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Featured Friend: Susie @ Recovering Church Lady — 17 Comments

  1. Susie: Your thoughts are so true. We can allow pressure to bring us closer to God or we can go the other way.
    It’s really our choice. I’m glad God permits us to decide to get closter to Him.

  2. Thank you for saying that your questions and doubts arrived anyway because it is new territory for you. This has been true for us, too. We have been rolling over several years of trying circumstances, new territory for me. It’s nice to hear someone else processing this out loud because most of my in real life friends just look at me since they are not on my rollercoaster and are on one of their own. I love Hudson Taylor’s quote and a book about his devotional life is one of my favorites. It is a good reminder to just keeping pressing into Him. I love your line about soaking His shoulder with tears. Yes, I need to do that more often.

    • Hi Kathleen, I went to your blog and I am thankful to connect this way. Great blog! It is so tempting to cry alone against God, as in being angry at Him. But I want to remember to cray against Him as in crying into His shoulder and arms. Susie

  3. I love this whole message, and I know who/what you are referring to…we each have our own personal sets of pressures in life…and thankfully, our God is able to meet each of us right where we are in the midst of the struggles. Yes, hopefully we are being pressed closer to God…and He is drawing us closer to His heart. Thank you, Susie…for these beautiful insights today. I’ve been blessed.

    • You are such a blessing to me Pam. Thank you for being who you are in my life. I am so glad these words meant something to you. Praying for you in your difficult season dear friend.

  4. I’m thankful for the hard times, bc those are the times I’ve drawn closer to God. Those are the moments He feels the most real and I can see Him the most clearly. Even though life, personally, for me the last 3 years has been a roller coaster, my faith has kept me secure and anchored.

    • Hi Alicia, thanks for the comment. Figuring out how to be thankful while still in the bad stuff is the tricky part isn’t it? I hope your 3 yr roller coaster is ready to even out.

  5. As always you are a blessing. Love the HT quote and image. Love your new BIO!
    I have pressed into His chest most of my Christian life…most not all. Had I pressed in sooner things would have been different perhaps, but then again- He loves this stubborn lamb and her little stubborner lamb full well – as we are. love you, Susie!

  6. I’ve never heard of Hudson Taylor! But, now that I have, he is on my “to read and research” list. I love that quote! As I read your article, I thought about all of the times I have felt afraid and just plain “broken” from the weight of life’s circumstances. Through it all, I have fought the fight to remember that HE loves me and knows everything I am feeling. This has helped me…and, continues to help me continue my life’s journey. Joy to you and yours as you move-on to the next step in life. As you said in your piece, “The harder the pressure, the tighter our embrace.” Blessings~

    • Hi Cynthia, thanks for coming by! This post is up to the minute timely in my life right now. God is showing me that He does already love me completely and that makes all the difference when the chaos arrives! Blessings to you,
      Susie

  7. I love Hudson Taylor. He knew his God and saw more than his share of pressure. Imagine burying your wife and child in the cold deep land of inner China? I appreciate your words of encouragement. You are right. As the pressure presses in we must press into the God we know. It is the knowing God that makes the difference. If we do not know Him before the pressure hits us in the face then we are found empty and wanting. Now is the time to know Him before the pressure sets in. Sadly though, it is said that 50% of churchgoers never open their Bible outside the Church walls. They are observers, consumers and not participants. They are thirsty and hungry, but do not realize the abundance is in their hands – clenched hands are always empty. God reveals Himself on the pages of His word. We must open the pages, breathe a prayer of submission and let God be God. Now we can really press in because no matter what happens we know Him heart to heart. We know Him as Sovereign Lord Keeper. Nothing is too difficult for Him.

    • Thank you for your comment Chris. “It is the knowing God that makes the difference.” I like this statement, it carries so much! And I love how the more we know Him, the more we discover that we do not know all that He is. He is always MORE!
      Susie

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