Good Times and Bad

antique-21803_640God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

Abba God,

Today is a day where I find myself frustrated and disappointed – not in God, not in my relationships, but in myself.  It feels like I try and try and try again, and I still mess it up. I realize that I am not supposed to be perfect, but sometimes I just feel like I am not enough.

I recognize that I keep using words like, “I feel” which I have learned that basing everything on my feelings is not always the best bet.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not my emotions.  I am enough and God loves me.

Lord, help me to hold on to that.  Help me to remember that who I am is not a failure, but a child of God.  Help me to trust that I am enough.  Help me to crawl out of the frustration and know that you have accepted me, loved me, and surrounded me with your grace.

Lord, I am not so good this at times.  It’s easy for me to get lost in my emotions, for me to wallow in my self-doubt.

Hold me up today for I know I cannot do it all by myself.  Thank you, God.  Thank you.

I pray all of this in the name of the one who invites me to be his sister – Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Jesus replied, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  Matthew 12:48b-50 (NRSV)

Do you hear the invitation to be Jesus’ brother, sister, mother?  Let us hear it and follow the will of God.


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