2020 was a crazy year. If only one of the many things that took place in this world in 2020 had happened it would have been crazy. For better or for worse a lot of things happened an in reality there were a bunch that were for good in the moment and others that looking back were necessary but others the jury is still out on as the fallout is still to be determined.
How about you? Can you see the good that happened in 2020? At home? In your community? At work? In the country? Around the world? There are enough people who focus on the bad and the ugly and so for me I am going to focus on the good and the necessary. At home this year the family drew closer together as we were all locked in together which allowed for family dinners, family movie nights, game nights, and even a quick get-a-way to a airBnB place on the coast. On the home front my marriage was strengthened through more time together including evening prayer and devotional together. Working from home was a challenge when it comes to social interactions but it did open the door for more time seeing family since I wasn’t commuting two plus hours a day or in the office for another ten hours on top of that. And at work even with the transitions and changes and roles and managers, the year of 2020 in hindsight were necessary to prepare me mentally and emotionally for the change that was to take place as the year drew to a close. 2020 in the workplace closed with a final change before taking two weeks off over Christmas and New Years with family.
Can you think of all the good and necessary things that happened in your life in 2020? Would you consider writing them down so that you don’t forget that in the midst of all that was 2020 that there was some good to be had? Give it a try! Share it with family and friends! Keep it as a reminder for when the next time crazy chooses to rear its head!
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 19th
A Sure Cure for Troubled Hearts
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: John 14:1-3
‘“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ‘
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- To cure a troubled heart requires perspective – the right perspective.
- Faith in God gives us ultimate security!
- Even though on this earth we will have troubles, we can take heart because of God’s love and how through Jesus we have locked in our place in eternity with Him!
- Remember the destination! Thanks to Jesus, He has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us in heaven in which we will spend eternity with Him! (Have you received Jesus? What destination have you chosen?)
- We can find peace and comfort in knowing that we have a forever home with Jesus in heaven!
- So count on God’s promises! Trust in Him!
- Take hold of the reality of a home in heaven and eternity with Him!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are things that sometimes (or often) trouble your heart?
How do these promises give you confidence and peace?
- We know that God is good and His plans for us are good!
- We know that we can trust God and He is preparing an eternity, a forever home for us because of our receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.