“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”
Be grateful for the struggles, the strife, the friction, the growing pains, and the storms. For all of these moments in your life are about change and growth for your future. If we did not experience pain we would not understand the need for change. If we were obedient we would not need to be disciplined.
The majority of our pain is self-inflicted, from ignoring or disobeying God, and walking down the path of traps set by the enemy. Other pain comes from growing and bumping up against the world’s barriers and the ignorance of society. If God didn’t love you He wouldn’t correct you. If the enemy didn’t fear you, he wouldn’t try to tempt and trap you.
A tree does not have an easy growth plan, but as it grows it changes and it becomes more beautiful and stronger with time. We must see ourselves as trees that have the potential to live long-lasting, healthy lives, if we allow God to lead us and we humbly follow.
We can be trees or we can be weeds that are whacked off and tossed away. The choice is ours. What do you want to be? Do you know what you are made of? What is your foundation? Are you rooted to grow upright or remain low-lying always getting caught up in yourself and other “weeds”?
Father, thank You for another day. Thank You for loving me enough to guide me, mold me, and correct my ways. Father, I know there are days when I’m all over the place and I’m trying to make my own decisions without allowing You to guide me, and I appreciate You for having the patience and care to help me work through my issues. Thank You for correcting me Father. Thank You for disciplining me and for never giving up on me.
I accept the friction caused by the necessary changes in my life that will lead to my growth, wisdom, and prosperity. You are my constant. You are my rock, salvation, light, love, strength, hope—my everything.
I love You, Father. I love the life that You have given me and I look forward to the days ahead that You have planned for me. I praise You Lord. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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