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For those who are LED by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14

Does a rushing busyness lead you through your day? Perhaps your emotions simply drag you along. Think about what you are allowing to lead you today.

God calls us to be LED by His Spirit. It’s not an easy thing to wrap our minds around. Here is a tool, in the form of the acronym L-E-D.

L – Look for His Mercies

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Every morning God’s limitless love and faithfulness are fresh and waiting. His plan is not for you to be “consumed” by anything today.  Be intentional and thank Him for His love and faithfulness as you begin the day.

It is good to proclaim Your unfailing love in the morning, Your faithfulness in the eveningPsalm 92:2

Sandwich your day between declaring His love over you in the morning and in the evening thanking Him for His faithful care.

E – Encourage Daily

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

Take the time to allow God to encourage your heart. Listen for His still, small voice as He nudges you to encourage someone else along the way.

All of us can be deceived by the lie, “You are all alone”. Especially at times of loss or crisis or difficulty. Our hearts can begin to harden and we need the daily encouragement of our Lord and each other as we share the journey of life. You are not alone.

D – Declare Thanksgiving

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23

Thanksgiving is so much more than the trite “have an attitude of gratitude”. Thanksgiving is a doorway that actually opens the way for God to amaze us and bring His plans and purposes to pass. It prepares the way for God to come into our lives and our circumstances. WOW!

Father God, Today I want to be LED by Your Spirit in a fresh way. Please show me Your loving mercies as I look for them. Encourage my heart and show me who I can encourage. Please give me a fresh outlook of thanksgiving that I might open that door that prepares the way for Your power in my life. Fill me with thanksgiving for all You are and for Your never-ending love and faithfulness to me. I love You Lord and I look to You to lead me this day. ?In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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“Commit your works (actions) to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”  Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)

This week I’ve heard several people express a sense of simply feeling rather lost. They had hoped for more of a sense of direction as fall approached. The causes are varied but the feeling is the same.

  • Some are tired of the constant unknowns
  • Some feel at a loss as to what to do next
  • Some are discouraged
  • Some are fearful of their tomorrows
  • Some are grieving loss of what is gone

We all have times when uncertainty gets to us. There is a need to have our thoughts established or we can find they can go off the rails and drag us down.

Here is a short exercise that is helpful when we feel at a loss during the day. It makes a world of difference to pause and practice these four steps. We can find our way forward step-by-step with God’s help.

F.I.N.D.

F- Focus check.  Check in on yourself and see where your thoughts are focusing.
Acknowledge if you are leaning too much toward the negative side and choose to make a change. Be honest.

I –  Invite God.    Pray a simple prayer of invitation to ask God for His help in choosing   your focus today. Be sincere.

N- Name your blessings.      Look around with fresh eyes to see what blessings you have  right now and thank God for them. It can be easy to lose sight of them when question marks swirl. Be specific.

D- Do something specific.    Get up and choose one activity or task and do it for 15 minutes. Take a quick walk, tidy a shelf or drawer, plan what you   need for your next project.
Be intentional.

Lord God, Thank you for Your promise that when I commit my way to You, even when I don’t know what to do next, You can be counted on to establish my thinking and help me find my way forward. Thank you for the good things in my life. I need You Lord and I thank you for Your presence with me. Guide me and hold me steady today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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I needed to hear that”, Kelly said with a catch in her voice. The layoff notice had come as a complete surprise. Anger and panic had welled up within her. Sue had listened to her vent. Then she had spoken quietly and gently reminded Kelly that God knew of this turn of events. He would direct her through the unknown path. He could be counted on to guide her. He would give her wisdom. Kelly’s heart was comforted and strengthened. She was encouraged to go on and her heart softened at the reminder of God’s care.

God’s Word alerts us that in difficult times our hearts can go astray. They can become hardened and turn away from God.

We all know that wondering of “Where is God?” when something significant does not go as we had hoped or planned and life seems to tumble around us.

