminder that God will use the foolish things of the world to bring the wise to repentance. And I pray that we will learn to persevere in the face of persecution or the possible loss of our popularity in exchange for humility’s wisdom every time.

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  1. Yulienny says:

    Gloria al Señor por estos devocionales.Es un llamado de atención a procurar con gozo y entendí a lo que se refiere a la humildad. Porque a la verdad no pertenecemos a este mundo como para que sobresalgamos, por lo contrario, debemos humillarnos y servir como ese ejemplo nos dejó nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Este es un misterio que a la iglesia todavía nos cuesta entender y vivir. Gracias por estos devocionales

  2. Jessicalee T says:

    From the book, God Of All Things:

    “Knowing that we come from the ground keeps us grounded; the Latin word humus, which means “soil” or “earth,” gives us the words humility and human”

  3. Chelsi Hamilton says:

    I recently read “Don’t give the enemy a seat at my table,” by L. Giglio. He discussed humility and quoted “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.

    I just remembered this quote and thought I’d share it because I needed to hear it. Pride tends to hold me hostage sometimes, and I have to surrender if often.

  4. Claire Martin says:

    The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power!!

  5. Stephanie Donnelly says:

    Wow – great devotional for today’s reading!

  6. Alisha Thorpe says:

    So the devotional today was like a wrecking ball to me. My prayer for God to search the depths of my heart and change me. I’m looking forward to this study everyday.

  7. Alisha Thorpe says:

    The devotional today on humility and pride ye

  8. Claire B says:

    ♥️

  9. Donna Wolcott says:

    ❤️

  10. Rhonda J. says:

    I am loving this study so much already and reading all your thoughts!! I definitely need to work on being humble. I am a confident person so it seems a fine line between assured and humble. I seem to overstep in my marriage too much.

  11. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Ouch! Yesterday pride, today humility! God knows exactly what I need to hear!!
    I pray for humility, I recognize the need often. I don’t like to be wrong, I don’t like to lose, I want to always jump in when I don’t agree with someone else’s opinion. Thank God so many times He has kept my mouth shut! @Laura Diane -same! I like to be recognized for the things I do (but so often am not). I continuously have to remind myself – no one else may see or care, but God does – and that’s all that matters!
    In this I can rejoice – God knows the depths of my heart, yet He loves me just the same.
    I pray I can live out Zephaniah 2:3 – seek righteousness, seek humility and carry out what He commands!
    So thankful we can share here from our hearts and not be judged! Thank you sisters for always listening to us!
    Have a blessed evening!

    1. Rhonda J. says:

      Yes, I agree Sharon with how nice it is to read and share with each other! I am the same as you as far as having to put my opinion in when not needed, especially in my marriage! In a little tiff right now from opening my mouth again…I don’t even realize I am doing it apparently because I certainly don’t like to argue. To me it is sharing an opinion. The Lord needs to tape my mouth shut I guess.

  12. Mercy says:

    A while ago, I picked up a piece of advice, that goes like this: if you recognize pride in someone, rest assured that you also have it. Ouch lol. It is so interesting how the world is our mirror, how we reflect ourselves through one another. And oh boy, did I recognize the pride in others, surely, and yet failed to see my own! Such a quote/advice (from a sermon I think) has brought things to perspective for me. Repentance is key. Confession is key. God will cleanse us from the unrighteousness of pride- the original sin that Satan was cast flying down. This brought to mind how King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was served a big slice of humble pie for SEVEN years eating grass as a beast. God surely can bring down the prideful. May we learn to be humble like our Lord Jesus.

    Another special conviction stood out to me today, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). There have been times that I failed to realize God’s blessings in hardships, in dark times, and I spoke as if I did not receive help from above, as if it has been all me, and none of Him, and that’s the most dangerous/spoiled brat kind of boast. The boast that we did not receive. Indeed God sent help, indeed God’s grace was present and sufficient, indeed God was always close the broken hearted. And yet, why did I whine? Why is this broken hearted person that is me turned around, and said as if I did not receive. This is dangerous. Lord forgive me, my blindness and vanity, that I failed to give you all the praise that You deserved. God was there with me, and is, and will be until the end of time, tribulations or good times, He never leaves or forsakes me. And glory be to Him.

