God paints beauty, over our rough edges. 

God paints beauty, over our rough edges! 
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Yesterday was one of those days, that it was just me, God and a sander. 

Our bathroom walls are divide into two different texture. The top is sheet rock with a spongey texture, and the bottom is pre-painted paneling. A few years ago, I had painted the panel, but the paint dried bubbly, because it didn’t have anything to absorb into.

 I told my husband I wanted to change the color and I thought, this new color would be find, since it would have the old paint to cling to. He told me, that would not work, it would do the same thing as the first paint I had put on the panel. He told me I would have to sand down the wall to give it a rough texture in order for it to absorb the new paint. 

As I labored sanding down the walls, God used this experience, to remind me this is how He paints beauty into our lives. He first has to sand down our rough edges, so that we can better absorb what He is placing in our lives.

The struggle of being sanded by God is real, but we have to endure this process in order for our hearts to be prepared to absorb God’s newness in us. 

Like my bathroom walls, if we don’t allow God to sand us down, we can’t receive a fresh coat of beauty. 
Lord I pray to receive Your sanding in my life that is preparing me for what blessing You have for me, to come. Lord create a clean heart in me, make known to me what I need to let go of, in order to have empty hands that will be filled up by You. Thank You, God that daily, You are sanding down my rough edges to make me more like Christ, in Jesus name I praise and pray, Amen. 

Jesus is “where we find it!”

Jesus is “where we find it!” 
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
Tonight as I got settled in my bed, I pulled out my Bible I had very first used when I started my walk with Jesus 6 years ago. As I carefully turned through the worn pages and read notes I had written and highlighted. One part of my Bible came to my attention, the very first two pages, after the introduction page. The first one was titled “Where To Find It in the Old Testament,” and the second one was titled “Where To Find It in the New Testament.” Each page gave a list of things you can find in The Word of God, like: courage, trust, faith, hope, strength, bitterness, sorrow, pain. Every thing we struggle with has a passage in the Bible for directions to obtain with strength or comfort for our situation. When I don’t understand, I can trust in Jesus that He has all the answers. He is the way, truth and life for all my needs, through each season of my life, He is more then enough. 
Lord, thank You for being my way, truth and life. I praise You for daily guidance and Your powerful Word for direction. Thank You, for Your ultimate sacrifice for my salvation. You are where I find all I need, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Strip yourself of Satan’s lies

Strip yourself of Satan’s lies
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Some of my greatest devotions are written on my heart by God during my Saturday runs on the school track. I missed last week’s training, so I felt a little set back this morning. My first 2 miles were messy! I felt weighed down, stiffed legged and defeated. God laid Hebrews 12:1 on my heart, reminding me to strip that dead weight off me, that is holding me back from running my race. Little at a time I started stripping away each garment that was physically weighing me down and labeling it as the dead weight that was holding me back. I stripped off my jacket of doubt, my gloves of fear and my sunglasses of Satan lies that were blinding me if God’s truth. As soon as these items and feelings were stripped off me, the rest of my run was easier to endure. With Jesus in my view I was able to focus on His promises of finishing what He has started in me. God does not promise us an easy run, physically or spiritually, but if we would rid ourselves of Satan’s lies about us and our performance, we can make it to the finish line, no matter how long it takes. 
Lord, I praise You, for Your Word of wisdom You placed in my heart this morning, to help me stay the course of my physical run. Like my track training, my spiritual walk with Christ is the same, in order to stay focused on the path You have laid out before me, I must strip myself of negative thoughts. Thank You, Lord for the strength to achieve my goal this morning, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Rebuke the seed, before it takes root.

Rebuke the seed, before it takes root. 
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 
Jesus gave us two great examples in the Bible, of how to rebuke the devil, when he starts trying to whisper lies and plant bad seeds in our minds.

When Peter tried stopping Jesus from going to the cross, to save ALL the world from their corrupt sins, (Matthew 16:22.) The Lord knew Peter was not acting on his own, but through the manipulations of Satan. He immediately rebuke the devil, “Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” 

When Jesus had gone into the desert to fast for 40 days, Satan took this opportunity to try and manipulate Jesus, into turning rocks into bread, casting himself off the temple to be saved by angels and offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, if He would just bow down to Satan. Jesus rebuked the devil and answered him each time with, man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded from the mouth of God; thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God; thou shall worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve, (Matthew 4:3-10.) 

Satan will try to plant seeds of bitterness, enviousness, idolatry, gluttony, adultery, gossip, hate, covetousness and anger toward other in our minds. We must recognize the source of where this negativeness is coming from, and immediately rebuke Satan and submit to God. 

Our minds were not made to be a garbage can for the devil to throw his trash into, but rather we are made to be holy vessels of God, “2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
Lord, I know that daily I must die to myself and come into You prayerfully to submit my temple to You, for Your plans and purpose. Lord I know Satan has his own plans for me as well, I pray that as he starts to plant those evil seeds of destruction into my mind, I will remember what my Savior did and rebuke him as I submit unto You as my refugee, in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Daily Cleanse 

Daily Cleanse
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
My greatest inspiration I receive from the Lord, is through my daily experience as a mom. 

This morning my 3 year old daughter wanted our dogs to eat in the living room with her. As she carefully tried to carry their full bowl of food through the kitchen she accidentally made a mess. No more then 5 minutes later, she wanted some milk and tried pouring it on her own, again another mess. After what seemed like the billionth time of helping her clean up a mess this morning, the Holy Spirit dropped the lesson God was showing me through this experience in my heart. 

Though we believers were cleansed by Jesus’ blood of all our sins the day we accepted Him as our personal Savior. We still have to confess our sins and have our heart cleansed throughout each day. 

