Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Out with the Old and In with the New

Father God it has been so long since I dedicated time to spend with you this way.  It is something that eats at me and yet seems so easy to do, so easy to find excuses to not do.  I pray that you will help me God to remain focused on you and on spending time with you.  I pray that you will help me to put to death the sinful ways I have that take me away from you and take my focus from you.
Today's devotion speaks of this...how we are born again in you and need to put to death the old sinful ways and make room for the new ways.  Ways that are honouring to you, ways that help to welcome others to your table.
Change is hard and doesn't come naturally to me...to anyone.  Help to strengthen me Lord, help me to put this to practice.
Clothe me with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Those last two, Jesus, those are the hardest for me at times.  So often I let the world get in and distract me and then I lose both of those.  I want that to stop, I need that to stop.  I know you are strong, God, and I know you will help me change as long as I am willing.  Pull away my blinders, pull down the walls I put up and change me Lord.  So often my impatience comes from a lack of forgiveness of others faults and that is just so wrong.  You forgive me daily, you allow me to make mistakes and keep welcoming me back, keep being patient with...so why can't I show this grace on others???
I pray that you will change my heart Lord.  I pray that you will help me be the person you saved me to be.
I love you sweet Jesus and pray for this today and always.