    PRAYERS LIFTED UP
    @LAUREN GW: praying for your daughter that this fear/anxiety be removed, and other children as well, and your husband will agree to find help for healing. Strength and comfort for you mama. I am so sorry. This too shall pass.
    @SHARON JERSEY GIRL: may the words of wisdom be given as your husband speaks to the praise team. It is difficult.
    @LAURA DIANE: praying for sweet Taliah.
    @SUSAN JOINER: thank you for the great update. I am so touched by your heart for baby Wyatt, may all be well for this sweet little munchkin and his parents.
    Be blessed dear sisters. ❤️

    1. Traci Gendron says:

      Mercy, I so can relate!

  13. Gwineth52 says:

    Good Morning Shes
    After reading the scripture & devotional, I humbly submit for there to be more of God, there has to be less of me. As Apostle Paul bid the Corinthians to be fools for Christ & imitate his manner through the gospel. I pray to be freed of erroneous & deceitful thoughts masquerading as wisdom. Spare the rod, Paul, our father in Christ Jesus. Come in the spirit of love with gentleness!

  14. Adrienne says:

    Good morning! I am catching up on yesterday’s reading. Wow… pride yesterday and humility today. Reading both days together really showed me that those two flaws of mine go hand-in-hand. Ouch! I have always loved 1 Peter 5:5 and remind myself of that verse when I feel I am not being humble. I PRIDE myself on not having to call on that verse as a reminder… but maybe I DO!!! Argh!!!

    Thank you for everyone that prayed for me and my MRI on Tuesday. Praise God that the results were “normal”. I am having anxiety about what next, though. Primary care doc wants me to continue with an appointment to a neurologist. (We have not done any blood work, as basic stuff a few months ago all looked fine.) Sometimes I think that she thinks I am imagining things because I am generally a healthy person and at a healthy weight… and that I am just crazy. (I don’t think I am crazy, but maybe I am?!?!) Anyhoo… continued prayers, please. My appointment with the neurologist is 7/13.

    Sharon continues to improve but is not home. I asked her daughter if they said when/if she might be able to return home. She said she didn’t know. So, I don’t know how to pray and what to suggest for those of you that are regularly keeping her in prayer. Thank goodness that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, right?!

    Be blessed and be humble, sweet She’s!

    1. Truth Seeker says:

      Adrienne
      Like you I am a very healthy person who has a perfect diet
      yet God has allowed an unkown issue to cause me much pain and possible losing my left food due to something the doctors cannot identify
      I have been to a top notch team of doctors and there is hope that I will keep my limb but that is not a guaranteed outcome. Overall God is in control and it comes down to His will His way His glory
      If I lose my left foot He will provide a way for me to continue on

      1. Lynne from Alabama says:

        Truth Seeker, I am praying for wisdom for the doctors, healing for you, and that you don’t lose your foot. ❤️

  15. Tina says:

    Just popped in quickly to say I am reading along, but cirrently in London with my sister for her 60th.. off to Glady Knight tonight… her farewell tour..
    I love you all.. sèe you in a couple of days…❤️

    1. Adrienne says:

      Have fun and enjoy the time with your sister and at Gladys’ farewell tour tonight!

    2. Gwineth52 says:

      WOW, Tina!
      Terrific to help your sister usher in a milestone birthday!
      And what a concert to attend!
      Gladys Knight, the soul icon, farewell tour!
      “Leaving on that Midnight Train to Georgia”
      “The Way We Were” (watch out Barbra Streisand!)
      “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”.
      Lordy, Lordy!

    3. Mercy says:

      Praying you have a great time Tina.

    4. Lexi B says:

      Gladys Knight! My mom loved her and I grew up listening to all her songs. Have a blast with your sister and at the concert!

    5. Kris says:

      WOW! Had I known that, I would have loved to help celebrate your sister’s 60th with y’all!!!

    6. Traci Gendron says:

      Oh my, how fun! Enjoy!

    7. Eileen Dowd says:

      Have fun Tina! I love your posts and gleam much from them- to God be the glory!

  16. Traci Gendron says:

    God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
    I don’t want to be resisted by God. I pray that God will nudge me in my areas of being prideful. That my eyes will be opened. That I will find humility.

    1. Adrienne says:

      Same!

  17. Sheila Doherty says:

    These verses reminded me that our country is currently celebrating so-called “Pride Month.” Our country has strayed so far from God, that there are people who arrogantly flaunt their sexual immorality in the streets & are applauded for doing so. This is the opposite of what God calls us to: “Seek righteousness, seek humility.” But not all hope is lost. God’s mercy is abundant. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. I pray today for a revival in this country, that we would humble ourselves before God & he would heal us.