We live in a world that acknowledges God less and less. Often the choices of others affect us in hard ways. Politics at work, relationships with those we care about, finances, even health issues. We can feel alone and our faith can feel slippery as we walk.

When clouds gather in our lives we can begin to allow unbelief into our hearts. It’s very subtle and slips in. We pray less and our Bible sits unopened more. When we don’t understand God, unbelief creeps in. It can harden our hearts to the point where we tune out God even when He speaks to us. We can find rebellion creeping up on us if we are not monitoring our hearts. Listen to God’s words to us…

See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

God knows the tendency of our hearts toward unbelief. That’s why He counsels us in these matters. We need to be aware of keeping our hearts soft. God’s call to “Encourage one another daily…” helps build a reservoir within our own hearts … it helps keep our hearts soft.

It is easy to be deceived into thinking God doesn’t have our best interest at heart, especially when things don’t go well. We need to guard our hearts against unbelief and rebellion and know that, in those tough places, He is there to guide us through and teach us.

When you feel unbelief slipping into your soul and find rebellion nibbling around the edges of your heart, seek out spiritual encouragement. Walk and talk with a friend and be honest in sharing your need of prayer. Do a Bible study on a topic that grabs at your heart. Choose to spend some time with God and cry out to him from the depths of your soul telling Him all the things in your heart. Choose to turn toward Him. God will encourage you even when people aren’t there to. Choose to draw near to Him and ask Him to help your unbelief.

When we receive encouragement in our soul from God, we are then in a position to give encouragement. You cannot offer something you don’t possess.

Then, when you hear despair in the lives of those around you or in the emails of those writing to you, you will be equipped to encourage them with words from Scripture, or a gentle reminder of God’s everlasting love even when the road ahead is obscured.

It’s an amazing circle. Daily speaking of God’s care will not only encourage others and bring comfort, strength and hope…it will also encourage you and help keep your own heart soft and your faith strong.

“He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Pay attention to God’s warning against unbelief. Our faith in Jesus is our most valued treasure. If you lose it there is nothing of true value left. Guard against an unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Turn to Him and ask Him to speak to you. Watch for those whose hearts are turning away and ask God to give you encouragement to share. It will build you up as you do.

Prayer: Father God, I know the tendency of my own heart to grow hard around the edges with unbelief and even rebellion at times. I choose to draw near to You and ask that You would encourage my heart and help my unbelief. I need You to refresh my inner being and give me strength.Encourage me through Your Word. Give me a greater desire to read it and to pour my heart out to you. Give me people in my life who will share with me the encouragement they receive from You. Help me to encourage others whose hearts are growing hard in difficult times. Daily be my source in everything I pray, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…”
Ephesians 1:17-20

There are places and times when we feel we need extra wisdom, insight, guidance and strength. We long for understanding in situations that seem confusing. We need revelation when truth is being hidden or skewed.

God provides all these things to His children through the Holy Spirit. Paul the apostle, prayed for believers to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so they could know God better. This prayer is still for us today. It reflects what is available to believers… to you and me.

Why do we allow ourselves to live in confusion and even chaos when we can be equipped by the Holy Spirit of God. Do we miss the wisdom and revelation we can have from God because we drown out that quiet voice of the Spirit by our busy lives? In so doing we are actually choosing the chaos and confusion. Think about it. This is not God’s plan for you. Know He wants to equip you to walk in wisdom, revelation, strength and power right where you are. He wants you to know Him better.

Heavenly Father, Thank you that Your Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Thank you that Your Spirit will lead me to know You better. Fill my spirit afresh today with the wisdom and revelation, the strength and comfort I need to walk in the areas that perplex me. Quiet my heart to hear Your Spirit specifically in (name your own perplexing circumstance) . Thank you that You equip me by Your Spirit. I pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.

Thought: Think of one area where you are experiencing perplexity, confusion or chaos and invite God right now to begin to show You His wisdom in this situation.

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As we grow in trusting the Lord daily with our situations, as we acknowledge Him in all our ways, as we release our cares to Him … we can expect a result.

