Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Remember Love. Remember Mercy

I just love waking up to a word from the Lord. This morning I woke up to these song lyrics in my heart:

Remember Love
Remember Mercy
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Your loving kindness has never failed me

I felt this was a reminder from my Wonderful Counselor and a specific answer to a little skirmish in my heart. I don’t know about you, but my natural inclination is to think that everyone should think like me. When they don’t, I have to do a little battle to remind myself to let them be different. AND …. to be humble enough to maybe learn something new from their way of thinking.

I’ve learned to be quiet about these thoughts bombarding my brain because … the Holy Spirit is quick to remind me of this verse:

Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19

Except that yesterday, I said a few too many words. And I’ve been so frustrated with myself about it. Finally toward the end of the day, I remembered to ask Jesus to do with my mistakes what only He could do.

Beauty for ashes
You find the weak and contrite heart
Shoulder its burdens
And carry it into the light

This is more of His message to me from the song I heard in my heart this morning. He is the bearer of my burdens, the sufficiency for my weaknesses, and the the only One who brings something beautiful from our mistakes. (Psalm 68:192 Corinthians 12:9, Isaiah 61:3)

I tend to fuss at myself about mistakes for a LONG time. Do you? Jesus, on the other hand, would have me admit my weakness and receive his love and mercy.

As I was mentally processing what that looks like for me, I remembered that the Bible promises He is chasing me down with His gifts of love and mercy for me.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Imagine with me that there were two angels, one named Love, the other named Mercy. As I stand in the evidence of my own flawed humanity, Love and Mercy run (maybe fly) towards me. When they reach me, they grab my hands and begin to dance around the room with me. They are jumping up and down in celebration. They are delighted with their assignment to bring me this manna from heaven. They are giddy knowing this gift was more perfectly fitted for me than any gift I have ever received. They insist on me joining their happy celebration. They won’t take no for an answer.

It’s my job to believe that Love and Mercy will always find me. Good news … this is your assignment too. Our renewed minds need to expect it.

I want to become someone who really stops to embrace these gifts and celebrate them. I don’t want to be flippantly expecting all my blunders to be covered. I want to cherish the generosity of God that chose this for me.

I don’t want to miss the gift because I’m so focused on how imperfect I am and what bad things might happen because I made this mistake. I want to wholeheartedly dance with delight. With eyes of faith, I want to see the gift of His patient, enduring love as my personal treasure.

I want to wear the robe of Jesus’ righteousness fully aware that I didn’t earn it, but forgiveness  bought it for me at the cost of great sacrifice. I want to dance in that robe to the rhythm of heaven’s song.

Are you expecting Love and Mercy? As I write this, I’m praying for me and you to live with calm assurance that this is our reality.

Would you pray with me for the ladies who are now reading Hope for Your Marriage: 31 War Room Prayers. May God make the reality of these great gifts of Love and Mercy tangible, palpable, unmistakeable. By His power, may each wife reading it receive and then begin to be a great giver of these gifts to her husband. May God create in each husband the ability to receive with exuberance His great Love and Mercy.

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About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

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  1. Noemi

    Thank you Jennifer you have reasured me even more of the power of God in our lives. I have been battling for two years with keeping my marriage and its been getting tougher and tougher each day
    Amazingly God has fill up the empty hole i felt been apart from my husband. He has made me feel like Im never alone. He is good even tho im still fighting to not loose my marriage. Please pray for my family to be all together again thank you