Written by Ann Margaret McIntosh
Writing this blog was really difficult…difficult because I am currently enduring a set of circumstances that have me sitting in the proverbial “sackcloth and ashes.” I am actively seeking the Lord. I still have no answers…no resolution.
In the Bible, ancient Hebrews often wore sackcloth to symbolize grief. Ashes have long been a symbol of man’s mortality, especially in light of an omnipotent, eternal God. Placing ashes on the forehead to begin the Lenten season is a public acknowledgement that without God, we would be nothing. If my circumstances have taught me anything, they have taught me how desperately I need Him. Nothing and no one else satisfies.
If I had ashes to place on my forehead today, here is what they would symbolize:
My view of God is too small.
Ladies, we are daughters of the King and we should live like it! In the midst of difficult circumstances, when we see no end in sight, no light at the end of the tunnel, we are called to stand on promises. Today, that is what I choose to do.
Here are a few things I know during this Easter season:
Romans 8:11—And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in me, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to my mortal body through His Spirit, who lives in me.
Psalm 118:6—The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
2 Corinthians 3:5-6—I am competent not in my own abilities but because He has made me competent by His Spirit.
Hebrews 13:5—He will never leave me or forsake me.
Psalm 37:23—The Lord makes my steps firm; the Lord upholds me with His hand.
John 15:16—I have been chosen by God to bring forth fruit that shall remain.
2 Timothy 1:7—I will not be afraid because I know the spirit of fear is not from Him. He has given me a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.
Ephesians 2:10—I am a masterpiece created in Christ Jesus in order to walk in the good works He has prepared for me to do.
Psalm 84:11—No good thing will the Lord withhold from me as I walk uprightly before Him.
What promises are you standing on? Please feel free to leave them in the comment section. Let’s encourage one another.
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