A Digital Refresh – April 21, 2020: It is truly this simple…

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Anita’s Collection of Devotionals

Today’s reflection is from Anita. Anita is our Outdoor Centre Registrar and can be found diligently serving our groups in our offices. 

 

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40:28-31

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29

As each day blends to the next

I sit at the computer during the day and watching Netflix or Pureflix to entertain myself in the evening. My pooch and I have our well-worn spot on the couch stating we have enjoyed too much time there, although we try to fit in a brisk walk and time to enjoy the yard work that is calling my name all before the sun goes down most days.

Mornings, however, are very different.

Mornings I need to start my day on a positive note. I simply take a quiet moment to reach out to my Heavenly Father with prayer, reading of his word and thinking and praying for others. By doing this I find myself able to better deal with whatever comes my way. I sit with my morning coffee, wipe the sleep from my eyes and wonder what this day will bring. The birds are heard chirping outside enjoying the last of the seed on the ground finding it with the sun’s rays melting the newly fallen snow.

I find my pile of encouraging devotional books; look at each one for a sign to choose one over the other. Will it be this one or that? Guess what it doesn’t matter!

What matters is… we start our day with God.

It matters that we turn ourselves to His holy word for guidance during this uncertain time. That we find encouragement in that blessed moment to share his word when someone in need reaches out to chat or ask for prayer. We find our prayer journal to add this name to our list that we raise up to our Heavenly Father.

All of us have moments when we feel encouraged; as well we all suffer through difficult seasons. Thankfully God stands ready and willing to give us comfort and strength if we turn to Him.

Whether it be reaching out in prayer or turning the pages of a great devotional book or better yet thumbing through your Bible, He is always willing and waiting there for us.

Not only do we need him to start our day, but we also need him throughout the day.

How satisfying is it to ask God to guide us, for his knowledge with a thought you are struggling with or simply for his encouraging words to guide us in a difficult moment. Or His wisdom on making a choice with certainty or to calm your mind with his soothing words during a moment of anguish.

As we continue with the unknown length of social distancing and pandemic worries, reach to Him.
Turn on that Worship music to soothe your worries and praise Him. Sing out loud and dance around the kitchen. I encourage you to stay in touch with your Church family and friends either by phone calls, texts or online.

Think of others with your gift of giving and how can you help those shut-in and not able to get out, how can you help those lonely and struggling to get through their day or how can you help those who don’t yet know our Heavenly Savior during this difficult time? Can we show them by our actions of reaching out and letting them know we care and ask simply if we can help them with anything or pray for them?

Our seniors are particularly vulnerable during this social distancing time. It is unsafe for them to attend grocery stores however they must eat. There are many with no one to enter the ever-changing world of simply buying the necessities of life.

I encourage you today to find your strength and encouragement in Him, our Heavenly Savior who wants nothing more than for you to reach out to Him.

It is truly this simple.

Focus on God and upon His love for you. Ask Him to give you wisdom and strength throughout your day and strength to fulfil your responsibilities that seem daunting. God will always give you energy, guidance and strength to do the most important things on your to-do list each morning, noon and night.

I found this in my morning devotional book “365 daily devotions”

The strength that we claim from God’s word does not depend on circumstances. Circumstances will be difficult, but our strength will be sufficient.
By Corrie Ten Boom

Pull your strength today from our glorious God and his word.

God’s word I share for you today: Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and all his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

God does not create a lock without its key and He does not give you problems without solutions!
Praise be to our God! He is good always!

Your friend,

Anita

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