Slightly Obsessed #037 "The Greatest Battles" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2013-07-03 11:22:03

SPONSORED




God sees not as man sees,
For man looks at the outward appearance,
But the LORD looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7


It had been a terrible week. Everything that could go wrong, had. I was teetering on the edge of the precipice separating grace and a bug-eyed fit. I was trying to walk in grace, but it would feel so good to take the plunge and have a bug-eyed fit. I could feel the irritation growing inside me, and I was seriously considering having a "talk" with the person who was the perpetrator of my frustration. I knew I needed to extend grace to this person, but I was itching to set this person straight.

Frankly, I wanted to be mad.

As I drove down the city street simmering in the satisfying juices of my own righteous indignation, my eyes fell upon a small, crooked figure limping down the sidewalk. I honestly couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman. A rumpled head of short, red hair crowned a twisted body clad in Bermuda shorts and a deep purple t-shirt.

The person obviously struggled with a handicap of some kind. I started to look away, still preoccupied. As I got closer, however, my dismissive attitude went down in flames.

Emblazoned on the front of the purple t-shirt in large white letters were these words:

THE GREATEST BATTLES
ARE THOSE WHICH ARE
FOUGHT WITHIN

Ouch.

I felt an instant pang of regret. How much like God to send a broken messenger to remind me of my own cracked soul and how every struggle is really a battle for our hearts.

Man might be influenced by outward appearances, but God never is. That day I, the one more outwardly "together," was the one who was truly flawed.

Which is more crippling, our inward or outward blemishes? Should not I, who need grace so much, be all the more eager to give it?

After all, isn’t grace a gift given to the undeserving? And wouldn’t the undeserving be...

...me?


About Pamela Thorson:



Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.

Connect with Pamela Thorson
Website: http://www.songinthenight.net
Blog: http://www.pamthorsonsblog.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SongintheNight







SPONSORED


Recent Articles
Slightly Obsessed #217: When the Hedge Comes Down

When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
Slightly Obsessed #216: Daddy Has You

As I sat at the red light, a pick-up pulled up beside me in the other lane. The window was rolled down, and the driver rested his arm lazily on the door ledge. A chihuahua fur baby sat perched in the crook of the driver’s arm, yapping with all its tiny might at the pickup in front of me.
Slightly Obsessed #215: Sunday School Had It Right

A Ugandan friend once told us that growing up in Sunday school, he quickly learned how to answer the Bible questions in class. “The right answer,” he said with a smile, “is always, ‘Jesus.’" As a child, no matter what question was posed in class, he always answered, “Jesus.”
Slightly Obsessed #214: Friendly Fire

In 1788, the Austrian army turned on itself and decimated its own ranks, allowing its enemy to walk in and take the city. Are we allowing the same thing to happen on the spiritual battlefield?
Slightly Obsessed #213: God of the Mountains

While life is so uncertain, one thing is: God loves us so much, and He will never abandon us. No matter what happens in the coming days, months, or years, God is in control. And He will give us the strength to overcome any trial that comes our way.
Jordan For Jesus #039: Find the GOLD in People

Find the GOLD in people. If you only see fault, error, wrongs, sins, and what is bad, in people, then you have no time to love them. You cannot judge people and love people, at the same time, which is why the Word of God instructs us to look for what is good in people. When we look for the good, in people, we are choosing to see people through the eyes of God.




More Content from CMADDICT
REVIEW
Gone (Deluxe)
RED

Release Date: October 27, 2017
Reviewer: Jon Ownbey
Rating: 4 stars
MUSIC VIDEO
Behold Israel - Middle East Current Events Update, July 17, 2018.

2018-07-17 09:13:42
NEWS
ISRAEL, US TO NEGOTIATE WITH RUSSIA TO CLEAR SYRIA OF IRANIAN FORCES

A senior US lawmaker warned that Iranian forces and Hezbollah may be inextricably linked to the Assad regime Israel’s campaign to remove Iranian forces from Syria entirely.
FREE DOWNLOAD
Be Still, My Soul
Salt of the Sound

Album: In Prayer
Genre: Worship

Social Media



Copyright © 2018 · All Rights Reserved · CMADDICT.com