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Turning the Horrible into Something Miraculous

September 1 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Matthew 11:28
Observation
Jesus cares for us so very much. Psalms 37:23 says, “He delights in every detail of their lives.” And that means He cares whether we are weary--physically, emotionally, or mentally.
Application
Have you ever experienced when someone just verbally dumps on you? You know, when someone either complains to you about you or someone else and just leaves you without making things right? It is so very exhausting and emotionally draining. And the closer to home, the more it affects you. One of my friends called it “vomiting on you.” Her kids do it all the time.
One morning, I got “vomited” on and I was not happy at all. The Holy Spirit gave me a nudge on my heart while I was working. I knew He wanted to talk to me. So I finished what I was doing and sat. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” So I sat and these verses came to mind about giving Jesus our burdens. The verse above and 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” came to mind. I knew He wanted me to give this emotional exhaustion/exasperation to Him. But then I said, “God, why do you want my trash?” I was thinking, I don't even give my friends my “trash.” Why would I want to give my Lord my trash. But His ever soft voice responded, “because I don't want you to be unhappy and I can handle it.”
And that is the way the Lord Jesus is. He calls us His friends, although He is LORD. He is robed in majesty, yet He is humble and gentle. And to me, He is so much the loving Shepherd and my High Priest that understands everything I go through. I don't see how He turns the horrible into something miraculous, but He does!
Prayer
Father, you sent your Son to be the sacrifice for our sins as well as the sins of others. We will have trouble in this world, but You did not leave us alone...You sent your Son to be the sacrifice for our sins and the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Psalms 23 says:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, 
for You are with me.”
Truly You are. Thank you, Lord.

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This journal entry was posted by Corinne. She is currently married, has 1 child and has attended New Hope for the past 11 years.

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