Daily Devotional – 8/5/15 “Don’t you give up!”

Somebody woke up singing …

I don’t know why Lord, I have to cry sometimes.
I don’t know why Lord, I have to sigh sometimes,
but I know there will be a perfect day,
when trouble gets out of my way;
I don’t know why but I’ll find out by and by.

Yea, somebody woke up crying with the same worries they laid down with on last night. Someone woke up sighing with the same pain from yesterday. Somebody is worried because they can’t afford to get their kid’s any school uniforms or supplies. Somebody is concerned about their son or daughter who is seemingly headed down the wrong road. Somebody is struggling in their spirituality and don’t want to say anything out of fear of being laughed at. Somebody is struggling in their body with a silent disease and scared of getting help out of fear of being judged. There’s a young man who is on the verge of suicide because of his sexual orientation. There’s a young woman suffering right now at the hands of someone who is supposed to protect her. There is a mother sitting somewhere after putting in yet another application, waiting on a phone call. There is a father out there who is feeling ashamed because he can’t seem to take care of his family like he should. There is a pastor who is feeling overwhelmed at the way his ministry is going. There is a family, at this very moment, being rocked by death. There is somebody being laid off, somebody being given terrible news by the doctor, somebody going through chemo or dialysis, someone saying goodbye to a loved one for a final time and they haven’t spoken in months …

Oh but there’s going to be a perfect day when trouble will have to get out of your way but until that time; stay in God and don’t you give up! Instead get up! Yea, I get the fact that you may be tired of hearing all of the prepared words of encouragement so baby; I won’t even tell you any. Instead; cry if you must, scream if it helps, break a dish if it takes away some of your frustration but don’t give up. As long as you’re in the fight, you have a chance of winning; you lose when you stop fighting. You are defeated when you lie down and give up and you become a victim when you allow yourself to be labeled as one. Chile, can’t anything that you’re up against prosper unless God says so. For the bible says in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Yes, things will happen (those are the weapons formed) yet they won’t prosper. All you have to do is get up and refill your cup with your dontgiveupaide! It’s good and it comes in whatever flavor you want. Try it!

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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