“ You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”
James 2:22 New International Version (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
HOPE: Day 2
Diabetes is a relentless disease that involves closely monitoring your diet, checking your blood glucose levels several times a day and administering insulin either through injection or by a pump. I am very familiar with this disease as it has affected members of Wayne’s family for generations.
When I read the verse for today, I thought of our niece, Michelle, who was diagnosed at the age of 10. Her life changed forever with that news, and her parents were even told not to expect her to be able to have children or to lead much of a normal life. However, Michelle is a fighter and she was not about to let that diagnosis stop her.
Now 30 years later, she is living a faith-filled life as the mother of three active boys, and as a diabetes educator who works for a company that does research into the disease and as a marathon runner and fitness coach… all the while managing her own health issues. She is working to find a cure and gives hope to those she meets who suffer as she does. I am reminded of Paul who, in spite of the “thorn in his flesh”, lived his life for the Lord and did not give up hope.
I remember a favorite song from the 70’s titled “Give them all to Jesus” and the lyrics are as such:
“Are you tired of chasing pretty rainbows? Are you tired of spinning round and round? Wrap up all the shattered dreams of your life and at the feet of Jesus lay them down.
Give them all, Give them all, give them all to Jesus. Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, broken toys give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus and He will turn your sorrow into joy
He never said you would only see sunshine, He never said there would be no rain, He only promised us a heart full of singing about the very thing that once brought pain.
Give them all, give them all, give them all to Jesus and he will turn your sorrow into joy”
What “thorn in the flesh” are you dealing with? Health issues? A broken relationship? Financial struggles? Do not give up hope but rather give them all to Jesus.
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.