My mind is a jumble of thoughts as I think of infinity buried in a point where everything on the inside is bigger than what is on the outside, and how difficult it is to wrap my earthly mind around this, as I look at the night sky and feel infinitesimally small, but then attempt to accept or believe or have faith that there is something or some place so much bigger buried and hidden from us in a point, in a second, in a planck length.
And then I am AMAZED to the point of tears with an aching joy in my heart knowing that somehow, mysteriously this is TRUE…
Sometimes we pray and pray and then pray some more, but do we know what we are asking Jesus to do for us?
I am often praying for forgiveness. Forgive me for this, forgive me for that, forgive my sin from yesterday, forgive my sin from 15 years ago, etc. This morning I was praying for forgiveness for something yet again, and I thought to myself or He said, “I have forgiven you, and I will forgive you again, and I will continue forgiving you as many times as you request to be forgiven, but when will you release your sin and give it to Me?”
When will I release my sin, when will I give it to Him? He has already accepted it, He has already died for it, but have I let it go and actually given it to Him by accepting His forgiveness?
Have I become comfortable wallowing in my sin, remembering it, begging forgiveness and then returning to wallow in the comfort of being an unforgiven sinner yet again? I am not sure…. maybe? I am not saying that we shouldn’t be praying for and begging for forgiveness often and more than once, but I think I have been missing a very crucial part to this prayer, a prayer asking Jesus to help me release my sin, give it to Him and enter the unknown territory of forgiven sinner by accepting His forgiveness.
Sweet Lord, sweet Savior, sweet Jesus I am in awe as I see Your amazing work more clearly than ever before through more specific and focused prayers. I want each beat of my heart to be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving for You and I beg You to please keep opening our eyes to our sins so that we can beg forgiveness, repent and release our sin to You!
Circles are everywhere. Our lives are filled with both figurative and physical circles. We see them in nature, we see them in actions and re-actions and we experience them physically around tables, in meetings, and during circle time as children.
We include people when we are willing to expand our circles, but we can just as easily exclude others by refusing to expand our circle for new arrivals.
My sister wrote a blog that I loved last year, Is it a pie or a triangle?. The conversation we had regarding this blog stands out clearly in my mind as a moment in my life when I finally started to scratch the surface in my personal understanding of Jesus and what He did for me.
Ever since this conversation, I have thought of God as a large circle that we are all held within. I then picture all of us as small circles within the God’s large circle. Some of our circles are bigger and some of our circles are smaller and some of them overlap. The bigger ones represent those who have accepted or included more people, and the smaller ones have accepted or included fewer people.
I don’t think heaven or paradise is possible without everyone and unfortunately we are the ones imposing limitations and building walls within God’s beautiful, all-inclusive circle by excluding others.
Pray for everyone, try to empathize with everyone…
Empathy will lead to forgiveness, and forgiveness will lead to love.
OUR best life doesn’t work unless everyone is included!
I pray and dream for OUR best life for everyone, everyday! I hope you do too… together we can expand our circles!
What scares you? What scares me?
Can you verbalize it? Do you even know what makes your heart start pounding, your blood run cold and your eyes glass over?
I don’t think I know for myself. I am fearful of sitting down to think about and fully realize what scares me. A few things sit on the edge of my mind that I am aware of, but I don’t want to verbalize them. I don’t want to think about them for fear of them coming to be.
How do we attempt to live fearlessly with these fears lurking in the shadows of our minds? I don’t think we can, allowing them to lurk gives them power over us. I think we eventually need to realize these fears, accept them as our fears and then believe through faith that if these fears come to be, God will still lead us through the valley to an even higher mountain beyond.
Habakkuk 2:4 says it and Paul repeats it in Hebrews 10:38, “The just shall live by faith.” By faith is the way God planned for us to live out our lives, day in, day out, minute by minute.
I want to live fearlessly… I want to live by faith!
I have work to do, and if you are not already there, I hope you will join me, my friends!