So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.
2 Corinthians 12:15 NIV
When Abigail Smith married John Adams in 1764, little did she realize the sacrifices she would be called to make. As John became involved in establishing the new nation, Abigail was left to care for their farm, family finances, four children, elderly parents, and sick relatives. Alone she endured the birth of her stillborn child. At one point the couple was apart ten years while John took care of America's interests in Philadelphia and abroad.
In the face of these hardships, Abigail remained steadfast in her faith as seen in her letters to John. "The only certainty of life is God," she wrote. Repeatedly she said, " Only righteousness can exalt a nation."
Love for God, her husband, and the nation motivated Abigail Adams. Such devotion is needed in every age. Is your patience being stretched to the limit by seperations, family problems, or difficult people? Have you become weary as you care for elderly parents or a sick spouse? Unselfish Christian love is willing to go an extra mile. Now is a good time for you to pray: "God, I am willing to spend myself for others without thought of any return except your love and approval."
This is from the book Devotions For Women by Jewell Johnson. It's a lovely book filled with bios of Christian women throughout history. It's quite interesting and I thought I'd share some of the most special devotions over the next few weeks.
Thanks go to Charlotte and Ginger for faithfully hosting Spiritual Sundays.