Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 10, 2020

When Voices Stunt Our Growth

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)

Squished, confined and begging for room – that’s the voice of my flower attempting to bloom on my patio. We transplanted it a few weeks ago to a larger pot and envisioned all the beauty that would burst forth. Perfectly placed where delicate petals would be drenched by lots of sunshine with a little shade. Strategically at eye level next to our fence where I could witness this glorious beauty every day, unfortunately this was the culprit of my flower’s lack of potential. Restricted by the fence, the petals flourished on one side while growth was hindered by the boards.

Undaunting how this can so be the story of our lives – squished, confined and begging for room to grow yet held captive. Limits imposed by others and ourselves rob us of the beauty God desires to cultivate Boundary lines drawn in the sand limiting growth and extinguishing the joy of one designed to be balanced and flourishing as they reaping the benefits of God’s strategic placement.

Wonder what voices are stunting our potential? Whether they are audibly spoken over us, behind us or lurking in the deep seeded crevices of our mind, God delights in watching beauty rise to the surface in His girls. He has cultivated fertile soil for extraordinary blooms birthed in the rays of His Sonshine. God takes great pleasure in transplanting and perfectly placing us where the greatest growth can overflow. Unhindered and free to experience the depths of His truth, love and grace fostering one transformed into a glorious display of His splendor (Ephesians 5:26-27).

Breathtaking isn’t it – when one leans towards the wisdom of God, allows His truth to fertilize our hearts, and then denies the voices attempting to stunt His design. Takes courage, strength and captive thoughts to align our voices with His. Requires consistent diligence in resisting the enemy’s tactics to restrict, confine and squelch our potential.

Vibrant and fragrant are those women who chose to accept God’s work in their lives. Don’t know about you but I want to be one of those who embrace His tender mercies and welcome His plan. Releasing my limits and in awe of all God bursts forth – now that’s truly more than I could ever envision.

“Father, You speak words of hope, truth, love and encouragement over Your children desiring to see them flourish and grow. Extinguish the voices which seek to confine us to lesser than what You desire.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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