Last Monday, I sent this text to a couple of friends who I know will pray.⠀
Good morning. Asking for prayers this week for focus, for not wanting to just hide and never come back out, and to process with grace all that is going on around me in my family, a friendship, my job and as the book gets closer to being released.⠀
I was reminded in these last few weeks of the intensity of spiritual warfare that rises when you are being obedient and doing what God has called you to do.
And truthfully, it’s been all around me…from unexpected sicknesses to sudden deaths, to unusual issues arising on my job re: my performance amongst other things.⠀
While it’s much easier to complain, as I texted another friend all that was currently going on with me, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this: ⠀
You don’t have to and are not going through this alone.⠀
That settled my heart immediately and gave me a sense of peace. ⠀
Then one of my friends that I had asked to pray for me sent me this message one morning, on a particularly rough morning.
It reminded me of why I continue to fight and push through, no matter how painful it gets:⠀
When praying for you…I thought of a flower…[a] yellow rose to be [specific] ⠀
[My] thought was…there is so much flower inside that sometimes those petals on the outside have to fall off. ⠀
The flowers will bloom because it is meant to…⠀
Sis, may I encourage you today that no matter what you are facing, no matter how painful and tough it may be, it is for something greater.
Because you were meant to bloom.
Sometimes that requires pruning (yikes!)…for the outside petals to fall so that you can bloom fully as your Heavenly Father intended!
There is still so much more in you that needs to come forth, as you become God’s best right now while waiting. May He continue to grace you to: