Pressed But Not Crushed

Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 43:5

I know it’s been a while since I last posted.  I will spare you the details of the blood and gore that is taking place in my soul right now, but suffice it to say that there is major surgery going on inside my heart.  I must admit, I have been having a hard time with this in the last few days, but I took a long drive today to pick up some things (more blessings!), which gave me some time of quiet solitude, and found refreshment with the Lord.    He reminded me of a few things I had been losing sight of.  It’s amazing how fast and easy we little sheep can wander off the trail.  I am so glad to have a Good Shepherd.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.  Wait, I say, on the LORD!  Psalm 27:13, 14

Things are back in perspective and peace is restored.  There are still a few things to yet be laid down, but this test is exposing them, thankfully.  Fire hurts, dying hurts, the refining process is painful, but (and I know this sounds strange) it is a kind of pain that brings joy.  Pain bring joy???  Yes, and no.  This pain, well… hurts.  Duh.  But at the same time, through what seems like stages, it is bringing me closer to God like never before, and there is joy in His presence like in no other place!  God please be glorified in me!!!

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