Oh Lord, I’m amazed by your wonder and grace. I look at the life of a caterpillar as it is surrounded by its cocoon and how it struggles to become a beautiful butterfly. In fact it must go through this struggle to survive. The struggle is what allows the butterfly to become strong.
I pray as I go through the struggles of life that my eyes will stay focused on you. I pray that I will allow your love to surround me through any trials and tribulations I might face; that I will emerge as beautiful child of God.
When I was a little girl, my mother, sister and I had gone on a trip from California to Texas for a visit with family. I remember coming home to a beautifully redone bedroom.
Remember…I said my mom was with us. My father did all the remodeling. I’m talking down to the last detail. Painted the walls, made us each a new twin bed, painted white with cubicle headboards, to put our books, dolls, just…whatever we wanted to put up there! New mattresses and bedding for each of us, it was amazing!
Last but not least…a lamp on top of each headboard. You know, one of those white pretty bubbly ones with the pretty lamp shade. It screamed beauty to me.
Why had my dad gone to all of this trouble to make us feel special? It was as plain as the nose on your face to this little girl.
He wanted to let us know that he was thinking about us. That he loved and missed us.
You know, our heavenly Father is the same way! He misses us when we are away and seeks to reignite our relationship with him.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray the you , being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:16-18 NIV)
My family has instilled in me strength, faith, prayer and knowing that thankfulness is everything!
Love Heart, I know that this isn’t true for everyone. Why don’t you start with prayer, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29,NIV)
Seek him, he’s waiting…just for you!
Talk with God…let Him know your fears, troubles, and doubts. He knows already, but He wants for you to seek and trust him with everything. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer an petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)
Have Faith that God will never leave you… “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)
Read your bible. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11, NIV) “You word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105, NIV)
We must never forget to be thankful. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, NIV)
You have a heavenly Father that loves you like no other! ~Deb