The Grateful Heart (Day 6)
The Grateful Heart is a two-week long devotional series dedicated to guiding women towards finding a grateful heart during difficult seasons of life and equipping them with the tools they need to take back their joy.
The Lie of Isolation
For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
I heard a really remarkable sermon recently by Wendy Perez about facing trials. In one part of it, she was talking about a time when she sat with a friend facing a divorce.
After talking for a long time about the details, about the hope held, about the next steps… Her friend looked at her and said “This is the hardest thing I have ever gone through and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But I have to remember that it is only one part of my life. I have my career, I have two amazing kids, I have a family standing behind me. This is only one part of it, and I have to remember that.”
This is a truth that I think we need to thoughtfully consider, sweet friend. I don’t know about you but I am way too prone to think my entire life is in shambles when one part of it goes wrong.
Recently, I’ve been fighting for thankfulness in a season when my job is in a sticky transition while my husband and I are still balancing him going to school full-time. Some days we can feel like passing ships in the night or like this time of feeling stretched thin will never end. These are only some areas of my life that have seen (and WILL see! [1 Corinthians 2:9]) better and easier days, but honestly I’ve found myself trudging around sometimes like the whole world has caved in.
I’m so thankful that you have been willing to come alongside me for these couple of weeks to really try to intentionally be thankful and find joy in the middle of whatever this earthly life has for us today. This devotional has helped me to seek Jesus for the areas I had been struggling to pick myself up and to remember that we were never meant to do it all in our own strength.
It has helped me to realize that letting one or two or even three bumps in the road of today make me decide in my heart and mind that all of my life is in pieces is such an attack! Be it just like the enemy to want us to be blinded by what he is up to (John 8:44).
Three Truths to Hold Onto:
- Whatever is going on, it is still only ONE part of our lives. We have been taking the last few days to consider all that we have to be thankful for, and those things still remain. Don’t let Satan try to whisper in your ear that whatever trials you face are the extent of this vast, vibrant and beautiful life that God has blessed us with. It is only one part, and this too shall pass. The truth is, everything will pass but our God. He has set our hearts on eternity and this is where our hope can always find strength (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
- Let us remember the scripture that we started with. As we think our hearts, so we are. We cannot let the enemy speak into our ears that this is all we have left, that this is all we amount to, or that all hope is lost. Whenever you feel the temptation to think these thoughts, replace them with the truth of God’s Word and the truth of who He says you are!
- God’s truth about you will not be shaken by any momentary affliction. You have peace (Ephesians 2:14), you are loved (John 3:16), you are not alone (Hebrews 13:5), you are victorious (1 John 5:4), your heart and mind are protected by God’s peace (Philippians 4:7). Write these down and post them around your home or your office or wherever you are. Declare them over your life!
Let us be daughters that choose the truth of He who created us over the lies of the enemy. The enemy is a deceiver, and because he has already been defeated he will do all he can to convince you that you are defeated. But we are chosen, anointed and loved. We have already been given victory over death by our Father. Today is a new day, sweet friend. He is for you!