Devotional: Being Thankful

Devotional: Being Thankful❤️

Verse: “’I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe]. I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.’”

Psalms 52:9

It’s so easy in our society today to focus on our problems and not our blessings. It’s easy to feel down and sad about the problems we are facing. But we are not looking at life the way God wants us to. God wants us to focus on Him, count our blessings, and be thankful.

I know lately all I have been doing is focusing on my fibromyalgia. Which isn’t good or healthy. I am very sorry to all of you because I am writing these devotionals about God, not myself. Now I am going to be doing this with all of you: I will start focusing on God, counting my blessings, and being thankful.

How do you start focusing on God?

By seeking God through prayer, worship, listening to Him, and reading the Bible. As you spend time seeking God, you will grow closer to God and the more you will know about God. 

Also you need to change your mindset to stop focusing on your problems and circumstances and fix your eyes on God. You change your mindset by seeking God and asking God to renew your mind. God will renew your mind as you spend time seeking Him. Because when we draw near to God, God will draw near to us. (Psalm 125:1-2)

As one of my favorite authors and speakers Joyce Meyer says: “We all have a part (in a relationship with God). God has a part and we have a part. We have to do our part (by seeking God) because God will not do our part.”

Now we need to count our blessings and be thankful.

How do you do that?

Make lists everyday of things you are thankful for and praise God for the things on your list.

Here is my list:

  1. I am thankful for my family.

  2. I am thankful for my pets.

  3. I am thankful for my friends.

  4. I am thankful to go to college everyday.

  5. I am thankful for my really nice car.

  6. I am thankful I have the ability to crochet blankets and donate those blankets to people in need.

  7. I am thankful for my ministry: “Jesus Saves Ministry.

  8. I am thankful for my growing podcasts: “Jesus Saves Ministry Podcast” and “Chronically Caty.”

  9. I am thankful for my good grades in college.

  10. I am thankful for coffee! My favorite drink!

  11. I am thankful that my liver is doing good and my colon is doing good.

  12. I am thankful that I finally have a doctor to help me treat my fibromyalgia.

That is my list today and today I will thank God for everything that is on my list. I hope that you write your own list and praise God for your blessings. Because we always have more blessings than problems. We need to praise and thank God for every blessing and not focus on our problems.

Prayer:

Dear God,

I pray that as I seek you by reading your word, talking to you, worshiping you, and listening for you that I build a strong and close relationship with you. Help me renew my mind to be focused on you and my blessings and not my problems. Help me as I write lists of my blessings that I become more thankful and praise you for everything on my list. I love you Lord and I live to serve you. I praise you for your goodness, grace, and love.

I thank you for Your Son and all my many blessings.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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Devotional: You are a conqueror!❤️

You are a conqueror!❤️

Verse: “’Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].’”

Romans 8:37

You are a conqueror!

Maybe right now, you are really struggling. Maybe you are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, work, school, mental illness, chronic illness, cancer, lost a loved one, or maybe you just feel so hopeless about your circumstances. I want to encourage you today that you are conqueror and you have victory in life through Christ!

In life there are so many struggles: pain, depression, anxiety, stress, trial, storms, and so much more. But even though life is tough, God is tougher. You are a conqueror! You can anything that life throws at you with God on your side! (Matthew 19:26)

Even though life is tough we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:13)

I don’t know what you are going through but I do know that with God on your side, you can and will have victory! (Romans 8:37) 

So reach out to God. He will grab your hand and help you through life with whatever you are struggling and dealing with. You don’t have to do life alone. Go to God and He will come to you! When you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. (Psalm 125:1-2)

Also reach out to God but seeking Him by: reading the Bible, praying, worshiping Him, and listening for Him. By seeking God you will be able to have a personal relationship with God. That’s what God wants for you. I have also loved the quote: “it’s not about religion, it’s about a personal relationship with God.” 

As you build that relationship with God, God will give you strength to fight your battles and have victory!

You can and will get through whatever you are going through! I believe in you. God believes in you. I love you. God loves you so much! (John 3:16) 

You are a conqueror who will have victory!!

Prayer:

Dear God,

Right now I am struggling. I pray that you come close beside me and grab my hand. I know that with you on my side Lord, I can do all things. I know that I can and will have victory through you. I pray that you bless me with whatever I need to have victory and overcome everything I am going through. I pray that as I seek you that I build a close relationship with you. I love you Lord. I want to be close to you. I praise you for all your love. I praise you because you are so good. 

I thank you for all my many blessings.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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Devotional: Hope

Devotional: Hope

Verse: “ ‘This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],’”

Hebrews 6:19

Maybe right now, you are really struggling. Maybe you are battling depression, anxiety, stress, mental illness, chronic illness, cancer, or maybe you lost a loved one. No matter what we are going through: we need to anchor our hope in God.

