In the gospels you will find the parable of the lost sheep. Jesus told this parable to the Pharisees after they criticized him for befriending sinners.
Jesus spoke of one sheep that went astray from the herd. This sheep was alone, defenseless, and in danger. The Good Shepherd left his 99 sheep to find the lost one. When he found the lost sheep, he joyfully carried him over his shoulders into safety.
Your God is your Good Shepard. You may have strayed in your life and feel lost and alone in a dangerous world. You are not alone. The Good Shepard is looking for you and will rejoice over you with singing. You are found and His unconditional love and mercy will carry you.
I once read, “Sometimes when you are in a dark place and you think you have been buried alive, look again, you have been planted in rich soil.”
We often pray to God to change our situation when I believe God is using our situation to change us. God loves you today and has a full understanding of your struggles. Isaiah 40:29 tells us “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Although your situation might not make sense to you in earthly terms, trust that you are in a new season of your life– a season to bloom into a fuller you.
Peace to your hearts, Sarah
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, Hebrews 6:19.
There are three elements to hope. First, hope anticipates change and fills the souls with anticipation. Secondly, hope is assertive and meets pain head-on. Hope requires active involvement such as prayer. Lastly, hope is related to God’s love for us and His ability to make our life anew.
- When you are anchored to hope, nothing moves you. The storms may come but your anchor is down. Your life circumstances may fill you with worry, anxiety, and stress. Sometimes there are no logical reasons to have hope. God is not limited to earthly things. God would not have allowed it if He wasn’t going to use it for your good. Say to yourself, “I may not see a way out of this but I know God does. I know God can open doors no man can shut.”
- When you are anchored to hope God will make things happen in your life. Don’t pull up your anchor or you will drift into self-pity.
- When you are anchored to hope you are tied to it. You can’t go far, your faith will kick in.
Do you have your anchor down? Are you expectant that you will beat an addiction, that your family will be restored? Do you expect to be blessed? Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts give thanks to your God that the answers are on the way.
If you are anchored to hope, God will restore back double of what you have lost. Have hope that great blessings are on the way.
May God’s peace be in your hearts. Love, Sarah
Scholar Brene Brown writes, “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” The closer we become toward who we are meant to be, the brighter we will shine. We will prosper once we realize that the fire insides us burns brighter than any darkness around us. Scripture tells us, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”(Isaiah 60:1)
Let nothing dim the light that shines from within you.
Shine on, Sarah
Last week at the Justice Center AFAP brough the arts to women inmates. Our message was “Let go.”
One of the most courageous decisions that you can make is letting go of what is hurting your heart and soul. God knows who and what belongs in your life. Trust and let go. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. People may turn against you and walk away from you. You do not belong with people who do not value you. Your God walks with you always. The Scripture says that God will give you beauty for ashes. You have to let go of the ashes before you can receive the beauty. May the next few months be a period of beautiful transformation.
Let go and let God. Sarah