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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Exodus 25:8-9
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell in their midst. Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.”

God is a god of details, if you don’t believe me then just take a look around you to see the flowers, the trees, the stars, moon and sun and the list goes on and on. He cares about every detail of your life. He has woven together this great tapestry of which your life is a part and the details in your life that matter to Him. So often we feel as though we are insignificant and we don’t matter, but you do matter ~ everything about you matters to God!

God created you with a purpose and He intends to use every single detail of who you are to complete you and all He has planned for you. Nothing is wasted with God, He will take every pain, every heartache, every mistake and He will use it for His purpose and for your good. God loves you so much and He wants to heal your heart and move in your life in a way that will fulfill all that He has created you to do. It is never too late so don’t let anyone, including yourself, tell you that ~ you are here and God still has a plan if you will just make yourself available to it with your whole heart, mind and soul, don’t hold anything back.

Are there things in your life right now that you have felt were too “little” to pray about? Nothing is too little and nothing is too difficult for God! He cares about the details, remember? He cares about all that matters to you! God gave Moses every little detail there could have been in making the Ark, the tabernacle and everything in it and the clothes for the priests, everything matters to the God of All

Now, are there details in your walk with Him that are missing? Are there things He has been pressing on you to do but you just can’t seem to find the time?

Let me encourage you today, to pray about what is on your heart as well as praying to ask Him if there are things you are missing in your walk with Him. God loves you and He cares about every detail of your life on every level! Take it to Him today!

“Reputation is what others think about you; character is what God knows about you.” Adrian Rogers

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Okay, so we are picking up where we left off yesterday. Is there anyone out there other than me who has had those moments, maybe even yesterday that you don’t want “strength” you want God to “fix it”, you just want the struggle to be over, you are tired of waiting and you don’t want strength, you just want it to be over! You didn’t want to hear that you needed to think on “these things” you are at the edge of the pool of self pity and you just want to dive in and wallow for a while. Sound familiar?

Well, that pool there of self pity, isn’t going to make your day or week or month any better sorry to say. As attractive as Satan may make it seem at times to just throw in the towel, it never solves anything! Remember Job? His wife was even telling him to give it up and curse God and die, but he held on to on to his integrity and his faith in God and he became a great man of endurance. (I know you don’t want to be a woman of endurance but there are times that is what it is going to take in order to get to the best that God has for you which is beyond what you can imagine) There’s always something we can learn from what we are going through, whether we drove ourselves there or it is just life chasing you down. Ask God to show you if there’s something you need to learn in order for this to pass from you.

None of us like to wait, but the truth is found in this verse; Isaiah 40:31, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Waiting can be so tough, but often God’s blessing is on the other side.

I would like to encourage each of us today, no matter where we are, no matter what we may be doing or waiting on to fully trust that God has a plan, Jeremiah 29:11 and give Him the time needed to work it all out. Waiting is never easy but it is easier to deal with if you aren’t feeling sorry for yourself all the way through. Focus on God, focus on all that is good around you, focus on learning from this experience and ask God to give you the strength to not only endure but to say like Job did, “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10. You can do this, you know you can, pull yourself up, hold your head high and hold onto Him and you will soon see that the best is yet to come!

“Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback ~ or the start of a new kind of development.” Mary Roberts Kinehart

Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

If you feel as though you just can’t hold on any more, look up! God will give you the strength for whatever you are facing or for whatever you are called to do. Quite often it is our worry about a situation that drags us down and leaves us feeling worn out and exhausted. It is rarely the actual battle that wears us down it is everything surrounding the battle. God never intends for you to go it alone ~ He asks you to bring it all to Him and allow Him to carry you through; Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” He wants to be there for you so don’t go looking elsewhere!

