El Elyon, the Most High God, I give You glory, honour and praise. I give You thanks and worship Your Holy Name. I cast all my burdens upon You and rest assured, because You care for me. I ask for forgiveness of my sins, whether they be of thoughts, words and deeds. I thank You that all I need do is ask and it will be given, as long as it is within Your will. I trust in You.
Today, as I wake, I continue within the theme of mirroring You. As I go deeper into Your Word, it shows me what I can expect when I truly mirror You and begin to reflect Your goodness. There is gladness, joy, peace and I will be clothed with Your righteousness, which is what most who answer the call, want to receive. I will be changed and become an oak of righteousness; strong, mighty and durable. With the Messiah within and beside me, I will be able to withstand much. No matter the mental and physical tests, trials and pains, I shall overcome. I understand that being Your child doesn’t alleviate things from my life but enables me to withstand it all; weathering the storm, as I am not alone. For my past woes and tribulations, and those to come, there is a salve; oil of gladness. For a life that seemed to allow my focus to be on the simmering coals, of what used to bring me too much joy, I now have beauty instead of ashes. When I do these things, I will become available to You and Your glory will be made manifest in my life.
To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.Isaiah 61:3 (AMPC)
For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].1 Corinthians 13:12 (AMPC)
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMPC)
20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages).
Amen (So be it)Hebrews 13:20-21 (AMPCC)