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2013_06_02 Pressure

I was watching one of my favorite movies, Shawshank Redemption, a couple of days ago. It is one of those movies that I get something different out of every time I see it. My favorite part, and the part that always brings the most revelation, is the talk about pressure and time. When I heard it this time it put me it the mind of the stage I am in right now…that place in your walk where you are just about to break through to a new level and the pressure is wearing on you heavily.

I remember a sermon once that talked about Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. The preacher talked about how the plane was shaking so bad that they thought it was going to fall apart. They stopped the attempts several times because of it. Finally Mr. Yeager decided he wasn’t going to stop the next time. He was going to withstand the pressure and accept whatever came next. The result was his breaking through the barrier that was putting so much pressure on him that it almost tore him apart.

In the Word, James begins by telling us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” {James 1:2-4} The word translated as perseverance in that passage also means patience, endurance, and consistency. James is reminding us that our trials give us the pressure needed to form us into what we need to be to receive our next break though.

It is in those storms and tests that we truly find out what our faith is made up of. It is in them that we learn to trust God even deeper than we did before. Each time we push past what we think our breaking point is, we open the door for God to show us just how much farther He can carry us if we just believe. And if we can somehow embrace honesty in the midst of it all, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us the exact part we played in helping to create or fuel the storm and lovingly teach us how to avoid the next one.

Yes, pressure is a mighty blessed thing! Take joy in those growing pains. Learn the lessons laid out for you. Trust deeper. Love harder. Believe bigger. Stretch your faith farther. Open your heart wider. Expect greater. Surrender freely. Then in those little lulls when the storms or clearer, take a good look at yourself and celebrate each new twinkle of light you see. He’s preparing you to shine that the precious diamond that you were created to be! Know always that you are loved! Be blessed beloved!~

Surrendered to Him~
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  1. Monica J.
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    WOW! This post was so timely. I feel like it was written JUST FOR ME! What a blessing. I’ve been experiencing some INTENSE pressure over the last 4 months or so but I discerned that I’ve played a HUGE role in causing it. Reading this post was like a wonderful confirmation for me. I believe that it will all work out for my good.

    • ~blckrose~
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      Monica I am so incredibly glad to hear this post was a blessing for you! I have found that it is better when we can recognize how our own hand played in our current circumstances. It helps us not only to avoid repeating them but to work through the bumpy emotions and heal faster. I am sure that the pressure you have been under will create something beautiful in you that you never even dreamed existed! May God hold and mold you safely within His all-powerful hands! Be blessed dear sister!~

      ~rose~

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