Resting Again

The Lord shared with me early this morning that many of us have forgotten how to rest in His Presence. We’re so focused on praying, coming all stiff and tense to the throne of Our Creator..prepared for battle..already and coming to attack the Kingdom of darkness in prayer. ….when in reality. He wants us to find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28-32). His Presence is the one place we are called to find REST in. Not in this world. For we will soon leave this earth. Rest in His Presence. Know. Remember God is The Almighty. In His Presence is fullness of joy and pleasures on His Right Hand–Jesus His Son–The Love of Our Souls
Forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! -Psalm 46:10


Prayer Warriors at times forget that He is GOD. He knows and controls all things.

We also forget He is OUR Savior and LORD FIRST. Our times are in His Hands and nothing, no, no one can pluck us out His Will, His Plan, as we diligently seek Him. You and I belong to Him.

We belong to Him.
So, before we go off into battle on our knees for prayer…let us remember God is God. A
nd He wants to fill us with His insurmountable favor and love first. And give us peace and rest. 

“Blessed Assurance” means you are rest assured that no matter what happens-YAHWEH, The Creator of Heaven and Earth has got you covered and will bless you and protect you from this point forward and into eternity.

God bless you. May we have great Shalom, wholeness, peace, stillness before Him today. Amen.


I LOVE YOU ALL
Have a great week ahead,
Resting in His Presence,
Amarachi

If you have questions, or are in need of prayer during this process, season and time of growth and change, don’t hesitate to Contact Me or comment down below!

SUBSCRIBE to my BRAND NEW YouTube Channel: ‘A Time 4 Everything” and follow me on all social media so we can walk through every season of life together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv3DDVfIl5s&feature=youtu.be
IG: https://www.instagram.com/atime4everythingreflections/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/atime4every
Facebook: “A Time 4 Everything”

© A Time 4 Everything Reflections
Advertisements

Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts

The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130

This week, God has been uncovering what my eyes have not seen before.

And I have been, slowly but surely,

Understanding what is being said.

Unveiling my heart, so that His Light can heal me and transforms

He does this by His Word.

He is unveiling the cloths of darkness on my mind

Illuminating what my eyes wandered off at,

so I can see the truth in His Word.

That I may see the TRUTH in my heart.

Therefore, see TRUTH in my everyday life.

So I can be healed.

So I can be transformed (Romans 12:1-2).

His Glory, His Light, which is His Word shows me what is in my heart–

And reveals to me what is not right.

As I confess

I can move forward, be fixed, and healed by Him,

Inside and out.

As He opens my eyes, He helps  me understand, and therefore opens my heart.

So many things that I have taken for knowledge

By people and sources that claimed to be true knowledge.

And we’re not.

Only this time, I am making a decision to seek HIM, HIS WORD, and HIS TRUTH.

As He is.

For myself.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:14-19

Going deeper in His Word,
AND deeper in His Love
So that I can truly KNOW His Word.
Know what is
And what is not.
And
Truly Love Him,
And be transfigured
By His Love.
So I can pray, see, hear, and love my neighbor as myself.
I want to be transformed by His Glory, His Word, His Light, His Love
so He will be made known
And be known to the lives of those around me.
That they may be changed also from the inside out.
 
You and I have a great week ahead of us–full of truth, life, and pure, genuine, holy love.
Remember,
As God reveals the truth to you and your heart
Don’t be so carried away you don’t take time to reflect on what has been said and opened up.
Embrace.
And believe what lies have been spoken
Life is a journey.
Remember to take one day, sometimes, one hour at a time,
God loves you.
I love you,
Amarachi

In every season,

Amarachi 🌻

Remember, to everything, there is a season,

A time and purpose under heaven.

I pray we grow through this season of life, together.

If you’re in need of prayer or weekly inspiration from the Word of God, make sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog, FOLLOW me on all social media so you can stay encouraged and grow in your faith during every season of change.

Twitter: @ATime4Every

Facebook: “A Time 4 Everything”

 

 

©A Time 4 Everything. All Rights Reserved.

No Comment

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry” (James 1:19).

This past week I was fed up. I was frustrated. Restless.

I didn’t like how I was being treated or the memory of how I was being treated in the past.

I was weary of words shot at me.Words that cut me deep. Words long forgotten, were back to wound me.

I let it get to me.

