devotions

Waiting and fighting distractions

Today is my youngest daughter birthday, and I want to dedicate this to her. Happy birthday my sweet Julieanna..

In 2006, I could remember being frustrated because my current realities did not match up to where I desired to be. I was single, not in my career job environment, experiencing homeownership challenges, in debt with student loans, not sure of who I was, lost, and etc. I thought earthly things would bring me happiness and purpose. Yet, I forgot Ecclesiastes 1:14 that read – I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. The hard part was trying to trust in God, in my singleness, that He was sovereign and in control of my life. While everything around me felt like it was crumbling down, my personal morning devotion with God was the only thing that sustained me. It was as if God became my very best friend. I had to resist the temptation to believe that people’s opinion and culture define who I was and where I needed to be. My value was not in my current status. My worth and purpose were in Christ.

What I learned was that God allowed me to go through these pains and setbacks to connect with Him in a deeper level. There were many distractions that were trying to get me off course. How do I get back on course? One step was not to compare my current situations to others. There is a reason where you are at. If someone is further along, don’t believe that God has forgotten about you. Trust Him. Psalm 33:4 says that God is faithful in all He does. If He is faithful, He will surely guide you to where you need to be.

Today, my desire is that my daughter will soon learn her joy is not what she has around her, but Who she has within her (Christ).

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