Sweet friend, do you know how dearly loved you are? Can you begin to wrap your mind around the fact that the heavenly Father, who created everything in existence, loves you? He isn’t gazing at the reflection you tirelessly obsess over; rather he is gazing at your heart and rejoices when you seek him and reach out to him. I had you on my heart this morning and I felt strongly to write you a letter. I asked the Holy Spirit for specific things he wanted me to tell you and I believe your breakthrough is here and now in Jesus name! You can read this post as a whole and it may seem jumpy but each paragraph tackles a different topic.
I want to assure you that the Father sees your heart of forgiveness and the willingness you have to reconcile that relationship. He sees every moment you have pushed through the temptation to harbor unforgiveness. He knows that you seek justice and in his timing, he will bring justice to that situation. But he cares so much about you and the weight of unforgiveness could not stay any longer. The unforgiveness could be towards yourself even. If you have felt like this cycle of making mistakes, then beating yourself up has held you; there is justice for that as well but you don’t have to be the one to punish yourself. And God doesn’t condemn you either. He loves you, and his love was exactly the thing that saved you. Jesus took care of that punishment for you so you wouldn’t have to have it.
The second topic I felt the Lord was addressing was rest. All the effort you have been putting into your family, marriage, and career. He sees that and he honors those moments that you serve him even if no one affirms your completed tasks or projects. “Do not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Often times, I have felt restless as a result of spending too much time on my phone or on the internet browsing the latest trends and topics. I encourage you to take a step back and get a bigger look at what the Lord is truly calling you to do. Ask him for assistance if you feel burnt out and spend those 10 minutes with him in the morning before the kids get up or before you go into work. Your entire day will be so much brighter as a result. Things may come at you that you aren’t expecting but you are prepared and have the grace to jump over those hurdles.
Do you ever feel like that thing you have been overcoming is something only you have to struggle with? That temptation to get angry at the car that cut you off, or irritated by the loud music outside that blares at 6 am? Maybe you are overcoming an addiction of some sort. And you think well they definitely didn’t have this drug back in Bible times so Jesus couldn’t possibly have been tempted in this area. Well he was, he was tempted in every way, just as we are- yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) This scripture isn’t to make you feel hopeless in an effort to try and be “holy” and not sin. It is rather an invitation to put your hope in Jesus who was tempted and overcame. He is your strength. Everything you need is in Him! (2 Peter 1:3) That gives me hope, and assures me that I am not alone in this journey. He has given me self-control, the other fruits of the spirit, and his Word to combat these temptations.
He is ever-present in the waiting season. Do not lose heart as you patiently wait for that job opportunity, relationship, or the salvation of a family member. He is with you, even when you feel alone and begin to question the season you are in. He sees your heart. Often times we get so focused on what we don’t have yet and lose sight of what God is doing with our character. If we set our minds on those things I believe we will have a much better outlook on the current season. He has not turned away from you, he is not ignoring your prayers. But his timing is so perfect and he knows what is best. He can be trusted and he doesn’t want you to suffer or be miserable. Find peace and rest in him and what he is doing in you right now.