This is a guest blog by Maria Drayton. Maria is an amazing devotional writer, and I love how she tied in this message of thankfulness (’tis the season!) to this post on social media comparisons An important message around this time of year, I think. Enjoy your time with family and friends! Be content.
I don’t normally do a full post in honor Veterans Day on here, but since I am a military wife it’s becoming more evident to me that my devotionals focus a lot on our life as a military family.
So often, well for me anyway, when things aren’t going the way ‘I’ have planned I rush into opportunities that I think are from God without actually praying about it. A perfect example of this was a job that I recently received – This Job wasn’t for me at all and I ended up really burning myself out. If I had of just sat still for a few weeks and listened to what my God was telling me to do I wouldn’t be sitting in the struggle I physically and mentally found myself in. Sometimes God actually gives us a chance to stop and just rest. Rest in his promises, rest in his will for us and rest in DREAMING!
It’s that time again… DIVA CHRISTMAS!
I can’t believe this will be my 4th Christmas here. Each year, I do a special guest poster series and this year will be no different. Today, I’m announcing our special theme and opening up submissions. 🙂
Anyone is welcome to submit — even if you have submitted recently. I try to fit as many guest bloggers as I can into this series and include everyone who wants in. I just love Christmas and this is my special way of celebrating the birth of our Savior on Devotional Diva.
I’ve been doing a lot of running to God, a lot of praying, a lot of listening for the Holy Spirit’s whispers. And there’s been a lot of people in real life that have made a difference for me, too. A breakthrough.
I had already started thinking about getting a new car. The Holy Spirit had already warned and told me, “It’s time to get a new car.” But to be honest, I was frugal and it wasn’t quite an emergency…..yet. But Sadie (my car) was on her last leg and I knew it. I already had to pray every summer morning for the air conditioner to work so that I wouldn’t be a sweaty mess by the time I got to work or home for the night. In the recent previous year’s Sadie had already lost the ability to keep the left signal on during a turn, lock her doors, and the right front window could go down but not back up.
I named my inner critic Leah. I resonated with Leah’s story of choosing to praise God for her son Judah instead of believing the outcome of her circumstances that she was an unloved wife. This violent act of praise became a game changer for Leah and her son. Her story helped me embrace the whole of me and walk in a newfound freedom. Talk about a game changer for me as well.
The Wintertons in Venice! I know some of you really like my travel posts…I almost didn’t share Venice because it was a quick trip we did a few weeks ago, but then I thought, “WHY NOT?” I haven’t done a travel post in awhile! Venice was one of the best, most beautiful places we’ve been to.
My friends, GIVING is one of those sensitive topics that rubs many Christians the wrong way. I know this because I was one of those Christians. Over the course of time, the Lord ministered to me that there is wisdom in giving and using our resources to propagate the work of God. The starting point is giving our lives to Jesus (John 3:16), which provides us with a simple, but irrevocably true, message of the Gospel.
When I realized my marriage was over, I questioned everything that I ever believed about God. I questioned His goodness, I questioned His love and I wondered how a good God could allow something so devastating to happen. Days, months and even years of unexpected emotion would resurface and I would fall down on my knees to ask God why. God hates divorce, so then He must hate me, right? Then it hit me, God wasn’t trying to scold me, push me into submission, or teach me a lesson… He was actually showing me His love and goodness.