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May 29 - June 2, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | Bouncing Back Week 5
Welcome to the last week of May!
By the end of this week, we will be in JUNE! Can you believe that? 2023 is halfway over, and what a year it has been. You guys, I have so much to tell you, so much awesome, so much craziness and wildness and God-ness has been going on.
Here’s hoping I can update you on some of it next week. I just have to get all my ducks in a row (forget that, I don’t have ducks; I have hyperactive squirrels, and they all have lightsabers).
This month has been so good for me. Discovering reminders throughout God’s Word about how to be resilient and how to bounce back when life throws its worst at you has helped me keep my focus where it should be: On keeping in step with Jesus.
The most important thing I’ve taken away from this whole month is that being resilient and learning how to live a resilient life comes down to developing godly habits. Developing habits take time, and they take risk, to a certain extent. You never know if a habit is going to work for you until you try it, after all. But once you have trained yourself to follow Jesus and have built in boundaries around the good things in your life, it’s so much easier to bounce back when hard times hit you.
And they WILL hit you.
So we’ve talked about what resilience looks like and why it matters. We’ve looked at Bible examples of resilient heroes, and we talked about how to build a resilient life. So this week, our last week of this study, is focused on actually living a resilient life.
And, honestly, it all boils down to developing habits that honor God:
May 29 - Ask God questions
May 30 - Choose to pray
May 31 - Check your feet
June 1 - Change your mind
June 2 - Make godly friends
It’s a lot easier said than done, isn’t it? But if you never try it, you’ll never know how much better your life could be. I hope and pray this helps you learn how to bounce back, friends, because—Wow!—the enemy has some curveballs.
And that’s also important to remember. For me, it may be one of the most comforting things about God. He knows that we aren’t perfect. He understands our heart better than anyone else. He knows that even when we try our best, we can’t do everything right. And He loves us anyway. That’s what led me to our memory verse this week, Psalm 103:13-14.
We are only dust. We’re here for a little while, and then we blow away. We’re like grass that withers and fades. While our souls are eternal, this life on earth is temporary. We only have a little while here, and then we’ll go on to something better (thanks to what Jesus did for us).
There’s always grace for our failures. There’s always love when we are unlovable. God is always faithful, even when we aren’t. That’s who He is.
So, yes, try to follow Him. Do what you can to prepare in advance for the difficulties that will inevitably come into your life. But also understand that God wants you to rely on Him. He wants you to draw on His strength. He wants you do life with Him. So don’t try to do it alone.
I love you guys, and I’m praying for each of you.
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