Recently, I had the opportunity to record some of my story and just share from my heart as the Holy Spirit guided.
Sharing the link here to the newly created “Shoelaces – Truth Ties” podcast:
We all go through fiery trials, some much more severe and painful than my own. God is faithful to carry us through. God never wastes our pain and suffering, but as our hearts remain surrendered to Him for help, healing, and the strength to overcome, these fiery trials are used to burn away what is unnecessary or might be hindering the reflection of our Father’s golden heart and His glorious Spirit alive within us.
The adversities of life and/or these “fiery trials” have a way of burning away our own pride, sin, fear, unforgiveness, insecurities, and other modern day idols of our hearts. This “Refiner’s Fire” process is encountered throughout our journey until we reach Heaven.
The fiery trials we “all” go through are not meant to implode us but instead are meant to ignite The Light and Love of God’s Spirit within us.
Let the redeemed of the Lord – those whom God has redeemed from the hand of the adversary – say so! (Psalm 107:2; Revelation 12:11; Psalm 30:11-12; Romans 8:28; 37-39; 1 John 5:4-5)
Whoever speaks [to the congregation], is to do so as one who speaks the oracles (utterances, the very words) of God. Whoever serves [the congregation] is to do so as one who serves by the strength which God [abundantly] supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified [honored and magnified] through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy.
1 Peter 4:11-13 Amplified Bible