I think I’ve spent the last year of my life searching for fulfillment. My heart knows where it can be found, or rather, in Whom alone it is found. But I’ve been allowing circumstances and past hurt to consume my heart, which only leave me empty and anything but fulfilled.
I was not prepared for the “heart work” that God had planned for me as I read.
People look for fulfillment in many things: in other people, in food, in the pleasures of this world. And although these temporary fillings make us feel good in the moment, this type of fulfillment never lasts and will leave us broken and in desperate need of more.
For so long, I’ve been looking for fulfillment in my marriage, my job, my kids, my ministry — Me..Me…Me…Me…Me. Although each of these blessings in my life bring a sense of great satisfaction, they were never meant to cause me to turn away from seeking the only One who can provide lasting fulfillment.
Oh I didn’t really turn away. My heart has just become “slothful”, similar to the experience Danise shares in the book about how she had become rather lazy in her devotion time with God.
God desires that I live the fulfilled life He promised. But in order to do that, I must fully submit myself to God and allow him to bring to light those areas in my life where I’ve crowded Him out with other things.
Somewhere along the way I’ve allowed myself to lose hope and I’ve become discouraged and disillusioned with many areas of my life. Danise shares about five ways to help overcome discouragement and find hope again:
I’ve been a lost little girl, sitting on the side lines with her arms folded, choosing to live unfulfilled due to heartache. The point is, I must let God in to those broken and hurting places so that he can bring healing.
[tweetthis]God is real, and is only a heat’s cry away. He hears me, sees me and knows me. #fulfilled[/tweetthis]
I am still allowing the words of this book to seep in. Danise does a beautiful job of sharing from past, personal experiences where God found her, right in the middle of her mess, and brought her through to victory to live the life He has promised for her.
I know that God will do the same for me. Through forgiveness, restoration, joy and hope (among others), God is slowly teaching me how to surrender my life to Him fully, so that I can fully live the life God intended for me.
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