Stepping Stones

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski.

Hey everyone. Well, its that time of year again. At least by the time you read this it will be. Right now its the middle of October. But anyway, once again its time for the usual practice of planning Thanksgiving meals, what you want to give/get for Christmas and above all good old fashioned family time. Sometimes its hard to feel thankful for what we have. Like maybe we have the beat-up hunk of junk instead of the latest Impala or we have last season’s jeans instead of this season jeans. The way I see it we live in a society where to get noticed you have to have the latest fashions, car or whatever and you’ve probably noticed too, no one values you for who you are, so we covet for things we don’t have. I’m very very very guilty of this. Or maybe for some of us (and I know this may be touchy for a few people) it’s a reminder of what we don’t have.

We all struggle with being content. It’s hard when the world seems to have so much stuff out there that’s appealing that we lose sight of what’s important. Like what God gave us. He loves us and he wants us to be happy but not for physical things. Granted he probably doesn’t mind us loving mp3’s, IPods and other things like that. What I mean is grateful for what for we have instead of what we don’t have and putting possessions above of God. Corrie ten Boom once said “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” And that’s the truth. God does take some things away but he fills the space with what we need. Now the loss of a loved one is harder because they were a human being not an object. I still wonder sometimes about the relative I’ve lost. Even though it sucked losing them, it made me stronger and more aware of life and things that matter. Though I don’t mind shopping every now and then. God has reasons even if we don’t get it. I still wonder what he is thinking sometimes. So I guess the subject is thankfulness, and whatever else gets thrown in since some verses may mean more than one thing and I may run out of verses on said subject. Also there will be some stories so I’ll stop my cyber preaching now and get to work finding some verses. Happy reading! ~Michaela

P.S. If you need or want too, feel free to split the longer reads into sections and read a section a day. It may be a bit slower but you won’t miss anything and quite possibly avoid a headache if you’re tired.

Nov. 1  Prov.11, Ps. 75.

Nov. 2. Ps. 11, 1 Sam. 25.

Nov. 3. John 10:10, Ps. 106.

Nov. 4. John 11:1-44.

Nov. 5. Luke 15:1-32.

Nov. 6. Prov.12, Job. 2:7-10.

Nov. 7. Num. 11.

Nov. 8. 1 Sam.1.

Nov. 9. Ps. 106.

Nov. 10. Prov. 13.

Nov. 11. Ps. 119:9-16, 41-48.

Nov. 12. Isaiah. 3.

Nov. 13. Hosea. 1;3.

Nov. 14. 2 Kings: 1-18.

Nov. 15. Ps. 68.

Nov. 16. Judg. 3:12-30.

Nov. 17. Prov. 14.

Nov. 18. Luke 19:29-37, 11:1-4.

Nov. 19. Ps 8.

Nov. 20. Ps. 9.

Nov. 21. Prov.16.

Nov. 22. Ps. 59.

Nov. 23. Ps. 149.

Nov. 24. Ps.136.

Nov. 25. Prov. 17.

Nov. 26. 1 Chron. 21.

Nov. 26. Acts 7:59-60, Jer. 7:22-23.

Nov. 27. Hosea 14:9, Prov. 18.

Nov. 28. Ps. 116.

Nov. 29. Prov. 18.

Nov. 30. Is. 44:6-23.

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