Today's Friday Find is the email devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Back when I was working full time, I had a hard time fitting in bible reading and prayer time. In an attempt to find an email devotion, I stumbled upon Proverbs 31 Ministries. All you have to do is sign up with an email and every weekday you receive an emailed devotion. It literally was my lifeline for those two years. It kept me sane everyday.
There is a button on the left side of my blog that will take you to the daily devotion or you can sign up for yourself. Even if you don't I would encourage you to check out their website. There are oodles of resources and links to other blogs. There are also ways to connect with other women through their site. Take some time and really nose around, they have so much to offer. They also have a magazine, which I have recently subscribed to. Here is the link to their site http://www.proverbs31.org/
Oh and I just noticed that they are having a sale on all of the their books and resources, 31% off.
Below is a copy of today's devotion. All of their devotions are quite good, but this one was particularly good for me today. Since returning from the conference (there's info about that also at their site), I am eligible to submit devotions to them for possible publishing in their emails. I don't have one ready yet, but I'm working on it. And after reading this, I'll be working a little harder.
"Then David continued, 'Be strong and courageous and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the temple of the Lord is finished correctly.'" I Chronicles 28:20 (NLT)
I pushed the computer aside, convinced that the task I was attempting was impossible. I couldn't fathom completing the work I had ahead of me and I needed a mental break. Picking up a Christian book I was reading, I carried it upstairs to the treadmill, deciding to pound out my frustration and read at the same time. I had no idea I was about to have my own personal revival.
Several pages into the book I read today's verse. Have you ever had a verse jump off the page at you? Well, this one did. I thought back to my frustration with the work I was facing earlier and felt God speak to me through this verse. Quit telling me how impossible the task is and just do the work, He said. Don't forget I will show up each time. Not so you can boast about your abilities, but so you can boast in Me.
After my time on the treadmill, I raced downstairs to email a friend of mine who I had complained to earlier that day. I told her how the verse had ministered to me, and how I was going to simply do the work. She wrote back that she had been praying for God to speak to me about the task that was overwhelming me. I had a new motto as I recommitted to the task at hand: Do the work. Whenever I started to get discouraged or overwhelmed by the hugeness of the task, I reminded myself: Do the work—three little words that got me through one of the biggest challenges of my life. Perhaps you need to hear those three little words today.
Are you facing a challenge in your job? Do the work.
Does your marriage need to be rebuilt? Do the work.
Are you worried about your ability to be a good mother? Do the work.
Are you dealing with a personal hardship that just seems too big to overcome? Do the work.
Are you struggling with debt and financial issues? Do the work.
Do you want to eat healthier, commit to regular exercise or lose weight? Do the work.
Is there a dream that God has planted in your heart that seems too big for you? Do the work.
Make no mistake: sometimes the work will be hard. Note that our verse today didn't say "Lay around and hope things get better." The challenge we face is not in focusing on how hard the work is, but in seeking the God who has promised to show up as we work. We offer our best efforts and trust that He will multiply them. We will see Him supply the words, the resources, the energy, the time, the patience, the grace we need. But first we must do the work. Just like the priests had to first step into the water before the Jordan could part in Joshua 3:15-16, so we must begin working before we can see the solution appear.
What work do you need to start doing—or keep doing—no matter how discouraged or disheartened you feel? I pray that you will see Him at work on your behalf today as you do the work He has called you to do. Do the work, and He will be with you.
This devotion was written by Marybeth Whalen, a member of the Provers 31 team and author of several books, including the fiction book The Mailbox. You can find out more about Marybeth here http://www.marybethwhalen.blogspot.com/
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