Cold tile floors and bare feet are an unpleasant wintery mix, yet warm socks properly applied are a welcome and easy fix. This is a teachable moment, reminding me that little problems become big problems if not addressed, but they are easily overcome if immediate, proper care is taken. Delayed prayer, deferred forgiveness, ignored relational issues; all these are life’s land mines. Postponement does not deal with problems; it only makes them worse, dangerously masking them until they explode. I must never run from problems, instead, I must run to the throne room to the LORD’S feet. Father, help me recognize and deal with the little things that spoil my soul. Remind me to be proactive when facing dilemmas and grant me fresh grace for today.
Betrayal by people you care about hurts so deeply because you have to face the fact that they did not value you as much as you had expected. Humanly speaking, the way we love, and the way we wish others would love us is so selfish at its core that it is a constant setup for devastating disappointment. So how do we become betrayal proof? Let’s start with God’s promises, “I will NEVER leave or forsake you”, and “perfect love casts out fear”. So to be loved BY God and to love LIKE God is to become betrayal proof. The combination of having the right perspective and actions is our deliverance from disappointment; only perfect love can protect you. Loving Father, teach me Your ways. Purify both my receiving and giving of perfect love.