All deceitful thoughts that try to suggest you are “less than”, unworthy, tainted, or that you somehow just don’t measure up are lies. It is not only My Presence with and in you that is Good; it is also My design of you. Calm yourself with these words, allowing confidence to be bolstered. You are inherently Good and worthy of good things. How might you carry yourself differently in this day if you embraced your GREATNESS and your much-needed place in this world? Don’t buy the lie that you don’t belong wherever I place you today. Choose to love as I love, filled by the grace and power to do so. This includes loving yourself, made in My image. Peel away any hurtful images the world has imposed on you, and discard those at My feet. Allow Me to make you whole again.
I give you this day with all of its concerns and unknowns. I see your anxious eyes. You don’t have to be so afraid; I am a trustworthy God. Consider yourself a trusting toddler taking My hand as I lead you safely to places you’ve never been. I know where we are going. I am the one taking you there! Stay close by My side when you feel afraid. My protective arm is ever-ready to shield and comfort you. You are never alone.
I will not abandon you. I know how often you brace yourself for the day, concerned in advance that you will be met with adversity. You become hyper-alert and filled with worried anticipation. This anxiety is not allowing room for Me and your anxious mindset can easily derail you. Even if you do encounter adversity, – which will inevitably happen in life sometimes, – don’t forget that I will be with you and within you. Concentrate on Me and My protective guidance. You can stop bracing for negative outcomes because there is nothing that you and I cannot handle together. End your fearful anticipation by finding confidence and peace as you trust My capacity to handle anything that comes your way (even the hard things).
Wherever you go, I go. There are days when your awareness of Me feels foggy and distant. Don’t forget that I am ALWAYS with you. That’s a really big deal. I give you purpose, daily. I celebrate, console, drive, and nurture you in accurate doses, – always supplying exactly enough to sustain you. Drink in this truth, and ask Me to steer today. Ride along in the passenger seat, open to all I have in store.
I don’t lead or create you to live a tiresome life. There are far too many well-intentioned but tired Christians out there always overdoing out of some strange approval-seeking from Me. I don’t work that way. My work ethic requires attentiveness to Me and love for your neighbor. Along the way other things will come up, but if they make your head spin or leave you feeling bitter and frazzled, it may mean you’ve lost your focus on one of these two things: love God; love all. I’ll help you sort out the additional tasks that are mounting up; don’t worry about that. Come back to Me. Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me in your midst. A strange peace will settle over you as My blessings wash over you simply because you’ve turned to Me and let me take the reins. Let Me help you find rest and balance as you focus on loving, purely and simply.
You are ready. (More ready than you know). I have been leading, guiding, and strengthening you to prepare you for this day and the tasks before you. You must take this part one day at a time; don’t try to jump ahead. These days cannot be skipped over. There is a process to go through. You are no stranger to good-byes, which are also part of the journey. Lean on Me. My hands are upon your shoulders, giving encouragement, reassurance, and a gentle nudge forward – but My hands never fully release you. I stay in direct contact with you at all times. Move ahead with Me in holy trust.
Get out of the boat. Grab My hand and do not let go. Stop clinging to what you think is “safe”. I AM YOUR SAFETY NET. I have so many things destined for you, but you need to be willing to take the leap of faith into new waters. You are a leader by My design and I have been shaping and preparing you, step by step, for what will come next. All anyone needs from you is love. Love those around you today, and this will relieve your anxiety, too. Say yes, and don’t look backwards.
I will show you the way you need to go. I will lead you and others to fresh, new pastures. Take care of My sheep today and along the way because I have given you shepherding skills to use. Go up to the pastures that are wide and deep and vast. You’ll be able to see things in a fresh, new perspective from this vantage point. There you will find plenty of food, rest, and Light for a balanced lifestyle. I will meet you in this place. Walk slow and steady on your way there, exploring and appreciating one pasture at a time.
How can you question the GOOD in yourself so much? If only you could see as I see – what a marvelous sight to behold. Yes, I am talking to YOU. Take stock of the goodness and strength I have created in you. Trust me to water your garden and feed you the nutrients you need to FLOURISH. But you must take good care of yourself, as well. Be mindful of how you act, speak, and think – the choices you make to build up rather than criticize and to be healthy instead of indulging in harmful pleasures. I need you to be strong and healthy to fulfill My purpose I designed in you for this day. Take it one day at a time.
My voice tells you “I love you”: ALL of you. That is hard to hear and fully comprehend, isn’t it? You tend to self-criticize and agonize over mistakes and flaws. While I want you to always try your best, you must realize I’m not mad at you when you fall short of your own expectations. Come running to Me when you trip and fall so that I can bandage your scrapes. Show kindness, forgiveness, and acceptance toward ALL others, even when they fall short of expectations, too. If you’re having a hard time doing this, pray for them. Pray that they are surrounded by My Light and Love. Pray for their wounds and their need for My hand to hold. This simple act will help soften your own heart. BRING ALL TO ME, for I am a loving God abounding in kindness.