I love when God begins to speak in such a simple way and how He uses the most peculiar things to get my attention.

God began speaking to me about things that we hold onto that become stinky and toxic. I was reminded of a kitchen sponge. A kitchen sponge is meant to hold and release water. Have you ever let a water filled sponge sit on your sink overnight? What happens? It becomes stagnant and it sours. Its not very pleasant smelling. In fact it becomes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

We can easily become just like that sponge! When we allow the cares of the world to fill us up, yet we are not willing to release those same cares to the Lord, it wont be long and we will become toxic and sour! We cannot receive, joy, peace and hope into our worlds, if we are so full of only the things that have hurt us. Friends, I know life is hard. I know people have hurt you, you have been disappointed, rejected, abandoned and left for dead.

But the Lord wants you to know that, He is with you. He has not abandoned you, Deut 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

He wants you to know that in this season, that He is speaking and while you may feel He is silent and far from you. The Word says, Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

While they enemy has tried to convince you that you have, “missed it” somehow. The Lord wants you to know that you are EXACTLY where He wants you. He laughs at the enemy, when the enemy thinks he has defeated His people. He is not a God who can be mocked. YOUR PROMISE shall come to pass. But you must be willing to let go of the hurt, the pain, the disappointment, the bitterness. Don’t become toxic, by holding onto everything, when the Lord is asking you to release it to Him. Forgiveness of others AND yourself is the key to your breakthrough.

Father, please help us today.
Help us to release our pain and disappointments to you. Help us to forgive others who have wronged us, and help us to forgive ourselves. Help us to trust you and to release all our cares into your hands today. We want your promises and we know that you are faithful. So thank you, for loving us and giving us grace to do the hard things in life. Amen.
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