So, my beginning with the Old Testament is quite good for me - remembering the old stories told or read to me by my parents and those I heard in Sunday school, and extending all the way through my college courses. Now I can begin again.
The devotional I read today talked about "holy reversals." I had never heard the phrase, "Don't curse it, don't nurse it, don't rehearse it, but disperse it, and God will reverse it."
I had to take some time to let all that sink in while reading the rest of the devotional, but, when it had truly sunk in, I realized how much I curse, nurse, and rehearse those things I feel have slighted or wronged me, and how I do not send to God those things so that He can reverse them.
If we curse when bad things happen with a "woe is me" attitude, we are simply making ourselves feel worse. If we nurse those mad things, we make them grow bigger and bigger. If we rehearse them again and again, we keep thinking about them, and that only makes us get more angry - so we start all over again.
But if we turn those things, large and small, over to God (disperse them to Him), then He will take them on His shoulders and allow us to grow in His love rather than in hate and anger.
Wow, what a message!
So, if you're looking for a devotional guide, I would highly recommend this one to you. It is published by Zondervan and can be purchased through Amazon.
Again, I will wish you a warmer week, and smiles and laughter! And Peace!