God’s word is clear about the results of trusting the Lord. Listen to what He says,

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.” 
Jeremiah 17:7 & 8

As we walk through our days with a confident expectation in the Lord, knowing He will meet us in the midst of our need, we will feel His blessing on our hearts. Our circumstances may remain challenging yet His strength will steady us, His comfort will touch us, His peace will wash over us, His presence will encase us, His wisdom will guide us and His love will surround us.

When our roots go down deep into all the Lord is we will remain fruitful and green even when there is drought all around us.

Feast your heart and mind on all He is today. Your roots will draw water from a deep place and you will be blessed.

Father God, Life is full of cares and around me there is much drought of many kinds. Thank you that You are all I need. Thank you that You will guide me and shepherd me through the maze of life as I trust You with my whole heart. Increase my faith today as I trust You with and in the cares of my life. (name them specifically). I thank You and pray this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.

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God invites us, in the midst of our instability and times of turmoil, to be brimming with worship and deep reverence before God.

How is that possible? The 5 steps we have discussed in this series take us to a place where our roots go down deep into all God is and all He offers us as we trust in Him. He helps us to:

•    Keep alert
•    Keep a soft heart
•    Keep training
•    Keep unity
•    Keep going

When all is said and done it is His kingdom values that will strengthen our lives in the very core of our being.

Even though we know we will share in God’s Kingdom in eternity, there is still hope for today in every maze of life we find ourselves in.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:25

As we put our roots down and tap into the strength and resources of God, we will find an unshakable source in the kingdom of God to steady and strengthen us. This knowledge brings us to a place of thanksgiving. As we experience the unshakable kingdom of God within us our hearts are filled with worship and awe. We begin to experience the deep well of all our God is.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…” Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20

The kingdom of God is within you.” Matthew 17:21

Prayer: Father God, It is only by the power of Your Holy Spirit that I can keep the faith in trying times. Fill me with Your Spirit. By Your Spirit give me a heart that is thankful for all You are as my Provider, my All-sufficient One and my Strength. Let reverence and awe fill my heart with worship as I look up from my circumstances to You, my faithful and true God, my Rock and my Hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Does life sometimes seem dull and grey, ebbing away in busy activity? Your faith is still intact, yet does your life lack that dynamic sense of energy and purposefulness that is the birthright of God’s children?

Some days I feel it too. The Holy Spirit in our lives offers us the power to be able to live above the frenzy with purpose, enthusiasm and divine energy.

The role of the Holy Spirit is to transform us to become more like Jesus, to be filled with the fresh dynamic of His power, willing to undergo the changes He may ask. The Spirit gives us strength so we are ready to grapple with our part in spreading the Gospel with energy and purposefulness.

Paul, the world-changing follower of Jesus, understood this and was led by the Holy Spirit to urge others to offer themselves to God as an act of worship. The invitation and instruction remain for us today.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Peter, another who understood the dynamic of following Jesus, encourages us in much the same way.

Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. …For you know that it was not with perishable things such a silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you form your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ.1 Peter 1: 13-18

The first step in our journey of exploring the Holy Spirit is to allow our minds to be transformed and our hope set fully on Jesus, who saved us from an empty way of life. We simply need to embrace His Spirit and His power and allow Him to change us, beginning with our thoughts.

Holy Father, I need You. Teach me more about Your Holy Spirit. I offer myself to You as my act of worship. Transform my mind. Help me to be self-controlled. Enable me to look beyond the distractions of life. Show me afresh the dynamics of living as Your follower as I allow Your Spirit to be alive in me. Help me in understanding my part in Your work. In Jesus’ powerful name I ask this, amen.

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The words caught my attention. Ambient Stress. Stress that swirls around with no place to go for conclusion. Uncertainty with no certainty in sight.

Some stress we can take hold of and manage. Things within our control such as:

  • Stress about our body – we can take concrete steps towards health.
  • Stress about our finances – we can do the math and make different choices, or talk to someone who can guide us.
  • Stress about our time or commitments or relationships – we can take stock and put in one small change at a time to move things forward.

