Deeper Day 149: Release and Receive

After I had the release that I detailed in the devotional from yesterday entitled, Bubbling Up, I received some amazing things. Whatever it was that needed to die within me during that weeping, made room for what came later that day.

First, I received the word of encouragement from my sister. This vision she had about Chris directly related to some of the things I was grieving. I had a choice when she shared with me. I could have remained bound in my grief and refused to let go of the sadness and receive the good word, or I could do what I ended up doing and that was I paused my heart and recognized that God sent that phone call to minister to my grief in that specific moment. Holy Spirit was so near.

Have you ever been around someone who seems hell bent on not receiving a positive word because they always trump it with another sorrow or trouble that they have had or are currently experiencing? It can be ridiculous. I can feel in my heart when someone simply refuses to be encouraged. It’s such a shame, and a complete waste of time.

This release and receiving was only increased when Chris called me later that day to report an impending promotion and raise he would be getting!

If I had been determined to hold onto the past and my list of grievances, then my heart wouldn’t have appreciated the good news in the same way. Because I had released the sorrow, I received Chris’ news with full joy and began to praise God.

We must make room in our hearts and minds for God to pour out His goodness. We must empty of the negative in order to receive the positive. It’s a beautiful exchange.

Prayer Moment: God, I thank You for Your goodness. I thank You for always preparing good things for me. You are worthy. Help me to never hold back my emotions from You and call it faithfulness. Help me instead to come raw and real before You every day and in every way. I long to honor You with all that I am because You alone are worthy. In Jesus name, Amen.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.   Proverbs 17:22

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless You. The Lord is God and He has made His light shine upon us.                    Psalm 118:26-27