Something New For You

Something New For You

August 11, 2017

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

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“I’ve really blown it this time,” Melany confessed through teary eyes and trembling lips. I placed my arm around her shoulders and drew her close to my side.

“My mom will never forgive me,” she continued.

“Your mom may be upset at first, but she loves you,” I reassured her. “If you’d like, I’ll go with you when you tell her you’re pregnant.”

Melany let out a deep sigh and dried her eyes with the back of her hand. “I’d like that,” she agreed. I smiled and gave her another squeeze.

“I just wish I could go back to the way things were before I got pregnant.”

Have you ever felt as if God is fed up with you? Perhaps you feel your mistakes are too great to be forgiven. Maybe you wish you could go back to a time when things were better. If so, our key verse offers us words of encouragement.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

The prophet Isaiah spoke these words to Israel during a time when they were in captivity. They had lost everything they thought they’d keep forever. Because of their rebellion, they assumed God wanted nothing to do with them anymore.

Yet God responded: Forget the past. Whatever you’ve done or how far you’ve strayed, I’m doing a new thing in your life today!

Wherever you find yourself today, God is doing a new thing in your life. Our key verse from Isaiah teaches us how to embrace all He is doing.

  • Forget the former things.

It’s impossible to see where God is leading if we’re always looking back.

The Israelites longed for former days when they had God’s favor. They remembered when God made a way of escape through the Red Sea, when He protected them from the enemy and how He provided for their needs. The Israelites were looking to the past for present solutions. Yet, their past victories couldn’t do anything to free them in the present. They needed a new work. A new miracle. A new victory.

  • Recognize your future is now.

Just as a seed spouts below the ground before we see evidence of a new flower, God is already at work in us doing a new thing. It’s not something in the future. It’s springing up now. We can’t see it yet, but it’s in motion. God’s work of new life within us happens every day. He works to strengthen our relationship with Him, both spiritually and practically. We must focus on the work He is doing in our lives right now. Can you perceive it?

  • Commit to God’s plan.

Whether we see possibilities or problems in our lives, God is making a way for us. The Israelites thought they didn’t deserve anything from God. Yet God doesn’t condemn His children, rather, He lends a helping hand.

“… I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19b)

Melany felt her life was nothing more than a wasteland, but God turned her past into a stream of new life. Her baby was adopted by a loving couple. And just as He did for Melany, God can transform your desert into a field of blessing. He can bring new life from an old, dried-up one.

No matter your past, God has already set into motion a new direction and a new purpose for your life. Will you commit to His plan?

Dear Jesus, I believe You’re working something new in my life. Help me recognize Your activity, and give me a grateful heart toward Your mercy that never gives up on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Revelation 21:5, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Many women carry a deep, unspoken sense of insignificance. Your Life Still Counts, by Tracie Miles, affirms you are loved and valued no matter your past.

CONNECT:
If you desire more encouragement about how God works for your future in spite of your past, visit Micca Campbell’s blog.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Is there a hurt or problem you can’t let go of? Think about what holds you captive, then, release it to God as you trust Him to do a new thing.

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  1. Jamala Bell says:

    I have been fighting through darkness for several months. I feel like l will never get the life back I once had. I fell in love with this amazing man April 2014. I never felt a love like this before him with the exception of giving birth to my son in 2003. I had pushed back to feeling neglected by him when he told me he’d cheated on me. All I wanted was for him to love me the way I loved him. The ongoing pain I felt from his betrayal left me to seeing myself on a path of darkness…why did God give me this man only to keep taking him away

    We fought continuously especially when he would leave to see these other women while living with my son and I. I would pick fights and he would come back with his own ugliness towards me. I felt like I deserved it for making him upset with me. I kept questioning God why why why doesn’t he love me why does he hate me why won’t he stay with us. We had an amazing time together she we got along. I wanted nothing from him financially just his love and respect. One day things just fell apart his anger grew and it just left me hanging on to emptiness hopelessness deception hurt depression and suicidal. My son was taken from me till I could stand up for myself and my son. At the same time I still loved him and wanted to have a fresh start with my son and him like it was before watching football laughing talking the romance and intimacy between him and I. Honestly I didn’t think he ever wanted me around him. I got my son back a few months later but lost him my love my best friend and still don’t know what I did wrong.

    I pray for him everyday I pray for reconciling forgiveness. I still get emotional seeing him in my dreams wondering if he’ll ever talk to me again. Why do I feel like God doesn’t care and why Jake hates me why do I feel that he could careless if I die? Why hasn’t God showed me that He’s working on bringing our lives back together? I pray endlessly for the truth to be revealed to us both. I constantly feel captive in my negative thoughts and feelings of rejection. When will our lives be better back the way they were. When will be able to tell him I am medically sick and not feel like he hates me and doesn’t care.

