Facing the Day

“Come to Me with your gaping emptiness, knowing that in Me you are complete. As you rest quietly in My Presence, My Light within you grows brighter and brighter. Facing the emptiness inside you is simply the prelude to being filled with My fullness. Therefore, rejoice on those days when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish and inadequate…”   from Jesus Calling

Do you feel a gaping emptiness?

Can you see your incompleteness?

Is today one of those times you simply had to drag yourself out of bed, feeling sluggish and inadequate?

Oh yes. Those word from Jesus Calling could have been penned by me, but instead they were delivered to me in my quiet time. I am sure I am not alone in carrying such a heavy heart and a bit of dread in facing the day.  Our response to the devastation faced by Sandy Hook families is felt in many ways. The town of Newtown, Connecticut, and the nation will never be the same again, not only because of the devastating loss of lives, but also as the debate over gun control, mental illness, the media, a God-absent culture, and single parent families rises to a whole new heated level. And yet, we must face the day.

A new day, where we feel shaking about sending our kids off to school. We long to grab onto our children a little tighter. We weep a tear over something minor. We’re affected.

But we have to face the day.

“Tell yourself that this is a perfect day to depend on Me in childlike trust. If you persevere in this dependence as you go through the day, you will discover at bedtime that Joy and Peace have become your companions. You may not realize at what point they joined you on your journey, but you will feel the beneficial effects of their presence…”  from Jesus Calling

Face this Day

So how can we face this day?

How do we face today and the days ahead, after trauma has changed our view of this world? I’d like to suggest that we take three approaches as we move forward with our loved ones and friends, and in support of those who’ve experienced the Sandy Hook devastation firsthand.

We Face it with Patience

As I shared about at More to Be, each one of us is going to process this situation differently. It is not up to us to declare how one ought to walk through the stages of grief or respond personally to such trauma.  The best thing we can do for each other is seek to love and listen with humble actions and less words. The Scriptures teach us to live in peace with others, if at all possible (Hebrews 12:14). At times like this, choosing to live in peace may mean we say less and extend grace more.

Hebrews 12:14 NLT: Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

We Face it with Purpose

With the loss of so many lives, we’ve been clearly reminded that our days our numbered. At times like this, we often make resolutions or vows to live with an eternal perspective, choosing to love better and longer and harder. But the reality is that next week, or next month, we’ll likely return to our former habits, unless we do something to hold ourselves accountable to authentic change.  Now, while your emotions are raw, download the Living Intentionally Life Plan FREE resource, print it out, and fill it in (by the end of THIS week). Put a date on the calendar for each month in 2013 to review your Living Intentionally Life Plan. Make this a meeting time with God as a way for you to  face each day with purpose.

Psalm 39:4 NLT: “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.

We Face it with Prayer

We might feel helpless and totally unable to do anything for the families in Newtown, but as Christians, one of our greatest means of service to others is to intercede in prayer. It is one way we are able to co-labor with God, joining Him in His work to bring about healing, restoration, and a sense of peace. And yet, what do we pray? What words are sufficient?  Moms In Prayer International makes it easy for us to pray.  With this resource, we can move through a time of prayer specifically for Sandy Hook families but also for any that God lays on your heart, including your own. My friend, Rachel Wojnarowski, is also offering words to fill in the blanks through her special devotional, 12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting.

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

In times of trial, and times of peace, we have a choice in how we will use the time before us. Our days are numbered. It is a fact. So why not face each day with patience, purpose, and prayer?

How will you face this day?

How can I pray specifically for you, and encourage you in your faith?

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