So, I, a usually calm, and reserved person (not of my own doing, that’s for sure)

Snapped quick remarks, hit below the belt and revealed too much of my discouraged heart.

Nonetheless, God is good to me, and revealed, even with my newfound boldness, I NEEDED to understand something. And learn….

I must watch my words.

The Lord reminded me:

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry…” (James 1:19).

Watch your mouth. 

“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” James 3:2

I caused more confusion, anger, grief, and shame with words spoken carelessly.

Even in arguments.

I learned: I do not always have to respond.

Most of the time, your silence speaks louder.

Let others win. I found our inability to allow others win an argument is because of our own pride.

Pride comes before the fall (Proverbs 16:18).

I don’t have to be right all the time. We certainly should not fight to have our voice be heard. (God already sees and knows us) Do whatever you can to keep strife between you and another person out– and keep the peace. (I am not saying to not try to correct someone, but do it with the sincerity, love and hope of God that they will understand you. If they don’t–it’s time to let it go. Your peace is not worth it.)

You can be right, not agree and still have peace.

“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire…” James 3:5

And if you stay in offense or unforgiveness, the Lord says He will not forgive you (Mark 11:26).

Is it worth it?

My heart was revealed with what came out of my mouth:

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45).

It seems simple. But it is true.

I found that the bitterness of past years, undealt with, began to flow out of me during a time frustration and weariness.

Watch your heart.

But God is faithful.

From the beginning, He warned me to: “Watch over (my) heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23).

The blessing is–once the pain in our hearts is revealed– you and I can begin again to transform our mind and hearts with The Word of God.

Be slow to speak. Slow to anger.

Never, ever hesitate to listen, I learned–

To the Lord.

The Lord is speaking and desires to show us truths in His Word that will help guide us, mold us, heal us and transform us.

However, we have to be still.

And listen.

And know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10).

To be still can be many things.

However, you and I can start by simply putting aside time every day to read God’s Word. Whether it be a verse or chapter–make time for it.

Or delaying your plans just to hear His voice. Pausing in between tasks to acknowledge His Presence and His Love for you.

Something I am still growing in…but I am praying that you and I would be more sensitive to His Holy Spirit and be filled with wisdom concerning resting in His ability, Word, and power. All so that you and I can walk with Him more closely, and be directed by Him into all the blessings He has for us.

Be slow to speak. Slow to anger.

Never, ever hesitate to listen to people.

Listen for what is not said.

Even when people come to you in confidence, always listen before you speak–try to understand what they’re saying first.

“A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!”–Proverbs 15:23

Sometimes you don’t have to say anything at all.

Sometimes your presence is just enough.

Watching your words shows respect for the person coming to you in confidence and our Creator.

Sometimes people just want you to hear them, and yes, affirm their heart. The need to always talk robs moments of divine wisdom and vulnerability.

We get to watch and pray.

In these moments you and I have the privilege of listening to what is not being said and give The Holy Spirit to intercede through us on their behalf.

Even when you’re afraid for the person, or may not understand; when you trust The Holy Spirit to direct you and give you wisdom on what to see, how to help them, what to say, He will.

Let God in.

Open the Bible. Confess to God honestly about what has been coming out of your mouth. Repent and ask Him to show you how to overcome, and heal properly in your heart so that He can fill you up with His Word…and love.

Lord, help us learn how to listen to people. Really listen. And let your Holy Spirit direct us as we speak and pray for others. We thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

In every season,

Amarachi

Here are some scriptures I will be praying and meditating on. I encourage you to ask God to show you where you need to improve so that we may all speak graciously 🙂 As you pray them, make them personal. It is between you and the Father.

* “The righteous” mentioned in these scriptures, according to God are those who have decided to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives and lead lives of honor before Him.*

Proverbs 10:21 (NASB)

“The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

Example:

I pray Lord, my lips feed many.

Proverbs 10:11 (NASB)

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Psalm 37:30 (NASB)

“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.”

Psalm 49:3 (NLT)

“For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.”

Psalm 19:14 (NLT)

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

James 1:19 (NASB)

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

I pray I am quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. Amen.

Colossians 4:6 (NLT)

“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

I pray Lord you bless my speech that I speak with grace…that I know how to answer every one I meet.

1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

I missed you all, and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

Quick question: How do you feel when someone is not listening to you? What will you start doing now that you are more aware of your words?

