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

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Today’s Reality: God is Here!

This is the first post in a series titled, Today’s Reality. The series will chronicle my journey to remission from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). My outlook as I begin this new phase in my life and blog series is living in the moment in mind, body, and spirit. I am not angry. I refuse to be sad. I am determined to live a long life with love and peace in my heart with the confidence of a better tomorrow filled with joy and humor.

It has been 6 weeks since my diagnosis of leukemia. I have not written in my journal but for a couple of times. I am not sure why except that I know God is here!

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Above, is My Prayer Journal Post the day before my diagnosis on 9.25.2020.

At 3:00 a.m. this morning, God tapped me awake. I had a fitful night even after a long prayer and meditation session prior to retiring for the night. I was led to picking up my phone and logging off my personal social media accounts – my personal Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn account.

“Social media needs you, but you do not need it.”

This was God’s instruction. Cancer may have taken residence deep in my body’s bone marrow, but I must not allow the cancer in this country’s politics to invade my mind, nor can I allow the cancer of this world to steal my peace.

I got up and poured a glass of Vernors ginger ale. Sitting in my chair, I opened Scripture and read the three chapters of Ephesians. Afterward I was able to sleep peacefully.

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Ephesians – Praying the Scripture

As I grown closer to God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I will get to know Him better.

“Then (I) will have a deeper insight. (I) will know the confidence that he calls (me) to have and the glorious wealth that God’s people will inherit.” Ephesians 1:18 GW

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“God saved (me) through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  It is not the result of anything (I’ve) done, so (I cannot) brag about it.  God has made (me) what (I am). He has created (me) in Christ Jesus to live (a life) filled with good works that he has prepared for (me) to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 GW

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“(I am) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord. Through him (I am), also, being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.” Ephesians 2: 20-22 GW

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I pray for inner strength and power through His Spirit.

“Then Christ will live in (me) through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which (I) sink your roots, and on which (I) have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people (I) will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. (I) will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that (I) may be filled completely with God. Glory belongs to God whose power is at work in (me). By this power He can do infinitely more than (I) can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:17-20 GW

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My faith commitment

I make a lasting commitment to God to profess my faith, pray without ceasing, and draw near to Him.

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My Prayer

God, You have grounded me on a strong reality and truth and in no uncertain terms more so now than ever in these last six weeks. Through the door of my heartbreak with this leukemia diagnosis, You are opening a new way of fellowship with Your Son, Jesus Christ.

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These last six weeks, Lord, You have taught me not to collapse at the first grip of this reality. I am at your doorway ready to walk through in Your purpose. I try earnestly not to enter a slow death of self-pity, nor give in to all the so-called Christian sympathy of others who would want to hasten me to this deathbed.

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God, I know You can accomplish Your purpose in this broken world through a broken heart. I pray that Your call to intimacy with You will have redemptive work in this world and in me through my broken heart without hindrance nor the stumbling block of today’s reality.

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God, I pray that you will not only comfort me but those around me with your healing power. I am not alone in the battle of brokenness in mind, body, and spirit.

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May others around me from family, friends, physicians, and strangers see through this new purpose Your light through their own darkness to your presence.

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God, even in my daily weakness of chemotherapy and the weight of the world around me strengthen my resolve realizing your promises through reading Your Word, communicating not only my request for forgiveness, my needs but my gratitude, and the ability to serve others if it is only in showing them Your presence in my life.

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God lift-up my sorrows to the Cross of Jesus Christ to help me not only see Your promises but to share them with others who are enduring their own pain in mind, body, or spirit.

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I give You all the glory and praise God.

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Forgive me when I falter in today’s reality. Forgive me when I struggle in my pain, my patience, and in my perseverance in maintaining Your perspective.

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You are leading me to victory over today’s reality and may I always hold on to that perspective so that others may see You helping me in my difficulties.

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God, You have taught me that my body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit received by You. I know I do not belong to this world. Help me to take care of this body temple, guide my earthly physicians, and hold up all who care and love me. I not only pray for myself but all who reside in this broken and battered world. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen

My New Cancer Journey

This series, Today’s Reality will also offer a personal reflection on my website, The Blogging Owl, as well as, a literary perspective on my website, The Owl Poet. I hope you will also follow me on those blogs too!

While I have logged-off of my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, my blog accounts are still active:

“Like” my Facebook pages: The Blogging Owl and The Prayer Journals

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.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,

sheri-clear-glasses

Sheri

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