Waking up with the sun in my eyes. Good morning Monday. I am thankful for a sunny Monday morning.
Sitting in my rocking chair, sipping coffee, contemplating the day and the week ahead. This is my morning routine. The sun is shining through the window, falling directly onto the bible, open in my lap. Yes, I need light this morning, shine on me Lord.
I read that the Lord is a refuge to us. A safe place. A hiding place. A shield to protect us. It says in my Bible that he understands us, he understands our hearts, because he made them. It says he understands our weaknesses, because he was tempted, just like us. The part that isn't just like us is that he never gave in to those temptations, he never fell, he never sinned. So, does he really understand my heart? Because my heart is dirty with sin and shame. I get it dirty everyday, and have to have it washed clean multiple times a day. How can he really understand that? And then I am reminded that he experienced separation from God, just as the filthiness of my sin makes me feel separated from God, he has been there too. He knows what it feels like, not being able to look into the Father's eyes, he knows shame, he knows separation. He experienced this, even though he never sinned so as to deserve it. For me, he experienced a separation I will never have to go through. He went to hell and back for me. Yes, he understands.
The Son is shining on my heart. Yes. I need this.
Our Father in Heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in Heaven.
Give me today the food I need,
and forgive me my sins,
as I have forgiven those who have sinned against me.
And don't let me yield to temptation,
but rescue me from the evil one.
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down,
especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross disregarding its shame. Hebrews12:2
May I be able to do the same this week......
The glorious light of the gospel shines. Some days are just like that.
I hope you have a great week, I will see many of you, let's encourage each other this week to live joyfully forgiven in abundant grace and love.
Our strength comes from God's grace. Hebrews 13:9
Let's live in grace,