Girlfriends in God Devotional

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd July 2022 Written By  Mary Southerland

TOPIC: The Squeeze is On!

TODAY’S TRUTH

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

(Luke 6:45 NIV)

MESSAGE

Friend to Friend

What is really inside will come spilling out for all to see when life puts the squeeze on us. My Mama used to say, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” In other words, a crisis will usually reveal what is really in our hearts. What is down in the well of your heart will come up in the bucket of your words.

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It is easy to do and say the right things when life is calm and everything is going right, but what we say and do when chaos hits and the pressure is on tends to paint a more accurate picture of who we really are. It is kind of like sponge theology.

Suppose you have five sponges lying on your kitchen counter. Each member of your family has been cleaning different areas of your home, but the sponges all look the same. You are curious about what was cleaned but you can’t tell just by looking at the sponges since they all look the same. So, what do you do?

You squeeze each sponge to see what happens.

As you squeeze the first sponge, brown cola comes pouring out. Someone cleaned the kitchen with that sponge.

Upon squeezing the second sponge, you see blue tub-and-tile cleaner oozing out of the sponge which leads you to believe someone used that sponge to clean the bathroom.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

In the third sponge, you find motor oil and conclude your husband used that sponge to clean the garage.

The fourth sponge produces a puff of baby powder when it is squeezed. The baby’s nursery was obviously cleaned with that sponge.

Finally, the last sponge is dripping with floor wax which tells you someone used that particular sponge to clean the hall floor. As you lay the last sponge down, you look again at their similarity. They all look the same — until they are squeezed.

We are a lot like sponges when it comes to our faith in God. Luke sends a simple but profound truth in his words:

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“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45 NIV).

We look and act as if God is Lord of our lives. We say all the right things to all the right people and do the right things in order to prove we are right. But what is really inside? What do our hearts really look like?

When a crisis comes and the pressures of life squeeze us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, what comes out? Do we respond to that difficult person in anger or with patience and love? Does revenge spill out in ugly words to that person who has hurt us more times than we can count, or do we take a breath and remember that God loves them, and that hurt people tend to hurt people? Does the pain of unresolved sin flood our hearts and minds as guilt spills out of our heart with a vengeance?

Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

Just like the sponge, we can only squeeze out what is put in. Fill your heart with the things of God. Stay in the Word each day. Spend time with faith builders who will encourage you in your faith. Seek God and His plan for your life. Pray about everything so that when life puts the squeeze on you – and it will – the very nature of God will come pouring out.

Let’s Pray

Father, I want my faith to be more than just talk. I want it to be real and authentic. Teach me how to walk in the grace You have so freely given me so that when the hard times come and the pressure is on, You come pouring out of my life.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

How did you respond to the last person who hurt you? What does that tell you about the condition of your heart? Time to check your heart!

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Thank you for reading Girlfriends In God 22 August 2022 Devotional. 

As a pastor’s wife, I have talked with so many women who feel as if they were worthless, a freakish accident. Listen, my friend, you were planned and wanted by God. God is crazy about you and wants an intimate relationship with you.  I pray that you will see yourself in the eyes of God, a chosen child.

Need help? Check out one of Mary’s MP3 downloadsCome as You Are to discover how to see yourself through the eyes of God.

Girlfriends In God 22 August 2022 Devotional

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 22nd August 2022

Girlfriends in God Daily Devotional for Women is a popular daily Bible devotional for women. GiG Devotionals for Women offer wisdom and insight for applying Biblical truths to the ups and downs of everyday life. Their mission is to encourage, equip and empower women to walk in courage and confidence as they grasp their true identity as a child of God and a co-heir with Christ. A non-denominational ministry that spans generational and racial boundaries to bring the Body of Christ together as believers. Just as God sent Ruth to Naomi and Mary to Elizabeth, God continues to use women to encourage and equip other women in their spiritual journey. We are doing life together!

 

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