You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day and week, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. Because of your generosity, lives are being changed by God’s grace, and we’re able to share these stories with you here!

The Monday After Sunday, April 28, 2013: Healing Grace {Listen HERE}

By Sheryll Belonga

When I was a young girl, I used to play a game where I would pluck the petals from flowers.  The goal of the game was for the last petal remaining to reveal that I was liked by a particular guy.  A silly game, of course, but it revealed where my heart was and who held it.  Sometimes if my fate didn’t  end well with that last petal I would pick another flower and do it all over again hoping the end would result in my favor.  I refused to give up until I got what I was seeking.

Although those days of petal picking are over, we all still struggle with being liked.  We want to know we are accepted.  We allow others to determine our worth and what we are able to do.  And in doing so we’ve allowed others to break us.  Some of those breaks are still present today.

Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”.  Words can hurt deeper than anything physical because they attack our heart.

Pastor Joe’s message spoke to the little girl inside of me that has never stopped longing for acceptance.  She still wants to be liked by everyone because, after all, isn’t it the opinion of others’ that matters most? Acceptance by others means being valued, and if I am valued then I can do anything or so I’ve thought.  As I listened to the message, I was reminded that my way of thinking was all wrong.  We’ve been taught to live only for Christ, but sometimes we forget that.  In his message, Pastor Joe reminded me of what God thinks of me.

I am accepted!  Psalm 27:10 says, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”  I have heard this verse many times but the meaning of it was missed.  It tells us that even if the ones who brought us into this world, those who should accept us more than anyone, that if they toss us aside, God is there.  God is where my security remains.

I am valuable!  My life was worth someone’s death, and not just anyone – but Jesus.  Now if that doesn’t shout valuable I don’t know what does.

I am capable!  The Bible says that I can do anything through Christ who gives me the strength, but the key is through.  You must go through Him to have strength but first you must know Him.  If you don’t know Him, that is have a relationship with Him, then you have no idea the strength you could possess.  If you have any doubts of your relationship with Christ talk to someone today.

I heard someone once say, “Live for an audience of one”, which means live to please God and God alone.  I must admit that is hard to do when feeling the acceptance of others can be so addictive, but with an addiction comes the desire for more.  I don’t know about you, but constantly chasing that high is a never-ending battle.  Isn’t it good to know that Christ’s acceptance is instant and unconditional?

I know it won’t be easy to change our thinking but we can, it will just take practice.  Pastor Joe gave homework for this week so here it is: everyday tell yourself that you are accepted, valued and capable.  Everyday practice believing what God says and let your belief influence your behavior.

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

One thought on “The Monday After: Healing Grace {Sheryll}

  1. Girl…you caught the essence, not only of the sermon, but also what God says about identity. I love your illustrations and the words you choose to express meaning. Thanks for taking the time to write. Joe

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