Read 1 Chronicles 14:2, and Acts 12:11
I have tiny papers in my bra. They fall out at the strangest and sometimes most embarrassing times. I can forget about them, work out and they literally melt away. They can blow out the window of my van and I get frustrated because I have to stop my day, turn around and go pick up my little papers because this crunchy. mama. ain’t. gonna. litter.
This may sound inappropriate to you for me to even type about my bra…..my suggestion for you would be to stop reading now, get out more, laugh more and maybe stuff your bra once in a while…….:)
In my time with God each day I ask Him to give me just one truth to stand on from His Word (the bible), I beg Him to allow me one thing to help me for this one day. And He is always faithful to this ask. Always. I use a different bible each year and as I am encouraged, corrected, or reminded, I gently brush over these words in colored pencil.
It provides me with this beautiful rainbow of reminders.
I also write the words in a tiny notebook and most times I tear off that page and keep it on my person. Hence the paper issues. Some folks have rock solid memories and don’t need this discipline but I need to keep these truths with me; I have a tendency to forget these truths about five minutes after I leave them.
So early today I read about Peter in Acts 12. What an amazing story! In the midst of reading this story, I am forced to reflection. Just a little phrase: NOW I KNOW THAT THE LORD REALLY……And I am reminded of a tiny paper I had days ago from another story about David. Also an amazing story, but in that story I was also stopped in my tracks and prompted to reflect on the same words: THEN DAVID KNEW THAT THE LORD REALLY……
David’s, “then I knew that the Lord really” moment came after he received a gigantic gift.
Peter’s, “then I knew that the Lord really” moment came when he realized he has been released from prison.
Have you ever had one of these, “then I knew that the Lord really” moments?
If you have had a moment like this, one can assume you have also had an, “I didn’t know that moment”, a moment of doubt or questioning.
These stories about Peter and David give me GREAT encouragement. Because I know ALL about moments of doubt. I doubt a lot, I can doubt myself, I can doubt others, I can doubt God’s timing, and in the past I have doubted God altogether.
I start thinking of all my, “then I knew that moments”, and I think about the doubt that preceded them and all that doubt can seem silly to me now, but in those moments NOTHING about them seemed silly. And I am challenged to pray for God to use ME to encourage others who may be in those moments now.
I think of another little paper in my bra from weeks ago, a scripture I recite WAY more than I care to admit to help me overcome those moments of doubt. It’s found in Mark 9, also an awesome story, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” ~Mark 9:24
As a matter of fact, I think I will write that one down again too. I think I may need two tiny papers on my person today……