Doubts, Direction, and the Pause

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So I’ve been back in the swing of out of state relational ministry travels this winter. It has been such a full, beautiful time with many opportunities to see God’s movement in the lives of so many and encourage those near and far from Jesus to come closer.

During this particular travel season, I’ve found God stretching me a bit further in my faith than before. Over the years, the Lord has shown me in this itinerant, relational ministry work we’re doing together how critical it is for me to pray, consistently abide in Him, and seek His direction for where He wants us to go and when and how long. And as usual, He’s been faithfully giving answers…

But lately it definitely hasn’t been in quite the timing I prefer. =/

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In Case of Disappointment, Break Glass (Part 4): Waiting for His Word

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This is the final post in a 4-part series. Read part 1: Heart Check.

For some of us, we are so stymied by the recent events of our lives that there are no more expectations to let go. You know what I say to that?

Good.

Why is it good? Well, when God clears the table of our expectations, we’re right where He wants us — a clean slate! Will we surrender the slate to Him, the canvas of our lives to paint the master work of art that He desires and put down our childish fingerpaints?

And for those still numbed by the sting of a disappointment delivered or the crushing blow we are in the throes of receiving, will we stop and recognize that the same God Who “gives and takes away” also takes away and gives? Continue reading

In Case of Disappointment, Break Glass (Part 2): Frustrated Desire and Faith

sherjc.com_lace_curtain_cirThis is the second post in a 4-part series. Read part 1: Heart Check.

So this curtains scenario… Sigh.

After breathing in, I calmed myself down by honestly spilling my emotions before God. I’ve had many, many times to practice this with Him, so it wasn’t too hard to get started. And then…I um, well…

I had a little meltdown inside.

To be honest, I cried.

Over curtains.

I mean, curtainsSeriously?*

But really, my feelings weren’t simply about the curtains…

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In Case of Disappointment, Break Glass (Part 1): Heart Check

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“When I saw, reflected upon it; I looked and received instruction.” (excerpt from Proverbs 24:30-34)

Missing lace curtains.

Sigh.

That is how my day started. But in this little event, God showed me something important about Himself. Continue reading