Maybe right now you don’t really feel as though you are struggling with any serious battles, you are more on the mountaintop than wandering in the wilderness or valleys of life. There are still things in life you need strength for! There are still every day life situations that require more strength or wisdom than what you have on your own. We are never in a position in life where we don’t need God’s help. His plan has always been to walk with us and for us to need Him on some level. There are many people who seemingly have it all together, they are wealthy, married, healthy and miserable and the reason for that is that there is nothing that can fill that “God void” in your life outside of Him. Have you ever eaten a huge meal and shortly after felt as though you wanted something but you just couldn’t figure out what it was? That typically means there was something that was missing in your diet in that meal, maybe a protein or it could be that you ate more meat and carbohydrates and left your body needing the minerals and vitamins in that veggie tray you passed up, life is very similar, you need balance. All the money in the world is not going to wash away your need for Him!

Is there something in your future that you know God is calling you to do that scares the fire out of you, just thinking about it? I can relate but you and I must remember: Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Nothing is too difficult for God so don’t go in your own strength, He will give you all you need, to do all He has called you to do. Back when God gave Moses all of the details, and let me tell you there were a lot of details for building the Ark of The Covenant, he told Moses; Exodus 31:1-5, The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood to work in every craft.” God has given you all of the gifts and talents you need to do what you are facing and now He will give you the strength you need as well. Do not allow anyone else to tell you that you cannot do what God is telling you to do, don’t miss out on His best!

Now, if you truly want God’s strength the place to start is by asking Him of course and then you need to choose what you focus on and how you think. Take those thoughts captive and focus on Him. Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think, about these things.”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

Esther 1:13-15
Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for this was the king’s procedure toward all who were versed in law and judgment, the men next to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king’s face, and sat first in the kingdom): “According to the law, what is to be done to Queen Vashti, because she has not performed the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?”
Sometimes we are too close to our situation to make the right decision. Have you ever been in a position where you just couldn’t seem to make a decision that seemed right for your situation?

How do you handle it when you aren’t sure what to do. Your emotions can be telling you one thing, your pocket book another and all of your friends and family something totally different. Then what? It is so important to have godly people in your life that you can go to for godly input, people that are willing to pray with you and someone you know is in the word of God on a regular basis so God is speaking into their lives as well. I don’t just go to just anyone for advice and I know better than to seek out someone who will just tell me what I may want to hear, I have realized the trouble that can get you into, and I have finally realized in life that the best path is not always the one that appears to be the easiest. There are some things in life that in order to figure things out you may want to find a Life Coach that specializes in what you are facing.

I watch my children at times and know that they are too close to their situation to be able to see clearly and yet I also know that advice given coming from a parent has to be worded and prayed over in such a way that they can fully understand that it isn’t just “mom” advice. It’s like the old saying of “you can’t see the forrest for all of the trees.” I would encourage you today to be open to the advice of some godly people in your life. If you don’t feel as though you have someone like that right now I would encourage you to pray that God will clearly show you who that person is. Life is all about choices so it is important that we choose wisely.

It’s in the struggle itself that you define yourself. Pat Buchanan

Psalm 106:8
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake that he might make known his mighty power.

This chapter in Psalms talks about all the times that God would rescue the Israelites and how they would forget all He had done for them and they would sin against God and repent and He would rescue them again. We often look at the Israelites and we can’t understand how God could do so much for them and yet they kept turning to other gods but how often do we do the same type of thing?

How often do you allow something else take first place in your life over God? Do you forget the things He has done in your past to bring you blessing and victory? Do some days seem overwhelming to the point where you get irritated with God because you feel as though He isn’t there? Does that thing you struggle with seem overwhelming to you because you are trying to have victory all by yourself or you have been looking to someone or something other than God for your help?

God kept forgiving the Israelites and He would bring them back into His graces and they lived under the law – we live under grace and we still sometimes allow Satan to whisper lies pushing us to believe that we are too far gone for God to want to help us anymore. God loves you beyond measure and He wants to intervene and remind you of who He is and show you His mighty power in your life! You have to choose it!

Take the time today to remind yourself of the things God has done in your life and the lives of others. Take some time and read of victories in the Bible, you can even start with Psalm 106 if you are unsure of where to look. God loves to show His mighty power in the lives of His people – why not start with you?

“Receive His strength for today, and when you reach tomorrow. He’ll be ready to give you a whole new day’s worth of strength and grace.”