*All translations are taken from NASB or NLT

What Are My Gifts?

We are all different.

And yet, we all serve a purpose in the family of God.

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [d]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the [e]knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature [f]which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-13

God uses our specific gifts, the ones mentioned above and more to:

Perfect, Edify, Unify, and Protect The Body, or the Family of God so we will all one day be transformed into Christ.

“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

Perfect means” brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant…without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).

Edify means “to build; to construct. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913)

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith…” (Ephesians 4:13).

Unify means “to become one.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913) (that one was simple, huh? 😉

TO protect us from–

Deception, a “false representation; artifice; cheat or fraud.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 1913).

When we work side by side, building up our gifts we will not be so easily swayed in our faith. We will “no longer…be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming…” (Ephesians 4:15).

The goal is for all God’s people to work together by building each other up, with actions, words dipped in love so that we will become one–and fulfill God’s plan in the earth.

Notice that we all have a part to play.

“The whole body, being fitted and held together, what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”–Ephesians 4:16

When every single person is in their rightful place, doing what God has called them to do, not giving into the pressure of being like someone else, or desiring to do something other than what The Lord said…

When we find out who we are, the special unique gifts God has placed within us, and the courage to embrace and develop those gifts…

And give our all to it, heart, mind body and soul and spirit…

That is when and how we become more like Christ. We “supply” our gift to the family of God, fully, strengthening and building the Body of Christ, the Family of God.

But first.

Before we develop our gifts, we must discover them.

This can be only found by deep soul searching, which is always sufficed by spending quality time with God in prayer. By asking Him about your gifts, and what He has called you and you alone to do, then you give God the opportunity to reveal the truth.

Years ago, when I was lost, struggling with unbelief, and searching for my purpose and why I was here—I went down on my knees and began to pray.

I would ask God questions like why am I here?

What is my purpose?

What have you called me to do?

What are truly my gifts?

What are my spiritual gifts? And what can I do so it can help build the body?

And you know it is funny.

Once I began to pray and ask God to reveal to me what He created me to be, and the gifts He had placed within me—He revealed it.

In peculiar ways.

I began finding myself in situations where I was forced to use the gifts He has placed within me.

Without any inclination desire to, I felt compelled to start a blog.

I would have debates with those I loved and would fight tooth and nail for causes, and ideas which were close to my heart.

My eyes would light up and my heart would ignite with passion when a story idea hit my chest and ran through my brain.

My heart would burn and long for souls who were lost like I once was. He overwhelmed my heart with desires that I never paid attention to before.

Or had long forgotten. But He comforted me.

He set my feet on the solid ground of dreams that were once buried away.

Once God opened my eyes to the gifts He placed within me, then I began the tedious yet rewarding journey of discovering new heights of wonder and beauty in all God called me to be.

And even when it was hard, I began to find joy in the rudiments of our work as I train, seek wisdom, and understanding my gifts.

Doing all that it takes to naturally to develop those gifts.

For example, if you’re a painter and you know God has given you a divine eye for detail and vision for landscapes more than the average man or woman….

Then, do your part. I suggest taking classes, watching Youtube videos, and surrounding yourself with others who will help you prepare, and perfect that gift.

If you’re a writer…get some books of authors you admire, read, understand how they develop their craft. Join a community of writers. Learn from others.

If you love teaching…find out what you love to teach and practice teaching, even if it is to the wall or your phone recording.

If you’re called to preach, write those sermons, and practice preaching those words—to whoever will listen. Even if it’s just to God.

Whatever your gift is, take your time to do what is necessary to make it the best it can be.

And let God do the rest.

You will find that these simple steps will build your confidence, build your strength and ingenuity in the personal gifts God has already placed inside you.

Taking these steps expose your faith in God and His Plan for your life and even strengthen your trust and reliance on Him.

This can only come by spending time with Him, listening to The Holy Spirit, reading the Bible, and making room for God to respond. You and I give God the honor He deserves and prepares our hearts to receive divine direction.

If we, the body of believers, can get to a place of surrender to God, His Plan, and Purpose for us, and find out the gifts He has placed in us—we will be able to supply the body wholeheartedly, with joy, and fervent passion, expanding the Kingdom of Our Father in the earth.

