Scripture: Psalm 51, Luke 7:36-44
“Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
I’ve prayed these words over and over and I think I will many more times. It seems I never fully accept that He will fulfill what He is saying here. I feel as my though my sins or trespasses are to terrible and often to forgive….I have a hard time forgiving myself sometimes so I find it hard to fathom that our perfect Jesus would. Even though time and time again, He reminds me of His love and mercy. I just felt my sins were to great. But then He showed me this:
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“Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Jesus loves us so much, that He died for our sins. All that He asks is that we LOVE ♥
He has forgiven me! My sins are great and many but He wants to forgive them all. I have so much to be thankful for and so much to love Him for. I need to STOP wallowing in self-pity and guilt. I was created to serve the Lord. My sins are buried and forgiven no matter how terrible they are.
My Jesus loves me. My Jesus forgave me. My Jesus will come for me.
“Since all have sinned and are saved only by grace through faith we should love God with our whole heart and present our bodies as a living sacrifice.”
-Our gratitude should inspire us to lifelong love and service to God and His Son.
Bumpy roads are bound to come, on our journey of life’s road. But Lord give me strength to over come and reach that final destination. Don’t let me get buried deep in a pothole that was dug to hinder me. Help me, instead focus on the beautiful along the road and the Son, ahead of me. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Has any of you ever felt unsure, uncertain of God’s plan for your life?
Today was one of those days for me anyway.
I married young and am the mother of two beautiful children. Ones that I love with all my heart but today I questioned if this is really what my life is supposed to be….. a stay at home mom. Isn’t there supposed to be more to my life?
I started thinking- what if we had decided to wait longer to get married, what if we had waited longer to have children, what if this, what if that…. I started doubting God had a special plan for my life.
And honestly right now I’m not sure what that is. I can’t find any great awesome reasons as to why my life is what it is right now. Or give you an inspirational comparison or encouragement…it’s just the raw truth. Sometimes in the midst of motherhood when things are rough, we wonder and we doubt. Maybe not all of us but I know I sure do…..
And I think it’s ok to admit that. I’m not saying it’s ok to dwell in “what ifs” or “what could have beens” but sometimes it does cross our minds. I think we need to talk about it. To God, to our husbands, to our friends……open up and share our struggles. Usually they are more than willing to give a word of encouragement. Especially God ❤
And you know what sometimes it might not help and we still might not understand, especially when we are buried in laundry, a messy house and screaming children. But I trust that the Lord has a plan that will someday be revealed to me. And it will be beautiful. And I feel part of that plan is to stay at home with my children for now. Even when I feel like my life should be more… Even if I don’t see any beauty or divine purpose to it tonight.
God’s plan is perfect!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
The Mennonite Wife ❤
Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.” -Luke 19:10
Jesus came for the broken, the sinners, for the ones that needed Him. How often have we been among the idle tongue waggers who are whispering “Did you see? He has gone to be the guest of a person who is a sinner!”
What we do not realize is that Jesus did not come for those who think they aren’t sinners or who think they are righteous. Those kind of people don’t need saving, now do they? Because, truly what would have been the point of our Saviour’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross if we did not need to be found or saved. If we thought that we were righteous enough to look down our noses at another and condemn him. There would have been no purpose for any of it.
I can only hang my head in guilt as I type these words. I’ve been among the ones who looked scornfully on at “The Zacchaeus” and judged his sinfulness. It’s a struggle I still still struggle with. Even though I myself know I am far from righteous. Pride wants to creep into my heart and cover up my own sinfulness. It tells me, “Well at least your better than that person.”
But the truth is no one is better than the other. It reminds of this graph design I saw recently.
This is how God sees us and our sins. Not one worse or better then the other. All equal in His sight. All in need of the one who came to seek and save that which is lost.
I don’t know about you but I for one am definitely one of the lost, and in need of saving by the Good Shepherd. So I have zero right to condemn. And Praise God!! He is willing to save a wretch like me!
Moral of the story: Always remember that I cannot save myself and that all sin is equal before our Lord. It is only through the perfect sacrifice of Christ that I am found and redeemed. Always, always stay humble 💝
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving sinners like me enough to come and save us. May I always stay humble and remember that You came for the broken, not the whole. I want to repent of my judgemental attitude and the pride that resides with in me. I ask that you may change my heart, help me to always remember that all sinners are equal in your eyes and in need of saving. I among them. Thank You for hanging on the cross for me. May the glory be to You forever and ever. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The Mennonite Wife
(Find Day # 29 here.)
Scripture Reading: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Prayer is so very important and such a beautiful sacred connection with God. We should search our words and our hearts before we pray to see what our true intentions are. Even in this we can ask the Lord help. Ask Him to root out all selfish and earthly thoughts. We want our prayers to be heard but they must be acceptable prayers. Not ones with a selfish intent or an evil motivation. Our words and thoughts should be pure and coming from a place deep within our soul.
As I learn more and more about prayer, I long to learn how to truly pray so that I may find favor in the sight of the Lord. That my words and meditations may be acceptable before our Lord. The one who redeems.
“Lord, I pray with the words of psalm 19:14, when I come before You let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight! May I become a prayer warrior in your army, Father. Help to fight the good fight and to overcome what Satan and the world may throw my way. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Sooo…… I’m gonna have to apologize once again for missing 3 days of blog posts. Eeek. I’m having to apologize a lot, aren’t I? Oh well, now I know to be a little more prepared next time and to have my blog posts scheduled in advance. Just for when busy days come my way and I don’t have the time to post. I guess it’s a learning process and I hope you will all forgive me. I also hope you have all been enjoying the challenge so far and have learned much from it. We are 3 days from finishing!! Crazy right? The busy Christmas is already arriving and I absolutely love it! But lets finish strong, and remember who should always, always be our #1 priority! Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
(Find Day # 25 here.)
