11 May Acts 8:7-8 (“Coincidence? I think not!”) by Judy Sawyer
Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured. There was great joy in the city.” Acts 8:7-8 (full readings)
Judy’s Reflections: This passage especially spoke to me because I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and a disease at age 27. I was told that I would most likely never be able to have a child. I promised God that if healed I would tell everyone of His miracle. Wouldn’t you know it, 3 years later I was cured. Since then, I had 3 children and started writing Christian Children’s books. Isn’t interesting how life takes turns and oftentimes without us knowing why? If we had the ability to stand beyond the stars, we would see how it all fits together like pieces of a puzzle. Look for the daily “coincidences” from God and embrace them. Smile at those you meet, and love all you can. Always try to find the lesson in what is going on. This past Christmas, a friend suggested that I write a book about the song Where’s the Line to see Jesus by Becky Kelley. The producer accepted my offer, and the book is coming out in October along with the CD (some proceeds going to pro-life programs). God truly does work in our lives and brings people together for His greater good. I don’t believe there is any life unwanted but all are meant for a greater purpose. Please don’t disregard another’s life because of an inconvenience. There is always a way, someone to help or a plan to get you through even though you may not see it at the time…trust that there is a lesson and a reason greater than we know.
* Judy Sawyer is a wife and mother of three who writes Christian Children’s books. Her first published book is This Is How I Pray.
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