When we allow God to define our identity, what happened in our past isn’t nearly as important as what’s promised in our future.
How can you overcome heartache and despair?
Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.
– Jeremiah 15:16
According to today’s verse, joy and delight come from devouring God’s Word. That means more than simply reading the Bible–we need to memorize it and meditate on it.
When you are in stormy seas of life, there comes One who can give you joy and peace. God’s Word is a joy – no matter what you’re going through.
This is hard for some people to do, when you’re going through a rough season, do you run and tell others, do you gossip about someone, do you seek help from a friend? The Bible tells us that we are to turn to the only one that can heal us and truly give us Joy. If we turn to his word and “ate” them as the verse is telling us, then we will receive Joy and the rejoicing of our hearts. All that is hurt, will be healed in your heart through Reading his word.
I pray that when you’re in a hard season, that you will turn to God to find joy!
Please help me draw near to You today and be a blessing to others!
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
We underestimate the power made available to us when we spend time with God. Have you ever thought to yourself how powerful our God actually is? Sometimes he really makes me laugh out loud. Like the times when I’m struggling with my husband and nothing I say gets through to him. I like to pray in the midst of a conversation, I used to get really mad and just yell back, or fight back with my words. However that gets us nowhere. Instead, when I’m upset about something i go straight to the Lord, it might be while driving, or cooking, or even doing nothing at all. The other day I couldn’t get anything across to my husband, and when I get mad I just stop talking, I mean like crickets there’s nothing coming out of my mouth now that you made me mad. However, I’m learning that if I pray about whatever it is, my husband and I are able to revisit the conversation and actually talk about it. God has been making me laugh with this very same thing. I prayed the other day about what my husband was doing that made me so upset, and not even 10 minutes later he walks into the kitchen and says the very thing I just prayed about! I know things don’t always happen fast when we pray, but man did God make me laugh when my husband came in and said just that of my prayers.
It’s time to stop feeling guilty and I’ll-equipped and start embracing the incredible privilege of meeting with Jesus every day. Most days before I start my time with the Lord, I pray a very simple prayer, that puts my heart into the right place with God.
God, I want to see you. God, I want to hear you. God, I want to know you. So that I can follow hard after you.
This prayer is not a magic formula, just four short sentences that perfectly express my desire to experience God throughout my day.
I want to see him working in me, around me, and through me.
I want to hear his voice so clearly that I won’t doubt when he ask for my obedience.
I want to know him- not just facts about him- but really know him personally and intimately.
I want to follow hard after him, to be the woman he wants me to be in every circumstance of my day.
I don’t want to just read and pray to check it off my to-do list. In Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” A request God delights in answering.
God gave the Law to Moses and the Israelites for many reasons.
The law provided health and hygiene safety measures, set up a fair and just judicial system, provided a code of ethics and moral standards, provided boundaries (both tangible and intangible), and to prove that without a Savior Redeemer, we cannot possibly enter into the presence of God. Our sin is too high and too impossible on our own.
Often, however, people choose to acknowledge only that last reason—our need for a Savior. Now while I would certainly not argue that this is the most important reason, it isn’t the only reason. And since God saw fit to include these other elements, we need to give them the attention and obedience they deserve.
Jesus was adamant in saying He didn’t come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it; meaning He was (and still is) the Redeemer Savior; taking away the need for sacrifices.
But the health/hygiene, judicial, and moral and ethical aspects of the Law remained in place. Murder, incest, greed, adultery, stealing, cheating…all of these things are still wrong.
We are still bound to the obedience of God’s Word and Law. But praise God we have been given the gift of eternal life with God and Jesus because of God’s grace. He removed the barriers between Him and us that were impossible for us to break through on our own.
So don’t discount the Law as anything. Know that much of it carries forward into the New Testament and the doctrine of the Church.
Just be prayerfully wise; being careful to know that you are saved because of God’s grace through faithful obedience and worship.
Thank You for your Son, Jesus.
Thank You for the gift of salvation.
Help me honor that gift by being obedient and faithful to your commands.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.””James 4:6
What this means is that God has already given you grace just by believing in him. God’s grace is that he loves you and is there for you despite the fact that you’re a sinner. You just have to choose to put that grace first in your life. God’s grace means he’s looking out for you and you are saved because of this. But while it’s important to acknowledge that grace, there’s so much more to grace than just accepting that love.
When you think of a graceful person, who do you think of?
They’re kind to everyone, they say the right things, and they never miss a step Whether it be out on the dance floor or just merely in the presence of strangers, having grace is very admirable. But it’s really easy to feel like you’re not a graceful person just because of the way you move and speak. It’s even easier to say that you don’t have grace within you because you have a rocky relationship with God. Newsflash: you don’t have to be a talented dancer, eloquent speaker, or even a perfect Christian to be considered graceful.