 Ambient stress is different. It swirls around us, out of our control, and we have no way to input or bring change to the actual circumstances. Uncertainty becomes normal.

  • When will this virus let up and let us move on again?
  • Will I have a job to go back to? Will my retirement savings be gone?
  • Will we be able to go camping this summer?

There are some things we can do for ourselves in the midst of this swirling ambient stress.

  • We can stop to breathe. Our breath of life is calming as we stop to breathe deeply.
  • We can choose where we will focus. On uncertainty, or on thankfulness in this moment.
  • We can take care to eat well, rest, and talk to someone when things feel overwhelming.
  • We can make a plan just for today. Not to simply ‘get through’, but to enjoy the day, and to reach out beyond ourselves in some small way.

Still, there are some things we can’t do for ourselves. When our needs overwhelm us and the ambient stress swirls us along toward more uncertainty and fear, there is a place to find peace for our souls. Even before the downward pull comes, we can reach out and meet the day in God’s strength.

The Lord says,

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

 Our weak places can be the very entry point of the Lord’s power. He is the anchor for our souls. He reaches much deeper and holds us more securely than our own power and strength ever can.

Lord, Thank you that You are the Source of my strength. I don’t want to wait for the ambient stress to swirl me downward into the whirlwind of anxiety and unanswered uncertainty today.  I am reaching out in faith for the anchor of Jesus. I offer my weak places of worry to You right now. (Name them) Thank you that Your strength can be the power I need beyond myself. When I feel that downward pull today, even before I feel it, help me to reach for Your hand of strength. I pray this with thanksgiving in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

As we release our cares to the Lord and as we continue to grow in trusting Him daily, we can expect results.

God’s Word is clear about what happens when we trust Him. When our roots go down deep, when we believe He is our hope, and when we put our confidence in His strength to carry us, He promises that we will remain fruitful and green — even when there is drought all around us. What a picture!

As we walk through our days with confident expectation in the Lord, we will feel His blessing and His calm in our hearts. Our circumstances may remain challenging, yet…

His strength will steady us,
His comfort will touch us,
His peace will wash over us,
His presence will encase us,
His wisdom will guide us,
And His love will surround us.

Feast your heart and mind on all He is today. Your roots will draw water from a deep place and you will be blessed and refreshed.

Father God, life is full of cares and around me. There is drought of many kinds. Thank You that You are all I need. Thank You that You will guide me and shepherd me through the maze of life as I trust You with my whole heart. Increase my faith today as I trust You in and with the cares of my life. (Name them specifically). I thank You and pray this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.

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Little irritations can seem so big at times. The backup in traffic; the spilled milk; we all have our own list of little things that grate on us as we go through our day.

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16

Stress experts tell us that the little stresses, which are short term and temporary, need to be managed and put behind us. If we let them become front and center in our minds they will accumulate and leave us unable to handle the larger stresses of life that come to us all from time to time.

It’s an emotional banking system really. Don’t spend your emotional energy on things that don’t matter in the long haul. Let them go. Listen to music during the traffic jam, just wipe up the milk, and give yourself a margin of time in your schedule so you aren’t always running to the max.

A friend asked me one day how I was doing. I sighed and said,  “Really busy“. Her reply startled me. She said, “I guess that’s what you’re choosing“.

I didn’t like her reply but I thought about it. There was a lot in my life I didn’t have the final say on, but there was also a lot I was choosing. So I simply began to choose differently and it made a world of difference.

Try changing some small choices in your life:

–  Give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes in travel time to appointments.

–  Eliminate some activities outside of home that are unnecessary. Do you really need to be there?

–  Take time to look into the eyes of the people in your home when you speak to them.

–  Identify the little stresses and determine to keep them to size.

–  Say a prayer for strength as you need it.

Spend your emotional energy wisely. Don’t waste it on non-essentials.

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I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17b-19

God’s Word is powerful.

Pray it into your life.

