Archives for August 2010

Aug 20

We is some broke folks in need of fixin’!

Life is not a cake walk or a walk in the park.   It’s no bed of roses or piece of cake. (why does cake keep coming up? idk.)   People are not perfect…or even close to it. Yet, we try, boy oh boy do we try, to appear that we have it all together. We attempt to make our lives appear successful and flawless, lest others know the truth.  The truth for most of us is that:

We don’t have it all together.

We are not totally with it.

We mess up on big and little things.

We hurt.

We have guilt.

We wish we were better.

We compare ourselves to others (who btw are pretending to have it all together, so of course we come up short).

We have disabilities that we try to cover because we are embarrassed.

We have deformities we try to hide because we don’t want anyone to realize we are different.

We have insecurities.

Our past haunts us.

We are afraid and unsettled.

We feel alone.

Our mistakes steal our present freedom.

We have lost loved ones and have not gotten over it.

We know that no one else on earth feels the way we do.

We don’t want to tell anyone.

We keep a lot inside.

We are broken.


To all the people without problems, this post is not for you. You can pray for the rest of us please :)  But to those who are brave enough to admit it, join me today in a little exercise I like to call “AOT”, which stands for “Add On Truth.” You’ve heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Well, we is some broke folks in need of fixin’!”  And the way to do that is to “AOT.”

Let’s repeat the above statements and AOT to them:

We don’t have it all together, but we have been chosen and appointed by God to produce worthwhile things. (John 15:16)

We are not totally with it, but we have been given the gift of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

We mess up on big and little things, but we are loved by God anyway and will live forever. (John 3:16-17)

We hurt, but the Lord is close to the brokenhearted. (Psalm 35)

We have guilt, but there is no condemnation for those who in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) and we are justified (not guilty). (Romans 3:24)

We wish we were better, but we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. (Philippians 4:19)

We compare ourselves to others (who btw are pretending to have it all together, so of course we come up short), but we are God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)

We have disabilities that we try to cover because we are embarrassed, but we are made in the image of God and why would we ever need to cover that up? (Genesis 1:27)

We have deformities we try to hide because we don’t want anyone to realize we are different, but we are wonderfully made by God. (Psalm 139:14)

We have insecurities, but we are confident that God will finish the good work that He has begun in us. (Philippians 1:6)

Our past haunts us, but by His wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

We are afraid and unsettled, but we have peace from Jesus and there is no need to be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

We feel alone, but we are never alone. God is always watching over us, never even taking a break to sleep! (Psalm 121:3)

Our mistakes steal our present freedom, but God forgives the guilt of our sins. (Psalm 32:5)

We have lost loved ones and have not gotten over it, but we are blessed and will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

We know that no one else on earth feels the way we do, but God knows everything about us and He will not abandon us. (Psalm 139:1, 138:8) ***and there are plenty of people who feel like us…just read my blog comments from past posts!

We don’t want to tell anyone, but God will listen. (Jeremiah 29:12)

We keep a lot inside, but we but God knows us well. He knew us even before we were born. (Psalm 139:1, 13)

We are broken, but although our flesh and heart may fail us, God is the strength of our heart and our portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)


Dear Lord,

We are broken and in need of repair! Thank you for the miracle You create from our shattered lives. Help us to believe about ourselves what You know about us. May we claim these “AOT’s” as the absolute truth.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Melissa
Aug 19

Hug The Little Girl Within Me

This was NOT what I planned to write about today, but when I read it, I knew I had to share it.  I know that many of my readers are/were victims of sexual abuse, like me.  When I wrote the devotion Stained and Ruined last November, I had no idea how many women (and men too) that would be able to relate to my experience of being sexually abused. I received more emails, comments on my blog, visits to my blog, phone calls, and prayer requests than ever before. I was sick over the amount of women who are still haunted by their past. It saddened me to the point of being physically ill. My heart broke for them, just like it broke for the little girl (me) I knew who had been so cruelly violated.

