Archive | April, 2013

The Perfect Storm

18 Apr

There is no denying the message God has intended for me [us] to understand. I am to lay my life at His feet with perfect trust [faith].

The series we have walked through at Church, The study of James in small group, my ‘Jesus Calling’ devotional, and my reading the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle have all worked hand in hand to lead me deeper, to a new understanding. At the very least, the birth of new understanding. He is so systematic. He is perfect in His teachings.

From my deep despair after my divorce, I have been so thankful for all the pieces falling into place, for finding this peace and joy. I thank God for that joy because I know it is Him. I danced in the Light of this time. I learned to give Him praise in the good times. But sometimes, I like to take credit for that joy… “I am a Happy Girl”.

This joyful time has certainly been very important to my deepening Faithwalk, I am mostly grateful and when I am, I see that this is
not about circumstances, or everything going well. There is the other side of that coin. I am upset and worried over things that aren’t going as well as they did before. This is the deepening of our faith. I can almost see this unfolding little by little. He is taking me on an incredible journey and it is not going to be easy by this worlds standards but it is going to be amazing. If I keep my focus on His plan for my life, His comfort, His Peace.

James 1:2-4 NIV
Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

We all suffer our own trials. The trials I face at work, my loneliness, money, family concerns, even my blessed friendships, with my schedule being so full, I am drifting away from friendships that have lifted me for so long. I see Him in that as well. I am to seek Him and stand well in that. I only need Him now. I am stronger. He needs me to seek Him fully now and finding His Peace is becoming easier.

There was this moment in watching the ending of the series “the Bible” that all these pieces came together for me. The disciples suffered horrible deaths, like Jesus, their trials were harsh and tormented, but they continued to share God’s love and the message of Hope that is Jesus. In the end, John was alone. But He had Perfect Peace.

This world is very enticing, wanting to matter here. Imagine a Joy and amazing fulfillment from a relationship where you know you are loved and cherished. I have found that relationship with Christ.

And now, I am strong. Now I am ready. Now, He is going to do crazy things with my life… and I am accepting the call.

I wrote this on Easter Sunday. On Wednesday, I received a call from a company in a town where my daughter lives about 2 hours away. They wanted to interview me for a position there. Within 1 week of writing this, my whole life changed and I accepted the offer. God is not one to waste time.

Philippians 4:19(NLT)
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT)
17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!