Colossians 3:1-2“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Do you personally keep your eyes fixed on Christ and seek him first before all others? Is your first response in a stressful situation to get on your knees and pray? These are tough questions that we all need to honestly ponder on a daily basis. There were times when I would of answered “yes of course I turn to prayer immediately”, and then there were times when it was not as immediate as it should of been. We all fall short and need the Grace of God in our lives. As your relationship with Jesus grows you will soon find that your first response will be prayer as you turn to your Heavenly Father for strength. Each morning take some time in prayer and spend the first part of your day with Jesus. Always remember that the Holy Spirit is with you each and everyday, hour, and minute. You are never alone.
Dear Jesus, I pray for the conversion of those who are broken and lost in this world. I ask that they will find peace and refuge in your sacred heart. Fill their hearts with love, peace and joy that only comes from above. Amen.
Matthew 5:44-46 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
Do you find it difficult to love your enemies and pray for those who have hurt you? Do you believe that prayer can truly change your heart? If you have struggled with either of these questions you are not alone. If you have come from a background similar to mine where there was various forms of abuse it can be quite difficult to forgive those who have abused you. Forgiving those who have hurt you does not mean that you are to stay in a dangerous situation that is emotionally and physically abusive. If you are presently in an abusive situation that is harmful you need to seek help through a councillor who can direct you in what to do in your current situation.
If you struggle with forgiving those who have hurt you in your past it is very healing to bring all your pain into the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Allow Jesus to heal your heart as you release your pain into his loving arms in the confessional. When the pain of your past floods your mind, take time in prayer asking Jesus to help you to forgive. Be patient with yourself as forgiveness is a process that can take a lot of time especially if the wounds run deep. Remember that Jesus also loves the person who hurt you and died on the cross for all of our sins in this fallen world. We all our in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Dear Jesus, I come to you today to ask for healing for those who have been abused. Touch their hearts and help them to forgive the people who have hurt them. I pray for those who hurt others because of deep wounds they have held onto themselves, that they would find healing as they turn to you. Amen.
Romans 5:3-5 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
How often is it that the first thing you do when you receive bad news is rejoice? Was your first response to be thankful for the trial you were receiving? If we were to be honest I guarantee that the majority of us have failed in this way. I can honestly admit that there are times when my first response to something upsetting was not at all pleasing to God. How can we change our hearts to praise in times of trouble instead of sulking?
The answer is to continually turn our trials over to God and call on the Holy Spirit to help us. If we call on the Holy Spirit to help us through challenges we will be given grace to endure the storm. You will look back through each challenge you were faced with and recognize the growth in your character. Each challenge increases your hope and trust in Jesus as He is with you through these struggles in our daily lives. The next time you are faced with a particular hardship spend time in prayer and call on the Holy Spirit to give you the strength and grace that will sustain you with love and peace of heart. Dear Jesus, I pray for all those who are sick and suffering that they will unite their will to yours. May they be strengthened with peace and love as they turn their trials over into your hands. I thank you for the love you have for each and every one of us. Amen.
John 16:33 “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We all have trials that come into our lives when we least expect them. One minute things are great and going smoothly, and the next minute we are faced with difficulties. Jesus told us that in this world we would have tribulation but to be of good cheer. The question is are we always cheerful in times of distress?
I know my first reaction to distress is not at all overly cheerful at times. Depending on the severity of the situation, I know I have fallen multiple times in this area of my life. Our emotions at times could easily distract us from the truth that Jesus proclaimed in the above scripture. Jesus has overcome the world by dying on the cross for our salvation. The next time you fall down remember that Jesus died for YOU on the cross and that he has a plan and a purpose for your life. Stretch out your hand and allow Him to lift you back up from the depth of despair. The peace that surpasses all understanding will comfort your heart as you walk through the long winding road.
Dear Jesus, I thank you for the challenges you have placed in our lives. It is through difficulties that we grow in deeper trust in you. I pray for those that have fallen that they would be given the strength and grace to rise above their challenges. Amen.
