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Just Keep Breathing

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The wilderness is dry and dusty

                 The heat almost unbearable…                   

The desire for nourishment insatiable…

For water, unquenchable…

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 The sun peaks through the clouds.

But just as quickly, it slips back in again.

There is hope.

But not every day…

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 Fear hovers like a repetitive nightmare.

Stealing what little peace sleep might bring.

Worry wears down the defenses and erodes its lifeline.

Guilt begins to guide.

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 The loneliness is confusing.

The temptations torturing…

The soul wrestles for freedom.

Knowledge knows this won’t last.

Wisdom calls out for rescue.

Faith falls on its face again and again.

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 The winds pick up.

A storm rolls in.

The rain beats down.

And there is silence.

 Tears leave traces of resisting and submitting.

Laying it down and picking it up…

Choosing…

Choosing again…

The struggle weighs its odds…

And makes one last stand.

 

The weary can go no further.

And there will certainly be no compromise.

But, things have already been worked out.

Prepared in advance…

A plan falls into place.

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 There is no earthquake, fire or flood.

Just a still small voice…

A lamp for the feet…

A light for the path…

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 And the wanderer is mercifully extradited from the wilderness.

 All that was held so tightly…

Just fades away…

 When eyes that could not see…

 Finally turn toward The Promised Land!

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   There is something you are going through right now…something you are about to encounter…something you have already experienced.  It may not be as bad as what your friends or family are facing, but it is your burden to bear, your cross to carry, your test to undertake.  No matter what it is, no matter how you hurt, no matter how lost you might feel, our God is still faithful.   Nothing in all creation is hidden from his sight, no matter where your feet are about to walk. 

He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you. 

Just keep breathing because even when you don’t see it or feel it,  

help is on the way. 

I know this to be true, because I just came out of the wilderness,

and believe me, it wasn’t my first walk.

During the times I thought I could take no more,

this song reminded me just how much I needed Him and still need him NOW!

 “Before you ever get a problem, God has your deliverance planned.”

~Joyce Meyer

 “In the fourteenth chapter of John’s gospel a puzzled Thomas says to Jesus, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?’ Jesus answers him with no small boldness: “I am the way…” (John 14:6)

~Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick

 Happy New Year! 

I hope you are off to a good start and that you will continue to seek the will of God.  Our will and our way often lead us down the wrong road.

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I AM WOMAN

             It was at that somewhat less than sane age of 16 when my parents decided on the big “D.”  My precious mother had tried desperately to balance raising her girls with weird working hours and being a wonderful wife.  But plate spinning can consume you; you lose focus on the fire, and when it goes out…well…he had already moved on.

            So there I was sixteen and certain I would never be found in such a precarious situation.  I would be A New Woman and quickly subscribed to (the now defunct) magazine to prove it.  Friends, fun and a fast paced career were all I needed for my coming out party.

              “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR!” 

            Anyone who didn’t believe me need only be around for mere moments to hear my opinions on everything from politics to religion, marriage and divorce, white or wheat and on I chartered the course.  It was a good life!!  After I scrimped my way through college, paying a lot of dues and climbing the ladder one step at a time…came the condo, the car, and the critical acclaim…yes, I was truly living in the moment.  And I still advise other young women to do the same.  At the time it was fun and  fulfilling. 

            But something happened along the way…something I guess I had to see from the outside looking in.  My stainless steel and bullet proof living led me to places where I saw the real results of living alone-away from the pack-unprotected-unsheltered-unloved-and unwanted.  My heart began to change…ever so slowly…and really without my knowledge (otherwise I would have gone kicking and screaming) God began to give me a new heart.

            Then suddenly I found myself barreling into one of my best work days and it seemed the force field was gone.  I was married and eight months pregnant.  I literally stood still, looked around me, realized how vulnerable this little life would be and I was certain then and there that the season was changing.

            I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME NOW! 

            Despite what happened to my mom, I did discover you can have it all.  At 16-years-old I set out to see as much as I could see, do as much as I could do.  And I did!  I have had it all, at this point in my life, but I haven’t had it all at the same time.

            I’m no longer free and single but I have a loving, adoring husband who wants to come home every night.   I no longer have the condo, but my favorite place in the entire world is the front porch swing of our little brick house.  I don’t have the sports car but the SUV can carry much of what my children accumulate.  I don’t have the fast paced career but I get to freelance for fun.  And now, I willingly give up any pursuit of fortune or fame for this priceless time with my family.  I am just as much of a woman, though possibly more powerful, if it really is true that “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”      And, don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of things I really want to do; so I believe God has more in store on the other side of this season.  Fame and fortune may still hunt me down and take me by force, but for right now…

            I AM WOMAN, HERE I AM! J   

 

** Where are you?  Are you satisfied with this season of your life?  Did you choose family first and maybe now it’s time to pursue the career you’ve always wanted?  Where would you like God to lead you? **

  

“In their hearts

humans plan their course

but the Lord establishes their steps”

 

Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

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