Friday Feature #30

Welcome back to “Friday Feature!” I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and I’m praying for everyone to have a blessed New Year!! For now though, grab a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy today’s devotion! If you missed the last devotion, you can read it here!

My friend Hailey brings us today’s devotion titled, “Even These May Forget.” Hailey is a wife, a mother of four, and a Biblical & Theological Studies student. She started an online community on Instagram that helps women truly connect, support one another, and grow closer to Christ and deeper in His Word.  After meeting Hailey through Instagram in 2020, her encouraging posts have blessed me. She is a faithful disciple of Jesus! Give her a follow, and be sure to connect with her community! @betweenthesundays

Even These May Forget

I’m going to just get right to it, because I am not one to beat around the bush: my childhood was wretched, flat out terrible, filled with pain, abuse and neglect. So, for a good part of my life I searched for approval and love wherever I could find it, even in places too toxic and dark for love to possibly live. 

I don’t say this to gain sympathy. It’s simply a fact of life and one that helps to understand so much of who I was before Jesus, why I functioned the way I did and the parts of my flesh that I still battle against now. 

In truth, I say this so matter-of-factly because it isn’t the important part of my message today. 

The important part is this:

Can a woman forget her nursing child,

    that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?

Even these may forget,

    yet I will not forget you.

Isaiah 49:15 

I may have been forgotten and unloved by the one person who should have loved me the most, I was still SO fully cared for and loved.  All the time that I spent searching for a love that would fill the empty spaces, Jesus was waiting patiently for me to realize that He was there to do it all along. 

I know that everyone reading this doesn’t share the same childhood circumstances, but I am certain that there is something in each of our earthly bodies encouraging us to seek fulfillment somewhere other than at His feet, to place our trust in people or things of this world and ignore (even if it is for a brief moment) the truth that God knows what we need and He will provide (see Matthew 6:25-34).  

Friends, please hear these words with the utmost sincerity and urgency… Jesus is enough! There is no person or thing in this world that will care for you as fully and fulfill you as completely as He can. 

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