Katie Hornor's newest devotional book, In Spite of Myself, touched my heart right where I am. I spent the first week of this devotional in tears. Katie has a loving way to share the difficulties she's been through that God has turned into beautiful testimony. I choose praise in spite of myself through all the hard things. It's hard. I often fail and complain first. I rant and rave at the injustices. Then God wraps His arms around me and reminds me that it is all in His control. No matter what criticism, slander, rejection, isolation or betrayal I'm going through, and believe me I've gone through some terrible mudslinging, God knows. Yeshua (Jesus) received it even more undeservedly. He knows.
"Maybe you've been trying to find a song of praise in the midst of criticism, slander, rejection, isolation or betrayal? Friend, God is there. And he is standing by with his promises of peace in the storm and healing to come."
~Katie Hornor, InspiteofMyselfbook.com
I love the analogy of the boiling water. When the boiling water of life's hardships are poured over you, don't be like a carrot and get all mushy. Be like a coffee bean and spread the aroma of God's love and praise throughout the hot liquid. That can be applied in so many ways. I thought of when I let my coffee sit too long and it gets cold. If the grounds set out in the air very long before brewing, they lose their flavor. We pray for health and safety but He knows sometimes we need rain to grow. We need some animal to come pooh on us to fertilize us for growth. We need to have our fruit plucked and our branches pruned before we can ever even make it to the delicious drink. Coffee beans also have to be roasted and ground. God often used grapes as an analogy, after all the fertilizing, rain, pruning and picking, they have to be stomped and pressed to get the flavorful juice. So do olives to get olive oil. There's nothing wrong with praying and hoping for health and safety but we need to remember to praise, maybe even more gratefully, during the hard and painful times.
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee."
We need to be regularly reminded that God is our provision. He is our protection. He loves us and keeps His promises, always. The best way to make sure you get the reminders you need is to keep reading the Bible. God tucked promises and love notes throughout His Word. If you want to thrive instead of just survive, you can't live by bread alone, but must have the Word of God to help you and guide you.
In Spite of Myself book will make a wonderful gift this holiday season. I encourage you to get it. We will be having a special Bible Study with it in December if you'd like to join us. I'd love to have some of my readers involved in this special time!
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