    • I don’t have the words but my prayer is that God heals you!

    • Perhaps, Jamala, you are asking God for a gift that will only bring you more pain in the future. Christ knows the pain of betrayal – perhaps he is giving you the gift of projection from more betrayal down the road.

      Father God, give Jamala eyes to see herself–first and foremost–as your beloved child. Fill the emptiness in her with your gracious love. Protect her tender heart. Be her refuge and strength, her help in this present time of trouble. Give her the strength to step out on the path you are making through her wilderness. Amen.

    • You are beautiful, you are loved and you are growing in the things of God! It has been my experience in my walk of faith in Christ that the pain we feel during hard times is very much like the labor pain associated with birth. Jamala God is birthing a brand new life in you right now; a new life in Christ Jesus, is a life worth living! Congratulations My Little Sister in Christ!!!!

    • Mary in NH says:

      Dear Jamala, I agree with what Shirley said. You’re asking for a gift that might not only bring you pain, but you want a man in your life that is NOT the Godly role model your 14 year old son needs. I teach inner city, middle school. I see the boys who dads/father figures can’t commit to them and their moms. I see the by products of those painful family circumstances: lack of respect for women, girls, anger issues. In counseling sessions they admit they feel betrayed by these men and the mom’s that set these situations up in the first place. Forget this man now! I’m praying you focus on your son and getting your life together with him. Get involved with a church- one with a good youth program that will present him with godly male role models. Find other Christian women who can have your back and be there for you. God will provide everything you need, no guy like that one required. Praying for you and your son. Yours is the back story of half the kids I’ll teach this year. But in Christ, you’ve got the power to change it.

      • Oh Jamala, God has someone in mind for you and it isn’t Jake! Mary in NH is so right, your son needs a better role model than Jake so he doesn’t treat women the same way. You deserve someone who will honor and cherish you, love you like Song of Solomon describes. Someone who loves God first and you and your son second. Let go of Jake! I know it is hard, so hard, I’ve been there. But it is possible. Just stop thinking of him, when you start thinking of him make yourself do something else or think of something else. It gets easier as time goes by. Pray and give it to God for through Him all things are possible. Learn to love yourself as God loves you, you are His child and He wants so much for you to be happy in yourself. Praying for you, Jamala, and for your son. 🙏🏻💜

    • Dear Jamala, I have been where you are and I understand your pain. I believe God wants to fill the emptiness in your heart and bring healing to your broken heart. Ask Him for these things.
      Also speak the truth out loud to yourself.
      Say, “I can live without Jake. I can’t live without Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Lord.”
      This verse is one that helped me: Isaiah 41:9 God has chosen you and not rejected you.
      Praying for you!

    • Jamaal, I’m so sorry for your pain. This kind of hurt cuts deeply, I know. Two things to cling to today.
      1. God loves me beyond measure and He only wants whats best for me.
      Sometimes we need to stop fighting or fixing and just be still and know God is God. He is on my side.
      2. God is with you, right now. He is working, right now for your good, the good of your son, and His glory.
      He has never disappointed those who trust in Him. Only God knows your future (and he’s promised you a bright one) When you trust Him, you will see Him at work and peace will replace your fears. I’m praying for you today.

    • I have gone through a very similar situation embarrassing enough more than once (definition of insanity:doing the same thing over & over expecting a different result) Im not a big country western fan except 4Garth Brooks & his song immediately came to my spirit when I began reading your request. The song is titled “Unanswered Prayers” he sings of some pf God’s greatest gifts are what we perceive ad unanswered prayers when in reality He is answering us just not the way our flesh desires. Try a new prayer and ask for your will to be aligned with His. And listen 2the song😇God bless you on your journey👑

    • Brenda Manning says:

