Love heals…How do you know when God is talking to you? He has never come to me in a burning bush or audibly. For me it is the simple nudging of the Holy Spirit – or sometimes when I am tuning in to broadcasts over different media or devotional time and all of them have the similar messages that come to the same point, for me it’s an “aha ” moment”- God is trying to tell me something. And this is a good thing because I am not always quick to listen! I have to remember to tune in because life is hard and you can quickly find yourself feeling alone in your struggles, but we are not alone. God loves us and His love heals what hurt divides.
Lately I feel like He has been talking to me about how I am using my talents, being who God made me to be and not allowing condemnation to enter in. It would be easy to quit and concentrate on my problems. You are thinking “What you have problems?”
yes, I know I am the happy upbeat girl always ready to greet you with a smile and yes, I have problems, we all have problems. I can admit I am not always able to keep it together. Those who have been reading my blog for a while know that my mother with Alzheimer’s & dementia . I won’t get into that now, (that could take up a few posts by itself) but I am taking care of her needs in spite of my upbringing. Not to say poor me, but because it’s the right thing to do. It would be easier to say it’s not my problem, but that is not who I am. In spite of who she was, she is a human being and I would want someone to make sure my needs were being met and not being taken advantage of if I was incapacitated. It wasn’t easy at first but for the moments of lucidity, I have been able to see another side of her I would never had seen had I not stepped in and started taking care of her needs.
I am a mother of three children with special needs (5 total) and let me tell you this year has been a roller coaster of emotions between medical and behavioral needs. I am blessed to be able to work from home because I can control my hours and my schedule is flexible; it has to be, things happen quickly – if I were at a job elsewhere it would cause me to leave all the time for emergencies or to not go in at all, I would be let go for sure.
But God. I love those words. But God is so amazing that He would give me a talent that I can use from home, create an income and love what I do. I love to create, scrapbooking helped me to focus on the things that were going right with each child, art helps me relax and not stress. I would be a basket case if I just concentrated on the things that are wrong or could go wrong.
He is faithful. I don’t believe or care for that saying “He never gives you more than you can handle”. That’s not true- He does give you more than you can handle because He can handle it. I don’t know how people can do it without Him, I can’t. He always gives me what I need to endure whatever is going on. In all of this I am also the worship leader at our church and I can’t tell you how many times the enemy has whispered, “you lost it today with the kids – you shouldn’t be worshiping, much less leading anything.” Or “see you are too busy that’s why your kid is falling apart.” Lies. My kid is falling apart because of the drugs his bio mother took while she was pregnant and he is in the best possible scenario to grow up healthy (also another post for another day). Love heals. Considering all their challenges and background my kids are doing remarkably well.
The word tells me in Romans 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus doesn’t condemn us, the Holy Spirit does not condemn us, God does not condemn us, He sees us as His children. He loves us and corrects us but does not condemn us. When our children do something wrong we must correct them, but we don’t stop loving them. Love heals and keeps us together.
They may disappoint, frustrate and make us angry but it doesn’t change our love for them. We can still take joy in them today even if they made us angry or let us down today. Love heals…Romans 8:38 says “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” And so it is with God’s love – you can’t disappoint Him enough for Him not to love you, use you or disown you. His love covers all… And you will mess up – we all do (Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;) but nowhere in the bible does it say quit or give up – it says persevere! Pick up sword! Lift up your heads! Ok that’s a lesson for another day…
The point is if you are feeling condemnation it is not from God and you don’t have to receive it. And believe me – I have to remind myself all the time because the enemy does not want you to succeed. He want’s to tear you down – don’t let Him. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (paraphrased – Phil 4:13) He loves you and His love heals all things that can make you feel separated from Him.
Just a little encouragement for today my friends, no matter where you are or what you are doing God has this covered. Just sayin’.
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