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Daily Encounter: A Week-day Devotional by a staff of ACTS International.

Friday, September 24, 2021


Life's Little Frustrations

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."1

Paul Dickson discovered that the size of the cut he inflicted on himself while shaving was directly proportionate to the importance of the event he was shaving for. That led him to an interest in other "universal laws" evident in daily life. The following are a few of the many he has collected:

"No books you lend are lost except those you
    particularly want to keep.

"There are three ways to get something done:
    do it yourself, hire someone, or tell your kids
    not to do it.

"You can throw a burnt match out of the window
    of your car and start a forest fire easier than
    you can start one under dry logs in your fireplace
    with a box of matches and the complete edition
    of the Sunday newspaper."

Let's face it, more often than not it's life's little annoyances that get to trigger our "frustration button" and cause us to react in one way or another.

Most of us have at least one worry/frustration button—and as long as this button is active, it's a good reminder that I still have some growing to do—and will until I get to the place where I quit worrying and overreacting and learn to trust God for everything. What a relief that God is not done working with me yet!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to keep growing in 'faith and love and every grace' so I can get to the point where I can accept life's frustrations without getting my buttons pushed, and trust you in every situation. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)(NLT).

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