Father in Heaven, What wonderful understanding Your word gives. Today I ask that You would give me strength in my inner being. Sometimes I feel so fragile and weak. Those around me may not know or see but You do and You reach out to strengthen me.

Help me to remember that today I have the living Christ dwelling within me. Remind me that this is my Source today in all I need to face or do.
Lord God, help me to grasp how very much You love me. Help me to see how I am grounded by that love and rooted in it as a  anchor for my life. Help me to believe it….. this wonder of Your equipping love in my life that I have access to through Your Spirit.

Remind me of this rich love that You pour over and into my life. Remind me, by Your Spirit, that it is wider and longer and higher and deeper than I can ever imagine. Let me feel wrapped and encased in that love today.

Help me to grasp this truth when I am tempted to despair over my own limited abilities and resources.
Fill me up with a fullness and a completeness that can come from nothing else.

Set me on a journey today to reply on You in every detail of my life. Let me live in the fullness of Your love today like never before. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

Thought: Read the above scripture through every day for 5 days. Let the truth of God’s love steep into your soul.

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Her faith felt weak as she faced this new challenge. Her husband just lost his job. Inwardly shaky yet outwardly strong she said all the right and reassuring things. She only wished she could believe them.

Faith is easy when the way is well lit. Yet when you walk in the dim light of struggles, faith must be a decision. God knows we will sometimes feel shaky in our faith. He puts promises in His Word to become a lifeline in those “rock your world” moments that surprise all of us at times.

If you are in one of those times right now then know this, “GOD IS ABLE”! Listen to the promise of His Word to you, His child…

And GOD IS ABLE to make all grace abound (overflow!) to you so that in all things at all times having all that you need you WILL abound (overflow) in every good work.2 Corinthians 9:8

Take your eyes off of your circumstance right now just for a moment. Turn your focus to this verse and say out loud, “God is able!”.

He can give you what you need as you face your particular challenge. His grace will extend to your emotions too so that you will be able to overflow even to the point of touching others.

This is more than just surviving; more than simply getting by… this is tapping into the divine help and strength of our God who is able!

Choose to have faith in His desire and ability to help you. Determine to trust Him today. Ask Him to increase your faith. Write “GOD IS ABLE” on a scrap of paper and put it on your computer screen, your mirror or the dash of your car.
Look for His grace to be extended to you in your circumstances and in your emotions.

As you focus on God, rather than on your current challenge, you will be made new in the attitude of your mind. (Ephesians 4:23)

Prayer: Father God, You alone know how shaky I feel on the inside. I ask You today to strengthen my faith. Help me to focus on You, my God who is able. Give me an expectant heart and an attitude of true confidence that You will be all I need. In Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.

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“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Today will come with its challenges. That is simply part of life. Some days have more challenges than others but each day we find opportunities to grow forward in our faith or to shrink back in frustration.

When you stop to Intentionally put into your heart and mind just who your great God is – and all the resources He offers you, you will feel a shift happen in your soul.

Choosing this focus will cause your heart to rejoice and will lead you to pray in greater faith and trust that He is able to do immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine.

This focus will cause thanksgiving in your heart. Thankfulness changes the way we see and the way we walk.

Father God, Today I want to go step by step through my day with my heart rejoicing because You are in my life. I want to pray with complete trust that You will guide me. I want to walk with gratitude and thanksgiving. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and enable me to grow through my challenges today. Thank you for Your constant love and presence in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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I was talking with a young woman about worry. She said, “Sometimes you just can’t help it”. And we would tend to agree. Sometimes things seem big. Sometimes things are big! Yet God tells us to worry about nothing! It seems impossible to us.

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything: tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.” Philippians 4:6 (Living Bible).

This same verse that tells us not to worry actually tells us how to accomplish it.

God actually gives us the formula against worry. There are three steps:

Pray about everything

Nothing is too big or too small for God to handle.

If it concerns you, it concerns Him.

Tell God your needs – take the time to talk things over with God. Don’t just plead for help, tell Him what you need. Ask for His guidance and His supply.

