Isaiah 1:18 “Come now let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
The above picture was taken when I was a guest at EWTN this past January. It is a memorial for the unborn and in the picture you can see the radiant light that is cast down over the site. The reality of our society is to discard life and sadly we don’t even value how sacred it really is. We have fallen due to our own selfish ways in which our sins have become red like crimson.
Abortion removes a life that will never be. It takes a life and causes regret on those who choose it. My past choice of abortion had me shackled to shame, guilt and unforgiveness for many years. Many men and women suffer in silence from abortion and are in need of God’s love and mercy. Are you willing to seek help and forgiveness? Will you open the door of your heart to Jesus?
Breaking my own silence from my past was crucial in being set free. It released the shackles of guilt and shame that tormented my mind. Start by opening up to someone you trust and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the right places where you can find healing. You are not alone and in time you will be made white as snow.
Dear Jesus, I pray for those who are suffering in silence that they will find hope and healing. That fear and shame will not hold them captive any longer, and they too will find forgiveness. Amen.
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in fear of God.”
The above scripture speaks of cleansing ourselves from defilement. Sin separates us from God and if we don’t turn to God for forgiveness we will soon lose our way very quickly. Have you had moments of unconfessed sin that led you further and further away from God?
Before I knew God I lived a very sinful life. I was raised in a dysfunctional home and through my brokenness I became reckless. I got involved in occult things and soon turned to drugs and alcohol to soothe my pain. Jail time, divorce, adultery and abortion were all sins that defiled me. I was lost and emerged in darkness. The devil was active in my life and made his presence known to me.
After many years of suffering in my own misery I turned to Jesus. Desperately, I cried out to Him and he responded. I sat in the confessional for a very long time emptying the garbage that consumed me. I thank Jesus each day for his Love and Mercy that he poured out into my heart. Do you know that he loves you and wants to do the same for you?
I love you so very much and I pray that others will turn to you for forgiveness. I pray that they will find the love and peace in their own lives that only you can provide. Amen.
James 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
The above picture illustrates a beautiful flower that grew even amongst weeds. Just like the scripture found in James, we come to the understanding that trials will indeed test our faith. That testing of faith will produce something beautiful which will help us to endure all obstacles that come our way.
The hard part is finding Joy in these struggles and hurdles we all come across. There are times in my own faith walk I allowed myself to sit in my own misery. Holding the burden over my own shoulder and having that weight bring me down. Carrying our struggles on our own can cause significant problems which I know we all can attest to.
What if you were to thank God in advance for his help and grace? Would you be willing to trust him in advance, even though you are stuck in the weeds?
I thank you for the trials in our lives that have brought us closer to you. I pray for all those who are lost and struggling that they would praise you in the midst of their storms. Amen.
Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
This one sentence of scripture speaks volumes of truth. Have you ever been down or discouraged? Have you had moments of anxiety or frustration? What if in those moments someone happened to come along that spoke uplifting words to you?
I know that those positive words would help in some way to lighten the load you were carrying. We all have had an experience of how someone speaking love over us has encouraged our lives. I have even seen faces change as well as attitudes when we choose words of love that build up and not tear down.
What If we make it a goal to give one compliment a day to someone in our lives who could use that affirmation? This act of love might be small to you but to the person receiving these words it could mean everything. Your kindness might be the only positivity this person has ever experienced. When we do things out of love we become the hands and feet of Christ that will lead them to gladness and truth.
I thank you for loving each and everyone of us. I pray for those who are weighed down with anxiety and depression that they will find peace knowing you as “Father”. Let us all try to show love to those who are suffering at this time. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
The above picture is a statue of Mother Teresa who prayed daily and the joy of the Lord was very evident in her life. The love of Christ flowed from her heart onto all those she had ministered to throughout her life. Do you believe that Jesus wants to do the same in your life? Would you be willing to allow him into your heart?
Not one of us has a perfect life. We all face trials and difficulties from time to time. The question is how do you react to those difficulties? Do you take your problems directly to Jesus through prayer?
There were times in my life where I hung on to all the problems that came my way. The emotions and frustrations would eat at my mind as well would manifest through my physical well being. Headaches and stomach aches were sure signs that I was not trusting Jesus with my burdens. Eventually, I was able to release these situations into God’s hands with full trust in his will for my life. Even the hard stuff I had to deal with has helped me grow in love and compassion for other people. There are still times when I slip and start to carry the heavy loads of life once again but I am quickly reminded to turn to prayer and thanksgiving.
I thank you for my life. I thank you for all the situations that have shaped us to be more loving, kind and compassionate. I pray that we will all turn to you for direction and guidance. Amen.
Proverbs 16:9 “ A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
We all have been placed in difficult situations in our lives where we had to make choices. Depending on the circumstances these choices most likely would have been made quickly or without much thought. Did you ever stop to consider consulting with God before you made a quick decision out of fear?
I know in the past I made decisions that were done due to my own fears. Acting quickly and not asking my Heavenly Father what he wanted me to do. I found myself placed in the same situation a few times due to being impatient and not fully trusting his will. We all have come from different backgrounds and some of our circumstances we have been given can alter how much we can trust others. Walls are put up in our lives to protect us from becoming hurt once again. What if I were to tell you that you truly can trust Jesus, would you believe me?
If you are willing to consult in him I promise you he will never let you down. Yes, you will struggle with trust at first but allow him to enter your heart. Overtime you will see how much he loves you and your trust in him will grow. Eventually, at your own pace, you will notice how patiently he waited for your love in return. Trust in the Lord to direct your steps and you will walk down the most beautiful path that he created just for you.
I thank you for your love for all of us. I pray for those who need a extra showering of your love that they will find peace and protection through knowing you as Father. Amen.
Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O Lord, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.”
Have you ever been at a crossroad in your life and desperately cried out to God for direction? While tears stream down your cheeks, you cry out, Lord are you listening?
Personally, I am at a crossroad in my own life and have had numerous fears and doubts creep up into my mind during this time. Battling negative thoughts and emotions can be quite trying and we all need to keep asking Jesus to help us through these hard times. We all have crosses in our lives that each of us has to deal with on a regular basis. Some crosses are very heavy and with the help of Jesus they can become lighter. A few weeks back I went on a walk carrying a huge burden and with tears streaming down my face I looked up into the sky and seen a cross in the clouds. The above picture gave me strength that particular day to realize that Jesus is with me in my pain. He is our stronghold who truly hears and loves us his children.
I pray for those today who are carrying heavy burdens. I pray that they will release these burdens into your arms for you to touch their hearts and minds. You are the Devine physician and healer, whom I pray we all come to know more deeply. Amen.