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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. – James 4:10 KJV
Overcoming an illness can be humbling. When we are used to doing everything, it can be humbling when suddenly we can’t because of our health. When I had tested positive for COVID-19 last September, I never would have imagined that I would be sick for more than two weeks or become a COVID-19 long hauler. I never would have thought that being sick for that long would set into motion some drastic life changes, such as a move to another state.
The Lord gives us strength in sickness and health. He knows our thoughts and fears and can heal us from any ailment. We can be grateful when our health returns. When He lifts us up, He lifts us physically and mentally. Amen.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 NIV
The Holy Spirit is a manifestation of God’s love. He helps us when we are disappointed. He guides us when we are in transition. Our Lord gives us hope.
Instead of focusing on our problems, we can fixate on our blessings.
Today is moving day into my new home in Idaho. It is okay to be busy and have a lot to do. God can always give us just enough strength that we need to get what we need to do done. Amen.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
The Lord’s love for us lasts forever. He will never get tired of loving us. He will never be too busy to hear our prayers.
Our God is kind. He made us good. When we find ourselves wondering how we will handle all the changes in our lives, we can simply stop and remember that we can always trust Him.
Transitions can feel uncertain. When we move to a different state, the roads are unfamiliar, but God always knows where He is going. He is never unsure where He is leading us. His GPS never has to recalculate, because He is always on track. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and makes sure we won’t get lost. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. – Psalms 89:15-16 NIV
We need God’s light. Without light, it is difficult to walk without stumbling.
Sometimes we create our own darkness. We allow others to disrupt our thoughts. The Lord sees us clearly and knows what is going on. He knows our thoughts. God knows our prayers even before we utter them.
His name is precious. One of the commandments is to refrain from taking the Lord’s name in vain. When we resent someone, it is tempting to call him or her a bad name, but God asks us to love, not to say words out of resentment. The Spirit of the Lord wants peace for us, and we need to be watchful of the words we say and think.
Jesus is worthy of acclaim. His actions and words are without fault. The more we think about Him, the more we become like Him and appreciate what He sacrificed for us. If we spent all day praising Him, how would our lives change? Amen.
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. – Hebrews 12:15 NIV
Sometimes change can be bittersweet.
We need to be careful to always thank God and not dwell on the past or harbor bitterness towards someone who hurt us in the past.
In order to move on, we need to listen to God’s voice at the present moment.
The past gives us lessons but we need to be aware that sometimes our thoughts cause us to live in the past.
God’s grace is available to us right now.
When we love the Lord, we all things are made new. We can be excited about the changes that God brings to our lives. They are changes for the better. Amen.
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV
We love Jesus even though we don’t see Him in person every day. It is possible to be best friends with someone who we appreciate and enjoy talking to, even if we can’t see them all the time.
Our friendship and faith in Jesus can give us joy and brighten a dark world. We can feel safe that He is with us always.
Although change can mean that we don’t do what we have been accustomed to doing, we can embrace the change knowing that God is bringing into our lives new opportunities. He is the great Creator. He is creating in us a new heart. His love for us shines through our friendships. His love endures forever. Amen.
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. – Psalms 31:24 KJV
Facing big changes takes courage. God can give us strength to get what needs to be done completed. Sometimes the tasks can seem overwhelming, but nothing is too difficult for God.
He directs us and gives us hope. He forgives and cleanses us. The Lord makes all things new.
When we start to doubt whether everything will be okay, we can remember that God’s will shall be done. We have hope of a brighter future.
This life that we are living is a temporary one, but we can have eternal life and redemption through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The Lord’s plans for us are always better than we can imagine. He wants us to live in a wonderful home. He blesses our families and relationships. He gives us peace when we need it the most.
He gives us hope of salvation and eternal life.
When we consider how well God’s plans for us come to fruition, we can be joyful and grateful. He is a much better planner than we are!
He can heal the brokenhearted and mend damaged relationships. He knows what words to put into our months to bless our communications. He has the ultimate recipe for happiness. Amen.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
Everyone processes change in a different way. It takes a godly level of patience and compassion to deal with those who don’t treat us nicely. We can try not to take things personally and pray when we do.
Jesus asks us to forgive the way God forgave us. This can be incredibly challenging. Instead of rehashing what went wrong and retelling it, what Jesus calls us to do instead is to love other people. It is not easy, but love can overshadow any challenging situation.
We can be grateful for the abundant blessings that our Heavenly Father has provided us. He is a wonderful provider and gives us more than we ask or think!
We can not let one person spoil the blessings that God has given us. Instead of focusing on their attitude, we can turn our eyes upon Jesus and thank Him for His incredible gifts. He gives us a place to live, a beautiful family, and work with purpose.
The moment we find ourselves complaining, we can pray and ask God to redirect our thoughts for His purpose for us. He always responds. He is the best counselor we could have. Amen.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV
It is sometimes difficult to walk by faith. We like to see what is in front of us. We like to know where we are going.
It takes a lot of faith to trust that God will take care of all the details of where we should go, where we should live, and what we should do. These details may sound like petty details, but God already has these things figured out, plus our life with Him after this one.
When we set our sights on Heavenly things, we are less worried about the things of Earth. This life is temporary, but we have an eternity with our God, the creator of the universe. We will be able to ask Him all our questions, and He will have answers.
We need to be more comfortable with uncertainty, because God has already won the race. We just need to be on His side and follow Him. Amen.