Shattered: Part 8 (A Short Story) [Day 31]

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted...

Serafine could not believe it. Grammy did it. She heard every word. Every detail. She had spared no expense. No wonder she had pulled together a very diligent crew to encourage Serafine to relocate, permanently to Houston.

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Cooper walked her around the property that was so familiar yet new to her. The layout did not change but the structures had been updated. The cabins added. The central facility was new.

“I am in shock.”

Shattered: Part 6 (A Short Story) [Day 29]

...my favorite book, tucked near my favorite passage...

…my favorite book, tucked near my favorite passage. Have fun!

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Serafine did not agree with Grammy and she told Rachel so as soon as she made it back to her car.

“I feel like Grammy is trying to make me lose what last bit of sense I have left.”

Rachel laughed.

“Well, she is creative, you have to give her that.” 

Presumptuous Sins

Day 23 of 31 Days of Blogging 2015

I am co-facilitating a small group. Our focus in on prayer. And during the introductory session we all agreed to:

1. Read the bible daily.

2. Memorize scripture.

3. Pray daily.

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I am doing these thing and spending a considerable amount of time preparing and praying for the women in the group. While praying for them and writing God is doing a number on me.

I am not certain whether I should share…or not. Thus, this post is probably a little more personal than the past posts. Because as He does this number on me I am very aware of change lingering on the horizon.

So today’s post…ugh…

Believe: Out with the Old, In with the New

Have you ever felt like your life was crumbling around you?

Like if you took a single solitary inch it would all cease to resemble what you once knew?

I have.

And through it I learned a lot about myself, my ability to see the brighter side of life and I learned even more about my faith.

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There was one moment between the tears and doubt my heart reminded me of a very important fact. I was not alone (Hebrews 13:5).

My lungs released the pent up anxiety trapped in my shoulders. Leaving me with one a question: Do I believed it?

Life will always bring good times, bad times and other times you feel blah—not knowing whether your situation is good or bad. You can’t stop it. Because the reality is we don’t know when the “bad” is actually “great” in disguise.

You know those situations you dreaded and thought you’d die only to be elevated.

That’s life.

But the truth is the truth. And I believe the word of God is the truth. It is as real as the nose on the end of my face…the fingers typing this post.

Believe…

You only have to decide if you believe it.

Believe all works for your good (Romans 8:28).

Believe you have an ever present helper (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Believe your needs will be supplied (Matthew 6:25-32).

Believe in your weakest point—you know the one we talked about earlier—that He will (WILL) strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10).

And…I love this one…your tears will reap joy (Psalm 126:5). Joy!

I don’t know who I’m writing to. But hey YOU…yes you…don’t give up and believe.

Believe that His love is more than some theoretical, theological, words on paper—or iPad. His love means He won’t leave you where you are, not when you believe, because when you believe He promises relief (Matthew 11:28-29).

Shed the Old…

Have you ever seen a snake shedding it’s skin? It’s creepy but so cool. The shedding is prompted by their outgrowth of their skin. They have to shed the old to make room for the new, which means the new shiny layer was underneath waiting for the right time to make its debut.

Told you it was cool.

Maybe you too are in a season of shedding. Your old ways, people, circumstances…they don’t fit. The new transformed version of you is waiting for the right time to emerge.

So to you beloved I say hold on…

…And as you do…

Lean…

1. Lean into God. Literally say “I trust you”. Get in your bible. Don’t just read, study too. Pray and seek His wisdom and His timing.

2. Lean not unto thine own understanding. Okay so I totally restated the scripture…the King James Version too. 🙂 We think too much. We think we need to know the beginning, middle and end. We need a plan down to the smallest detail. We yearn to understand. Faith is faith. Believing will require you to step out where your sight is limited—and sometimes totally obstructed. But praise God because He is faithful.

Beloved your situation is not a surprise to God. I am always amazed and in awe of my mind’s tendency to forget this very important fact. Instead of focusing on taking in the sight of your crumbling circumstance…I’d like to propose an alternative. Look to God and know you’re just shredding–out with the old in with the new.

Take this time to let your heart sigh in the relief and strength He provides. You won’t regret it.