Pieces of Forgiveness

I have struggled personally with the act of forgiveness.  Some resentment harbored over 30 years of my life.  Imagine.  Withholding forgiveness to another human being when Jesus forgives ME every day, sometimes many times a day.  I am not without sin.  How did it ever become my place to judge the actions of another?

It is not.

What does the bible say about forgiveness?

Wow, the bible says a lot, doesn’t it?  🙂

Pieces of Discernment

Oftentimes we are given a scripture or thought to spend time figuring out.  Maybe it was easily understandable — but other times, we can’t make heads or tails over the meaning, or if it’s even a message for US.

This is when spiritual discernment steps in.  Find a trusted advisor, someone who is spiritually sound, they do not have to be a minister, sometimes a good friend can help sort it out WITH you, not for you.

As a wise friend recently told me — it’s my seeking/understanding that matters most.  But sometimes we all need a little help!

Proverbs 2:3-5  Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him.

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Questioning Pieces

(From my personal meditation journal)

I spent decades asking God why my mom had to die.  I finally – let it go.  There are circumstances we will not know until we meet Jesus in person.

I don’t know how to pray when “I” have pain; so I say The Lords Prayer and it comforts me  I may still have the pain, so it’s another circumstance I won’t know or understand — maybe ever.  And, I’m actually, finally –  okay with it.

A lesson is sometimes part of a plan we didn’t see.  And/or closure from a situation we couldn’t see.  Trusting You is all the vision I need.

For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.
He reveals profound mysteries beyond man’s understanding. He knows all hidden things, for he is light, and darkness is no obstacle to him.

Pieces of Purpose

One of my favorite Christian authors is Dr. Charles Stanley, in the March 2016 monthly devotional was this lovely paragraph on March 8th:

Whatever the circumstances, we should be evaluating what God is doing in us.  Like a gem polisher, He will work off our rough edges by running us up against tough experiences and people.  When we look for His purposes and lessons, we hasten the time when our life message reflects the hope that is available in Christ Jesus.

The lesson here is — we will experience hard times, we will deal with abrasive people, we will be wounded by words.  Circumstances will challenge and maybe even change us — but what we can’t do, is fall apart — taking a worldly view to our situation.  No!  Instead, lean in on your Heavenly Father; pray, seek wisdom and peace.

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Stronger Pieces

Happy 2016!  This year our focus will be on strengthening our faith, looking at challenges with different eyes and learning that God is always, ALWAYS there.  No matter what. 

But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened.
What holds us back on our walk of faith?  Disbelief, fear, anxiety, emotional turmoil?  Feeling abandoned, betrayed, worthless?  Live on the positive, uplifting side of grace.
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
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May you walk in faith, grace and the love of Jesus.  He is all you need.

Overwhelming Pieces

Today, a prayer was answered that came from a very heavy heart. 

I believe when we intensify our prayer time, come to Jesus with everything we have, and all that we do not, with a pure heart and true honesty, when we lay down the hurt, grievances, heartache – God desires to free us from it.  And by freeing, we are saved.  Again and again, we are saved by the love of Jesus.

“Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
There is never a place in our heart our life that our Father doesn’t know or can’t reach.  Oftentimes we have very little faith, we believe our situation is so dire that God can’t fix it, but most of the time – we don’t need fixing, we need only to fix our eyes and heart on God, let him do the work.  Let him in.  Let him love you.

Pieces of Pain

Pain; whether physical or emotional can be incredibly exhausting.  Both take from us what we normally are able to handle.  We can pray through most of our heartache, we can take medicine that heals our body or mind, we can even crawl into a cave (literally or figuratively) and hide for a few hours or days, but what we cannot do is hide from our Father.

In the depths of our despair, at the bottom of our pain tolerance, there He is.  He is always there, no matter.  Why do we turn away?  Do we think we aren’t worthy when we are filled with the many feelings produced when we are down?  It’s when we feel most unloved, that we are most loved.

Hebrews 7:25  Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Luke 12:28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
You matter.  You always have.

Pieces of discontent

There are many times in our life when we are annoyed with others.  We feel justified.  The world keeps spinning on its axis no matter what is going on with us.

God expects us to be patient and kind and loving.  ALL, not most of the time.  We are not justified, and we all too often rely on ‘how we feel’ instead of living and breathing in faith.

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

2 Kings 20:3  Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.

Pieces of Safety

Having traveled through horrible rain and wind for almost 7 hours today, I was thankful to have my faith.  I was leaning on the protection of Jesus.  He is there for us, however and whenever we need, we just have to remain calm.  Calm in the storm.  Not all storms are emotional, some really are literal.

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Answered Prayer Piece

Our prayers are answered in God’s time.  Be encouraged; God wants us to be happy, but oftentimes what we think will make us happy and what actually will, are two different things.  Establishing a relationship with your Father, reading His word, aligning your life with His, makes asking the prayers and receiving answers that coexist, possible.

I have been on the receiving end of a beautifully answered prayer.  I am in awe of the miracles God can do when restoring relationships.

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.