“Happiness Found Only In The Lord”

Welcome to day 28 of our 40 day devotional of praise and testimony!

Martha Woodruff

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Singleness – it’s the elephant in the room and the thing every young girl fears. Some days I’d like to wallow in self-pity and ask, “If it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone in the Garden, why is it OK for Martha?” Today, however, I’m writing with HOPE, not hope in finding my knight in shining armor, but hope in a God who is all about sovereignty, grace and unconditional love. In my struggle to accept singleness, God has taught me a lot! First, God loves me immensely (Romans 8:35-39), and a man would never have the stamina and resolve to keep loving the way God does. God’s love is amazing, and His love compels me to give it back to Him. Next, God planned my life (Psalm 139), and He knows the master plan. He knows what He’s doing, so I might as well accept that fact and bask in His secure arms. Also, God’s goal for me is to bring Him glory. Sometimes, I resent the statement that God wants me to be holy more than He wants me to be happy. Hey – I want to be happy!! But God does some unexplainable thing when I choose to let go of my dreams and work at getting to know Him better. This results in a kind of settled peace and joy that far exceeds any cheap, short-lived happiness. Along with this idea, God has taught me a lot about servant hood (John 13:12-17). My parents were great role models in this area! God reminds me daily that it’s not about me! It’s an overused cliché, but boy is it true! Happiness and holiness often come by using my time and talents for others. It’s about lifting my eyes upward and outward. Loving my neighbor as myself (Matthew 22:39) can’t happen when I’m selfabsorbed and discontent. “Give me eyes to see the needs all around me, God!” Lastly, God wants me simply to obey and to love life and love Him one day at a time (Ecclesiastes 12:13). I struggle, yet I have an ENORMOUS GOD (Revelations 4:11). Every sunrise brings a new opportunity to live with and for God – with or without a man at my side.

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