Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Cleaning Heart and Soul

Awwww! Spring Break—a time to get away from the regular routine for some fun or relaxation or spring cleaning (which I’ve been doing). As I cleaned up my little room (where I keep books, study materials, notes, and writings), I discovered a small green piece of card stock with seven Scripture references written on it. I quickly tucked it in my Bible for future use. A couple days later I sat down and looked up all the sources one by one, slowly reading each verse. The REAL spring cleaning began. 

The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
Psalm 145:8 (NASB)

My God is full of grace and mercy. He is not quick to anger as I am when something goes wrong. He doesn’t hold a grudge against someone who inflicts hurt; instead He is great (exceptional, extraordinary, absolute, perfect, zealous, passionate, excellent) in lovingkindness (tenderness and consideration toward others).

I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2 (NASB)

I love my Lord and Savior because He has proven over and over again that He hears me when I cry out to Him. He listens to me! He is the One I will run to when I have needs; forever I will look to Him for help. 

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)
I need to stop making my own plans for living and trust in the Lord’s plans for my life. My circumstances may look grim and the situations around me may be less than perfect, but my God has a future for me full of glory with Him. I have hope!
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. John 1:9 (NASB)
The sun rises and light dawns each day, sometimes shining brightly upon the earth. My faithful God offers new compassions every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), giving me daily hope. Will I allow Him to shine brightly into my heart and open my eyes to His truth? 
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NASB)
When (not if) I have become tired and worn-out with the business of life, I will stop and be still upon my Daddy’s lap. I will lean into Him and allow His strength to give me rest.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)
Why do I worry? I will throw off my anxieties and, with a thankful heart for all He has done, kneel in humility before my Jesus. I believe His peace will saturate my soul!
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)
God allowed Jesus to die in my place. Jesus now intercedes for me before the throne of God. Those sins I have committed are forgiven because of His grace and mercy. His lovingkindness lasts forever! Do I share His mercies with others? Am I considerate and tender-hearted toward those that have wronged me? If I have believed in the name of Christ Jesus and made my body His temple, then I am to follow His example of forgiveness and grace. Others will see the Light in me and come to know the lovingkindnesses of the faithful God who hears when we call upon His name! 

I don’t know when or why I wrote down those particular Scripture verses, but I believe God allowed me to find them “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). My spring cleaning has begun! Has yours?
Father God, enter our hearts with a newness of life today. Spring clean our souls so that your Light will radiate with lovingkindness to your people all around the world. May we follow your example and be like Jesus to those in need. In Your holy name I pray, AMEN.

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