”People with a passion for a particular ministry most often come with a burden born of a previous experience.
” It scars them, yes. But it also equips them in ways the unscarred cannot attain.
“Ego check: Don’t ever get caught up in thinking you’ve thus done your child a favor by providing these scars that God can now use in miraculous ways. The harm you’ve done was never God’s wish. Your actions were still wrong. You’re fortunate that God’s actions are always right.
“But this last bit of good news should magnify your hope and your prayers for your child.
“Continue in your belief that his\her life can be beautiful. Pray that God will bless him\her with His artistry in her life.
“Pray that he\she will be open to His voice and His profound desire to make something good out of her pain.
“Pray. Pray. Pray. And you may yet see a miracle.”
I’ve been thinking. About the sixth step. This is hard for parents who’ve abused or neglected their children.
There’s stuff back there that I do not want to own. You know? (It’s probably hard for everyone, but I don’t have to repent for everyone–just me.)
Step Six “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
“THIS is the Step that separates the men from the boys.”
So declares a well-loved clergyman who happens to be one of A.A.’s greatest friends.
He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try re- peatedly Step Six on all his faults—without any reservations whatever—has indeed come a long way spiritually, and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.
Make your light shine through me ❤️ that was in my devo this morning.
I’m so tired because of ~~fill in the blank~~ !
God, You’ve got to do this helpingthedisenfranchisedoftheworld business for me. I feel so distracted and beleaguered by my STUFF!!!
Jesus. PapaGod. Holy Spirit.
Help me. Help us. Give us power from on high. Like Jesus said.
Don’t let me fail You. (Sorry God. That was kind of Fruedian. See what I mean?)
What is going ON here, God? I feel like I’m in prison! The prison of consequences. The prison of my wacked feelings. Depression. Anxiety. Freakedoutness.
deep shaky breath.
I trust You.
You ARE doing the thing already. You know perfectly well that I am a shut in. Or a divorcee. It disabled. Or addicted. Or in therapy. Or mentally ill. Or a disabled vet. You are the One Who gave the devil permission to mess with me and my family, after all. Like in Job.
We couldpre-decide that we’re going to choose people over policies and relationships over rules. What if…
…we exhibited patience?
…we chose not to be offended?
…we quit taking everything so personally?
..we changed the degrading way we talk to others?
…we focused on what we did have in common?
…we chose the big picture?
Let’s not forget that God so loved…the world. Every single soul on this planet, past, present, and future,
YouVersion devo today on loving folks I disagree with