Daily Devotional – 11/21/19 “No doubt, belief!”

About a week ago I started experiencing blurry vision while at my computer. Now, you know a computer is something I frequent every day. From writing sermons, devotionals, books and working my 8 to 5; I’m always looking at some type of screen. I had my glasses replaced about six months ago and the doctor then told me it was time for bifocals because I was getting older, you know yada-yada. (I’ve also had an astigmatism for as long as I can remember.) The new glasses were hard to get used to so I alternated between them and an old pair I keep at work but nothing was helping, lately. It also doesn’t help that I have had vertigo. I believe God for total healing.

So, I prayed. I laid hands on myself and I prayed believing God can do it. “God, even when doctors can’t help, you can heal. God, I may not understand but you created the plan for my life, have your way. God, I trust you.”

This wasn’t the full prayer but along those lines. Anyway, I made an appointment with Eye Specialty Group and because it could be pressure they wanted me to come in, right away because some years ago, I had an issue with pressure behind my eyes. I get to the appointment and they do the usual vision test, dilate my eyes, test the pressure, look at the optic nerves and all that. I get to the doctor and he does his thing. Y’all, this man removes the machine thingy from in front of me and I’m bracing myself. He says, “your eyes are perfect. No swelling, no diabetes, no cataracts, no glaucoma and no pressure. Your distant vision is 20/20 and all you need is some readers for up close reading when your eyes get tired.”

Me, I’m like … say what now? I got glasses in my purse with bifocal lens.

He slides over to the table, gives me a sheet of paper and tells me to pull it close until its blurry. I tell him it’s blurry anyway because my eyes are dilated. He then puts a pair of readers, he uses over my eyes and it was like the sky opened and the angels were singing, ahhhh. Then he says, his readers were too strong for what I need and he’d write down the strength I could go by any store and pick up (see picture).

I know this isn’t the usual devotional but I need to tell somebody, this day, God can still do it! That’s it. I don’t know what you’re praying for, I don’t know what you’re waiting on, I don’t know what you’ve given up on but God can still do it. I’m sitting at my computer, right now, typing this with NO glasses and NO blurriness, NO dizziness … God can still do it!

When Peter was amazed that the fig tree Jesus cursed was actually withered, Jesus told him in Mark 11:22-24, “”Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.””

No doubt, belief!

Daily Devotional – 11/14/19 “Go on and cry!”

Here it is, another Thursday, in another month, almost at the end of another year and somebody is still tarrying at the table of the tempter. Yeah, you’re being troubled by temptation, yet you will not trust the one on the throne. The toil of tomorrow is already terrifying you because you will not use your tongue to trample against your tormentors. You are being tortured by your transgressions and you’re trapped. What now beloved? What are you going to do? Are you going to die there or will you choose to live? Will you drown where you are or will you come up for air, one more time? Are you willing to give up or will you try again?

I’m only asking because giving up shouldn’t be an option. Sure, the enemy is picking with you and your family, folk on the job acting crazy, spouse is sick, children trying your patience, car is costing more than it’s worth and on top of that, your sinuses and migraines have come back with a vengeance, dog keep running off, your lashes won’t stay put, lace front coming up on your wig and your heel just broke on your shoe.

What more Lord?

Here’s what you do. Get the tears out. Yeah, go on and cry because research says that crying is good for the soul. South China’s Morning Post says, “Crying is known to have a soothing effect and ‘emotional tears’ can even help rid our bodies of stress hormones. When we cry, our heart rate and breathing slow down a little and we start to calm down. We might even experience a mood boost after a good cry. Crying is useful for helping people release and express their suppressed or repressed emotions.”

For me, I cry when I get angry because it’s better than murder. I cry when I’m feeling a heaviness in my spirit because my tears are liquid prayers. Beloved, this may be your season of planting and it can very well be the hardest of your life. This could be your season of storms and it is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to face. This season could be the most pain you’ve ever felt. DON’T GIVE UP. Even if you have to cry while you plant, weather the storm or deal with the pain. DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP! Why?

For the bible tells me, in Psalm 126:5-6 that “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” Go on and cry, it’ll do you some good.