For with God nothing shall be impossible. – Luke 1:37 KJV
I received my second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on May 12th. Some of my friends, including my husband, experienced fevers after getting their second shot. I prayed that God would allow me to get the second shot without any adverse effects. I am already fighting off a cold that Jacob had brought home from daycare, although at this point I am not contagious.
The Lord created our immune systems. He also created the doctors who developed the vaccine. God does not make mistakes. For Him, nothing is impossible. We have a kind and loving Heavenly Father who cares about every detail of our lives. He can certainly prevent a fever. He can do all things. Amen.
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. – Romans 8:29 KJV
God has a purpose for all of us. He even had a purpose for Jesus before Jesus was born. The Lord knew that Jesus would be the Savior of the world.
The image of Jesus was a humble one. He was born into poverty and placed into a manger. Most of us can say that we were at least born at a hospital, not in a barn!
When we start to think that we have to be more like other people to be successful, we can remember that we are the children of God. It doesn’t get better than that! Amen.
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” – Numbers 13:30 NIV
The Lord is a God of possibilities. He didn’t promise the children of Israel land that they could not possess. He promised them land that He knew they were meant to live in. They took a look at the people who currently lived in the land flowing with milk and honey and declared it impossible to take over. They had so little faith!
How often do we question what God has promised us? How often do we doubt the richness and joy we will have in Heaven? Do material possessions matter here on earth? The Lord knows we need things, and when it matters, He always provides for us, or He shows us what we can appreciate more about what we already have. He doesn’t ask us to manifest wealth, because He has already promised the world to us. We just have to follow Him and trust that everything will work out. Amen.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2 NIV
When we trust in the Lord, things work out for us. Our children love us. Our work is fulfilling. Our salvation is secure.
The Lord gives us strength when we are weak and tired. He never forgets about us. He takes relationships and restores them. His love reflects upon every aspect of our lives when we seek Him first. He is good, and all good things come from Him. Amen.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Motherhood is full of paradoxes: fear and triumph, joy and sorrow. We do our best as parents, but God is the ultimate guardian of our children. We can teach our children about Him, but we can’t force them to accept Him.
Our Heavenly Father takes joy when we acknowledge Him.
It is so sweet to hear my son say, “I love you, mom.” For years, I focused on my academic achievements and work. I didn’t necessarily picture what joy a child might bring to my life, but my son is more important than any degree or award I could achieve. He loves me because I am his mom. I pray that when he grows up, he will always love the Lord and will remember the values that my husband and I taught him.
Our Lord always gives us a choice. He loves us beyond comprehension. Amen.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. – 1 John 3:2 NIV
We are incredibly blessed to be God’s children. Our parents shape our lives and our values.
Being a mother brings a new perspective. What do we want for our children? Most of all, we can want our children to love the Lord and to keep His commandments.
When we look into a child’s face, we cannot see the future. We don’t know what our kids will grow up to be like. But we can instill in our children what it is to pray.
When Christ appears, we will finally be able to see Him face to face. And by the grace of God, He will be proud of us for keeping the faith. Amen.
This is what the Lord says— He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. – Isaiah 44:2-3 NIV
A 3-dimensional ultrasound shows incredible details. I remember how astounded I was when I saw my baby’s face for the first time in his ultrasound images. I could almost imagine God forming him. How amazing is our God!
The Lord can pour out His Spirit and bless us beyond imagination.
There is no end to the water of life that God can provide. Amen.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 NIV
When we turn every aspect of our lives over to Jesus, we won’t be sorry. A little bit of faith goes a long way.
Jesus gave us salvation for free. It was free for us, yet He paid a great cost. It makes us wonder why some people might want to return a free gift. Is that gift really no use to them or are they not able to see the great value in it? They have little faith because they can only see their limitations instead of God’s infinite possibilities.
The Lord can direct us how to respond. Although we may want to react right away, the best thing is to pause and ask our best business partner, Jesus, for His advice. If we listen to His divine wisdom instead of making assumptions, we will always come out of the situation okay. Amen.
Thou tellest my wanderings: Put thou my tears into thy bottle: Are they not in thy book? – Psalm 56:8 KJV
When we have a cold, it can feel miserable. The Lord knows every tear that we shed. He knows how to comfort us. He is the Great Physician.
The Lord can see everything that goes on. Nothing surprises Him. So when we come to Him with our needs, He has already anticipated them. He can heal us quickly.
Illness passes and is only a temporary discomfort. The Lord wants us to regain our health, because He has important work for us to do. Amen.
As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friends. – Proverbs 27:17 NKJV
Our friends help us and put us at ease when we need them. We can encourage each other.
Not all friends remain close, but God always stays close to us and provides the right people to help us when we need.
We don’t always have good health, so when our health suffers, our friends can step in. It might be watching our toddler or accompanying us to the grocery store.
These types of friends are invaluable. It’s up to us to reach out to them if they become distant, because God loves them, too. Amen.