So when you don’t feel good enough or strong enough to face it, just know that God’s grace reaches to the lowest of lows to pick up and elevate to the highest of the heights. That’s you and me He reaches for to lift us out of where we are, to hold us close to His gentle heart and saturate us with His favour and His ‘always there’ grace. He has enough grace to go around and reach to the ends of the earth and to everyone in it, so you can know, He’s got enough for you in your corner! Right there, right where you are, He’ll dispense it as you need it, and not a moment sooner, so don’t panic in the moment of the unknowns and the insecurities, and the disappointments. Grace lurks in those horrific places, just ready to be given and God will give generously and lavishly and just so willingly and His love, so unconditional, won’t care about what you’ve done or haven’t done.
So you see, there are no worries to perform to perfection. No, beautiful soul, Perfection is not necessary for grace to meet you where you are and take you from where you’ve been. Let it go and step out of the past and be drenched in the sweetness of His grace and favour. He’ll see you through the next step in the journey.
Ephesians 4: 7
“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
2 Peter 1: 2
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
So somedays it’s just hard to break through the clouds of all the stuff that carries extra weight on your soul. Right? Yeah those Anxious thoughts, disappointments, and that nerve in the pit of the stomach that works so relentlessly to drag you down to the lowest of lows does it’s job real good! Maybe it’s just physical exhaustion, weariness from sleepless nights or physical pain that’s just become your default, and even though you haven’t set it that way, and even though you wish you could switch the button, it just is what it is, and there’s nothing under the sun that you seem to be able to do about it. It’s just there, just like everything else is there that has made it’s mark and left you feeling empty in a bottomless world. The drop is deep, the canyon is wide, and a heavy heart just wants to give up. Well, There’s a whole lot of God’s compassion for just how you’re feeling right now and there’s a whole lot of His tender mercy just spreading over your table right now. Right there, right where you are. Take a minute to ponder His hand of blessing right there in the plight of your ‘all gone wrong world.” Take a moment to breathe in His grace ~ inhale deeply and exhale sweetly your praise to a Creator God who understands the deepest part of you, and knows what makes your world crumble and yet too, knows how to make your world rock. Breathe and bask in His grace for a moment of time and say with the Psalmist in Psalm 116: 1-6 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped it’s ropes around me, the terrors of the grave overtook me, I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord….How kind the Lord is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!….Let my soul be at rest again. For the Lord has been good to me.”
The Psalmist knew of the goodness and the faithfulness of His God! Faithful to answer his prayer and so in his anxiety he gave thanks and praise to the only One who could help.
Beautiful soul, today, right now, bask in the holiness of the Sovereign God, let Him grace you with His unconditional love and unfailing mercy. Yeah, just give Him your praise and let Him rock your crumbled world back into sweet existence and shower you with peace
That’s what he does. I love how He does it. ❤
So here we sit with maybe some disappointments about the whole last year and maybe you thought you left the old baggage at the 20.15 terminal but it beat you to the 20.16 gate didn’t it? It arrived before you did and so here you sit on the brink of the first day of a new year and it’s the same old, same old. Wouldn’t you just know it? That’s because bad news travels fast, bondage doesn’t break easily and old habits die-hard.
Some things just didn’t go as planned and some things were left undone and some prayers weren’t answered and some things we just wish were different somehow. But they’re not, so ~ what do you do with that? Hey, you! There are things that we just can’t undo and some things that just can’t be made different by us. Those things we have to accept and place into God’s hand for good keeping. Habits? We can make our new resolutions and begin with every good intention to change, but the old stuff creeps back in as “Self” creeps off the altar of sacrifice. The loose end stuff creeps in to leave us reeling in guilt or fear or insecurity and disappointment and so perplexity reigns instead of peace and what do we do with that?
David knew all too well the evil about him, and invokes God’ s help while praising His character. He knew how to pray to our God of mercy and compassion. “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to You. Save me, for I serve You and trust You. Be merciful to me O Lord…..O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.” Psalm 86: 1,2,3a,5
So, beautiful soul, ask for God’s help as David did. Pray to our faithful God who understands all the chaos of your heart and knows about that baggage that haunts you even into the New Year. Pray David’s prayer or pray a personal prayer on this brand new day of a brand new year. Open the windows wide on 2016 and without a speck of fear or disappointment or frustration breathe in the fresh air and newness of life.
A new resolution? Yeah, for sure! Go ahead and let go of the past and step into peace with God.
I can choose to dwell on my insecurities, my weaknesses, my hurts, disappointments, my frustrations and the failures of my past, allowing the enemy to crush me under the weight of their load, or I can lay them at the foot of the cross with a broken spirit, stand back and watch God make beauty out of ashes as He weaves His golden threads in, around, over and through the confusion of my broken dreams. God doesn’t want my perfection, He only desires a humble, repentant and willing heart. His desire is to pour His unconditional love and grace upon me to bless me, and give me peace, but He won’t control me. He gives me the freedom to choose “His life” over the enemy’s death. The choice is up to me. ~k
Begin again and watch God do something new!
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 14: 18 – 19
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Embrace God’s love today and don’t throw in the towel because discouragement has it’s hold on you. Hope lies tucked away in those forlorn and lonely places and discouragements in God’s economy are merely growth elements to test your faith, grow your faith and catapult the real you into faithfulness and perseverance! They take you from phony to real! God sees you and He knows your issues more than you do. He’s the mastermind behind the solution but He is not a pie in the sky Santa Claus who dispenses everything we desire just because we desire it. His work goes deeper than that. He wants you! He wants us as empty as we are ~ as disappointed as we are ~ and yes, as discouraged as we are. If discouragement has you emptied of yourself, it’s all good ~ you’re in the right place where God can pick you up and move you forward. The answer lies over the horizon so don’t stop now! It not a key for us to lock the doors of opportunity and challenge and walk away consumed with a selfish”Woe is me”attitude. Not at all! We have to realize it is the enemy’s subtle device for slamming those doors in our faces though, leaving us feeling hurt, angry and bitter and ready to give up. Ahh ~ those disappointments they come in all sizes and shapes and from all sides but don’t give in to them ~ Give them to a God who knows the end from the beginning and desires the best for everyone involved. He’ll work them out “for” you as He does a work “in” you, but it won’t be an overnight fix or a quick band-aid to merely make you feel better! His divine, healing ointment of grace, mercy, and unconditional love will spill out and fall over the hurts and saturate your soul with Hope. Let Him take it from here …
Romans 5: 3, 5
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
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