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The Middle Builds Mettle

Do you find yourself in a season of in-between? Sensing there is something more for you, but not yet seeing it...


It’s a hard place to be as women who struggle with perfectionism because we want to be that woman already. Amid all the uncertainty – we’re certain we don’t like it here! It’s uncomfortable.


But I encourage you to settle into that which is unsettling. God does some of His best work in the in-between places. It’s where He prepares you for what He’s prepared for you.


And His work is usually not obvious when you’re in the middle. We see examples of that throughout Scripture, as outlined by Priscilla Shirer in her “Elijah” Bible study:

  • Joseph did not yet know, while in prison, that his character was being shaped for becoming the compassionate prime minister of Egypt.

  • Moses, in the fields of Midian, far away from his people, could not have imagined he’d be commissioned as Israel’s lead freedom fighter.

  • Samuel, separated as a child from his parents, didn’t know his future service would require an ear for God’s voice that needed the quietness of God’s house as a learning laboratory.

  • Paul didn’t know his years of obscurity were preparing him to be one of the primary apostles of the first-century church.

  • Elijah did not know that his hard years in the wilderness would prepare him for a public showdown that demanded a level of courage, conviction and inner fortitude he would not have otherwise possessed.

You see, the middle is critical. The middle builds mettle – the character and resiliency to BE YOU in this world.


Some questions to ponder:


What is this season teaching you about yourself? About God?


What is He moving you toward?


What is He moving you away from?


What changes for you if you thought it will all work out?


Remember, no matter which direction God is taking you in, Scripture says, “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 25:10)


ALL the paths are unwaveringly loving and faithful. Trust the one you’re on - you are right where you're supposed to be!



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