Proverbs 3:25-26 “Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”
Have you ever been caught off guard by an unexpected trial you were soon faced with? Did you question God as to why, as the waves grew stronger in your life? We all face storms that seem to pop up out of nowhere especially when we least expect them. These trials can strengthen our faith and trust in God if we surrender our fears into his hands. If you were let down and mistreated throughout your life it can be hard to trust people. I struggled for many years with doubts and fears as I never seen worth in myself. When you have been neglected, rejected and abused it shapes you to not believe that you have value or are worthy of being loved. I want you to listen to my words as I have been where you are and I know how hard it is to see the truth through the lies that the devil whispers in your ear. Jesus loves you and wants you to surrender your pain, fears, and doubts into his hands. You are a chosen child of God and Jesus loves you so much that he died on the cross for you. Be not afraid to trust in God as he will protect you his precious child.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for the love you have for each and everyone of us. I pray for all those who are suffering that they would surrender their pain into your hands. I pray for healing and restoration in their lives. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.”
I am inviting you to watch the video below that I had an opportunity to partake in. No matter what you have done or how far you feel from God, remember that it is never too late to turn your life over to Christ. He loves you very much and is waiting with his arms wide open to restore, establish, and strengthen you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecdf1JWtVps
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heal all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
This beautiful picture of the sun rising was captured last week as I was on a early morning drive. Sunsets are so beautiful and I was reminded of God’s goodness as I gazed into the sky. In these trying times we are facing I feel that we need to be more open to seeing the beauty around us. It is easy to fall into despair when all we see and hear is gloom and doom. I am grateful to God that I have been able to see so many sunrises and to have captured them by photo as well.
Praise God each day for the gift of your life as you rejoice in his goodness. There are so many things we should be grateful for and reminded of each day. The beauty of nature that surrounds us, and the fact that we have such a loving merciful father should fill our hearts with love. Jesus can and will restore your brokenness if you give him the pieces. Rejoice in his goodness and mercy as you share your heart with him openly. Trust that he is with you as you bless his holy name.
Dear Jesus, I thank you for all the beautiful sunsets that I have witnessed. I’m grateful for the gift of life and the air I breathe. I pray for all those who are sad and lonely that they will be blessed by your goodness and mercy in their lives. Thank you for all the love you have for us your children. Amen.
Psalm 46:1-11 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has wrought the desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the chariots with fire! Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Yesterday morning the Holy Spirit led me to read psalm 46 during my time in adoration. I believe these words are meant to remind all of us that God is in charge. Keep your eyes on the cross and trust in Jesus Christ our king. God Bless!
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
The other day I went to Adoration to spend time with Jesus where I shared with him the burdens that are on my heart. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I interceded for the needs and issues that affect so many in this world. Myself, I have had one trial after another placed before me within these past few months which has strengthened my relationship with Jesus. In the past when I would go through trials it would affect me physically as I allowed stress to make me ill. Having to take care of myself as a child caused me to mistrust others as I was neglected if I never did it on my own. Does placing trust only in ourselves sound familiar to you?
I have found that spending time with Jesus in prayer has helped me to overcome these unhealthy tendencies. Over time my trust increased as I opened up my heart to Jesus each day. There are many mornings where I am blessed with beautiful sunsets that I clearly see as a gift from God. As you grow in trusting Jesus in your own life remember to recognize the blessings he has for you. He speaks to us in different ways to reassure us that he is indeed our refuge and strength in these times of trouble.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for all you have done for each and everyone of us. Please forgive us when we are blind to acknowledging the beautiful sunsets in our own lives. Help us to grow in trust as we turn to you through prayer. Amen.
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer, are definitely words for today. Hope, patience, and prayer have echoed the hearts and minds of many christians around the world throughout this pandemic. Tirelessly, we wait patiently for an end to the restrictions as many suffer emotionally, and mentally at this time. We question when will this end, and how will our economy recover?
I don’t have the answers to these questions but I do know that Jesus is with us. Through this dark valley of the unknown he is the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter what we are facing at this present time know that God has already made a way. Turn to him in prayer and tell him your fears and struggles, as you share your heart with your Heavenly Father. Take time for prayer each day and unite your prayers with the many others said around the world. Together we can be beacons of hope to those lost in darkness.
Dear Jesus, I pray for the end to this pandemic, and for those who are sick and suffering. I pray that we will all grow in hope, faith, and trust as we come together in unity with this request. Amen.