Central to the Heart

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Letting Go Part 2

intentionalLet go of everything that’s pointless. Let go of those lies, those fears, those worries, and only hang on to what’s important – only hang on to what is True. Just trust God and let Him handle everything and He will because He cares for you like 1 Peter 5:7 says cast all anxiety on Him and He will take care of it. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately it’s not that easy.

I can say I want to give God all my worries, all my fears, all my doubts, all my everything up to Him, but when it comes down to it, letting it go is a process that doesn’t just automatically happen overnight. It is a continual choice we have to deliberately make every day, and it is not easy. That is why prayer and reading God’s Word are so important. That is why it is extremely important for us to come together as a community of believers to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable for out actions.

Yes, it is an intentional process where we have to put forth effort. It won’t be easy  to live our lives with purpose, living the life we were created for, being who God says we are; which is who we are in Christ, but it will be worth the effort. Life is not about living with negative thoughts that bring us down. That kind of life is ultimately focused on who the devil says we are. Who wants to believe the devil? He’s the father of all lies!

We have to be intentional about letting go of all our fears, doubts, worries, concerns, problems, and struggles we have. God is constantly going to be giving us opportunities, putting us through great trials, and testing our faith, but we must remain strong because the strength of Christ can be ours when we let His Spirit enter into our lives.

Think of that for a moment… the Spirit of Christ is inside of us all the time! How often do we take this amazing truth for granted?

We can overcome any challenge we are up against because remember our identity is in Him now because He gave us His Holy Spirit, and it is through Christ that we are more than conquerors! It is through Christ that we have strength to make an impact!

My encouragement to you is this: Trust that God will help you with whatever big or little battle He puts you up against. It may take time and it may be hard to do, but nothing is impossible! He will help get rid of the barriers that are blocking you. He will help you let go of the things that hold you back. Have faith!

Are you willing to do what you can, where you are, with the influence and strength God has given you through His Son Jesus Christ? Will you live for Christ because He died for you?

Pressing on to the end is a battle. You may feel like giving up, but keep pushing, keep trying! Please don’t give up – after all He never gives up on you! Let go of what is holding you back and He will bring you through!

My thoughts and prayers are with you too.


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Mistakes Happen

its-not-your-past-that-defines-youNo matter how hard I try, there is nothing I can do with absolute perfection. The fact is, I am very much a failure. I’ve messed up countless of times. I fall short constantly, and I never measure up. I am a broken person in need of a lot of help. I let fear and worry control the way I think and feel. I am filled with so much negativity. And you want to know my biggest and most serious flaw? What holds me back the most is that I believe the lies of the devil. This is all true about me, and maybe I am not the only one who is a broken person. Maybe you are struggling with things too (or maybe it’s just me) but just know we don’t have to dwell on the fact that we are fallen people. We cannot erase the mistakes we have made in the past, that’s the truth, but thank God there is Someone who can erase the mistakes from our past.

Our mistakes no longer define us when we accept that Christ is the One who took our place and died for us so that we could be made right with God. We are all messed up with our mistakes and this is why we need Jesus because in our brokenness, He can make us whole. He takes away all our mess ups and all our failures so that we are on longer defined by that. So with all my mistakes, all my failures, all my struggles, and all my brokenness, I am made whole when I accept the fact that I am a sinner, a person who makes mistakes, falls short, and experiences failure, and I am in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ, who took my place on the Cross and got what I deserved so I could have eternal life with God in Heaven. This is what He does for all of us! We are forgiven and set free from the mistakes, mess ups, and failures that held us back before because Jesus took care of all that.

[God] is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. (Ephesians 1:7, New Living Translations)

In saying this, I hope you know that you have what it takes to overcome. Don’t let whatever happened in the past stop you. We all do things we may not be too proud about, and maybe it has left us with regret, but this doesn’t have to be the way we live our life. We can get up, learn from our mistakes, let it make us stronger, and keep pressing on, living this life we’ve been given with passion and purpose. We can do this together! Know that you are never alone! I’m praying for you and I believe God is working through your life to bring you the healing and transformation you have been looking for.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, stories, words of encouragement, etc., or any other Bible verse that comes to mind, and thank you for reading!


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Just Getting Started: Purpose and Passion

discover-your-whyHello! Writing a blog is very new to me, so I hope these posts can be useful to you. Something central to my heart is helping, supporting, loving, and encouraging others. It is my passion to reach out to the lonely, hurting, lost, and confused. I want to inspire and encourage those in need, not just with my own words but with the Truth of God’s Word. I feel so inspired when I read the Bible, and I would love to share the inspiration I get from reading His Word with others who may need that same inspiration to encourage their hearts.

Check out more on my passion and purpose by clicking on the about page 🙂 https://merritt9255.wordpress.com/about/

I love hearing from others, so please never be afraid to make a comment sharing your thoughts, feelings, questions, opinions, etc. And thank you for reading!