Like my toddler we Christians are going to make a mess no matter how hard we try to keep the milk from spilling. I can only imagine the view from God’s throne, as He watches me make messes and then with His loving hands He reaches down and cleanses my heart multiple times throughout each day. 
Lord, Thank You, for daily cleansing my heart of sin. I know that I can make messes just like my toddler from some of the choices I make. Lord I praise You, that Your grace is never ending and Your mercies are new for sin to sin. Thank You Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen. 

Give It To God and Rest

Give It To God and Rest 
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I was recently excited about being reunited with family I had not seen in over a year. I was thankful for the answered prayer and had my heart set on how this reunion was going to play out. The reunion did not go as I had anticipated, and my heart broke into a million pieces. 

The next day, anger had settled into my heart, and I was rebuking ever having hope of rebuilding relationships. 

This morning I poured my heart out to God of my disappointment. Peace was what God laid on my heart. Serval verses came to mind about His peace that sustains me, “John 14:27; Colossians 3:15.” 

The quote “give it to God and go to sleep,” came to mind and reassured me that if I give God my heavy heart He will give me His yoke that will give me rest and bring me peace,(Matthew 11:29.)  

As long as I carry around this disappointment in my heart, I will have no room for Jesus’ peace. By laying down this heavy load and prayerfully giving it to God with a thankful heart, He will give me a heart of understanding and replace disappointment with Christ peace. 

God can only do His work, by me trusting in His plans,(Jeremiah 29:11,) and by understanding His ways are not mine, (Isaiah 55:8-9.) 
Lord, though I do not understand, I can surely trust in You. Father, I know that Your plans for me and my family is far greater than my heart could ever imagine. Lord, I know You will restore and make new in Your timing. I pray to continue thankfully praying daily for my hearts desires, and for my family, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God Bless You

God Bless You
Numbers 6:24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. 
This morning I stopped to grab me and my 3 year old daughter some breakfast at one of our home town favorite restaurant. My toddler loves to talk with our regular lady who is always happy to serve us with a beautiful smile. After receiving our food, I said, “thank you and have a nice day”, our server waved bye to my daughter and said, “have a good day.” My daughter shouted back in an excited tone, “Merry Christmas.” I started laughing and immediately told her, Christmas was over. The second those words came out of my mouth, I realized that actually Christmas is never over, we daily celebrate Christ and His love for us. I thought about how her saying “Merry Christmas,” to our waiter, is like me saying, “God bless you.” Jesus said, (Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven, Matthew 18:3.) How much can we learn from our children, in my 3 year olds heart, it is still Christmas, and she wants to spread the joy of Jesus love. Her child like heart, is what reminds me to keep sharing the joy all year. We live our Christians lives through our children, open your heart, eyes and ears to what God is teaching you through them. We must have child like faith to understand God’s kingdom, where it is Christmas everyday. 
Lord, thank You, for using my kids to teach me the best spiritual lessons to Grow from. I pray to not leave Christmas wrapped under the tree, but to share Christ love with all who I encounter daily, by praying for Your blessing over their lives, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

NEVER Stop Praying! 

NEVER Stop Praying! 
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 
For over a year now I have prayed the same prayer about restoration. No matter how I felt that day, no matter what circumstances I was facing, this same prayer left my lips and enter into God’s ears. There were days my heart bled of pain and sorrow over this prayer. There were days anger and frustration brought me to my knees to keep praying this same prayer. There was days only my tears could speak the words to God’s heart of my deepest desire for answers to this prayer. 

Today praise God, He delivered healing to broken hearts, restored the unity and mended relationships. Today God answered my prayer at the perfect time, His timing! We should never stop praying, but continue until the answer comes. (Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, James 5:16). 
Lord, my heart is over joyed today and my tears are falling fast with praises of Your Holy name. Thank You, Father for hearing my prayers and healing hearts of those I love and restoring what has been broken. Your timing is always perfect, my heart is at peace, thank You for Your light yoke for my heavy burdens, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

100% Disinfected 

100% Disinfected 
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory. 
Today as I was cleaning my house, I noticed that my cleaning supplies that disinfect, each of their labels read kills 99.999 % of bacteria.  

This made me think about how Jesus precious blood is our disinfecting shield against death. The moment we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, His blood covered us 100% inside and out, killing the sting of sin and death, forever. 

Unfortunately I have to daily use these cleaning supplies to keep bacteria away from making my family sick. Praise God, that my one time cleansing by the blood of Jesus is guaranteed 100% to disinfect me for all eternity, (Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death; O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.) 
There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy

You wash me in mercy

I am clean

“Natalie Grant- Clean” 
O Lord, thank You, for washing me clean from sin and death. I praise You that I am no longer infected with sin, but disinfected from the bacteria called death that is caused by sin. Lord thank You, for finding me worthy and washing me clean by Your blood, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Press Pause 

Press Pause 
Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.
We tend to go through life at a fast pace through the hustle and bustle of each long day, from sun up till sun down. We forget to focus on the important things that matter the most in life, like family. We take for granted that they will be there tomorrow, forgetting that tomorrow is never promised. When sickness or death creeps up on us or a loved one, we hit our emergency brakes, leaving skid marks behind us, falling onto our knees.

Pausing from life, gives us time to focus on others rather then ourselves. Being still gives us a chance to pray and hear from God on matters in life that leave us needing His comfort. I think God sometimes allows the sudden smacks of reality in our lives to slow us down and pause. When we are still, we give God the opportunity to work His peace into our hearts. This rest reminds us that He is God and that His timing is always right and His will be done. 
Lord I pray for peace and comfort for my family and friends. I know that there are many heavy hearts in need of rest. Lord I pray for Your will to be done, and know that Your timing is always perfect. I pray for understanding, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.