The Company You Keep During a Season of Hardship Matters

Even though the Lord may allow you to go through a season of hardship and difficulty, He Himself will be there with you. He will not hide Himself from you, for your eyes will constantly see Him as your Teacher.  Isaiah 30:20 (TPT)

I don’t like hardship and difficulty. I really don’t. However, if I’m honest, it has been through the most difficult and darkest times that I have grown the most. On several occasions, I have been brought to a breaking point where it felt like something inside of me was dying. It was scary, painfully scary. Yet, in the midst of the turmoil of my unraveling, my loving Heavenly Father held me close and affirmed me as His beloved daughter.

Jesus kept bringing me back to the Father’s love when I was disoriented and lost my way in a consuming darkness. The Holy Spirit comforted and taught me how to truly rest in the Father’s love and security when I was unable to care for my family or even myself.

It was through the death (of what needed to die) that resurrection of my true self began to slowly emerge in strength, deeply rooted in the goodness of Father God, who not only carried me through, but blessed me with a new depth of intimacy with Him. I learned He was truly all I needed when He was (virtually) all I had.

Perhaps you are facing a season of hardship that has pummeled you to such an extent that it has knocked the wind out of you and left you feeling helpless and vulnerable in ways you never imagined possible. I know how unsettling it is to feel like you are coming undone and not be able to do anything about it, but hope it doesn’t last forever.

It won’t. The end of the tunnel is closer than you realize.

In my experience, if you keep positioning your heart towards Him and giving Him your weakest “yes”, in the midst of all your fear or anger, I know He will meet you in the pain and bring healing as only He can. He will strengthen your foundations so you will find love and security in Him alone. 

Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes I doubt Your presence and goodness because of the turmoil around me and in me. Please forgive me for blaming You for the bad and partnering with the lie that You don’t care about my suffering. Thank You for Your open arms of grace that console the deepest hurts in my heart and embrace me with a healing love that transforms me from the inside out. Thank You for Your grace and understanding and how You love me just as much on my good days as my bad ones. Thank You for carrying me in Your loving grace. Your grace is real. Please help me be just as much aware of Your grace as I am my suffering, and please take me to the place where I become more aware of Your love and grace THAN my suffering. Although it may be hard to see right now, I choose to believe that Your plans for me and my family are good. I choose to believe that You are good and You never change. Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me and promising to be close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit. Please teach us who You are right now that you couldn’t be in any other season of our faith journey. We want Jesus to get the full reward of His suffering and death on the cross so we may experience a powerful resurrection, in our lives and circumstance, and walk as the new creation He destined us to be for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ. May it be so.

Sharing is Caring – “Hymn of the Holy Spirit”

When something really blesses me I always want to share it. This song continues to take me deeper in my relationship with Holy Spirit.

Click here to listen to “Hymn of the Holy Spirit”

“Hymn of the Holy Spirit” Lyrics

Holy Spirit, guide my vision

Help me see the way You see

Always Jesus, ever Jesus

Christ in all as Christ in me

Holy Spirit, guide my speaking

Words of grace and truth abound

Let my lips be filled with stories

Of the mercy that I’ve found

[Chorus 1]

You’re the light, You’re my path

You’re the shepherd of my soul

All I am, all I have

Holy Spirit, lead me on

Holy Spirit, guide my hearing

Wake my ears to words You speak

In the thunder, in the stillness

Let Your voice be clear to me

Let Your voice be clear to me

[Chorus 2]

You’re the light, You’re my path

You’re the shepherd of my soul

All I am, all I have

Holy Spirit, lead me on

Oh, You’re the light, You’re my path

You’re the shepherd of my soul

All I am, all I have

Holy Spirit, lead me on

Holy Spirit, lead me onward

Walking through the great unknown

Trusting, leaning, holding, clinging

Till the day You lead me home

[Interlude]

Oh, guide my feet

Oh, guide my feet

Lead me on

Lead me on, Lord

Holy Spirit, open up my eyes

Holy Spirit, open up my heart

Open up my ears

Onwards You show me where You lead me

I will follow

[Chorus 1]

You’re the light, You’re my path

You’re the shepherd of my soul

All I am, all I have

Holy Spirit, lead me on

[Outro]

Holy Spirit, lead me on

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Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

Friday Fun

Yay it’s Friday! In celebration of the weekend, I wanted to share something inspirational and fun.

