Thanks for Being There | 40 Days of Daily Bread | Devotional | how the body of Christ encourages | when you have a bad day

Day 14: Thanks for Being There

From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.

Have you ever wanted to peek into someone’s journal? Well, here’s your chance. From yesterday’s journal:

bad dayI woke up with a heavy heart today. I went to bed last night with hurts and disappointments still gnawing on my heart. Whiplash pain and frustrations weren’t helping any. To add to the mix, my hormones have been out of balance lately. So discouragement was teaming up nicely with the weakness that prevailed despite my attempts to pray and read the Word.

Then my hair dryer shorted out and became a fire cracker in my hand. Nice. I think I would have rather repeated yesterday’s mishap. Standing outside the shower, I turned on the water and unbeknownst to me the shower head was pointing towards the bathroom instead of the inside of the shower. It promptly dowsed the top of my head, my face and the floor with cold water. Blubbering, I turned it off. I felt like I was in a comic book. At least I laughed at myself!

But today was different. I had a bad day. There were tears. In my weakened state I began to believe the lies the devil was rapidly whispering in my ear. I felt like a failure.

But then the Body of Christ stepped in and brought me encouragement. When you lifted me up I felt strengthened. Just knowing you care makes me smile. And I started to feel a little better.

That’s why we need each other.

For the fifth time today I turned on worship music hoping to break all the way through this time. And I watched this:

At the end, I knew I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Philippians 4:13) And this time I realized, it was the Jesus in you that strengthened me! Thank you!

Daily Bread

Apply the Word

This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

Pray these verses and write them in your journal:

From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16 NKJV

Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1

Will you hug someone and say, “Thanks for being there”? How has the body of Christ been an encouragement to you?

It was the Jesus in you that strengthened me. [Tweet this]

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Photo credit: Amber Karnes (Creative Commons)

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2 thoughts on “Day 14: Thanks for Being There

  1. It’s wonderful when the Body of Christ is there for you. Unfortunately, it’s also very discouraging whent he Body of Christ around you doesn’t care what’s happening in your life after you leave through the church doors on Sunday.

    • We’ve all felt that way and even experienced that at one time or another. The goal is not to stay in that state. The devil would like to take an opportunity, even one like this. We must remember that we are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6). I, too, have struggled with feeling like people cared if I was around or not. I have learned that I have to make a continual effort to reach out to others without focusing on myself. Building relationships takes a great deal of work, and I’ve realized that the rewards do not come right away.
      I have blogged more on the subject of friendships if you are interested:
      Thanks for your thoughts!

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