A Stuffy Nose & A Firm Foothold

Hello sweet friend.

I am so happy to be sitting & talking with you. The last couple weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. I had a cold for what felt like forever & then experienced a sinus-infection for the first time. Having an almost constant headache, stuffy nose & plugged ears was just pitiful. It got a little awkward asking people to repeat what they were saying over & over. I eventually just started smiling & nodding. I have a feeling that one is going to come back to haunt me. Who knows what I agreed to, signed up for & smiled at at an inappropriate time. I’ll keep you posted on that.

And you know when you’re not feeling well it’s hard to handle normal life stuff much less an emotional blow?

Well, I had both.

I experienced an emotional attack this week. It was just…ugly. And the fact that I couldn’t breathe out of my nose or stop sneezing didn’t help. It was something that would have knocked me down & possibly even broke me a few years ago. But this time, it has actually refocused & empowered me because it made me focus & rely on God’s steadfastness even more. It was a clear reminder that when I am focusing on God, the enemy WILL try to distract & discourage me.

But instead of being overwhelmed or discouraged, I’ve truly been so overwhelmed by God’s heart towards me. His protection & care for my heart has been incredible. His goodness is evident every day, but I guess you could say I’m aware of it in a new way. Experiencing it a little deeper. Pressing into it with a greater intensity.

I know Who my foundation is & I know that He is immovable, unshakable & steadfast. So when the violent winds from this world start blowing, I cannot be broken if my feet are firmly planted on Christ. I remain confident. I remain standing. When the Creator of the universe, the God of the heavens, the Ruler over all covers you with His hand…well, the winds become calm & your foothold stays solid.

The Lord is my rock & my fortress & my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, & the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

Are you experiencing an attack on your heart? Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. Perhaps the mistakes of yesterday are consuming the possibilities of today. Whatever your case may be, know this…

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

I know what it’s like to not be able to handle things alone. But we aren’t meant to. Your God loves you beyond measure. He promises to always guard over you, always unconditionally love you & always stay with you. Submerge yourself in His Word & trust in His promises!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge & my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1&2

He is our anchor in the stormy sea. He is our shelter in the violent storm. I declare my God as faithful!

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