    1. Adrienne says:

      Amen to all that, for sure!

  18. GramsieSue says:

    Humility. Why does it have to be so hard?
    I remember a few years ago in a Bible study group our leader was asking us to name sins. I named “pride”. One of the guys was offended and couldn’t understand why pride was a sin. He said, “Why shouldn’t we be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments?” Everyone stared at me as if I had said something wrong.
    That was a tough moment but thankfully the leader clarified that it’s when pride becomes more than it should be that it becomes a sin.
    That still bothers me.
    It’s a fine line.
    And in our world there isn’t much humility. Everyone is tooting their own horn.
    The way to be spiritually wise is to become a fool in the eyes of the world. (1 Cor 3:18).
    And in this world we Christians are looked on as foolish because of the beliefs we stand for. It’s hard.
    But we were never promised an easy life.
    So we just keep on following God’s Word. Our responsibility is to be faithful to Him.
    I’m rambling.
    Blessings and prayers for you all today. ❤️

    1. Adrienne says:

      Love those ramblings… amen, sister!

    2. Gwineth52 says:

      Yes, GramsieSue
      They can call us “Crazy Christians”.
      Virgin Birth.
      Resurrection.
      The Eucharist.
      The Trinity.
      But we call ourselves,
      Image bearers.
      Beloved.
      Forgiven.
      Saved.

      1. Eileen Dowd says:

        Thank you Gwineth!!

  19. Molly R says:

    We, as a family, have decided to step away from our homeschool co op for the coming year. I felt God calling us to a Sabbath year after learning and growing alongside so many beloved friends for 6 years. I have yet to announce it to the larger group and I know it will come as a shock and many will respond in emotion – some may not be pleasant or positive. But knowing we are walking in the will of God gives me courage and a peace, and even an excitement to see how He will use this to reveal more of Himself to us and others.
    One of the aspects about leaving, and leaving a position of leadership I have held for all the years, is the lack of someone seeing me lead students well and offering unfettered praise and support for it. Being truly at home, alone, homeschooling can make the vain part of me anxious…who will see me working so hard? Who will encourage me? In the stillness when I am wallowing in my pity party, the Holy Spirit reminds it has been, and always will be, an audience of One.
    I am thankful today for the reminder to pursue humility for the gift it is, to surrender to the “under-rower” we are all called to be so that it is Christ who is glorified. What an honor to study and grow along with you all. Praying for my sweet She’s today.

    1. Adrienne says:

      ❤️

    2. Kris says:

      I home schooled my kids for 6 years and ran the Home School group in our community. It was such a great time in my and my kids’ lives. And it took a lot of courage to walk away when it was time. Many blessings on you as you do God’s will for you and your family. You will find the support you need from places you never dreamed of. God will send the right people at the right time

    3. Gwineth52 says:

      “the Holy Spirit reminds it has been, and always will be, an audience of One”
      What sweet recognition & loving expression, Molly R.
      Be open & free to love & serve the One.

    4. Mercy says:

      Praying for courage.

  20. Cindy Hanna says:

    I told my husband this morning. “All the devotionals in our SRT studies are good but some of them (like today’s) just plain give me a well needed spanking! Amen LIVE DOOLEY. @Cheryl Blow. I too have often had to check my “humble” pride. @Rea under-rower margin note. I want to mention everyone who enriched my morning with your comment but then this posting would be too long! Everything about today’s reading has been meaningful. @LAUREN GW Continuing to pray for your family’s future and your husband’s PTSD mental distress❤️

    1. Adrienne says:

      Yes, Cindy, if I responded to all of these great comments, there would be twice as many comments as there are! (So, I need to be done, in other words!) Let it just suffice to say that our pride needs to go away and be replaced with humility!

  21. Allison Bentley says:

    V8 “you are already full! You are already rich!” Amen !!! Praying my confidence comes from the Lord- not my attributes! Happy Thursday She’s! ☮️❤️ to you all!!

  22. Kira H says:

    I LOVE THIS! I was in tears as I considered the humility that I have seen from the elders that I serve alongside at my church. Like Paul, they constantly point me towards Christ in their humility and love for those that they serve. Praise God for the love of Christ that fills our hearts and reminds us to be humble in the face of persecution!

  23. Cheryl Blow says:

    Humility is truly a tough attitude and attribute to master. When we think we are humble, we usually aren’t! Because pride comes at us being humble. Sometimes I just have to say “Lord, help me have true humility!” Jesus is our example and Paul followed Him so well!

