Ashes to Beauty Day 3
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.)
After Jesus heals the centurion’s servant from yesterday’s story, He moves on and heals His close friend and disciple, Peter’s, mother-in-law.
” When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him“
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?
Don’t worry, I am NOT going to ask you to “wait” on anyone!
The wife/mother inside of me cringes at the mention of “waiting” on someone, because that is my life! The second you set your feet on the floor in the morning, you are “on” … attending to the needs of others, until you finally get to rest your head at night.
I was taken aback as I read this verse the first time, thinking, “the second this poor woman feels better, she’s up waiting on everybody else …. what’s up with that?!?“
However, getting past those feelings a moment, I have to realize that there is great insight here.
Now, in our world today, when Jesus isn’t walking around in the flesh … a lot of times He answers prayers for us, but, we don’t pause to realize or appreciate it.
It’s so easy to dismiss an answered prayer as “happenstance”.
We claim everything “just worked out.“
While we may struggle to truly see Jesus as the one who answered our prayers, there’s no mistaking that it was Him in today’s story. Peter’s mother-in-law knew He was the one who had healed her, so out of this indescribable appreciation for her life He had just restored, she jumps up, excited and enthusiastic to go about her work.
Peter’s Mother-in-Law didn’t just experience an answered prayer, she tasted the sweet love that Jesus had for her, she witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit, and simply couldn’t wait to share that with others!
When we receive our answers to prayer, out of devotion, appreciation and love for Jesus, we should seek to shine His light to those around us as well.
May we become women of faith, who take the time to see His answers, and appreciate them, praising Him for hearing us … before we just move on to the next request!
Like Peter’s mother-in-law, may we cherish the gift of another day, another opportunity to serve and love the people entrusted to our lives!
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.**