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Burn: an act of clearing of vegetation by burning.

This week, I felt led to use the word burn. Typically, I would use this word to convey a message about being on fire for God. And that’s very important! But as I was looking through the list of definitions for burn, I saw the one listed above. 

To burn, in this meaning, means to clear vegetation by burning it. It also said “an area of land cleared by burning.”

In order to clear the land for use, it seems, it sometimes has to be burned. 

Think of this in the context of being on fire for God. We all want that as Christians, right? We want to be on fire for Him. To be excited about our relationship with Him, and reading the Word, and going to church, and serving, and so on and so on. But we forget something.

Fire isn’t just something to excite us. Fire is something that consumes. Fire burns away what can not remain.

So in order for us to truly be on fire for God, some things in our lives would need to be burned away. Sometimes it’s things we don’t want to give up. But if we try to hold onto something that needs to be cleared, our flames might be extinguished. 

Is there a fire burning in you right now? Or has it been extinguished? Are you letting the fire consume all, and burn away what can not remain? Or are you fanning the flames away from you?

Do a heart check today. See if there’s anything that needs fixed. Let go of the things that so easily ensnare you. Then, pursue God and be set ablaze today.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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