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The Inside Job

You are enough.

You are growing.

How do I know?

Because you have a divine purpose, and...

You have worth by simply being you.

For twenty-one years I’ve read devotionals to understand life through a spiritual lens. My mornings are often filled with mining through words of wisdom gathered from various sources. I find this practice helps me start the day with an anchored focus. As a result, numerous journals are filled with phrases and topics that “hit just right” on a particular day. One of the most important lessons is that growth is an inside job.

When I look back six months to a year or more, I can trace the changes in thought and action through the paper trail I’ve left for myself. Some of those notes are cringeworthy. There were seasons when I found myself hung up on ideas and situations that were not good for me. Reading through those days of repetitious whining has been painstaking. Sort of like mining for gold and behold, nuggets of wisdom and precious gems of knowledge have been found among them. Growth becomes quantifiable when you keep at it.

Having worked on the inside, I can now share these efforts to encourage fellow sojourners along their path. When we work on our spiritual condition, whether it’s a two-minute read of a quick pick-me-up, listening to an inspirational audiobook, journaling, or even hitting pause for a few minutes to quietly reflect, we create an environment that heals. This work is where the joy of living is crafted and honed into undeniable riches.

This is where there is serenity.

This is where there is peace.

And this is where God can reach us and teach us best.

As the book of Isaiah says—

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.

For the Lord is a faithful God.

Blessed are those who wait for his help.

Isaiah 30:18 (NLT)

Affirmation: Today, I will walk in gratitude and faith and never stop preparing. A spiritual connection takes daily effort. I will keep going, one day at a time, offering a pebble-sized contribution to my faith-filled future; from which mountains of goodness will be formed.

-From the Fire Ring Blog, Vol. 2, No. 2

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