I have to apologize for not getting the Mindful Monday devotional up on the blog the past few weeks. I’ve been going through some things the past few weeks with friends, church, etc. So when I just realized I need to get a devotional up today, the words “Hold On” came to mind, so I went on the hunt for a devotional that lined up with that. The first thing I thought of is something that was taught to me when I was just a new Christian, many moons ago.
Sometimes when we feel like we are being bombarded with one source of stress after the next (as I have of late…) we need to pray first of all, and STAY in prayer. Sometimes you reach a point where you don’t know what to say or feel or think, the enemy has you surrounded and you’re at a loss for what to do (aside from stay in the Bible and prayer of course). I’ve been taught (and learned how true it is) that at that point, we need to just STAND. Don’t move to the front, side, or back…don’t try to manufacture some false positivity, or quote self-help books or cliche’s. Pray your guts out, cry out to the Lord and then…just stand. Stand on God’s promises for the Bible for sure, but after giving it to the Lord, trust Him and just Stand. I don’t mean physically (unless that helps hehe) but emotionally and spiritually…read the Bible every day, pray every day, but don’t put a false smile on your face, but don’t give in and crawl under your bed either. Stand…and hold on.
This is from one of my favorite Bible teachers, Dr. David Jeremiah. I hope you glean many good things from this:
Pastor David Jeremiah
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
Did you know there’s a connection between thunderstorms and the quality of the food you eat? High winds have a positive effect on many plants, stimulating their roots to grow deeper so as to anchor the plant more firmly in the soil. And when roots grow deeper, they find fresh reserves of minerals that are taken up by the plant and deposited in the fruit. And it’s minerals that provide nutrition. A stressed plant offers the sweetest fruit — in due time.
And the same is true with us. When God allows winds of adversity to blow against us, we are forced to extend the roots of our faith deeper into the soil of God’s promises and provision, just to hang on through the storm. But when the storm passes, we have newfound faith, strength, maturity, and humility as a result of learning to hold on to God. That’s why God doesn’t remove every storm so that we learn to depend on the grace of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). But we have to give the process time.
If you are in a storm right now, dig deep into God and hold on. The sweet fruit of peace and joy will soon appear.
Patience is the ballast of the soul that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms.
David Jeremiah’s Website