December 30, 2021

by Kimberly Hobbs 

Words to a song I remember has mentioned that going through a fire deepens our desire to look to God. Some of us are faced with fires this Christmas season and life may not be as “Merry” as is often wished upon us by others.
How many of us in threatening times, tend to hide and drawback in fear? We isolate.
Through traumatic ordeals, our character is tested and we are forced to tap into hidden gifts, wisdom and draw on God’s strength. Can you draw on Him today to help you through your struggle?
I’ve realized that through storms in my own life, many of my character flaws are uncovered and refined, and my true identity is revealed. I’m learning not to fear this but learn from it. I am being transformed into the influential woman that God has created me to be. It’s not been an easy process and especially in seasons where others are celebrating and rejoicing.
The Lord causes the fire of adversity to cause the heart to be purged and purified.
 God is committed to removing anything that will hinder the fulfillment of His purposes in our life. Be certain of this. Be aware of this.
 It’s amazing when placed in disastrous situations how women can display great feats of strength. Push through your struggles! There are lessons in the load. There is joy in your salvation of knowing God through your pain and heartache on this earth.
Please lay down your hurts and surrender your pain to God. Talk to Him frequently because He is there waiting for you.
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
…When you walk through the fires of oppression,  you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you…”
(Isaiah 42:2-3)
God’s word is full of promise dear one. Hold that tight this Christmas while everyone is joyous around you. God holds you tight and He loves YOU like no other.  Allow Him entrance into your heart this season and may He strengthen you with endurance through your storm, whatever it may be.