God will never give you more than you can handle… or at least He will never give you more than you can handle with Him on your side.
But what about when we take things on that we are not called to? And then there are other times when we walk right on past the things we are called to. We need to seek the Lord, know His heart, and make it our own.
You have a calling, reader. So do I. Are we doing what we are called to do? Are we busy with the right things? Or are we just busy?
But it’s so hard.
But I’m so busy.
But I’m so tired and worn out.
I get it. I’ve been there. Seriously, Monday I was there. I had to remind myself to rely on the Lord – and that He does not require me to do life on my own. Thank you Jesus. I need His strength. I need His grace. I need His JOY and His PEACE! If I can’t go on without Him, then I won’t move. I have to have God go with me. Just like Moses said, if His presence won’t go with me, then I’m not going (paraphrased from Exodus 33:15).
Guess what? I have great news for you! If you are called to it, YOU CAN DO IT! Maybe it’s time to look at our calendars, our day timers, our phones and see what fills up our days, weeks, months, and ask ourselves how much of it we have consulted the Lord on?
I want to be a woman that seeks Him daily… weekly… monthly… all the time. How about you?
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Have you ever heard the song “Diamonds” by Hawk Nelson? Take a listen while you read the rest if you like:
I love the part where the lyrics say “the joy of the Lord it will be my strength, when the pressure is on He’s making diamonds”.
So listen. If you’re in a struggle, get in the presence of God. Seek out the joy of the Lord. Make up your mind to be joyful, to REJOICE ALWAYS! The Bible doesn’t say, “rejoice always unless life is hard and you’re overwhelmed”… NO! It says rejoice always (Philippians 4:4)! Why? Because the joy of the Lord IS YOUR STRENGTH (see Nehemiah 8:10)! You need it for whatever you’re facing. If you’re in a struggle remember this: when the pressure is on, He’s making diamonds.
We all have choices to make. Will we embrace the season or fight it? Will we sink or swim? Will we seek Him or allow the pressures of this world to overtake us?
If you’re weary, like this passage from Matthew, rest in Him:
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
There might be a lot on your plate… However, if you’re called to it, you can do it! And if you are called to it, then your family is called in some way to it as well. You’re a team. That’s what I keep telling my two and four year old. Today my four year old told my two year old, “be a good team, ok?” I smiled. He’s hearing me.
So evaluate what you and your family are doing. Surrender it to the Lord to do with it as He likes. Maybe you’re not all on the same page – give that to the Lord as well. Watch and see what they do as you seek to rejoice always in the Lord. They may be baffled… “why is she so not stressed… she should be stressed! Why is she rejoicing, this should be overwhelming her!”
You just might be amazed at what happens when you surrender your agenda to Him, and rest in Him. What are you believing for? Surrender it all to Him. Speak Ephesians 3:20 over your life, your family, your household.
I’m excited for you, reader, as you do this! Be encouraged! If God is for you, then WHO could be against you? I’ll leave you with this passage from Romans that reminds us of just that.
Romans 8:28-35a NKJV
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Note from the author:
It’s been over a month since you’ve heard from me, but it’s not for a lack of writing on my part! I hope you enjoyed todays devotional and I pray you allow God to take you to deeper place in Him and make a diamond out of you no matter your situation. God bless, you, friend!