i received an email this morning asking me for help in a very daunting area, one in which we would like to see gone yesterday. it is amazing how any of us survive what is on our plate. she had tried..and she listed, alot of teachings with apparently no movement. i did the usual pinging and directional answers but my emphasis was on this.
what are you doing in the meantime? you see i crashed and burned and would love to see others not go that route. what we do in the meantime may be the key we need to resolving that issue.
i had this experience a few years ago now. i was over my head in pain and unresolved issues. i had it out with God and asked him, 'one thing. just tell me the one thing and i will do it!!' i was jolted awake with his words. 'will you just frickiin enjoy me.' there was such a sadness in his tone.
honestly, i was offended. why not tell me to fast and pray. enjoyment was NEVER ON MY RADAR. certainly not as any verifiable turning point. i was at a crossroads and fell back abysmally from doing this one thing many times.
it matters. building joy enables us to face the hardship. it gives us the capacity to do hard things. it enables us to hold joy and pain together and be okay with that. not just one or the other. not just good day bad day but it can actually be both.
one of my go to versus is in Colossians 1:11,12.
We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul - not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
it talks much about strength and according to Nehemiah 8:10, we know where that comes from.
my voice has changed considerably as i am going from task oriented to relationship driven. it started with an 'i had it' prayer. God's ways work. we are called to walk in his ways. the way of self-care, rest and kindness toward one self. i feel like such a novice but i have grown so much in this one area. the investment is well worth it.
i would love to have a conversation with you about your life and how you are living well 'in the meantime.'
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