As I spoke with a client the other day she began her story with the fact that she allows others to bring her down with their words. As I listened longer I could tell that she was broken not by any fault of her own, but because of the things that she allowed others to sow into her spirit. I began to tell her the story of the bended tree and that no matter what the wind threw at it, it would only bend and never break. I told her that the words that others throw at her is meant to build her resilience and that with time she will be stronger than she ever thought she could be.
Life is not meant to break you, but to make you shatter proof. ~Ann Danner
Psalm 18:32-34 the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You Have To Act!
"...when the soles of the feet...shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the
waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down
from above shall stand in one heap." - Joshua 3:13The Promised Land was just on
the other side. It had been 40 years and it was so close, yet so far away! A
huge obstacle separated the children of Israel from the blessing God had
promised. They had been led out of the wilderness and now found themselves on
the banks of a swollen Jordan River. The Promised Land was just on the other
side. Standing on the bank of the raging river, wringing their hands and praying
would not solve their problem. They had to act. (You see, faith requires
action.) It was not until they stepped out in faith into the turbulent waters
that the river stood on end and the people walked into the Promised Land on dry
So it is with our lives. Obstacles separate us from God's richest blessings. To
stand by until God makes an obvious way may cause us to delay His blessings. It
takes both faith and action to experience God's best.