Pick What You Ponder

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

In Luke 18, a widow goes before a corrupt judge pleading for justice against her adversary. Many times the judge denied her requests. Yet, after multiple petitions, he finally decides to rule in her favor because he’s tired of her continual pleas and is concerned that she might attack him. He puts an end to her interruptions and still decides on justice for her.

I had an incident this morning with someone that has left my heart very heavy. I have gone to prayer regarding this person and yet I see continual discrimination against me and my family. What is so difficult is this is coming from a person who I know cares about us, yet tends to hurt us when she is hurting. I have given a lot to help this person, therefore the accusations from her seem to hurt worse. So, again, I go to the Lord with my hurt feelings, frustrations, confusion and I request justice. I know that He may not answer me in what I want, but I trust Him that He wants what is best for me and His purposes.

Through His forgiveness and love, I too am able to forgive and love again. Therefore, I give thanks to my Lord, for His ways are best. I will ponder on His goodness and righteousness. If I choose to hang onto the hurt, I will not be trusting God or able to tell of His wonderful deeds. Instead, I shall sing praises to the Most High as I bring my hurts before Him!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for wanting what is best for Your children. Thank You that in my confusion, I can seek You and rest in Your ways. You never tire of hearing our pleas. Help us to ponder on Your righteousness and to see that You do work for the good of those who love You (Romans 8:28). In Jesus’ name. Amen

Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

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