  24. Maria Baer says:

    My father in law was a wonderful man, but was not a man of many unnecessary words. So when he spoke, it’s because he felt compelled to it. And one time we were having family dinner and my oldest stepson was boasting about something I can’t remember. But I remember this event because my father in law suddenly said to him in the kindest tone “You can use a slice of humble pie.” I remember it because there was silence at the table. And even though my stepson was about 14, he did not understand what that meant. My FIL proceeded to tell him about humbleness and humility. It was a beautiful discussion, in a way only he could do. But I remember thinking, as he spoke, “Boy, I can use a slice of that humble pie too.” Ever since then, I try very hard to remind myself that anything I do, including my life as a Christian, is because of Jesus and should always be for His glory. I have been pretty successful in my career and looking back, I didn’t always show humility, especially to others. I like to think that through the spirit, I have gained wisdom to recognize when humility is at a shortage in a situation. God, never let me forget that in all things, you are at the forefront, and we are just humble servant entrusted to share your good news.

    1. Beth AnneYoung says:

      Wow I wish I could have heard those wise words at the table. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Rea Queen says:

    I had the word “under-rower” written in the margin of my Bible next to verse 1. When I went back to see why I had written that word, I found that it was the translation of the word “servant” that Paul chose to describe himself, the Corinthian believers he was speaking to, and us today.
    An under-rower was a slave that was out of sight working hard to move the vessel forward.
    A humble servant simply committed to the work of his Master, willing to work with others to move forward in what they were tasked to do. No accolades from man, just grace and power and praise from God.

    1. Laurel W says:

      Rea–thank you for sharing your margin notes! The idea of under-rower (behind the scenes) hits home for me…now to focus on the inward humility of the heart.

    2. Maria Baer says:

      Rea, I love that you shared this. I sometimes go back to my Bible and see single words written in the margin and go back to why I wrote them. And I like this word as a description of a humble servant.

    3. Cami Smachetti says:

      Thank you for sharing this!! It really resonates with today’s reading! It makes me think of pride & boasting seemingly as those who “take the credit” for the under-rowers work; while the under-rowers and servants are using their work for the common good to serve without requiring or expecting praise

  26. Kris says:

    Humility. Such a difficult concept. I picture getting walked on, being the doormat, people taking advantage of me, not “seeing” me for all I’m worth. But I think humility is being confident enough in my citizenship in God’s kingdom and strong enough in my identity as His child, I don’t need the praise and adoration from people in this world. So I have quiet peace within myself, no matter what is being said or noticed about me. Certainly Jesus had a strong sense of citizenship and identity to allow the cruel men to put Him on a cross and kill Him

    1. Laurel W says:

      Kris–thank you for sharing your understanding! You’ve helped me to realize I am focusing in the wrong direction.

    2. LEF says:

      Kris, I really like what you said about humility as being confident in citizenship in God’s kingdom and in our identity as His children so that we don’t need praise from the world. Thank you for sharing

  27. Susan Joiner says:

    Thank you to those who prayed for Wyatt yesterday. He made it through a very long surgery and is doing well. Most of the cysts were removed, but were more imbedded than originally thought. What had to be left due to being to close to his brain stem were injected with steroids. His parents are still waiting on the pathology reports. He will remain in NICU for about five days. I will update when I have more information. Continue to pray for the test results. Wyatt is special to me because I have him in Sunday School every week. He came to us with many health issues and some have been resolved. This was very unexpected. He’s just the sweetest child and it breaks my heart that he has endured so much in such a short time of life. I know his parents are as appreciative of your prayers as I am. Thank you!❤️

    1. Maria Baer says:

      Thank you for the update, Susan. Continuing to keep Wyatt in prayer for healing and especially for a good pathology report.

    2. Cheryl Blow says:

      Praying for Wyatt and his parents.

    3. Allison Bentley says:

      Keep us posted on his recovery! We will keep praying for him !

      1. Susan Joiner says:

        I will and again THANK YOU for praying!

    4. Traci Gendron says:

      Thank you for the update Susan. Continued prayers for Wyatt and his parents. And the doctors to have wisdom in his case.

    5. D W says:

      Praying for Wyatt!

  28. Libby K says:

    Oof. Humility. Much like patience I feel like it is one of the most difficult attributes to practice. Lord, please teach me how to humble myself and being a shining example of you!

