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“…..we spend our years as a tale that is told.” Psalm 90:9

Am I the only one who thinks this year has gone by too fast? It is hard to believe that this is the last day of November and soon the year 2018 will end and we will begin a new one.

This has been a different year for me. There have been some bumps in the road, some health problems which resulted in a miracle of healing, as well as some surprising developments in our family which we did not expect. There have been good times and bad times. But, through it all, the Lord has been there, providing grace and mercy and supplying every need. We have seen many answers to prayer.

As we walk with the Lord He opens doors that are part of His plan and closes those that are not. As we near the end of the year and prepare to enter a new one, we can safely commit everything to Him. No matter what the future holds, He is in control. He will give us the wisdom we need for each day and the faith we need for tomorrow.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for keeping us through this year and thank you for the assurance that you are always there to meet every need.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. (Genesis 8:22, Holy Bible, New King James Version)

Routine is often seen as a rut that hinders progress toward a specific goal. Motivators tell us to get out of the rut, to abandon the stereotype, to embrace change.

I’ve seen many seasons. Fall is my favorite. I welcome it every year. Is fall a rut? No, it has a purpose. Along with the other seasons, it is proof of God’s covenant with Noah, a promise we inherited as long as earth remains.

Prayer: Eternal God, times and seasons continue as a declaration that no man can hinder Your promises. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

Road trips are a summer staple. Sour worms, peach rings, and coolers filled with drinks will only lead to the inevitable … multiple bathroom stops. And is there anything more invigorating than having the music up full blast with your windows rolled down? This encapsulates the epitome of the perfect summer and for a moment in time, the perfect life.

That is until you take the scenic route to Florida with your annoying little brother in the back seat. “Are we there yet?” brings on a whole new meaning, your sanity depends on arriving as soon as possible. The people who say, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” must not have younger siblings.

Waiting to get to your destination is not always fun or exciting. The minutes drag on. Seconds feel like days and days feel like months. Waiting to get your driver’s license is unpleasant or waiting to graduate High School can be exhausting. Waiting to get married can be lonely and waiting to buy a home is frustrating. The list goes on and on and on.

The question “Am I there yet,” faces every person eventually.

When You Don’t Have Life ‘All Together’

I grew up under the illusion of when I became an adult that I would have everything together. But, I don’t. Can you relate? Have you ever analyzed someone else’s life and thought, “I should be at a different place in my life ” or “I should have accomplished more by now.”

Maybe you’re graduating High School this year, and you have no idea where you are going to attend College when it seems like all of your friends have their futures mapped out. Maybe you are in College, and some of your friends are married, own a new home and expecting their first child, and you think to yourself, “All I own are books and the furniture I bought at Goodwill.” Questions like, “Did I choose the wrong path?” haunt you at night.

You Are Distinctly Different

It is okay if your dreams, your goals, and your ministry are different from everyone else because we serve a God who is infinitely original, and you have been created in His image. You are distinctly different and when you try to be someone you’re not, it’s like telling a fish to climb a tree – it’s impossible.

One of the most debilitating things you can do is compare your ministry, your career, your finances, your education and your relationship status (or whatever) with other people. On the other hand, one of the most freeing things you can do is find a place with God and allow Him to reveal your God-given purpose. God desires to take your flaws, your strengths, your weaknesses and use your journey for His glory. Take the time in prayer to discover what makes you, you.

Everything you have been through gives you exclusive characteristics that are different from other people. God needs the uniqueness of your personality to reach this world.

When the question, “am I there yet,” dances across the corners of your mind, try not focus on how far you still have to go, but celebrate the considerable distance you’ve covered.

Words of advice? Do not judge your beginning by someone else’s middle and try not to get discouraged by the fact that it will take time to grow. Growth will always produce permanent change; an oak tree will never become an acorn again. So, try not to fixate on the, “Am I there yet,” and be encouraged that you are a stronger and more capable person today because of things you learned yesterday.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com