We will kick off the first Friday Fun with a double blessing. Our family has been following Grace for the Millers on YouTube for a little over a month and absolutely love this sweet family. I will let them speak for themselves.

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We are the Millers, party of 9. We hope our channel is a place where you can come and be encouraged by the beauty of diversity, adoption, and more! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @GraceForTheMillers, @StephenMiller, and @K.ReeseMiller for more behind the scenes!

Not only is this family fun to watch, but subscribing to their channel and liking their videos helps them earn money to cover medical expenses for Lincoln’s brain surgery (and ongoing treatment) and Penelope’s surgery and dental procedures.

Click here to visit Grace for the Millers

I also wanted to share Stephen Miller’s new album BEHOLD. I am really enjoying it and wanted you to as well. Stream BEHOLD on Spotify, Apple Music and more.

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Click here to learn about Stephen Miller’s music

***This is not a paid endorsement. I just want to share what is blessing me.

Receive all the Lord has for you this weekend!

 

Pleasant Pools

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5 How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord; within their hearts are the highways of holiness! 6 Even when their paths wind through the dark valleys of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of outpouring. 7 They grow stronger and stronger with ever step forward…Psalm 84:5-7 (TPT)

Life is a journey. The word “journey” conjures up images of beautiful destinations, discoveries, and a pilgrimage of sorts. Adventure makes me think of wild and thrilling escapades requiring faith and courage. 

My life as a wife and mother is not filled with tales worthy of the big screen; however, I can honestly say that living increasingly surrendered to Jesus has transformed the mundane and restored my wonder. I am learning to see life like a child, as I am reparented by my Heavenly Father and nurtured by the Holy Spirit all while Jesus intercedes. 

You see, it’s not about extravagant destinations or adrenaline rushing activities documented on Facebook or Instagram. My adventures are about living life with the awareness of His presence. In normal everyday life, discovering how much He really loves me, and letting His love transform me into the person He created me to be. This empowers me to love and enjoy Him AND THEN to love and support my husband on his journey, while raising two children to embark on their own. It’s heart wrenching, holy, and humbling as I constantly need to dig deep to find the “pleasant pools” hidden in the “dark valleys” of life.

Let’s pray.

Oh Father, thank You for seeing me right where I am. You see me and understand me better than I understand myself. Thank You for being present and enjoying each season of my life with me. Please grow my awareness of Your presence with me so I can experience Your love and delight in me just as I am; while You love me to become the person You destined me to be. Please help me to see myself as You see me. Please give me the grace to love and accept myself, as You love and accept me. Thank you for actually liking ME and I ask You to help me to truly like myself. In Jesus’s name. May it be so. 

Let’s Go…

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7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

I believe I have been on a journey to discover the access I have to a constant flow of living water because of Jesus Christ in me. I’m learning how to drink deeply and stay full with expectation of overflow. The struggles of the past few years have been intense. They came on every front and although most are improving, almost all still remain in some form. Yet through this, the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit have revealed themselves to me in very deep and real ways. I hope to share my journey of becoming a secret spring because I believe the same invitation is being extended to YOU.

Let’s pray.

Oh Father in Heaven, thank You for Your great invitation to experience new life in Jesus Christ and drink from the living water that never runs dry. Please show us what that means specifically for each of us. Please open the eyes, ears and hearts of my brothers and sisters to receive all You have for them. Holy Spirit, I ask You to stir our hearts in new ways and partner with us to remove any blockages that may be hindering this flow of living water. Please give us the courage to identify, confess, and turn from them as You lead. I ask for a fresh hunger and thirst for your Word and the ability to discover Your goodness and mercy even in the midst of the heat or drought of trials. May we be refreshed and yield much fruit for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’s name. May it be so.