Day 16: Love One Another

Have you ever had a day where everything you see and read points towards one thing? I’ve experienced this plenty of times to know that it’s normally not a coincidence and it certainly is God trying to get my attention.  Today has been one of those days for me.

From my first scroll on Facebook and Instagram this morning to my Bible reading during my quiet time.  One theme kept coming up.

Love one another.

I opened my Bible to 1 John and read the Introduction by Louie Giglio.

“A restored relationship with God produces a right relationship with others.  The two can not be separated.”

As I continued to read I felt God telling me that this was not a coincidence and it was a message from Him to me.

I continued to read 1 John and throughout the entire book, I saw a continuous message.  We will be known as children of God by the way we love God and love one another.  1 John 3:18 says,

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

In other words, we can’t just say we love one another, we must show it through our actions.  And you know, loving people is easy when things are easy, but loving those who have hurt us, that’s hard.  It’s a constant rollercoaster.  Even though we’ve forgiven someone, loving them can almost seem impossible. But then if you continue reading in 1 John 4:7-8 its says,

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

We may feel like we can’t love those who have hurt us, but God tells us that we can love them.  We can love them because love comes from Him.  1 Peter 4:8 says that love covers a multitude of sins, but what does that mean exactly?

The kind of love that Peter is talking about is a reflection of the way God loves us.  He loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us to cover our sin.  His love covered our sin and continues to cover our sins today.  That is how He commands us to love.

We will be known as children of God by the way we love others and love God.  That’s pretty powerful to me and makes me realize that I have to do better.  I can be quick to hold a grudge and allow bitterness to build up in my heart, but God is showing me that I need to love.  And when I feel like I can’t, I need to ask Him to help me love because love comes from Him.

I don’t know if you are struggling to love someone today, but if you are I encourage you to ask God to soften your heart towards them.  If you haven’t forgiven them, I encourage you to do that first.

Begin by praying and asking God to help you release all of the hurt that you feel and ask God to help you forgive them.  Forgiving them doesn’t mean that your feelings aren’t valid, but it releases you and allows you to walk in freedom.  Then begin to pray for them.  Pray for them every single day.  Pray for God’s blessing over their lives and their families lives.  When we pray for someone it is impossible to hate them.

And if you need to reach out to them because you are the one who’s offended them, reach out to them in love.  Ask for forgiveness.

I’ve learned that some relationships are not meant to be restored.  People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  Look at that season with gratitude for what you learned and all of the wonderful memories you lived.  Trust that God is placing people in your life at the right times in your life.

Don’t let bitterness, hate and unforgiveness rule your heart.  Forgive, let it go and love.

Today reminded me how important it is to ask God to search our hearts and to point out anything that we need to confess.  Are you dealing with sin in your life?  Is there anything that you need to confess to God?  Ask God to search your heart, to point it out and when He does….confess it and move on.

As we continue this prayer journey it is so important to truly seek God and ask Him to identify sin in our life that needs to be brought to light because when there’s unconfessed sin in our heart, it can hinder our prayers.  That’s why it’s so important to confess our sins to Him.  And rest in the promise of  1 John 1:9 that says,

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Day 15: Anyone Else Exhausted?

I’m a little late posting today because honestly I just didn’t have it in me this morning.  I felt emotionally exhausted and drained and had a hard time staying focused during my quiet time.  My heart felt heavy and I couldn’t get my mind right.  So I closed my Bible and proceeded to go on with my day.

The only thing that kept coming to my mind was Matthew 11:28,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

God I need that rest today.  Do you?  Are you weary and burdened?  I know I am.

I’m sorry I don’t have anything enlightening to say today, but I would appreciate your prayers for my family and I.  As you know, we are small business owners and this has the potential to impact our business greatly.  We are fine and we are doing all we can, and I know that God is going to provide.  We are truly blessed and I am so thankful for the lessons learned throughout the years that have allowed us to be prepared for this.  But, we still have our days, you know?

When Jesus says “Come to me” He’s saying trust me, I got you, stop your worrying and I will give you rest.  He’s wanting us to trust in Him and not in the why and how.  We don’t know when this will end and we don’t know what life will look like on the other side, but we do know who God is.  And He’s a God who provides, who comforts, who loves and fights for us and who gives us rest. He tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our anxieties on Him because why?  Because He cares for us.

