One Year Devotions for Women
   Devotion for Friday , October 12, 2012
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The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler

Wouldn't it be nice to live with less fear and anxiety and more confidence and joy? In this 365-day devotional, you'll spend time with God every day, learning to breathe deeply and grab hold of the holy peace he offers. Each meditation includes a key NLT Scripture verse, a brief message, and a suggested prayer. 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Copyright 2012.

A FUTURE AND A HOPE

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

- Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

The book When Moms Pray Together tells the story of a mother whose daughter suffered from bulimia. Thinking herself fat and ugly, Becky would binge and purge. She began cutting herself in high school, once so deeply that she had to be hospitalized. After months of intensive therapy, her emotional pain started to ease. Finally, after attending a retreat, she experienced the reality of God’s love for her. After that she was able to share her story publicly in the hope of keeping others from heading down the same dark path.

Here’s what her mother had to say about what it was like to deal with Becky’s struggles: “Although I can rejoice now,” she says, “I didn’t know how this story would turn out. . . . At times in my frustration and impatience with her slow progress, I tried to take charge of her spiritual life. It was then that Becky clearly told me that this was her spiritual life and that I couldn’t live it for her. . .

“One of the verses that I clung to during this painful period was Jeremiah 29:11. . . I clung to the words hope and future. And when fear and worry began to cloud my mind, I remembered what God had done for us in the past. . . . I took my focus off my circumstances and redirected it to Him who is my hope and future. Then I would pray the same verse for Becky, asking that she would believe that God had plans for her—good plans, not necessarily easy ones, but plans to give her a bright future and hope.”7

What fears do you have for your loved ones and your children?Ask God to redirect your eyes to him rather than to their circumstances. Remember what he has already done for you. Then pray with renewed hope and confidence that God will be at work, making his plans for them come true.

Lord, I need to know I am not alone as I try to help my children and loved
ones. Please come with your light and your power to push away the darkness
and enfold them in your love. Let them see the light of your face, I pray.

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