In Thanksgiving

Psalm 9: 1-2 “ I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O most high.”

I want you to search your heart and truthfully admit to yourself if you feel blessed? Are you truly grateful for all that you have in your life? Or, do you selfishly feel you deserve more?

These are hard questions that we all need to think about. I had experienced these emotions of feeling upset with failed relationships in regards to not having my biological family love me the way they should. This led me down a path of feeling sorry for myself and wanting something that emotionally was not possible. You can’t make people Love you, it’s not possible.

I overcame this self pity by looking back at my life and seeing how far I have come. Realizing that Jesus loves me and that I needed to Love myself. That loving myself was key to how I allowed other people to treat me. I needed to believe that I was valuable and worthy of love.

Today I truly am grateful for all the Lord has done in my life. I will tell of his wonderful deeds and praise his mighty name.

Dear Jesus,

I lift up all the people who are suffering and hurting from lack of Love. People who so desperately need you but have not yet found you. I pray for them to come to know you. You are the only one who can fill their hearts with overflowing love. Amen.

 

No one can take your Joy

John 16:22 “ So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”

Have you fallen into despair, self pity and anger at times? Has the environment around you at work, home or in personal relationships caused you anxiety? I’m guessing many would answer “YES”. We all have fallen down at times in these situations but have you got back up? Were you able to stand and trust in Jesus to take the lead in your struggles?

I felt this way many times and anxiety would suffocate my emotions. Headaches, and aches and pains in my body accompanied my mental torments. The truth is I was not allowing Jesus to carry my burdens. What I was saying to him was “ I do not trust you.”

We need to look closely at ourselves and be real with what is underneath and triggering the response of these emotions. Constant hurts in our lives from others can play a huge part in having trust issues and we need to keep handing over our burdens to the Lord. Step by tiny step hand him your worries, cares and frustrations. Be real with him and speak from your heart when you have trouble trusting and soon you will find the burdens lifting as your trust in him increases.

Dear Jesus,

I pray for all who struggle in trusting you. I know you can see into their heart and the areas affecting mistrust in your love for them. I pray for healing in all our lives. Amen.

Define Love

1 Corinthians 13:5 “it is not rude, it does not see its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,”

What is Love? We all most likely refer to Love as a squishy, melty feeling. A feeling rather than a decision that we make in regards to how we treat others around us. If we were to only love when our feelings and emotions give us the go ahead, how would we grow deeper in relationship to Jesus? How would that be true love?

Let’s face it we all have been wounded, rejected and treated poorly by those around us at one time or another. Our reaction to this might have been ungodly and rather harsh as no one would appreciate being treated poorly. We might have lashed out which in turn would of caused deeper wounds and sin within our lives as well on the one who afflicted the pain. How would those actions reflect the love of Christ?

We all are sinners and when we turn our lives over to Jesus we expect him to accept us as we are. Full of sin, blindness, and deeply hurt by the circumstances that had shaped our lives over time. None of us are perfect and we need to try to look at each other through compassionate eyes. Remembering we expected Jesus to forgive us when we were truly lost without him.

This does not mean we are to be treated in an abusive way and not allow justice to happen in that regard. What it means is when we encounter difficulties in our relations with others we need to look at their heart and be more compassionate. If we can show love even when we ourselves are hurt and angry by sharp words of affliction we too can be more Christ like. Step by step as we practise loving with our new eyes of compassion we can truly show Jesus to our troubled society.

Dear Jesus,

I thank you for loving us and filling our heart’s with compassion. I pray for all those who are hurt in our world that need to witness your love in their lives. Touch their hearts and help them to get to know you at a deeper level. Amen.

This entry was posted on August 6, 2018. 2 Comments

Be Transformed

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Romans 12:2 “ Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The above picture of my orchid blooming is quite a beautiful transformation from last month’s picture of the buds alone. Symbolically it speaks to the way God works in our hearts. He ripens and prunes us, which leads to a renewal of our minds. When the time is right and only then is the true beauty of his works revealed.

We need to be patient and honest with Jesus, revealing the truth of our interior sins. Surrendering the pain and anger allows him to sculpt the hurt into something beautiful. Beauty that can be used to lead others who suffer to his compassionate and merciful heart. He is waiting patiently for your “yes”, are you willing to allow him into your heart?

Dear Jesus,

I pray for those who are suffering in silence and are fearful of opening their hearts to you. I ask that they will trust in your mercy and allow your hand to create beauty in their lives. Amen.

In His Time

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time”

As I reflected on the picture above it came to my mind how Jesus works in our lives. We all have been hurt and we tend to carry that pain that can effect us spiritually. We are like the hardened bud that needs time to ripen, mature and grow. Inside the bud a beautiful flower is waiting to bloom and radiate its beauty. Only such a process can happen in our lives if we give Jesus the pieces.

If we surrender our pain bit by bit into his hands he truly will turn that pain into something beautiful. It takes patience and trust for us to truly ripen. Are you willing to allow him into your pain? Are you willing to be real and honest for growth and change?

Dear Jesus,

I pray for healing for all who are suffering. That they would have trust and allow room for you in their hearts. In your time they will open and bloom. Amen.

 

Healing From Abortion

Ezekiel 36:26 “ A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

Attached is a link to a short 4 minute video I had done by my local Diocese. I hope it can help other’s find healing through Christ.

If you are interested in a copy of my book “From Darkness Into Light: Finding My Way To the Father’s Merciful Love” I can be reached through email at : shawnaa_respectforlife@hotmail.com or in the comments below this video link.

This entry was posted on May 10, 2018. 2 Comments

Are you on the wrong path?

Deuteronomy 18: 9-15 “ When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations. No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord; it is because of such abhorrent practises that the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You must remain completely loyal to the Lord your God. Although these nations that you are about to dispossess do give heed to soothsayers and diviners, as for you, the Lord your God does not permit you to do so.”

Have you been to a psychic, or have you had your tarot cards read? Have you been involved in reiki, yoga, or any other new age practises that we see today in our society? There are many new age practises popping up in different forms and we need to be very careful in regards to the harm it causes spiritually. I want you to know the devil is real.

In my past I dabbled with psychic phone calls on chat lines, the ouiji board and a few other occult practises. My ignorance led me to become prey to the devil and away from God. I was attracted to the unknown and found these things acceptable in our secular society. Little did I know the harm it caused me spiritually.

To make a long story short, when I turned my life over to Jesus I had to rebuke all the sins of my past including every new age practise I was involved in. Jesus is the one true God, he is the long narrow path that leads us to healing. We need to turn away from sin and find the truth in his loving Mercy.

Dear Jesus,

I pray for all who seek healing but have been led down the wrong path. Those who the enemy is grasping at and trying to harm. I ask that they find the truth which is in you alone. Amen.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information on what I discussed briefly in this blog:  www.shawnaa_respectforlife@hotmail.com