Lately I know I have been battling with depression so hope has been hard for me. But thankfully my stomach has been doing better!! Praise God! I am still struggling with physical pain from fibromyalgia and depression. But my depression has gotten better and now I am seeing a therapist. So I feel really hopeful! And we all need to put our hope in God.

How do we anchor and put our hope in God?

You seek Him by: reading His word, praying for hope, listening for Him, and worshiping Him. Also you need to trust and depend on Him. Which is much easier said than done. But we have to remember that: God is good. (Psalm 31:19), God is always faithful. (Psalm 33:4), and God is trustworthy (1 Corinthians 1:9) So even when we are struggling, we need to put our hope, faith, and trust in God. Because God will never leave us nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) God is good even when life isn’t.

Now back to hope, how we put our hope in God is to not put our hope in worldly things like people or circumstances. Because people and circumstances are always changing like the weather. But God is the same, today, tomorrow, and forever. (Psalm 102:27) God will give you His hope if you go to Him and seek Him.

But you can’t just pray one time for hope and be done. You have to continue to seek God by reading His word, praying to Him, asking Him for hope, listening for Him, and worshiping Him. But as you seek Him, He will draw near to you. (Psalm 125:1,2) As you seek Him, you can build a strong and good relationship with Him. And as you seek Him you will learn more about Him and grow closer to Him. So this doesn’t happen overnight, you have to keep seeking Him and keep praying. But I promise you, it is worth it to seek God and learn more about God.

Always remember that with God on your side, you can do anything!  (Matthew 19:26) So you can have hope and make it through whatever you are going through!

Prayer:

Dear God,

I pray that as I seek you by reading your word, praying to you, listening for you, and worshiping you that you bless me with your hope. Hope that is in you and not people or circumstances. I pray that as I seek you I learn more about you and grow closer to you. I pray that you grab my hand and walk through life with you by my side. Because with you on my side Lord, I know I can do all things. I thank you for your grace, love, hope, and goodness. I believe in you and I believe you hear me. I believe you will help me.

I thank you for all my many blessings and for Your Son.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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Devotional: Go to God and let Him be your refuge

Go to God and let Him be your refuge❤️

Verses: ‘”The Lord also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble; And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You, For You, O Lord , have not abandoned those who seek You.’”

Psalm 9:9-10

Maybe right now, you are really struggling. Maybe you are battling a mental illness, chronic illness, cancer, stress, anxiety, depression, burn out, or maybe you have lost a loved one. No matter what you are going through: God wants you to come to Him and be your refuge.

Right now I am struggling with stomach issues and pain from fibromyalgia. I am having a colonoscopy done on Monday. So please pray that I get some good news from my colonoscopy. But mentally, I am doing much better! Praise God! I don’t feel depressed or anxious. Thank you Jesus (and my doctor for increasing my medicine)! So I am running into God’s arms and letting Him be my refuge.

God wants you to come to Him. No matter how long it’s been since you have come Him: He still loves you (Psalm 136:1) and He wants to be your refuge (Psalm 9:9-10). There is nothing that you could ever do to make God stop loving you. (Romans 8:38-39). So go to God!

You go to God by seeking Him through: reading the Bible, praying, worshiping Him, and listening for Him. When you seek God, He will draw near to you. (James 4:8) As you spend more time with God by seeking Him, you will learn more about God and become closer to Him. You can then build a close relationship with God.

A relationship with God is the best relationship you can have because God is so good (Psalm 31:19), God is always faithful, (Psalm 33:4), God keeps His promises, (Deuteronomy 7:9), God is trustworthy (1 Corinthians 1:9) and with God on your side, you can do anything! (Matthew 19:26)

When you seek God, He will bless you with His joy, love, peace, hope, comfort, trust, guidance, wisdom, rest, and so much more. God loves you and He wants a relationship with you. God also wants to be your refuge for when you are struggling, you go to God first. I love the saying: “go to the throne of God before you go to your phone.”

So if you are struggling, the best thing you could do is go to God. He can’t wait to see you!

Prayer:

Dear God,

I am running into your arms. I am really struggling and I need your help. So please grab my hand and walk through life with you by my side. I can’t do life without you. I need you Lord and I love you. I am letting you be my refuge. I pray that as I seek you, that I grow closer to you and learn more about you. I pray that I build a strong and close relationship with you. I praise you because you are so good, faithful, and trustworthy. I thank you for your love and goodness. I believe in you and all my life I will serve you.

