Giving God Glory No Matter What Happens

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{Guest devotional by My Mom}

We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. Romans 8:28 (Voice)

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Until Wendy, my daughter, was a teenager, I was chronically ill. 

Arthritis riddled my body and a heart complaint had me in ICU/CCU every two to three months. 

My youngest said that he never knew that mums didn’t spend their afternoons on the bed until he visited friends whose mums were healthy. 

I was anointed with so much oil for healing that I almost slid off the chairs. 

I believed…but my health deteriorated. 
I experienced much needed deliverance which healed so much of my life…but my health continued to deteriorate. 

My husband would often wake in the night to check if I was still breathing and the kids knew that Mum was in hospital again when Dad fetched them from school with a lunch of KFC to lessen the pain. 

At the same time my youngest son had asthma and a challenged immune system which meant that several times, he was in one hospital in an oxygen tent fighting for his life while I was in ICU at another hospital. 

Life was hard [especially for my husband].

During this time I read the biography of Pastor Duma, who against all odds ministered across the colour bar in apartheid South Africa. His motivation was ‘Take your glory, Lord’. 

I understood for the first time the sovereignty of God. 

It’s not about who we are but about who God is. {Tweet this}

I realised that the often quoted scripture, ‘all things work together for good to those who love God’ was not saying, ‘all things work together for MY good’ but was actually saying ‘all things work together for HIS good,’ and His thoughts aren’t our thoughts and His ways are definitely not our ways.

Talking about healing and the sovereignty of God, James Robison said, ‘With your legs you kick Satan away with all your might but with your arms you reach up to heaven and say, “Not my will but yours be done.”

Take your glory, Lord, whichever way you choose. {Tweet this}

I believe the acceptance of God’s will for my life was the turning point to health. 

Several years after this acceptance, a new medical heart procedure was 100% successful, and as my circulation was restored so the joint inflammation reduced, until, although I have very crooked fingers, I have been symptom free for nearly twenty years. 

Take YOUR glory, Lord. 

I don’t want to give false hope or dish out another cure all for chronic illness by just saying, accept your illness and you’ll be healed. I know this is not the case. My son’s chronic illness has continued unabated for many years without relief. 

I don’t understand why God does what he does. {Tweet this}

All I know is God’s ways are not our ways. Which is why my prayer today is still the same: 
Take your glory, Lord, whichever way you choose.

What hard things are in your life at the moment that you need to hand over to God and say, “Take your Glory, Lord, whichever way you choose”. 

{About the author of this guest devotional} 
Jeannette Harbottle is the mother of Wendy who writes and curates She shares her home with David, her husband of over 40 years, and two giant schnauzers. She is the distributor of Kanaan Literature and resources in South Africa.

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