I have big things in store for you – bigger than you can even imagine. Let My plan unfold with an open mind to all that I call you to do. You are already Mine, – instilled with ability to bring about my purposes of healing, connection, and kingdom-building. Trust Me with this every day work, uttering a willingness to accept whatever is laid before you. Nothing will be too hard with Me there to guide and accompany you. You can even be peaceful in the process. There’s no need to waste energy on anxiety. Put aside those old ways, ready for all that’s coming.
I am a God who loves you. The world has messed you up a bit. I don’t control that part because I allow you and others to make your own choices. Choosing to love and forgive is hard on your own. Let Me help you with that. I also ask you to love yourself, which may involve self-forgiveness and recognition of your true value and likability. I can’t control what you tell yourself daily, but it breaks My heart when you despise or chastise your inner self. Ask for My help to be kind, loving, and forgiving instead – especially to yourself first. This will spill onto your interactions with others.
I can pick up the pieces of your shattered heart. Let Me take all of the factors that caused it to break: hurt, disappointment, and self-blame. The hardest one to mend is the self-blame. You worry so much about every detail in retrospect, but I call you to focus FORWARD. When you spend so much time looking back with regret and shame, I cannot lead you ahead. Entrust Me with what was in the past, leaving it behind you. I place you with a clean slate in the present, – forgiven. Step into the day open to possibility and change. Redirect your thoughts when they try to slip back into habits of self-blame and regret, pointing your sights ahead instead to follow My aim for you.
It’s alright to acknowledge your anger when it arises. In fact, it’s important to pick it up, examine it without judging it as “good” or “bad”, and then set it down at My feet. Let your anger rest there, entrusted to Me so that you can move on. If you keep grabbing it back, I cannot help as much as I’d like. You don’t have to spend so much energy wallowing in fury or petty annoyances. I attend to you and all of your emotions with Grace and healing, calling you to peaceful living.
You can put your hope in Me. I know you are leery, though. Life circumstances and hurtful encounters have made you retreat into self-protection. When you distance yourself from others, though, you actually distance yourself from Me. Give Me a chance to love you again, – even through others. Draw near and see what happens. My mighty hand of healing and love can work miracles. Start with an ounce of hope and mix it with a splash of belief that things can get better. Allow Me the opportunity to work in your life like that. I am a trustworthy God.
What will it take for you to love yourself more? You don’t have to wait for the next accomplishment or compliment to come your way. If you remain stuck in habits of constant self-criticism it will be hard for love to stick to you. Tell that ego-driven mind to settle down and not be fed by lies. Remind yourself that you are loved, lovable, and likable right now, -just as you are and just as I designed you to be. This doesn’t have to “earned”; it is the truth. Embrace your Light within. Let My love rule and heal your capacity for self-love.
I am with you in your brokenness. It is through the chips and cracks that I can seep in and become a part of you. Acknowledge My Presence in you. Stop feeling like you have to strive for some intangible goal of “worthiness”. See My unconditional love and acceptance reflected back to you when you look in the mirror. Learn to be tender with yourself so that you can mend from unpleasant experiences. Trust My love and acceptance, for this is truth.
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.
I can bear the most unbearable burden. The cross I carry is long-lasting, strong, and able to handle any weight. I watch over those who suffer. I ease pain, – sometimes only in slow increments, but always enough to make your load bearable. I could ease yours more if you would trust that I am carrying ALL of it. Release it,-completely!, – and then experience the peace that goes beyond understanding. Release your grip on things of this earth. I love you and will provide for your every need.
Hear Me tell you loud and clear that you are loved. Your life and purpose are of great value to Me. Assist Me in combating darkness with compassion and healing. Strive to listen to the pain of others and be My Presence in a hurting world. I will stock your reserves with enough supply of tenderness and boldness on the shelves to meet the demand, and I’ll dance joyfully with you when the day’s good labor is done.