Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's #FaithandInk Devotional ==> Tears and Smears


"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good..." ~ Genesis 50:20

Joseph spoke the above words after he had been through a lot. His brothers were worried that he would hold a grudge against them, because let's face it, he had every right to by human standards.

However, he looked past the bad intentions, past the hurt, the pain, the wrong doings, and he saw what God did through all of those bad things.




A while back, I had a bad day (to say the least). I was behind on my work and trying to get caught up when it happened… My cat knocked over a vase that I had sitting on my desk, soaking everything: my research, notes, to-do list, keyboard, mouse, computer, laptop, spare printer paper, 3 of my notebooks, my work binder, a book, and all my notepads, along with myself and the clothes that I was wearing... I could go on, but I bet you get the point.



As I sat there lividly looking at the water and desperately dabbing at the electronics, the words of Joseph flew to my mind. I had just read them the night before and they just resounded in my heart.

"God intended it for good."

I don't know what good can come out of wet electronics and ruined papers, but God didn't call me to understand, He called me to trust.

So, as sat there sopping up the mess, I fought the urge to focus on all that was lost; the urge to focus on the things of this world. I had to shift my focus to how much greater God was then anything I could ever put on paper. My computer wasn't ruined. The water had missed the power strip by an inch or two, so nothing fried. Yes, I lost some notes due to water damage, but it wasn't the end of the world. God was still God, and I was still not.


I guess that the whole experience was humbling. It forced me to slow down and meditate on the reason that I do the things that I do. It made me look at the importance of material objects (replaceable or not), and really just refreshed my perspective.

On a day when I was overwhelmed and beating myself up about being behind, I would have never guessed that a disaster like that would be the thing that improved my attitude, but if I had to guess, I bet God knew.




Reflection:
Are you focusing more on material belongings and worldly deadlines then you are on making your thoughts, actions, and work pleasing to Christ?

Application:
If you are letting the things of this world cause you to worry or stress you out, take a step back and shift your thoughts to Jesus. Remember that if God wants you to succeed, nothing will stop you, but if it isn’t His will, then nothing you do will make it come to pass.

Try memorizing 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. Write it on a note card and post it where it’s visible from your work area. Maybe spend some extra time in prayer or reading your Bible before sitting down at your desk next time.

Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.

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She attended Glendale Community College, and Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College. Her studies included journalism and Christian education.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Here's your Wednesday #FaithandInk devotion:


Today's topic... Writing Plans

“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.” ~ Romans 1:13


When I read the above verse this morning, I couldn’t help but think of a book that I have been planning to write for almost three years now. It’s a very important book to me, and I know it will bring glory to God. However, while I have been planning to write it, things keep preventing me from doing so.



Have you ever experienced something like that? I am very encouraged that Paul went through the same thing. He planned to go to Rome to share the Gospel with the Gentiles and reap a harvest for God – but God was determining his steps and prevented him from doing so (Pro. 16:9). It wasn’t that Paul’s plans weren’t good; it just wasn’t God’s timing.


That’s the way I now see the book I was beating myself up about not having done. Yes, I envision it doing great things for God, but His timing is better than mine. Who knows, maybe when my book is finally released I will be able to write a letter with it that echoes Paul’s words in Romans 1:13 to let the intended audience know that I had been planning it for years, but that God had different plans because He knew their hearts.


Our plans are not always God’s plans, even if they are plans to bring Him glory… which reminds me of Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”


Reflection:
Is there something that you have been planning to write to bring glory to God, that it seems like God
might be preventing?

Application:
Trust that God’s timing is better than your own, and that He will show you the proper time to introduce your writing to the world for His glory.



Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. She knows one thing every girl needs is a little honesty, so she’s not afraid to get candid and share her struggles. Her hope is that through her writing, she can help others soak up the love of Jesus. Heather currently resides in a small Texas town with her husband, Paul, and their four quickly-growing children. You can connect with her online by visiting her website BooksFaithandCoffee.com.