Miriam Counts of Ironton, MO, USA
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30
A dear sister in Christ shared a story with me about a Blessing Basket. She had a friend going through some tough times, feeling very low, and struggling to hang on and maintain the strength she needed. She prayed about her feelings of despair, and she was directed to create a Blessing Basket. Each time she was blessed or received an answer to prayer, she was to write these on separate pieces of paper, date them, and put them in her Blessing Basket. When she would enter into one of the low times, she could take out a blessing and remember how God had blessed her and trust that God would bless her in her present need.
What she noticed was how her basket was growing and how each time she reached in to read and remember, she was lifted up, strengthened, and encouraged. As a result, her faith in the Lord grew stronger as did her courage and strength. You see, we forget so easily and sometimes we just need a little reminder to help us in our times of trouble.
I think of David in the Psalms, how he cried out to God during challenging times. Then he would remember how God had blessed him and how he could trust God to deliver him. Then he would give praise and glory and honor to God!
We truly do need to remember blessings. We also need to remember that the Lord is no respecter of persons. God looks on the heart and hears us when we cry out in prayer and we read and trust in God’s Word and give praise, glory and honor to God’s holy name. God blesses us accordingly with just what we need. “You cannot outgive God,” not only materially, but physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Trust God for your blessings!
Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.