October 2008 Update: On the verge of a breakdown...
Personally, the past few weeks, I have hit a rough patch. We have been SO EXTREMELY BUSY and yesterday I felt like I hit a wall.
On top of work, we have kids to raise, friendships to maintain, mentoring to be done, a marriage that needs attention and generally, life to live... there seems to never be a moment's peace. We have also had our house dramas on top of it all and I literally felt like I was about to have a breakdown!
The mentality I took on was one of survival... "Just get the job done... Get through the day.... When this is finished, it will be one less thing."
BUT, I felt like God was challenging me with the question of, "How are you surviving? What motivation are you using to 'get through the day' or 'get the job done'?"
I could have EASILY ignored the question and just kept moving on but I decided to take this challenge to heart and think about it. So I took a few steps backwards and looked at what I was doing and how I was doing it...
God began working on my heart and the pieces started falling together:
On the first Thursday of every month we have a YWAM prayer day where all the Centres around the world come together and pray for YWAM. And this particular month was about 'Strengthen Yourself in the Lord'. And a this letter that went out, Lynn Green (a leader in YWAM) wrote about his personal struggles and how sometimes we wonder where God is in the midst of it all. He then went on to talk about David and how if anyone knew problems it was David! God had given him this AMAZING PROMISE that he was going to be king and yet people were trying to kill him!! But while all this was going on, "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6)
And it made me think, how the heck do you encourage yourself in the Lord when people are trying to kill you??! But he remembered God's faithfulness in the past. How He came through regardless of the circumstance. From childhood God showed that He would come through and this gave him hope and certainty.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Thats what God has been speaking to me...
I need to look at the amazing things that God has done in my life and to be encouraged by His faithfulness. To know that He is going to do the things He has promised me for my future!
In looking at that it, in turn, brings life and builds your spirit up. And you come away saying, "I don't have to JUST get through the day BUT I can be encouraged that every bit of my day is building me up, growing me and encouraging me into what God has for my future.
And I felt overall, even though I hit my wall and my circumstances hadn't changed... I felt encouraged. And in my everyday life (and sometimes its mundane and discouraging) I choose to be encouraged. I will remember God's faithfulness and it, by default, is encouraging!
And how amazing is it that as I learn this and model this, and walk it out on a daily basis, I (we) have the opportunity to teach this to a new generation... our future leaders and world changers. And by constantly choosing to live in (and by) faith, it will result in a generation that is naturally faith-filled and tenacious. A Generation who will know that God is good to His word and will not be afraid to do amazing things for Him. And it all starts with us and our attitudes.
So when life doesn't seem to be going your way... with kids, work, marriage, finances and other responsibilities we can stop where we're at and remember those times and know that this too has a silver lining.
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