Bold and Steadfast

   BOLD, PATIENT, COURAGEOUS, BRAVE, CONFIDENT,

LOYAL, FAIR, HONORABLE, INFLUENCIAL

       These are all things God asks us to be throughout Psalm. When reading this list on the screen I just think how pure and loving our God is. Look at what he asks of his children. All he wants is us to be good, genuine, people. The thought seems simple enough but why do we fail frequently? Why is it so hard to wake up and say “Today…is my day that the Lord blessed me with! Let me walk in his honor and be blessed by his word. Let it carry me through this day and allow me to be an example amongst the population. Today I will be my best as God sees in me. Today…I will stand out from the rest. I may stand alone here in the flesh, but I am never alone in the spirit.” We all know life isn’t easy, we live with the enemy stalking and lurking around every corner. The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves at times. That’s so scary to think about but God asks us not to be fearful because he has us protected.

In my last post I talked about fear leading to doubt. I struggle some days with anxiety that keeps me from living the life I want to. It consumes me and holds me hostage from the life I always envisioned. Who is winning? The enemy doesn’t want us to spread our wings and fly with Gods breath blowing through them. This blog in itself has caused, on several occasions, for me to have SERIOUS doubt. Am I actually doing what God wants of me. I feel like I am talking in circles. Will it impact anyone? Why am I even doing this? How does that saying go? Hmm…People will cheer you on as you climb a mountain but they’ll be quick to shoot you down once you get there.

I have never REALLY used scripture to comfort someone outside of a quick google. Never something that God has put in my heart. I always felt I wasn’t well versed in the big book! Let me just share that today when a friend confided in me for the first time I was pulled to several chapters in Psalm. She was gracious when I read the entire chapter because I couldn’t put my finger on the exact verse I was trying to use to convey my point. The best feeling was when she thanked me for my obedience in God and trusting what he was putting on my heart to tell her. A woman that I admire on so many levels was human after all. I mean that in the sense we all have a struggle. This woman is one of the nicest people I know and without even divulging what was really going on I could tell it was a heavy burden on her heart. I just wanted to give her a hug and say forget the nay sayers of this world because you rock  girlfriend! Isn’t that the truth even when we say “we’ve got this” how fast are we reminded we DONT! When others wrong us, it isn’t our duty to right the situation. God doesn’t want us to expose anyone because he will do it in His own way.  It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. To know that God, our creator, used me as a tool to help someone. How blessed are we that he trusts us with his word? I pray that I remain humble and fair in all I do.

       “I wait quietly before God, for my victory come from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation , my fortress where I will never be shaken. So many enemies against one man- all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. Let all that I am wait quietly before of, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy ca reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him for God is our refuge.”- Psalm 62:1-8

         My friend who is gracious and always kind has enemies who spew hate at her. How is that possible? If we’re to live by God and we do as we’re told why does evil still find it’s way in our lives? Satan lives to infiltrate our faith. Without our faith we’re in his playground. We’re in the gray murk that can easily suck the air out of our lungs, the laugh in our eyes, the loyalty in our core. Do not be tempted, do not lose ground, you are stronger than the enemy and God has given you everything to defeat him. In the picture at the top, I took because it spoke to me pretty profoundly. Look at how strong the bird is perched up high. It’s strong and gives off confidence. The glaring sun beats on the bird giving it warmth from the cool and rainy morning. Look in the water, that’s cold and beneath the bird. The birds reflections falters, it waves with the water. If we go beneath us, it’s not a true depiction of who we are. God has us, he gives us his warmth to keep us from falling.

Have a blessed week and open your hearts to what God is putting there. Do not let the evil of others or the evil of your mind stop you from living the life He has for you. Live bold and be brave. We are here in the flesh for only so long. I know I will continue to pray that I can be who God wants me to be. I ask him to help me remember He is my refuge and my shelter. Thank you all to those that visit this blog, thank you for being with me on my journey. I pray for yours and that you are able to touch the lives of someone who is lost.

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