Heavenly Father thank you for who you are.  Thank you for continuing to provide for us and those in need during this time.  But today Lord, I am weary and exhausted.  I need you.  I need rest.  I know that I am not alone in feeling this way and so I pray today for myself and anyone else in need of this rest.  Lord I pray that we will come to you and trust in you and not in our own understanding.  Lord strengthen our faith to believe in who you are and to know that even when we are having a hard day, you still love us and you are still there.  Thank you Jesus for taking our anxieties and our fears.  Lord as the song says, our fears and doubts don’t scare you because you are bigger.  You are bigger, Lord.  Bigger than we could ever imagine.

Trust in Him today.  Cling on to Him and do not let yourself be weary.  Go to Him and rest.

Here’s what I’m listening to tonight, listen to it and let the words encourage you.

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Day 14

Last night was a long night!  I could really use another cup of coffee right now as I stayed awake watching the weather.  If you live in our area, then you experienced the night of storms that came through.  I was so thankful that it wasn’t as bad as they were predicting it to be in our area, but I do know that there are many that weren’t that lucky.

I couldn’t imagine going through a tornado, much less now during all of this COVID-19 craziness.  These storms went through many of the southern states and the last I heard, 22 people died and I’m sure many have lost their homes.  I couldn’t imagine what they are all going through right now.

Today, let’s take some time to pray for all those that were affected by these terrible storms.

Day 11, 12 & 13: What happened on Saturday?

Yesterday I took a much needed day away from my computer and tried to stay off my phone as much as I could.  It was a much needed mental break that I didn’t realize I needed.  But I’m back today!

I wanted to take a minute to tell you all how thankful I am for you taking the time to read these posts.  Thank you for joining me on this 30 day journey.  I pray that God speaks to you through the words that He places on my heart.  I’ve had someone contact me almost everyday and share with me how these posts are encouraging them and I am so thankful for that because it encourages me to continue to write.

I thought that I would do one post for days 11, 12 and 13 as they are a special time for Christians everywhere.  We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming!”  We know that Jesus died on Friday and we know that he rose from the dead on Sunday.

But what about Saturday?

The day in between death and life, despair and joy, bad news and good news.  Why isn’t there anything about this day?

I can imagine that the disciples were devastated and grieving. Even though they knew this was going to happen, they were probably still in shock.  I can’t imagine the battle in their minds and their hearts going on at that time.

In Matthew 17:22-23 Jesus told them,

“The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Yet they forgot.  And it makes you wonder how in the world could they forget?  Jesus Himself, in the flesh told them repeatedly that this would happen.

But we can’t blame them, can we?  I can be prone to forget His promises, too.  In the middle of those seasons where all feels lost and I am waiting on a miracle or an answer or something from Him, I also forget.

We would all love to skip over “the Saturdays” of life and go straight to the “Sundays.”  We don’t want to experience the pain and suffering for too long.  We want Him to act now.

But sometimes that’s not the case.

On Sunday when Jesus appeared to them, the Bible says that they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.  And Jesus says to them in verse 38-39,

“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.  Touch me, and see.  For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

They had given up.  They were troubled and full of doubt.  Matthew shares that when Jesus appeared He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart.  They refused to believe those that said they had seen Jesus after He had risen. (Matthew 16:14)

Sometimes in our lives, we do as the disciples did.  We allow ourselves to give up and begin to doubt God’s promises for our lives.

Have you given up on Jesus?  Have you turned away from Him?  Do people tell you about Jesus and what He can do and you refuse to believe them?  Have you allowed your heart to be hardened?

I’ve been there.  After my daddy died, I quit.  I quit God.  I quit all things church.  I was angry at God and for a solid year refused to pick up my Bible.  I turned to alcohol to numb my pain and refused to believe that anything good could come from any of this.  I was angry with God.  How could He heal my dad time and time again and then not do it this time?  I didn’t understand.  I didn’t want to understand.

And in the middle of my struggle, when I refused to talk to God and I felt like He was silent, the truth was….He was still there.  He was patient and waiting on me until there was a day when I felt Him say that’s enough.  And I think He knew I needed Him to intervene in my life.  Like the disciples, I needed God to remind me that He was alive and still at work in my life.

We may not have Jesus in the flesh showing us His hands and His feet, but we have His Word.  We have an entire book full of stories and wonders and miracles and promises.  It’s all there!  We are called blessed because we believe without seeing, John 20:29 says,

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

But y’all, one day.  When it’s our time or better said, when it’s His time….we will see Him.  We will touch Him, we will see the scars for ourselves and we will embrace our Savior.  And I can not wait until that day because it makes every single struggle, pain and hardship of my life completely worth it.

