Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Need encouragement

I first want to say great job on your walking daily Claudia. Unlike you, I have not made the time to exercise, and my eating has either been really good or really bad depending on the meal/day.

I spent time in prayer today and realized that sometimes we work so hard at earning grace, salvation, holiness and we don't have to. Let me explain...I know we are to strive for these things, but sometimes I feel like I am trying to earn them from God, not just thanking and praising Him for these things already. I get so focused on myself, my victories, my failures, not on how AWESOME He is. How Jesus has completed the work already. How God just desires a relationship with us. I am a sinner, and will be this side of heaven. He knows that, He is not surprised by it. However, He expects us to give Him our all. Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Matt 22:37. I get so wrapped up in DOING things and not just ACCEPTING His free gift of His Son. If I would spend half the energy that I do with obsessing about myself and would be at His feet instead, I would fall more in love with my Lord and Savior. I would desire to please Him more, it would be more natural to do that.

What are your thoughts on that?

Thanks for reading.



Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Im in the same place that you are...and I need to focus more on the Lord and less on myself. Thanks for the post.

TreasuringChrist said...


I totally know what you're saying. When we find ourselves struggling to be disciplined, we get so down on ourselves, and we continually focus on our weaknesses and failures. But that's only going to make things worse. We need to lift our eyes to the Lord and throw ourselves upon Him as our only hope.

By the way, I didn't walk or workout yesterday, so I'm not going to meet my goal of exercising everyday this week. But, I can still do it today and tomorrow. God's mercies are new every morning!


Joan said...

I think it's so hard for us to wrap our minds around the fact that we can't earn God's love. He loves us just as we are. A Holy God wants to dwell with us lowly people. It's so contrary to the world.

Great post.