      My dear sister in Jesus, God only has the Best for you and your son. I have a son whom my husband and I did not have together. I loved his biological father, John, I’d known him since I was in Jr. High and he was in High School. He went off to the NAVY after he graduated and we kept in touch best as we could and planned to remain together, get married, and have a family together. Who was I kidding, what were the chances of that? I came to know to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior while he was away. When he came home 4-5yrs later I was afraid to tell him that I became a believer, so I kept it to myself. We picked up where we left off in our relationship and boy was I blinded. I started to hang out with and not go home on the weekends, lying to my parents. I was having sex with him outside of marriage, knowing all that I was doing was wrong. I had to tell him about my salvation, but I couldn’t, I was afraid to lose him, afraid he wouldn’t love me anymore. He was soo different, he was very short tempered now, would get very angry, aggresive, and I didn’t see the same person in him. He was drinking alcohol more and tried to force me to drink, too. I had stopped that way of life when Jesus met me in my brokenness. I began to dislike this man that came home, I wanted the John that loved me for who I was, the John that romanced me, the John that had all my attention, the kind, gentle John, etc. He was gone! Idk how and what happened, but he was no longer that John. I believed he could change, I was willing to wait, I loved him. I was a new believer and didn’t understand what God was doing, if this was a part of His plan for me. When John came home I put God aside and focused on us. I started feeling God’s conviction of the sin I was committing with John, lying to my parents, and hurting God by pitting Him aside. I began to not see him on weekends and went home instead, I asked my parents about him and they felt he was not a part of God’s plan for my life, the encouraged me with the truth that says to not be yoked with unbelievers, what does righteousness aand wickedness have in common, what fellowship does light have with darkness. I didn’t listen to my parents, I just thought they were against my happiness. I wanted them to give John a chance, but they said they already knew and believed that he’s not in the plans God has for me. How did they know that for sure? I was startin to feel lost and confused. My time in the city while going to school was coming to an end, I was going to graduate and John began talking about us, getting married, starting a family…I started to have hope, but he would just fall back into his drinking and anger and then promising he would quit and get help. Thats when I brought up Jesus. He was sooo mad, he did not want to hear anymore, I became very afraid of him, and unsafe, I thought he was going to hurt me. He told me he didnt need Jesus, he was a ‘man’ and he didnt need church or God! He made it very clear to me. I was crying because I knew in that moment what my parents meant about being yoked with an unbeliever and somehow knew deep in my soul he really wasn’t going to be a apart of my life anymore. I denied it. I cried and cried because I loved him with all my heart. I waited just for him. I found out he was unfaithful to me while he was out there on the sea, places he visited he met women after women. I was disgusted! I could not believe that I set my thoughts on how we were perfect for each other and our lives would end perfectly together, after all it was love at first sight and this was my fairytale! Well that is all it was, a fairytale. My heart really hurt and I didnt know how to accept this. I wanted things, so badly, to be the way they use to be, I was desperate for my John back…but I could just see clearly that it was never going to happen. I had to make a decision. He was pressing to marry me and things would change. He conjured up a plan and it sounded so enticing, but just around that corner I saw anger and a life of unrest. I didnt know how I knew that, just that it was God’s Holy Spirit, looking out for my best interest. I stopd seeing John and boy was he angry. I told him I was going to do the right thing and obey God and His word and all we were doing was wrong, that I didnt want to live in sin anymore and he mocked me, he did not listen to one word I said, but I stood my ground…I was feeling ill soon after and found that I was pregnant. I told John and he was very happy and was seriously considering changing his ways, but immediately he was the angry, aggresive man, slandering me. I was lost, I knew I had to do one thing and that was boldly ask God what He wanted me to do. I was desperate and now that I was pregnant I had to think about my baby. At first I didnt want my baby, I was considering abortion. I was scared to tell my parents. But I was brave and they accepted me and were ready to support whatever decision I would make. My mom talked me out of the abortion with God’s truth. So I cried out to God, a baby believer, I ran to my dorm rm, fell at the edge of my bed and remembered what God did for me at the courthouse previously, and asked Him “God, Im lost, Im sorry for my sin (I named them) please forgive me, I want to do the right thing according to uour will, your word, since Im your child now, plz, plz tell me what to do. Im going to wait here, if Im waiting for days, to hear from you.” And I waited. And I waited. Silently. Just before everyone was called in for curfew I heard His voice, loud and clear, ‘Go Home.'” I got up, called my mom and told her Im comn home. I called John and told him Im going home, Im not marrying him, hes Im having your baby, but Im listenig to my God and Hes callling me home. I didnt know what was ahead for me, if John would really change, work on his life, while we were apart and get back together, how long I would be single, how I would raise my son, work, etc. I was afraid, but also confident that I was going to be okay because it was God who spoke to me. When I returned home I committed myself to living for Him and raising my son in His ways, however log I was going to be at ot alone, I would trust in Him. It was scary, hard, and lonely, but God was right there with me, assuring me of His love for me, sustaining me in the lonely days. I longed to share the joy of raising my son with a husband, but I submitted myself to His plan and His choice husband for me. I wasn’t going to choose thos one, God was going to choose him for me. I was a new mother and it was frustrating, hard, lonely, exciting, joyful, lovely all at the same time. But God never left me, He provided and provided for my son and I. He blessed and blessed.I met my husband awhile after my son was born, in the church, we became friends and were friends for a yr. I didnt want to rush into any relationship. We prayed together as friends. We learned Gods word together in Bible Study as friends. He was a musician and was in a Christian Rock Band, so he was out touring and we talked, encouraged each other, and prayed over the phone when he was away, he called, I didnt call him. That was before cell phones anyway. He didnt say we would keep in touch, so I was surprised when he called. I didnt like him when I met him, honestly he wasnt my type, with his long hair and rusty look. He did not leave my son out, he asked about him. Came to see us first when he came home from his travels. I was thinking and asking the Lord, “is this him, Lord?” So one evening we went on a movie date and it was awkward, because it was just us, alone. After our night out he asked if we could take this to the next step and date. He said he felt that it was okay with God. Wow! I was not sure at all and did not want to be blinded by lust and assured him that I was looking to marriage if I get serious with a man of Gods choosing and most importantly there was my son, I would not put my needs before him. I talked with my mom and she assured me to pray for Gods peace and she felt Gods peace about it, I had my parents blessing. I just needed God’s blessing, I prayed and didnt want to follow my needs, fill my loneliness, or settle according to me. Ohh it was hard to know if this was from God, but I had a peace like I hadn’t had before that I had God’s blessing, so I said ‘yes.’ We began dating. We submitted our relationship to God and assured each other that this relationship was about God, for God, and not us. We continued to grow in Him individually and together. We dated for a yr.and had God’s blessing to marry. He never left Irijah, my son, out. He treated him as if he was his own son. John did come to see Irijah, but came intoxicated and I had to set boundaries due to his drinking until he didnt come or call anymore. Jason, my husband, and I celebrated our 17th anniversary Feb. 2017. Gos has only the Best for you Jamala. Trust in Him with all your heart, submit yours and your aon’s life to Him, and He will direct you in this. Wait patiently, serve Him, love Him, worship Him. I don’t know how long until He brings you your chosen husband, but He will sustain you, provide for you, and be right there with you. Let Him fill you up with Himself and mold into His woman until He gives you away to the man of His choosing. Commit to raising your son in His ways, that is the best life you will ever give to your son and by your example he will become the godly man for his future wife, if its in Gods plans for him, but he will love Jesus, he will rely on Jesus, he will know where his help comes from, he will pray, because he seen his mother practice faith in the hard, single mothering days. His word is your sword, His word is your life, and when you open up His word, your son will remember how his mother found hope, true love, peace, and she ever needed, in His word and he will do the same as he goes off to live his life. Don’t let the enemy steal, kill, and destroy God’s mighty work he began in you. Give Jake into the Lord’s hands and ask Him to help you to let him go in His strength and grace. You will stand and not be shaken in future trials. The only way to get on the other side is to go right through the storm as He upholds you with His Powerful, Righteous Right hand. He loves you oh so much Jamala. You are not without hope. You have King Jesus. You are more than a conqueror in Him who loves you. You are His Beloved Daughter. You are Priceless. He still has a plan for you, a ‘new one.’ A better one. Im interceding for you in prayer my sister ❤

