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Waiting Patiently
Jan 12 3:27 AM

Waiting Patiently

Jan 12 3:27 AM
Jan 12 3:27 AM

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

Psalm 40:1–3

Most of the problems we have in life come as a result of our lack of patience.  Whether we are experiencing financial issues, relational problems, or spiritual difficulties, it’s usually as a result of our impatience.

Our lack of patience shows up differently in our lives as we experience different stages of life. When we are younger, we struggle with wanting to have everything quick and immediate. As we get older, our impatience increases.  We don’t like waiting for answers or results and this often shows itself in our relationship with the Lord. We want what we want from the Lord, when we want it.

Many times, when we think of waiting patiently on the Lord, we have no real practical idea of what that actually should look like in our lives.

In our desire to prove our sufficiency, we often neglect to cry out to the Lord for help. We believe that we can manage on our own, not realizing that we really can’t. This is what made David a “man after God’s own heart.” David is an example of having a proper view of himself as well as others, and a highly exalted praise for the Father.  David understood that he was to cry out to the Lord and wait to witness what He would accomplish in him.

In our culture today, suicide is on the rise and antidepressant prescriptions are at all-time highs, so it’s obvious that there isn’t a simple, natural answer to this problem that we face as humankind.  The problems we face are much larger than simple answers; therefore, we must give it the one who has already overcome all of the weight of the world instantaneously—the Christ of God.  When we pour out our cares and pains upon Him, crying out to Him in humility, He promises to bring us up out of the horrible pits of life, and set our feet upon a firm, sure and solid foundation.

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Day 31
Jan 31 12:51 AM

Day 31

Jan 31 12:51 AM
Jan 31 12:51 AM

THE WEIGHT OF THE WAIT

By Marlin and Monica Harris

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint

Isaiah 40:31

We (Monica and Marlin) wanted to share a few thoughts with you as we come to the close of this fast. What a journey it has been sitting at the feet of Jesus each day and listening to the ‘sacred whispers’ of the Holy Spirit as He speaks His peace and hope to our hearts. We have all cried, laughed and learned together as we have been on this amazing journey of self-discovery. We are becoming our best selves. We are challenging the old habits of our past, and finding new paths to walk in. 

 

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Day 30
Jan 30 12:23 AM

Day 30

Jan 30 12:23 AM
Jan 30 12:23 AM

Streams in the Desert 365 Devotions, Pages 452-453

By L.B. Cowman, Editor

“…there we saw the giants.”

Numbers 13:33

Yes, the Israeli spies saw giants, but Joshua and Caleb saw God! Those who doubt still say today, “We can’t attack…; they are stronger than we are” (v. 31). Yet those who believe say, “We should go up and take possession... for we can well able to do it” (v. 30). 

These giants represent, for us, great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. They are in our families, our churches, our social life, and even our own hearts. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites, fearing those in Canaan, said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size” (v. 32). We should exhibit faith as did Joshua and Caleb, who said, “Do not be afraid..., because we will devour them” (Numbers 14:9). In effect, they told the others, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to defeat.” 

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Day 29
Jan 29 12:21 AM

Day 29

Jan 29 12:21 AM
Jan 29 12:21 AM

YOUR BEAUTY IS NOT FOR SALE

By Marlin D. Harris

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What does the image that looks back at you say when you walk by a reflecting glass or even see yourself in a photograph? 

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Day 28
Jan 28 12:43 AM

Day 28

Jan 28 12:43 AM
Jan 28 12:43 AM

THE WIDOWMAKER

By Dr. Reggie Anderson

(Content taken from “The One Year Book of Healing: Daily Appointments with God”)

“No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.”

Acts 2:26-27

 As a primary care physician practicing rural medicine in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, I have witnessed a lot of healing. Some of it has been through the work of medical professionals, whom God uses to carry out his good work, and some have happened supernaturally—the result of God’s direct intervention.

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Day 27
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Day 27

Jan 27 12:30 AM
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Many of the emotional and relational issues that plague us as adults are the results of seeds planted in our childhoods. I don’t mean to suggest that there is a dysfunctional family in everyone’s bloodline, but all of us were shaped by the things from our past and our parents' past and their parent’s past, etc.

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