1 John 3:2 says,

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him because we shall see Him as He is.”

That day is going to be amazing.  That day is where our focus should be.  When we are in the middle of a struggle and we are struggling to believe, remember the promise of Heaven where,“He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

We need to be patient and persistent.  And we need to trust that just as God did not leave Jesus alone in the worst day of His life, He isn’t going to leave us alone either.

Today, we pray and ask God for those that are in the middle of a struggle.  They are in the middle of despair and joy, death and life….we pray and ask God that if they do not know Him that they will come to know Him for who He is.  And for those that are His children, if they are stuck in doubt and their hearts are hardened, we pray that God will soften their hearts and strengthen their faith.

Don’t give up on God.  Turn back to Him.  I promise, He will never fail you.  Things may be crazy right now, but His promises are yes and amen.  And what does that mean?  It means that His promises are unwaveringly true.  God is faithful, He is consistent and He has a plan for your life.  Don’t let your faith waver when you get stuck between a Friday and a Sunday.  Stay persistent and continue to trust God that Friday may have sucked, you may be stuck on Saturday but Sunday is surely coming!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

 

Day Ten: Pray First

Mark Batterson talks about how the way to praying without ceasing is to turn everything into a prayer.  From the big problems in our lives to our hopes and dreams.  But also in the mundane and in the simple things.  As we bring everything to Him in prayer it becomes a way of life and our life becomes a continuous prayer.

He says that there’s good news to being a worrier by nature because in the Bible, Paul tells us to not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  When a worry enters your mind, take it to God in prayer.  When you start to feel anxious, take it to Him in prayer.

We can pray for our children as we fold their laundry and we can pray with them as we tuck them in at night.  We can pray as we walk or run our neighborhood.  As we go by each house, pray for the people who live in that house.  We can pray in the car on our way to work or to run errands.  We can pray anywhere!

This is what God wants.  He wants to have a constant connection with us.  He wants us to turn to prayer and choose to take everything to Him first.  What would happen if as soon as we wake up, the first thing we did was pray instead of pick up our phones?  This really convicted me.  I am so quick to turn my alarm off and then my fingers naturally go to social media.  What would happen if we prayed instead?

Mark Batterson shares in Draw the circle that,

“The reason most people don’t feel intimacy with God, is that they don’t have a daily prayer rhythm.  They may have a weekly rhythm of going to church, which is wonderful, but doing so in and of itself won’t produce intimacy with God.  Can you imagine talking with your spouse or child once a week?  God wants a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute relationship with you.”

Today let’s focus on praying first.  In everything, let’s pray and take it to Him first.

Day Nine: Stop and Praise

Yesterday I shared how I’ve been very much at peace the last couple of weeks.  So wouldn’t it be par for the course that today I stand in my kitchen trying not to fall apart in front of my children.  And I say that its par for the course because when we are at peace, that’s when the enemy will try his hardest to knock us down.  I feel like when I declared how peaceful I’ve been it was a “hold my beer” moment for the devil.

And so this morning I fell into his trap and I allowed my fears and worries to overwhelm me.  I tried my best to stay composed as my kiddos sat their doing their schoolwork and I began to type today’s post.  I couldn’t get my thoughts together and I struggled to form my sentences because my mind was so consumed by all of my anxious thoughts.

I began that cycle of what ifs that I try so hard to stop, but today I let the what if circle through my mind.  Lord, what if this continues?  Lord, what if people stop buying and selling homes?  Lord, what if we have to blow through all of our savings and our nest egg to survive this?  Lord, what if we have to sell our beautiful home?  The home that we know without a shadow of a doubt that you provided for us just one year ago this month.  Lord, what if we have to start over?  Lord, what if?

I let my mind go there.  I began to feel my breathing accelerate as my anxiety rushed all through my body.

I tried to push through and write today’s blog post, but I felt God telling me to stop.  I stood there for a minute wondering what that meant.  What do you mean by stop, Lord?  I need to write this post.  I’m already behind in posting it, why stop?  And then I heard the next phrase.

Stop and praise, Maggie.  Stop and praise.

Lord, how can I praise you right now?  I can’t even write; I don’t have the words.  Lord my mind can’t even comprehend all of this right now and you want me to stop and praise you?  I can’t.  I just can’t.  The what ifs are making me feel like I am drowning and the worst case scenarios are taking my breath away.

