Just Say NO to Guilt

I truly don’t know a woman alive who doesn’t wrestle with guilt. And yet we don’t have to remain stuck in that place. We all stumble and fall (see James 3:2), and we all fall short. Yet when we miss the mark we can humble our hearts, approach the Lord, and ask Him to forgive and cleanse us. He will.

Yes, it really is that simple.

When the enemy or our own disappointment in ourselves makes us cringe under the heavy weight of guilt, we would do well to remember that because of the finished work of the cross, we are completely forgiven! Guilt is optional. (Let’s leave that option at the curb, agreed?)

“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:22-23)


Lord, when guilt hammers against my heart help me to remember the cross. The truth is I don’t measure up, but Christ measures up for me. Because of the finished work of the cross I can confess my sin to You, be forgiven, and be completely cleansed of all unrighteousness. Because of what Jesus accomplished, I stand before You holy and blameless, without a single fault. Give me grace to continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. I can only do this by Your grace. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

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Holding on to Hope

How do we maintain our hope while navigating the sometimes harsh reality of our circumstances? When circumstances threaten to make a mess of our hope, we must plunge our stake of faith-filled trust into the Solid Rock. Jesus. He alone has the ability to anchor us to hope. In fact, He is our hope. Even when we don’t see the very thing we long to see.

One of the most powerful things hope does is help us to accept reality without crumbling. Like Abraham, we can face facts without wavering.

Hope—genuine, radiant, unfaltering hope that doesn’t evaporate in the scorching heat of adverse conditions—is inextricably entwined with faith and trust. And the recipient upon which we pin our faith and our trust can never be anything less than the One who is worthy and able and utterly trustworthy.


Lord, I am grateful that the hope You offer me enables me to face and accept reality while daring to believe You for change. I don’t have to stick my head in the sand. I don’t have to live in denial. I can face the facts yet embrace holy hope. As I continue to trust You, teach me continually to embrace holy hope by embracing and believing You. Today I declare that I will dare to believe the promises You have whispered to my heart. By Your effusive grace I will hold on to hope. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

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A Prayer to Experience God's Love

Lord, Your unfailing love for me leaves me amazed and beyond grateful. Thank you for loving me! Will you help me to daily experience Your love for myself? Teach me to recognize Your love through nature, through Your Word, through those around me, and in countless other ways.

Will you please flood my heart with the reality of Your incredible, limitless, never-ending love? How awesome that Your goodness and unfailing love pursue me all the days of my life! May this amazing truth resonate in my heart today and every day, transforming me into a woman who is secure because I know I am well loved. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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A Prayer For Mouth Control

Q: Why is mouth control so hard? A: Because we’re human.

Years ago I stood in the grocery aisle watching a deaf, mute woman have an absolute fit of rage. She could not speak a word, but the fury coming out of her fingers (and heart) taught me something that day: What spills out of our mouths reveals what is in our hearts.

May God have mercy on my soul. There are days and then there are one of those days. And every time I slip, I not only ask for forgiveness, but for the Lord to clean and transform my heart.


Lord, please change and fill my heart so that what comes out of my mouth honors You and encourages those around me. Give me a clean heart that is filled with and controlled by Your Spirit. Teach me to be a wise overseer of my mouth, so that when I am tempted to lash out, I can either answer with a soft word ore remain silent. Help me to speak encouraging words of life and truth to those around me. May the words I speak always be a blessing to all who hear them. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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A Prayer to Be Still

Lord, may my life be counter-cultural as I daily choose to stop all my activities, step away from every distraction, and simply be still. Teach me to rest in Your presence, to rest in the finished work of the cross, and to rest in Your unfailing love.

As I still myself on the inside, help me to breathe in Your peace. Fill my heart with Your supernatural peace that passes all understanding. Calm my heart and emotions. Give me grace to center my heart, my thoughts and my very life on You.

My strong desire is cultivate inner quietness, and to learn to be still—daily—and know that You alone are God. Help me to live a life that is still on the inside, deeply connected to You, so that I can always hear You and walk in the powerful warfare of Your amazing peace.
In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

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