Hello, readers! I am officially back. :) Actually, I got back from my trip on Sunday evening, and slept most of yesterday and what I did not sleep I spent in front of the TV watching Little Dorrit. (By the way, that's an AMAZING story!)
So, several things. First of all, the trip was amazing. There were long, tiring days of competition, and long, exhilarating evenings of sand volleyball and lots of laughter and jokes and a few tears...I had a blast. Also, I had to give a devotion on this trip, and I've never really written or given a devotion before so it was on the verge of nerve-wracking. In fact, the entire week I was biting my nails in fear. But it went fine, and I did enjoy writing it. So, because I can, I'm going to share it here.
I chose for my topic God's faithfulness. I know it has been so evident to me in my own life, especially for the past two years when my life basically fell apart and I was so ill I could do nothing except sleep. (and I did a lot of that). He never left my side. And He's always been faithful each day, each moment, to give me the strength and energy I need, to love me, to bless me with His joy and peace despite my circumstances. He is forever faithful. Psalm 89:1 says "I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever, to all generations I will make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth." That is how I feel. I want to share His faithfulness, make it known to the world. Lamentations 3:23b says "Great is Thy faithfulness." Because He IS faithful and His faithfulness IS great and I would say that it is like His peace, it passes all understanding. God is faithful no matter what, in all things. Because we believe in His faithfulness we have confidence in Him that He will do all He has promised for us. Resting in His faithfulness we can trust He will see us safely through. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, "But the Lord is faithful and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." We ARE safe in His hands. Knowing God is faithful gives me the courage to face each day. One of my favorite verses about God's faithfulness is Psalm 36:5 which says, "Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies." He is so faithful. I can't even tell you the amount of times He has proven Himself faithful to me. His faithfulness is my rock in my hard times and I hope it will be a comfort to you as well.
There you have it. That was my devotion. Shorter than some, but I liked it.
On a completely different note, I've been doing some work/research so I can get my novels published. So be watching for updates on that. :)