Jojo and Joseph headed out for a run and asked if I wanted to go.  After first I said no, but after sitting there I thought it would be good for me.  Maybe it would help get my mind off of things.  So I put my headphones in and decided to listen to The Blessing.  I turned it up as loud as it would go and set out for my run.

As soon as the words began, I felt God’s peace coming back into my soul.  The words reassuring me that His favor is upon us.  His peace is within me.  And I ran as hard as I could feeling seriously like He was right there with me.  And when it gets to the part of the song where it says that “He is for you.”  I repeated those words over and over.  He is for me.  Jesus, you are for me.  He is for me.  His presence goes before me and behind me.  He’s beside me, all around me and within me.  He is with me.

And I declared it.

And I praised Him.

And He reassured me that He is with me.

And His Word became louder than my what ifs.

I don’t know what your what ifs are through all of this.  But I want to tell you that God is bigger than our what ifs.  Because even if any of our what ifs happen…He is still God and He is still good.  I know it and I believe it.  So today I want to encourage you to praise God through your what ifs.  When you don’t know what to say, just stop and praise Him.  Praise Him for who He is, for what He’s done for you.  Praise Him because He is a good good Father.  Praise Him because He is faithful.  Praise Him because even when we don’t see Him or feel Him He is there and He is working.  He is the waymaker, the miracle worker who conquered death!

And He is for you.  Do you believe it?  He is for you, friend.  He is for you.  Say that out loud, “He is for me.”

I remembered something I read in one of my devotionals this summer about prayer.  The author talked about how sometimes we focus on asking God to take away our struggle and to change our circumstance.  But maybe instead of praying away the bad things, God is teaching us to pray through the bad things.  These struggles we have right now, they will not be in vain. Romans 8:18 says,

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”

We must praise Him in all circumstances.  On the mountaintops and in the valleys.  We must choose to praise Him.

If you are struggling today with your what ifs, I invite you to stop and praise.  Stop what you are doing.  Turn on your worship music and just let the words fill your mind and your heart.  He is for you.  Take those words and speak them over your life and believe them.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 

 

Day Eight: Praying for God’s Peace

During my walk yesterday, I asked God to place in my heart what we needed to pray for this week.  The word peace among other things came to mind, but peace was the one that I felt God was impressing on my heart to share today.  I have to admit, I have had so much peace throughout all of this.  Last year God took me through a journey to find the peace within me.  You can read the entire post here, but I did want to share a little bit of that post with you today.  I know that many of you are struggling to find peace right now.  The uncertainty of your circumstances may be bringing up so many different emotions.  Anything from anger to fear to being overwhelmed or sad.  I get it.  I still battle with those emotions, but God has taught me to take it all to Him.  I did not learn this easily and I still struggle, but I know now that the peace that God gives us is unlike any other peace we can receive from other people or material things.  It’s a peace that surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts and minds.

So how do we find peace?

We ask for it.  Every day.  Cry out to Him and ask Him to surround you with His peace.  When anxious thoughts or lies from the enemy try to come into your mind, rebuke them and replace them with the Word of God.  Wake up each day and choose to be in a gratitude state of mind instead of a comparison trap.  I know our circumstances are not perfect.  I know you may be living paycheck to paycheck.  You may be going through some health issues.  You may have just lost a loved one.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  But instead of focusing on what God has “taken away”, let’s focus on what He continues to give us.  I read something recently that hit me hard.  It said that God is still the God of everything that is left in your life.  When my daddy died.  God didn’t stop being God.  He is still God.  And He is still the God of my life.  He gives us His peace freely.  All we need to do is ask.

John 14:27 says, ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

God doesn’t give as the world gives.  His love is not the kind the world offers.  People will disappoint us.  They will break our hearts.  Our loved ones will die.  Sickness does exist. But God tells us to not let our hearts be troubled and to not be afraid.  He comforts and strengthens us.  He is there with us through the ups and downs of life.  Nothing is insignificant to Him.  That request you may think is insignificant to God? It is not!  It is just as important as any other.  So present your requests to God.  All of them and stand assured that the peace of God will guard your hearts and your mind just as it says in Philippians 4:7.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

When we are at peace, we bring a person at peace to our marriages, our families and our relationships.  That is God’s desire for us.  The enemy is after our marriages and our families.  Don’t let the whispers from the enemy steal that peace that God has given you.  Hold onto it tightly and ask for it daily.

