everyone. Technically, this would be Day
Eight, but I spent the bulk of yesterday driving and, when I arrived home, the
people I live with were hosting a small get-together. Needless to say, by the end of the day, and
after the last couple of weeks, I was pretty much wiped out. But, I am back home from Liberty (Lynchburg,
Day Seven of the
SOLO devotional is different than the preceding six days. On the seventh day,
we are asked to review and reflect on all we read during the week and to revel
in the ways we've encountered God in the past six days.
REVIEW: This week, we have read about reconciliation
in Genesis 3 and about wrestling with God until we get a blessing in Genesis
32. Genesis 50 (verses 15-21) gave us a
picture of forgiveness by looking at the story of Joseph and his brothers. Day Four asked us to read Exodus 3 and the
story about Moses and the burning bush and the holy ground. We were challenged to pay attention to our
lives in a way that might help us to notice God and His Holiness. On Day Five, we read about the Israelites
begging for meat; so, God gave them quail and manna. This was in Exodus 16 (9-16). Then, on Day Six, we read about God shielding
Moses from the full effects of His Glory, but that God did allow Moses to see
His Back, while they were on Mount Sinai (right before God wrote the Ten
Commandments). This message was from
Exodus 33 and 34.
REFLECT: As I reflect on all that's been covered this
week, it's amazing to me that what I wrote and shared with you all, does not
sound like it would've had anything to do with what we were asked to read. But, then, is that not the grace and glory of
God to take us places we don't realize we need to go using means that would
baffle other people?
Let me share about
where God led me this week.
Every prayer is an
act of faith. If you don't believe that
the entity you are praying to will answer your prayers, would you pray? I began my period of the last 2 weeks just begging
God to reveal Himself to me. I didn't
know what I needed, but I knew I needed something, and I knew that only God
could provide it. I didn't know how He
would show up (or if, for that matter) but I took a leap of faith based on what
I'd read in Scripture. I figured,
"if the Bible is true, He surely has to honor this request." But to make doubly sure, I didn't miss
anything He might try to say to me, I made sure that I had as quiet an
atmosphere as possible for Him to work in, or speak to me.
So, without further
ado, here are some of the things God showed me this past week.
1. The hardest
fought battles bring the sweetest victories.
2. I CAN live a
victorious life in the midst of horrific circumstances.
3. I truly must work
out my salvation with fear and trembling.
4. I hear best from
God when I’m writing (this is a personal revelation, not a global one.) :)
5. Nothing I put
inside my body will fill a deep ache in my soul.
6. The strength God
gave me is a gift I CAN use it to
overcome. I WILL use it to
overcome. And I WILL do what He has
called me to do. Regardless of how much
7. There is a reason God made me strong. There is a reason my husband keeps saying I
"just keep coming." I will
never be able to move into God's perfect will for my life if I am too afraid to
deal with my baggage from the past.
All this, and it's
just the first week. I can't wait to see
what the rest of the year reveals.
If you worked
through the devotional this week, or followed along with the passages I posted
and what I was doing, and felt God was speaking to you, and would like to
share, I would love to hear from you.