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So, I haven’t been posting much lately. Life has been full – to the brim, and sometimes overflowing. My heart’s desire is please and bring honor the Lord Jesus Christ and to live fully and completely obedient to Him in all things.

This commitment brings with it cycles of challenges. I have found that God is faithful in every step of those cycles! It does not always feel that way, but then reality is not based on feelings, but on God’s truth. Feelings are often colored by our current moods, by how well we are taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They are also colored by our perspectives – which often need adjustments due to the brokenness of this life here on earth. None of us is perfect, therefore we all do things that can cause pain and suffering and regret in our own lives as well as in the lives of those around us.

Typically, we only grow during the challenging times. God is faithful to reveal areas in our lives that need His attention, that need to be brought into the light of His truth and love. If we are willing to respond to Him and allow Him to bring the impurities and dross to the surface so we can deal with them, He does so in the most loving and lasting manner. But even so, the fire that is needed to purify us produces discomfort at best, and usually brings some degree of pain and suffering. But in the midst of this purifying process we sense His peace and comfort and His Presence. As all the impurities and dross are brought to the top and then skimmed off and removed, we move into a time of deep intimacy with the Lord and a time of rejoicing and growth and learning how to apply what we learned in practical, life-changing ways. We gain new appreciation for the challenges others are facing, and empathy and insight about how to encourage and exhort others in their own walks of life.

Of course, as we begin to master this new level of maturity and understanding, we again face the need to grow and learn and allow God to once more put us through the fires of even deeper purification and growth and levels of intimacy with Him. And so it goes.

God has promised to never give us more than we can handle – but honestly, sometimes I think He has far too high an esteem for what I can handle. This would be one of those times. But even in my doubt and uncertainty – He demonstrates His faithfulness and His love and His sufficiency in all things! I am in fact still here, I have not fallen apart, and I am moving forward in my relationship with my amazing Heavenly Father, my Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, and His wonderful Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

And my greatest hope through this current cycle of growth is that He will have demonstrated His story through me in such a way that others are drawn to the saving life of the Lord Jesus Christ and a desire to grow in Him and deepen their own personal walk of faith so that He can demonstrate Himself through their stories and journeys.

Here’s to life – abundant life – life-changing LIFE!

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