The Scripture above is a portion of Mary’s response to her cousin, Elizabeth. And “when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:41) Both women magnified God’s gift of life within them and were in wonder of the bestowal.
I am filled with the same Spirit of God. I want to cling to His promises–His nearness–whatever the conditions in my life or within my body. When the burdens are heavy, attempting to strip me of this awareness, I want to remember its truth.
I need God’s strength magnified at such times. I want to magnify Him and His faithfulness to me when I encounter others. Such times come in various ways: in person, via phone, email, and social networking,
I am more than the pain and illness that screams at me for attention. I acknowledge its reality. Wrenching myself to rise above my challenges so that the One who is with me is magnified is hard. We are partners as I allow Him to help me to do this. Otherwise, He is diminished as my pain becomes the focus.
That is what I want others to experience–not what has been taken from me but what remains and what God can use for His glory. After I share with others, are they more aware of the God who walks with me and who nurtures me, or are they left with only a litany of my trials?
“I have not hidden Your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness from the great congregation. (Psalm 40:10 ESV)
My “congregation” may be one person or many. The numbers do not matter. How I choose to share does.
Prayer: Lord, when the burdens in my life are the heaviest, may Your faithfulness be magnified to me and then to all of those whom I encounter. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance lives in Lynnwood, Washington and is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 28 years of daily physical challenges. She is seeking publication of a book that is a compilation of her devotional writings.
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Today, how much time have you spent verbally or via writing, sharing about all that is hard in your life? How much time have you spent sharing how God has helped you face your challenges using His strength? Include self-talk as you ponder these questions.