Today I just have to be honest with you. On beautiful, sunny, spring like days it can be very easy to have the words I want to post about forgiveness tucked neatly in my head. And then the ugly weather comes, and along with it someone says something or someone does something (or doesn't do something) and my heart turns gray and my spirit drops and suddenly my day is ruined. If I let it fester, if I think on it and don't stop~ one day can turn into many days, even weeks, months or years. I can be so defensive of my own sin~"well Lord, I know I wrote all that last week about looking at others through your eyes...BUT..." And then the excuses come. "You don't know what they did to me, you don't know what they said, you don't know how they treated me and hurt me. I don't deserve this" And ladies~ Satan will keep whispering that in your ear. And our Savior will be whispering back~ "I do know, my child, I do know" but we allow Satan's whispers to turn into shouts that drown out our Savior and we wallow in our self pity and refuse to forgive. Tomorrow is Easter but three days prior we remember Christ's death on the cross. We remember that God loves us so much, He sent His Son to die on that cross for us. We should never forget how our Savior was treated. The punishment, the beating, the agony, and yet His very words were "Father forgive them." If we are honest with ourselves and look into our hearts, if we truly want to be like Christ, we know that's exactly what we should be doing. Forgiving. Even when there has been no apology. This might be an area that you desperately need Gods help with. As women we tend to hold on to hurt, I know I do. I'm not saying it's easy or it will happen over night but I know we have to keep asking our Savior to help us forgive as He forgave. Don't let Satan's shouts suffocate your joy and the victory you can have in Christ today. If there is unforgiveness in your heart~ ask the Savior to take it away and to help you forgive. Let your Heavenly Father give you the gift of a brand new life of joy, peace and victory. What a day to celebrate new beginnings. Easter!! Praise God today for His gift to us. Praise God that our Savior knows exactly what we are going through and praise God for my precious Savior who forgives.