Feel the Burn
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1-2 NLT
I am hurting! This has been a tough year! I thought that August would yield a turn around - a time of new beginnings. But, today has resulted in yet another disappointment. I have cried and felt the all too familiar lump in my throat. Many deep sighs have been released in my exasperation.
But, each difficult day that passes shows me what gets produced from the Lord's power versus my willpower. Standing on the Rock has helped me weather the storm. His nurturing provides the only way for me to be healthy enough to move forward in my purpose.
Therefore, even though sometimes it is challenging and can hurt, I embrace His way. When I feel the burn, I do not give up. I am learning that as I endure this breaking process, my faith grows stronger. The more my way is released, the less I experience burn out.
"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection" (2 Samuel 22:31 NLT). Thus, I will continue to let Him lead me. I trust Him and His process. He knows best. In my surrender, I find rest.
By resting in Him, I am strengthened, able to boldly walk through the doors He opens for me. No matter how I feel, I can be confident I'm exactly where I belong.
By choosing the plan God has predestined for me, though I may go through the fire, I won't smell like smoke (Daniel 3:27). I will receive beauty for these ashes (Isaiah 61:3). My faith will be purified like gold (1 Peter 1:6-7).
Are you feeling the burn? Whether it will shape you or break you is determined by where you seek protection.
I encourage you to rest in the shadow of the Almighty!
Authentic Existence® Affirmation: I will trust God's process as He refines me to be strong enough to boldly execute His purpose for my life.
Heavenly Father, thank You for supplying all our needs! Through Jesus, the Rock of our salvation, we have the firm foundation we need. May we seek His protection, enabling us to withstand anything we face. It is by this faith that we will be strengthened to serve our purpose.
In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen!
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