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Today, Hulda is sharing her heart and words with us.
Father God, thank You for the gift of these words. We ask that You open our hearts to receive the Word You have waiting here for each one of us individually. We are parched and thirsty for Your living water and stretch out our hungry hearts for Your manna. Quench us and fill us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Jesus makes all things new
The first month of the New Year is now behind us and if you are like me, you might have had some great expectations on making this year a better one. But if like me, you look at the past month and wondered whatever happened to those wonderful, life-changing goals that were supposed to make you a better you? Could I give us permissions to pause and look at the One who is committed to us no matter how much we fail to measure up?
One of the key lessons God taught me in 2017 is that no matter how shattered, how dead situations or relationships may seem – it’s never too late for God. That even if the first month of this New Year did not go as planned, it’s not too late to begin anew. I’m reminded of the Word God gave me in the midst of my darkest days last year:
“Behold I make all things new!”
When you’re in pain, you desperately look for a way out – for anything to make the pain go away. It’s something I did a lot in 2017. I bought a number of items that offered a ray of hope to decrease the pain in our family – namely books and systems. And while these items were beneficial and helpful in many ways, they could not take away the pain in my heart. But God’s truth sets us free.
“Behold I make all things new!”
Nothing could undo the hurt that hit our home but God’s truth and His presence comforted us like nothing else. While it was hard to believe some days, we were reminded that the blood of Jesus has the power to cover the darkest and most vile thing this world could throw at us. Even as we felt the torrent of despair, we remembered that because of the shed blood of the Lamb, nothing could separate us from the love of God.
And sometimes when those days come, that’s all you can do – to call on the name of JESUS and plead His shed blood over you and your family. And while you may not feel it in the moment, you come to realize that it’s more than enough.
In the very beginning when God spoke creation into existence, He said “Let there be light” and there was light. The Trinity hovered over the darkness and life came into being.
God has the power to bring life into every dead situation and broken relationship in our lives. In my own circle of family and friends, I see what seems like hopeless cases. And without God, they would be. Humanly speaking there seems to be no hope but I remember the Word of God and I chose to believe what the angel Gabriel told Mary:
“Nothing is impossible with God.”
And rather than just shake my head and sigh, I can bow and pray for God to intervene and believe that He can still do the impossible.
I’m not where I was a few months ago. (Praise God!!!) No, I’ve come out of the valley of despair and I can look back and testify to my Heavenly Father’s faithfulness and goodness.
Earlier this week, my husband and daughter came back from their 12-day trip to our home in Czechia – the one we left last spring, not knowing whether we would ever be able to go back. And as she walked in through the front door, joy flooded my heart as I heard a faint whisper in my heart say, “She’s coming home.”
Yes, she was coming back to our home in the U.S. but I knew this was a promise from my Heavenly Father that He was bringing my loved one home to Himself. It’s a journey long from over and I honestly don’t know what’s in her heart but He does and I’m choosing to believe and trust Him.
This business of believing and trusting is hard – and I realize that even if have the faith to believe and trust God for the outcome today, there is no guarantee that I’ll have it tomorrow. I’m so fickle that way. When all the outward signs appear well – things like enough funds in the bank to pay our bills, a smile on my loved one’s face where there was only anger – then yeah, I believe.
But I know trying days will come and I will have to live out my faith and trust again. The good news and most wonderful lesson from having gone through a valley once is that you know even when you can’t hold on and even when you don’t have the faith to believe, there’s Someone who will never leave you and abandon you. That at the end, it really doesn’t depend on your mustard size faith but on the solid rock of Jesus.
When the light of God floods your life, there is no need for anything else. He is the true light that trumps every other form of light the world offers.
I pray that we might live in His Presence and in His light. It’s His light that gives perspective to all that is going on in our world and it’s His perspective that gives us peace.
“The old has gone and the new has come.”
So here we are, a month into the New Year but it’s not too late. In fact, the Bible says, His mercies are anew each morning. Today is the perfect time to draw a line in the sand and to leave the old things behind. Yes, it’s an opportunity to believe in the new that God is doing.
I have no idea what the rest of this year holds. I still don’t have all the answers and I probably won’t until Jesus comes but I’m giving myself permission to let go. To empty my hand emotionally so that I can embrace the new that God is doing.
It’s what the apostle Paul encourages us to do. If January was less than ideal, entrust it into God’s hand.
“If anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.”
Dear friend, I pray that we will have the courage and the faith to let go of our past, of placing them in the safest hands there is – in God’s hands. Take the good and all that God has taught us from it, but by all means let the old rubbish go.
Let’s choose to live with arms open wide and embrace the new God has for us. I sense that there is more change coming for our family and I’m not sure how it’s going to all pan out. Nothing is certain when you are in transition but I’m choosing to embrace that this is the life God has given me even in this place of uncertainty.
“Behold I make all things new!” Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you have the power to make all things new – that one touch from you could do what we couldn’t do in a hundred years. Father, if we find ourselves discouraged because this New Year isn’t panning out as we had hoped, help us to turn to you. Help us to remember that it’s not about what we do or can do but who we are in you.
Father the world may judge us by our external achievements or failures but you do not. You love us as we are. Thank you that we can come to you with all our dreams and hopes. Thank you that you see our hurting hearts, our doubts and fears. Thank you that even now, we can place these in your hands.
I pray Father that you would help us to believe that you are the giver of life and that even now you are breathing life in the situations, in the relationships that seem dead and hopeless to us. Thank you Father, that even today, we can begin anew with you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.