Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

I am grateful for my friends today.  As I look upon my life, I have a selection of very dear and wonderful friends.  They have walked with me through some of my most difficult times and I am so very grateful to have them in my life.  I can honestly say that I have had trouble with women in the past.  I don't often understand the underlying meanness that women have in them.  Gossip is only a part of it.  In some women, there is a lack of compassion when they want what someone else has and it's very ugly.  I have always thanked God for what I have but also for what others have, because I know that all of us are blessed by God.

So if you are all over the place in your life right now, coveting what your friend has, wishing you were a size 6, or just wishing that you had more, look into your motives. This is a heart issue and it carries you through your life.  We have to quit dreaming for what we don't have and praising Christ for what we do have.  If you have ever lost a good friend, you know what I mean.  A good friend accepts you for all that you are and helps you through yourself.  I believe that God provides that kind of friendship to us.  You may not have a human on earth that understands you in that way, but Christ does.  He accepts you for all that you are and is molding you to be all that you can be.

Personally, I love when the potter is molding me because then I know how much He loves me.  Whether it be a person or God, if you aren't being corrected by them, more than likely they don't love you at all.  So if God is working on your heart today, know that He is loving you right where you're at and praise Him for it.  There is no greater love than when Jesus is doing a great work in us.  So as you go about your day today, remember all the women that have loved you through yourself.  Look around you and see if Christ is working on you and then stop.  And as you stand still, thank Christ for the wonderful work He is doing in your life.  You are beautiful to Him and so are the ladies He has put in your path.  Invest in other women, as Christ has for you, and show them Christ today.

1 John 3:16-23 NKJV:

    By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.  And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in Him?
     My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.  And by this we know that we are the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this is His commandment:  That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

My prayer today:

I come before you a blessed woman.  A woman full of love.  I thank you for molding me and making me more like You.  I praise you for the ability to love other women and I worship You for Your majesty.  You are the maker of all things and the lover of my soul.  No person can fulfill what You have done in my life and for that I am truly grateful.  As I stand still, I pray for all the women in the world.  God come to them and unite them in Holy matrimony. Give them the ability to show Your love to the world and in every moment lift us up and make us Yours.  We worship You and praise You for being our God of love.  Please correct us when we are wrong and give us courage to change, so that we may be more like You.  Finally, thank you for all the friends you have brought into my life.  For teaching and correcting me, through them, and for giving me the ability to be vulnerable to another human being.  I am not perfect and it's a pleasure to know that in my raw form, they love me as much as You do.  Please provide a unity among the women in the world and help us to lift them in prayer.  Lord, I want all women, in all nations, to know the love only You can provide.  Help me and others show that love and give us a heart always for those in need.  Today, on bended knee, I praise Your Holiness and thank you for being in my life.  AMEN

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