Blessed is She Who Believed

Blessed is She Who Believed

August 2, 2017

“And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 (AMPC)

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It’s a compelling thought: God speaks jaw-dropping promises to His women, and if we dare to believe Him, we’ll be blessed.

Consider Mary, an average young woman living a quiet little life in Nazareth, tending to her family’s chores while daydreaming about her engagement to Joseph.

Suddenly, the angel Gabriel steps from Heaven onto her humble patch of earth and says something outrageous. He makes a promise that could never be fulfilled through mere human effort.

He declares the upcoming birth of a Savior — the long-awaited Messiah — through her, a virgin. He makes it clear she is God’s chosen vessel and through her, the stunning plan of redemption will occur. And then Mary does something equally outrageous.

She believes.

In spite of her initial misgivings and not quite understanding how it will all work, she chooses to believe what God tells her. And history declares her blessed among women.

Meet the Scripture where it all started, the first chapter of Luke. I call it every woman’s verse:

“And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).

God speaks. He gives the promise. And we believe.

Simple, right? Yet believing God’s promises is sometimes the hardest part. Believing is daring. Believing flies in the face of all we’re experiencing. We feel uncertain, scared we’re making it all up. Our faith feels woefully wobbly and feeble.

But if we dare to believe, we’ll be blessed among women. This truth holds the capacity to anchor our hearts while we face the two struggles every woman experiences.

Our first struggle is to believe we are who God says we are.

Unfortunately, we often believe less about ourselves — that how we are is how we’ll always be.

“My mother was moody, and I am, too.”

“My father was short tempered, and that’s just the way our family is wired.”

Struggles with stubbornness, strife, feelings of inadequacy, or the ability to hold a grudge are simply a given — a family legacy like freckles or muscular legs or blue eyes.

We’ve accepted a lesser version of ourselves.

What if, like Mary, we pondered and then truly accepted and dared to believe that we are who God says we are?

  • Beautiful (Song of Solomon 1:15)
  • Accepted (Ephesians 1:6)
  • New creations (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Precious in His sight (Isaiah 43:4)
  • Unquestionably free (John 8:36)
  • Chosen (John 15:16)

Our second struggle is to believe the stunning promises God whispers to our hearts.

How many times do we struggle because what God speaks to our hearts makes no sense? We wonder, How? How can this happen since _____?

I struggle to grasp God’s infinite abilities, because the deep issues I wrestle with in private seem impossible to overcome. Or I’m baffled by the logistics. Though we desperately long to believe, so much of what we see is the exact opposite of the promise. Our hearts soak in the promise but cannot comprehend the how.

What if we dared to believe God could do anything — anything at all — in and through us? What if, like Mary, our hearts were open in the midst of our most baffling, uncomfortable, unlikely situations?

God births supernatural things through women. He whispers to our imperfect hearts and beckons us to believe His stunning promises. Even when we’re a hot mess. When we dare to believe Him, He is honored. He is glorified. And His promises begin to unfold.

As God birthed the Messiah through Mary, His chosen vessel, so He births beautiful things through each of us.

What promises are you holding on to? Has God whispered a stunning promise to your heart — one so big there’s no way it can be accomplished apart from Him? Or maybe you’re gripped by the fear that there’s no promise for you.

If you’ve ever felt like you’re somewhere between a rock and a hot mess, you’re not alone. And contrary to how it might seem, you’re actually in a good place. A divine place, where holy promise exists. A place where every woman can dare to believe and embrace all God offers.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Job 42:2, “I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.” (AMPC)

RELATED RESOURCES:
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Here are specific prompts you can pray this week to cultivate faith as you dare to believe:

Ask God to bring your heart into alignment with His heart. (Matthew 6:10)
Ask Him to cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will. (Proverbs 16:3)
Ask Him to send strength and encouragement to your heart. (Isaiah 40:29)
Ask Him to strengthen your faith. (Mark 9:23-24)

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Comments

  1. Laurie Dean says:

    Thankyou. That is a totally cool piece of truth, received. 🙂

  2. Proud Mom says:

    This really blessed my spirit. I am going through so much right now, and I feel so lost. I keep asking God why do my kids and I have to keep going through hurt from my husband choices

    • I’m so sorry you’re enduring hurts, my heart goes out to you. I just stopped to pray for you. In spite of how things look, when we pray we know God is at work. For me, reaching out for professional, Christian-based counseling helped immensely. I am asking the Lord to give you wisdom and to cover and protect you and your children.

