Hi Ladies! Can you believe we’re finishing up the first week of this 75 day challenge? How have things gone for you? I hope and pray that you’ve felt the presence of God working in your life – even if things have been a real challenge.
Change is not easy and if Satan thinks he can discourage you, he’s going to give it his best effort. So, rather than let that get you down, let’s hold fast to God’s Word and His promise to help us in our time of need.
Summer is winding down and here at our house we are trying to squeeze every last drop of fun in the sun out of it. Having said that, I have a lot of work to do next week – ordering the last of our homeschool books and more. So we’ll talk more about that next week!
Today I have a couple of free printables for you and below all of that you’ll find the podcast and video. God bless you!
Note: Since I wrote this devotion a few years ago – my children are older and I no longer have puppies, but I decided to leave this one like it is.
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From Chaos to Calm: Day Five
Mercies Every Morning
Scripture Memory: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22,23
Have you experienced God’s mercy this morning? Think about it.
When my alarm went off this morning, I hit the snooze button. I thought… Just a few more minutes! But then, just then, I heard my little puppies beckoning me awake. They needed to go out! Fueled by the need not to feel guilt, I got out of the bed. I was greeted by the freshest morning air – wonderful and crisp. I breathed in the fragrance of the morning still wet from yesterday’s rain. What a perfect way to meet the day!
Instead of taking my walk this morning, I felt the need to kneel down in my prayer corner and pray over the concerns of my heart. Despite my puny faith, my sometimes appalling lack of belief – HE NEVER FAILS ME. There are so many times that I do not expect my God to come through for me. I don’t even expect anything. How horrible is that? And yet He is still faithful!
There is a wonderful story in the Bible of a father whose son had an evil spirit in him. The father, desperate for help, asked the disciples to see what they could do. However, they were not able to help him. So the father pleaded with Jesus, “Help him if you can!” Jesus replied, saying, “All things are possible to him who believes.”
Now right there we should say, “Wow!” I mean Jesus tells us all we need to do is believe! But unfortunately, much too often I am like the father who cried out, “and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).
In other words, this man believed and yet was full of doubt. How often do you doubt the faithfulness of your Loving Savior? Do you ever feel like there is no way He would help you? Do ever feel like your problems are not God’s concern or that He can’t help you?
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we want or expect. Sometimes we have so much hurt and sorrow that we don’t know what to do. Those are the times we most need our God. Turn to Him in your pain and sorrow, He is faithful to help you and you will learn much about HIM as well as yourself.
Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.” We learn valuable lessons trough our trials. Be thankful and praise His name! God is faithful!
Free Printable Blessings Journal
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Free Printable Art
Listen to the Podcast:
From Chaos to Calm: 15 Weeks to a Happy Home is a daily devotion – Monday through Friday for 15 Weeks by Melissa Ringstaff. The Audio Podcast gives you extra ideas to go along with the email series or e-book.
Watch the Video:
Here’s an image you can use on your own blog… or Pinterest!
How has God blessed you today? I’d love to have you share with us!
Homemaking is so much more than cleaning a house, cooking food, and making sure your family has clothes to wear. Homemaking is about nurturing a spirit of warmth, comfort, and love in your home.