Mother’s day tea!
It was so sweet and I was truly blessed.
It placed a beautiful memory in my heart.
The tea party was lovely and I was so thankful to God for my family.
As the day came to a close, I realized I needed to get by myself and pray.
There had been an underlying something bothering me.
It was an unsettling, almost fidgety emotion, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.
Before the Lord, it became clear.
This fidgety unsettling feeling was simply my old nemesis: fear.
Where did that creep in?!
Yet, I knew it had to be confessed and submitted to the Lord, rather than worried over.
So, I began, with the Lord, unraveling the balled up mess of fear.
One strand at a time, until I came to the center, hurt.
Something I thought was way back in my past and long since dealt with was the center of this.
My heart hurt and I had to confess this hurt and choose again to forgive, to place it in Jesus’s understanding hands, and to ask Him to fill my hurt with healing and love.
Because when I’m full of love for the ones who hurt me, then I’m no longer afraid the hurt will come again.
Crazy thing about this circumstance, I know it was not intended, nor were they ever aware of it.
Sometimes hurt happens, and just like someone accidentally dropping something on my foot, when they dropped something on my heart I can feel the pain and realize it wasn’t on purpose.
I can walk in forgiveness.
Which was the lesson for my evening.
Although, I didn’t really like having to deal with this sin (because fear of any person but God is sin) I was thankful the Lord showed it to me.
When I first began my “Good morning” chat with the Lord, He pointed out another sin.
My feet hadn’t hit the floor, I hadn’t really done more than roll over and greet the Lord, when He unveiled my heart to me.
This time it was discontent.
It didn’t take more than a moment for God to show me my error.
I immediately recognized my need to repent and return to a place of contentment.
Which I did.
My sorrow lingered, after all I don’t like having sin creep into my life.
It’s disgusting, it hinders my walk with the Lord and my family, it’s a cancer which eats away at my relationships.
I truly appreciate God’s mercy and grace in showing me my heart that I might turn away from sin and choose what is right.
How I long for the day when I no longer struggle in the mire of my own sin and can be completely at rest in Christ.
But I would not shorten my time God has given.
That too would be sin.
Instead, I must continue to learn humility before my Lord and my fellow man.
To keep my heart daily before God, that His light of truth and love may hone me.
Although it was uncomfortable, I feel so much peace now.
To look at my sin and repent, to be washed by Jesus’s love and forgiveness is so refreshing and beautiful.
I know Jesus will continue to walk with me into today and I’m so thankful He loves me enough to deal with my sin.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for walking daily with me. Lord, thank You for dealing with both discontentment and fear in my heart. Please help me to place guards in my actions, my attitudes, and my activities that I might not slip back into either of these sins. Lord, if You would have me speak to someone in more detail so they might hold me accountable on these, I am willing. Lord, I want to live with a pure heart, and You alone are the only One who can create that in me. Please continue to polish my heart, no matter how uncomfortable it is. Thank You for all Your love, mercy, grace, and truth! You are incredible! Thank You for forgiving me. I love You, Jesus!