Wow, this has taken me FOREVER to post! You would think it would be easier, right? I underestimated grad school this year.
This devotional comes at a wonderful time for me, because it’s all about comforting and serving others even when we don’t feel up to it. Sometimes I feel so exhausted and run thin that it’s easy to forget about loving every person I come in contact with, but that’s what living as a woman of God is all about it. Plain and simple, this is a hard message that cuts to the heart of what it looks like to live as a woman after God’s heart. So read on and be ready to be challenged!
Here’s what I remember about Beth. The first time I walked into the church I currently attend, I was a college student in the middle of months of church searching, which often leads to feeling alone and invisible. Well Beth walked right up to me, introduced herself, and started getting to know me. Cool, right? The amazing thing was that when I returned the next week she remembered everything! – down to my name, major, and college. If I had to sum up this woman, I would have to say that her life is all about others. From being a mom, grandma, and teacher to greeting new faces in church, whatever she does she is always looking for ways to love others. Even when her life is in a really difficult place, you can never tell, not because she is fake or puts on a front, but because her focus is still completely on loving God and loving others. Talk about a true woman of God! Ladies, I am pleased to present Beth LaRock!
Favorite color: So many of them are beautiful!
Favorite food: Most anything with sugar (except sweet/sour candy and gummies)! Of course, the older I get, the more problems this causes!
Describe yourself/life in 3 words: Me: Friendly, a wife and mom, merciful; Life: Difficult, precious, a gift
What you want to do with your life: Be a vessel Jesus can use to let His children know how much He loves them!
One interesting fact about you: My husband and I have 5 children – 1 biological daughter and 4 adopted (all adopted in a period of 6 months!)
Most dangerous thing you’ve ever done: Not going there! (I certainly didn’t know Jesus at the time!)
Favorite quote: “Never underestimate the power of a seed.”
Favorite Bible verse: I couldn’t really pick one…but Romans 8:35-39… “Who can separate us from the love of Christ…” is at the top of the list. It is inscribed in my husband and my wedding bands and has been a life Scripture for our family.
What is one secret to living life as a woman of God in today’s world? Spending MUCH time with Jesus, getting to know His heart and heartbeat, and learning who we are in Him.
“Comforting in our Brokenness” by Beth LaRock
Scripture verse: Matthew 14:14b “And He was moved with compassion for them…”
“What makes me happy?”, “What’s best for me?”, “If I don’t look out for myself, who will?” These questions are the “mantra” of our modern society. We have been taught that we must watch out for ourselves first and foremost.
The lessons Jesus Christ teaches us through His very life don’t line up with this present day way of thinking. A great example of Jesus’ heart for others is found in Matthew 14. Jesus had just received the tragic news that his dear friend John the Baptist had been beheaded, this following the fact that John had been thrown into prison for walking in obedience to his calling…preparing the way for the Messiah.
While Jesus mourned the loss of His dear friend, He did attempt to depart to a “deserted place by Himself.” This was a wise choice, as God does call us to these times of solitude with Him to heal our broken hearts; but we read that God had other intentions for Jesus at that specific time, as there was a “multitude” seeking for Jesus to heal their hurts.
And so, just as Jesus put aside His own emotions and mourning to meet the needs of others, God calls us to walk in His example. The issue is simple obedience and trust. As we listen for God’s voice to be a vessel to bring comfort to others, God will always give us that same comfort and time alone with Him when He knows we need it. The challenge is to trust God to arrange the appointments of our lives, knowing that as we are available to Him to bring that comforting prayer, word, hug, or smile to another, He is our faithful Father Who will always make sure that we receive those prayers, words, hugs, and smiles of comfort ourselves…just at the perfect moment.
What is our response when we are walking through difficult times? Do we focus inwardly and become consumed in one way or another with our current need, or do we allow Jesus to meet our needs while we continue to meet the needs of those around us?
Ask God to show you His heart for the wounded and loss. Each day pray that you will be sensitive to His leading to share hope and encouragement with those He brings your way.
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
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