Today we are honored to share the tender words of our friend, Nancy Silvers. Nancy loves to study God’s word and share how years of time in the scriptures is bringing unexpected blessings during a time of grief.
For a printable version of today’s devotion click here >>>>Blessed Devo Nine – Nancy Silvers
I stood staring at the microwave as its contents rotated and its motor hummed. My husband entered the kitchen and he asked, “What are you doing?” “Making dinner”, I replied feeling guilty that grief had stopped me in my tracks once again and microwaved meals were for dinner….again.
Mom was in hospice and I thought I was prepared to let her go home to Jesus, grateful that her suffering would be over but even in the inevitable you can’t be fully prepared.
I don’t know about you, but the enemy knows when I am at my weakest and he likes to whisper lies in my ear.
The loudest lie right now has been…good all those Bible Studies have done you-you’re a hot mess. You should be handling this better.
Truth is all the Bible studies I have done in the last 10 years or so have engraved scripture on my heart. Verses that are bringing me comfort while my brain takes an emotional break. Verses that have blessed me beyond words. These verses are sustaining me each and every day as I walk through this chapter of grief.
- ”Jesus wept.” John 11:35-ESV The shortest verse in the Bible yet one of the most powerful verses. He wept with Martha and Mary at Lazarus’ death. He wept because they wept even though he knew what was yet to come. He weeps with me because He feels my hurt.
- “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 ESV When you lose someone you love the enemy would love to fill your head with regrets, remorse, and guilt for opportunities lost or missed. But God. He doesn’t condemn us for falling short-we are his and in Him there is no condemnation.
- ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
- “Be still and know I AM God”. Psalm 46:10a ESV
I don’t need to understand all that is going on, all I need to do is to trust God. As I trust Him, I know my path will be straight.
His word is reminding me that it ok to sit and be still. It is in being still that I am at my closest with God. I am definitely not getting as much done as I would like but that is ok. Being still and knowing God is in control and all will get done in His perfect timing once my heart starts healing is comforting.
Even in this great time of loss God is blessing me.
- The time we spend in His word helps us grow a better understanding of God and just how much we are loved.
- The time we spend in His word helps us prepare “for a time such as this”.
- The time we spend in His word sustains us as we grieve and seek God’s comfort.
Just as mom passed, we were hit with an Arctic blast that caused me to be a little bit more isolated than I like. God’s Word comforted me. God has been with me each and every day and for that reason I can say, even in this, I am blessed.
- How has the word of God blessed your life during a difficult time? Consider making a list of scriptures, as Nancy has, and thank God for His word.
- Read Habakkuk 3:17-19. What does Habakkuk proclaim He will do in verse 18? What does He say God is in verse 19? How does Habakkuk’s example encourage you?
- Do you have time in your day planned for “Being still.” Consider scheduling a date with God. Set a timer for 10 mins and quiet everything around you. Ask God into this time. Practice this for one week. At the end of each time, record any thoughts and feelings. Take note or any scriptures that God brings to mind. Praise God for being present at all times.
Nancy Silvers loves Jesus and serving the Lord in the background out of the limelight.
She is an encourager who loves to pray with and for others. In her downtime you will find her tending her garden, rescue pups, chicken and helping her best friend and husband, Bill, with projects around their property.