Scripture Writing: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13
Jesus has a really good point here. We as selfish, sinful human beings know how to shower gifts upon our children. Even the world knows how to do this very well. Especially in this season. Its gifts galore. Everyone is spoiling children. Yet we are nothing more than human, we make many mistakes and often break promises. But we know how to gift our children.
Just imagine though, how much a perfect Father could give us! He can give us so much more than these earthly presents. Our earthly trinkets can’t even begin to compare with the blessings of the Holy Spirit. And our Lord promises to give us this gift!
All we gotta do is just ask. That’s right, we ask in faith and we shall receive. How many of you can say that of our earthly parents? No matter how loving or how great they are, I’m sure there isn’t one that hasn’t made a mistake or was always able to fulfill a promise at. It’s OK, we are bound to make mistakes, because that’s what we are. Imperfect. Not so with our heavenly Father, He always keeps His promises and gives us the greatest gift we could ever need or want. And for this I am ever so grateful! He fills the gaps of our imperfections. <3
“Father, thank you for Your perfection and for always keeping Your Word. You have never failed me. Thank you for the greatest gift You could ever give, Your Son Jesus and after Him the Holy Spirit. I am so very grateful. During this busy season of celebration, help me to never forget the reason. The birth of Your Son Jesus to the virgin Mary. May all my celebrating be a glory to the Highest. I pray this is Jesus’ name. Amen”
(Find Day #24 here.)
“I called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.”
Amen to this verse!! I was going through such a rough couple days and I cried out to the Lord. And He answered!! In the unconditional love and support of my husband and the caring heart of a dear friend. Both reached out to Lord in prayer and He answered! He showed me how blessed I am and how much the power of prayer can do. It works in so many different and mighty ways ❤️❤️
Prayer is never ever in vain. We just need to take a good look around and you will see the wonderful grace and mercy of the Lord everywhere. And often He answers in the form of those dear and close to you ❤️
“The LORD is for me among those who help me…”
“Father, I come before You with a heart filled with gratitude. Thank you for my dear friends and my loving husband. They shine as such a wonderful light to You! You care for us and listen to us. You answer our prayers. Thank you. I just ask as I continue on forward that you give me the strength to stay strong against the enemy who so longs to destroy anything holy and good. Help me to truly grasp ahold of the power of prayer and to make it a constant in my life. My speed dial to heaven ❤️Help me to grow in my walk of faith and glorify You in all I do! I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
The Mennonite Wife
Hey guys, I apologize for not posting yesterday. I had a bit of a rough day which is no excuse but could I please ask for prayers. I’m struggling quite a bit right now and have no desire or motivation to continue the prayer challenge. I cannot let the enemy win. So I please ask that you may all pray that I can overcome and finish strong with this challenge. Thank You!
(Find Day #22 here.)
Scripture Reading: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
Your child is struggling right now and is at loss for words. As you well know, I have such a hard time with prayer. So often I feel hopeless and like a failure in so many areas of my life. And prayer just seems to be one of them. Yet today you give me hope once again. You promise to help in my weakness. Well Lord, I’m feeling pretty weak right now. So I ask earnestly, “Holy Spirit speak the words I do not know to speak. For I truly do not know what I should pray for. Make intercession for me and take my hurts to the Father. Left me up out of this darkness and keep me from dwelling here. Open my eyes Lord to all the beauty and blessings around me. Remove this hold that bitterness and pessimism has on me. Renew my spirit and my mind.”
Sincerely and with a broken spirit,
The Lord always knows how to encourage us. Whenever we struggle or hurt, and we feel so helpless, He places the right words before us. He knew exactly what to say to me today. He promises He will carry me in my weakness. He sent His son to die for us, so His love for us is the truest of loves. And because of this the Holy Spirit now knows our inner most hurts and intercedes for us to the Father. We are no longer in need of any other middle man. For no other middleman could even understand the sorrows we cannot speak. The Holy Spirit does and He speaks when we cannot. Praise God for this!
“Holy Spirit, today I ask that you take my heart to the Lord, I don’t really know how to put words to the way I am feeling. Carry me through and help me overcome. The enemy has no power against you. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Day #20 & #21 will not have any posts. Wanted to focus on my family this weekend! I hope you all did your scripture writing though!
(Find Day 19 here.)
Scripture Reading: “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2
My goodness, we sinful human beings will do just about anything to get want we want without having to go to the One who gives all. And yet even after failing time and time again and often suffering great loss throughout everything, we continue to dwell in our prideful ways. We refuse to acknowledge that we are weak pathetic creatures without our Father’s strength and grace. We will rather destroy and become filled with evil to get our desires.
It is only when we humble ourselves and take everything, I mean EVERYTHING, to the Father that we truly begin to receive. Our sinful nature has just blinded us so much that we can’t seem to see that. Let’s ask the Lord to open up our eyes and remove the covers of lust and coveting so that we may clearly see prayer to Him is the only way. We cannot allow our flesh to win, or chaos and disorder will take over and we will never find true joy or peace.
“Father, remove the things that are blinding me and keeping me from You. All the worldly and stressful things I have been carrying with me; I ask that you may lift them all from my shoulders. I know that I can struggle on and on by my own strength and things will never get better. I ask now that you may carry me, help me to prioritize my life and to release all these worries surrounding me. For I know Your way is the only way. Keep me from lusting and coveting after things that i cannot and do not need to have. I ask that whatever your will may be, that it may be done. I surrender all to You, Father. May the glory be to You always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”