A Written Prayer


Jeremiah 30:2

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book.”

Time spent alone with God can produce inner feelings and insights for you. Sitting with God and engaging in conversation as this happens can be very helpful on your spiritual journey. Going one step further and writing it down gives us another way to connect with God while we pray. Keeping a journal can be scary and intimidating but also a beautiful way for you to see where God is leading you in prayer.

Here’s an example of how journaling in prayer gave me a “wow” moment. I think I mentioned before that while I was recovering from shoulder surgery I had my dominant arm in a sling. This made it difficult for me to write down everything I wanted to share with God in my journal. One morning God put it on my heart to write down one important sentence on the page and then when I was able to write again I would go back, reflect and journal.

Well! Let me tell you that God must have known exactly what I was going to be feeling and all that I wanted to say. About a week ago, I flipped back to those pages, and as I reflect on what was written nearly 4 months ago, I am able to finish that one sentence seamlessly as it relates to my present moments with God. I sat in wonderment looking at two pages side by side realizing that I had journaled the same passage and felt the same about it, even though the first entry was in October.

I thought to myself, “well there was no growth there because nothing with that passage has changed internally in me”. God knew differently, and eventually so did I. The Holy Spirit whispered to my heart that this area of my life needs some work. I looked again at the two pages side by side and and knew this was something God wants me to focus on.

The subject is “self forgiveness” and it stems from a broken relationship. I have been in prayer about this for several days now and I have come to realize that I am keeping myself jailed, not physically, but emotionally and spiritually.

The fruit from my journaling and reflection on both past and present journal entries has given me a task…to surrender these feelings…forgive myself…and allow God to do the rest.

I have shared these personal feelings and insights with you because
I promised Jesus I would follow Him and make fishers of men.
I promised I would listen to Gods call even when it means being vulnerable.
I promised you all that I would stay true to you and keep it real!

So, after all that… I have one question…did you journal today?
❤️❤️❤️

A Different Kind of New Year’s Eve


2 Corinthians 3:12, 18

“Since we have such hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face….And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Out with the old, in with the new…Bring on new beginnings…Let’s put this year to bed.

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I could go on and on with phrases often said to ring in the New Year. As I reflect on those I hear most I wonder…should we really focus on dumping all that 2020 brought us?  We have faced a lot of common struggles this year and we did this with faces veiled as a means of protection for us and those around us.  In a sense we were transformed into the same image, faces covered with emotions outpouring from our eyes above the mask line.

A fresh new year is a very exciting concept, our reality though is the moment that clock strikes midnight, not much will have changed.  There are however, things that you can do to ensure your 2021 begins fresh, new and blessed! Tonight, the noise makers will be limited, crowds will be via zoom and things will seem eerily quiet and different…an opportunity for “Perfect Peace”?

In that moment why not, open your heart to Hope in God; make a resolution to Act with great boldness in the coming year; look beyond the mask and see the Glory of the Lord in yourself and those around you; pray to our Heavenly Father to allow the Holy Spirit to move and transform you, filling your heart with “Perfect Peace”.

Reflect on 2020 and thank God for everything the year brought you, in the loss, thank God for compassion; in the financial struggle, thank God for Wisdom; in the loneliness, thank God for His Love; and in the Joy thank God for the fullness of your heart.

My heart feels extremely full as I reflect and see how God has used the happenings of 2020 to pull me closer to Him.  As I ring in 2021 I will welcome the year with the grace of God; openness in my heart and mind; and a willingness to surrender my own expectations and walk in the light of His will. 

I wish a brand New Shiny Year to you and your families!  I will be praying for you to look beyond the struggles of 2020 and ring in the blessings that were given to you and carry them with you at 12:01! 

With Love and Perfect Peace,

Courageous Butterfly

Kimberly

Advent 2020 – Christ’s Candle


Advent – Retreat 2020 – Christ’s Candle

I thought we had better wrap-up Advent in a meaningful way. As a bonus I am providing you with yet another script for prayer and meditation! I hope this retreat brought you into closer moments with God and peace to your heart. God Bless!

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💜The Christ Candle represents the light that the Son brought into the world when he was born a little baby, God in the flesh. The fact that the Advent candles remain on Christmas Eve puts the focus on this special moment of birth, the moment of transition from prophecy to fulfillment. On Christmas Day and the Christmas Sundays, the Advent candles are usually removed, but the Christ Candle remains. This reminds us that old things have passed away, and all has been made new.

💜Opening Prayer – Reflect on the Graces Prayed For:

To know the Lord more intimately in order to love and serve him more.
     “Here I am, Lord, Here I am”
To Love the Lord more intimately in order to make Him your greatest treasure.
     “I am yours Lord, I am yours”
To commune with God and experience true Joy.
    “My soul rejoices in my God, My soul rejoices”
To spend time with God in Perfect Peace.
    “May the gift of God’s Peace be within me”

💜Reflect on Revelation 22:16-17
“It is I, Jesus who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches.  I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”  
    The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
    And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
    And let everyone who is thirsty come.
    Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

💜Advent is a time to open our hearts for the coming of Jesus. We spent the last four weeks preparing our hearts and now we rejoice in anticipation for Christ’s birth.  We call out…”Come Lord I am thirsting for you!”  Christmas is the time when we receive the most precious of all gifts, unconditional love and our Salvation.  

💜As we live out our days on earth, God calls us to continually drink from the water of life, by immersing ourselves in His Holy Word; communication with him through prayer and worshiping in community with others.

💜Many this Christmas are isolated, ill and fearful.  God has sent His angel upon us, placing love in our hearts so that we can give these gifts to those around us:
    The gift of knowing Jesus
    The gift of Prayer
    The gift of sharing joy

💜Retreat Reflection/Journal Questions, use your responses as your closing prayer:
How has your relationship with Jesus grown or changed?
How has the meaning of Christmas grown or changed?

💜This Christmas we are faced with uncertainty, fear, illness and isolation.  God will get us through, when these feelings arise…Let us remember why we celebrate this day…Jesus is the Star…The Greatest Gift of All!

I wish God’s Blessings and the Grace of Peace for you and your families this Christmas Season!  

Share your retreat experience, comments, and suggestions in the comments.

Courageous Butterfly,
Kimberly