“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11: 25 – 26
Forgiveness!! Such a little word for such a giant act.
I thought a great way to start the new year would be by forgiving any and all aughts that I have toward others and seek forgiveness for myself. I find that the first act is much easier than the second.
Let’s see…I’ve made promises to myself that I did not keep. I’ve lied to myself so that I would not have to face the truth. I’ve not trusted my ability to make good decisions. In fact, I’ve doubted every ability that I have. When I think about it, I guess there are a few things that need forgiven.
God created us perfectly. He has given each of us a measure of talent and understanding. I try to use mine every day. So, in doubting myself am I doubting His ability? I know that the flesh fails. I know that I am weak. I am dust. But He is the great I AM. By His design all things work for good.
All that being said, I pray that this year you will see less of me and more of Jesus throughout my character. I pray that the Holy Spirit will fill me with inspiration and words to pass on to all those who stop in to visit this site. I pray that I die every day in the flesh so that the spirit can live abundantly. Will you pray for me as well?
May 2013 be a year of joy, forgiveness, worship and praise.
- Thankful Heart: Day 20 – Forgiveness (ourcrowdedheart.wordpress.com)
- A Prayer and Declaration of Forgiveness As the Year Ends (scripturefoodforthought.wordpress.com)
What an unspeakeable joy!! Today, I know that my heart is spoken for. I know that when those fiery darts of the enemy come flying toward me I have a heavenly father who simply waves his hand and says “Back off! This one’s mine.”
Do you need a defender? A father who protects his child from all harm? A brother who will go the distance and back again? A shepherd that will protect you from the wolves and scavengers who wish to torment and abuse you?
He is waiting for you to ask him for his help.
Are you in such emotional and mental pain that you can hardly face the day? Are you ate up with anger and resentment? He will ease your burdens. He will soothe your aches. He will restore you to newness.
You may not understand what all that means but you don’t have to understand. You just have to take a leap of faith and know that when you jump…you are jumping right into his open arms!! You will never regret it.
I’ve just turned the heat up and am getting settled in for a relaxing evening of watching television, of which I normally despise. It has been a cold, rainy day today. The kind of day where you expect the rain to turn to snow at any given moment. I feel blessed to be able to kick back and take it easy. There are no pressing issues that need dealt with this minute. However, my mind is heavy this evening.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:5
A friend of mine is going through an extremely difficult situation. She is watching her mom slowly fade from this existence. I can not begin to imagine the despair I would feel if my mom were not in this world. Oh, I know she would be in a better place and I would find unspeakable peace in Jesus. Still, a world without your mom would be so lonesome. My heart is heavy at just the thought of losing my mom. I can’t imagine what my friend is feeling.
She knows what is about to happen. She and her sister have done everthing they can to make their mother’s final, precious moments as comfortable as possible. Oh what tremendous sadness…oh what tremendous joy. Holding your mother’s hand as she passes from this life to her eternal rest on high.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Her mom has spent 90 some years on this earth. She is due her rest. But, saying goodbye is never easy. Especially when it feels so permanent. Those who have Jesus know that they will see their loved ones again. Even so, death is a slice of life that we all must be given and there is no easy way to let go of the people we love. It is in our best interest to remind ourselves and those around us who are grieving that when we do let go…Jesus steps in and carries our loved one home…
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.
Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886
Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918