It can be easy to get caught up in what has been lost or stolen at any time of our life. There is a time to grieve and mourn. If you are in a time of mourning whether due to the virus or other life events…
Maybe your business is suffering or you’ve lost your job. Perhaps someone has passed away or this quarantine schedule is wearing you thin. Maybe you continue to wait for breakthrough in your health or other circumstances and it is a struggle to see right now.
All of you. Everyone! I will shout this, whisper it to your heart and speak it for the rest of my life: God is faithful! He is faithful! His steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 136)
You may not be able to see it right now but blessings are coming your way (double blessings!). His strength is for you today! His joy is yours today. His peace is for right now. He is for you!
Do not blame him for the tyranny of this virus. Do not blame him for the loss. Blame the devil and then tell him where to go because he is losing and has lost… Celebrate the victory. Because no matter what evil may come to try to tear us apart it will not prevail.
God is faithful! He always has been faithful and always will be.
That phrase stood out to me during my daily Bible reading. It penetrated my soul. None of us are immune to pain and suffering. Most of us would have a story to tell. Many of us hide the pain and suffering we are currently enduring. We have become good at cramming it deep inside while we force a smile and tell people we are doing “fine”.
I have become fed up with suffering! I am tired of it. I am tired of seeing it in those I love. I want to confront it. I want to destroy it.
My heart cries for justice!
How would your life change if you believed God could and would end your suffering and the suffering of those you love?
If your answer is still, “He wouldn’t do that for me” then I want to challenge you. What is it that is making you believe he won’t do it? The God I know loves you so much that it is not in his nature to not love. God sent Jesus to end your suffering. He took your suffering. He defeated your suffering.
Yes, there are a lot of things that occur that are unjust and cause our hearts to be ripped in two… but God! But God is for you. He is willing to stop everything like he did in that crowd and recognize your hand reaching out to touch the hem of his garment. He is willing to heal everything that has caused your suffering. He is willing to confront injustice. He slows down, even stops and joins you today when you welcome him.
But you may ask, “why have I had to suffer” or “why have I not seen justice yet”? The answer to these questions are complex and often include an interweaving of many things. Unfortunately our world is full of corruption, and sin causes a rippling affect on everyone whether it was because of your own doing or from others. Man’s ways are unwise. Man’s ways are prideful and arrogant. Laws without God do little to help end justice. Healing is also a process, sometimes taking us on a journey of complete wholeness and holiness rather than an instant quick fix that could leave our soul suffering.
This is not to say healing cannot be instant because Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over” (Mark 5:34 NLT) That was an instant healing! From that day forward her entire life was radically transformed! That is my good God revealing a love unfathomable and never-ending. That is my God bringing justice!
“You’re suffering is over”.
What would your life look like with that one simple yet profound change?
There is a steady heartbeat I hear. It is strong. It is steady.
In these moments of serenity I see my God going before me. He sits with me by still waters. He prepares a table amidst my enemies. One word from his lips quiets the accuser.
There is a steady heartbeat I hear.
I know many of us have had a year of heartache and trials. Many have endured through injustices while others have whispered dreams out into the open, hoping this year would be the year of unfolding.
It is the time of year where people wind down. Some cannot wait for the year to end. Others are indifferent or thankful for what is.
Every moment matters to God. There is not one second lost on our behalf or on the behalf of those we love. Now is not the time to settle in or give up. God is a miracle worker and not one moment is forgotten in his hand. These last few weeks are of high importance to him as he works on our dreams and whispered prayers. Or perhaps words have barely formed from our lips as we have wept. God has seen every tear and knows what is written on our heart.
Let us not give up what has yet to happen in 2019. Let us enjoy our favorite holiday beverage (coffee anyone?), sit back and see what God will do. As we pray, as we go to the front lines of intercession, the Lord has made a table amidst it all for us. He has done this for us to learn to enjoy and walk in the victory that is ours even if we have yet to see it.
As this year winds down, enjoy it. Walk from victory into 2020.
There is a steady heartbeat I hear. It is strong. It is steady.
It is in these moments where heaven is close even if it may feel like hell.
It is too easy to focus on what is not, too easy to focus on the negative.
It is time to pick yourself up and celebrate what is, before it has come. Victory is yours. Do you not see the reason for the battle? Your enemy wants you to give up. He knows that the only way he can win is if you let him.
Believe that the intentions and plans from God are always good. Trust Him. He wants the best for you. He is always there. He never fails.
It is this truth that helps us get up and get on our knees to do holy battle. It is this truth that helps us when we may be surrounded. It is this truth that leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. It is why joy bubbles from deep within us. It is the reason we press on.
He is good. He is sovereign. He is love.
You are on His mind. Your kids are on His mind. Every thought that may be going through your head He already knows. He has already been tending to your cares.
The phrase is on a new coffee cup that a dear friend gave to me. It represents dreams coming to pass, to be expectant of them occurring. I am ready.
It is “Go time!” for many of you too. There is a stirring happening in many of your hearts to move forward with those dreams of yours. Are you waiting for permission from man? If you are you may be waiting for many more years to come. This life is to be lived for God not for man.
Go for it!
Are you waiting for the right timing? I understand that there is often a process to things and timing plays a big factor but for many of you the timing is now. It has been for far too long in some instances. Break free from fear.
Adventures are full of perilous battles, and travels. Memories are made to last a lifetime during such times.
Waiting for an end of one journey and the beginning of another is an adventure all on its own. Depending on ones perspective during the intense seasons, one can often either give up or keep believing that the long days and opposition is worth what is waiting at the end, even if there seems to be no end in sight.
The past year has been intense. There have been so many moments where I have told myself, “Kara, you can do this. You are strong. Stay focused. Breathe in and then exhale.”
Several weeks ago someone shared with me that I’m living my life like Noah building the ark. I am stewarding Gods promises. I am preparing for the improbable. I know what God has spoken to me. I know what He has in store for my family. Many may look at me and wonder why I am doing the things that I am simply because it has not rained yet. But I know the rain is coming and I will be ready for when it does.
After this conversation I decided to refresh myself on the details about Noah. By the time he had all of his sons he was 500. Somewhere in between that time and the rain God gave him instructions to build the arc. Each year the sky was dry. Noah met opposition and was preparing for something that others could not fathom. Noah was faithful. Finally at 600 years of age the heavens opened and it began to rain. One hundred years seems like such a long stretch of time to build, and steward what God had given him to do!
One hundred years long was worth it. What Noah did seemed crazy to so many people until it began to rain.
People who look through the lens of doubt and cynicism will never be the ones to do impossible tasks nor will they be the ones to enjoy the gifts along the journey of one epic adventure after another.
Faith requires deaf ears to ridicule and lies. Faith requires radiant eyes to focus on the rainbow that has yet to be seen in the skies. The more time is spent with Him, listening to His voice, the more faith grows.
God is good. He is willing.
Are you willing to let go of everything you know? Are you ready for the rain?
Look to the heavens. He is willing and ready to bring the rain and paint the rainbow for you.