    • I can completely relate. Although my ex husband and I divorced 2+ years ago because of his multiple bad choices, there are times I get SO angry, wondering why my daughter and I have to suffer while he continues making bad choices, but seems happy with his “new” life when I am still hurting. I know God has a plan for me, but I admit that I get impatient. I have learned to take my life one day at a time, one moment at a time and not look back and not too far into the future and trust that God is control and has a plan for me, even though sometimes I don’t feel it. I agree that Christian-based counseling helps. Prayers to you! 🙏🏼

  3. Valerie F. Wade says:

    This truly bless this hot mess!Thank you

  4. Amen….God help me to believe and totally trust in all You say in Your word…

  5. Good morning! Im pretty sure i can used this book…im a work in progress and the guidance and encouragement would be great!

  6. Thank you for the words of encouragement this morning. I pray that I will recognize God’s promises he has for me.

  7. God bless you Julie, this devotion spoke to my soul.

  8. Very encouraging devotional…however I was wondering if the reflect and respond section was supposed to be the “connect” section…

  9. Love this: “He whispers to our imperfect hearts and beckons us to believe His stunning promises. Even when we’re a hot mess.”
    Thank you for the encouragement.

  10. Thanks for sharing this today. It always amazes me that God knows just what I need and meets that need before I even know that I need it.

  11. Awesome word,a reminder that I am who God says I am, I can do what He says I can do and I can have what He says I can have. Thank you.

  12. Thank you !!!

  13. I can’t wait to read this book ! Sounds awesome 🙏

  14. Amen

  15. Excellent and encouraging thoughts and insights! I am so excited to begin leading a womans bible study with your book..

  16. Thank you Julie for your inspiring devotion!!! If we are all honest, I do believe that we all have experienced a “hot mess” in our lives. We have to BELIEVE God’s promises. ~Lisa~

  17. I love the title Hot Mess! I have made some many mistakes in my life and all i can do is pray for forgiveness and try to do better next time. Many (if not all) my messes could have been avoided if i would listen more to God and less to society. Thank you for the message and the great work you do!!

  18. Janet axelson says:

    Oh my: that’s where I sit today, wanting so badly to believe that God has a husband waiting for me. I’m trying so hard to believe the promises of God, but I’m tired, worn and weary. Would love your book….

    • Hi Janet, I don’t know God’s specific plans for you, but I do know He hears your prayers and is working out His plans for your life, so take courage, my friend. I’m praying that God will send fresh joy and hope to your heart.

  19. Such great truth!!!

  20. Psalms 1:1-3 in my opinion is the look in the mirror that we all need before we can truly be free to accomplish the things of God and have the confidence in which to do so. I hope I can get a few Amen’s on this one (smile)

    Psalm 1
    1
    Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
    2
    but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
    3
    That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

  21. Susan Miller says:

    Thank You…I needed this today!!!

  22. “…if we dare to believe Him…” Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!

  23. This is a great message for me today. The 7 promises really helped me put in perspective my identity in Christ. Thank you.

  24. Jeanna Hendrickson says:

    Wow, needed this. I’m constantly dealing with family members who create a ‘hot mess’ scenarios all the time. But years ago, I feel like my call in my family and for the legacy to come is “be the change”.

    Thank you for this devotion as it’s reset my mind. How I react in situations can determine who I am for the future.

  25. A very encouraging and much needed insight this morning . Thank you !

  26. I love this scripture so much that it is the theme and name of my blog. 🙂 I love this devotion centered around it. I’m learning, especially the last few months, that God can do the impossible if we just get out of the way and let Him do it in His timing and His way.

