UPDATE + He’s All In!! {Trial Truths}

If there was anything I could say to those who feel lost, broken, or whose hearts feel like they might burst from all the stuff coming at them..,

it would be a simple yet significant reminder of our Risen LORD and the peace that comes from knowing and having a relationship with our Lord Jesus.

While I have endured things in my life, I know the one key difference maker in my life – has a name. His name is Jesus Christ. I have endured difficult things. Some of which I have kept hidden in the depth of my soul. But my Savior and my God knows those deep things. I don’t have to speak of them, in order for Him to see those things.

Eternal Gifts –

He is the One who makes circumstances feel and turn out differently. I can walk through the fiery road of chronic illness, and yet Christ gives me absolute peace and joy in the midst of these almost unbearable things. He offers His peace and presence to us – in the midst of what we are going through. We just have to keep holding on!

Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me [Jesus Christ]. . . I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:1, 27, TLB).”

A question I have the privilege of asking is – “Do you have peace about the circumstances of your lives?” We need to dig our heels in, and seek the Lord’s peace and presence in our circumstances. This is an important question, because the Lord promises us His peace and presence. When we seek Him and surrender, the Lord makes Himself available and will speak through the silence or harsh season.

By inviting Jesus into our situations, we are actually ushering in His incomparable peace that begins to heal our shattered hearts.

The Lord meets us in our difficult situations and cloudy days – and presents good, eternal gifts to us. 

He just knows exactly how to meet us where we are. In the midst of our brokenness.

Where Our Savior Meet Us –

Instead of staying away, that’s the place where He meets us the most. As Scripture says, He came for the lost (see Luke 19:10). He came for those whose hearts are breaking. He has come for us!

The Lord is our loving eternal Father who wants to carry us through the good and bad. He wants to absolutely love us through it, and remain faithful!

If you hear nothing else, hear this. The Lord, our great God, is all in and ready to dive into life with us!

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In Christ,

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MMS – Offer

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “offer.”

Sometimes, I wonder what I do have have to offer.

Like really…

These days, I feel so lost.

Let’s rephrase: My body feels lost. There is this jumbo disconnect between the me I want to be – the woman of God I want to be, and the me that I am. It’s not just the walking-in-new-self-transformation-process thing, or maybe it is.

My adjustment in health is a part of the new me.

It is a key part of the new me I am in Christ Jesus. It is through these difficult wilderness moments, that I become the woman of God I want to be. The woman of God I need to be.

I just don’t feel like I have a thing to offer.

In.The.Flesh.

I am not able to make it to church most days (as of lately).

I am not fulfilling my commitment to serve in particular areas.

It has a way of affecting me.

What Do I Have to Offer?

This poses the question – “What do I have to offer?” To Christ. To the Church. For now, until healing comes, I need to focus on ways to simply be present as often as I can.

I need to plunge into the Word of God, and trust He will use all these things – the painful things too – for His glory.

In John 9:2-3, we learn that sickness can be (and will be) used for His glory. That’s what I have to offer. My affliction. My time. My good moments. My bad moments. My experiences. My spiritual fruit being formed. Even sharing what God teaches me through His Word – to benefit those who are seeking Christ in the midst of a struggle.

God works all things out, even the bad things.

See Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28

Save the Lost

I think when you have a chronic illness or any tragedy in your life really, it is easy to feel lost. It is easy to feel disconnected from the world around you, your community of Christ followers (small Bible study group, accountability group of friends, Sunday school class, your spiritual family, etc), and just sorta “blah”. Disconnected. That unique word is described as not being connected to something. Lately, in my case, it would seem to be disconnected from a lot of different things. It doesn’t have to solely do with not being able to connect with the outside world or people. Maybe, just my spirit’s way of sorting things out.

As I work through this feeling, I am reminded of what Jesus teaches myself and all of us as His followers. In Luke 19:10, He says: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” He came to save the lost! The lost like me and you. Maybe we know we are lost. Perhaps, we don’t have a clue. We need to be connected to the Lord, for He is what brings life and sustenance. When we think our life has lost its purpose but somewhere deep inside, we know our life has definitely not lost its purpose. We have greater purpose. We can know this, because of what God teaches us through His Word called The Bible.

There is a version of the Bible called “The Voice”. I can’t describe it to you other than it is a more modern translation. On a whim, I typed “disconnect” in with Biblegateway, just to see what would pop on the screen. Nothing is a coincidence, so I am gonna love and cherish what I found.

Jesus: I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard.
My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not
bear fruit. He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that
they will bear more fruit;
already you are clean because you have heard
My voice.
Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it
is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me.”
(John 15:1-4, emphasis mine)

Cling to the Vine. Cling to God the Father and Jesus Christ His precious Son. Through all the waves of emotions that will come at you regardless of your life’s circumstances, cling to your Creator. He holds you in the very palm of His hand! He knows what is going on. He understands your struggle. Still, He calls you to put Him as your focus and attention! God bless you all, in whatever you may face. He can help us through all of our struggles, even if we don’t know what our struggle is. Even if all we can feel is “blah”. God is able, and ready to help us!