Hurt and Forgiveness

People have hurt you. I know, and I ache for both sides. My design longs for unity, but you can only be in charge of yourself. Examine your ways, scrutinizing against any spitefulness and rooting for kindness to take its place. Forgiveness and love are at the heart of the lifestyle I choose for you. You can be bold in calling out the truth of bad behavior, but I caution you on how to do this. Use gentleness and loving intention, aiming for reconciliation. If the other side is not yet ready for this, leave it in My capable hands. You don’t have to address any of this on your own. Leave your hurt with Me. It is time to be released from its grip on your heart so that Peace can be with you, instead. 

Do Something Small

Remain obedient to the call I place on your heart. Listen for Me daily as I gently guide you with each small task. You don’t have to see the full picture yet. It’s okay to do something small today. Each little piece adds up over time, and no act of kindness or intentional task completed in My name goes unnoticed by Me. Do these things in a Spirit of Love and willingness. Your servant heart is glorious to behold and gives My hope to others. 

Hang With Me in the Present

Don’t jump too far ahead with all your imaginings. I have plenty in store for you in just this day alone. Reel those thoughts in when they try to shift you into planning mode. Pull back and remind yourself to hang with Me in the present. Find the glory in the current moment. You’ll be better able to recognize Goodness when you turn to seek My smiling face. Let’s take notice in moments like this together often today, – thoroughly enjoying each other’s presence. 

Hard On Yourself

You are special to Me. I am so pleased with you! You are very hard on yourself and this breaks My heart. Don’t fall into the trap of needless anxiety or unwarranted shame. I call you to a life that THRIVES! Abundant life, filled with Goodness. Face your days with eyes seeking and anticipating My Goodness. This perspective is critical to your capacity to receive. Thwart the tendency to worry or over-plan for potential disaster. Smash those worries with a rock of confidence in My powerful plan for Goodness. Be bold and purposeful on this path. 

Unnecessary Guilt

Getting rid of unnecessary guilt is key to finding peace. Stop thinking you are so responsible for everything. You can’t control the outcomes of every situation, nor do I expect that from you. Work on recognizing when you are taking unnecessary blame on yourself. Sometimes all your effort still produces disappointing results. You can’t fix others emotions. Show that you care through your love, but release the desire to control outcomes. Hand that part over to Me because I know what I’m doing. Be kinder to yourself. I recognize your good intentions, and I love you. 

When Care Isn’t Returned

You are stronger than you think. Your cup of reserves will be replenished over and over again to do all that I call you to do and ask of you. I am a reliable God. I fill you with ideas and notions to reach out, to speak up, and to show you care. I know that you care deeply for others and sometimes it feels like it’s not recognized or returned. I see your heart and recognize your need for affirmation. Let My voice be the approval you seek and find, daily, without fail. You are treasured, and you are MINE. Hear Me validating your worth. 

Fill Their Well

Today I ask you to be a blessing to others. I have gifted you with confidence through Me and others will be drawn to share in that treasure. Teach them how to love. I will give you the words to say. I won’t ask more of you than you can give safely. Open your eyes to opportunities I lay out before you. Fill their well as I am filling yours. I pour Grace into you and you pour it into others until all the buckets are filled. All things are possible with Me. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t appear to be well-received. I only ask you to do what you can, and trust Me to handle the rest. 

Strength of Character

I seek your undivided attention fixed on My loving Presence, awaiting My gifts for you in this day. I give you daily bread, which includes sustaining you to be a positive presence to others who need Light in a dark world. Encouragement comes easily for you. Don’t be discouraged by small mishaps or other’s negativity. Show strength of character instead, offering mercy and compassion. My Spirit will guide your steps and give you the right words to say. Your job is simply to trust Me in that experience. Trust my good intentions and find great reward. 

Kind Self-Talk

Let your words be kind today. This includes your self-talk. Being at ease around others calls for an inner peace, which you can find when you turn to Me from the inside out. Share your self-talk with Me. Let’s sort out the old habits of self-criticism, resentment, and hurt. There is no room for them in My healthy, healing world. Don’t become victimized by what you’ve heard or told yourself before. Turn to Me, your Saving God, for help in releasing the shame and pain. I implore you to seek kindness and find it within our holy relationship. I am a God who heals.