Clean Slate

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I can’t believe I just did that.
As I sat down at my desk,
I placed my coffee on my journal. A little groggy and not yet fully awake, I jostled the cup. Coffee spilled all over it. I sat there for a few seconds, immobilized.
 

Are you just gonna sit there and look at it, or are you gonna do something about it?

I had to do something about it. And quick. The longer it sat, the more damage it was doing. It already started seeping through to the next page.

I promptly went to the kitchen for some paper towels. As I tried to clean it up, the pages began to rip. I made the decision to just rip them out. They had to go.

Underneath? A clean slate.

No one would ever know that just moments ago coffee was all over the place. Threatening the whole notebook. A big ole mess. One that could’ve caused so much damage.

God’s grace looks just like this.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Maybe you’ve done something foolish. Said something you shouldn’t have said. Went where you know you shouldn’t have gone. Don’t keep going. If you do, it will seep through to every aspect of your life. Every relationship you have will be tainted. But especially your relationship with the Lord. It’s impossible to live in sin and have peace in the presence of the Lord.

Stop.

When we come into agreement with God, yep, that was wrong, and we turn it around, and ask for forgiveness, He forgives.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD,
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”

That’s an offer you can’t refuse.
We can have a fresh start, a clean slate. A new beginning.

He rips that page out. He throws it into the depths of the sea.

He doesn’t save it. He doesn’t throw it back at us and remind us of it.

That’s the gospel of grace. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

If you’re having a hard time forgiving someone, it’s helpful to remember what we’ve been forgiven of. For me, that’s a lot. Jesus doesn’t measure sin. Size and extent are irrelevant. His blood was enough for it all.

For that, I am grateful.



Every Detail

Does God care about the little things in my life?

Sure, I know He’s in the big stuff, but what about the small?

Matthew 17:24-27 On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?”“They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied.
“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”

I want to share a story with you that will answer this question with a resounding, yes. Yes, He is in every single detail of my life and yours.

I was going to be sharing with a group of ladies at a Bible study in Cambodia. When I teach, I often like to use tangible items to illustrate the point being made in the verses. In this particular story I wanted to use silver dollars. I actually had gold dollars, but I didn’t want gold, I wanted silver. I could’ve used quarters, but I didn’t want to use quarters. I wanted silver dollars. There were only a few days left for me to get these silver dollars when a blizzard struck the Northeast. I was snowed in. It was impossible for me to get to the bank.

What was I going to do?

Not only did I need one silver dollar, according to my list of names, I need six. One for each women.

I began to talking to the Lord. “Lord you know I need these coins. Well, I don’t need them, but I was really depending on them to illustrate the point. What am I going to do?”
And then He brought a thought to my mind. Many years ago, my Aunt Marg collected coins. She had given my granny her collection before she died. About 15 years ago, my granny gave them to me in a small change purse. It is one of the few things that I have that belonged to her. It is very special to me. When I went upstairs, I found that little purse under some envelopes and papers in my desk.

 
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I opened it up.

Inside was six silver dollars. Exactly what I needed.

Hot tears of joy welled up in my eyes.

I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God.

He is in every detail of my life.

We can see in the above verses, Peter came to Jesus with a need. Jesus anticipated his coming. He was one step ahead of him. Jesus is always one step ahead of us.

What do you need today?

Matthew 6:8 …your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

Jesus started meeting my need over 15 years ago. That’s amazing. He’s preparing things now for my future. He is providing for my children’s needs as well. He will meet the needs of my health. My finances. All of my personal needs. I want to point out that Peter didn’t find a million dollars in the fishes mouth. He found what He needed for that particular day. Jesus will provide what I need for today. He does care about the little things in my life. He makes little things big. Because I have a big God.

Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.



Anxious Mind?

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Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart], that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

May I say I woke up with overwhelming anxiety…physically feeling it…This verse says in everything by PRAYER…and supplication…first prayer…this place of acknowledging God…my God. My Strong tower. My refuge. My God who holds the stars in His hand…the God who is in control of me and my health…part of prayer is worshipping Him for Who He is and not necessarily what He can give…and I did. I just sang my heart out and then I asked for stuff (supplication)…by then I forgot all my anxiety because the peace of God came upon me. If you’re not there yet, spend some time acknowledging Him and worshipping …He is the Alpha and Omega , and everything in between. He who began a good work in you will complete it.

 



 

 

 

 

 

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