As I read my devotional this morning, I realized it was my story as well. This just goes to show that no matter what we go through, we are not alone. Someone has experienced the same pain, loss, hurt, discouragement as you are going through in this very moment, so don’t allow yourself to become so overwhelmed during the trial that you lose hope for your future. You will get through it, and you’ll be able to help someone else as they go through their life issues because you made it (testify).
My husband and I regularly reflect on our lives together. We certainly realize how differently our lives could have been if we had not met, fallen in love, gotten married, and stayed married. It’s important to express to one another how much we appreciate each other for being supportive throughout our lives together with all of its crooks, and turns.
The thing is, life is largely what we make of it. You have more control over your future than you realize. Trusting God, and living a life of obedience to His Word is the beginning of joy, peace, and happiness, and success
God’s Word promises us so much, Her only asks for our obedience to His word.
“If you abide in Me and My Word abides in you, you can ask whatever you will, and it shall be given unto you” (John 15:7).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Mothers day is this Sunday. Don’t forget to honor your mother! When my mom was alive, I loved showering her with gifts and love on her special days. Mothers Day and her birthday were very special times. She meant the world to me, and every Mother’s Day it hurts just a little that I don’t have her physical presence anymore, that I don’t get to spoil her, and that I don’t get to see her light up when she opens her gifts. My joy came from seeing her smile, from hearing her laugh, and oh how infectious her laugh was! She had a way of making anyone feel special and very loved.
Listen! Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your mom, she gave you life and she deserves honor for that alone. Moms are going to be who they are, just as you are who you are, and no one can change you, right! The bible tells us that life is a vapor, (a breath) which today is and tomorrow is gone. It also tells us to, “Honor your father and mother (first commandment with a promise from God), that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth” (Ephesians 6:3). Take each and every opportunity that God gives you, to make your mom feel special. Tell her that you love her, hug her as often as you can, kiss her, laugh with her, enjoy what makes her special to you. Take it from me, it will mean so much to you, when all you have left of her is a beautiful memory.
The power to do anything, is yours through Christ Jesus. “I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me”, (Philippians 4:13). If you really want it, pray about it, seek after it, ask the Lord for instruction and direction. He’s able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us” His power! (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Tragedy can strike our lives at any moment. When we lose a loved one unexpectedly, it is in these moments that we begin to reflect and look at life differently. We see life as the precious gift that it is. How do you as a couple handle death? Do you support one another, do you talk about what you are feeling? Be compassionate one to another, realizing each one of us handles death differently. If your spouse is not a talker or is not expressive, find a way to help them get through it or just give them the space they may need until they are willing to express their feelings to you about the loss. According to the bible, we each have an appointed time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3), so why is it so painful when we lose someone we love? We are God’s creation, not strong enough to overcome grief to the point of handling death as the word declares we ought, we love that person, we can’t imagine life without them. The bible says that we should rejoice at the end of a believer’s life and mourn when a new life comes into this world. The believer is going to be with the Savior (Jesus Christ) in Glory but the new life is bound to endure pain, sorrows and the hardships of this world. Death truly does sometimes come as a thief in the night so be encouraged that “To be absent from the body is to be present with Lord”( 2 Corinthians 5). Be humble, be kind, live for today, hope for tomorrow, and plan for the future.
Also read; Ecclesiastes 7:1-10