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Set The Tone Devotional: Doing the Hard

The last going on three years have been so hard for me spiritually. I believe after three years of fighting the very season that God was having me in, I have come to understand being content in my life and the blessings that God has given me. With blessings come responsibility. Responsibility is hard but it is much needed. Then, throw in some discipline and it just all gets mixed up. Trust me, it is not for the faint but the race is so worthy. One lovely thought that I keep at the forefront is the love of God that would take the time to care for me and nurture me to be the best He sees.


2 Corinthians 4:16

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.


Luke 16:10

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.


Queen to Queen:

I wish I could tell you that the choice to live righteously is an easy road but it is not. The choice to live with Christ is one in which you come to face your traumas, pain, hurt, character, and any other things holding you back to become all that you can be in Jesus. That means all of the ugly ways. The things you do not even want to address come right on the back around the block. Yep, then the hard comes creeping just when you least expect it.

Questions and wonders begin to surface about worthiness, being enough, capacity, and ability to do. But, I have come to learn in my walk with God that those things are the very items that are needed to remain in God. The things we search for each day:

  • strength

  • worth

  • courage

  • strategy

  • wisdom

  • faith

  • help

  • encouragement

  • capacity

  • hope

  • willingness

They all are found in God. We have to remember that anything God is bringing forth can not be done without God. So, I invite you today to get back to a place of child-like faith in God where you throw in your all for God. God will not forsake you!


Through the good and the bad and the hard and sometimes even the sad, never forget to know where your help comes from. Anything you need God will provide it for you. When it gets hard, show up to God in prayer, worship, fasting, and studying God's Word. Begin having faith in the expectancy that the hard is only hard for you. But, nothing is too much for God. Hand it over. The hard thing maybe God's very thing and was always supposed to handle so God will get the glory. Whatever it is that may be your hard in this season, I pray that you can release it to God and trust that God will provide what is needed to see that very thing through. Start trusting again. Start believing again. Get back in position. get back praying. Turn up that worship music a few more notches. Show up for God more this week!!


Reflection:

What is one thing that you have been putting off because it seems hard?

Is that one thing a God-given thing?

If yes, how can you surrender it and take it back to God?


Prayer:

Lord, I thank you for all your grace, love, and mercy that covers me each day. There is not a day that you have not seen me through. Thank you for how you have shown up for me in my life. I repent for the seasons when circumstances and hard times take lead in my life and I stay away from you. Lord, give me the strength and courage to endure during those times and to put my hope, faith, and trust in you. Give me the willingness and desire to know you in my heart and seek for you day and night. May my heart come to love and honor you above all else in my life. My yes remains in the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hard. I pray that in those times that you be with me to fill me up with what you need to be in me to see that very thing through with you. Guide me. Renew me. Strengthen me. Enlighten me. Your will, not my will. It all belongs to you God. In Jesus' name, Amen!


Affirmation:

I can do all things with Jesus in my life. I am showing up each day with less of me and more of Him who sees the best in me. Though I experience the hard and walking out the hard is difficult, I know where my help comes from. Again, I say I can do all things!


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Philippians 4:13


Next time you get in fear, doubt, or anything that comes to rob you of your birthright speak it that in Christ you will do the thing. Speak to it!!


Until next time,

Keep your head high AND your FAITH even higher!

Toni








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