My Words

Matthew 12:36 (NASB)
36 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

Lord, forgive me. Can you think of times where careless words escaped your mouth? I surely can on a daily basis even when I try not to. But it’s that one thing that comes up that I can’t just let go and pray about it. Isaiah 64:6 says, “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…”  Every day I find myself asking for forgiveness but the Word says that there is no condemnation in Jesus. So, why do I continue to ask for forgiveness for the same things over and over? God will not forgive me anymore than He did the first time I asked. God does not accept guilt as an offering for His grace and mercy. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NASB) says, For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. He knew I would start off destroying the life He gave me to be a good steward over. His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has already paid the debt to cover my raggedness.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your grace and mercy is poured out upon us at every breath we take. Thank You for sending Your Son to cleanse us of our sins. Lord, let me accept Your grace as freely as You continue to give it. Forgive me for not always instantly realizing that You fulfilled the greatest act of love so that I may live freely with a repentant heart. Let my heart turn from the wickedness that it displays through my words. Let my words be acceptable in Your sight. You are are mighty, You are wonderful, and loving.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen!

 

 

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Let Me Choose

via Daily Prompt: Song

Let me choose to be happy
When tribulations come my way
Let praise be on my tongue
Let no song go unsung
Let joy be on my face
Though to my mind it can not be traced
Keep my worries at bay
Let my heart offer up praise.

~GrantedGrace72

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

When I may struggle to see past my circumstance, let me fight to see good through Your eyes, through Your Word. When I feel down and out, let Your Word lift me up.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen!

Re-post from earlier date.

Christianity and Prejudice

I struggle with the ideals of Christianity and prejudice converging forming the society that we have grown accustomed to. I struggle with understanding how minds could believe that a loving, kind, and giving God would smile upon the unmeasurable hatred that has been displayed when He clearly said in John 3:16 (KJV), For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The word whosoever defined as “whoever; whatever person” is a direct reflection of His outreach to show His love. To say that one  is inferior to the other because their religion, origin or skin color is contradictory to God Himself who cursed Miriam, the sister of Moses for speaking against Moses’ wife’s.  In Numbers 12, (1) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. The Lord heard them and become so angry that He called them out of the tabernacle to scold them (Christianity and prejudice). Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, he said, “Listen to my words:… 9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them. The Lord ended up cursing Miriam and gave her the lightest skin possible, leprosy. Her brother Moses being a humble and kind brother, pleaded for her, asking the Lord to forgive her and remove the curse but it says the Lord refused his plea.

There are so many websites, and articles that contradict each other. The Old Testament is debated greatly as the source of evidence that God is for slavery, and for oppression, and the slaughtering of many but it was not race that dictated God’s disapproval, it was the hardness of hearts that refused to believe that there was one true God or for the disciplining of those He considered to be His children. But God! I hear many share their love of those two words. I too love those words. But God, sought to save as many as He could and sent His only begotten Son. He, the Lord  Almighty wrapped in flesh chose to become a descendant of one of the most persecuted people on this Earth, the Jews. He chose. One day, Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment. In Mark 12 He responds, 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

His love, grace, and mercy knows no bounds. In Revelation 7:9 (NIV) it says, (9) After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb… 14 … “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,“they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’[a] nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b] ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]”.

We all have some prejudice in our hearts, a moment in time will give us the true answer. Whether it was taught to us by parents, friends, our environment, an incident, a hurt, an inopportune time that caused it to become embedded in our minds triggered by the sight of…them, whoever your them is. I pray that we allow God to search our hearts and uproot any hatred, and anger, anything that is not like Him, anything that does not fall in line with His GREATEST commandment to love all.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Forgive me Lord for allowing the circumstances of these times to corrupt the heart that You have given me to protect. Forgive me for allowing the pain that I have experienced to overcome me and seep into the cracks I left exposed and began to display in my actions. Forgive me Lord. I ask Lord that You take control of my heart. Cleanse me of whatever is not of You and allow Your love to pour into me so that I can pour into others. Grow me up Lord in You.

In the name of Jesus I pray!

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Train Me Up In the Way You Will Have Me To Go

Just as my page title says, I am a WORK IN PROGRESS. As a parent I continuously find myself entangled and sorting through arguments that seem so frivolous that I need a minute to comprehend them. I start yelling as well! Making demands and corrections.

I grew up in a household where conversation and laughter was rarely experienced as a child. Normal dialogue came at an elevated tone to describe the latter of it so, that is all I knew of parenting. So my step children and biological children had to live through me learning how to be a parent and not a product of my upbringing.

