Beauty from ashes

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61: 1-3

Month: December, 2012

Good News of Great Joy by John Piper

“What I want most for Christmas this year is to join you (and many others) in seeing Christ in all his fullness and that we together be able to love what we see with a love far beyond our own half-hearted human capacities” (p. vi).

 

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent is designed especially for Advent 2012. With readings beginning Sunday, December 2, and going through Christmas Day, this book of Advent devotionals aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. These short meditations are excerpted from the ministry of John Piper and correspond to the daily readings in Desiring God’s free devotional app called Solid Joys (available in the iTunes store).

Free PDF here:

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/good-news-of-great-joy

Realization

I made this realization a few weeks back…

But I realized this blog became just all about me and so unbelievably selfish. Of course, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with ranting and blowing off steam, but that’s all it was starting to be. A place to just talk about myself and basically be emo. And I think just doing that made me feel unhappier and more emotional because I was just so focused on those kinds of things. And there was no end in sight. No way of getting out because I was just relying on myself. God was nowhere to be seen.

This blog was originally a place to place my thoughts, but also a place where I could put my QTs, my prayers, and how God was working and changing me (or even the times I feel like He is not). I guess this just shows me just how sinful I am and how easily deterred I am from my original purpose, how easy it is for me to go offtrack and how an original idea that was supposed to glorify God ended up glorifying and pitying myself.

Please forgive me Lord and please let me be able to start again with you in mind.

 

A prayer for a friend and for myself

Dear Lord

I pray for my sister ____. I don’t know what she’s struggling with, I don’t know what she’s going through, but Lord, you know all things and you know exactly what she is going through- all her pain/hurt/emotions…you know it all Lord. And you also know how much she needs you at this time. So Lord, please make your way into her life. Please let her know you are watching her and you are there for her …even if she feels like you are not. Please let her know that she is loved and cared by you, Lord. Let her emotions and hurt be laid upon you so that she will not feel them anymore, but instead feel the unconditional and overflowing love you have for her. She is so tired Lord, from work/school and just everything that is going on…so give her the strength to go through her days, her weeks with ease. I pray for myself as well. That I be a better sister and friend to her. To not just say it and want it, but to actually show it through actions and know that she is loved and know that this love is from you Lord. That I may be the vessel for your love, please use me Lord. If not me, then someone else. Lord, also help me to find desire and peace within you, so I can be someone you can use to help others. At this moment, I do not think I have any rights or even able to help anybody because I’m just so messed up and broken myself, but if there is any use of me, please use me. I pray for just both of us to find you, to want you, to just even think of you in our daily lives. Something so easy it may seem…is so difficult. Thank you for letting me have this time of prayer.

In your son’s name I pray,

Amen