I sit and stare at a blank screen, my cursor blinking at me. Nothing…. simply nothing. I go to the kitchen to fix another cup of coffee and just like the cursor on my computer screen, my eyes begin to blink at the kitchen sink. A stack of dirty dishes and I’m worried about writing.
My coffee maker gurgled and sputtered, I grabbed my cup of instant inspiration (I wish) and headed back to the keyboard. I could feel something churning in my spirit, but no words were forming.
I kept thinking about the dirty dishes, I hoped nobody wanted to eat soon. Dirty spoons and forks and plates and bowls, dirty everything. Maybe we’ll eat finger foods out of coffee mugs!
I spoke to God and asked Him to share with my heart His message for today. The peace of God soothed my boggled mind.
I was reminded of the times the Lord spoke peace into my life and calmed my storms.
There was once a time of guilt that ate away at my heart like a cancer. My loved one was struggling with addiction. I blamed myself for many years because he watched me struggle with my own addiction. I even told myself I deserved the pain of watching him suffer, and being unable to help. God was paying me back. I was a failure. All lies from the enemy.
I’m not a master at forgiving myself and the past will still surface sometimes. But because I accepted Jesus Christ and confessed my sins to Him, He forgave me of my failures, my addiction, my sin. He forgave me of my past. If I were to ask Him, “Jesus remember when I…” He would not remember, He would not remind me of it nor would He ever judge me for it. Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
If you have an addict in your life, encourage them and pray for them. If you are an addict call on Jesus to set you free and seek help in a safe place. If you were once an addict, don’t let the lies of satan hold you captive with guilt.
I know the guilt we can have, it’s a heavy burden to carry. I know the pain and fear of staying awake nights and not knowing where they are, not hearing from them for weeks on end. But when we release them to the Lord and claim His protection over them we can have peace of mind. Trust that He has a plan.
Guilt cannot thrive where God’s peace abides!
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heart and minds through Christ Jesus.
Numbers 6:24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
P.S. Now, I’m going for another cup of coffee and I’m going to fill up that dishwasher with all those dirty dishes! God bless and keep you my friends!