I know you have been there…we all have…there is someone in your life that is being stubborn, not listening to sound guidance, fighting against all logic. You have used every convincing argument known to man to get the point across and you are tired of beating your head against the wall trying to ‘change their mind–or their heart’. Maybe its time for a step back…maybe its time to do a little trusting of your own…maybe God’s got this?!
If you are anything like me, you have sometimes stepped back and wondered…what in the world did I have to go through that for?! Why God? If you have lived enough life you hopefully have become wise enough to ask this question and actually think about the answer. Why? Because it is those trials, our past experiences, the hurts, the confusion, the challenges that are preparing us for the Titus 2 life that God is calling us to.
When we face adversity we often wish it would just go away. Or at the very least just happen quickly while we stand still, close our eyes and wait for the worst to pass us by. Do you ever feel this way? Especially when you have boldly stepped out in faith to do what God has called you to? And you think to yourself…”why me, why now?”
So, in my last post I shared with you my personal story of stepping out in faith and trusting God to guide my steps. Now I really want to share with you some very practical guidance to help you do the same.
Have you ever believed in your heart that God is calling you to something? That He has pressed upon you His plan and as terrifying as it may be you feel the hunger to follow Him? Only to be met with adversity, chaos, and trouble? Have you ever cried out “Lord, I only wish to do Your will, why is this so hard?! Why are You not making the way so I can serve You as You wish?!”
Its sunday morning…you have the best intention of getting to Church early so you can have a peaceful 5 minutes of prayer and listen to the chior sing.
Then it happens…the kids take forever to get ready, someone spills on their clothes, you cant find shoes, the baby poops his diaper, you forget something on your way out the door…Been there??
I know I have! And it’s exhausting and frustrating and…embarrassing…especially when you finally get to the Church…late.
You’ve certainly heard ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’-well after the last several months of pure chaos I am convinced that PEACE is in the eye of the BELIEVER! If you aren’t sure what chaos I’m referring to check out The Storms of Life. The saga continues to get crazier, but the peace in my heart assures me that God certainly does go before me (Deuteronomy 31:8).
My dear friends, as you know if you have been following along, our lives have been inundated with trials lately. I come to you with peace in my heart this morning. God moves in the most mysterious ways. I’d like to walk through James chapter 1 with you this morning….
So here’s the deal…it is ok to not be ok. I am not ok…it has been a long, tough year and I do not have it all together. As I search for ways to make this blog thing work for me and my family I keep hitting brick walls and I keep landing in places that paint this picture that everyone has it together…except me!
Remember when I told you that I was coming to you tired and weary? Well the storm continues to brew and I thought I’d share a few of the crazy details and offer a few bits of advice that I have picked up through the struggle. Our lives at the moment read somewhat like an insane novel written with complete disregard for the characters’ sanity! Grab a good cup of coffee or a lovely glass of wine and hold on-it’s a wild ride!