I thank you for all my many blessings and for Your Son.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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Devotional: Worship

Worship

Verses: “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”

Psalms 7:17

Lately I have been struggling. I have been struggling with unbearable pain from fibromyalgia and now stomach issues. I am having a colonoscopy in a few weeks. I have also been struggling with depression and anxiety. I haven’t been doing good. Maybe you are struggling too. Maybe you are battling a mental illness, chronic illness, cancer, stress, or maybe you have lost a loved one. No matter what we are going through: one thing I find that always makes me feel better is to lift my hands and worship God.

On Friday I was driving home from college and I just turned on my Christian Worship music. I prayed, sang, lifted my hands, and praised the Lord. So if you are struggling, my advice to you: read your Bible, pray, turn on your Christian music, lift your hands, sing, and worship God!

Worship is one of the ways that we can connect with God. You might feel awkward worshiping God, that’s okay! Just keep worshiping Him and I promise it gets easier. If you feel awkward worshiping God in public then worship alone in a room or when you are driving alone in a car (but make sure you still focus on driving.)

For me, worship really helps me lift my eyes away from my problems and helps me focus on God and His goodness. Because God is so good (Psalm 31:19) and He loves you so much. (Psalm 136:1) He sent His only Son to die on the cross: FOR YOU! Because He loves you so much that not even death would stop His love for you. (Romans 8:38-39) (John 3:16)

One of my favorite quotes is: “God is good, even when life isn’t.” You may be in a lot of pain right now, I know I am. But we can always lift our hands and worship the Lord because He is worthy of our praise. God is always faithful. (Psalm 33:4) God is good. (Psalm 31:19)

Even when we are struggling we can always focus on God and worship Him!

Worship songs I love:

Some worship songs I love:

Ever Be by Bethel

It Is Well by Bethel

What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong

This Is Living Now by Hillsong Young and Free

Great I Am by New Life Church

Our God and Our King by New Life Church

Thankful by New Life Church

We Won’t Be Shaken By Bethel

Jesus We Love You by Bethel Music and Paul McClure

Mercy by Bethel Music and Amanda Cook

No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music, Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

Prayer:

Dear God, right now I am really struggling. But instead of focusing on my problems, I am going to fix my eyes on you and worship you. I need you Lord so please come to me and grab my hand. Please stay by my side every minute of every day. Help me grow closer to you as I read my Bible, worship you, listen for you, and talk with you. I believe in you Lord. I believe that you are good even when life isn’t. I believe you are faithful and trustworthy. All the days of my life, I want to praise and worship you.

I thank you for all my many blessings and for Your Son.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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Devotional: Cast your cares to God

Cast your cares to God❤️

Verse: “‘cast all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].’”

1 Peter 5:7

Maybe right now, you are really worried. Maybe you are battling a mental illness, a chronic illness, stress, or maybe a loved one is sick. Maybe you feel so stressed and overwhelmed and just don’t know what to do. What you need to do: is relax, take a deep breath, and cast all your cares to God.

Lately I have been really struggling. I have been in a lot of pain because of fibromyalgia. But now I am having some pretty serious stomach issues that will cause me to have a colonoscopy. I still have to do college. I feel pretty stressed to say the least but for the past few days I have been crying out to God and casting my cares to Him.

When you cast your cares to God, it’s like you hand them to God, let go, and let God take care of it. It’s trusting God with your worries, fears, anxieties, and concerns. How you do this is you go to God in prayer and tell Him about your worries, fears, anxieties, and concerns then declare that you are casting all your cares to Him. Now you don’t have to worry anymore because God is taking care of it. God is faithful (Psalm 33:4), trustworthy, (Deuteronomy 7:9) and He has an amazing plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). I have always loved the says: “give it to God and go to sleep.”

Now you keep seeking God. Don’t just pray one time to cast your cares to God. You have to continue to seek God by reading His word, talking with Him, listening for Him, and worshiping Him. You need to keep casting your cares because sometimes you will still worry and feel anxious. But when you start to worry or feel anxious, you go to God. 

This process of casting your cares to God doesn’t happen overnight. You have to continue to declare victory over worry, fear, and anxiety by casting all your cares to God. You CAN and WILL have joy, peace, love, hope, rest, and freedom from worry, doubt, fear, and anxiety. 

Because you have God on your side, and with God on your side, you can do anything! (Psalm 118:6)

Prayer:

Dear God,

I am really struggling with worry, fear, and anxiety. I feel worried and anxious about (fill in the blank with what you are worried and anxious about). But I am done worrying! I am casting all my cares to you Lord. I am letting go of worry, fear, and anxiety. I pray you fill me with your joy, peace, rest, love, grace, and freedom. I pray that as I continue to seek you by reading your word, talking with you, worshiping you, and listening for you that I become close to you. I am surrendering everything to do Lord. I believe in you. I know you hear my prayer and I believe that you will help me. I praise you because you are so good!

I thank you for Your Son and all my many blessings.

In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!

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