  27. Shirley Stallworth says:

    Great reminder of the ever present struggle of a Christian. Although ” Non Believers” rest more comfortably in these struggles, Believers are ashamed to admit them because of the stigma of a believer ” Not Believing.

    Thank you for opening an avenue to relax and disclose that yes these struggles do exist, God still loves us and can help us with them if we trust that he knows what he is doing.

    Shirley

  28. That was wonderful! I needed that reminder of those truths. I just recently stepped out in faith to do something I feel led to so but it was a struggle as most of it made absolutely no common sense. Thanks for sharing.

  29. janny holder says:

    omg! how the lord speak to me is amazing. even the smallest things that I know I am so scared to try he re assures me that is ok, God I pray that I always hear your voice. teach me father God to be obedient to you and to know that the promises that you have spoken over my life will come to pass.

  30. Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks as women is to quiet our hearts and embrace who we are in Christ. I think of Anna in the Bible who continually surrendered her heart to the Lord. She too must have learned that our God is so much bigger than all those false images and insecurities the world offers. Our God offers peace and hope even in the midst of all those to do lists. Jesus provides blessings specifically designed for us, as His sacrificial love and grace helps us move forward in our walk. We can trust His word and His promises. Thank you Jesus for freely giving Your life for all of mankind! This aspect alone makes all His promises secure.

  31. Thank you for this. I needed a daily devotional, did a search randomly and this was where I was directed. Truly a work of God – how did the computer know I’m a woman and my pastor’s blog was not up today?? I’m sending to my adult daughter as well. Looks like ladies are up early – I have heard just recently if your woke up an hour before regular time it’s your body calling, if your woke up 2 hours or even more it’s God calling. Interesting, I woke up three times last night starting at 4. My mom is faithful everyday of her life at 4:30… maybe it’s my time to start. Thank you for the words – I look forward to the rest of my days.

  32. Thank you for the reminder of the great God we serve! He has promised to provide and meet every need if we only trust and believe!

  33. I thought I was alone…
    Struggling to believe the whispers
    I constantly ask myself if I am crazy

    God if this is you….give me a sign and then I keep asking for more signs

    God, what you are saying seems impossible taking into consideration my present circumstances

    But when I choose believe….really believe….there is peace and those moments are very precious

    • Hi Eunice, what I love so much about our God is that He NEVER leaves us nor forsakes us, so we are NEVER alone. He is honored when we believe. I am praying that God sends fresh encouragement to your heart.

  34. Amen! God will provide when we trust and believe!

  35. Beautiful words, thank you!

  36. Lynda Bonenberger says:

    WOW – talk about HIM speaking through message and scripture – this sentence: ‘Or maybe you’re gripped by the fear that there’s no promise for you” is part of my daily thoughts. I read Proverbs 31 every day, and many times I feel it focuses on married people or parents so I don’t always relate (I’m a happy single Christian lady). Today, really hit home ….as I feel with all that I have to deal with on a daily basis as a single woman, while also dealing with an ailing parent, I feel like I’m a hot mess sometimes (an organized hot mess). And most days faith and prayer are all I have to support me.

    • Hi Lynda, I understand, because many days faith and prayer are all many of us have. I am praying that God will send fresh joy and encouragement to your heart today. May He pour out His abundant blessings on you and your ailing parent.

  37. I am struggling to accept God’s will with some recent changes in my daughter’s life. I truly believed in the ” happily ever after” in her story, but she apparently wasn’t happy, but hid it very well. I desperately need to have faith in God’s plan for her and to align my thoughts with his will. He has placed her on a new and exciting path that she is so deserving of and
    I am really trying to be joyful about things but I honestly DO NOT like change. I pray that I can just trust God and be as supportive as everyone else. Why is it so hard to do that when you know deep down it is what’s best??

  38. Love this lesson. Especially hot mess to blessed..

  39. Mary Clare Njeri says:

    Encouraged

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you! Good God’s word. Great reminder.

  41. Forgiven says:

    https://blog.lproof.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/identity.jpg

    This is from a Beth Moore simulcast I attended a few years ago. I have it saved to remind me who I am in Christ. Enjoy!

