Friday, October 28, 2016

Tempted to Toss the Towel - Bonita Y. McCoy

So many times in life, we want to give up.
Throw that towel into the ring and call it quits.

I know because there were days when my kids were younger all I wanted to do was huddle in the middle of my bed and hide because the to-do list seemed never to end. "Mom" seemed to be the mantra that streamed out of everyone's mouth wanting or needing something else, something more.

Home schooling, housework, part-time job, teaching classes could overwhelm me if I let them get away from me.  But all these things I felt called to do and all of them were good things.

When I felt that wash of I can't do this or have I lost my mind, I would call my prayer partner, and she would pray. We would ask God for His wisdom for each situation and then I would ask Him again to confirm that the things I was busy doing were the right things, His things.

If you are feeling like giving up, don't. Check in with the Lord and make sure the things you are busy about are meant for you to do, and if they are, then ask the God of the mountains, and the wind who knows your every thought to strengthen you. He will equip you to do the good works prepared for you before the foundation of the world.

God never expects us to do it all. But He does expect us to do what He designed us to do. We all have a purpose and pursuing that purpose even when we are busy and tired will bring great joy. 

Find your passion, Find your purpose, Find your path.

Galatians 6:9 The Voice
"May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord
because in His Season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist."

There is a harvest to be had for all our hard work: strong families, loved children, strong minds, and strengthening others.

Sometimes doing right can be tiring no doubt about it. But let us keep our eye on the prize and don't throw in that towel just yet.

Be the lifter of our heads and encourage  our hearts  to keep doing what is good and right in your eyes. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Abandoned - Bonita Y. McCoy

Abandonment is a hard thing to swallow. No matter what form it comes in.
It happens in life to most people - one way or another.

You are left by mistake by a parent or a spouse thinking you got home some other way like the time my husband and I left one of our sons at church thinking the other one had him.

Or you get left waiting for a lunch date that never shows, or texts, or calls.
All together forgotten - dropped right out of their minds.

Then there are those who have experienced a life changing type of loss where someone leaves or passes on in death. These can bring the feelings of loneliness and abandonment to a point of aching, the hurt being deep.

But there is hope for those of us who are Christians because God does not abandon.
He is the friend that sticks closer then a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
He is the one who never leaves us nor forsakes us.

He will not leave us in our times of heartache and pain. He will not walk away.
He has promised not to abandon, but to abide.

Not Abandoned -
But Abiding

His love for us is deep enough to send His son to redeem us, so that we can abide in that same love.

Romans 8: 38 “For I have every confidence that nothing – not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing – can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.” The Voice.

If the enemy is trying to tell you that God has turned his back on you, abandoned you, don't believe a word of it. Speak God's truth to your heart. Hear, friend, how much God loves you and let Him who calls you beloved turn those ashes of abandonment into a crown of beauty.

Fill us with your love. Heal our feelings of abandonment and loss. Touch those deep places where only you can abide with us and through your mercy turn our ashes into crowns of beauty for your glory.