Stepping Stones

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski

Hello guys! Sorry I didn’t write last month. I was on a mission trip and in all the craziness forgot to finish my article. But I am finishing it this month. The subject this month is I think going to be about bitterness. Bitterness is horrible and kind of goes along with condemnation and mercy. So don’t be surprised if some verses about those subjects pop up too. Well, bitterness is obviously what it means: a feeling of ill will or grudges or wounds that fester and end up destroying us for years if we let it. I’ve struggled with bitterness and still am at times but I think about how Jesus died on the cross and how he didn’t hold any grudges or bitterness against us even though we should have suffered the same fate. Really, pretty cool, right? This brings me to, Mercy.

Mercy is something that I think human beings as a whole struggle with. If someone ticks us off to a severe degree are we likely to forgive them instantly? Probably not. But God calls us to be merciful so we have to at some point. Or we don’t and risk losing everything. Is it easy? Nope. Mercy also has to do with putting pride down. Anyway, back to subject. I know this is short but it is all I can think of. God is a merciful God and that’s wonderful. Not having mercy or forgiveness can lead to bitterness. And bitterness is very difficult to get rid of because it literally becomes a part of you and can make you totally different. And it can be a single incident. Like a fight or a tragedy that can totally change you for either good or bad. I’ve had to learn to give my bitterness to God and to not hold onto it. It is hard but worthwhile. Though as I have said, it is a struggle. Well, I guess I’ll start the verses. Also since school is starting soon if it hasn’t already started the verse load will be lighter. Adieu, Michaela

Aug.1:  2 Sam. 24:14. Ps. 86

Aug.2:  Ps. 91

Aug.3:  Ps.145. Nehemiah 9:17

Aug.4:  Isa. 20

Aug.5:  Esther 2

Aug.6:  Ps.37

Aug.7:  Josh.11:19-21.  Deu. 13:16-18

Aug.8:  1Chron. 21:12-14. 1 Kings 8:49-51

Aug.9:  Heb.1:1-15

Aug.10: Heb.1: 16-26

Aug.11: Heb1:27-39

Aug.12: Esther 3

Aug.13: Ps.1.

Aug.14: Ps.127

Aug.15: Habakkuk 1:1-11

Aug.16: Habakkuk 1:12-17

Aug.17: Matt. 6:14-16. Luke 16:36-38

Aug.18: Habakkuk 2:1-10

Aug.19: Habakkuk 2:11-20

Aug.20: Isa.21

Aug.21: Esther 4

Aug.22: Jonah 4

Aug.23: Rom. 3:9-19

Aug.24: Rom.5:1-9

Aug.25: Isa. 22

Aug.26: Habakkuk 3:1-10

Aug.27: Habakkuk 3:11-19

Aug.28: Ps.62

Aug.29: Esther 5

Aug.30: Ps.78:1-16

Aug.31: Isa. 23

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  1. What a great topic!!! I love it. 🙂

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