“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9
Let’s talk about forgiveness. Sometimes it’s down right hard. In the last 6 months or so I had a falling out with two people I dearly love. Two people who have been a big part of my life since I was 16. I have made a point to call them almost every morning during coffee for YEARS. I never imagined that I would go 6 months without a word to them. Yet, I did. And,I struggled. I missed them. Those morning conversations. I KNEW in my heart that I needed to forgive them as Jesus does me DAILY. However, the enemy just kept reminding me that these people had don’t wrong by my household and I just couldn’t fathom “letting them of the hook.” for this. But, ya see… forgiveness isn’t about the person who wronged us. It’s about our peace. Our right standing with God. Forgiving them doesn’t mean you were wrong and the other person was right. It means that you are big enough to know that your peace isn’t worth it. Thankfully I have forgiven these people AND mended the relationship. And I’m happy with that! Now, forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to have them back in your life or that things have to go back to how they were. It just means you have chosen to let it go because God has forgiven and forgotten our sins many times over. I mean, Jesus KNEW we would be sinners and he STILL went to the cross for us to be forgiven. And, if we are aiming to be Christ- like and have peace… forgiveness. I challenge you today to forgive whoever if you are harboring unforgiveness toward somebody. Decide right now to forgive them. Do it for you and your peace. Then ponder and pray where to take that relationship from this point forward.
Faith over fear
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
So much fear. That’s what I see around me lately. With every crowded grocery store and every empty shelf, it’s just a trickle from one person to another. That boat stops here. In our house, we are choosing FAITH over fear. There is much wisdom is being prepared for an emergency, which is why we have an emergency fund with no less than $1,000. That’s wise. What’s not wise is leaning into and BELIEVING what the world says over leaning into the truth of the Bible. God’s word was the same over 2000 years ago as it is TODAY. This very minute during the uncertainty and fear about COVID-19, the flu, a sinus infection… none of it catches God off guard.
I’d like to encourage you with something I experienced earlier tonight. Sitting in my own living room. Among the worldy chaos, I felt God say to me, “it’s going to be okay.” As a woman who by nature is generally anxious, that definitely wasn’t a pep talk I was giving myself. Along with it, I felt a peace. It was a calming reassure. A gentle and loving reminder- just like God to do it in such a way. That friend is what I want to encourage you with tonight. As we lay our heads down and kiss our kiddos goodnight, whatever fear or worry you may have, be it COVID-19 or something else, GIVE IT TO GOD. He can take it AND he WANTS to take it. If you are reading this and aren’t a believer or you just don’t know what to make of this whole Jesus thing, I would just s ask you .. if you are down to nothing (which is where most of us are unfortunately when we call on him) what do you have to lose by giving it a go and talking to God tonight? You don’t have to be a great speaker or even have good grammar with God. He just wants you to come to him. To have your heart. I mean he created YOU, SO, you won’t surprise him by anything you say.
God’s only way is up. ❤️