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Get Smart January 2019

Start your day with a time of honest, quiet, deep and thoughtful reflection; it’s good for the soul

Repentance

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16

Key Verse: Isaiah 30:15

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

In the quiet times of our lives is where the still small voice of the Spirit pulls us out of our discomfort and into a place of peace. It is through the honest and thoughtful searching of our own hearts, our motives, that God sweeps the “dirt” and grime from our day and declares to our hearts, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!”

There are periods in our lives or maybe circumstances that can weigh us down and steal the peace and joy from our day to day living. It is not that God has pulled away or is punishing us, but simply that we have not taken the time to “clean” through the gift of repentance. It can be uncomfortable to take a good hard look at our thoughts, our words, our motives – daily! What if it requires not only repentance to God but also a hard conversation with someone, requesting forgiveness? And so, we avoid, press it down, and hope that the feeling will pass. It is possible that days, months and years can pass, and we wonder why we cannot attain a lasting peace despite our circumstances.

Start your day with a time of honest, quiet, deep and thoughtful reflection. Come to repentance knowing that we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may find mercy and grace in our time of need!” (Hebrews 4:16).

Lord, search and know my heart, bring to light those things that cause anxious thoughts so that I can lay them before you. Trusting you as the giver and protector of my life, help me to have an honest reflection and repentance of those things that are not Christ like. Give me the strength to follow your nudges and promptings throughout my day.