  42. Awesome devotion! Enjoyed it so much, perfect timing! Thank you!

  43. I can’t believe I got to this place .. where what I see is SO far from the dream God put in my heart 40 yrs ago for my family.. god has promised that He makes all things new .. the same God that breathed life into dead dry bones will breathe life into the dead areas of my family. I am counting on His faithfulness !

  44. Thank you for your devotional today. I am reminded that God has promised me with my upcoming birth of my firstborn; He is in control & He will empower me to be a mom to my child! All in His strength, peace, & love. God is always good on His promises, no matter what I do!

  45. Thank you. I am normal. I have been given a promise only HE can fulfill. I am happy to hear it is not just me that wavers. God is in control and will fulfill HIS promise in HIS perfect timing.

  46. I am believing the promise that Jesus gave in Luke 18:7-8 — that God will give justice to his children who cry out to him day and night.

  47. Oh how I need some inspiration right now. This book looks like what I need. Struggling with my hot mess. Looking for God to change my family through a bout with cancer.

  48. I think it’s important to search scripture to be very clear on exactly and only what God specifically promises. I am learning that God does not necessarily promise to bring about things in my life that I desperately want and think should happen, even when they seem to be so aligned with His will. I have been praying and begging God for 16 years to bring about healing and restoration in my marriage. That prayer has not been answered. I am learning that it may not ever be–His ways are mysterious and do not always conform to what I think is His will.

    • Hi VL!
      Surely God has led us in this page so He’ll be able to reach out to every single one of us who’s not different from any other. It is truly right to search for scriptures as it is GOD’s WORD. However, God’s thoughts and mind do not work the same way as ours. Nor HIS calendar and time set the same way we would often plan our lives would/should be.
      That is why He uses a lot of HIS children to help us out as we allow ourselves to be surrounded by them. Some Christian speakers, book writers, devotional bloggers/writers (like Jill, thank GOD for her life!), friends, church mates, Pastor, ministry leaders, etc. can be the next book He will speak through, to you or anyone of us, as He breathes to and through them to enlighten us on what His WORD is all about, so He can reveal Himself, His good and perfect will.

      I have learned so much from different Christian leaders, one of them is Luis Palau. He shared in one f his talks that God can answer us in many ways but some of the 5 ways GOD may answer our prayers would possibly be:
      1. “NO, I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH!”
      He knows not to say yes to our heartfelt and “seemingly GOD-conforming desires/requests, because His thoughts have already explored the so many consequential or possible results HE may have been trying to prevent you from getting into, if He would give in to your requests.
      2. “YES, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT!”
      He builds us to become a better person by being patient, learning how to wait on HIS terms and time. Ecc. 3:1 on wards says “there is a time for everything..!” The 16 years you’ve spent in waiting to have your prayers get answered have not been wasted all along as you look back, because He made use of them to build you as His precious child so you will be ready when the time comes…Have you recognized how much He’s introduced Himself to you during those times and how much He has drawn you nearer to Him?
      3. “YES, BUT NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED!
      Sometimes, we ask Him of something with a limited mindset geared towards our own benefit, but HE thinks differently. He also thinks of other people (esp. the ones involved) surrounding us. Their responses are also important to Him… He always wants to use us as we desire for “good things” not only for ourselves but mostly for HIS glory. PROV. 3:5-6 Trust HIM, and not on our own understanding… Even Abraham was given his own son at a later age, (when all of the impossibles were thought of) only because that was what HE thought was the perfect time!
      4. “YES AND HERE’S MORE!”
      When we make Him so big in our lives, we should expect for immeasurable things along what we have requested, more than our imagination…without a doubt. As Christians, we get surprised on the things He really is able to do, when we know He is able to fulfill what He has promised. Jer. 29:11 He knows what He is doing…His plans to prosper you…
      and last but not the least…
      5. “YES! I THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER ASK!”
      He’d been waiting all along. For your heart to be like HIS as you asks…
      Jas. 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

      Prayer does not have to be complicated, it is yet simple, calling out to a very incomprehensible GOD who’s known what’s in our hearts before we utter them.

