I Am Determined

Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me "Dee's Thoughts" weekly devotions. If you would like to be added to these weekly devotions please email me at deejohnston1@live.com. Thank you for your comments love hearing them. Also don't forget about our on-going group study "Awaken" that we are doing at Emmanuel Fellowship every monday morning from 9:30-11:30am. You can come anytime from week to week and there is a new topic every week. Everyone is welcome. Now to our devotion:

All of us have faced difficulties in life and we know it is not easy to walk through them. The question to be asked is…how Determined are we to keep pressing on regardless of our circumstances?  When our vision and purpose fails us, determination and stedfastness must kick in to keep us going in the midst of doubt and uncertainty.

The storms of life....There's a story of a woman who became the victim of amnesia.  For three months she wandered, but during a severe thunderstorm she suddenly remembered who she was and where she was from.  A Cleveland, Ohio, police officer said that the storm jolted her memory back.  How often the storms of life bring us back to our senses!

  God sends them not to destroy us but to help us. Many of us can identify with this and have experienced our own personal storms. When a storm is raging it is difficult to see things clearly, but after the storm passes, when all has settled down that is when we can see the hand of God at work. It is the storms of life that praise and thanksgiving is birthed. It is in those times we are changed an enlightened.

(A story from F.B. Myer), some young bees are nurtured to ensure their healthy development.  The queen lays each egg in a 6-sided cell which is filled with enough pollen and honey to feed upon until it reaches a certain stage of maturity.  The top is then sealed with a capsule of wax.  When the occupant has exhausted its supply of nourishment, the time has come for the tiny creature to be released from its confinement. 

But what a wrestling, tussling, and straining it endures to get through that wax seal.  The opening is so narrow that in the agony of exit, the bee rubs off the membrane that encases its wings.  Thus, when it finally does emerge, it is able to fly!  The man telling F.B. Meyer this story said that one time a moth got into the hive and devoured the wax capsules.  As a result, the young bees crawled out without any effort or trouble, but they couldn't fly.  Soon the mature insects, seeing the pitiful, unproductive state of new arrivals, instinctively proceeded to sting them to death.

 What does this story tell us? The application is this....  "Are you congratulating yourself on having an easy time in life with no hardships or difficulties to bear?  Then beware, lest you lose your `wing power' like the handicapped bees, and perish miserably in the dust of defeat."

 Determination is the inner fortitude and strength of character – being disciplined to remain consistent, strong and diligent regardless of the odds or the demands put on us.  It is the act of deciding to be steadfast and firm until an answer comes. Determination is an act of faith when we temporarily lose sight of where we are going. Stay focused and strong in the journey, the best is yet to come!

Blessings Dee

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