Verse of the Day

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

~John 10:10

Today's Devotional Thought

July 26, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Real Woman. Real Struggles. Real Choice

I was reading a new blog this morning by a sister in ministry and I was just struck by her honesty in her bio. In describing who she is, she writes, "I'm a real woman, a real mom, dealing with real life. Some days, I feel like dancing and singing. Other days, shouting and punching feel more appropriate."

I smiled when I read that because I can so relate. In fact, the honesty was so refreshing. And I could add a couple of sentences to these.

Some days, I feel blessed beyond measure by the children that God has given me.

Other days, I feel like locking myself in my bathroom and hiding from them so I can have some time alone.

Some days, I sit down at the computer and feel empowered to write all that God has shown me about life in my journey with him.

Other days, I feel like I have no idea what I am doing in this life.

Some days, I know exactly what God wants me to do.

Other days, I wonder how God can even use me.

Some days, I display holy restraint in my relationships and am able to respond in a Christ like way.

Other days, I am weak and undisciplined and I react poorly and in a way that feels so disappointing to God and those I love.

This author goes on to write that she has learned that no matter what she "feels" in her day, she has established her life on the truth of John 10:10 {that a life focused on Jesus Christ and his principles is the only path to an abundant life}.

And I have learned the same.

I will feel many things in my days. I will feel frustration. I will feel disappointment. I will feel anger. I will feel sadness. I will feel loneliness. I will feel as if I have failed. And the enemy will even lead me to feel occasional moments of worthlessness and uselessness to God's kingdom.

But sweet sisters that is when I must rely on the truth of God's Word.

In my relationships, in my calling, and in life, I must base my behaviors and set up my life on the foundation of God's Word. Not on my feelings. Not on what the world tells me is right or justified.

On God's Word.

I am a real woman with real struggles that lead to real feelings. I am also a real woman who has decided that she is going to live her life on the truth of John 10:10. Because I know that founding my life on the principles of Jesus Christ is the only way to an abundant life. A life overflowing with his love, his provision, his forgiveness, and his endless blessings.

No matter how I feel, I choose to put my trust in God and his principles. And on that solid rock, I build my life. Through every struggle. Every emotion. Every season.

I urge you to do the same. No matter how you feel, beloved sister, you are valuable to God and through his living and active Spirit working within you, you can live life abundantly. And it starts with getting to know who God is and how he can help you live according to his principles.

We all struggle.

We are real women living real life and experiencing real struggle. But, we are so blessed to have a real choice to follow Jesus through it all. And that is the only way to live this life to the fullest.

Memorize this verse today:

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
~John 10:10

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