    • My love. I rarely read the comments however yours stood out to me. God has set you free from feeling less than. He’s set you free and brought your son back into your life! Take the time now to lean and learn about God and also learn more about your son. Spiritual, emotional, and mental dark places “suck”, and are horrible. They don’t care what your situation is but if the enemy can get us there he’s trying to destroy us, and all that we love. I don’t know about why Jake made the decisions he made, but what you can keep in mind is the people that LOVE LOVE you build you up. They encourage you to get closer to God. To be kind and loving to yourself and others. To be the best YOU in Jesus name. So let’s focus on Jamala. I pray that God continues to surround you with Godly loving people that live a life of service to God that can uplift you not just with words, but with action, scripture, and Holy example. It sounds like God is guiding you out of the darkness. It might still seem dark for now (I’ve been there), but your walking toward the Sonshine. You have your baby, keep walking with him toward God. You may need to leave a lot of things and people in the darkness to get out of it because if they’re not on board they’re just slowing up your process. I love you girl, I feel your pain and overstand why there are so many whys. The future you saw for your didn’t come true. It broke apart and with that breakdown you broke down. But the GREAT news is God has set up A future HE wants for you and it will be soooooo much better! I’m not talking about in heaven. I’m talking about here on earth. A future that is so full you can’t help but jump and shout Glory Hallelujah!
      In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  2. Jamala Bell says:

    I have been fighting through darkness for several months. I feel like l will never get the life back I once had. I fell in love with this amazing man April 2014. I never felt a love like this before him with the exception of giving birth to my son in 2003. I had pushed back to feeling neglected by him when he told me he’d cheated on me. All I wanted was for him to love me the way I loved him. The ongoing pain I felt from his betrayal left me to seeing myself on a path of darkness…why did God give me this man only to keep taking him away

    We fought continuously especially when he would leave to see these other women while living with my son and I. I would pick fights and he would come back with his own ugliness towards me. I felt like I deserved it for making him upset with me. I kept questioning God why why why doesn’t he love me why does he hate me why won’t he stay with us. We had an amazing time together when we got along. I wanted nothing from him financially just his love and respect. One day things just fell apart his anger grew and it just left me hanging on to emptiness hopelessness deception hurt depression and suicidal. My son was taken from me till I could stand up for myself and my son. At the same time I still loved him and wanted to have a fresh start with my son and him like it was before watching football laughing talking the romance and intimacy between him and I. Honestly I didn’t think he ever wanted me around him. I got my son back a few months later but lost him my love my best friend and still don’t know what I did wrong.

