Bitter and Sweet…

Our Daily Bread’s daily audio devotions are a nice deviation from my usual reading of devotional material. Click HERE to hear the audio devotional about Bitter & Sweet** – it’s a really good one. The perspective from the Psalmist and Keila Ochoa is timely as several friends are dealing with substantial levels of “bitter tastes.”

The perspective Keila shares – “Mayans also valued bitter chocolate for its healing and medicinal properties.” – is important. We don’t always like the taste of medicine and the need to heal, even though they frequently lead to a better future life. In similar fashion, some of life’s most bitter moments lead to sweet next steps. Having perspective is so frequently the key.

That reminds me of an element of my daily prayers that fits here:

Thank you, God, for all the experiences of this lifetime, even those that hurt deeply! [James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers {and sisters,} whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.]

As you move through this day, may the bitter be effectively balanced with the sweet…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

** you can also read the devotional HERE if reading is better for whatever reason

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom – thanks for recommending Our Daily Bread to me. I love you!!!

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