Ashes to Beauty Day 8

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.)

The Beans:

The Background:

Today we continue through more stories of Jesus’ miraculous healing during His time on earth.

The Verse:

Mark 7:32-35

32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.”

 

The Fill:

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)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Life can be really loud sometimes. We all have several things yelling for our attention at the same time, all day!

You’re busy at work, trying to concentrate, but can’t stop thinking about the laundry list of things you’ve got to get done at home, errands to run, people to check in with …. the list just goes on and on.

We have these wonderful devices … smart phones … that are supposed to make life easier. I mean, you can get your shopping done with the press of a button, but, sometimes the constant connectivity is just another drain on our time, attention, and energy.

As I read this verse, one word grabbed my attention and I knew I needed to share it with you …. “ASIDE”

I can just imagine the scene of this story. After finally finding Jesus, this man’s friends are probably screaming and doing whatever they can to grab Jesus’ attention. So what does Jesus do …

He takes him aside, and away from the crowd …

Even though this man is deaf and can’t physically hear the yelling, the poor man is probably overwhelmed with all of the commotion.

Jesus shows us that sometimes, when life is so chaotic, the thing we really need to do is to get away. To just be with Jesus – alone.

In fact, it was my own need for Jesus that prompted me to write this entire series!

It’s during my time aside from the world, and alone with God that He can whisper the much needed encouragement to my heart, which helps me make it through the rest of my chaotic day.

Ideally, when the storms of life hit, we would love to be able to just stop what we’re doing, and get alone with Jesus with a cup of coffee, maybe a journal and blanket … however, if your world is anything like mine, that’s just not likely.

It’s in those moments that I simply try to breathe, and quickly pray, “Lord help me.” And it never fails, when I get quiet, even if for only a second, He always brings to mind some song, some verse, or some comforting thought that helps me through.

You may feel silly doing it at first, but give it a shot the next time your world seems to be spinning out of control.

The Transition:

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.

Blessings:

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.

Affirmations:

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.**