No Coincidences

Whether it’s the glow of the moon or the rays of the sun this is the image my husband and I are blessed to see each day.

This time of year and especially today, Good Friday, I reflect back on a time in history far before I was born. I remember with tears, smiles, joy, and thanksgiving for ALL Jesus did for not just me but for us in His brief 33 years He walked the earth.

Hurt

My thoughts briefly pan back to the lost or troubled relationships in my life and how betrayed one can feel as a result of another’s words, behavior, and sometimes sheer hatefulness. The beautiful thing for me is it does not stick. Please don’t get me wrong to think it doesn’t sting or that it doesn’t impact me because, truthfully, I would be lying to say it didn’t.

I have heard it many places by many people, but this saying reminds me the most hearing it from my older sister Drew, “Hurting people hurt people.” Remembering this saying helps me to have love, compassion, and grace for those who have hurt me. It never excuses bad behavior. It should never lend approval either.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is intentional and easy for me. It’s not only good for me it also removes me from being part of the problem when I have forgiven them.

A room with a view.

Thank You Jesus for the cross!

I’ve shared just briefly about my experiences with being betrayed. The details aren’t important. I have moved on, but I do bring it up because today above ALL days is the day Jesus suffered being betrayed in the worst possible way.

Jesus, our Savior King, was betrayed. Why would I think that I could escape it? Why would any of us think that?

Pause with me for a moment. Take a deep breath and think back briefly on the people who have hurt you? Have you truly forgiven them? If it’s a “No.” or an honest, “I don’t think so.” I encourage you to put them on the top of your prayer list. Pray bold and mighty prayers over them. I know what you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, I don’t want them to be blessed.” Here’s the thing, you can pray for them to win the lottery and if God doesn’t want them to bless them then they won’t have favor anyway. At least you’re praying thoughtful and loving prayers over them. Before you know it your heart will soften and true forgiveness is yours.

A broken heart restored.

As the sun is setting another cross appears.

Confirmation restoration is almost here.

Meant for harm a shadow was cast.

Death where is your sting? Victory at last.

There is no coincidence for me that today the word is “betrayed”. It is a very fitting word for today, the day Jesus was betrayed. The victory is not in the hurt, it is in the ending. Jesus won! The enemy lost. And if we believe in and choose to follow Him we will have eternal life. That is why today is “Good” Friday. Let us rejoice in Him who saved our undeserving souls from the pit of hell. That is very Good News!

“It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 (NKJV)

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For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually 1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)

Have a very blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday friend!

Missy xo

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46 thoughts on “No Coincidences

  1. Great article, keep up the good work.
    Here is a scripture verse I like to leave with all believers.

    In 2 Timothy 3:12, it says, 12 Indeed, all who want to live godly in Christ Jesus will see persecution.

    Persecution comes in many ways, but it is how we handle it is what defines us.

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  2. Missy, Dr. Gallant (or Dr. George) as you so affectionately call him, is so right. But I don’t even know where to begin to forgive my nuclear family. They have hurt me so badly and have been lying to me for so long that I don’t even know how to begin asking God to forgive them or me. When I think back on the things I’ve said or done to hurt their feelings, tears come to my eyes and I begin to believe God will NEVER forgive me for the pain I have caused them. What I’ve recently gone thru with them is unforgivable. I’ve never been able to say that to or about someone before. I know it has to start with ONE prayer, but how can I pray for them and honestly feel deep in my heart that I want God to forgive them or even me?

    I believe I need time to heal before I can even begin to forgive them or myself. Do I need to ask for their forgiveness? Because I don’t care I’d I ever see them again or anythem or not

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    1. Praying for your complete and total healing, restoration and forgiveness for yourself sister. God knows right where you’re at. Petition Him and press into Him. He will prove faithful!! Hugs and love, Missy xo

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    2. The Simplest yet the hardest thing to do is seek forgiveness from God because we all feel unworthy. The longer you wait the harder it becomes to seek forgiveness. You take the first step and after you do this you will feel the weight gone, this He promises you.
      1 John 1:9 (NASB)
      9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
      1 John 2:9-11 (NASB)
      9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.
      10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
      11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
      To feel the full power of God’s love and light you need to forgive your Family no matter what they did.
      Remember what we did to Jesus 2000 years ago on the Cross, we put Him there.

      God bless you for you are His Child Just like your family. Peace be with you.

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    3. To Debby Cummins,

      All sins are forgiven except one, blasphemes against the Holy Spirit. So, seek forgiveness from your family and God. Your pain will never go away but your heart will be free and clear before the Lord.

      Mark 3:28-29, 28 “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”

      1 John 1:9, 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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      1. God will give you that ability. For me, when I think about how much he has forgiven me, and he is perfect, I think “How can I, who am a sinner, and have been forgiven so much, not forgive others who have sinned against me?” And, that humbles me and helps me to forgive, plus I pray for help to forgive, too.

        But, I think, too, that it helps to learn what forgiveness is and what it is not. When we believe in Jesus, we choose to turn from our sins and to follow him in obedience. That is called repentance, and then he forgives us, and he restores us, and he changes us.

        Now, scriptures do teach that we must forgive, even our enemies, so they don’t have to repent for us to forgive them, for forgiveness is really more about us releasing that person and us not holding on to the anger, bitterness and resentment, and that is really for our good and for our well being. It is us refusing to get even and not making the other person pay, for vengeance is God’s.

        But, when God forgives, that doesn’t mean he no longer cares if we sin or not and it doesn’t mean he looks the other way when we sin, either. He gives us all kinds of instructions, encouragements and warnings in scripture regarding continued sin, and what to do with regard to those who are living in sinful addictions while claiming faith in Christ. So, forgiveness invites people to change, in other words, but it doesn’t make a way for continued sin. It sets boundaries.

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      1. I do get it;) I love that “humbling feeling” because it reminds us we’re living our lives for His purpose and pointing others toward Him! I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. Very thought provoking. I know all about betrayal, so I empathize with anyone else who has had to endure that. But, I do know forgiveness is necessary and it is possible with God. But, I also know that forgiveness does not look the other way regarding continued sin nor does it not say a word about it, either. The most loving thing and the most kind thing we can do for another who is caught in sin is to lovingly talk with him or her about his or her sin and the consequences of that sin and about what Jesus did for us in dying for our sins so we could be delivered from slavery to sin. Sometimes we may be called upon to exercise tough love, too. But, that is still love, and it is still kind, because it considers the other person’s eternal salvation above its own reputation and the potential repercussions of speaking the truth in love in order to snatch someone from the flames to save them.

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  4. So beautiful! It is the way we forgive, our true forgiveness with the help of God, that brings a good imbalance into the eye for an eye equation. People are confused and sees that we are different and soon we will be living examples to them, of the Christ we love! God bless!

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