life and faith

butterfly: freedom beckons while we are being transformed

During wintry seasons of the soul we’re like a butterfly at the chrysalis stage, sitting with unmet longings and desires to taste joy and freedom. Spring arrives and still we linger, knowing that transformation is rarely wrought without a struggle. There’s a price to pay to move ahead and cope with change.

Transformation is rarely wrought without a struggle. There's a price to pay to move ahead and cope with change. #faith #trust #wordsofjoy Click To Tweet

Just like a fragile butterfly, safely cocooned in our comfort zone, we’re scared to stretch out our wings, although we know it is a necessary part of our growth in faith and an essential component for rising strong when we feel weak. Freedom beckons but we still have to do our part.

Questions abound: What if it hurts? What if the pain is more than we can bear? What if we’re not quite ready to spread our wings and fly? What then? Anxious thoughts circle like angry birds around our head, until we turn to the One who holds all of our days in His capable hands.

God leans in close to soothe our fretful hearts, whispers reassurance of His love and ability to sustain us through all things. We don’t have to be afraid. We don’t have to feel like we won’t make it. We have all the resources we need at our fingertips, if only we will trust in God and cooperate with Him to help birth the new and the next in our lives.

“If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!” ~ John 8:36 (CEV)

Trust and Transformation – prayer whisper

β€œTrust Me. Trust Me to do a complete work in your life. You will break out of the cocoon you are in. You will be set free to be a beautiful butterfly, flying with joyful abandon and purpose as you spread the fragrance of Christ to others.

“There is a time and season for growth and potential and a time for resting close to Me. Allow Holy Spirit to do a deep work in you. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Lasting change takes time.

Do not resist My work in you, even when it may feel uncomfortable. I am breaking off the old flesh skin you are accustomed to wearing and dressing you in a robe of righteousness. Dust and ashes do not fit you as a child of God.”

Dust and ashes do not fit us as a child of God. We are born to reflect His glory. #faith #change #glory #wordsofjoy Click To Tweet

“You were born to reflect My glory. Be ready to shed layers of the familiar in order to embrace the new thing I am doing in your life.

Though you feel exposed, raw and vulnerable, in reality the mantle of My love and grace is a covering for you, always. Learn to match your steps to mine, to move to the rhythm of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.”

We are beautiful in God's sight. He already sees us as transformed, redeemed, restored, healed and renewed in Him. #transformed #changed #wordsofjoy Click To Tweet

“You are beautiful in My sight. I already see you as transformed, redeemed, restored, healed and renewed in Me. My life becomes absorbed in your life so that you can radiate My glorious Presence to others.”

“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP)

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