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Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8b, NIV)

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I don’t know a single adult who will look back on the year 2020 and not shudder!

Living through this past spring and summer has felt like I’m running a marathon that I did not sign up for. It was filled with obstacle courses of people and places to avoid, lonely trails due to isolation, and uncomfortable running gear consisting of a face mask and the occasional surgical gloves! And the race isn’t over yet.

I know you’re feeling me; ‘cuz you’re living it, too.

Each week I intentionally spend time talking on the phone with loved who are also struggling during this season of doom and gloom. Given the present climate, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness can slowly seep into any of our day-to-day existences until we become emotionally undone—or completely numb.

We will always have stressors while we are in this world. Jesus said, In this world you will have trouble,” (John 16:33, NIV emphasis added). So, you and I need to discover ways to manage the stress so it doesn’t manage us.

Now, you’re probably thinking I’m going to suggest the well-worn Christian remedy: “Pray and read your Bible daily.” Well, I’m not. It’s not that I don’t believe those two things are a vital part of our everyday lives. It’s just that I believe there’s something more—something inherently Scriptural: savoring.

To savor means to taste, or to enjoy something completely. It’s more than what you do with your last bite of ice cream or your final day of summer vacation. To savor can also mean to “taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him,” (Psalm 34:8 NIV).

I love how the New Century Version translates Psalm 34:8: “Examine and see how good the Lord is,” (Psalm 34:8b, NCV). Examine. Don’t you love that word?

To combat the tension of 2020, I’ve made a purposeful practice to savor the many good things the Lord has placed around me. These days I pause to fully and completely to experience the elegance of a butterfly in flight, the coolness of my bedsheets when I first slip between them at night, the heady fragrance of a ripe peach, the uncurling of a new fern leaf, the unique call of a backyard bird, the balance of flavors in the dinner, the sound of a friend’s voice…and on and on.

When we practice savoring God’s good gifts, the weight of the negativity lessens. And that marathon we didn’t sign up to run? Well, we’ll start to notice those same good gifts along the unexpected path.

I’d love for you to click on comment and tell me what good gifts you savored today.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I am truly in need of some refocusing! Please allow me to become acutely aware of the small joys and big wonders You place in my path each and every day. Discipline me to pause and behold them—not to just quickly glance their way for a moment, but to pause and savor them.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn: Starting right now—turn up your “savor-sensors” and be on the lookout for the special stress-busting joys the Lord has sprinkled throughout your day. Then discipline yourself to pause and drink in deeply of the love Jesus has for you—the love that’s expressed through what looks, feels, tastes, sounds, and smells so divine!

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32 Responses to “Savoring in the Time of Suffering”

  1. Wendi says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message and reminder. Everyday is a gift from God, we must savor every beautiful moment! We are never alone in this crazy world…He is always there to comfort us with His word.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Today I am savouring the blessing of the time given to me at hime during 2020. I became unemployed in October of 2019. Today I received a job. I am so grateful for the job and on top of that I am grateful for the support I have received this year. It was only through the support of loved ones that made each moment “ok”. I savour the blessing of my family and friends. I savour each moment spent with my children. I savour God’s presence and peace through some of the moat painful moments of my life. God is good!

  3. Marilyn Cassell says:

    You are absolutely correct! We need to savor the people, places and things we love. This is my 2 Nd day of a 2.5 week vacation in HHI.

    I plan on savoring every minute of it….. time with my husband and friends, walks on the beach, smell of the ocean….

    Thank you for setting the tone of my adventure!

    God bless you and the USA 🇺🇸

  4. JUDY Price says:

    Dear Lisa,

    It has been a tough year. I am currently traveling from Alabama to Maine to visit my brother who is recovering from an accident and be with my 85 year old mom. The foliage through Virginia and Pennsylvania has been stunning. I have thanked God for this wonderful treat in such a difficult time. His timing is impeccable with your devotional today. Thank you and have a savory and blessed day!

  5. DEBBIE BRACKINS says:

    I was eating my last bite of oatmeal as I was reading the list of things you savor and I realized the creaminess of the oatmeal, the crunch of the almonds and the sweetness of the maple syrup and it dawned on me how I normally just gulp it down without really tasting it. It is soooo easy to rush through the day without taking time to notice and enjoy all that the Lord provides. Thank you for helping me see that I truly need to stop and “savor” my life more.

  6. Diane says:

    Working a stressful job from home since the pandemic I have to be purposeful and take movement breaks. I sometimes take my dog for a brief praise walk around the block. Thank you God for the beautiful fall leaves, the cool fresh air, the rare spotting of a white squirrel. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Mary says:

    After nearly loosing my husband to a heart attack in February 2019, I am so thankful that he is with me going through this time.
    We take daily walks and talk and pray, stopping to look at the beauty God has created.
    The other day I began to grumble at a mess he left, but was quickly reminded to be thankful he is still with me and leaving little messes.
    Every night he says to me “it’s good to be here” and I say “it’s good to have you here!

