Your presence to others has a great deal of meaning in their lives. You are My representative, you know. Each time you show gentleness, compassion, and attentiveness to others I am reflected in your eyes. Grace-filled mercy can pour forth from your lips when you speak life-giving words of hope or encouragement. Pay attention to how I nudge you into action, and don’t be surprised if you are on the receiving end, too. I don’t just “use you”; I care for you, – always. Be replenished through these interactions, – Grace washing over wounds like a gentle stream, whisking away sorrow, hurt, and fear.
You’ve been wounded. This is real. Vivid, visceral memories that cannot and need not be denied. I give you resiliency and backing to confront evil ways with calm honesty. It doesn’t have to be a fly-off-the-handle rant. Speaking the truth will always be met with some level of adversity by those who cannot tolerate it and want their own control. I am in control, though. My Love is what rules, even over darkness. Once you have spoken your peace, move on. Move forward with Grace on your side, because My Grace calms and validates. My Grace supports you even when others have let you down. My love will heal you to your CORE. Eventually it will be easier to let go of the anger and hurt you feel. All things in due time.
Let people love you. Take in their kind words of acknowledgement, affection, or even admiration without your usual tendency to rip it all apart with internal self-criticism or outward deflection. I long for you to feel at peace and worthy of love. Reaching a place of self-acceptance requires releasing doubt and old traces of self-hatred. No one else is nearly as hard on you as you are of yourself. Allow My Love and Grace to enter in, deeply washing over your habit of self-rejection with compassion. Try seeing yourself through My eyes that love you unconditionally. I even love on you through others, too. Let us in; don’t close off or deflect genuine affection when it comes your way. Take it in, trusting in the truth of your worthiness.
You know how to be loving. Some days it takes a lot of energy to muster up “politeness”, though. It can be challenging to show kindness and respect to others who blindly offend. It helps to try and recognize that everyone deserves dignity in My eyes. You do; they do, too. The Good news is that you don’t have to be able to do this all on your own. Ask for My Grace and My Spirit to help you – giving you restraint and/or words when the time comes to interact. Remember, I will be with you, mediating the conversation. Trust that I love you no matter what.
See the calm; picture it in your mind. Feel the calm knocking ever so gently. Open the door and greet it, allowing calmness to come in and fill every space in your heart and home. Be the calm; breathe it in and choose to live with it ruling your pace, your mind, and your actions. It’s not ridiculous to try this and believe in My capacity to bring you My Peace. I make all things possible. With the help of My Grace, you can be peace-filled. I love you and I want this for you.
I am relying on you to be the voice of compassion and teach this to others. Instead of taking offense to insensitive comments, soften your voice. Be determined to share a different perspective out of a desire to spread My Love. You can confront hurtful ways. Take My hand first, though, and pause to breathe. I will help with the wording. We can do this together.
My call to everyone is to be inclusive. This may mean inviting conversation or even flashing a smile of forgiveness to those who have wronged you. Little movements like that go a long way in repairing and enhancing My kingdom. Each time you let go of a small slight and choose to move forward instead of taking it personally, you will find peace. Through My Grace, you can opt to forgive and include. You are acting on My behalf when you treat all as welcome at My table.
I have so much in store for you! My yoke is meant to be easy, – easier than you are making it right now. Let Me carry the heaviest part while you simply walk beside Me. I know how your concerns weigh you down. Look to Me with pleading eyes and find how much Mercy, Love, and Grace I’ve been pouring on you all along. This will help you rest more assured that a time of peace is coming. Trust that I will help work it all out.
I want you to come bold-faced before Me, ready to hear all I have to say. Face Me and find that NOTHING can take away My love for you: no opinions from others, no little or big mistakes. So much of the tension and stress you live under is self-imposed and misguided. Allow My love for you to be ALL-ENCOMPASSING. Don’t give in to the temptation to tear yourself apart (again). You are just as worthy of My love and blessings as anyone else. Let Me attend to you, repairing your damaged spirit with My gentle attentiveness. I have already picked up the broken pieces; nothing has been left behind. Healing will come.
Why are you so down on yourself? Don’t you know My mighty love for you yet? You are CHERISHED by Me. Pluck your head up and let Me tilt your chin toward My gaze. It is not a look of consternation that I give to you. Behold My utter love – unconditional! – for you. Stop placing so much demand on yourself to perform and accomplish all the time. You need more time standing in front of Me while you learn to recognize the truth. Shed the habits of self-blame and self-criticism. Replace them with a new habit of intentionally receiving My ultimate Grace, Love, and forgiveness. You are my lovable child no matter what.