Today I read Proverbs 28. It said in verse 13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” The Lord began pointing out the need for confession so I decided to make it a day of confession. ..even wrote down all some of my shortcomings as the day progressed.
As a nice hot shower cleanses the body, so does a time of confession does for the soul. It’s nice to look clean, AND smell clean! I only smell that way, however, because I am bathed with the breath of Jesus. His love and sacrifice became the mercy I needed for such a day as this.
Because I try to be transparent, I don’t mind sharing my list with you. This is me…the good and bad, loved and full of mercy, before God our Creator, as I am. For those of you who might think I am always “rosey”, well…..let’s just say the Lord isn’t finished with me yet!
Lord, help me to spend more time loving and caring for my husband! I have been selfish, have given into depression at times, and allow worry and anxieties to fill my day. I have been financially irresponsible lately, allowing the accumulation of some credit card debt for things we really didn’t need. I enjoy eating a little too much! Gluttony is sinful, and I should take better care of my “temple”.
With worries and doubts and anxieties come lack of self control at times when I should be more focused. Lack of motivation to be productive, keeping walking “forward”, and manage my household duties has been a problem at times.
I have not stayed “in Him”. I need more of His Word daily.
My children suffer when I am down and depressed. I sometimes only give them 1/2 of me…..1/2 of my attention, 1/2 of my best teaching during school, 1/2 of the love they need and deserve.
Sometimes I just. do. not. care. I give in to bad times, bad days, and just don’t try.
Drudgery of the “same old, same old” enters my mind as I rise in the morning, and again when I finally go to bed at night.
This week, I brought our dog indoors against my husband’s wishes! I cook too much chicken and fish when the Hubby wants beef! (Poor guy…..he just wants a steak, lol)
Lord help me to not give into despair. Help me to give the anguish and hurt of the lack of some family relationships to You.
I need to better guard the eyes of my children. Prime time television does not innocence make! What enters our home through feet or through wires should meet godly standards. Our children know when we make godly choices and when we don’t. There used to be a day not so long ago, that I stood firmly against watching “Nemo” because one of the main character voices was from an openly homosexual lifestyle. Lately, I have caught myself inwardly justifying watching a prime television show that is promoting the same thing. What a hypocrite I am at times?!
I still struggle with letting “busy-ness” take over priorities.
Although I try to live in honesty and as much righteousness as possible, I need forgiveness for thinking I don’t have much to confess….even unintentional sin is sin.
I forgot to pray before lunch today.
…and the list will most likely go on and on.
Yes, I am low sometimes….a dirty, rotten, scoundrel as might be described in our western world. I try to be good, but the “good that I would do, that I do not”!
What is important, though, is that I am ABLE to confess, and I know the Lord HEARS and ANSWERS! The next step is to “forsake” the sins I have confessed. It is a struggle…..day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute….because of my weak flesh.
Thankfully the Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love! I am wretched, but He is WORTHY of all praise.
I write this to you with love, and while experiencing the forgiveness of God. It feels good! Now I look forward to starting tomorrow clean and fresh! When is the last time you took time to confess and forsake? God is waiting …..