      I wanna share you what I have learned in this incomprehensible “life” that we live in, that HIS silence may not mean what we think it is. However, HIS delays don’t necessarily mean HIS denials either.
      May GOD bless you as you as you seek HIM more in your walk with HIM. That no matter how long you wait, you will realize how His answers are always worth waiting for (and no matter HIS answers will be) than turning our backs to HIM.

      • I’m sorry to have misspelled your name Ms Julie Gillies 🙁 My fingers was oblivious typing “Jill” instead, but thank you for the devotion! May God use you more in His ministry!

      • Wow!That was a wonderful and powerful for me as.well.Thank you for sharing.I hope she embraces what you said aa.much aa.me. God bless. Cassy

    • Let the anchor hold NL. I know a devoted Christian family who God took twenty plus year before restoration came. Now the husband is also saved and serving God. God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think. He sees your suffering and will answer your prayer.

  49. Kristie Smith says:

    Wow! What an amazing devotional. You truly spoke to my heart this morning. I’m a Christian teacher and I plan to share this with my colleagues today. I would love to read your book! Thank you for the beautiful devotional today!

  50. One of my top 5 favorite verses (from the KJV): “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

    My favorite thing about this verse? It was another woman that recognized the blessing and encouraged her friend and younger relative about it!! If all us women could do the same, we could change this world!

  51. melissa Deans says:

    I am asking to request prayers for my family and I . The Lord knows the desires of my heart as I intercede on behalf of my family and myself. I also ask for prayer for my son to find a good church home. For I know the prayers of the righteous avails much!!! also, my sister needs Jesus to help her with a crisis she is having in her life. she and her whole family need God in their lives. the Lord knows. thanks as always for being a blessing….To God be the glory for the great things he does! May God bless each of you for how you have blessed me and my family in countless ways….

    • Hi Melissa, I am asking the Lord to guide your son in his search for a good church home, and for your sister to sense the Lord’s comfort and peace and for Him to intervene as only He can. May He pour out His good Spirit on you and your entire family.

  52. Linda Clough says:

    Thank you so much for today’s devotional. I am sure you have heard this many times but it so spoke to me today. I am in a new season of my life & not sure what God has in mind. So for right now I am having grandchildren & loving it & sewing pillowcases for foster children. I continue to seek God & reach out. Please keep me in prayer as I search & deal with family issues that if I allow it could really bring me down. I have spent my life being rejected by those I love . My Hope & love is in the Lord. Thank you again.

  53. Jana Hardy says:

    These words have clearly just motivated me to BELIEVE….it is very simple to say the words, but it takes trusting GOD to see it through….

  54. Denise Moyer says:

    I so need strength & encouragement for my heart!
    I believe God’s promises, I just don’t know or remember if I have one, that’s specific to me.
    Abba Father, here I am, tell me what you want to do through me. & I will say, Yes & Amen.
    Thank you for this devotion. What a blessing!

  55. Thank you so much for today’s devotion. I love day by day God uses a simple 5 minutes of reading to deepen my thinking and mould me. In the season of my life I feel stuck between daring to believe and daring to completely trust God for his promises. I believe he will fulfil the promises he has tenderly whispered to me however, through seeing and experiencing the exact opposite and waiting period I battle with believe that God will remain true and that I can trust him. I believe in my heart, but the uncomfortableness of uncertainty stops my mind from fully believing too.. Although this year, my desire and pray is to fully grasp this by speaking the truth and standing firm on the Promises of God through his scripture so my mind wont be so much in the battle field. Today’s devotion is a reminder, so thank you. Sounds like a wonderful book.

  56. Thanks for speaking the Word and for how it applies to our lives.. good stuff. How do you sign up fir drawing for book??

  57. I really enjoyed and appreciated the devotion today. BUT I was really surprised that there was no prayer at the end of it! I am always so grateful for those short prayers. They often seem to be the words I need to hear or my heart is wanting to say. Please bring back the closing prayer!