Dear God, thank you for your peace.  Thank you for your love, your faithfulness and your reassurance that you are with us.  Life is crazy.  So many things are pulling at us, trying to steal our peace.  Help us stand firm on your promise to not be afraid.  Guard our hearts and our minds dear Lord.  Send your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Whatever you are struggling with today, give it to Jesus.  Beg Him for that peace that only He can give and rest in knowing that He is in control.

Day Seven

We are back to learning here at our house!  Spring break is over and we are so thankful for a much needed break!  We are now ready to get started and finish off this year as strong as we can.  We are so thankful for our administrators, teachers and staff who have done all they can to help us be successful.

When the announcement came out that we would not go back to school this year, we were all a little sad.  I always look forward to the weeks after spring break.  I have to admit it’s my favorite time of year because I know that we are winding down the school year and summer is just around the corner.

Today I want us to  pray for all of our teachers and children as they return to digital learning.  I am praying for all of us parents, too!!

Dear God thank you for a beautiful spring break.  The weather was perfect and the kids and I really enjoyed our break.  As we return to digital learning, I want to pray for all of our teachers and our kids.  May you give our teachers wisdom and knowledge as they teach from a distance.  I pray that you will help each child thrive in this environment.  Help teachers and parents work together to help their child be successful.  I also pray that you will remind all of us to have a lot of GRACE and to enjoy this time as hard as it may be.  When we are discouraged, let us look to you for strength and comfort.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Teachers, students and parents….Let’s do this!!!  I hope you all have a wonderful week back to digital learning.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

Day Five and Six

I’ve spoken to so many friends about what the quarantine season has meant for them and we’ve all said the same thing about loving the slower pace and the extra family time we’ve had.

I’ve loved watching my kids ride bikes and enjoy the outdoors in a whole new way.  We’ve had dinner as a family more than we’ve ever had, we’ve watched movies and talked.  We’ve had a great time just being together.

But the truth is that my quarantine life does not look like yours as yours doesn’t look like anyone else’s.  We are seeing more and more people lose their jobs, businesses are slowing down and we keep hearing the “r” word in the news.  Recession.

I have to admit I struggled yesterday.  The news of a small business owner who took her own life hit me hard.  If you know my story, then you know that I battled depression, anxiety, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts for years.  And y’all, most people didn’t know.  They had no idea because I kept it hidden.  I pretended to be okay.  I went about my days forcing myself to be normal but I was literally crumbling inside.  And I don’t say all this to be doom and gloom but to open our eyes to a reality.  The reality that yes we are all trying to find the silver lining and trying to enjoy the simple life, as we should.  But y’all.  There are people who simply cannot find that silver lining right now.  Not because they are a horrible person, but because they are literally suffering on the inside.  They are numb.  Numb to it all.  And yes, we know Jesus and we know the power that is in His name, but when you are suffering with a mental illness you can not even wrap your mind around that thought.

So today, I want to pray for you.  And I want to truly pray that whatever you are struggling with this minute that Jesus will send you someone to help you through it.  Because we all ask people to reach out, to ask for help, but guess what?  When you are living a literal hell in your mind, you are not able to ask for help.  You simply can’t.  So today if you are suffering from depression or anxiety or panic attacks, I pray that the Lord will place it upon someone to reach out to you.  That the Lord will awaken your mind and place a desire to keep on living.  This life we are living is crazy and I know that it is making many of us fear the future, but I pray that God will place the desire to fight for your life and that He will restore your faith in who He is.  And if you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, I pray that this will turn your heart towards Him to know Him in a personal way.

I’ve been so burdened by this.  I don’t know what I can do to help you, but I know that there is power in prayer to Jesus and I have to trust in that.  Even when I can not trust.  Even when I can’t fathom it.  I have to trust.  And when my trust and faith seem to be gone, I must ask God to help me believe.  And that is what I pray you do too.  If you are struggling with your faith.  If you are questioning this life and questioning who God is and can not wrap your mind around what is going on, I pray that you cry out to God to help you believe.

In Mark 9:14-29 a man is pleading for his son who seems to be possessed by a demon.  In verse 21 Jesus asks him,

“How long has this been happening to him?” “From childhood,” he said.  “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him.  But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”   Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can’?  Everything is possible to the one who believes.”  Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”

Do you know what happened next?  Jesus healed the boy.  But when the disciples asked Him privately in verses 28-29 why they couldn’t themselves help the boy, Jesus answered in verse 29,

“This kind can come out by nothing but prayer [and fasting].”

