Its officially the Christmas season! The season of giving! But how many of us like to hold onto things.
Not just what we think is ours but the things we aren’t supposed to hold on to.
Shame, guilt, regret… These are all things we weren’t made to hold onto. All of this we were not meant to carry.
During a campfire we burn the wood. This leaves ashes and a lot of them end up going into the sky. It’s the same our failures, regrets and disappointments. We can put the logs of the failures onto the fire of God and slowly the logs no longer exist. They turn into ashes that are no longer recognizable.
Did those events happen, yes. But just because they happened doesn’t mean that we have to belabor the past. Its time to make a campfire. It’s time to let them burn. It’s time to take the weight off and light a fire. Let God come and take that fire wood.
It’s time to sit around the fire and watch as Papa God put each stick in the fire, big or small. Each time he says ‘I paid for that. Yep, this one too. Don’t worry about this one because what I have for you is so much greater than this’. And as each one goes into the fire; the heat of his love gets hotter. You can feel it more and more.
Don’t hold back any of the shame, or regret put it all in the fire.
With the heat of the fire tell Papa God your dreams, your secrets, and ask him what things he has for you. As you tell you him your dreams he takes them and makes them better than you ever thought possible!
This is the season of giving. So, it’s time to let all of the shame, regret and guilt go and receive the love and amazing things God has for you!
Remember the nursery rhyme:
Humpty dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horseman and all the king’s men couldn’t put humpty together again.
We all have had points in our lives where we feel broken beyond compare, shattered with little hope of being restored.
But God speaks a better word. Not only does he speak a better word but he also mends, heals, restores, and make things brand new.
Aren’t we glad that with our God one mistake doesn’t ruin our lives forever! Our God is the God that can, and does put Humpty Dumpty together every single day.
It’s sometimes the crushed pieces that make the most beautiful masterpieces.
Sometimes we try to hold ourselves together so much but our loving Papa God says its ok to let go. I will still make something beautiful out of this.
The God who made the universe out of nothing can surely do amazing things with a shattered jar, or broken heart.
He not only puts it back together but he will make it better than it was ever before. He doesn’t use the ‘cheap’ materials to put you back together. He uses the best, highest quality, most extravagant material to make you whole… it started with his son. Because of Jesus who took the pain, took the brokenness, took the loneliness, we can be whole. Even better is that he doesn’t give us the broken pieces and says, ‘figure it out’ but he walks along side and says, ‘Hey I know this is hard for you. Let’s do this together to make you better, stronger, and more whole than before’.
Each day is a chance to try and hold our jar of life together or to give it into the hands of the potter.
Isn’t it better to give our broken hearts to the one who made them? He knows how to put them back together again.
Words are powerful. Each word said creates. Whether good or bad it releases either the productive, great things we say, or the destructive, meaningless things said.
Simple words can make a difference.
When your day is going badly, or even when the doctor gives a bad report. There are a couple words that can change everything. ‘I Choose’. I choose to believe that today is a great day. I choose to believe I am blessed, loved and favored. I choose not to believe what I see I choose to believe ALL that God says about me.
So, what does God say about you? His words created the universe. His song over you holds the atoms in your body in a certain vibration so that they won’t fall apart. His words trump EVERY OTHER WORD that is spoken.
God says you’re amazing, healthy, loved, forgiven, wealthy, purposed, worthy, desired, perfect, beautiful, handsome, wonderful, lovely, never forgotten, the apple of his eye, his most prized possession, and his child.
What He says can never be torn down. Every negative voice can be turned and silenced. His voice breaks down walls. His voice throws out every disease or illness. His voice kicks down the doors of the enemy’s camp and takes you out and puts you back into the palace where you first came from.
Our words have that same power because we have Holy Spirit living in us. In the power of our words we have more than enough power to declare sickness to cease, to set people free, and release them into freedom just as you have been. Your words have the power to comfort those at the exact time needed. Your words bring life to a sad, depressed and weary soul.
Father God’s words became action and brought you from a dungeon to a castle. Now it’s your turn to do the same.
They help light up the night sky as the moon reflects the light of the sun.
They help us see what we look like and can help us change to who we want to be.
We see our reflection every day, multiple times a day, we might tweak a couple things, make sure nothing is in our teeth and then keep going on with our day.
Reflections are powerful things.
We are called to be a reflection of Christ, of our Father, of Jesus. Does that mean we have to be perfect? No, but that is what we strive for. To love without limits, to forgive without hesitation, to always believe the best of everyone, and to walk with peace at all time.
Is this possible? Many would say it’s impossible, but one man did, Jesus. And he is the one we want to become more like. No, it’s not easy, every day it takes sacrificing a part of our pride, and a part of ‘our way’ of doing things. But think about it this way, we do it every day. Multiple times a day.
When you look into a mirror you tweak your hair, check your teeth to make sure you look like your best you. That is as easy as it gets. You don’t have to make huge changes to change your life. Sometimes it’s the little tweaks throughout the day when you ask yourself: how am I reflecting God right now?