Encouragement

Strongholds and Fortified Towers

Have you ever seen an angry chicken? (I’m from WV) 🐔😱 A puffed up, flappin’ and squawkin’ around, utterly irate chicken? This morning my feathers got ruffled…and nearly plucked out! The more I pondered and stewed over my thoughts, the angrier I got. The angrier I got, the more my actions began to embody that poor aforementioned chicken. 😤 The enemy kept trying to pour salt in my open wounds. My mind swirled with thought after thought ,nothing in particular even, but more like a compilation of all of the hurts I had buried deep down inside and decided for whatever reason I didn’t need to actually face and deal with it at the time, and he just kept pouring gasoline on the open fire…it was quickly reaching wildfire status. As an introvert who very quickly became an expert at building fortified walls to protect myself, I hold a lot in. I push unpleasant things back, falsely telling myself “Out of sight, and out of mind”. Eventually my reservoir for unwanted feelings and emotions, becomes full and uncontrollably spills out. I come unglued, I pop my top…whichever catch phrase you prefer…I’m a HOT MESS for a minute ( my poor husband, he is honestly one of the most loving, kind, forgiving, and patient men on the face of the Earth and I’m so blessed to have him ❤ I KNOW dealing with me isn’t easy at times ) 😖 Through my tears this morning, the Holy Spirit fell like rain and extinguished the raging flames of anger that were burning inside of me. YEARS of anger. He picked me up out of the smoldering ashes and He brought comfort to my soul. The first true PEACE I’ve felt in a LONG time. He brought conviction upon me for my prideful anger and behavior. He reminded me of God’s love for me and that I don’t have to carry these burdens around. I was never meant to! ” Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” PSALM 55:22 Strongholds in our lives can be hard to break. Walls we have built can be difficult to tear down, but they can be overcome through Christ Jesus! I don’t have to build walls to protect MYSELF, BECAUSE I AM SAFE IN HIM! “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” PROVERBS 18:10
❤ GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!

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