As I was reading my morning devotional today, the main theme was based on Matthew 5:13-16.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
I was considering my level of saltiness. I was quite far away from God at this time last year.
Unbelievably far away.
As far away as I'd always said I'd never get from Him.
However, the merciful and saving God I serve never let me get out of His sight. He knew I'd be back. And here I am, back with a heart filled with gladness and completely restored by his grace.
I will say that depression is a dark and dreadful place.
A place so horribly scary that you often can't seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even though the smallest flicker of hope catches your attention at various moments.
Arriving at the other end, where all the light surrounds and permeates every molecule of your being is glorious.
And it's all wrapped up in a cloak of peace.
In this moment, I'm very salty. How about you? Are you shining for God before his children?
Our prayer focus today will be that God will use us, as an army of His women, to be that city on a hill that cannot be hidden. I pray that whatever level of saltiness you contain, in this moment, will be enhanced by His grace. If you're feeling discouraged, I pray for encouragement in the little things you do today. If you're feeling depressed, I pray that God will be the lifter of your head today. If you're so salty that a fine layer of salt mineral is covering your skin, then I pray that God will dust some of it off onto His other children that you meet along the way.
Pray for this entire army of God's women. Ask Him to enable us, by His Holy Spirit, to continue to march onward.