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Someday Devotion – Day 10

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Matthew: 1:20-23
“As he considered this, he fell asleep…” (New Living Translation)

As Joseph was considering what to do, he fell asleep.  He “slept on it.” Literally!  He gave himself time to make the right decision.  While he was “sleeping on it,” the angel filled him in on the facts of the story that he was missing.  He, like Mary, was seeing things from his own perspective, not God’s.  The angel calmed his fears and said that God was in control.

There is so much to be gained by giving the proper time to ourselves in making an important decision.  Very often we don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle at the beginning of a situation.  The challenge is to “act” with an informed, level head.  The temptation is to “re-act” out of panic and emotion to partial bits of information.  Time is our friend.  It allows God to reveal Himself and His will.  It allows God to fill us in on the missing information, so that we can hear His words… and His truth.  By hearing His words, then we can obey.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 9

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Matthew 1:19
“Joseph, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly.” (New Living Translation)

After we surrender to the task God has called us to, and we feel that blessed assurance, we then have to move from our quiet affirmation to a public declaration. Joseph, to whom Mary was engaged, became quite confused over the news that she was pregnant. I love this verse that simply states, “Joseph, her fiancé being a just and honorable man…” Although he could have shamed her publicly (and this was his right, according to the law) he did not want to publicly disgrace her. He was obviously a man of great character. He sought to put others’ needs before his own. In the midst of his confusion and lack of understanding, he could have demanded shame, but he offered her grace.

What a tremendous example of Christ-likeness. In the midst of our own pain and lack of understanding, to still be so aware of God’s presence in our own lives, that instead of demanding shame, we offer grace.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 8

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Luke 1:37
“Nothing is impossible with God.” (NIV)

Nothing is impossible with God! This is one of the greatest affirmations of faith that anyone can say. Mary could surrender because she knew her God could do anything. I love the authenticity of the story so much. Mary didn’t immediately say, “yeah, sure, whatever.” First, she was afraid. Then, she was greatly troubled, she questioned. And then, she surrendered and made this powerful affirmation of faith – Nothing is impossible with God! “Nothing” is a HUGE word. It means just that – nothing. It doesn’t mean nothing… well, except for maybe this, or maybe that. It means NOTHING. Period. Finito. The end. NOTHING!

We all have in our lives those “impossible” circumstances. Take comfort from Mary. Know that as we process, and surrender, then you too can say (and live) with the conviction that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. Amen and Amen. Or as my kids would say, “How cool is that?!”

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
All Rights Reserved

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