Last Friday the prompt at Five Minute Fridays link up at Kate Motaung’s website was “refine.” I have been under refinement this month for sure. It has been a wild and wonderful month. I have stepped into dangerous fire zones of lack of sleep, fear, and determination to out run any problems that may or may not exist.
I have learned that the process of refinement seems like a race, but really refinement is a purposeful slowing. I can quietly enter into the hot zones and trust that God is there with me and helping me melt into a more beautiful woman. I am not the Creator. I am not the Controller. I am not the Crazy hurried person I once was.
I once was moving so fast that my body literally gave up and gave out. I was refined through medical providers, family, friends, and some good books at the right time. I am reading “Present Over Perfect” by S. Niequiest. I’m also reading “The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp. And, let me not forget the ever present guide book for life: “The Bible.” Refinement is hot, scary, and a changing process. I’m trying to yield to the fire and be re-worked into a more beautiful version of self.
Thank you for being the Refiner.
Forgive me when I try to take jobs that only You can properly hold.
Give me strength for the journey. Give me a yield heart to be refined this year.
Give us all moments of quiet so that we can better hear and feel You working in us.