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DAY 27

— Read: John 12:20-50

I stood in the middle of my den — my heart breaking under the excruciating pain of watching two people I love more than life itself struggle through extreme darkness. For weeks I attempted — with all the strength and ability I could muster — to fix the situation they both found themselves facing. I wanted to make things better, easier for them.

On that night I had nothing left. No strength, no power, and no answer.

To Lay It All Down

All I could do was cry out for God to take over. I was at the end of my abilities and myself. I knew in that moment I must relinquish my grip on my loved ones. I must be willing to allow all to which I held so tightly to die in order for God to save them.

Today’s passage in John reminds us that, as children of God, we are called to die to our strengths, our desires, and our abilities. We must be willing to allow God to work in our struggles and pain in order to reveal His glory.

That night in my den I released the tight grip of control I struggled to maintain over my loved ones’ pain. I died to my desires to make everything better and laid it before the Cross of Christ.

It would be months before I saw the answer to those prayers. But, as those answers revealed themselves, God’s glory shone bright in my loved ones’ lives.

May we place our desires, hopes, and dreams at the foot of the cross of Christ in order for His glory to be revealed.


— Diving Deeper —

Are you holding tight to desires, hopes and dreams for loved ones?
Are you trying to “fix things” for them?

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Mary Boswell

Mary is a wife, mom of two beautiful children, and daughter of her heavenly Father. God has taken her through some amazing journeys. With each challenge she has learned more about His amazing love and grace. She invites you to take some time out of your busy, hectic day and join her at her website: The Calm of His Presence.

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