You and I can’t stop the creative power of God when He is in action. He wants to make things shine. He desires to make a new spirit and attitude within us, especially when we’ve gotten dull and when we are drained. He’s Authored the Good News and you don’t think He’s got something fantastic for you up ahead??
THINK AGAIN! I’ve got a new saying! God’s got the first say, the final say, and the fantastic say! God has been around forever but He is not an oldie moldy. He always has something new in mind.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the years worrying about other people. I put my cares, needs, and desires behind me to operate in a way that would better everyone else. When things affected me, I had learned to keep going and not let people know it because they couldn’t handle it- they had too many other hard things to deal with. When people had losses and grief, I felt that my joy had to fade. When people were sick, I felt that my good health wasn’t welcome. Almost like I ought to be ashamed. In those moments, fear tried to buddy up with my own internal strife to keep me back from my bigger. My bigger life. My bigger family. My bigger accomplishments. My bigger dreams unfolding. My bigger desires fulfilled. Everything became about safeguarding everyone else from hard moments even if it meant I silently suffered.
But in reading Ezekiel 11:19-20, I know that I can experience transformation if I’m willing to be brave enough to let people know when I’ve had enough. No matter what their response is, here’s my promises from the Words of God… “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Not only do other people need to recognize how they affect those around them, sometimes we need to form a softer heart for ourselves! One translation says “I will put inside of them a new way of thinking. I will give them an obedient heart of flesh.” Another translation says: “I’ll give them a tender, responsive heart.”
Courage Question: Do you need transformation from the inside out? Have you given others your best for years and years but turned a cold shoulder to yourself?
Courage Quote: I am suppose to enjoy my days. I am not suppose to ignore my feelings when I am hurt. I am to trust God with the heart of others. I am also to safeguard my heart from becoming hardened toward myself. I am obtaining a brand new spirit as I obey God even when others do not understand where I am coming from.
DECLARATION: GOOD TIMES COME BACK AROUND! YOU’RE GOING TO STAND ON A MOUNTAIN AGAIN SOON. IT’S ALREADY IN FAITH’S SIGHT.
*Always move FWD beyond fear, worry, and doubt. -Courtney D.