Jesus healed the boy because the boy’s father cried out to Jesus.  Even in his unbelief he asked Jesus to help Him.  We must do the same and pray for those around us that are being thrown to the fire and are being destroyed inside by this horrible illness.

So today I want us to pray for those who are suffering silently.  Maybe it’s with depression or anxiety or just plain out fear and doubt.  Whatever it is you are going through today, we pray for you.  We pray that the Almighty God show Himself to you right now.

And to those that are wondering how you can help.  I pray that right now God place someone on your heart to reach out to.  We tell people to reach out, speak out, but they are not going to.  We must go to them.  And how?  By a text, a phone call, facetime, facebook messenger, zoom!  Anything!  We must reach out to our friends and our people!  We can not leave them alone.  They need someone today more than ever.

So as we finish up this week, I want us to dedicate the next two days to ask God to reveal people to us that need a word from us.  And when He reveals them to you, reach out to them.  We can save lives this way.  I truly believe it.

Dear Heavenly Father, reveal yourself to us.  Lord Jesus we love you and we ask that you will help our unbelief during this time.  Help us not lose sight of you.  Strengthen the ones who are weak.  Be with those who are being consumed by their depression, anxiety, fear and doubt.  Lord give them a reason to keep fighting, please.  This is serious Lord and I pray that you will protect their minds.  Protect their hearts.  Please Lord.  And to those of us who are wondering how we can help, I pray that you will place people on our heart that we can reach out to.  Help us come together and love them and be with them through all of this.  I pray that this will bring people closer to you and that those that do not know you will come to know you through all of this.  We love you Jesus and we thank you for never leaving us.

Who are you reaching out to today?  Who can you send a handwritten card to or text?  Who can you deliver a meal to?  Or who can you simply call?

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Day Four

Today I am asking you to join me in praying for all of those who are sick and in need of healing.

In John 9 it tells us of a story about a man who was blind from birth.  The disciples ask Jesus who sinned to cause him to be born blind.  Jesus replied that this man nor his parents sinned “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” When Jesus comes to the man he spits on the ground to make mud with his saliva and he puts it on the man’s eyes.  He tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.  And the man did as Jesus said and he was healed.

When the man returned home he was scolded by the Pharisees and they kicked him out of the synagogue!  Instead of celebrating his healing they were more upset that Jesus was “breaking the rules.”  When Jesus heard about this he found the man and he asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  The man replied, “Lord, I believe.”

“The healing Jesus offers us today in not merely physical and therefore temporary.  His miracles are far more penetrating, like His word, “dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  Today, as you pray for healing, for yourself or someone you love, listen to the question Jesus is asking, “Do you believe?”

(Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler)

Do you believe?  I do.  But I also feel like I have to share this…. I know that God is the ultimate healer and that there will be times when healing does not come on this side of heaven.  I’ve experienced that with my daddy as I know many that have gone through the same thing.  Sadly we live in a fallen world and sickness and death are a result of this.  So today as you pray, ask God to soften your heart.  Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  No matter what, God is still good.  He still sits on the throne and He has already won this battle.  His ways are good even when we can’t comprehend what is going on around us.  I didn’t want to be doom and gloom, but I just felt that I needed to share that.  I don’t know why but God wouldn’t let me publish this post without sharing it.

Dear Heavenly Father, you are Jehovah Rophe, God our healer.  And today I come to you to ask you to heal the sick.  Lord not only those that have COVID-19, but anyone who is sick.  Lord we believe in miracles and we believe that there is no sickness that you can not heal.  And in your name we ask you for healing in the bodies of those who need it right now.  We ask that whatever disease has taken up residence in their body, may it be gone in Jesus name. Jesus we also know that you have the final word.  We live in a fallen world where there is sickness and pain and at times healing doesn’t come on this side of heaven.  So for the ones that are experiencing this right now I pray for comfort and peace.  Lord I pray that you soften their hearts towards you and that they may hold on to your promises during this time.  Jesus in your name I pray that you will bless them and keep them.  That you will shine your face upon them and be gracious to them.  I pray that you will turn your face toward them and give them peace.  And that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard their hearts and their minds in Christ Jesus.  It’s in your name we pray, Amen.

Today I am reading Psalm 103 specifically verses 1-3.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”