Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:10 CEB
Father thank You for this day. Your gift to me that I accept. Thank You for the humbling experiences. Thank You for the passing moments. Thank You for the pain, frustration, misery, guilt, shame, tears, and fear. I thank You for these things because through it all I still have You.
Through it all I am still here, still standing, and still testifying about Your greatness. I thank You for all that I have gone through and am going through because these experiences peel back the false layers of “me” and reveal the true me which is a reflection of You.
I thank You for this pain and for the deep valleys and steep mountains that I have been subjected to, because I know that You are allowing me to take this journey for my own good, to strengthen me, to remind me that You are always here and that You are my All in All. Thank You Father for answering my prayers. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray and give thanks to You. Amen.
I opened my Bible today to this chapter and quickly noted that I had used the passage before. I checked, and indeed I had used it in 2011. But I was still moved to share it today because it touched me and in my heart I believed that it would touch others, possibly even you.
I hope it has.
Life has tons of bumps, thorns, valleys, pits, hurdles, borders, mountains, and barriers. To experience them and live through those experiences is a blessing, and only possible because of God. L
Be grateful for waking up each day even if you want to stay in bed and hide from the world. God wakes you to face the world, face your challenges, face the enemy, and to face yourself. Don’t disrespect Him by pulling the covers over your head. Get up and see what He has in store for you!
I often pray for God’s molding, strength, courage, enlightenment, wisdom, growth, deeper faith, more hope and patience, and perseverance. I honestly don’t think deep and long about what I will have to truly endure in order to receive these gifts. To gain these gifts from God I have to go through the trials and tribulations. I have to feel and experience all of the emotions that come from taking the human approach over the spiritual one. I have to go through the roller coaster ride to see why God’s way was better than mine. I have to experience the good and the bad, the joy and the pain, so that I can realize that all things are made possible by God.
If Jesus, David, Joseph, Samson, Job, and so many others can endure what they went through then why can’t we? Why can’t I? Jesus sacrificed the most, for all of us, yet some of us act as though the world is going to end or like life isn’t worth living because we’re lacking the modern conveniences associated with wealth. Some of us merely exist in a dark ‘cloud’ because a loved one was promoted from this level of existence to a better one. Instead of celebrating and honoring that person’s life and legacy, we live our lives the way they would not want us to live. We dishonor them and our Father. We hurt Him when we do not live right, act right, and humbly accept our blessings.
Humble yourselves and watch how you’re lifted up in every aspect of your life! I’m learning. I’m learning.
Questions of the Day
1. What do you want most in life? List them out 1-10(+)
2. Describe what life would be like if you had all of the things you desire?
3. Who would play a role in helping you get that new life?
4. Did you have all, most, or some of these things before? If so, which ones? How did you feel living this way?
5. What is preventing you from having that life right now?
6. Looking at your life right now in the present, since you don’t have all of the things that you desire, what have you done or not done that has caused you to be where you are right now in life?
7. Of the things you listed in question 1, how many of those things are:
– physical, but not material?
8. If your answer (or one of your answers) to question 5 was “money”, what is preventing you from having that money?
9. What do you think God wants you to see, realize, and embrace about your ideal, dream list?
10. What do you think God wants you to see, realize, and embrace about your current life?
11. Comparing your current life with your ideal life, describe a life that you could be comfortable with if not the one you described in questions 1 and 2.
12. What are your thoughts now about your life?
Take a few moments to get in a comfortable seating position. Now close your eyes, breathe slowly (and don’t move any part of your body) as you allow your mind to freely bring in, untangle, clear away, and address everything that’s funneling in, and the issues that you are going through. God is trying to communicate to you through people and circumstances. The most important two questions are:
– Are you listening?
– Are you obediently responding in a favorable way?
Close your eyes and just listen.
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