When the Waters are Rough

I don’t know where the first half of January has gone, but time continues to fly!

I haven’t been able to write until now, because of a turbulent beginning to this new decade that required I focus on my family. I have spent a lot of time praying, journaling, and processing the challenges, and I have come to believe that they are a result of God moving to bring greater healing to our family.

When God moves, things change and the shaking and transformation are not often pleasant, but necessary to become more like Christ. We are being conformed into His image and likeness and that requires some pruning.

We get stretched and pressed in such a way that buried, unprocessed emotions are driven up to be experienced, processed, and released so more of the Holy Spirit can dwell and reign in us to produce the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22–23 (The Passion Translation)

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: 

joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit.

Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.” 

I need more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in my life, especially when life feels out of control and like I am getting hit, wave after wave, threatening to knock me off my feet.

I have clung to Proverbs 3:26.

“God is your confidence in times of crisis, keeping your heart at rest in every situation.”

Did you catch that? Not in some situations, but in every situation my heart can be kept at rest if my confidence is in God!

I am so thankful that I am regaining my peace much quicker. It used to take me weeks or months to regain it. Now my heart often needs only a few days to regain my footing in Christ and be at rest and peace to hear what He is saying about my situation.

The quicker I get His perspective, the deeper my rest and often the quicker I can get on the prayer offensive, if that is how He is leading me. Otherwise, I am learning to wait on Him and enjoy His Presence with me, loving those around me until I have been given another way to respond. I repeat this process as many times as necessary to overcome the challenge.

I don’t know how your start to 2020 has been, but I am praying we will all remain at rest, knowing He really is in control and working for our good in every situation, no matter what the facts may say. The truth is: nothing is impossible with God!

Love and blessings to you (and your family) to know, like never before, that His goodness and love are pursuing you!

 

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9 Comments

  1. So many comments popped into my head reading this post!!!

    Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Chase’s verse when he was dedicated!)

    I have heard so many pastors, prophets say this is the year of suddenly, sudden turn around – may it be so Jesus, bring it on Lord. But, yes, peace in the waiting.

    And finally: Do It Again!!!

    Love Love Love and thank you.

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  2. What a timely combination of messages, Allison. This post really hit home for me, BIG TIME. I feel as though the Lord is really stretching me in every area of my life that it can be so hard to even breathe. He reminds us though, that He is good and is with us through the fire, the floods, the storms and everything in between. Hallelujah. I’m thankful for that. I love that verse from Proverbs 3:26 by the way, I think I will be meditating on that for a while. Lastly, this here you wrote was so wonderful to digest. “When God moves, things change and the shaking and transformation are not often pleasant, but necessary to become more like Christ.” Blessings to you always!

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      1. It is certainly lovely indeed. We have company along this journey 🤗. Much blessings to you as well, Allison. May Abba continue to grant you courage and give you overcoming power.

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  3. “I am so thankful that I am regaining my peace much quicker. It used to take me weeks or months to regain it.”

    Oh, I sooo understand this. And I’m thankful, too, that God keeps growing me and changing me. I am now able to process and heal from things that, in the past, would have left me dazed and devastated for months (or more).

    I’m reading this post several weeks after you published it, so I’m hoping things are settling down for you now. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond Sara, and for the encouragement that you can relate. Things have continued to be a little more intense than usual, but they are improving. More importantly, I am held in the midst of it all. 😊

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