For those of you who think back to your childhood and it makes you sad or you often feel like a little girl inside, this prayer is for you.  It blessed me today and I hope it does the same for you. It is from the book When I’m On My Knees by Anita Corrine Donihue.

Hug The Little Girl Within Me

Dear Lord, hug the little girl within me—the little girl mistreated and abused. Encircle me with Your everlasting arms. Still my silent sobs. Anoint my head with Your healing oil; free me from my nightmares of memories. Touch my scars with Your healing stripes. Soothe each muscle that suffered in anger and pain. I know You suffered, too. Piece together my broken heart.Your heart bled and You died for me. In sleepless nights, wrap me in Your comforting presence. Let me rest in the shadow of You, the Almighty. Hug the little girl in me as You cover me with Your feathers like a mother hen does her chicks. I find refuge under Your wings. Help me to face yesterday (wrong as it was), to forgive as You forgive me, and to look toward tomorrow with hope. Your faithfulness will be my shield and rampart. Let me not feel terror by night nor arrows that fly by day.  Take my weakness and grant me Your strength. Make my feet swift at the dawning of a new day to do service for You. I go now in praise.

But please, Lord, don’t ever stop hugging me.

And we can be assured that He never will.   Today let’s grasp the hope we have in Jesus, and let go of our despair and fear from the past. We are wrapped tight in the arms of our Rescuer and Savior and nothing can separate us from Him.

Romans 8:38, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, not any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Big Group Cyber Hug :)

I <3 You!     (sideways heart <3)

Melissa
Aug 18

If God Is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

Preacher brought up this question a few weeks ago during our study of  Romans in church.  The question is posed in Romans 8:31.  Even though it is a question, it is presented by Paul (author of Romans) as a response.  It caused me to ponder, “How often when I am feeling unworthy or defeated do I respond this way?” Unfortunately the answer is, rarely.

Instead, when I am feeling blue or not good enough, I’ll fuel those feelings with negative self talk. Or even worse, a past statement about me that wasn’t so pleasant will resurface, echoing in my head.  For a moment, I’ll begin to believe those lies.  I know they are lies, because my identity is not in what I do or did.  It’s not in what others think of me. And it’s not in my performance. It is in one thing and One Thing only.  Jesus.  So again, in response to this, “If God is for me (us), who can be against me (us)?

Sadly, there are many people who can indeed be against you and me.  They can disagree, dislike, or even disown us. I know this sounds like it contradicts what the Bible says., but Romans 8:31 is written from an eternal perspective, not a worldly one. Many are fearful that their salvation can be revoked due to their past, behavior, or mistakes. This is not true and that’s what this verse is reassuring us of.  Read the verses leading up to verse 31 and we are provided with amazing security.  John MacArthur says this about it in his commentary, Salvation is Irrevocable :

Paul knows at this point, having stated all that he just stated about this matter of eternal security, about the matter of a salvation that can never end, that can never be forfeited, or removed, or taken away, he knows that there are going to be some people who may pose some questions. Well, what about this…and what about that…and what about the other? And we know that’s true because we face those questions all the time. So, from verses 31 to 39 in kind of the motif of a doxology with kind of an anthem of praise, he answers all the possible arguments. He really wants to nail the truth down solidly. And he’s been giving it to us in tremendous clarity all through this chapter.

And this is the reason for this response in verse 31.  There will be those who are against us on this earth, but they can’t keep us out of Heaven!  God gave His son for you and me. Christ gave His life for us. Therefore, He is not going to turn around now and condemn us. The NIV Life Application Bible puts it this way, “He (Christ) will not withhold anything you need to live for him.  The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.”

So my cyber space friends, I dare you to change your way of thinking today.  When opposition comes your way, when you let yourself down due to some crazy outburst or bad attitude, instead of letting it fester, ask yourself the question, “If God is for me, who can be against me?” (And the answer is NO ONE!)

Be blessed in this truth today.

Melissa