Isaiah 43: 18-19 “ Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
Do you keep looking back at your sins even though they were forgiven? Do you truly believe God loves you and wants to restore your life?
I made terrible choices in my life and the consequence was deep rooted sins that suffocated what was left of my being. Shortly after I turned my life over to Jesus I had to constantly overcome my negative thoughts with his truth. Over and over again I would hear in my mind doubts and fears that shackled me to lies. Did I truly believe I was worthy of Love? Did Jesus really forgive me for my sins?
After some time I realized I was forgiven and loved by Jesus, but I did not forgive myself. Not only do we need God’s forgiveness but we need to forgive and love ourselves. God looks at our heart, he is compassionate and forgiving. We need to look at ourselves through God’s eyes and realize that we are worthy of his love. He truly wants to restore you and do a new thing in your life!
I pray for those you struggle with self doubt and unforgiveness. I ask that they will come to realize how much you love them and in return will start to love themselves. Amen.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Do you believe God has a plan for you? Do you trust in him enough to let go and allow his will to be done in your life?
When things are going well it is so easy to say “Yes” to these questions. If you were given some very hard news in your life that upset you, would you allow God to carry your burden? Is it possible to believe he has a plan for you?
My answer today would be “yes”. I truly do believe and know that he has a plan for you and I. Even offering him a bit of trust slowly over time due to our own fears pleases him. He is all so willing to walk beside you at your pace. God knows your heart and wants nothing more than to fill you with hope. After all, he created you and has such a special purpose for you to fulfill. Don’t feel discouraged when you fall but rather ask for his hand to help you back up.
I thank you for the plan you have for each of our lives. I pray for those who are struggling to know that you truly are with them. In your time help them to grow in trust and faith. Amen.
Romans 8:26-27 “ Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Have you ever been at a loss for words when you wanted to Pray? Was the pain so deep you had trouble speaking to God? Do you know the Holy Spirit is able to intercede for you?
There are times when we are going through painful situations or know of people who are in need of devine healing or intervention. We try to pray but have trouble knowing what to say or what is needed in that situation. What if we just allowed the tears to flow, and had trust in the Holy Spirit to intercede. If you ask the Holy Spirit to come and invite him into your prayer I know he can hear what is in your heart. Allow him to work through you and intercede.
I pray for those who need to grow deeper in trusting you. I pray they will surrender all their burdens and allow the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts. That the Holy Spirit will guide their prayers. Amen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.