    I pray for him everyday I pray for reconciling forgiveness. I still get emotional seeing him in my dreams wondering if he’ll ever talk to me again. Why do I feel like God doesn’t care and why Jake hates me why do I feel that he could careless if I die? Why hasn’t God showed me that He’s working on bringing our lives back together? I pray endlessly for the truth to be revealed to us both. I constantly feel captive in my negative thoughts and feelings of rejection. When will our lives be better back the way they were. When will I able to tell him I am medically sick and not feel like he hates me and doesn’t care.

    • Jamala – I went through a dark time after losing the love of my life (after 22 years and 3 beautiful children) for the same reason. Through my questioning I learned that God wanted me to love Him and who I was before anyone else. I listened to Christian radio to ensure positive and encouraging words were being engrained in my mind. I also found a book that changed my life “12 Power Thoughts” by Joyce Meyer. I also loved the book “Single Mom” by Angela Thomas. Satan loves that you are feeling defeated and will keep you where you are until you put on the Armor of a God and fight to be the Jesus Girl you were made to be! This will also give you the strength to be the best mom to your son. Jake doesn’t deserve the caring and loving person you are! You can do it!

    • I left a comment for you I don’t know how the thread works. Please find it it’s for YOU!

  3. May Scocco says:

    John 15:16-17 you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. this is my command: Love each other. John 15:16-17
    I feel that my mistakes are too great to be forgiven. only now do I fully grasp the meaning of his death and resurrection and desire to joyfully proclaim this good news to everyone. Dear Jesus, I believe You’re working something new in my life. Help me recognize Your activity, and give me a grateful heart toward Your mercy that never gives up on me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

  4. Just the word I needed today. I am encouraged.

  5. So often we pray, “God, make my wilderness go away!”

    God says, “I am making a way through the wilderness.”

  6. Carrie Owens says:

    We all have regrets and play the what if I had… or what if I hadn’t… But we serve a God that knows how to and will heal and restore. He can turn horrible hurt and pain into a wonderful life. He is so Good. I say all that bc he worked a miracle in my life. I was not living like I should and made some terrible mistakes. However, he opened his arms wide, loved on me, and took me back in. The road was not easy, but through his word, and truly seeking to have a relationship with God, he has brought me out of the valley where I thought I would never come out of. I feel like the prodigal son. I’m so undeserving of him giving me a second chance at a really great life, but that’s where HIS MERCY and HIS GRACE step in! I’m so grateful that my God wants to use me. He doesn’t want perfect people that have never messed up, he wants willing hearts from imperfect people with imperfect pasts.

  7. Thank you for this today. I’m up in the night fighting panic and anxiety over a new big change in my life. This was such a blessing. ❤️

  8. The wilderness feels like a dry and weary land. Praying the desert will turn into blessing very soon.

  9. Thank you so much. Please pray for me.

  10. Thank you! Truly encouraging. Often times we resist to change, but change is what’s needed for us to grow. No matter what you’ve done and where your at in life, his plans and ways are bigger than we can ever imagine. Today, I pray to continue to stay committed to my Father and trust in Him; and not lean to my own understanding. He paid the ultimate price, so we may be free. We are no longer slaves to our past & we are forgiven!! With love to all!

  11. Thank you for this.Its a Word in due season for me.God bless you and God bless Proverbs 31 ministries In Jesus’Name.Amen.

  12. Never be afraid of being a “broken” thing, unless a seed breaks there can be no life. That’s what I’m learning. Out of the brokenness of myself, my life there is sprouting up new life, new growth. I don’t want to waste my hurts and sorrows. I want to grow and learn and glorify my Father. Im also learning no pit is so deep he is not deeper yet. Jesus must be allowed to help himself to my life. To allow pain..the valley also joy..the mountain tops. He will never leave me or forsake me. This is one of the greatest lessons I’m learning. I’m looking for joy on the path beneath my feet. If I keep my face to the sunshine I won’t notice the shadows! 😊

  13. I LOVE when God reaches me through a devotion- this is exactly what my husband and I needed to hear today. We’re going through some transition, and this is spot on! So very thankful that we have a God that knows our hearts and our lives planned out- Thank you for writing this, and keeping it so simple and easy to remember!

  14. Elly Smith says:

    Great devotion, this really made me think in several areas. My thoughts mainly ran toward looking to the future, forgetting past embarrassment and sins and living life as it unfolds. But mainly I want to share one little side branch I have been feeling God tugging me toward: Adoption. Supporting women to consider placing unplanned babies into loving homes and providing the resources they need to achieve this noble act is really bouncing around in my head and heart these days. I do not see or hear very much of this publicly and wonder if there might be a challenge here to bring more attention to the “choose life” option. I have looked on line and there are plenty of adoption agencies and a few small support groups, but nothing that seems poised to mount a national campaign to counterbalance the abortion choice. Do you have any thoughts?

