God loves us especially in our messes. This whole mess business was inspired by a huge renovation project that is going on at my church and a lovely email I received from a Guided Life Ezine reader who shared her story of transformation to trust God in the midst of her messes. (You’ll love her dialogue back and forth with God.)
Our church project involves getting a new pipe organ to be installed over the period of almost a year. The first step is renovating the front of the sanctuary.
The choir had a rare Sunday off from singing, so instead of sitting in the choir stalls, Robert and I sat in the congregation in our usual spot, pew two (I’ve heard the self-assigned pew is a Presbyterian thing).
Reaching up to the three or four story ceiling was scaffolding surrounding the area where the chambers hold the organ pipes. In our direct line of sight was a sign which read:
I was immediately struck with the thought; God loves us in our messes. After the sermon I took a picture of the sign and told my pastor that I was going to do a post on this subject. He added the word, especially. He said, “God loves us especially in our messes.”
As I mentioned, this mess subject made me think of a lovely email I received from Loretta. I asked her if I could share her story with you and she gave me an enthusiastic yes.
At the conclusion of this post are inspirational Bible verses that include a Bible verse of the day that you can meditate on for the month.
Many times we can allow our purpose to be buried deep within us, so deep that we may not find it. It is easy to let the busyness of life get in the way. Making money, paying the bills, fulfilling all of life’s demands can leave little time to explore our inner desires and purpose.
The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5
If you have been swept along by the waves of life, make a renewed commitment to discover what is deep inside of you. What talents and gifts has God given you that you aren’t using to the fullest or at all?
Spend some time to be still each day. Instead of leaping out of bed and rushing out the door, set your alarm a little earlier to allow yourself some time to meditate or think about your day. What do you hope to accomplish today? Pause and listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to you through your soul.
1) The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. – Proverbs 20:5
2) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. – Romans 12:1
3) Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. – Psalm 33:3
4) Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
– Matthew 11:28
5) In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26
The following are inspirational Bible verses for you to meditate on during the month of May.
As spring moves into summer, we enjoy more light each day. It’s hard to see anything in the dark. It’s hard to know where to walk in the dark. God’s light lights our path.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” – James 1:17
There are many references in the Bible regarding light. 1 John 1:5 states,
“God is light; in him is no darkness as all.”
This verse assures us of two things – we can see clearly that every perfect gift comes from God because He is light, and – God never changes.