Be Ye Grateful Always: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
The past three weeks have been busy for me. First, a weekend in Atlanta for a wedding, second, a day trip to Orlando to sell my devotionals, and this past weekend, a Jazz Gala where I enjoyed and sold my devotionals (thanks to a good friend). When I sat back and reflected, I realized how good God has been, even in the unexpected.
My daughter and I speak daily, but it’s not often that we talk in the evenings. So, on Friday evening, she called me and said she needed to go to urgent care. My first question was, what’s going on? She told me and proceeded to FaceTime me so I could see the problem. I was astonished at what I saw and inquired about when the problem had started. She mentioned she started itching on Wednesday. My next question was, what did you do today? She said she had a meeting around noon, but had been home the remainder of the day. Next, I asked, why didn’t you go to urgent care after your meeting? Her response was it didn’t seem that bad, and now it’s getting worse.
Then I asked the Lord, why does it always get worse during the night hours? It’s one thing for your child to be sick, but to be sick and out of town teaches you to call and depend on the Lord. I asked her if she had any Benadryl. Thank you, Lord, that she had some Benadryl. She was and had been having an allergic reaction. One natural remedy was mixing baking soda and water to form a paste and put it on the affected areas for about 20 minutes. It was only a temporary relief, but Benadryl helped a lot. She went online and scheduled an appointment for the next day with urgent care. We were there when they opened. She saw the doctor and got two prescriptions, and by Saturday evening, she was doing much better.
On the way to church Sunday, I called to check on her, and we realized that at the age of 22, this was the first time in her life that she had ever been sick enough to go to urgent care. What a blessing. We pray it takes another 22 years or more before she needs to go again.
When situations change, God is always the same. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Be thankful in all situations. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
Even when a situation doesn’t look good, God is always present. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2-3
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4