Jennifer Kostick– Jennifer has been married for twenty-three years to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is the mother of three children, Paul IV (22), Samuel (6), and Grace (6). She also has six babies residing in heaven. It is those six tiny souls who have propelled her into women’s ministry. She is a conference speaker and author of the book Nothing to Hold but Hope (one woman's journey through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infertility). Jennifer blogs at www.Jenniferkostick.com and is passionate about encouraging women through a godly message of mercy and hope.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
I think the reason so many of us hate Mondays is not JUST because we are leaving behind weekend fun, but because we tend to carry baggage from the previous week into the new one. I know I’ve talked previously about carrying baggage from one year to the next, but maybe we need to start simpler – one week at a time, one day at a time, maybe one hour at a time or less! I suppose it all depends on our circumstances.
I recently had a conversation with someone about how hard it is to let certain happenings roll off our backs. I’ve always admired people who could easily leave hurtful words and actions behind as if they weren’t important at all. I struggle with wrongdoing against me, which is ridiculous because forgiveness spotlights the cross and reminds us we can be free because of the sin Jesus left nailed to it.
He is alive and sin remains dead with no power at all. It’s nailed to the cross forever!
It seems that if my focus is on He who overcame, then I can surely overcome human error. And, if I want others to forgive me, then I better take hold of these principles and make them part of everyday life. It’s then the heaviness of all those ugly words, actions, hurt feelings, and resentment can be cast aside like trash in the dump.
Here’s a challenge for our Monday: Let’s evaluate what inner trash we need to take to the dump! Forgive who needs forgiven. (Whether they ask for it or not. OUCH! I know, friend, I know.) And, ask forgiveness for ourselves.
Let’s determine to leave behind what Jesus already nailed to the cross and start fresh in His truth and love.
YOU can do this!
WE can do this!
Have a great Monday!
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