  58. Luke 1:45 from the King James says

    ‘And blessed is she that believed:for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord’

    We are not to add anything to God’s word or take anything away from it (Rev 18-19)

    If we want to find the original meaning of a word from the version we read we must use a concordance such as Strongs. There we can find the Hebrew & Greek meanings of the translated english we are reading. Some things have been lost in translation & there are mistakes in some versions. It is widely accepted that the King James is most accurate, although more difficult to read.
    Gods word is the truth. We are commanded to seek after Him, in Spirit & in truth.
    Thank you for this message! I am pleasantly reminded today that i can believe Gods word for what He says in His word is the truth!

    • I’m not sure I have the knowledge or authority to speak on this topic, but as a polyglot and translator of many languages… Doesn’t what you quoted mean the same exact thing semantically as the translation quoted at the start of the devotional (Which I presume you’re implying is incorrect? Please disregard this message in the case that you didn’t imply it was incorrect. I apologise for the misunderstanding.) Let’s take a look…

      “And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.”
      “And blessed is she that believed:for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
      To join these together in a more approximate translation, “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfil/perform the things which He told her.”

      I’m uncertain what mistake you’re seeing in this translation but I do agree and concede that one must read the concordance to understand the Bible to its fullest, along with comparing other various translations.

      God bless!

  59. Evans Elaine says:

    Beautiful , I loved today’s message.

  60. On the brink of marital separation and foreclosure on the home we’ve been in for the past 18 years, I am trusting God for a miracle.

    My marriage is in desperate need of repair. It CAN be a small testimony of reconciliation instead of the hot mess it is currently. God is actively at work to heal it and bring glory to Himself through our story.

    As for our home, the physical structure is insignificant compared to the value of my marriage and family, although it is a place of refuge. I am begging God to intervene somehow. It will truly be a miracle to save both.

    Lord, Your fame goes beyond my comprehension. Your ability, beyond my intellect. In my very basic existence, You desire my attention and adoration, my complete devotion. I give you the scraps of my meager attempts at life and trust You to breathe abundant life into this mess. Not for my sake, but for Your Name’s sake. May Your deeds be known among the nations…among my neighbors…among my family…among my unsaved friends, so that all will come to know You!

    • Agreeing with your prayer, Naylene. May the Lord intervene as only He can. May He breathe holy hope into your heart and pour out His abundant Spirit, bringing healing and reconciliation as only He can.

    • Naylene, I am praying about your situation. I have been in a similar place myself and God has put our marriage back together. We were in really bad shape for a long time, God kept assuring me thru his word that he was at work. It was painful, brutal, something akin to open heat surgery without the anesthetic but we are so in a better place today. One day as I was leaving the house, the Lord prompted me to read a few quick verses before leaving. I did and He pretty much “shot gunned” me with about 5 powerful promise verses. When I got home there was a note on the table, my husband had left. He was gone 2 months. I only had a low paying p/t job, the bills piled up, I had no idea how I was going to pay them. But it worked out, little by little I was able to get them current. My husband did come home, not in a mood to reconcile, but in time we have. My husband began to go to church with me again…we were able to pay off some huge debt. God worked miracles and still does. Lean in to the Lord, ask him for his strength and peace instead of your weakness and anxiety. He carries us and he knows every detail. Believe the promises he gives to you. 🙏🏻F

  61. I will make the choice to hold onto God’s promises.

  62. Maria A. says:

    Wonderful truths!

  63. Thank-you Lord, for speaking to me, showing me the way, never leaving me, always right in the mix of my troubles,
    you are the bread of life, water when my mouth get dry. You are my mother and father, sister and my brother.
    I can go on and on. Trust in the Lord. Thank-you for everything. AMEN.

  64. So sad that today you can rarely find encouragement like this. People refuse to believe nowadays that God is the God of Promising, who still makes personal promises to us even today in this year of 2017. So many people think He’s long gone, and dead, or quit caring about humans, and so they call you “crazy” if you believe in God’s promises to you, whether a personal promise, or one you found in the Bible that applies to all of us. And so we are inclined to be afraid then, wondering if we really ARE stark raving mad.