    • Ely, this is a great idea. God has placed this desire on your heart for a reason. Is there a way that you can do this through your church? Inquire with local adoption and pregnancy resource centres to see if they offer anything and how ypu can help. Maybe you could hold support meetings once a month for moms in pregnancy crises. Keep praying about it and if there are no resources around you in place, see if you can get your church involved.

  15. Elly Smith says:

    Sorry, I just sent a comment and forgot to change the email notification area. Please do contact me. Elly Smith

  16. This is so helpful to me today. 7 months ago I discovered that my husband of 22 years was having an affair and deceiving me financially. I trusted him completely. We have four beautiful children. I’m struggling to move past the hurt and anger. I pray for God to take it every day…often every hour of every day.

  17. Jamala: This Jake became more important to you than the plan God has for your life. God kept showing you his plan but you kept going back to a man that did not love or care for you or your son. You keep praying for God to reconcile with this man but God isn’t answering because He has a better plan for you and your son. You are a child of God and He does not want you to be treated with such disrespect when you deserve so much more. How can you move forward with your life when you keep looking backwards. Doesn’t your son deserve to see a man treating you well so he can grow up and treat women well too. Children learn what they see and you don’t want him to see that ugliness. You are worth so much more to God. You are a precious jewel in His eyes. ❤️

  18. Ramona Brenneman says:

    Sometimes I feel that Proverbs 31 forgets that there are actually Christian single women with no kids. How about some daily devotions that don’t involve stories about husbands, kids and grandchildren?
    Thanks, Ramona

  19. Judith Sue Mattson says:

    Positive sacrifice! Adoption!

  20. Thank you so much for this devotional today. It’s exactly what my dry bones needed!

  21. How do I see change coming? I have several chronic illnesses, one that is life threatening. I feel so bad all the time. I can’t do any of the physical things I used to do. This morning I prayed to God to just let me die. All I see ahead is more sickness and more suffering. What could be coming that would make life here on earth better? I have nothing to look forward to. My daughter is grown and I won’t ever have grandchildren to bring any joy to my life. I’m a physical, emotional and financial burden on my husband. I have no friends anymore. I’m getting weaker and weaker. It seems I’m less able to even make it to church, which was something I’ve always looked forward to. It was my “filling station” for the week ahead. I’m exhausted, I don’t sleep, and I worry constantly. I see a Christian therapist, I talk to my priest, but no one understands my rare disease. I’m going to my fifth new specialist next week. Not many doctors even know how to treat my disease. I have so many burdens placed on me to take care of at home as my husband works all the time. I don’t know what to do. Usually I can turn things around with prayer and scripture, but it’s getting harder. I don’t know what I’m supposed to learn from this. I know God has plans for each of us, but I feel lost and alone. What could He possibly be working on for me?

    • I will pray for you Lori!! You aren’t alone, just lonely. I know the feeling and will keep you in my prayers. Don’t give up!

    • yes! Lori, God is working in your life. You might can’t see it right now, but He’s working. He loves you beyond measure and desires your wholeness. Remember we live in a fallen world. God did not create sickness. It’s a result of the world we live in. But God… has promised to work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His will. (Romans 8:28) God is also our comforter. I find when I can’t feel His Presence, I turn to the Ps and pray them out loud. They remind me of who God is and encouraged and life my spirit. I’m praying for you today, sister! May you feel His love, presence, and power today.

      • Thank you, Micca. I’m still praying, but it gets hard. The doctor has told me that I will never be well, but I’d just like to be able to function and have a little joy. I even still pray for healing, because I’ve see His work in others. God bless!

    • Lifting up Lori today with you all, cutting a hole in the roof and bringing her down in front of JESUS for healing inside out.

    • Fredrick Wanjau says:

      Dear Lori, thanks for sharing your problems. In August year 2012, I fell sick with a sickness that doctors at the hospital I was admitted could not diagnose. They referred me to a neurologist and asked to have an MRI scanning. When I did these things in Auckland, New Zealand, the neurologist said to me that I had a scar in my spinal cord that is not fixable, a rare sickness by the name, Brown Sequo’r Syndrome. Something I never had heard before. By then, I was completely paralyzed on my left hand side all the way from the foot to the chest, and had to use a wheelchair. The neurologist prescribed the medication that would relax my muscles, that I take up to today. In September 2013, I retired from my work on medical grounds, a professor of Math at a community college in American Samoa, and as a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in my heart, and with prayers from my Church, Word of Life Christian Fellowship, American Samoa, and also from family and friends, a have attained such a divine healing that all the paralysis has left me, and I’m able to walk over a 50 yd distance without a walking cane, and about a 100 yds with a walking cane. I feel I can go back to work or do any missionary work that the Lord may call me to do. This is just to encourage you my sister in Christ to never give up on Him and not to feel alone. With Him all things are possible! Please sing with me that song whose chorus says…”When I’m weak, You make me strong, when I’m poor, I know I’m rich, for in the power of Your name, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE…” God bless you sister Lori. You have a very healed body in Jesus Name, be healed.