  8. Tammy Keene says:

    Savoring friends that have been faithful during this challenging season! They have kept me focused on what matters most, my relationship with my heavenly Father! So very thankful for them and these daily devotions that remind me of how much my heavenly Father loves me!

  9. carol says:

    Lisa:
    Thanks for the up-lift this am!
    We had a 6+ power outage last night and I thought, “this is great!….with everything else…now, this?”
    Then I realized, that was my human response; God wanted me to have a spiritual response.
    After reading your devotional, I re-read Ephesians chapter 1. Paul reminds us, we
    are “chosen”, “We have become gifts to God that He delights in”, “the Spirit’s seal upon us”…
    So, today, I’m going to focus on “I’m a child of God….Yes, I am!”
    Thank you so much, for your God-filled inspiration!

  10. Mandy Foley says:

    Wonderful message. I caught myself the other day appreciating the pretty fall leaves as they changed outside of a Chipotle‘a. Thanks so much for pointing outnwhatbI was actually doing. Savoring Gods Blessings!!

  11. Erica says:

    Being home with 2 teenage girls and a 6-yr-old boy and working from home sometimes gets busy to say the least. I sometimes feel my heart ready to say, stop I cant do this! Its too hard. Then I go to my special spot where there is quietness and peace and I feel God’s presence and know that no matter how busy life gets or scary because of what is going on in the word I can taste his peace no matter what!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I’m looking forward this morning to my lawn being cut. And the sweet smell of it afterwards.

  13. Tonia says:

    I just celebrated a milestone birthday. I turned 50. I had planned to do a gathering with family and friends. However, this year turned out much better than expected. I did something even better. I had breakfast with both of my parents. Just us 3. It was better than any party or trip. Thanks for the reminder of savoring Gods blessings!

  14. Monica says:

    HIS glory is all around me! This morning it began with the Breath and strength to get up out of bed and actually walk 3 steps to the window. Upon opening the shade I saw : the sun shining toward me, revealing One individual dew drop atop each single blade of grass. That not PromptIng near enough praise (for I want it see more and give back ALL that He deserves!), i dressed and proceeded outside to saunter up our drive/road. This brought more praise because though I usually walk daily I had not been able to recently due to my back and legs failing from all the stress/load of : Caring for an ill parent, cleaning out my in-laws home, loving on our 5 daughters and their families (3 of our 5 g.kids are in Papua New Guinea), discipling several Younger women, counseling Teens (who like even the adults are a mess rt now), assisting my pastor/husband in this local church body (for the last 32 yrs), reaching out to new neighbors, singing weekly w our praise team… WOW what a blessed life- who am I, Lord? To have the incredible privilege to be Your daughter/ ambassador/ friend/ servant?!
    As I walked today I also saw piles of dead leaves already fallen, layers of vibrant colors here in VT, clouds, mtns, the still quiet water of the lake that looked like a mirror… many different birds who were singing joyfully His praises (incl a male woodpecker w his mate) … you get the picture! AND on top of this I Now get to Continue to commune W my Lord/ hear (And share)!His promises and Words of love, written to me. Truly, the Lord my Healer, is my portion; in HIS presence is fulness of Joy and in His rt hand (My protector/defender) are pleasures forever! Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices!! -Psalm 16

  15. Audrey says:

    This year has indeed been challenging for the whole world. Yet, I love to look for the good. Yes – I did land a new job with a company that is really good and I give thanks to God for it every day. But I also thank God for the ability He has given me to do this new job. You see just over 3 years ago I started in this field (in another company)and was clueless about how to do the job. It was stressful not knowing what to do and having a lot of stressful demands, but even more stressful to have had a bully for a co-worker (the same one who was to teach me the job). In my new job as a result of that experience I can shine because I learned so much in that old job, even if the circumstances were difficult. So from that experience I think I will do my best to savor 2020, so that in the years to come, if things don’t go as planned, I will have the strength and “muscle” I built up from this year to fall back on and be strong.

    Thanks for a great devotional and God bless all of you sisters. Hold your head up and trust in the only One who can strengthen us.

  16. Linda says:

    I loved today’s devotional. We all have felt the stresses of 2020 and it hasnt been easy. This really touched my heart today because I had just felt the same way after reading my Bible last night. I made a commitment to myself to stop and “smell the rose.” Today, I had to get up early because I had to get my weekly allergy shot before going into work. When I left home it was still dark outside but rather than feeling negative about it, I embraced the crispness of the air and enjoyed the wonderful smells of the woods around my home. Then I got to see the sun rise on my way into town! I was truly blessed by these small but amazing wonders! Thank you for your written words that are so encouraging and thank You Lord for Your amazing Creation!

