Faith, Relationships

Day 31: Happily Ever After…Lean into the Burn

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Happily Ever After??? You can’t imagine what it took to get this- the one good one of a bazillion. Lean into the burn…

Sweat dripping. Huffing and puffing. Muscles burning. Three miles pounded out in the early morning air. Whew, did it. Done.

But there’s more, my fit running friend declares. Always more with my neighbor who loves to exercise.

Lunges, are you kidding me? Down and back. Ugh. It hurts. I don’t want to.

But one lunge at a time, I accomplish her command. It’s hard. It hurts.

Lean into the burn, she says. You can do this. You are doing great. Almost there.

Even though I don’t want, I do. Even though I don’t think I can, I can. One lunge at a time. Breathing each step of the way. I made it. And it feels great!

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So here we are. At the end of our 31 day journey together. With all my heart, I hope God’s truth has moved in you, changed you, and is making you different.

From here, it may be hard. Tough things will come. You can easily slip back into an old habit or pattern of a mistaken identity.

But, lean into the burn. Feel the fire of the hardship.  Remember,

I am not what others think of me.

I am not what I think you think of me.

I am not the things I have.

I am not all the things I don’t have.

I am not what I do.

I am not the brokenness I wear.

I am not my unmet longings.

I am not the stupid choices I have made.

I am not the painful actions of what others have done.

I am not the things that have happened to me.

Do not live mistaken any longer!

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

And when you get tired and don’t want to face it any more. When it’s easier to have a pity party or rage in anger or seep in bitterness, lean into the burn. Feel the pain. Grab hold of the hand of the One who loves you.

And take just one… more… step. “He loves me. He loves me. He loves me. I am loved.”

 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

You will make it through. You can do this. We can do this together. Because of His love.

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On November 5, let’s plunge into the messy love life of Hosea to experience life and love like never before!

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