Faith-Not an Emotion

10 09 2011

This is a daily devotional from the book My Utmost For His Highest. I just had to share it with you all!

“For a while, we are fully aware of God’s concern for us. But then, when God begins to use us in His work, we begin to take on a pitiful look and talk only of our trials and difficulties. And all the while God is trying to make us do our work as hidden people who are not in the spotlight. None of us would be hidden spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our work when it seems that God has sealed up heaven? Some of us always want to be brightly illuminated saints with golden halos and with the continual glow of inspiration, and to have other saints of God dealing with us all the time. A self-assured saint is of no value to God. He is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and completely unlike God. We are here, not as immature angels, but as men and women, to do the work of this world. And we are to do it with an infinitely greater power to withstand the struggle because we have been born from above.

If we continually try to bring back those exceptional moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are becoming obsessed with the moments when God did come and speak with us, and we are insisting that He do it again. But what God wants us to do is to “walk by faith.” How many of us have set ourselves aside as if to say, “I cannot do anything else until God appears to me”? He will never do it. We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, “Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!” Never live for those exceptional moments— they are surprises. God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life— our work is our standard.”


Ouch, that hurt!

6 11 2010

Sometimes the things that hurt us the most are the things that we find so much healing in. Last winter I went sledding with some friends and this is what happened…

Not the best picture of me but it gets the point across (haha!).When we got to the top of the sledding hill I decided to take a running start and jump on my tube head first (laying on my stomach). The hill had gone from fluffy snow, to hard ice and on my way down I hit a grassy spot. My tube stopped but my body kept going and I slid face first on the ice, flipped over, and slid the rest of the way down on my butt. I was in pain for a few days, but after 7 I was completely healed with no scars! YAY!

So what does this have to do with relationships? Relationships hurt us, but relationships can also heal us. The first thing we did after I hurt myself was put a bag of ice on my face to keep the swelling down. It was kind of ironic. Ice was what destroyed my face, but ice was the first thing we used to help it. In the same way, we get hurt by relationships but we can begin to heal because of relationships.

I have had good relationships with others, and I have had bad relationships with others. I have had relationships that hurt and I have had relationships that restore. My point is that even though relationships are sometimes what make our lives hard, they can also be the thing that helps you get through the tough times! Think about the times when you were hurting the most. Where relationships a part of it in any way? If they were, were there any people that helped you through the pain? Then think about the best times in your life. Where relationships a part of it? For me the answer would almost always be “yes” for all three questions.

Devo #13

2 11 2010

I read this today and really started thinking about how I love people. If all I ever do in this world is love, then I have succeeded in my life! I have lived life to the fullest if I love as Jesus loves!

“1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,  but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”                                                                                    1 Corinthians 13