No, You May Not Have That

How big were the hackles that rose up in you at those words? No one likes to be told, “ no” but it can be one of the most loving words we could ever hear. Every person has at least one thing that they struggle to surrender. Sometimes it is not even a bad thing we want, but it happens to be something God has not chosen for us. That’s hard, isn’t it? The only way to come to terms with this mystery is to trust. You and I must trust that God has His reasons and make peace with not knowing what they are. Trust requires letting go of control (as if we had it anyway) and reminding ourselves that God gave His best in Jesus, so everything else is extra. Keeping this mindset can be a challenge, but the peace it yields makes the striving worth it.

May the Lord lead you to the green pasture of trust in Him, and may you drink deeply from the still waters of surrender to His will for your life, My Friend. Graze on His all-sufficient grace! Never forget that He is the Good Shepherd and His “no” is an expression of His love and sovereignty that leads you in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake and for your own good.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

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Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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