Daily Devotional – 10/1/13 “It’s just your time!”

You might be standing on the edge of your dilemma and it feels as if you’re about to tumble over because when you look around all you see is darkness and you can’t really tell if it is day or night. You’ve prayed and paced about the situation and it seems like your answer won’t come. Yea, you’ve heard that “Weeping might endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)”, but you’re wondering where your morning is. You can’t eat because you are full from drinking your tears and you keep asking will they ever stop or will your tear stain face bear witness to the pain you are feeling inside? Well, let me share with you Psalm 126:5 that states, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Oh, but hold on, that’s not all, because I simply stopped by to bother you for just a minute to let you know that it’s just your time. It’s just your time to go through your storm. It’s just your time to go through your sickness. It’s just your time to suffer for a little while. It’s just your time to cry. It’s just your time.

Yea, the storm may get hard and it may even knock you down but as long as you stay rooted in God, you’ll regrow. It’s like a house that is blown away in a tornado yet what remains after the storm is the foundation because it’s solid and unbreakable. Well, when you’re attached to God’s tree of life, you may swing like a branch in the wind but you won’t break. Your leaves may drop off but as long as you hold on, you won’t. You may get knocked against some things that cause you to have a few scars on your branch but that’s just evidence that you’ve been through but came out. Oh, you may shed tears but they are simply watering the harvest that you shall soon reap. So go on and cry for when harvest time comes, you won’t shed anymore because you’ve sown enough to last you through that season. So, hold on; it’s just your time for when you come out you can say, my eyes have been swollen from crying and tear stains on my face but I’m stronger. Yes, my back has been bent and sometimes I can hardly stand but I’m not out! Yes, sometimes my shoulders are bogged down with the burdens of this world, but I’m still walking. Yes, I’ve been knocked down but not knocked out so I’m wiser. Yes, I’ve been lied on and I got scars on my knees from being dragged through the mud but it made me stronger. Yes, I’ve got a scar on my back from being stabbed from so-called friends, but I’m not bitter. Yes, my heart has been broke but it’s being repaired by Dr. Jesus so I’ll love again. Yea, you counted me out but God counts me in. You may call me names but God simply calls me. I may have been an addict but then God saved me and made me anointed. I may have been depressed but God filled me and now I’m delivered and devoted. You may have even called me unworthy but God simply calls me qualified. So, don’t give up; it’s just your time.

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 (The Message Bible)

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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