Step away from the hard place of your heart. Jesus is waiting to embrace you with His presence.

“You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
    if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
    if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
    and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
    and the light around me to become night—
     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
    Darkness and light are the same to you.” ~ Psalm 139:5-12, NLT

Help Me Step Away From My Hard Place

Lord, You are my refuge, my shelter in the storm. I know these things. I believe these truths. And yet I struggle. Help me step away from the hard place in my heart and draw near to You. Help me run to You, my Strongtower, high above the struggle.

You are where I want to be. I hear You call my name and I step in Your direction, but then the hard place pulls me back and I sit. And sour. And pout. All the while I can see the Light of Your glory on the edge of my darkness.

Step away from the hard place of your heart. Jesus is waiting.

Why do I want to stay in this place? Or do I? Is it because of its familiarity? Or maybe because I don’t have the energy to move away from its chains.

Maybe it’s because I’m not aware of its quagmire until I try to step away.

Lord, rescue me. Reach into this pit and draw me out into Your presence.

In Your Presence is fullness of joy. Peace — perfect peace that makes no sense — is found there.

My despair is replaced by Your hope. My tears are dried by Your love.

In Your Presence is where I want to be.

Give Me the Strength to Step Away From My Hard Place

Break the chains, Lord. Break the chains that keep me tethered to my discouragement. I ask that You give me the strength to step away from my hard place into Your Presence.

You are my Burden-Bearer. I will no longer cower beneath the enemy’s threats and lies. I will instead, look to Your lovely face, place my hand in Yours, and step away from this hard place of the heart and trust You more.

Because I love You, and You love me.

In Jesus’s Name I pray,



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