Short Devotional for Women

We are now to the crossroads of opinion and advice And this, my friend, is where it gets interesting.

 

When my opinions are birthed in the wisdom of decades of living and from a Godly perspective, then perhaps it would behoove you to at least listen to my advice.

My opinion is that you will never be the person who you were created to be without developing a vibrant relationship with the Creator Who made you.  You are His masterpiece and He has an extraordinary plan for your life! That’s my opinion and my advice!

A strongly held opinion of mine that smacks of great advice for your life is to love everybody all the time.  Love people whose opinions are different than yours.  Develop a warm friendship with someone who voted differently than you did.  Show a caring and kind love toward those who get on your very last nerve.  Develop a friendly camaraderie with someone whose skin is a different color than yours is! It is, after all, what Jesus did and if I were you … I would try to agree with HIS opinions as much as possible!

Another well-thought out and life-changing opinion that I embrace is that joy truly is God’s will for your life.  You were created to be an ambassador of heaven’s miraculous joy while sucking in the atmosphere of planet earth.  If in His presence is fullness of joy … and if He lives inside of you … guess what your earthly body contains?!  You, dear one, are the perfect fit for heaven’s joy!  Depression, discouragement and despair will try to convince you that everyone else is able to participate in joy except you … but don’t let those old scoundrels gang up on you like that! If I can live in a place of joy after years of depression … so can you.  And I must say, I like joy a whole lot better than I do depression!

So … take it or leave it!  You don’t have to agree with my opinions to be my friend.  You don’t even have to take my advice if you choose not to do so.  But I can tell you this … when we choose to listen to the opinions of others with respect and honor the world will be a more loving and understanding place.

As always, thanks for listening to my heart. It’s not a perfect heart … but it is a heart that is enthusiastically chasing after God and all that He is!



This 3-part series has been shared with the author's permission from its original post here

 


Carol is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She hosts a daily radio program called, "Defiant Joy Radio", has written 5 books - "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", "Defiant Joy!", "Holy Estrogen!",  "No More Ordinary!" (which hit several of Amazon's best seller lists), and her most recent, “Refined … Finding Joy In the Fires of Life!”. She has also written several devotionals for the popular Bible app, YouVersion.  She is the mom of 5 grown children, Marmee to 6 grandchildren and is married to her college sweetheart.

More of Carol McLeod: http://www.justjoyministries.com/


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