Matthew 5:3-4 The Message

3 "You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

4 "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you."

It's been a cold and dreary few weeks and I have struggled to stay warm. Even in the deep south we have experienced ice and snow and bitterly cold days. As I was searching scriptures to share with you I found the above scriptures Jesus spoke. Both of them really impacted my heart and I hope they touch you.

In the first scripture I was so touched. The Lord really pressed on my heart that many are at the end of their ropes. What I thought was so amazing was when God turned this all around in my perspective. Usually when we talk about those being at the end of their ropes it seems so desperate and hopeless. But here we see this is the beginning not the end! This is where God starts to move in mighty ways in our lives-- when we hit rock bottom is when only God can pull us up!

Then in the second scripture I felt so much comfort when I read the words that God will embrace us where we have lost what is most dear to us. As many of you know 2014 was a big year of loss for me. I lost my shows, my grandmother, several family relationships, and more. I felt God in all of those instances but I didn't mark it like I should have. Only God can give us back what the world and life have stolen from us. This was such a huge comfort to me and I pray for you too as well.

My challenge is this: if you are at the end of your rope-- rejoice and drop to your knees before God. Allow Him to pull you back up and to give you hope and victory. Don't delay-- surrender to Him today everything in you and He will begin a new work immediately! If you have lost something special to you through death, divorce, boundary's, or strife, lean into God like never before. Lay into Him like a cozy couch and allow Him to comfort you in the way only He can. Open your hearts today and believe that God will give you exactly what you need and give you more than you have ever lost! I know God will touch you today because He loves you so intimately.

Livin' Lively, Laine