Hey awesome people, it's Wednesday probably my favorite night of the week. I hope you are doing really well this week. To the people that still have finals. YOU GOT THIS! Show up, study hard and do your best that's all you can do! You're are almost done! The end is in sight!
This morning as I was spending time getting caught up in the devotional "letters from God" by Ivan Tait. I began to see the word 'cherish' in several of the daily readings I had missed. This is a word I don't use nor do I fully understand how to truly cherish something. I began to pray about things I need to cherish more and dug deeper into this word and its meaning. When you Google the word cherish several definitions come up
1. "protect and care for (someone) loving." 2. "hold (someone) dear" 3. "keep (hope and ambition) in one's mind". I am not sure which one of these definitions sticks out to you the most. But the third definition "keep (hope and ambition) in one's mind" spark a feeling in my heart that one can't describe.
As many of you know I am a dreamer. I have big dreams (and small one too 😉) always flying around in my heart and mind. But you may also know that the last year has been a looong season of waiting. And I haven't heard God say "It's over ." YET, I know He will when His timing is perfect. I have been made a promise and I haven't yet been able to see it fulfilled. When you wait for any given amount of time and don't see your promise fulfilled. It is easy to get discouraged. This morning as I kept seeing the word cherished on the pages of this devotional I felt God stir inside my heart to cherish this waiting season, but also to cherish past and present things God has shown or spoken about my Promise. I have had to fight to cherish this word, I have fought to keep hope and ambition on my mind, and I fought to give God control and not myself. I have fought for these dream and this word. Now it is my time to cherish and keep hope on my mind. Our God is a God of the impossible. He is making a way where there was no way. He doesn't even have to work as hard as you would need to.
When I think of the word cherished I think of Hannah in 1 Samuel and Mary in Luke 2 . Hannah wanted a baby. She prayed and prayed for a baby. A son to bless her husband. Scripture says in 1 Samuel 1:10 "In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping." Later on it says in verse 27 & 28 "I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him (Samuel the baby) to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." I believe while Hannah suffered she cherish that God would someday give her a baby. I believe that because of her faithful prayers God granted her a Samuel
Luke 2:19 says, "But Mary treasure up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Mary cherished the birth of baby Jesus. She has just given birth to the Savior of the World.
I believe there is something or someone in your life you need to ask God to show you how to cherish. Maybe its a word He has given you, maybe it is someone. Maybe you need to cherish and hope in this season of waiting. I know I am. I pray God would speak to your heart and the you would cherish out of obedience.
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