I have struggled through this, completely unaware of what was missing in my life and unaware of my broken self, I continued in the production phase of parenting. It was not until and before I began to realize that the Lord began to pull on me, I fought it. Even when the Holy Spirit would nudge me and say this is not the way. I would still do it my way. Why? Because it was familiar to me. I knew it. I understood it. I’ve got this!
Then the weight began to pull me down. Is this who you want to be? A product being poured into the life of another. It took years! And I mean years just to GET my attention! The Lord never abandoned me. Then, I was too broken and too hurt and unable to go on in the manner I had grown accustomed to.

I had to allow myself to remember the grace of our Almighty Father. The One who forgave me for my sins; the One who listens when I cry and complain about circumstances, though I should be content and pray instead; the One who allows me another day to get it right even though more times than not I selfishly choose not to; the One who sorts through the messes I make so that they make sense.

So now when I hear those arguments starting, from the time I hear the first elevated voice to the foot stomping down the hall in my direction, I am LEARNING to pray, Lord give me the words to speak when they come to me to sort things out.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive me for not standing in the position of mother that You entrusted to me in a gracious and merciful manner as You have been to me. Forgive me for pouring emptiness into my children when it was supposed to be Your Word. Forgive me for taking Your grace and mercy for granted. Thank You for continuing to chide me when I walked away. Lord, You have a purpose for my children, they were Yours before they were mine. Stand in their voids Lord that I leave. Fill them with You so that they will be whole because we are nothing without You. Walk with me Father as I continue to stand in this God-given position as a mother and let me not take another day for granted. Let my children hear Your voice when I speak and not the weak flesh that I so easily portray.

In the name of Jesus I pray,
Amen!

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

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With Splendor

Isaiah 52 NIV

Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
2 Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive.
3 For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.”
4 For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“At first my people went down to Egypt to live;
lately, Assyria has oppressed them.
5 “And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.
“For my people have been taken away for nothing,
and those who rule them mock,[a]”
declares the Lord.
“And all day long
my name is constantly blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people will know my name;
therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
Yes, it is I.”
7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
9 Burst into songs of joy together,
you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there!
Touch no unclean thing!
Come out from it and be pure,
you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.
12 But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+52&version=NIV

On My Way

I am a work in progress;
A product of pain I confess.
I never knew the comforts of love
Though those who gave didn’t know what it was
My resources poured into me
A cup filled, overflowing with empty.
A cycle, I poured out into my own
Absent of the greatest love ever known.
I am a work in progress;
A product of pain I must confess.
Then it was the Lord that came to me
Filling the voided spaces in need.

~GrantedGrace72

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me Lord to forgive myself the way that You have forgiven me. I am an empty vessel, broken in many ways, needing Your healing and guidance to be a better mother, to be a better child, to be a better person, to be a better disciple for Your Word. Fill me with Your Spirit so that my void is filled with You and You overflow onto those around me because I fail in my own strength. I fail but through You I can do all things.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen!!!

 

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Broken Vows

via Daily Prompt: Betrayed

We were bound by vows
But weakened by trials,
and tribulations thereafter.
A home that was full of laughter
was gradually replaced.
Now pain and regret stands in its place.
A lifetime of love that was promised to be
turned out to be just a fantasy;
a dream that I was awakened from,
a possibility that would not come.
I tried to close my eyes and go back
to where we were,
back to when we put each other first.
I wanted to see the smiles on our face,
the ones now that have been erased.
I wanted to feel that warmth of serenity,
The way I felt when you held me…
Once upon a time.
But, you wanted me to give and give
and never question what your motive is.
You’re insistent upon putting guilt in my heart
Because I can no longer be silent and play the part.
You want a “good little wife” who will
let your ‘lives’ be.
A role that will destroy the existence of me
You have drained my hearts last drop that was
You have taken the last sweat and tears of my love.

~GrantedGrace72

 

Have you ever felt that way? Like you’ve given the last of yourself to someone only to be looked at like you never gave enough? I wonder, is this how we see Jesus sometimes? He gave His life so that we could have life more abundantly but He didn’t work out one situation and now what He did wasn’t enough. Being hurt is not easy. We have hurt others and we all have been hurt at some point in our lives. While in sin we had to rely on our own selves to get over and deal with the pain but while in Christ, He will teach us how to guard our hearts from the evils of this world, if we will invite Him in. It may not be easy at first but if we continue to seek Him – He will mend our broken pieces so that we may be testaments when we show our healed wounds and turn others to Him, just as He did .

Dear Heavenly Father,

The pain that weighs me down feels unbearable. I don’t know how to get over this. I don’t know what to do but Lord the word says that You are near the brokenhearted. Be near me now Lord.  Let me do good to those who have hurt me so that Your ways can be exemplified. Let me show Your love even when my heart hurts too much to look past in my own strength.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Amen!

 

 

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