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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalms 18:2 NIV
We need the Lord as our fortress to block out the annoyances of the world. When we let ourselves get frustrated by other people’s actions, we step outside of the fortress and forget that the Lord can shield us from such miseries.
We become resentful when we become vulnerable to attack or criticism, and often during those moments of frustration, we forget how powerful our God is to help us let go of the things that don’t matter.
He can refocus our thoughts on His will for us. He teaches us during the midst of our frustrations, and we come out of them slightly wiser if we are willing to surrender our burdens to Jesus. He saved us for a reason, and everything we experience He knows before it happens. He knows how we will react before we even begin to reply. He will give us the right words to say the next time if we pause and ask Him to inspire our communications. Amen.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17
Sometimes we just have a bad day, like the one I had yesterday. Maybe we “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” I started the day with brain fog, and drinking caffeine didn’t help matters.
Maybe we prioritized others before ourselves. Maybe we needed to make healthier choices for ourselves.
It’s okay to focus a little more on self care, proper diet, and well-being in order to serve others at a higher level.
The Lord knows our troubles, and He hears us. He listens attentively. He cares about us and wants us to make healthier choices.
Jesus may not have lived a long life on Earth, but He spent many of his days healing. He lived in fulfillment of His divine purpose. Amen.