Women's Devo | January 2022
As the newness of the new year wears off, I pray I am quick to remember Galatians 6:9 (NIV) where the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This verse provides hope as it promises that “we will reap a harvest.” Unfortunately, we sometimes focus so much on what we want to change or what we want to accomplish that we forget to enjoy the journey. It becomes easy to wish your life away and ignore the daily blessings on the way to the harvest. We focus on the responsibility instead of the privilege.
While we were serving as youth pastors at Southside Church of God, Pastor Lelon Jeffers would often remind the congregation that “You will never pass this way again!” His advice always stirred me. At twenty-two years old, I found myself longing for the future - having children, advancing in the ministry, finding success as a teacher. Twenty years later, his words mean even more. While we can still pursue so many ministry and career goals, Jeremy and I cannot go back to our early years of marriage. We cannot return to the time when our children were toddlers. While I am so thankful for all the times that I did stop and appreciate the moment, I know in my heart that I could have been more thankful for the present while holding on to the promises that I knew God had in store for our future.
I have given this same advice many times over the years. I tell people praying for their soulmate to enjoy the season of singleness. I encourage couples struggling to conceive to keep disappointment from robbing precious memories from the early years of their marriages. I remind parents that the hustle and bustle of school and homework turns into the warmest memories later in life.
I’m well aware that it’s easier to give advice than it is to take it. Several times in 2021, I had to remind myself to focus on my blessings instead of the challenges I faced at the time. As our fifteen-year-old daughter, Cayden, went through three surgeries in less than ten months to repair cysts, it was very easy at times to wish that we could just put this season to rest. However, we’ve committed to not “growing weary,” and we believe that “at the proper time we will reap a harvest (of healing) if we do not give up.”
As we enter 2022, I am thankful for the Lord’s healing touch on Cayden’s life and the optimism of her physicians. I am thankful that we have fond memories of last year despite the struggles we’ve endured. I am thankful that we have the resolve to make new resolutions, knowing that a harvest is promised to those who refuse to give up. But, more than anything, I am thankful for the wisdom that enables me to understand that we’ll never pass this way again.
Thanks for the encouraging words. You are a blessing.
Thanking you for sharing your heart. Encouraging words to remember ❤ I look forward to hearing more.
Thanks for sharing the Word in just a few paragraphs! Definitely reminds us to “number our days” and enjoy the journey. Even when the road leads through the wilderness and through the valleys, as a child of God, it will always lead us exactly where the Lord has planned for us! So proud of Christy and her remarkable intellect and sensitivity!
Beautiful words from a beautiful woman of God.
I have to remind myself at times that weariness is a choice. His burdens are easy and His yoke is light and just because something is a good thing doesn’t mean it needs to be added to my plate. Thank you for the reminder❤️