This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1John 5:14-15
Choose to love.
Choose to forgive.
Choose to be faithful.
Choose to be kind.
Choose to take one more step forward.
Without the work of the Holy Spirit those choices are impossible. And so many times, I ignore His voice and choose selfishness, insecurity, resentment, discouragement and discord. But the moment I look up from the middle of the mess I’ve made – the bottom of the hole I’ve dug – My good shepherd pulls me out and cleans me up again.
And I can pray with confidence that He hears me and will answer me because it is in agreement with His will.
When I choose to move forward- he sends a breeze behind me.
When I choose joy – I hear the birds singing with me.
When I choose to be kind – It multiplies.
When I choose to be faithful- I see His constant hand of provision.
When I choose to forgive- He gives me perspective and breaks my heart over my own sin.
When I choose to love – His pure deep immeasurable love consumes me.
We celebrated 20 years of marriage last week and I am so thankful that God brought us and has kept us together. It has not been easy, but it has been so good! It has been daily choosing to love and forgive each other and God faithfully blessing that choice.
Whatever choices and tasks you have to make today – give them to Jesus. Lay them at his feet. Big or small, simple or heart wrenching. He will take them. He will bring you joy in obedience and surrender.
Father, today I ask for your joy to fill me as I work. The tasks ahead of me are not things that I want to do, and I am tempted to be discouraged but you have given me this day and know all that is set before me. So, fill me with your joy and wisdom as I set to work. Let me do it for your glory! Father, it is hard for me to love today and to set aside selfishness and resentment. Forgive me and help me to love the way you love. Thank you for being faithful to forgive me. I know it is not your will for our family to live in discord. Help us to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and bind us together in your love. Thank you for the victory you have given us over the sinful desires we face daily. We are so undeserving of your grace and would be so lost without your presence. Thank you for your faithfulness!