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…so yeah, so maybe some of us really blew it today, in several little, painful ways, Lord….we hurt people we wished we’d helped. Didn’t do things we wish we had. Listened to some things defensively instead of simply with humility. Walked straight through some things when it would have been better to just to kneel right down & pray.
And the realization is like an ointment for wounds: Your compassionate, perfect heart never demands the self-mutilation, self-condemnation, or self-emancipation of imperfect hearts. Your compassion never holds us to a standard of perfection, but always holds us in Your arms of grace.
Falling short can hurt longer than anyone else ever knows… and You cup our faces, Lord, right now, & look us right in the eye, so we can feel it in all our hurting bones & aching heart: In Christ, we are not held to a standard of perfection — we are held close by His arms of Grace. And there is no greater relief to be found in all the world: Jesus doesn’t demand your perfection. He desires your affection. Return to your first love.
Let’s rest in Him tonight. You are loved.
By Ann Voskamp
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WHEN YOU NEED A RESET IN FAITH AND LIFE
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
Have you ever been going strong…for days, weeks, and even months, until one day you realize you’re not? You wonder of it’s just a slump or a phase or a hormonal spike, then admit it’s not going away…whatever it is.
To utter the words, “I think I need a reset,” can be scary.
But what if?
What if a “reset” is exactly what you need? And what does that really mean? I found some interesting descriptions of what it means to reset something. Here are a few of them.
- to set back to the initial state
- to set anew
- to adjust again after an initial failure
How different would our lives be if we asked God to set things anew and sincerely meant it? Would our daily routines look the same? Would our attitudes remain as they are?
If you are sensing from the Holy Spirit that you need a real and lasting change in heart and mind, I encourage you to spend some unhurried time in that secret, quiet place, where you can meet with God. Our own Savior met with the Father in prayer, and prayed for all of us who are kept by Him. And in that prayer, He was specific about the things needed to live in this world but not be “of” it.
“Lord, I long for those moments early in my faith when I felt your closeness, your joy, your energy and zest for life. I confess that the daily grind has ground down my passion for you. I confess that I allow the cares of the world to choke out the joy of the gospel. Lord, turn my heart toward you again. Fix my eyes on you, fix my heart on you. Help me have a reset in my faith and in my life, starting today. Renew my heart, renew my life for you and your ways. Help me see the daily routines of life as moments to gracefully submit to your will. Thank you for being the Lord of my life everyday. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
This devotional was adapted from Jennifer Waddle’s article, What to Do When You Need to Reset Your Life and Faith. You can read that piece in full, here.
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