Saturday, March 19, 2011

Less Air To Breathe

Head on our pillow, our body rests but our mind cannot.

Unrest and worry attempt to grip our soul.

Tempted to give in, our mind wanders and begins to doubt.

Suddenly there seems less air to breathe...squeezed and emptied, our faith becomes small.

Uncertainty and fear take root.

Reeling from the events of the day - the month - we become servants to our circumstances and the thoughts they provoke.

In those times when we feel there is nothing else, no one else, no place to turn, our head hangs low, our feet stumble...fingers groping in the dark we long for something to grab on to.

But when we find the courage to look up - we see that there is a hand reaching out - arms open, waiting to pull us up...

...waiting to embrace us.

In our surrendering, we find Him.

In our brokenness, we are able to heal.

In our healing, we find that every suffering, every valley, every disappointment serves a greater purpose.

With all the uncertainty in this imperfect world - in our life - He is the one thing that remains constant.  His love for us is certain. He is unchanging - the same yesterday, today and forever.

And in our weakness, His power is displayed and made perfect!

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me.   2 Corinthians 12:9

I can't do it alone.

And I don't have to...

No matter my circumstances, His grace is sufficient for me.  For you. 

Hold on to Him.

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 
 Isaiah 58:11

Trust in Him.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Know that He has a plan.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

4 friends had this to say:

PeachyGirl said...

Absolutely love this!! Shelley you write so beautifully and so truthfully- thankyou for sharing your gift with the world:-) x

******Shelly****** said...

Thank you! :)

Amy Sutter said...

Girl, you have a talent that only He can bestow upon you! You take, the reader, into your realm of deap understanding of God's being. YOU are GOING PLACES!! Let me know when I can buy a signed copy of your book! AND YES there WILL BE BOOKS!!!
xxxooo
In love and admiration
Amy

******Shelly****** said...

Amy..you made my day :) Thank you for your sweet encouragement! I miss you, my friend!