Day 52 Bible Reading Plan

Fear. It can surround us and overtake us when we give in to it. But God is calling us to stand. Not just in willpower, but in His strength and in His presence. He is enough for whatever we go through. Our God is well able to save. Give over the fear and pick up His grace. Our God is with us.

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Day #52: Isaiah 43-49

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 43:2

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Isa.43

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Day 51 Bible Reading Plan

Where is God when the sky falls in our lives? Perhaps a better question is, where are we? Sin separates us from God. And when we choose sin, we are choosing sin over the presence of God. God does not go anywhere. We do. God is with us—are we with Him? Obedience and repentance leads us back to God, who is faithful to forgive us and take us back.

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Day #51: Judges 6-10

Scripture of the Day: Judges 6:17-18

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Judg.6

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Day 50 Bible Reading Plan

Favoritism. Envy. Comparison. Deceit.

Wash, rinse and repeat.

This is the condition of sinful man, striving for what he wants from this life. And God watches to see if any will look up and acknowledge what He has given to them and simply be grateful for their portion, their lot in this life. Despite our sin, God sees. He redeems and weaves the messes we make into something beautiful. What a faithful, good God!

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Day #50: Genesis 29-32

Scripture of the Day: Genesis 32:29-30

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Gen.29

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Day 49 Bible Reading Plan

Acceptance. We all crave it. Need it. And God gives it to us freely. Undeserved. As we have given, may we give to others. But this acceptance must not be of sin. We need to love one another enough to help to set one another free from the deception of sin.

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Day #49: Romans 15-16

Scripture of the Day: Romans 15:7

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Rom.15

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Day 48 Bible Reading Plan

Be child-like. This is the challenge from Jesus to us. He wasn’t saying to act in an infantile manner, but to be innocent toward sin. More than that, He admonished us to watch over our little ones. Children are often victims in our society. This is hard in this sin-filled world, but we dare not let them fall into sin. Protect your children from temptation and sin. They are counting on you and so is God.

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Day #48: Mathew18-20

Scripture of the Day: Matthew 19:4-5

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Day 47 Bible Reading Plan

When we suffer or struggle, it’s ok to ask questions. God can answer them. Maybe in a way we did not expect. But God is good and just. And He carries our burdens for us. Go to God at such times. He hears us when we call.

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Day #47: Job 13-14

Scripture of the Day: Job 13:15 (NIV)

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Day 46 Bible Reading Plan

“But”. Such a small word BUT such a big choice. In the middle of chaos and suffering we can have a “but”. And sometimes it takes suffering to bring us to a place where we see our need. When the noise of this world starts to snuff out hope, we can realize that we have a choice in that place. A choice to trust God right in the middle of hard. And we will never regret that choice because our God is good and faithful.

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Day #46: Psalm 13-15

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 13:5-6

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Day 45 Bible Reading Plan

When times of sorrow or grief visit us, where do we run? God alone is our comfort as we rend our hearts to Him alone. And our living God hears and meets us in that place with His presence.

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Day #45: Isaiah 37-42

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 41:10

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Truthful Tuesday – Trusting God Again after Abuse

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

The painful reminders of abuse that come will soon dissipate and become reminders of God’s grace and healing, instead.

Scriptures of the Day:

1 Corinthians 6:18

“Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body”–but the immoral person sins against his own body.”

I confess I have had this blog entry scheduled before but just did not want to write it. Still, my Spirit urges me on. I could never do justice to the pain so many have endured, but perhaps I can ease that pain with the truth of God’s comfort in the midst.

Abuse is one of those words that causes the human spirit to want to avoid the subject. We just don’t want to talk about it. It makes us uncomfortable and often victims of abuse themselves feel ashamed or judged, too. The mere thought of such a carnal act happening to one who is made in the image of God is unspeakable.

Sins committed outside the body are bad enough, but harming another person by abusing them physically, emotionally, sexually or spiritually produces devastating consequences that are not easily overcome and repercussions can last a lifetime.

I know what it was like to be a little girl told to be silent. As much as the pain of multiple attempts was on my soul, I can look back and see the hand of God guiding me. I have walked through emotional and spiritual abuse, as well, and the ensuing torment of trying to be free from it. Through it all I learned that God did not cause the devastation of my soul – His character could never do such a thing – but He would heal me and help me to overcome.

Even though the enemy of our souls can use hardship to create doubt in our minds over the goodness of God, our God does not cause the evil that man chooses by his own free will. Instead, our God chose the human suffering we sought to avoid and to bear our pain and sorrows.

So what causes abuse? This fallen world is full of people needful of God, but many who choose to satisfy their flesh instead and fill their righteous need with a wicked counterfeit. The lust of the eyes and the flesh never have their fill, but those who have seen their true need of God and choose to accept His grace and salvation are redeemed from living for the flesh. They see their God-given purpose of knowing God and making Him known, of living a godly life – and don’t waste it on sin.

But what about the wounded people, left in the wake of someone’s decision to harm them and to take the most personal thing they have to offer? What hope is there for them? Abundant hope. Raw, transparent moments. Encounters with a living God. Patient healing.

Hurting another human soul in such a manner is evil and damages the faith of the victim. But God. I love those two words. God is indeed able to take the deepest wound and heal. The process is itself painful, but with such a wound it takes time.

Recognizing our hurt and not concealing it is so hard to do. Seeing what the abuse has caused in our lives and courageously exposing the bitter root and possible resulting sin in ourselves is the path toward victory. Sometimes the pain is so deep we just don’t want to face the reality of it. But the word of God can meet us in that place if we will apply it.

As we peel back the layers of our heart to reveal the root of our hurt – how God could allow this suffering in the first place, we begin to understand our wound is first a spiritual one. Why does God not spare us from the sins of others hurting us so deeply? Perhaps we are even asking, “Why doesn’t He give us a perfect life?” Such questions reveal a desire for God to bless us, but they also reveal a heart attitude that says we will love and trust God only when good is allowed into our lives.

But it is scary to trust God again, isn’t it? How do we trust again? When we feel like God does not see, we refute that lie with the many Scriptures that show He does. When we feel like he will not defend us, we focus instead on the truths in God’s word that He is a righteous judge – our Defender, Protector and Savior.

God cares about our feelings – we can run to Him with our turmoil and grief. But feelings are not facts. He will transform our understanding as we get into His word. This website offers a lot of verses to help. God also helps us to have faith that He can heal us as we place our burdens in His hands.

Whether it is a wound from being abused, or having dear loved ones harmed in such a way, God is able to help us trust again and to forgive, as well. Sometimes life will look a lot different and we have to protect ourselves from relationships that could cause further harm, but in all of it we know that God will use it all for His good and our glory. He promises to and He is not a man that He should lie.

The scars left behind, the searing pain in the soul will soften over time. The painful reminders of abuse that come will soon dissipate and become reminders of God’s grace and healing, instead. Here is a song the LORD gave me when He revealed my lack of trusting in Him from all that I had suffered: Layers. God wants to heal you. He knows your pain and sees you. He is trustworthy and He loves you so very much.

Lord, thank You for setting our hearts free and healing us from all the sins in this world. You have overcome and we walk in Your victory because of Your amazing grace!