  29. Laura Dianne says:

    I remember a long time ago, Amanda Bible Williams wrote a devotional about her “favorite sin.” I don’t even remember what that sin was, but I do know what mine is. I really love the praise of others. I like to be recognized for what I do. It doesn’t have to be a big announcement or a big to-do, but boy oh boy, I do like to know that people recognize all that I have done and appreciate me for it. Yuck. That sounds as ugly out loud as it does written down. Humility. The opposite of pride. I really need to ask God to mold me and stretch me and change me into someone who is more humble.

    I wrote this yesterday at the end of the day, but I am reposting. Thank you all for joining me in prayer today for my daughter. Her name is Taliah. I never shared that before but you ladies have walked so intimately with me through this, I felt like you should know the name of the person you are praying for. Thank you for your encouraging replies. I felt all of your love and prayers for our family as we trust God to keep working in this story. I want as many who need to hear our story to hear it. Because when this prodigal comes home, there will be great rejoicing across the World (yes, people from across the globe pray for my Taliah). I am so blessed by all of you. Thank you!

    1. Rhonda J. says:

      Oh what a beautiful name Taliah! I’ve never heard that before! Thank you dear Laura for sharing this personal, private to your heart, peace of information. It will be beautiful when we all meet her one day by name!!
      On the first part…I think we are all with you on recognition. I think it’s okay to hear encouragement and people thanking you, but yes, it definitely can puff us up and up, and up! They say that is why so many preachers have issues, that that type of personality goes with the job, (what is it…narcissistic!), because that position builds to their pride. But it is something everyone deals with.

    2. Lynne from Alabama says:

      Oh, Laura Dianne, your post brought tears to my eyes! I know her text was the best birthday present ever! God is moving in this situation and we are going to keep praying for complete reconciliation between you and Taliah and, more importantly, between her and the Lord. God has got this (and you), sweet sister! ❤️

    3. Tami says:

      Laura I so relate to all that you wrote. Like Liv Dooley I was bullied throughout adolescence and I have the same issue with “defensiveness and wanting to prove myself right”, especially with my husband. I also think it makes me crave the praises of others now because it is something I never had. I’ve been asked to help lead a women’s group in our church and I am terrified but honored at the same time. I so worry about standing up and being judged by others. My co-leader is a very extroverted, in your face kind of person (that sounds judgy.. opps) and I am the exact opposite. I’m quiet and don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of people. So I fear I will be compared to her. But then I remind myself that it is God who equips the called, so I step out in obedience.

      1. Foster Mama says:

        Ditto to the whole first chunk of your response!! I have always seen it as “defensiveness” or “just want to make sure it is appreciated lest I need to change something” or …(etc.) but a priest (humbly) recently questioned if what I was describing might be “vain glory” (I think he knows how proud I am for not being prideful:D)…I almost fell off my chair and then saw evidence of it throughout Lent….still working on it!! It’s just such a challenge after having SUCH a strict / perfectionist father, an often critical/ perfectionist husband and having been bullied a bit as a kid. — Conversely, my usual MO is to be SO self-depricating and see not a single good thing in myself (which also dishonours God), not being able to distinguish BETWEEN confidence (healthy self-esteem and praising God for His gifts to me) AND pride!

        Lord, please help us discern and open our eyes.

      2. Rhonda J. says:

        Tami..I am so with you and the others..especially with my husband. I like to voice my opinion and don’t really try to argue but he thinks it is and then we have the issue over and over…and over. It’s been worse the last 2 years. :(
        And as far as leading…that is amazing!! Do you remember how nervous I was last year my first time??! And the girls have stayed with me since then for the past 3 or 4 studies!! I just sit with them and put it more like discussing the book together. I’m not teaching I am just leading the discussion and keeping them on track!! You will be great..otherwise they wouldn’t have asked you! right?! Are you doing a book or ?! So excited for you! It becomes an amazing blessing. What always gives me confidence is I love Jesus..with a passion..and love small groups (they have been my lifeline!) I write out my outline and timeline…and some things to read incase I get nervous I can have those options to turn to (scripture or a paragraph in your study). And the biggest thing I have learned is let them talk..and don’t be afraid of silence after you ask leading questions. That usually gives time for people to go ahead and answer. Not trying to “boast” or be prideful..I just giving you things that helped me, I would be so nervous my stomach would hurt and my hands would shake.

    4. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

      Thank you for sharing Taliah’s name with us. Yes, it’s nice to be able to pray for someone by name (even though God knows). Continued prayers for you all!

  30. Kelly (NEO) says:

    “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what he commands.

    Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the Lord’s anger.”
    .
    Oh, so thankful that I am covered by Jesus’ righteousness and am found in Him (and thus I am concealed from God’s wrath in the final judgment).
    .
    How can I boast about anything, as Christ did it all?
    .
    HEATHER O’MALLEY – how is Hudson doing?
    .
    KRIS – did your son return to New Zealand?

    1. Kris says:

      Kelly, No, my son has not yet returned to New Zealand. The application process takes 2-4 months, so it looks like he won’t be going back until maybe late August/early September.

  31. Julia C says:

    “Humility cultivates greater unity and purpose within our churches than pride ever will. It redirects attention away from ourselves and helps others recognize God’s hand at work in our lives.” Amen, LIV DOOLEY

    We are servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God… We serve Jesus, the great Victorer who has overcome death. We manage the mysteries of God, who was given us His wisdom and power through the Holy Spirit. God has given us everything we need…

    Questions to ponder: “Do I truly give God the credit for my salvation? Do I live with a spirit of humble gratitude?” (Enduring Word Bible Commentary on verse 7)

    1. Rhonda J. says:

      I love that part…managers of the mystery! We don’t have to explain the mystery of God…as much as have faith in it, know it, and live it!

    2. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

      Julia – you beat me to it! I was going to post the same questions from Enduring Word! Good things to think about!

  32. Tricia C says:

    1 Cor 4:20 (NLT)- “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
    There is power in humility.
    Lord, help me to be humble. Help me to take my direction from You and know that I am not the one making the decisions, but You. Dear Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can practice true humility by turning to You and showing You to others in all that I say and do.
    I love what Liv says. “Humility cultivates greater unity and purpose within our churches than pride ever will. It redirects attention away from ourselves and helps others recognize God’s hand at work in our lives.”
    Thank you for the reminder today.
    Blessed Thursday dear Sisters.

    1. Julia C says:

      Amen and amen, Tricia!

    2. Carol M says:

      Well said, Tricia… Humility is not only lacking in our leaders… it is lacking in me… Thank You, Lord for your Word which shines your light into the dark places of our souls.., mine included… But God!… in Him we have Hope!

  33. Lauren GW says:

    Thank you for all of your prayers for myself and my family. It has been a really difficult week. My daughter who is normally happy-go-lucky, is struggling with anxiety because of what happened with my husband. We are still separated from him. We want to work towards reconciliation of our family, but he is very volatile. One moment repentant and sad, the next angry and blaming. He’s finally starting to soften to treatment. Please pray the right door opens for him for this.

    1. Tricia C says:

      Lauren, praying right now for your family.

    2. Julia C says:

      Dear Lauren, praying for you and your family. May God heal and restore, surround you all with His comforting peace.

    3. Kelly (NEO) says:

      So heartbreaking what you all are going through. Praying God will bring restoration to your husband’s mind and your family

    4. Carol M says:

      In agreement with these prayers for you, your husband and your precious family.

    5. Mia Faith says:

      Lauren, praying now for your family.

    6. Tish Hedger says:

      Praying for you and your family in this complex trial!!

    7. Kathy says:

      Praying now for your family.

    8. Lynne from Alabama says:

      Lauren GW, I am praying for you and your sweet family every day! It is so sad that many of our soldiers who have fought for our freedom come home injured physically or mentally. I pray God’s protection for your family and that your husband will find the help he needs and be healed. ❤️

      1. Cee Gee says:

        I agree with you, LYNNE! It’s such a disrespectful way to treat the men and women (and their families) who sacrifice so much for to protect our country and others! Praying in agreement, LAUREN GW! ❤

    9. Maria Baer says:

      Oh Lauren, sending much love and praying for your family, and that your husband continues to soften about treatment.

    10. Allison Bentley says:

      @Lauren GW praying for your family and that the power of the Holy Spirit overcomes your husband and he is humbled to seek treatment!!!

    11. GramsieSue says:

      Prayers for you and your family, your husband…prayers for a mentor to come alongside him to help him. That you would all get the help you need. Hugs

    12. Molly R says:

      My heart and my prayers are with you and your family, Lauren. I pray that you all feel the immense and comforting presence of God like never before.

    13. Foster Mama says:

      ❤️ praying

    14. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

      Praying for you and our family Lauren.❤️

    15. Rhonda J. says:

      Yes, coming together with the other She’s in prayer for your family! I can’t imagine how hard this is for you and the kids.