Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling to keep your head up?
Today I have a special feature for you. I mostly share books by Christian fiction authors, but today I am honored to be able to share a nonfiction book with you. I don’t know how 2020 has been treating you, but I know as an author and full-time first grade teacher, I am S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D OUT. Between trying to find time to work on my next book, virtual teaching and face to face teaching at the same time, I’m finding it harder to find my peace. My coworkers are feeling the same way, so unfortunately, I know it’s not just me. The only thing keeping me going is the word of God. Reading devotions, scripture, and talking to God about the stresses of life helps me find my peace. His promise that He is in control when I feel like things are out of control calms my fears and anxiety. That’s why I am so excited to share this book with you today.
Today’s feature author, Gina Stinson, has written a wonderful book of devotions to help us reclaim our peace. She’s also been gracious enough to write a special devotion for me to share with you here today. If 2020 is taking your peace, it’s time to Reclaim it!
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Hope for Wherever
Times are tough. Let’s face it, we’ve been trying to look at the glass half full, the bright side and the positives for about eight months now, and things are not getting back to normal. I remember in March thinking some extra family time will be nice. Now eight months later, although I still love my family dearly, I’m thinking how much longer before the next grocery pickup, when I can ride the thirty minutes alone in the car. Please tell me I am not alone.
The truth is, waiting for this time to pass is difficult and uncertain. Our children and teachers are in changing rhythms at school. Navigating uncharted territories, weary from changes and complexities others don’t understand, has many ready to give up. Small business owners who are struggling to keep their doors open are wondering if the struggle is even worth it. And our homes, some are not thriving. Abuse, hot tempers, financial woes and frustrations abound.
And we are wrestling with fears:
What if this is not the worst?
What if my child gets sick?
What if I can’t visit my parents in the hospital?
What if I lose my job?
What if I run out of money?
These are not small fears. These are real and people are struggling.
But there is hope. Big hope.
For the Christian, who believes God’s Word holds the answers for today, just as it did 2,000 years ago, I find great hope in the words God has given us.
He will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
We can never be separated from his love. (Romans 8:31-39)
All God’s promises are true. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
God is able to deliver us. (Jeremiah 32:17)
He can heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
God has this. We can trust him in the moment. In the middle of chaos, we can have hope and peace because we have Jesus. We are not alone. we are not separated from a loving God. We can cling to his promises. He is able to deliver us. It might not be how we imagined or planned it to happen, but God can be glorified through this. He can take these terrible moments that the enemy would like to use to destroy us, and God can reclaim them for our good.
Wherever you find yourself today, you can trust him. Politicians, doctors, co-workers and wanna-be forecasters can try to figure things out, but in the end, God is proving he is in control. We can trust him and his word to get us through these uncertain times.
Because…what if in these moments:
We learn to trust him more?
We learn to teach our children about a great big God?
We stop and enjoy the small things in life?
We appreciate those who take good care of others?
We learn to manage our money better?
We spend more time around the kitchen table with those we love?
We learn to go the extra mile?
We learn to care for our neighbors?
We focus on eternal things?
Friend, will we have lost so much in these moments or will we have learned that we can have hope and peace in the reclaimed moments and days?
After years of living in fear and defeat, Gina Stinson is busy reclaiming every day for God’s glory. She is a pastor’s wife of 27 years and mom of two. Between family and ministry, she dabbles in gardening, crocheting and playing music on her second hand, baby grand piano. She writes true stories of God’s reclaiming power and is a storyteller for those who have overcome their circumstances and embraced God’s goodness.
You can find Gina online at www.GinaStinson.com or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/reclaimingeveryday/