    Thank you for these words of encouragement. I hope all of you will pray for our Lord to guide the hearts of all who exist so that they might become more accepting of our Promising God.

  65. Every bit of this spoke to my heart. What beautiful timing given the most recent OBS study that recently ended.

  66. I needed this…so much. This is a resounding confirmation of things going on right now! I am going to keep this as a reminder! Thank you so much.

  67. Thanks for this!

  68. I so needed to hear this. This has totally spoken to my heart as I am struggling with trusting God with some things I don’t understand. I am so very thankful for this devotion. God’s promise to me that I need to believe is, “Now faith is being sure of things hoped for and certain of what we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1” I want to trust but my mind tries to figure things out.

  69. Today’s word was written for me. Thank you, feeling so motivated and ready. God Bless

  70. Traci Lang says:

    Oh, how I struggle with the flesh every day! God is taking me on a very scary journey to becoming a Godly woman. I say scary because He’s changing every part of me; physically, mentally, spiritually. I will definitely be a completely different woman, if I trust Him. After all, He’s the one that made me, right?

  71. Janice Sylvester says:

    Luke 1:45 My life verse. I have seen some promises fulfilled and still waiting with confidence for others. Always trusting in Jesus, my Savior.

  72. Thank you for this devotional. I have been waiting for something. Waiting for what God put on my heart nearly ten years ago. I have doubted and feared. I have second guessed and doubted it was God at all, and I just made it up. I have made my husband angry as he isn’t on board with it at all, and thinks I wanted this something so bad, that I’ve made it up in my head. It is hard when your loved ones don’t believe you. I think it would have been best to be like Mary and “ponder things in my heart”, rather than to have shared or speak at all. I’ve prayed for confirmations and He has answered numerous times over the years in different ways. My eyes cannot see the how’s right now. So, I continue to move forward with just a mustard seed of faith(maybe it’s a little bigger by now), waiting and praying for God’s plan to unfold.

  73. Pamela =) says:

    Julie, I cannot thank you enough for this devotional. I have never had anyone put so perfectly into words the fear I live in and the doubts that crowd out hope related to God’s promises. Thank you for sharing your heart and for showing ways to overcome so that we may live fully as the masterpieces God intends us to be. ❤

  74. Carrie Crowl says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. And thank you for pushing me to move forward asking God for his Divine will in my life, despite my inadequacies. May God bless you as you bless us.

  75. I’m just reading this 3 days after it was posted and all I can really say is thank you for allowing the Lord to speak through you. I know God has called me to be a teacher. Working with children isn’t something I picked but God showed me 5 years ago this is what He wanted me to do and I’ve been standing on it ever since He showed me. Many people have tried to talk me out of it and the enemy has tried to plant fear and lies in my mind. But much like Mary, I’m believing for God to use me and it’s so encouraging to know I’m in a divine and holy place!

  76. This devotional spoke to my heart, and Encourages me to see my worth. Sometimes if I see others prospering, being blessed, I wonder and ask God, why not me, or when Lord, when. Reading this encourages me to trust God, believe that He has me on His mind and a blessing is coming my way. Thank you Julie….great devotional! God bless you!

  77. Julia, this brought hot tears, my oldest child Steve 47 has been a homeless person addicted to drugs for a very long time. It hurts so much and I don’t feel even able to talk about it or bring it up in prayer groups as I think people are tired of hearing about it. His dad has been dead since 1984. This part of what got him using drugs. People in our family have give. Up on him. His 4 kids miss him so much. God has given me promises for him. Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways but I will heal him. Isaiah 49:16 & 17 See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your children hasten back and those who laid you waste depart from you.
    These are just some of the promises God has given me concerning this situation. I have seen the Lord move in powerful ways in other places in my life, He has fulfilled other promises that seemed highly unlikely to happen. But He did. I know He knows my Mom broken heart. Thank you.

  78. This was very good and what I needed. My heart yearns to believe that God will use me to do something major. but my fears and feelings of inadequacy come to lay guilt and doubt in my heart. Ever day that I wake up, I make it my goal to BELIEVE GOD for the little things an big things.

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