      • Thank you, Fredrick, for sharing your story and inspiration. I try so hard not to get down, but sometimes things just overwhelm me. I’m still praying. I can’t see what’s on the horizon, but I’m trying to have faith.

        • Fredrick Wanjau says:

          Hi Lori, when you feel down, start praising and worshiping songs that you like most and make you feel better, followed by a prayer. Don’t let the enemy keep tormenting you. That is his joy when he sees us miserable. Kick him off your system and let Jesus Christ Son of the Living God be your focus, asking for healing in His name, believing that you’re healed Mark 11:23. God bless you.

      • What a beautiful testimony!

    • Karen in B.C. says:

      Oh Lori, I too have chronic pain due to an illness they can’t seem to diagnose. Day after day, and night after night I wake up with nerve pain over the past year now. I’ve grown tired of trying dragging myself out of bed to go to church, and isolated myself from my church community because I grew tired of replying to the question, “how are you feeling today?” I also stopped working in the ministries I was serving in, and the pain management made it so hard for me to have a connection with our Father. ….but I persevere and cling to Jesus with all I’ve got within me. I kept praying, ‘Lord Jesus, please help me to get better just enough so that I don’t need to take as much pain medication and I can hear You?” I’m also dealing with a family matter, where my granddaughter lives far away, and I don’t get to see her, and my daughter is dealing with huge emotional struggles of her own, so she’s not talking to any of her family including her inlaws, and friends. So it hurts us all that we have a daughter and grandchild that none of us get to see.
      So God prompted me to read James 5:13-16, which led me to asking my pastor and elders to pray for my healing….Its been almost two weeks now, and I see healing! Not physically completely yet, but in my heart and soul. Yes, the pain is becoming more bearable, and I need less and less pain meds, but my thoughts are changing as I submit them to Christ. I’m learning to focus first on Jesus and ‘not’ on the pain, or the fear of the doctors not knowing what’s wrong with me. …When I wake, I’m hearing worship songs playing in my head, as the Holy Spirit guides me to Philippians 4:8-9. Training myself, with the Spirit’s help, to think only positive thoughts. In my weakness, He is my strength. All I can offer you is my story and I hope it encourages you. In every waking moment, ask Jesus to help you focus on Him and His love for you. Trust that no matter what, that He’s made you to lie in green pastures for a reason…a good reason. Take this time to soak in His peace, and rest. He will restore your soul. Believe it!

      • Karen, I’m so glad you’re seeing some change. I increased my medication today to see if that will help until I see my new specialist next Wednesday. I’m praying for a little help to get me through each day. Chronic illness really messes with your head, and being sleep deprived makes it worse. Yes, I hate answering the “how are you” questions! Or even worse, “are you better?” I’m not going to get well, so how do you answer that? I’m having a good day is what I usually say. Then there’s the “Well, you don’t look sick!” statement. I know they mean well, but if they knew how much effort it takes me to get dressed and look presentable, they would be shocked. Sometimes after I go through all that, I’m too exhausted and weak to go anywhere! Thank you again for sharing your story. It helps to not feel alone. I belong to some online support groups, but some don’t allow religion to be mentioned. I don’t know how to get through any of this that way. My therapist told me if I didn’t have a faith base, she wouldn’t know what to say to me! God bless!

    • Mrs. Blocker says:

      Lori, my dear sister in the LORD, after reading your comment this song immediately came in my spirit https://youtu.be/LjF9IqvXDjY . I pray as you listen to the song, it will bring you a sense of peace and comfort. Take note of what GOD is saying to you in this song. HE hears and sees your every cry.

  22. This was a word in season for me. Thanks so much. I’m so blessed and encouraged

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for encouraging words for today!

  24. Fredrick Wanjau says:

    Thanks Micca for this message. God bless you and your family.

  25. I really needed this today. This has been the hardest time in my life to move forward from and the past five years have felt like a never-ending story. Most times I seem to have lost my way or engulfed by the regrets or dissappointments of the past. Like Israel the lost and shame can be torment and even when you want to believe or you get a mustard seed to sow and be brave with, defeat in rejection, temperament, or memory plunder that hope.

    Thank you for sharing this devotional and reminding us the truth of GOD’s word and HIS merciful power. Amen to the prayer.