Don’t forget to thank Him for His answers

Start thanking in advance. Exercise your faith. Offer praise as a sacrifice to a faithful God, believing He will be faithful beyond the fog and the worry you now feel.

And then there’s the promise! The amazing thing God does… because He loves you!

If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 7 (Living Bible)

Try it today. Take what is worrying you and talk to God about it. Begin to thank Him for His faithfulness and the help, insight and guidance He will bring to you. And experience Him quieting your thoughts and your heart and bringing you His peace. It’s amazing and it’s unexplainable. Experience it today!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Word that tells me how to deal with the worries that crowd in upon my heart and mind today. Father, I just want to tell You about them right now…I ask for Your help and Your guidance in each concern. Thank you that You are a faithful God and that You see beyond the fog that clouds my view right now. Thank you that You are able to do what I can’t even imagine right now. I declare my trust in You and I ask You to fill me with Your peace. Quiet my heart and mind today. Help me to see each worry that creeps in as a call to prayer. I praise You that You are my strength and my help, my God in whom I trust! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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It was Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, and I was greeting women at the back of the church. First one took my hand and blinked back a tear as she told me how hard this day is for her. She never could have a baby of her own.

Another hugged me and thanked me for praying for those who hurt on this day. Her grown kids never call and her heart aches. Another missed her Mom who had died. Another longed for her child who is gone.

One was not there at all. She had told me she wouldn’t be. She believes she has failed as a mother and the feelings are too hard to face, so she ignores the day.

Still another gave me a long silent hug… no words. We had walked together for a piece on the road of post abortion.

Mother’s Day is heralded far and wide and it is a wonderful celebration. Sunday brunches, roses by the dozen, spa day specials and breakfast in bed all help set aside the day to honor mothers.

Yet for so many it is a day of unspoken pain.

But there is a place for you when the roses don’t come and there is no seat at the brunch. There is a special invitation just for you… listen… it comes from the heart of your Father God, spoken by His son Jesus…

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

The invitation is for those who have pain within their soul; those who are burdened down and weary; those for whom Mother’s Day hurts.

How do you claim this rest when your soul is in pain? You reply to His invitation.

If your heart hurts this Mother’s Day, there are some things you can do as you look to God to bring rest to your soul.

Symbolic gestures can be helpful in bringing healing. As you have asked God to bring you comfort, consider some tangible action as you focus on Him, your helper and your healer.

If you have lost a child by miscarriage, death or abortion, consider planting a rose bush or a flower bed in memory of that special little life.

If you are missing your own Mom who is gone, or filled with regret for what you did not have with her when she was alive, take a potted plant to a nursing home. Brighten some elderly mother’s lonely day and let her know she is cared about.

If your arms long for the child you never had, ask God to begin to heal your heart and to help you reach out to some child who is starved for the love you have to give. This takes time. Be gentle with yourself and run often to the Father for His continued healing.

If relationships are strained or cut off, ask God to show you how to begin rebuilding. Go slow and ask for His direction. It may be time to think about sending a simple, “I’m thinking of you” card.

If you can, invite a friend to a picnic in the park or to sit on your deck and drink iced tea on Mother’s Day.

Our Father God desires for your heart to be whole and healed and to give you rest for your soul. He always pulls us upward and onward. It will take time, but with your hand in His, He will enable you to move forward.

If you are stuck on inward and downward, talk to a trusted friend, pray together, get counsel if necessary.

God waits with open arms to comfort you. His desire for you is to heal your broken heart. Let this Mother’s Day be different. Accept His invitation and begin the journey from pain to promise and find rest for your soul.

Father God, My heart hurts with unspoken pain. I need Your help to just get through today. I need Your comfort, Your strength and even Your forgiveness for the times I have blamed You for my hurt. Today I give you the empty spaces in my soul. I give you my pain and I ask You to bring Your healing to my damaged emotions and to my life. Thank you for the promise of rest for my weary soul. I lean on you today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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