What else are you mad about?
We sat knee to knee and stared into each other’s baby blues while we held hands. Our marriage coach hovered near by as we engaged in an activity titled “Taking Out the Trash.”
I took a deep breath and rattled off my list of offenses.
What else are you mad about?
I dug deeper and spoke from the deep dark pit in my stomach where bitter things fester. Bruce handed me a piece of tissue as the tears started to freely fall.
What else are you mad about?
The coach told him to keep asking the same question until I ran out of things to say.
I had plenty to say.
I’m angry that our baby died.
There. I said it. I am mad that I am not a mom. That’s as trashy as it gets.
I handed Bruce a box of tissue. Maybe I shouldn’t have signed us up for a marriage conference on the same weekend when Facebook reminds me I had a miscarriage.
I spent 20 minutes in a conference hall regurgitating all of my disappointments. Honestly, I wish I’d just stayed home in my PJ’s instead. Dealing with your brokenness is exhausting.
Life is incredibly painful sometimes.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from many of you — the beautifully broken people who read this blog. I’ve cried over emails, and I’ve prayed for you to know God is fighting for you. You’ve got trash, too.
You are mad because of the chaos in your homes.
You are sad because people are hurtful and misjudge your motives.
You are scared nothing will ever change, and you’ll end up empty handed with unanswered prayers.
You wish you could change your circumstances and find hope in the midst of your pain. If only life were different…
Friend, I want to remind you of what God whispered to me when I got home from the conference and picked up my Bible:
You are secure in Christ. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. The suffering you experiencing today is but a shadow, and God’s redemption is at work. (I John 5:13 & 18, Isaiah 54:17, Colossians 1:13-14 & 27).
The enemy wants you to spend all your time wallowing the mire, but God has rescued you from the pit and given you a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2)
Stinky sentiment can’t smell up your house if you don’t stuff it. I want to open up my home to the sweet aroma of the Spirit and take out the trash. So instead of inhaling the stench of brokenness and sin, I’ve decided to freshen up my home and heart by praying big for my family for the next 7 days. Want to join me?
7 Scriptural Prayers to Secure Your Home:
Lord, do a beautiful work in us and build a solid foundation of wisdom.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3-4)
Lord, help us cover one another with Your love even when it’s hard.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (I Peter 4:8)
Lord, teach us to protect one another and persevere with hope.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
Lord, firmly establish our family in faith and guard us against the enemy.
“The Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” (II Thessalonians 3:3)
Lord, strengthen our hearts and provide us with abundant peace.
“Extol the LORD, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion. He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.” (Psalm 147:12-14)
Lord, may Your Truth infuse our lives so that nothing keeps us from walking in full freedom.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Lord, give us discernment during difficult times and draw us closer to you each day.
“Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:6-8)
Start your day for the next 7 days saying these simple prayers to your Savior and invite Him to safeguard your home.
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I’m starting the next 7 days saying these Scriptural prayers to invite my Savior to safeguard my home.
As we pray, God will help us stop listening to fear and doubt and start fixing our hearts on His faithfulness. The Spirit of God will invade our homes and surround us with an impenetrable shield.
Nothing can totally harm your home when your Savior is your security.
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