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Blessed in Believing

“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 KJV


This verse moves me. It moves me to remember, and it moves me to continue in hope. When I read, “And blessed is she that believed,” my innermost being bears witness back with a resounding, “YES! This is true.” I know this to be true from the countless experiences of risking in belief that I’ve had with Jesus. As I reflect on the journey of believing and the pleasures found in discovering His faithfulness, I’m in awe of how many memories both near and far I have to recount. Stories that right now encourage my soul to hope again. To believe again. To trust, “for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”


We will see it with our eyes. I have seen it with mine. It is worth getting our hopes up in Jesus. It is worth it to believe, even in seemingly impossible situations. Our eyes don’t have to see it happening until He performs it, but when He does, that desire fulfilled is like a tree of life springing up and bearing fruit. It’s nourishment to our souls, and it is nourishment to souls of those in proximity to us.

Even this year, yes, in the year 2020, I’ve witnessed God’s fulfillment of promises. For seven years I’ve believed God’s word to me that He would provide for my student loan debt. In June of this year, two families were prompted by the Lord to write a check to pay off my debt. Before giving me this gift, they read Isaiah 58, declaring that I would be one that looses the bonds of oppression over others, but first God was calling them to do that over me. What a promise fulfilled, and what a new hope gained in unforeseen times!


So now it’s your turn. Take a moment to reflect with Jesus on your journey with Him. Let Him recount to you His faithfulness, so that when you read this verse again you will be both encouraged by the past and stirred to hope once more, even in the present.



Jesus, right now, would You remind me of the promises You’ve fulfilled in my life?



Remind me of what I’ve seen You perform.

Jesus, what are You asking me to believe in now?


With Joy,




 

This devotional was first published in ONE Weekly by ONE on October 13, 2020.

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Gabrielle M. Leonard

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Gabrielle Michelle Leonard is a dynamic speaker, facilitator, certified mental health coach, minister, and podcaster. She is known for being a captivating storyteller and bible teacher who imparts practical wisdom that heals the soul.

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