Finding Strength in Our New Reality

I don’t know about you, but the soberness of this unique time in history started to sink in this week. After the initial adrenaline rush of preparing for quarantine living and social distancing, I think I have begun a new level of processing.

The newness of it all has worn off and living my own version of Groundhog Day is not nearly as comical or fun as I thought it might be. 🙂 

It sort of reminds me how the excitement of a new school year quickly wears off in the daily grind.

So what are we to do? How can we grow and make the most of this unique opportunity?

If I have learned anything through the challenges I have faced over the passed few years, it would be to be honest with myself about my feelings. I try to allow myself a time, often through journaling, where I process my frustrations, anger, disappointment, sadness, grief or any other combination of emotions.

I name what I am feeling and why to the best of my ability. Then I bring it to the Lord so we can share it and He can help bear my burden. I worship to my favorite song or wait and sit in silence, if necessary, or however I feel led in the moment.

I begin to feel a lightening in my heart and sometimes I can even sense the burden coming off of me. I thank the Lord for the gift of His presence and demonstrating how He is my burden bearer.

What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily he carries our burdens!   Pause in his presence

Psalm 68:19

I usually ask Him what else He wants me to know right now and take time to write down whatever I sense. I review my journals regularly for overarching messages or insights.

I really feel like the Lord wants us all to learn what it means that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13) Many, if not all of us, are being challenged to live in a new way and do things we would not choose to do. But it’s our reality and we might as well give it our best and learn all we can.

I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

Philippians 4:12-13 (TPT)

All who are willing can be trained “in the secret of overcoming all things” and the key is “Christ’s EXPLOSIVE power” INFUSING me to conquer every difficulty!”

Catch that?

Every. Single. Difficulty.

There are no exceptions.

So let’s seize this opportunity to focus on Jesus and choose to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit to be more aware of HIs presence. Let’s not get lost in the monotony of our situation, but be infused with the strength of Christ’s resurrection power that is in us as Christ followers. 

Now is the time to receive the secret of overcoming ALL things for the honor and glory of Jesus so the world may see how real He is to us, His beloved children.

May Jesus be more real, now than ever, for you and your family!

****************************************

Follow A Secret Spring on Facebook or Instagram

for daily inspiration and encouragement. 

*****************************************

Copyright © 2020 Alison Lewis, A Secret Spring.

All rights reserved.

Pleasant Pools

tree by water

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.