Thank you so much Melinda Allen Moore for this inspiring photo this morning!
Sometimes we need to come out of our old, familiar shell in order to allow for new growth. #molting
I imagine that molting could be a scary process, because while molting an insect can’t breathe, and they are soft for a while and more exposed to dangers/threats. I know that neither of those situations (not being able to breathe and being exposed to danger) are on the top of my normal list of “confidence builders”.
But imagine that it isn’t your first time molting. Or that you’ve at least seen others go through the molting process and they survived and were actually better off afterwards?
There are lots of people around us who are going through major change in their lives right now. In fact, I would say that we all are in one way or another. Our tendency may be to cling to that old place of safety, but it may be time for expansion, for something BIG in our lives.
If change has you feeling like you can’t breathe, like you are exposed to danger — are your prayers in line with the BIG things God has ahead for you?
He turns challenges into confidence builders through faith!
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2-4 NLT
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:4-8 NLT
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT
“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:25-31 NLT