  26. Tamara Battice says:

    To G-D be all of the glory for you, woman-of-the Most High G-D!!! This devotion was a due season word! The L-RD has been speaking words of encouragement for weeks!
    It seems as if nothing is happening where i am in my life but I must stop leaning to my own understanding! It is never what it looks like!
    The L-RD continue to bless and use you for His glory!

  27. Jamala Bell says:

    Thank you all for your prayers and support. This just recently happened. I do attend church in fact Jake was going to the same church as we were. My son and I both are in counseling and he participates in our youth group. Thank you!!!!

    • Mariposa Lucia♥ says:

      Jamala,

      All will be ok, it might not seem like it but His plans for your life and your son’s life are just AMAZING. Allow Him to be your number 1 and everything else shall fall in place.
      Hugs & blessings,

      • Jamala Bell says:

        Mariposa,

        This has been a difficult year but I know He will always see us through this. My life went from having a place of our own to my son and I live in shared housing since Nov 2016 and have been feeling hopeless and stuck. My counselor reminds me that God is preparing me for better. Thank you so much for your kindness.

    • Mary in NH says:

      I’m happy to hear this, praying you and your son stay on the right track with Christ. With Him you can do this!

  28. Mariposa Lucia♥ says:

    Hello-

    I have been in the wilderness for quite sometime now; reading “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)” has really confirmed that all will be ok. I can now see a glimpse of the streams in my life and for that I give God all the glory. I am learning to surrender myself and let Him be the number one in my life.

    In Christ,
    Mariposa Lucia♥

  29. Denise Moyer says:

    This was so encouraging!
    I do struggle with a sense of insignificance. I don’t have a clear vision for my life. For the past 5yrs we’ve been living in a new town, & even though we found a good church, I haven’t really connected. I’ve tried, by going to Bible Studies & things. I have a good neighbor, & in the past couple yrs. she has been my only friend here.
    Now we have to find another place to live. & I’m trusting God to lead us, in this whole process.
    So today I choose Hope & will trust that God has made a way for us.
    And that God can transform what has been a desert for me, into fields of blessings!

    thank you for your encouragement!

  30. This reading hit home. I’m in a valley. In a storm, in a valley. Struggling. I thought I’ve given it to God. I thought I let it go. But, I haven’t,..as I’m still struggling. Not at peace. Not sleeping. Crying out to God for 4.5 months, to take this broken relationship,this burden, pain and worry. Have I not really let go? Am I not truly trusting in God?

    • Barbara, Sometimes letting go and trusting God is something we do more than once. Every time you feel these emotions give them to God, again, and again. Ask Him to replace these raw emotions with His peace and comfort. By giving God your struggle over and over, eventually, your obedience with change your heart and emotions. I’m praying for you.

    • I resonate your words, Barbara. I’m going through the struggle of a broken relationship too and it has had a drastic effect on my life. I’m now trying to build up my life and reclaim back “me”. The message today was like healing balm for me and I pray the same for you. God bless you and I pray His favour on you xx

    • Merle Nursten says:

      Hi Barbara, I agree with Micca, it isn’t a once off thing…letting go is a process and it needs to be done over and over again and then on day you will suddenly realise its not an ‘obsession’ anymore. Letting go is just the desire and the willingness to let God help you and once we begin that, the healing will also slowly start. But it takes time, trust, perseverance. There are such wonderful scriptures on perseverance and studying them has really helped me unerstnad this timing thing 🙂 I’ve been in my wilderness for 2 years and I thought it would be overnight, instant gratification, but now that I’m coming out the other side slowly, 2 years later (after a trauma which was partly my doing) it is so beautiful and only now can I see Gods hand. I have also just read a book called Master Potter, not sure if its your kind of book but it explains the journey so beautifully. Bless you Barbara and keep going, He only wants what’s best for you. Xx

  31. I got divorced after 25 years of marriage. We bought my Grandmother’s house & after the divorce his new wife & him bought me out for $100,00.00. I couldn’t afford to fix everything that was wrong with it. He wouldn’t have anything if it wasn’t for my family. I bought another house but had to sell it when I got sick & could no longer work. I tried to keep it using my 401K. I lost everything & now live in a 1 bedroom apartment in a city & my house was in a small town where I grew up. I can’t let go of the fact that he & now his ex-wife & her parents are living in my Grandparents house & I have lost everything. His ex-wife are still together & she used to be my friend. My trust in people is also gone. I’m a born again Christian & just prayed to God to let this go. Amen!!!✝🕉

  32. Micca, thank you for this post … Both of these verses (Isaiah 43:18,19 + Revelation 21:5) are my verses for this year … as my “one word” is “NEW”. 😉

  33. I have been this way for awhile now. That is why I’m looking forward to, (and super excited for), the new study beginning in September! It’s going to be life changing for me, I can feel it! 🙂

  34. thank you for your kind words ..

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