Ashes to Beauty Day 7
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.)
In Jesus’ time blood was considered to be “unclean.” This meant that anyone who was bleeding was considered to be “unclean,” and needed to stay away from other people, so that you wouldn’t accidentally come in contact with them, thus making them “unclean,” as well.
“27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
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?
Children can be mirrors sometimes. They reflect things we’ve said, things we’ve done – they showcase what we look or sound like.
Once when JB was playing at the top of the stairs, near my office, I stopped what I was working on and asked, “Whatcha doing bud?” And his response was simply, “Sorry Mommy, I’m really busy working right now. Wait just a second for me, K?”
Stunned, I stopped and realized that he was repeating a phrase he had heard from me, more than a time or two.
I share this embarrassing story about myself – to highlight that I am human, BUT God is not!
While I (a human parent) might not always be able to multi-task, this story shares that Jesus always has time for you. He is never too busy. While crowds of people were reaching out, in need of Jesus’ help and attention – He stops and addresses this woman who was cast out of society.
For years this woman had suffered, alone, because no one could come near her. Desperate for help, but not wanting to bring Jesus any harm, she simply touches the bottom of His clothes. In faith, she reaches out so that He could heal her.
She’s absolutely right, and feeling this healing power leave His body – Jesus stops suddenly to address whomever it was. Now, remember, the healing had been done, He had hundreds of others to attend to, yet He stops. He addresses this daughter of His, whom He loves. He wants to be sure she understands that she is loved and precious in His eyes.
This same truth applies to you and me today.
Jesus loves us, and while we may have to delegate our time, dividing it up between multiple people and chores …. Jesus’ love and “time” for us is unending! It is unfathomable to think that He is with you always, no matter what. Let today’s verse be a reminder to you that He is with you always, and always working on your behalf!
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.**