Game. Set. Match.

Game.  Set.  Match.

Stupid.

Why was I so stupid?

I was not laser focused.

My mind was not laser focused on the right thing.

I didn’t think of Jesus first.  I did not react with love.

That punk, satan, tempted and I reacted.

Stupid beyond stupid.

What happens now?

Crawl into a hole and cry?

(Cry, yes.)

(Crawl into a hole, no.)

Ask for forgiveness and bow my head?

Yes.  I get back the laser focus.  I ask for forgiveness.  I ask for help.  I crawl to God.

God knew what I was about to do and without knowing why, He prompted my friend to be praying for me.

I had no idea that my safety net was already in place.

The safety net was ready for my fall.  God wants me to be a better person.

He wants me to throw my arms in the air and cry out to hear Him say He still loves me.

Stupid decisions and all.

He loves me.

No excuses.  I take responsibility and know the warning signs so I can be prepared next time.

One day it won’t be so difficult.

Until then, I trust in His word.  I trust in His love.  I trust in His promise.  I trust.

The desire of my heart is to be like Jesus.

As a human, I can strive to be better.

As a woman, I can recognize the strength He gives me.

As a child of God, I can know the Father loves me even when I’m stupid.

This life is not for the faint of heart.  I will not buckle my knees except to pray.

My focus will be clearer and I will immerse myself in the Bible.

I remember,

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

So, I will pray for that desire over and over.  And then again and again.

It will be God’s game, set, match.

Not satan’s.

Sherree Fischer
loveSTRONG Ministries

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To Obey or Not To Obey

Have you ever had an argument with God? He wants you to do something, but you feel otherwise. You push away the nudges from Him. You ignore His commands. Then one day He drags you down the hall, pushes you out the door, and says "RIGHT NOW." I experienced this last week.

Over the past month I've been feeling this nudge of forgiveness. I've shoved it away, left it in silence, and ignored it as best as I could. I honestly thought if I changed the subject each time I heard it, then it would go away.

Recently I experienced God taking action and making me listen. As I was literally pulled out of the doorway by God to go and forgive someone I argued with Him. Now is not the time, why are you making this happen at work, I'm not going out there, what will I say? Well sure enough He gave me the words say.

Jesus tells us in Matthew ‪6:14 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Not only do I feel a weight lifted for finally being forced to obey, but a conversation began that may heal hurt hearts. I've learned there is no reason forgiveness should not be offered. Whether it is accepted or not is something you cannot control. What you can control is your obedience to God. I'm sure if I would have listened the first time I would not have been shaking so badly when He finally forced me to obey.

So my question to you is "Who is God nudging you to forgive?"

Chrissy Shero
loveSTRONG ministries
Executive Leader

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