HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING
|Posted on October 2, 2020 at 3:30 AM|
Saturday October 3, 2020
Greetings to you on this Saturday morning!!! Aren't Saturday's the day to SLEEP IN? It's 3:30am here, and yet, I write! I actually love writing in the early morning. I love the quiet, the calm....... Before all the stresses, busyness and chaos, I find an amazing PEACE!!! I love the night. I love resting in the Arms of Jesus! But WAIT - it's MORNING, so rise and shine, precious Friends!!! You'll never know how very blessed I am having you here. Thank You for sharing some of your time with me......
JESUS IS LORD!!! No matter what is happening in this world, JESUS IS LORD!!! In loss and devastation, He changes NOT!!! I know how hard it is to not let our circumstances swallow us whole! In despair, everything is cloudy. Everything seems uncertain. It robs us of our Peace and Joy. It makes us panic and anxious. Our hearts race as we slowly let fear in. Doubt and worry aren't far behind either! We wonder how on earth, we will get over this!
The beautiful thing about God, is He takes the devatations of our life, and turns them into GOOD! Hard to believe, right? I tell you what, I feel things DEEPLY. It's how God made me! My heart is so HUGE, that when it get's hurt, it can ruin me! Would you like to know 2 things I have to do INSTANTLY, before I do ANYTHING ELSE??? I pray with all that is within me, "GOD, PLEASE DON'T LET THIS BREAK MY HEART!!!" And, then I must remember that what someone does TO me, is not GREATER than what Jesus did FOR me!!!
But, the key to this is FORGIVENESS......... Not as easy as it sounds, I know! But IT IS NECESSARY for our hearts! You say, "But what if they don't deserve it?" "What if they aren't sorry?" I say this LOUD AND STRONG........... We are NOT responsible for what someone does to us, we are responsible for HOW WE RESPOND TO IT!!! Matthew 5:44 tells us to, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Is that EASY??? Nope - but for your sake, IT IS WORTH IT!!!
Let's look at it this way. Do WE deserve God's Forgiveness? Our sins are why Jesus hung on that Cross, but it was LOVE that held Him there! He loves us in spite of ourselves! We do the exact things Jesus nailed on the Cross and paid for! ARE WE NUTS??? Forgiveness in NOT AN OPTION!!! "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)
There have been times where all I could pray was, "I forgive them BY FAITH!" Don't be put in the prison of unforgivenss! Don't hold grudges! Don't get even! Don't be robbed of the Blessings of God! God will help you through this! Give your hurt and anger to Him! Give Him all the pieces of your broken heart! Lay your burdens at His Feet! Maybe all you can do is cry - Go ahead, but PRAY THROUGH THE TEARS!!! Do not let go of God for ANYTHING or ANYONE!!! Just be still....... Rest in His Calm....... Lean up against Him and B R E A T H E....... Give it all to God - all your hurt, your rage, your brokenness, your confusion, your struggle to forgive, your crushed spirit, your chaos, your storms. Yes, give it all to God, and find Strength and Peace! Give it all to God, and have FREEDOM! Simply put...................... Give it all to God and LIVE!!!