It’s so easy to be petty and cruel and let horrible thoughts control you because your feelings have been hurt or you feel betrayed. Trust me, I know. But being graceful and living with grace mean that you put that grace before these other emotions because grace is much more important. It means gracefully letting things go that are not meant for you. It means going beyond your inclinations of trying to get the upper hand or revenge on someone who hurt you. Having grace in your heart and soul is choosing to be the bigger person. It is acting like a lady and understanding that having mean thoughts doesn’t mean you have to act on them. No one is perfect or acts like a complete angel all the time. However, being graceful means that you put your best intentions forward with everyone despite what you have heard or what they have done to you. Grace is doing what is right, not what is easy.With God all things are Possible Shirt Matthew 19 26
You know that question that you’re toddlers constantly asking? It can get pretty annoying at times. But have you ever actually thought about why? Why did this happen? Or why did I do that? Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why I’m a mom? Why I’m afraid? Why am I always asking myself to do so much? . . What’s you’re why? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you do what you do everyday? Why do you keep the same routine? Why do you tear yourself down? Why do you compare yourself? . . Have you stopped and asked yourself why? . . Today I find myself asking why a lot, why do I do what I do? why do I act this way? Why have I always been scared? Why do i let this happen? Why am I insecure? Why can’t I trust?
I always do for others, I put them before me no matter how they treat me. I keep giving until I have nothing else to give. I do for them and not God first. I end up hurting myself, I give them my everything. I have realized I can’t serve God if I keep serving a different master. I used to tell myself I’ll fix my hair for you, or I’ll dress this way for you. That I workout to look good for you, and I keep the house clean for you. I’ll cook a healthy meal for you. I never stop to think and serve God in all these ways. God loves me no matter what, he will never leave me or forsake me. Yet I keep doing for others and not healing my heart, to be able to Love and put God first. And today I ask myself why? Why do I always do for others and not do it for ME! . . Well let me tell y’all something. Don’t ever do something if it’s always in the sake of doing it for them. Yes I know we’re supposed to do for others, however not at the point that we lose ourselves and not do for ourselves. I’m also not talking about the selfish I’ll do everything for me kinda way. I’m talking about the I get up and workout for me, because I want to look and feel good. The I keep the house clean because I simply can’t function in clutter, the I cook because I actually enjoy it and I’m not a salve to serving you. The I love and stay home because I want the best for my kids and I want to be the one that pours into them daily. . . Sometimes we get so lost that we end up losing ourselves. Take the blindfold off and know it’s okay to put yourself first, to make yourself happy. Because when you do, you make the ones you love even happier, even more loved, even more appreciated. . . I hope this helps you find you’re why, I know it
God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live….Loved
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ( John 15:7)
I highly recommend the book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman.
It contains a section about how to make sure your words are always God-honoring. Ehman says the key is making sure we spend as much or more time talking to God in prayer and through reading God’s Word as we spend talking and listening to everyone else.
She says that when God is the One we spend the most time talking to, He will become the One we most want to please—the One whose opinion of us matters most.
Wow! Talk about an “ah-ha” moment! This sage advice is so obvious, but yet so easily overlooked. When we spend time talking and listening to God through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, singing songs of praise, enjoying the beauty of creation, and enjoying the talents and abilities God gave you in ways that honor Him, we draw closer and closer to Him.
Today’s verse is to our spiritual life what the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is to our physical body.
Be mindful of what you allow into your mind, because it goes straight to your heart, before flying out of your mouth.
Fill my mind and heart with only those words that honor You.
Let my words be uplifting, encouraging, and full of love and grace.
When I speak to Your children, please let them hear more of You and less of me.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.
– John 15:15
As a middle child, it felt like a promotion when I got to be included with the older set of siblings who babysat the younger ones.
I imagined that I had risen through the ranks and now stood in my parents’ stead as I delegated tasks or listened to the younger kids’ concerns. The respect and obedience that I had given were now due to me. I was a co-laborer with my parents to carry out their wishes during their absence.
Such authority was not arbitrary.
My parents gauged my fitness for responsibility, taking into consideration how mature I was, how readily I obeyed their requests, how well I followed their rules, if I made fair decisions, and how harsh my reprimands were. They carefully assessed my own character growth before putting vulnerable little ones under my rule.
Our Christian journey is similar to growing up in a large family. As we mature, we learn more about the reasons for our Father’s rules. We learn from those who are more advanced in their faith than we are. And we have the great privilege of working with our big brother, Jesus, as we help those whose belief is still small and fragile.
Jesus calls us His “friends,” and invites us all to a deeper relationship of mutual intimacy.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for accepting me as I am.
It is unimaginable that You would call me “friend,” yet You have.
If God says he will do something he will be faithful to preform. Don’t let impossibilities quench your faith. Instead, allow it to fuel your faith! Look beyond your circumstances to a completely loving, faithful and powerful God.
The more we intentionally praise God, the more reasons we will recognize to praise him. Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”