Welcome back to “Friday Feature!” Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy today’s devotion! If you missed last week’s devotion, you can read it here!
Jackie Carr brings us today’s devotion titled “How to Smile in Adversity.” I met Jackie through IG a few months ago and absolutely love her sweet, genuine spirit and positive vibes! Jackie is a Pastor’s wife and mom of 5. She also has a great sense of style and helps others find beauty from the inside out! You will be inspired by her fashion as well as encouraging posts! Give her IG page a follow! @jackiecarr_
HOW TO SMILE IN ADVERSITY
In 2017, my husband and I began really seeking the Lord for America. Our hearts burn at the strife, direction, and changes we have all seen. I want my children to enjoy the freedom that my grandfather gave his life for (who has lived handicapped since World War II).
I know there are so many of you who are facing adversity whether it’s depression/anxiety, hatred, lies, betrayal, been stolen from, etc… So, I want to give you a few ways you can continue serving the Lord and your families during your own adversity-
1️⃣ Realize the Lord will fight your battles! (Deuteronomy 1:31) It was during adversity in the lives of my family that I watched God answer prayers that I had prayed for for years.
2️⃣ Believe God. Don’t doubt that God CAN do the impossible still. God still can bring revival in America and He will. I know it because I have prayed for it!
3️⃣ In your wilderness (of depression, hate, or whatever) be faithful to continue praising the One Who is worthy of all our praise. When we praise, it validates our trust.
*️⃣ Bonus- encourage your leaders in the battle. The greatest job I have to do today is encourage my husband who is the leader of my home. “…𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮: 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐𝘴𝘳𝘢𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘵.” (Deuteronomy 1:38) Encouragement and praise will mold a leader; criticism will destroy a leader.