Questions that you can ask yourself as you begin this journey with God:

What makes me angry? What really inspires me? What ignites my heart? What moves me to tears?

What fills me with joy? What could I do all day and not get bored of it?

May you find the gifts God has placed within you so you can become all He has created you to be.

For our Savior says:
“If you seek, you will find, knock, and the door shall be open unto you.” (paraphrase, Matthew 7:7-12).

Ask The Father, He will make it plan to you.

Just as He did for me.

To every season,

Amarachi

P.S.

If you’re on social media, make sure to follow me on IG, FB, and Twitter! Together we can find inspiration, wisdom and hope to walk this journey of faith together!

Have a wonderful week!

*All translations are taken from the NASB

My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,

Hand-in-Hand1

“Hand in Hand” by Greg Olsen

bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever.” ~ Psalm 23

I was in need of a Shepherd. One Who Cared about me. Dark skinned.

And all.

I needed a Shepherd.

He would lead me out.

I am loved by Him.

Divinely cherished.

This painting reminds me how we are to just take His hand like little children, and walk with Him (Matthew 18:24).

It also reminds me of how much Jesus loves you and I- no matter how we look like.

He desires closeness.

“Just deeper walk with my Savior…”

He would like for us to be one with Him.

You want to see glory?

You want to see miracles, signs, wonders?

That can only come when we make a decision to trust Him like a little child.

And not run.

Or leap.

But walk with Him.

He knows the path we’re journeying in far too well.

He knows it all.
The Shepherd calls. Rest in Him.
You are that little lamb. He cares for you. Rest in His arms today.
God wants you and I to cast all our cares on Him for He cares and loves us (1 Peter 5:7). Let God take your burdens. You were never meant to carry it all. You were NEVER meant to walk alone. Give Him your hand. Give Him your burdens. Let Him take your burdens. Let Him be your Shepherd.

I pray the peace of God for your lives. God, speak your truth to them more than ever before. I pray their hearts are tender, ready to believe and receive this truth that you give them. Jesus bless these men and women. Let God Your Spirit fall and bless them mightily. Give them joy they’ve never had before. I pray they experience Your Glory more and greater than ever.
In Your Name,
Amen.

Thank you Lord.

I’m praying for you all.

God bless you.

Walking with Him,

Amarachi

As you pray, and think of this scripture, pray for others today. So that they too will walk through it with Jesus.

Tell me: What does this painting mean to you? Comment below!

*Translations from NLT version*

Fly

You’ve waited long enough.
In the slumber of your dreams.
And waited quietly as your heart was broken by setting apart.
You’re free now.

23509175_1668996119833148_7744192284863583829_o
Used by God.
Set free.
As a bird flying high in the sky.
Your heart has made whole now.
Your heart has been strengthened.
Break free now. Break free.
Your heart has been illuminated. Like the Son you shine.
Your heart is free now from the chains of the past.
Your tears are heard. Are seen.
So break free now. Catapulted into your Destiny.
Your heart is free now from the chains of the past.
I strengthened your heart so now you can fly.
Now you can fly.
Now you can fly.
I’ve strengthened your heart,
So now you can fly.
Now. You. Can. Fly.
Fly. Fly.
Fly.
Fly baby, fly.”
Isaiah 40:31/Psalm 27:14/Psalm126

Have a great week flying everyone.

And don’t forget to share in the comments your view from above.

God bless you all.

Have a soaring week.

Amarachi

Trust in The Lord.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct (make smooth) your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes it can be hard to follow God’s instructions because your not sure where you are going.

But The Lord knows what’s best and He is the One Who Directs our steps.

This lack of knowing has occurred so many times in my life.

I will have a plan in my heart for the day, written out, cataloged. Down to the “t”. However, when I start moving forward, I keep hitting walls in my heart, that I can not override….because it is God’s way of showing me He has something better.

All I need to do is take my hands off, and allow Him to take charge.

Allow Him to speak.

Let Him control my day.

I may have plans, but the best always happens when he directs my steps.

He has the best intentions.

To bring you an expected, GOOD end.

So try to not fret, force or…whatever you do, to complicate the process.

He loves you. And He only has the best in store for you. Just how you get there may not be what you expect.

Nonetheless…

Trust Him.

For your trust in God shows Him how much you love Him.

Thank you Father.

I pray you let Him take the reigns of your life today.

