I’ve been seeing a counselor for a few weeks now. 2020 was hard on me. Isn’t that true of us all. I thought I was good until I wasn’t, and then it hit hard. An introvert who has a permanent scowl on my face, I was comforted by the lockdown, and the mask covers a lot. Then the isolation and too much time with my husband hit me. By the way, he’s a wonderful guy; it’s just that in our case, though opposites attract, it’s not great being cooped up together. You might relate.

As we approach Easter, let’s celebrate all Jesus has accomplished for us! Jesus has completed the forgiveness of sin, and He provided a way to God so that we can approach Him in prayer 24/7. He has given us his Spirit to indwell us and give us new life. We do not need to feel defeated because, in Him, we are more than conquerors. He has made it possible for us to live as part of God’s plan for humanity. The list of what He accomplished for us is endless, but what my counselor wants me to focus on this week is my/our standing with God when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

Prayer

You have heard of the acronyms for prayer: ACTS and PART.

A—adoration                            P–praise

C-confession                           A—admission of sin

T–thanksgiving                       R– requests

S—Supplication                       T—Thanksgiving

I love these methods. Praising or adoring God reminds us of who he is, and praising Him for his attributes strengthens our faith. Confessing or admitting our sins reminds us how much we need forgiveness and Jesus himself. These steps put us in the proper position with God.

Logic Versus Heart

My counselor and I discussed how men and women approach life differently. Men are often logical in their approach, avoiding soul-level focus. Women are often more soul level and see things with their heart. In this day of trying to ignore lines between genders, this may be offensive to some, but we are created equal with particular traits unique to our gender. Stay with me here.

I think there should be an extra letter in these acronyms that will mess with the cleverness but get to the heart of who we are in Christ. Do you know who you are in Christ? Do you know what we are gifted with because we accepted Christ’s sacrifice for our sins? It is both mind-boggling and humbling that our God—King of kings, Lord of lords, Creator-Savior—thinks of us.

Let’s start today with the fact that God calls us His Beloved. We are the Beloved of the one true God. His beloved. He has called us by name, and we are His. ( Is. 43:1 ) He quiets us with His love and delights in us with singing! (Zephaniah 3:17)  That’s enough for now. Meditate on those verses. Let them become a part of who you know yourself to be. You are loved!