Monday, 29 July 2013

He - is More Gracious - than ANY other!

The other morning I woke up, made a cup of tea, sat down and started to get ready to have a quiet time.  And as I sat down I had this overwhelming joy that His mercies are NEW EVERY DAY!  (Lam 3 v 23).  I have been putting myself under some serious condemnation lately.  Blaming myself for stuff that is not my responsibility.  You know, deep down I knew these were not my issues but I took them on thinking that if I took responsibility for them I could move forward.

Well, duh, no!  The thing is, to do something like that brings resentment.  Brings bitterness!  Brings anger!  So, obviously that is not God's way.  What I should have been doing is forgiving the person whose issue it was and asking the Lord to deal graciously with me and with that person.  There are people in our lives who have the ability to manipulate us, who have the ability to make us feel guilty about things that are not!  Its the devil's way of bogging us down and blinding us to the strength and power of the Lord to heal and repair and restore.

Sigh!  Sometimes we really have to knock our heads hard and be in a situation where there really are no more "human" solutions before we give up and "let God"!


I think too that relating to God the Father also depends on our earthly fathers.  Did they let us down?  Did they fail us?  Did they scare us?  Did they harm us?  Did they do a great job as a dad?  My dad was weak, but he was a funny man who, for some reason had absolutely no self-esteem and he slowly but surely destroyed his relationships with others and ultimately he destroyed himself.  

I grew up in a non-Christian home and I don't recall having any Christian family at all.  My Mom dropped me off at church every Sunday and it is because of that, that I finally came to call God my Father, Jesus my Saviour.  And because I had no "Christian" influence I think my understanding of God was of the New Testament.  The God of the Old Testament was to me a distant disciplinarian, A God that took no nonsense.  

BUT.... This is so not true.  God is patient!  He put up with so much nonsense from His people.  He gave them so many chances.  Not only that, after He disciplined them, He restored them.  The more I read the Old Testament the more I know my God, my Father, my Salvation, loves me.  He loves me so much He cares about every little thing I care about.  He cares enough about me that He extends grace that I don't deserve.  Mercy that I don't deserve.  He gave His only Son for me!  For you!  How can I not know His gentleness and grace and love for me?

This is what I felt the other morning and I felt so warm, so grateful and it renewed how I was looking at myself and how I was looking at others around me! 

My encouragement to you today is focus on your relationship with God and He will touch your heart and repair and restore your soul and you will be able to walk forward day by day in your human relationships.
Ps 5 v 3:  My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

God bless
Tracy

Linking this week with these lovely ladies:
(you will find links to there bloghops HERE:)


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12 comments:

  1. Oh Tracy, this is ALL so good! I especially like what you said at the end, focus on your relationship with God and He will touch your heart and repair and restore your soul. For me it's more for my relationship with the Lord not other people. And I love that verse you used. Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Chelle

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  2. I agree that our view of God can be distorted by our relationship with our natural fathers. But oh how much greater our Lord is. Have a great week.

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  3. Good advice, Tracy! We need to focus on God and our relationship with Him. That is the most important thing. The enemy seeks to bring us down by trying to make us feel guilty and by isolating us. However, when we look to God, He will free us from those feelings. He is always with us, ready to lift us up and guide us!

    Blessings, Joan

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  4. Dear Tracy
    I am so sorry about your dad! I am sure he also grew up with a lot of insecurities, but I am sooooo... thankful that you have found your Heavenly Pappa and that you know how much you are loved and cherished!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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  5. It is the Lord, and His infinite mercies, that keeps me going one step at a time!

    He is the most loving and gracious Father - and I am grateful for HIs acceptance of me. My dad was strict, and not terribly demonstrative. But oh, how I have found comfort for my soul in the loving embrace of my heavenly Father.

    A safe place to be completely myself.

    GOD BLESS!

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  6. Hi Tracy! I think it is so true that our fathers really do shape our ideas about what Our Father is. How beautifully you have seen how gracious God is to you. I hope you have good friends who will tell you how lovely you are.

    So good to visit you here!
    Ceil

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  7. Thank you for sharing at "Tell me a Story." Yes, God is patient and kind and a loving God - - Good thing He is because I need all the patience he has.!

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  8. Tracy our upbringing sounds very similar, and I can so relate to all you've said. This is the line I simply adore, and know to be true above all else: "He will touch your heart and repair and restore your soul."

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  9. Oh Tracy, I can really relate to your post. The weak dad and all. I've just started being able to refer to our Heavenly Father as 'daddy' but it has taken a lot of soul healing and time spent on my knees.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

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  10. WOW! What an amazing amount of link ups!! So nice to meet you Tracy! Lovely encouragement for me today, and for that you have blessed me greatly. Thank you!!!

    Stopping by from PYHO!! :)

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  11. Thanks for linking up this week! great post!

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