Your lions are hungry…

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Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:9-10

Depression is my lion. But now she sits hungry. Eager to devour all that I have come to know and love about Jesus. But He won’t let her. There’s a guard over my heart and she is not able to enter in.

Psalm 34:10 speaks of these hungry lions. We all have them. Our own lions that lie around waiting to devour what’s ours. Eating up joy with stressful circumstances. Eating up pain and turning it into sorrow. Lions that wait around looking for us to sustain an injury, primed to attack and devour truth as if it never existed. And will we let them? How do we stop them?

Those who seek The Lord lack no good thing. They lack nothing. Life crumbles to shambles around them and in their pile if ruble and ashes they have all they need – Jesus.

Nothing to devour except those things which will pass. The joy of The Lord is sustained. Untouchable by destruction.

And so we do good amidst our trials. We fear The Lord and choose obedience because in doing so we lack no good thing. Nothing can be taken. Devoured or hashed away.

My depression lion is hungry. She may as well leave because my trust in The Lord is sustained.

And what about you? Are your lions hungry? Will you allow them to feast? Or will you protect yourself inside the truth of The Lord?

Those who fear Him, lack nothing.

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  1. Courtney says

    Hi Stephanie! One of my lions is also depression. I also struggle with worry and fear of the unknown. All of these things are not of God; and I refuse to give into them! My joy and peace rest in The Lord; and in Him I will trust! Thank you for this encouraging message. 🙂

  2. Illonda says

    Stephanie thank you for allowing God to use you ! This is a blessing and to all who embrace it be blessed and lack nothing! Keep blessing others with your gift Stephanie!

  3. says

    Stephanie Clayton- Am I a rare man, in that I love hearing what God has to say through you and other Proverbs 31 women? I guess my lions would be fear of backsliding. Maybe fear of choosing selfishly, instead of choosing to honor God. I am so grateful for God’s love and encouragement, which so often comes from people like you, who are willing to be His instrument.

    I filed for legal separation from my wife today. It was hard.

    I emailed her this last night:

    I apologize for maybe over sharing about my thought processes and church today. My resolve is now strengthened. I’m not filing for divorce. I do not want a divorce. I desire mutual love and respect in our marriage. The lies about the Mexico trip along with demanding your way is the most recent behavior in a pattern of behavior, which I have been complicit in for too long. I struggle with anger, resentment, and bitterness when these behaviors occur. To be the man God wants me to be I must shelter myself from that which causes the anger, resentment, and bitterness.

    I pray for the opportunity to welcome you back into our marriage, a marriage where love and respect can flourish. It has become clear to me that the financial support, the comforts I bring, my desire to please, and anything else I may try to do are insufficient motivation for you to relinquish or share any of the control you have amassed in our relationship. I’m left hoping and praying this is something you may find, or God will reveal to you living separate from me.

    Thanks!!
    Steve

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