Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31

“The soul that ‘mounts up with wings’ (Isaiah 40:31) looks at everything from the divine standpoint not from the human. In forming a judgment about any matter everything depends on our point of view.  Things appear very different when looked down on from above than when viewed on their own level.  What seems like an impassable wall on its own level, becomes an insignificant line to the eyes that sees it from the top of a mountain.  The faults in others which assume such immense proportions while we look at them on the earthly plane, become insignifant little motes in the sunshine when the soul has mounted on wings to the heavenly place above them.”  Hannah Whitall Smith, God is Enough, 12/10

So, I come to the end of this fantastic journey this year and can say I now know what it means to have freedom in Christ.  This journey has brought me through some trying times and I did not always feel so good in the midst of them.  But I can honestly say I never felt as though God had left me bereft.  In the moment I finally cried out to Him I received His comfort.  Now He has brought me up to His mountaintop and shown me His world from His viewpoint and I understand.  Like the eagle who trusts his life to the wind, I spread my wings and trust that God will sustain me as I am lifted from the ledge and soar with God.  Lord, make me a blessing today.

“Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:28-31


  1. Sis,
    Thank you for sharing your journey with me. It has lifted and inspired me throughout the year. May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you, may his light shine upon you and give you peace.
    I love you.

  2. I love you, too! And may you experience God's peace in all things as well.

  3. I read my comment from 2012 & still feel the same way. So I will say "DITTO". Love to you and the family!