Though Facebook has at times shown us a mixed array of influences, I have found yet another wonderful post from a friend of my brother. The person is a very mature and grounded individual and is also a very strong believer in his faith, something that can be hard to do all at the same time. I came across the post and I thought it deserved a better place then on a simple post on Facebook, so I am posting it to my website and adding a pin for Pinterest to highlight the excerpts.
This is the post by Susie Larson, who is an author, radio show host and inspiration and spiritual speaker who lives in the Minnesota area.
God puts dreams in our hearts and writes a destiny over our lives. And if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that dream.
Unfortunately, the path that takes us to the promise is always wrought with thickets and thorns. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. Storms will come, lions will roar, and our fears will be confronted. God allows the path to be difficult because He intends on refining us and preparing us for our place of promise. He is intent on extracting from us, that which our enemy would love to leverage against us.
God loves us too much to promote us before we are ready.
And so, as we follow His lead, we will at different times, find ourselves in a valley – a valley of decision. Marriages die there. Dreams die there too. The flesh dies hard and unfortunately for many, they’ve opted to let their dream die before they’d ever allow their flesh to be confronted.
We all have weak spots and areas of inconsistency in our character. Until we see Jesus face to face, we will need His guidance and correction. He wants to take us from strength to strength; from glory to glory.
Ephesians 3:20 tells us that He wants to do abundantly above and beyond ALL that we could ever ask or think, but there’s a clincher in this verse…it’s according to His work within us. To the extent that He’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that He does great things through us.
After pondering this idea a little more, I envisioned a valley of dry bones. Bones from marriages, relationships, and dreams abandoned because many people refused to die to themselves, to humble themselves, and to let God have His way in their lives.
Don’t let your dream die in the valley!
If you’re in a season of refining, lean in. Trust the loving hand of your precious Savior and know that He will lead you to the other side. Refuse a sense of entitlement and don’t demand to be understood.
Instead, humble yourself and seek to understand what the Lord is doing around you.
He will faithfully lead you and you will be strengthened as you go.
On the other side of this refining time is a fresh perspective and new mercies.
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God; in due time you will be lifted up and honored before a watching world.
Question from Facebook:
Here’s my question for you: Do you have a sense of how God is using your current circumstances to prepare you for a great calling?
I think I have seen some real wonderful content from family and friends a-like online. I have seen loved ones connections and pictures of their joyful family that I do not think would have been available other wise, I have also seen the side of online that is not what you would really think of being all that great,,, but through all of it, one can certainly find some inspiration and beautiful hope along the way, hope that just mean more and last longer, like the one above.
So I hope you enjoyed this wonderful display of words and I hope it finds a place with you and maybe it does at just the right time!
Best Wishes Chris
Christopher Jude is a children's book writer and blogger, husband and father living in Atlanta, Georgia
I know this is close to the same image as the last one, but when I saw the quote from our hero of physics Albert Einstein I could not resist to add it the post. I actually created this one first, then went back and created the the image you see on top with Susan Larson's quote. At any rate I do hope you enjoy both images and I will but this one in the Einstein reservoir of memes, if you have a little time I hope you take a look at the collection that is all based on Albert's Quotes and sayings.