"You have not been very nice to me lately..." stated my husband the other night as we were getting ready for bed.
The truth is I haven't been. Yeap, I have been a big grump.
I have been prickly, sharp, and critical...mostly to him.
Poor guy. We take out our frustrations on the ones we love the most.
I haven't started 2018 on the right foot or with the right heart.
Frustration has continued to saturate me like a sponge in a sink full of dirty dishes.
My husband's honest remark poured over conviction and highlighted pride in my sinful soul.
As I woke up to a new day, I asked for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father and from my husband.
Thank you, God, for always giving us a new day. A fresh start.
God and His grace ushered me into the book of Psalm to remind me what is most important to Him and what should be most important to me.
"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song." Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV)
"Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary." Psalm 96:1-6 (NIV)
"Oh, sweet Savior, you washed away my heart of stone and refreshed my spirit with your reminder that peace in you wipes away a critical flesh-worldly heart. Amen"
I wrote in my Bible next to the verses in Psalm, "Overwhelm my heart, flood me, oh Jesus."
Yes, this is what it is all about. Praising our Lord and loving Him fully.
Sisters, praise God and sing a new song to Him. Declare His glory and salvation. Allow our Jesus to love you, so He can overwhelm your heart. Once we allow Him to flood us and overwhelm us, we can pour out His Love-Truths on others.
Will you allow Jesus to love you? Will you allow Him to overwhelm your heart? Friends, it is so freeing.
My word for 2018 is "Peace."
The word "Peace" entered into my heart over a month ago, but boy, I haven't been living it lately.
I will discuss more on God's peace in the next few weeks.
Jesus. Our Peace provider.
Do you have a word for 2018? If so, please share in the comments.
Giveaway Winner: I want to thank all who commented on last weeks blog post. I appreciate your support. The winner is...Leigh Ellen! Congrats!!