Girlfriends In God Devotional For Women 16 June 2022 Devotional Message for Thursday | Read Girlfriends in God 16 June 2022 Devotional By Holley Gerth
Topic: Loving the Life You Already Have
Today’s Truth: I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself (Philippians 4:11, CSB).
Friend to Friend: I recently learned a lesson that involved sharp knives, a little shouting and a lot of heat. Thankfully, all of this happened on a screen. As I watched an episode of Chef’s Table, the featured chef described going far away only to realize what he wanted most had been right in front of him all along. After he comes back home he says something like, “This place has always been the same. It’s just that now I see it differently.”
Girlfriends In God Devotional For Women 16 June 2022 Devotional Message
I kept thinking about those words. It’s so tempting for us to say, “If only I lived somewhere else.” “If only I had a more exciting job.” “If only I were married.” “If only I were single.” “If only I had a bigger house.” “If only I could be more like her.”
And there is a time for packing the moving van, sending out the resume or letting the friend set up the blind date. But I think often we believe a myth that whatever is different than what we have must be better—or maybe I’m the only one.
We see the flaws and cracks in what’s right in front of us. We see the weaknesses and stains in the carpet. We don’t see those messes in others’ Facebook pictures or vacation albums so we’re tempted to think, “Having what they do must be the key to happiness.” Thankfully we don’t actually need an extreme life makeover. As Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself” (Philippians 4:11 CSB).
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it” says the classic hymn Come Thou Fount. Sometimes it takes a bit of wandering for our hearts to come back to what’s true. I think the most extraordinary discovery in that process is to realize the life we want is the one we’re already living. Girlfriends In God Daily Devotional
Not because it is perfect or flawless or without struggles but because it is the one that truly belongs to us. And within that to discover the person we want to be is ourselves, even though we’re in progress and will be all our days. Girlfriends In God Devotional For Women
There’s a freedom in embracing where we are and who we are in this present moment that can’t be found anywhere else. It’s a freedom that has been won for us through blood, sweat, tears and a cross. It’s a freedom worth fighting for, worth pursuing, worth celebrating.
Dear God, I believe that You work all things for good. Even when something else seems better, I’m choosing to trust that You know the end from the beginning and You don’t make mistakes. Spirit, empower me to embrace what’s right in front of me and glorify You with these days. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have you ever prayed for something, only to later thank God for His “no” or a “not right now”?
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