Hey sweet devotional reader friends!
You have no idea how much I have loved serving you with encouragement from God's Word and other moms. I do not know most of you personally, but you all have a special place in my heart just the same. I have prayed for you and cheered you on in my heart, and I will continue to do so, as best I can!
I am so sad to lay this app down, but in doing so I am trusting God to continue to work in your lives and give you a hunger for truth as you walk your own journeys. I speak for myself and the entire TruthBytes team when I say that we would LOVE to continue to encourage you on our own blogs and social media. You can find all of us by going to the "About Us" tab on the home page of the app or by clicking here.
We would like to share a few devotional recommendations with you - apps and books that have encouraged us personally and we know you will love as well.
First Songs of Christmas
Pursuing the Christ: Prayers for Christmastime (aff)
She Reads Truth Website
My Utmost For His Highest (aff)
Streams in the Desert (aff)
The One Year of Praying God's Promises (aff)
May God bless you richly as you pursue Him!
We hope to see you around.
Stefani & the TruthBytes for Moms team
As we conclude our study of Psalm 145, I thought we could pray the three verses together to the Lord.
Father God, as David once said these same words to you thousands of years ago, we humbly pour out our praises to you, “He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked. I will praise the LORD, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.”
Psalm 145:19-21 (NLT)
Thankfulness can be challenging when you are in the middle of trials or turmoil. When you wish you could hit the pause button in life, or hit replay or stop. In real life we don’t get those options, but we do have a God who sees every detail of our situation and cares for us. We need to remind ourselves that God is constant and steadfast even when our circumstances are not. He will sustain us and be there for us. We praise His mighty name because of WHO He is, not because of WHAT He does or doesn’t do for us.
I have multiple friends who are currently walking through dark times. My heart is heavy for them, and I can’t control any of their situations or make anything better in their life--only God can do that. But what I can do is PRAY, and that matters! Prayer gives us peace as we loosen our grip on a situation and surrender it all to Him.
God is good. It is a simple statement, but it is true. That is why we praise His holy name, because of who He is and who He will always be!
“Father, please fill us with your wisdom and a heart of thankfulness. Help us to be women of God who walk out our Christianity with a love for you, our families and the world. Amen.”
P.S. This is the last devotional we're going to be sharing here. What a wonderful, powerful week to end with!
Don't delete your app quite yet - stay tuned for a list of resources coming tomorrow morning! <3 Stefani
“When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:16-18 (NLT)
These last couple of months have been one trial after another. I can easily handle one trial, but when you get hit with a hurricane of trials for months on end, it can quickly leave you feeling unraveled and undone. As my children grow older, they see firsthand if I walk out my faith and trust in God, especially my teenager. He has asked deep and challenging questions. Those questions have led to us to have multiple discussions about the goodness and sovereignty of God in the midst of hardships and trials. While it is not “fun” to go through hard times, God strengthens us and He asks us to lean on Him so we can be strong in Him alone.
Are we bravely walking out our faith with honest authenticity for our children to witness? Or are we crumbling under the weight of the trials with doubt, unbelief and anger? Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)
Let us not forget that God is with us every step of the way. Our teenagers see God in us best when we show them God’s strength shining through us. He is there IF we call out to Him, that’s not my promise to you; it is the Lord’s promise to you my friend.
Let us say these promises of God together:
• God will satisfy me, my family and every living thing
• God is righteous in all He does
• God is filled with kindness
• The Lord is with me and all who call out to Him in truth
• I will trust in the name of the Lord Most High
“Thank you Lord, for you are God, and worthy to be praised! Help me to trust in You and help my children see God in me on the good days and the hard days.”
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