Learning to extend compassion to myself is not an easy task. I’m in the third month of this journey, and I’m still struggling with feelings of guilt, of not being worthy, of fear of becoming selfish. And one of the most difficult concepts to accept is being as kind and attentive to myself as I am to others.
I love Psalm 23, especially when David speaks of the Lord/Shepherd leading him beside still waters and restoring his soul (Psalm 23:2-3). Those images speak of peace and rest, elements I sometimes crave in my life. Psalm 46:10 talks about being still and knowing that God is our help and refuge. I realize I need to follow the advice in these scriptures.
“Think of life’s challenges as opportunities for the Lord to build your faith and prepare you for ministry. He uses those who are willing to obey Him even when the task seems illogical or impossible. And He takes pleasure in showing His faithfulness to those who trust in Him regardless of the situation.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley
“Trusting the Lord is a process that must be learned through experience. At times God takes the people He plans to use and places them in impossible situations – in that way, they discover He is faithful. We may prefer to acquire faith by reading a book, but the Lord knows the best classroom is a place of utter helplessness.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley