Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Or maybe you start your day doing great, only to end it feeling poor.
I sit here feeling kind of blah.
Blah because I don’t know how God will handle everything I’m concerned about.
Blah because I know that I should know: God has everything handled.
Blah because I still feel irritated at people I am desperately trying to forgive.
Blah because I’m not really accepting the grace Jesus died for.
Blah because I want to connect with God, yet I feel ashamed to.
Blah because it is weird to tell people you’re feeling these kinds of things.
Blah. Blah-dee. Blah-blah.
So, I pray, “Here in the place of blah, God, what do you have for me?” And here’s what He empowers me to do:
If Jesus busted out of the tomb, so can I.
If the dull sounds of guilt-ridden religiosity didn’t hold Jesus back from new life, neither should my sins.
If Jesus left me peace, it is mine for the taking.
If He forgave me, I can forgive others.
If there are new mercies every day, I can seize them right now.
If Jesus died to cover me with grace, covered I am.
If I don’t know what to do, I can lean not upon my own understanding, trust Him and know: He’ll make my paths straight.
If I feel disappointed by my lot in life, I can give thanks for the whole lot of stuff I do have.
If I wonder if people will ever change, I can simply praise Him for my inner-change.
If I can’t forgive myself, I can remember how Jesus’ death on the cross proves He already has.
If I feel unloved, I can remember His constant never-ending outpouring love from above.
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Ro. 8:31-32
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? …No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Ro. 8:35, 37
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ro. 8:38-39
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I love how you tell it like it is, Kelly! You know what we’ve thinking, and then you share God’s truth to empower us!
#truth! He is so much bigger than our feelings!
Kelly – Loved your words. I say and do something similar. I carry a little cross on my keychain to remind me of all Jesus did. Then when getting in a place where I have to do something I think is way beyond me I say, “If Jesus did that I certainly can do this.”
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“Jesus busted out of the tomb, and so can I!” Yes, sister! Love this! My anthem for the day!!
Amen! Sometimes we just have to preach truth to ourselves. laurensparks.net
I’m going to remember your prayer, “Here in the place of blah, God, what do You have for me.” And the answers.
Oh, those blah’s like to hit us often don’t they? But yes, we can speak truth and renew our minds to the truth! I love your reminder that Jesus left us His peace it’s ours for the taking! So needed this line today. 🙂 Thanks
“If Jesus died to cover me with grace, covered I am.” I love being reminded of these truths. They are game-changers!
We need to remind ourselves of the truths of the gospel every day, don’t we, especially when we are discouraged!
Great post Kelly,
I only read Romans 8: 38 & 39 in devotions this morning…mmmmm…God is re asserting this to me! I need to take note!
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