Take courage, it will all make sense in the end.

I’m praying for you,

Amarachi

His Will…or Ours?

There is no such thing as permissive will. There is either God’s Will which is right and always perfect and our will. Our will is flawed. And hopelessly selfish at times.

But God’s Will is perfect.

God’s Ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts our Higher than our thoughts. God’s Ways, His Will– are ALWAYS best (Isaiah 55:8-9).

And His Perfect Ways and Will, will always produces the best gifts.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (shadow of turning)”–James 1:17

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we decide to take on our desires first and then try to merge them into God’s plan for our lives.

It never works. And what we come to is a distorted image of the future.

God never forces. Once He sees we are not going to change our minds about something, He steps back, and give us the, free will to decide His Way or our way.

Most of the time we decide our way.

And when our way does not work out we get frustrated or offended at the very same Father who encouraged you to do things His Way.

We try to cast the blame on God or others when life does not turn out the way we expected. When in reality, it is ours to blame. We decided the way to go. We trotted down the wrong path. We didn’t feel like honoring God. It’s true. Not only for you..me too.

God, in His Mercy, will forgive us and heal our lives and situation but He can not,

Or will not–

Submit our will,

For His.

We must accept the truth that we are His Children. Living under His protective Hand.

And obeying His Will is the best thing we can do for our lives.

And we first do that by surrending our will for His. It’s not easy.

It’s okay. It’s worth it in the end.

How do I do that?

Give your

Well, you can start by saying to Him your sorry. That your making things right by repenting or turning from your sins. Two, you can humble yourself by saying that “Your Will is the best for my life and I ask that You change my thinking that it lines up with Your Own.”

And three.

“Sweet Jesus. I let go and You’re free now to do whatsoever you desire for my life. I pray my life is now in your Hands. Turn it, whatever way You desire and I shall be healed and blessed. Thank You Father. I delight myself in You, therefore, you will still grant me the desires of your heart. And because my life has now been turned for You, the fulfillment of those desires will always be good and perfect.

Only if you mean it say: I love you.

I pray God heals your heart so you can enter into His best for your life.

I love you all.

Amarachi

Jacob’s Song

The story is Jacob wrestled with an angel till morning for his blessing (Genesis 32:22-32)
Sometimes it can seem like that.
A constant battle of walking in truth before Him.

Yet. Never give up. Because once we set in our minds to give God our all and let Him use our hearts for His Kingdom….He will bless us.

Jacob got His blessing.

And so will you.

So,

Never let go.

Till the Lord blesses your soul. With whatever your seeking Him for. Whether it be deliverance, promotion, or healing.

The Lord will bless your soul, if you just keep holding on to Him.

I wanted to share this with you friends.

Here it is:

Sing this song as you meditate on His goodness and love for you, and go deeper with God into all He’s calling you to be. Asking Him to help you overcome your battles and make you new again.

There are struggles that are beyond what we can see know and understand. But He knows how to make it well with your soul. He knows how to make your heart new again. So continue asking, praying and resting in His Everlasting Love. For He cares for you.

God bless you all today.

Have a good weekend.

Don’t give up on seeking God and asking for His Light and Love to come and make you whole. For He will give you peace and make you whole.

Amen.

Release Your Burdens to The Lord

I wanted share a devotional with you today. It is “an extra insight” piece written by Our Daily Bread Ministries for October 6th 2017.

And it says:
“During the Last Supper, Peter couldn’t imagine he would deny Jesus once—let alone three times (John 13:37–38). But then the unthinkable happened (Matt. 26:69–75). Later, however, Jesus gave Peter three opportunities to express love to the One who so mercifully forgave him (John 21:15–18).
In that love and forgiveness Peter found a way forward. We too can move forward from the sins of our past through the love and forgiveness of Christ.”

Pray this with me:

“Dear Lord, I’m so thankful that through You we can be free of the burdens of the past—the mistakes, the pain, the sins—that hang so heavy. We don’t need to carry around regret or shame. We can leave them with You.” –Our Daily Bread Ministries

Let God make you new by giving up your burdens.

There’s a lot going on in this world. Just keep your eyes focused on Him and keep moving forward. He has a plan for your life. Not your mistakes or failures. But you.

I love you all,

Amarachi

* Feel free to read the rest of the devotional here:

“If I Knew Then..” Our Daily Bread Ministries