A Cup of Encouragement That Will Change Your Perspective

Recently I was contemplating the “state of affairs” of 2020, and I heard a very clear, yet still, small voice simply say, “TRUST GOD.”

We are officially HALFWAY through this crazy, history-making adventure that is 2020!! Time is passing, events are unfolding, we are still living in at least partial quarantine, and it is STRANGE, but don’t forget our great God is fully and completely aware of ALL of it!

It sounds so simple and even obvious to simply trust God. But in our human existence, it is sometimes very, very hard to do. In my house, life has had its challenges over the past six months.

  • Some family relationships have been strained for different reasons, but I have learned to pray harder and more specifically for individual people and situations.

  • My teaching job has been put on hold, with no guarantee that it will resume in the fall, but I have been using the time to research and explore new opportunities and invest time in my art business.

  • I have gotten two serious infections (not COVID) that have laid me up for a bit, but it has made me even more aware of careful self-care and daily decisions toward wellness and strength.

  • There is so much strife and sadness out in the world, my heart weighs heavy some days....but the conversations out there are heartfelt, and I believe all perspectives point to a need for change and growth in our personal views and for our world as a whole.

GOD HAS GOT IT ALL. I repeat, God has got it all. He knows, He cares, and He has seen ALL of it before. His power is mysterious, undefinable, and impossible to put into human terms. It is supernatural and capable of healing ALL that ails us, internally and externally.

In 1Kings 19, Elijah flees to the mountain of God after being threatened by Jezebel. God asks him what he is doing there. He wants to hear from God in his time of overwhelm and fear. God tells him to go stand on the mountain and listen for Him...

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” (1Kings 19:11-13)

We need to listen carefully. We need to LEAN IN. God comes in the whisper - remember that in order to hear someone whisper, you need to be really close to them. In James 4:8, Jesus’ brother reminds us, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Through gentle and intimate interaction and full faith and trust that you are never “going it alone,” real change and growth are going to come, in every possible situation you are dealing with!

In Matthew 7:7, it says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

The love, grace, and mercy of Jesus turns everything upside-down. Fear turns into courage; despair turns into Hope; hate turns into love; hurts turn into healing. Leaning into God is how we turn all of this hurt, fear, confusion, bitterness, and discord into great HOPE and HEALING, believing in all that He has done and will do, beyond what we can imagine. So, as we continue on in the next half of the big, bold, and “famous” year 2020, let’s hold on and enjoy the ride, keeping our eyes wide open for what God is doing in our midst! Woohoo!

Love you, ladies. I adore being on this crazy adventure with you!



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