Ashes to Beauty Day 10
The Pour Out:
Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)
We’ve made it to day 10! Today we’ll hear one final story of Jesus’ healing powers.
“On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.“
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
One thing that struck me immediately about this story of healing, was the fact that this woman didn’t ever ask to be healed. My study bible shares some context about this story, and from that we know, Satan was actively at work in this woman’s life and had been for some time.
Satan was causing major problems for this poor woman, had been for years in fact, yet she didn’t even realize it. She couldn’t call out for help, because she couldn’t recognize where she was struggling.
I can’t help but think about myself, and how I allow Satan to play games with my mind, to cause trouble and issues in my life – and how I too fail to even see the problem many times.
I can’t cry out for help or mercy, because Satan is so tricky, so conniving that I fail to even recognize the fact that I need help.
Out of nowhere, I’ll be angry. I’ll allow past situations to replay in my mind, bringing out those emotions of anger, hurt, and betrayal all over again. This causes me to approach my day completely differently, all because I’ve allowed myself to be led astray.
Without even being asked for help, Jesus heals this woman. He places His hands on her and says, “Be free.”
What a beautiful image.
In moments where I need Jesus … moments where I can’t even put my finger on what the problem is – He reaches out, places His hands on my shoulders and says, “You are set free.”
In the rush of the morning routine – “You are set free!”
As you wrestle through arguments with teenagers – “You are set free!“
As you feel overworked and under appreciated – “You are set free!”
When you’re an emotional wreck, and have no idea why – “You are set free!”
Take the time to pause when life gets stressful, to ask Jesus to lay His hands on your shoulders and whisper this truth to your soul.
Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.
*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.”
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:
If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”
If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”
Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”
**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**