In our performance based and media-tech craze culture, our mind and attention is stretched in many directions: emails, texts, projects, assignments, exams, appointments, the list goes on. When we find time to rest and slow down to reflect, what are we thinking of? For myself, memories of loved ones who are gone fill my mind. Sometimes I cry tears of sadness because I miss them. But recently, I find myself crying tears of healing; healing from past hurts, guilt, and shame. In these quiet moments, I sense God’s presence. He has been waiting for me. My tears remind me that is He is drawing me closer to Him, the one who comforts, the one who gives me peace beyond understanding, and the one who sets me free from sin. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double- minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” Let us draw closer to God this year, by humbling ourselves and asking God to search our hearts. What areas do we need to surrender to the Lord? Let us not be “conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). Let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean” (Hebrews 10:22). Let us rest in His promise that “His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning” (Lam 3:22). Let us trust God when He says that “as far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). May we be lifted up in His presence this week as we enter into a time of worship. Know that when we seek our Father, His grace and mercy is there to meet us. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him... He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him... He hears their cry” (Psalm 145:18). Whatever situation you are in, He is waiting for you.

-Sister in Christ, Inspire

 

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