Don’t Give Up! (A Mini-Devotional) | Guest Post By Sarah Rhomberg

My grandparents have this “roller” tool for picking up fallen fruit, primarily apples and nuts. When I first saw it, I was fascinated! I loved the way it worked. And, I, along with my siblings, loved using it. Usually we didn’t like picking up fallen fruit, but the new device made it fun.

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Fun, that it is, until we’d used it for a few days, until we’d each picked up 150+ apples and nuts. Then it became a chore. It was tiring. It was exhausting. Why? Because the “newness” and the excitement had worn off. 

Sometimes it’s the same thing with our faith. We have moments in which we are so “on fire” for God. We love reading the Bible, prayer is the highlight of our day, and we can’t wait to tell others about God.

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But sometimes, we get tired of praying without answers. Sometimes we just don’t want to pick up our Bibles. And Sometimes we fear telling others about what we believe.

When you feel like that, remember this verse!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
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Keep on spreading your faith, even if people make fun of you! Continue to pray, even if you don’t have an answer yet! And go read your Bible (Even when you’d rather do something else!) So that we, with Paul can say:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2. Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

Trust me – it’s worth it!

Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a sixteen-year-old child of God, who lives in Europe, and is fluent in both English and German. Besides writing she spends most of her free time reading, practicing her instruments or doing crafts. She wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. 

This guest post by Sara Rhomberg is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for guest posting, Sara! You did an awesome job, and this devotional is super encouraging! 😀

Your turn! What did you think of Sara’s guest post? Were you encouraged? Are you going to submit a guest post like Sara here? Did anyone else Google “apple/nut/fruit roller thingy”? (No? Just me? :P)

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Finding Joy in Everyday Things

Take a moment to count your blessings.

First of all, you are blessed to be alive in the first place, to know God’s Truth, and to have food on your plate and clothes on your backs. But as humans we are dissatisfied with our belongings, and look to other things, and become jealous of everyone’s cool new iPhone X or the newest car or that VR helmet. These things can become obsessions, and maybe even idols.

What is an idol? An idol is anything and everything you put before God. Idols can be anything from possessions to legit statues that you worship to, and God forbids them.

Let’s take a look at Exodus 20:3: “You shall have no other gods before me.”

So, instead of letting our jealousy or over-admiration of worldly things become idols, we should strive to find positivity and gratefulness in very day.

Have you ever thought your day was boring? With God, no day is boring. Here are three methods to finding joy in everyday things:

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Method #1: Count your blessings

Like said above, counting your blessings is a great way to turn a boring day in to a good one. And guess what–the list is endless! There are so many under-appreciated, taken-for-granted things that we are so lucky to have. Take a look around you–there is always, always something to be thankful for!

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Method #2: Spend time with God

Take a moment to stop and pray. Spending time with Him can boost your confidence, recharge your spirit, and get you through the day, no matter what is going on! It does;t have to be a chunk of time you take out of your day that you dread like chore, but just an impromptu, five-minute prayer sessions perfect, as long as you enjoy it.

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

 

Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

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The solution to everything-READ YOUR BIBLE! There are sine great verses above. Try using the BibleApp, which lets you choose an emoticon of your feelings and gives you a list of verses to read according to your mood!

Thanks for reading! Have a blessed day, lovely!

Emmie