devotional: Rejoicing Outside Your Circumstances (2)

DEVOTIONAL

Philippians 4:6 |
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

For the past little while, I know the devotionals have been filled with stories about my mother. If you will indulge me one more time, I would appreciate being able to tie this in with today’s verse.
This was the day of her funeral, November 17, 2005. (Just now I looked up in the “subject” line of the e mail where I had put “November 18 devotional”, even subliminally I did not want it to be the 17th anymore).

The most vivid memories of the night of the 13th, was my sister calling me at almost midnight. We had just gotten back to South Carolina from Alabama and the five of us (Jonathan, Brittney, Courtney, Charles and I), were piled up on the couch, exhausted from a physically and emotionally draining visit with her. She wasn’t feeling well (which was something my mother never said.. she just did not complain) and she was sad (I think in her heart, she knew that she was leaving us).

“Mom stopped breathing, but she is now,” my sister said. ” I’ll call you back.”
A short while later there was another call, “Her heart stopped but they got it going again.”
All I could do was pray, “Your will be done, Lord. You know I do not want to lose her, but Your will be done.”

It was not long after that, my sister called once more with the news that she was gone. For an instant, I thought to myself, “Why did you pray THAT?” She was my mom, my mentor, my prayer warrior, my best friend! Then my heart was settled and my spirit was quieted while the Lord ministered to me as though to say, “For one, Katherine is MINE. Take comfort, she’s come home. She is with Me now”. I never before nor since, felt such peace.

The point I am trying to make, going the long way around, is let our prayers and supplications be for His will to be done. Let all we have, everything we do, all our experiences, glorify the Lord.

Through the most tremendous joys and praise through the darkest hours of pain, “Your will be done”. I can only face each day because I believe in the Lord. I know that my eternity is in His hands. Praise the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow!

PRAYER
Gracious and forgiving Lord
Thank You for loving us
Thank You for understanding the fearfulness that comes with praying Your will in any situation
Father, it is a matter of trust in You
We know that You have only the best for us
Yet we find it a challenge
And tend to forget that when issues arise
That truly put our faith to the test

Lord, when we pray for Your will
Please give us what we need to accept the answer to that prayer
It may not be the result we hope for or expected
We may be disappointed or disillusioned by the answer
But, Father, knowing that You are in control
Let us find peace and resolve in that

To You, O God
Be all honor and glory and praise
Forever and ever

Through the blood of Christ
AMEN

SONGS:
Silent Night

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Because He Lives

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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