Focus on God's Faithfulness
Friday, March 23
Laura Scheer, RPC member since August 2007
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. - Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
This world is full of so many tempting distractions. It's easy to get caught in the maelstrom of daily life. We feel like we're left alone to bear the weight and find a way out. Being busy is the way of life for our culture, so concentrating on the freeing peace of God can seem very difficult! We lose sight of the fact that He is always with us, holding on tight.
My family left my childhood church and joined RPC after I graduated high school, but I had not yet really gotten involved. I lost a big piece of who I was while in college. I ended up doing things I never thought I would and spending time with people who dragged me down instead of lifting me up. For two years, it was like I was having an out-of-body experience. I was watching myself slip away, and finally I woke up one day and decided I needed to find my true self. The thought of changing my whole life around was a terrifying prospect, but I knew it had to be done.
Part of the downward spiral was ignoring my faith. I never thought God had abandoned me. The problem was that I wasn't thinking about God at all. I had abandoned Him. It wasn't until the turning point that I realized He had been carrying me through the whole process! The realization that He still had faith in me was incredible! My soul ached to be part of a church community again, and to turn my focus on God again through studying His Word. I found the wonderful ladies of my PW Circle and the women's Bible studies, and I made the commitment to God and myself.
It didn't take long before I was seeing the world in a more positive light; I was much less stressed, and I felt healthier overall. I learned to trust in God and turn things over to Him instead of trying to control or solve everything. I also learned how to forgive myself and others. I had truly found the overwhelming peace of Jesus Christ! It was all so clearly God's timing! My husband and I started dating just a few months later. There's no way I could be the wife and mother I am today without having turned my life back to God! I'm still so thankful for the entire experience, the good and the bad. Turning focus to God may be an immediate struggle, but in the long run it is the most amazing and rewarding way to live!
Thank you, God, for always keeping me close and guiding me down Your path. Please help me stay focused on Your way when this world tried to pull me down. In Jesus' holy name, Amen.
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