Absolutely satan exploits & capitalizes on our corrections, it’s how we even got here, here where ‘needing to repent’ comes with such a dark weight. Skewing, shaming, sabotaging, shifting– to keep us standing, sinking, or stuck. All to pull us away from doing the 1 thing Christ’s sole reason to live on earth for. LISTEN. The Lord chastises whom He LOVES…. He does it out of love, to whom He loves because that’s precisely why He purposely died. He lived and He died just for us
It’s true, right?
That’s what we do with Peter on the water.
& that’s what we do to ourselves. but before we get trapped in the critique, please recognize:
PETER IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GOT OUT OF THE BOAT!! He is the only one who tried, who did SOMETHING.
He is the only one that experienced & accomplished something new & something different & something better!
& He was the one who made it closer to Christ b/c of it all. Like most things, the adversary skews our perspective–
It was just one of those days.…maybe the past few days…
Idk idk idk idk what I’m doing and I feel deflated and defeated and I feel like I’m going in circles. And then it’s like…a brain spiral and we start to wonder if we’re doing the right things or as many things, or if we’re failing or falling or that our calling in life isn’t grand enough or our impact isn’t deep enough.
And then we end up standing still.
Just overcome and laying on our kitchen floor, perhaps. The adversar
For 3 ENTIRE DAYS & 3 entire nights – nonstop – he was in the MOST BITTER pain. Torment.
No breaks. No let-ups. Just paralyzing anguish that kept him crying to God. Completely consuming that whole time. But then… after the longest passing time of immobilizing struggle,
he found peace to his soul. And so sometimes we feel like things are THE MOST consuming & THE WORST anguish–
and we agonize over the passing time with no breaks or let ups–
and we have to make the decision
I cried today because I didn’t feel pretty. I tried to take a picture with Ben to post on Instagram and it ended with me crying in our room with a mental list of things I wish were different about me. [If you don't feel like reading, scroll to the bottom & hit play on my Youtube version of this] I overall don’t feel this way about myself, but it does come in waves randomly. It’s the all too familiar dance we all do with the adversary that we’re so used to doing we don’t even