Advent December 9, 2020
I know it’s hard for many of your right now Dear Friends.
Shame, disappointment and fear, grief and hurtful words have dimmed your glow and Joy.
You really are not alone dear one, and most likely, those doing the harm and damage are at odds with God and life.
Let’s join hearts right now and talk to the ONE who loves you more than anyone else ever can or ever will.
Let’s release the anguish and unburden the toxic pain inside, and return to Peace and Calm. That is where Grace freely rests upon us.
I come to You in the name of Your son, Jesus, who was born in the flesh, led a sinless, holy life, suffered and died on The Cross for me and rose again to life to conquer over my sin and death.
It is to You and You alone that I pray.
By Your Grace, I refuse to listen to or obey anything false that would take the place of You in my life.
I ask that You protect me from all my enemies, whether from within my own thinking and reasoning or outside settings that threaten my peace, these are things that would use my sin or my injuries against me.
I ask You, LORD, to take authority over my enemies to bind, expose and defeat their works.
I invite You into all my choices today.
Show me when switching into fear, compliance, anger or triggering occurs.
Reveal to me anything such as fear, shame, dread, abandonment, being triggered, emotional pain, depression, grief, longings, or willfulness, pride, entitlement, resentment, anger, taking control and leaning on my own understanding, addict thinking and decision-making, or complacency — anything that can be used by the deceiver to keep me bound up in sin.
Teach me that compartmentalized, shut away or fragmented parts of me no longer needs to step in and handle those things in my life that I couldn’t handle in the past.
Instead I can trust Your presence and actions in me and in my every circumstance.
I surrender the right to decide for myself what I can and can’t handle today and instead I trust in You that You will not allow the temptations I face to overwhelm me — that according to the joy-strength you are building in me daily, You will always provide a way of escape when temptation doubt does attack me.
Teach me to recognize that I have choices in all areas and that I can take every thought that I have and act in obedience to You by letting go of fear and trying to control things.
I want You to have safe and loving control over me when I’m feeling helpless and out of control and afraid.
I ask You to care for all of my needs and to bring resources for healing into my life.
Please rebuild my joy, strength and my capacity to rest in You.
Bring to me relationships that are loving and joy giving.
Teach me how to recognize triggering events and setups, and to quiet myself in You.
I repent of any ways in which I have assumed control (taken over Your job) and tried self-sufficiently to supply for, or meet, my own needs (do it myself).
Forgive me when I lean on my own understanding (think I’m smarter than You).
LORD, show me anything within me that stands in the way of Your perfect peace.
Please reveal to me today when there is internal conflict and direct me in learning self punishing or shaming patterns and help me to understand any of Your truths which speak in a healthy way against those patterns that I get caught up in.
I invite You to convict me whenever I act or think in contradiction to Your will. I thank You and I praise You for this day.
May I bring You glory in all You do in and through me, and may I sense your presence and see your hand of mercy, kindness and grace throughout this day.
I pray this in the Name of The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.