"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." - 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)
I used to fear love.
Now I know that when you step out of your comfort zone to do the things you fear the most, the things you fear the most will soon become the things you do.
I do love.
I don't know who needs to hear this, but my challenge for you today is to love harder.
Let me explain.
A couple of years ago, I was in one of the most challenging seasons I've experienced in years. I lost my peace. I lost my sleep.
And I slowly felt my sanity slipping away.
How did I get myself here? That was the question that kept playing in my mind.
I knew the answer, but I was in denial.
I wish I could've pointed a finger somewhere other than in the mirror at myself, but I learned to take full responsibility for the consequences of my actions.
That challenging season of my life began with me acting on my feelings instead of on my faith. I jumped ahead of God and winded up falling heart first.
I desperately wanted things in my life to change, so I put myself out there knowing that I should wait on God's greenlight.
Well, things did change.
Not the way I envisioned them to, though. My actions led to me getting hurt, and other people were also infected by the poison of my impatience.
There's a reason there are so many scriptures in the Bible that talk about waiting on the Lord. We think we know what's best for us, but only God does.
Life is going to throw us unexpected curveballs that may be painful, but the hard things of life are what make us stronger.
Every good story has an obstacle. And more often than not, the obstacle is the only way to the palace.
I once heard Les Brown say, "Life is like an onion. You have to peel it one layer at a time, and sometimes you cry."
Life may be hard at times, but God offers His strength through each layer.
"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always." - 1 Chronicles 16:11
Let God use the hard things of life to mold you, build you, and make you better.
I promised myself and God that despite many heartbreaks, I am going to keep loving harder.
I'm going to love God harder.
I'm going to love myself harder.
I'm going to love my family and friends harder.
And I'm going to do whatever God has for me with crazy love and passion.
A closed heart can't receive God's best. So let the fullness of God's love show you how to love harder than you've ever loved before.
Love yourself harder.
Love those around you harder.
Love God harder.
And when you're peeling the layer of life that might make you cry, don't close your heart. Always trust God over your feelings.
He is the God of peace, not of confusion. Trust that He always knows what's best.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all." - 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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