When Monica from Homespun Heart mentioned the devotional Jesus Calling, I thought it sounded perfect for me. I was not disappointed when I bought it. This little book is chock full of amazing truths in small bites, perfect for my stage of life right now. Almost every single day, I am blown away by how God speaks to me through this book. Here are some favorite quotes from the last week that have touched me:
"Begin each day anticipating problems, asking Me to equip you for whatever difficulties you will encounter. The best equipping is My living Presence, My hand that never lets go of yours. Discuss everything with Me. Take a lighthearted view of trouble, seeing it as a challenge that you and I together can handle."
"Thinking that you should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, failure highlights your dependence on Me. I am able to bring beauty out of the morass of your mistakes. Trust Me, and watch to see what I will do."
"Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life. These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me. When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for Me. Thus, your needs become doorways to deep dependence on Me.....thank Me for the fifficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance."
"Instead of trying harder to help people through your own paltry supplies, become aware of My unlimited supply, which is accessible to you continually. Let My Love envelop your outreach to other people. Many of My precious children have fallen prey to burnout. A better description of their condition might be "drainout." Countless interactions with needy people have drained them, without their conscious awareness. You are among these weary ones, who are like wounded soldiers needing R&R. Take time to rest in the love-light of My presence. I will gradually restore to you the energy that you have lost over the years. Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest for your souls."