  17. DeeDee says:

    Last weekend, an old HS (gentleman) friend, I hadn’t seen in over 30 years, took me out to breakfast. 1st breakfast dining I’ve had since January (1st ‘hot’ breakfast too as I always eat ‘cold’ breakfast at home) I passed up the fancy Eggs Benedict and the Bacado Omelette… I simply desired an egg and toast and bacon. It was the most delicious old-fashioned breakfast I’ve ever had and I spent it with some of the best company a girl could ask for… Savored indeed. Thank You Lord.

  18. Kay says:

    Thank you for this devotion this morning, just what I needed today! God always comes through when we pray, just prayed last night Lord help me to get through this really hard year & get serious about taking the extra weight off I have put on these last months. Your book which I have in my book case in my basement was at the end of your devotion. September 19 was our 50 year Anniversary & we had planned to throw a big party for our family & friends and go on an Alaska cruise, but COVID-19 happened. I’ve been telling people well at least we are still together, haven’t got Covid, cancer or any bad disease, haven’t lost our home to the fires, or hurricanes but have I really showed my husband how much I really really Love him & thankful for what a Godly good man he is. I get irritated sometimes when he has the TV on loud when I am working in my kitchen, which is connected to our living room, when he has a big screen TV in our family room, but he says he wants to be near me. Lord let me be happy when he wants to be close to me because I get tired of me lately. Thank you for your timely devotion & God bless you!!

  19. Kay says:

    Thank you for this devotion this morning, just what I needed today! God always comes through when we pray, just prayed last night Lord help me to get through this really hard year & get serious about taking the extra weight off I have put on these last months. Your book which I have in my book case in my basement was at the end of your devotion. September 19 was our 50 year Anniversary & we had planned to throw a big party for our family & friends and go on an Alaska cruise, but COVID-19 happened. I’ve been telling people well at least we are still together, haven’t got Covid, cancer or any bad disease, haven’t lost our home to the fires, or hurricanes but have I really showed my husband how much I really really Love him & thankful for what a Godly good man he is. I get irritated sometimes when he has the TV on loud when I am working in my kitchen, which is connected to our living room, when he has a big screen TV in our family room, but he says he wants to be near me. Lord let me be happy when he wants to be close to me because I get tired of me lately. God Bless you!

  20. Jessica says:

    2020 has certainly been difficult. We not only have been faced with COVID and all that entails with everyone else, but we have also been face with a crisis with one of our school aged daughters, and we’ve been deeply concerned over life choices our young adult son is currently making. But, there are things we’ve been able to savor along the way! My husband has been able to do 99% of his job from home! That’s never been an option throughout his military career until last March!The timing of him working from home couldn’t have better, as I’ve really needed his help navigating schedules and appointments. We are also eagerly awaiting the birth of our first grandbaby. Our oldest daughter and son-in-law are expecting a girl in February! Such a wonderful blessing during difficult times! AND…we are now in my favorite season! I love fall and all it’s beautiful colors and crisp, cool air. Thanksgiving is on it’s way to start off the holiday season! With fall brings the end of a difficult year, and a renewed hope and fresh start in 2021! I’m praying for God’s healing, blessing, and renewed joy for this coming year!

  21. Ann says:

    Thank you for today’s message! We all need to be reminded to stop an savor what is around us.
    This morning I savored the beautiful fall colors on the trees as I got to enjoy another day of golf this late in October in Ohio. The trees are absolutely stunning this year and I am enjoying every minute of it!
    Have a blessed day!!

  22. Carrie says:

    Today I’m savoring time and snuggling with my elderly dog. She’s been having kidney, liver, and arthritis issues for 2 years – and 1 week ago, all of her tests came back in the normal range for the first time. Since I am unmarried and have no children of my own, she’s my only companion (I’m also disabled), so getting her new lease on life when I thought I was going to lose her has had my praising God for every little moment with her! I truly believe God sent her as an angel to me to remind me that there’s something to live for every day. Thank you for this wonderful devotional!

  23. Sarah says:

    I am enjoying my time with my family. I just had my 4th son 3 weeks ago and my husband was able to get a month off work to stay home with us. We have done countless puzzles, watched old movies, done chores, cooked together, and just enjoyed seeing friends and family that have stopped by. This is a wonderful time in our household and I won’t let current worldly circumstances change our happiness. God is good!

  24. Leann says:

    Today my little granddaughter, who is almost 4 and I went into Lowe’s as I had to pick up some items, as we walked in the door her big eyes lit up with excitement as she saw all the Christmas decorations. She said, “Nana can we look at all the Christmas?” How I savored those moments and looked at it all through her eyes!! Such a simple thing♡♡♡♡

  25. Dollie says:

    Today i received a regret letter from an employer that i applied for. I have been unemployed for 8 months because of this pandemic. Despite of this rejection, i still savor the Lord’s love for me everyday. The food that He provides for me everyday and the loving concern of other people. I am not sure when i will have a job again but the Lord is full of promises. I receive this in HIS own time. To God be the Glory forever.

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