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seek peace

Psalm 34:13
“Keep your tongue from evil & do good. SEEK PEACE & PURSUE IT

seek peace
chase after peace
do NOT STOP chasing peace
pursue it until you catch it & if it escapes you again, run after it
pursue diligently after peace

DO NOT GIVE UP
DO NOT GIVE IN
DO NOT GIVE OVER

until the day that peace is yours
until you possess it fully

The peace of God
The peace that passes ALL understanding
The peace that guards your heart & mind

Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, again I will say REJOICE! Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving

today i pray for peace in the midst of the chaos

peace in the midst of crisis
peace in the midst of pain
peace in the midst of defeat
peace in the midst of success
peace in the midst of life

today i pray for you to find a moment of peace in Him.

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repentance

{Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing love. Because of Your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Ps51:1}

repentance

quite a word

all encompassing

{Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Ps51:2}

it’s not something you can will yourself to do. it is a brokenness from inside that wells out of you to bring you back into right relationship with God. it breaks our pride, tears down the wall of separation, removes the veil, shows us God’s heart. it makes us raw. it makes us vulnerable. most importantly, tho, it brings us back to the one who can restore us to wholeness. our sin does not define who we are. our repentance and return to the Lord does.

{Against You, and You alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in Your sight. You will be proved right in what You say, and Your judgment against me is just. Ps51:4}

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things are well, at least we thought they were.

our relationship with God was distant, but we knew He was there watching over us and wooing us back to Him. we were doing everything right, we thought. we were diligently watching the area that we fall short so frequently.

{Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You. Ps51:12}

when things are going right, you look for the other shoe to drop. you wait in anticipation for the ax to fall. things are going to well, we think, so something horrific must be in the wings waiting. we watch. we wait. we are diligent to work hard to fight against our own mistakes in that area we think is most weak. unfortunately, as we watch that area, our backs are turned and satan attacks an area that we never thought we had to protect. we thought this was safe. we thought things were good. we thought that area was proofed.

the other shoe

there it is

it has dropped and we have dropped

{The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Ps51:17}

back to our knees

back to the Lord

repentant

broken

but God…

God is faithful. God restores. God loves. God renews.

but God is our answer

and we are grateful

and we are being renewed daily. in the midst of brokenness.

today, we pray.

we pray for restoration in the dark places. we pray for God’s light to shine thru. we pray for love to abound. we pray for you that are broken and searching. we pray for those who are seeking. seek the Lord and have peace. seek the Lord and be restored

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{THEREFORE, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because thru Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you FREE from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2} 

 


guilt

This past weekend, guilt was my best friend. we snuggled up together & gathered my thoughts & figured out the amazing ways that i could feel poorly about every decision that i made. we talked about things that i might say, things, i did say, things i might do, things i might not, we decided that there was guilt to be had in everything. guilt made sure that i knew he was my ONLY friend & reassured me that others would not be close or ever want to be.
Guilt is a very selfish friend.

Allowing this friend into my life makes me miserable, but more importantly, he makes everyone else miserable, chases everyone away, causes arguments, alienates family and friends, and a host of other self-destructive issues that come along with his friendship.

Sometimes i wonder if guilt is a better friend because i allow him more access than the God that i love so much. Guilt makes sure that i know how little we deserve a relationship with the God who created us. Guilt makes sure to keep me alone so that others don’t try to pull me out of his closeness. Guilt makes sure that the only friends that are allowed in are self-loathing, hate, pity, and regret.

Like little minions, they surround the mind. Taunting. Laughing. Reveling in the brokenness of it all.

The only solution, the only way to fight this battle, is to turn to the One. Take the help that He offers. Take up the armour that He offers freely and FIGHT. Actively speak the words of life. Demand that guilt return to the pit from which he arose and take back the battlefield. Quit making guilt comfortable and demand that he leave the property. He will keep trying to return, so this battle will take a lifetime. But the One who battles with you and for you will never lose strength, never lose heart, never lose faith, never lose hope. He is the One who comes to break the chains that bind your mind and tear down the walls of steel and brick to free you from hate, sin, regret and give you hope & life more abundantly.

Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled. ~Hebrews 12:12-15

Today i pray for those whose minds are riddled with guilt, who are plagued by regret, & those that cannot break free on their own. i pray that God would free their minds and release their burdens and give them life and light in the battle. i pray they would have the strength to put on the whole armor and to speak the words out loud in their own lives and in the lives of others.


anxious

Monday, i woke up
stressed…
panicked…
anxious…
bad dreams had abruptly awoken me at 3am. trying to forget them, the next 3 hours were an attempted failure of sleep.
tossing…
turning…
worry covering the whole brain
like a fog.
it seemed the day would be shot before feet ever met floor that day.
what was the point of even getting up?
i trust God. i believe God. i walk in His truth. i walk in His love.
but the fog would not be shaken.
He beckoned me, as He had at 3am. “Come sit. Converse with Me. I AM the One who can help clear the fog.”
i finally relented, but there was not much time before the day would demand attention. even a short moment. spend time with the One.
One who cares. One who loves.
One who can break thru the loud screaming of defeat.
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a
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there is truth within.

i was feeling depressed about things that have happened.

i was concentrating & worrying & stressing about things that have not yet happened. things that might never happen.
anxious about the future.
forgetting everything that God has helped us come thru.

forgetting all the miracles. the blessings. the past. the present.

TRUTH: living in the present. at peace. satisfied. not worrying. confident.

Philippians 4:6NLT
“Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need & THANK HIM for ALL He’s done!”
Talk to Him.
Build your relationship with Him.
The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to entrust, be thankful, worry less about the things that have not yet come to be.

Psalm 37 NLT

Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong.

For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord & do good.

Then you will live safely in the land & prosper.

Take delight in the Lord & He will give you your hearts desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him & He will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn & the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord & wait patiently for Him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.

For the wicked will be destroyed

but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land…

Today i prayed for those…


secure

Psalm 22:9-10

Yet You brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust You at my mother’s breast.
I was thrust into Your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.

This verse. This morning. I wonder…

NLT: “Led me to trust You” & “Thrust into Your arms”. 
NIV: “Made me trust You” & “Cast on You”
NASB: “Made me trust” & “Upon You I was cast”
HCSB: “Making me secure” & “Given over to You”
KJV: “Make me hope” & “Cast upon Thee”

Those words. Trust. Secure. Hope. Do you feel them? There is action and life and love that can only be gotten from being cast upon, given over to, thrust into the arms of the One. Only One. He will lead you. He will cause trust, security, hope, in your life. But only if you cast your life upon Him.

Today i pray for those who are struggling to let go and trust. those who do not feel secure. those who cannot find hope. today i pray that the One who has brought us forth will lead them to a place of desire and show His lovingkindness in abundance.


return

To those who have walked away
To those who thought they had a better plan
To those who are happy in their sin
To those who chose not to believe
to those…

God is still there
God is still waiting
God is still calling
God has not changed
God has forgiven

He died for you
He bled for you
He came back for you

He loves
He waits
He longs
for your return

today i pray for those

STOP

STOP

the day between

the day of contemplation

the day to look

on the past & reconcile

with

WHAT

JUST

HAPPENED

the day of realization

my sin put my God

on a cross

He died

in order that

we could be together

we could have life

we could

L I V E

do not throw it away

d o  n o t  p u t  i t  o n  a  s h e l f

do not hide this gift

share it

as we share it

it grows

it is living

it is breathing

from a living breathing God

He loved us first

F I R S T

while we were lost

while we were sinning

so we could

L O V E

more fully

more abundantly

more gracefully

GO


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