I will have to say this year has def started off with a bang! New Years day my oldest daughter came down with a stomach virus and then by Sunday my husband had it with a fever and also flu like symptoms. He tried going to work on Tuesday around mid morning and he was t-boned!!! I took him to the hospital because he had hit his head in two places. We leave with FLU diagnosis and sore body/back from doctor. By Wednesday my youngest daughter was now throwing up and moving on to the weekend I came down with the FLU. I thought to myself REALLY? I stood in TN just two weeks ago praising God with all I have at Xtreme and I remember asking for amazing things in 2010 and well I didn’t have puking my guts up as part of the plan. ( I mean the first 10 days come on!) Today I am back at work, and still full of congestion, runny nose, blah blah blah. When you are on your back you have a lot of time to think and for me that can be a good or a bad thing. Negative thoughts began to surround me and I began feeling so defeated and even thought maybe I can’t lose this weight so why try….I prayed God will you just take those thoughts away and only let me see YOU. I opened my devotion and this is how God blew my mind! (BTW my one word for 2010 is OVERCOME)
I pray that the eyes of your heart may
be enlightened so you may know what
is the hope of His calling. . .
and what is the immeasurable
greatness of His power to us who believe. . .
Ephesians 1:18a,19a, HCSB
Trusting God to help you overcome your sins and shortcomings sounds so spiritual, doesn’t it? Turning everything over to God, letting God handle your problems, giving your burdens to the Lord . . . can’t argue with the wisdom there.
But when it’s just you and your bad temper, or your runaway sex drive, or your weakness for cherry cheesecake, where do you find the strength to say no?
You might not guess it to look at you, but you have available to you–right now–the same kind of power that God “demonstrated . . . in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:20). And as you begin facing even your toughest challenges with the weapons of prayer, Bible truth, worship, thanksgiving, accountability, and other specific strategies that you’ll begin gaining through experience, you’ll see sin’s deception for what it is, you’ll turn your back on habits that have had your number for years, and your heart for instant gratification will be changed into a heart that knows where its power lies.
Greater things have yet to come because My God is amazing!