Monday, November 28, 2005

A great Devotional

Last week I had a good talk with my Deep Impact group. We talked about the importance of having a regular quiet time, but that it should be one that we want to do from our hearts and not some kind of homework we have to do. Is it important, YES! But if it is done out of obligation only then all it really isn't much. But if we are doing from our heart to celebrate God then it is about getting closer to our Lord. Below is a different devotional a friend emailed me that I think is worth the read and is yet a different way of spending time with our Lord. Is my heart right, Lord I pray that it is.
By Roger Lipe
FCA Southern Illinois Area Director
Psalm 73:26 In which situations does it seem that your body is near collapse? Is it during preseason conditioning? Maybe it’s when you’re enduring the last practices of the season. It could be when you’re undergoing rehab from an injury. What sorts of situations similarly fatigue your heart? How do you press through such pain, fatigue and despair to compete well? Today’s scripture gives us some insight. In the Hebrew book of poetry called the Psalms at chapter 73 and verse 26we read, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Even on the days when we feel like all our strength is gone, God is there to support us. At some point in every season we will encounter pain and injury. It seems like our flesh is failing. We also often run headlong into emotional and mental fatigue resulting in worry or even despair. The tremendous promise in this scripture is that even when we feel like we’re coming apart at the seams, God is restoring our heart’s strength and is renewing our body. He is the strength of our heart and our portion forever. Prior to today’s competition, take a moment to pray. Ask God to sustain your heart as you face pain, fatigue, disappointment and frustration. Ask him to also carry your teammates through every minute of a great competition.

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