Disappointed vs Discouraged

We eagerly waited for the New Year so we could put 2020 firmly in the rearview mirror. The first week of the New Year was met with anything but a relief from the coronavirus and political divisiveness. The reality of the evil embedded in this country continues to smack this country in the face to which we can no longer avoid the reckoning of our spirit.

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” Martin Luther

This post is not about debating the current political situation in the United States. It is about looking within our heart and determining our individual spiritual state in how we, individually and collectively, can move forward to a better future for each person.

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” Thomas Merton

Not every person wants another person to succeed unless of course their success mirrors their own version of living. It may be because they believe differently in mind, body, and spirit; they are of a different ethnicity or skin color; they identify differently than the gender they were given at birth; they believe some of greater rights than others; and others believe it is their responsibility to ‘convert’ others to the image they believe is in keeping with who they believe is the correct way to be and live.

Today’s Journal Entry

I am human. I am a work in progress. And in my humanity complicated by sin, I cannot always see objectively. I am striving to be holy being brought to the place where I can receive from God through faith in Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of my sins. I ask God to clear my sight that is clouded by biases and pride so I may truly be His holy worker.

1 Peter 1:15-16 (GW)
“But because the God who called (me) is holy, (I) must be holy in every aspect of (my) life. Scripture says, ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”

What does it mean to be holy?

The power that God gives to me through faith in Jesus Christ is to love. To love one another is to love God who is holy.

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (GW)
“We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you. We also pray that the Lord will greatly increase your love for each other and for everyone else, just as we love you. Then he will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all God’s holy people.”

Disappointed but not discouraged.

I can be disappointed in others. I can even be outraged in their beliefs and in their actions. But I have the power of love and prayer, and therefore, I am not discouraged. I must be persistent in prayer to ask for wisdom as Solomon did in 1 Kings 3:7-14 (GW):

“LORD my God, although I’m young and inexperienced, you’ve made me king in place of my father David. I am among your people whom you have chosen. They are too numerous to count or record. Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon asked for this. God replied, “You’ve asked for this and not for a long life, or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies. Instead, you have asked for understanding so that you can do what is right. So, I am going to do what you have asked. I am giving you a wise and understanding heart so that there will never be anyone like you. I am also giving you what you have not asked for—riches and honor—so that no other king will be like you if you live. And if you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did, then I will also give you a long life.”

I believe that God can fortify and protect my thought processes far beyond where I can go. The same spirit that fed the life of Jesus Christ will feed the life of my spirit. If I am struggling with sin of any kind, I ask God to show me how grievous it is to Him and to look at it from His perspective. I cannot just be sorry without truly carrying out my repentance with action. I rely on God’s power and truth to overcome every temptation.

It is only after my own repentance that I can put into action the wisdom that God grants to me with a heart of understanding and love.

Dear God, Help me to treat others with grace and mercy You showed to me through Jesus Christ. Amen

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

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God’s Blessings to You,
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Sheri

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40 Days of Lent – Reflections #3, A Series

This past week in The Prayer Journals’ 6-Week Lenten Series to spiritual awakening with daily fasting, prayer with a prayer journal prompt for personal reflection, there was much to pray upon – kindness, humility, judgement, forgiveness, enemies, and tragedy.
40 DAYS OF LENT - Series #3

A National Day of Prayer: COVID-19

As I draw closer to God so I can now Him better, there are times that I am dismayed. Sometimes it seems the more I get to know Him, the more I do not understand. At this point, I realize the distance between us. The goal of knowing Him better seems further from my reach. What makes these times unfamiliar is when I do not understand the tragedy around me like the current national emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic.

19 DAY - 40 DAYS OF LENT

Many people are naturally fearful of getting sick, fear of dying from this illness, and fear of being isolated from family, friends, and the outside world in their self-quarantine. When I read the entirety of 1 John, chapter 4, I am reassured beginning in verse 14 and ending in verse 19 (GW):

“We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God’s love live in God, and God lives in them.

God’s love has reached its goal in us. So, we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him with regard to love. No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love. We love because God loved us first.”

I hold on to my faith in Jesus Christ.

When I give in to something like the bad habit of fear, I soon realize the tremendous control is has over me. Even though I may say, “Oh, I will not give in to it,” I know I can’t when I willingly give in to it.

“Lord, help me to turn off the outside world when it panics and turn to You instead.”

I belong to God. God, who is in me, is greater than anything in this world. Misery comes when tragedy tackles me; and I become fearful. Whatever befalls me, God assures me He loves me. When darkness comes and I am isolated, I endure because I know God is with me. Whether I live another day to love, or die to live forever in love with Christ, everything is possible with God, Mark 10:27 (GW), who loved me first.

“God is not a God of disorder but a God of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (GW)

On this day, March 15, 2020, may we all turn to the God of peace and “trust the LORD with all (our) heart, and do not rely on (our) own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (GW).

When I pray

I encourage you to periodically refer back to the initial invitation for this 6-week Lenten series, 40 Days of Lent – An Invitation for further journal writing guidance for the daily prayer journal prompts for the reflection topic. Please know that I am praying for you in this spiritual awakening journey toward the Easter celebration. You may reach out to me by email at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

I hope you will join me daily on The Prayer Journals Facebook page during the Lenten season (and beyond) for spiritual growth. May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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