An Encouraging Word
|Posted on November 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM|
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4
I read a quote recently, "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him." I considered this, considering also my current circumstances, and the trials that the last seven years have brought me.
You see, I had given my life to the Lord when I was just a little girl (6 years of age); but, it was almost nine years ago when my husband and I surrendered our lives to the Lord, together. Two years later, I felt like that choice had been challenged. I was facing medical issues that had perplexed the doctors, and in going with their original diagnosis, and with the surgeries to follow, I was faced with a life and almost death experience that was truly the beginning of an even bigger change in me, today. It is a heart-change, and one that I can't deny. It is learning to love without conditions. It is sacrificing everything that I have in order to give to someone else, instead.
I literally gave up everything to live for the Lord, making a pact with God 'til the very finish.
When we're going through the trial, I've learned how important it is to maintain our peace. Doubt and unbelief is the one sure way to steal our joy, eventually stealing our hope, leaving us to die in a pit of despair, if we allow it.
Watching loved ones walk away from us is painful. Knowing that God's promises are true, holding out for the bigger picture, will be a testament to the trial.
Are the people in your life encouraging you to see it through?
Who is speaking this truth into your life? Who are the people you are spending your time with, as you wait?
Through thick and thin, and for better or worse, we'd hope to lean on our own family and friends in times of need; but, the flesh is just way too flimsy.
I have to admit, I get tired. I have to admit, I am weak.
My strength does come only from the Lord. I surrender again and again, vowing always to be no more than putty for His hands to mold me.
It is true...
God wants to do it His way, and in His timing.
God has a plan.
Let's do our best to get out of the way of that plan. Lay down, let go, and allow Him to move things around in your life.
Sometimes, He'll even bring them back full circle, and with necessary lessons in-between.
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