For we walk by faith, not by sight. –2 Corinthians 5:7
After I finally finished writing Volume 1 of the Can’t Shout It Out series, I felt such a sense of relief and accomplishment. I had walked out that part of my journey and had put my story on paper. Placing the last period on the last page of the book was victorious. I was excited as friends and family members celebrated with me. We even had an anointed book release celebration dinner (see Book Release Party I & Book Release Party II). Years had been put into writing this book.
After completing such a monumental project, I thought, “Now, I can rest.” But, in the midst of this celebratory season and coming to the place of finally being able to exhale, I was faced with an unexpected whirlwind attack from the enemy (Satan). This attack was aimed against me and my entire household. Its assignment was clear – to get Wayne (my husband) and I to abort our assignment to deliver the word that God had developed within us concerning the ministry of reconciliation.
Sometimes we’re allowed to rest, but we must never forget that at all times we are soldiers on a mission to fight an enemy who is out to kill, steal and destroy us and that which is valuable to us (our families). I would be lying if I said that it did not jolt me. It was so unexpected and seemed to come from out of nowhere. The transition from rest to uproar was brief and quick. It felt like being on a calm cruise ship one minute and without warning a tumultuous storm comes along and you find yourself holding on for dear life, trying not to be thrown overboard.
In our lives, there are very few people whom we trust with the personal details of our trials. My mom is one of the few for me. Knowing the details of my circumstance, her heart hurt for me. Like many times before, she didn’t let her motherly emotions hinder her from doing what she had to do—give me spiritual counsel. She counseled me, speaking these few but wise words: “Don’t get stuck here, you’ve come too far on your journey to stop here. This is just a distraction from the enemy. Baby, put your high heel shoes on, step over that thing and keep on walking.”
I received her counsel. In spite of the attack, I determined to keep pressing toward where God was trying to take me on my journey – forward. And I remembered the Word, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isa. 59:19). I kept my focus, and rode out the storm by envisioning myself stepping over that thing wearing three inch stiletto heels.
Through this, I learned something else about God’s character – He controls the storm. I also learned something about me. Because He had been so faithful to me in previous storms, I trusted that He would keep me in this one. I didn’t worry as I had done many times before; this time I held steady and still, remaining in a posture of prayer for months, waiting for and expecting the storm to cease and to hear a Word from Him. Like many before this one, the storm did pass. Similar to a natural storm, I felt a sense of calm afterwards.
In the stillness before Him in prayer, He spoke these words to my heart, “You’ve had to walk out the first volume before you could write it, did you not think that the other volumes would come the same way? You’re the ‘Walking Writer’”. I realized then that finishing my first book wasn’t the end my journey, the story is still being told. I’m just walking out another act now. That was Act 1.
After hearing these words, I did not become fearful of what lies ahead or the hard places that will be written about in future volumes. I have learned that God doesn’t waste our pain, and He will only give me a story that’s worth telling—one that will bring Him glory. Volume 1 is the physical evidence of this. I’m also encouraged, because God is the author and finisher of my life’s story and because of His promises to me, every volume and devotional He writes will have a great, incredible, and awesome ending!
I feel honored that God has entrusted me to share my journey with you through these devotionals. Prayerfully I will be posting them on a weekly basis. I hope you will visit with me and be blessed by the journey!
So in love with Jesus,
Dear God, Help me to trust You in spite of what I see. Please allow Your peace to be the ruling factor in my heart (Colossians 3:15) and allow me to always remain calm. Whether I’m in a calm or a stormy season, remind me of Your presence, because You promised to never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). No matter where I am (in the valley or on a mountaintop)—I know You will come and find me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Your Turn to Journal and Reflect:
If God has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us, and He hasn’t ever broken a promise, then what is going on when there is such lack of trust for the future of our lives, our families and our relationships? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 22:03
posted by Alice Woods
"If God has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us, and He hasn’t ever broken a promise, then what is going on when there is such lack of trust for the future of our lives, our families and our relationships?" I think its the Peter syndrome - like Peter we can walk on water as long as we keep our eyes on the Lord. But once we start to look at the situations, we shift our focus from the God of the situation.
Monday, 11 July 2011 10:14
posted by Serena Johnson
When is the next devotional coming out?
Sunday, 29 May 2011 02:36
posted by Michelle
Praise G-D for you Woman OF gOD i LOOK FOWARD TO READING YOUR BOOK & I know that it will bring healing & restoration to many including myself.
Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:15
posted by Bonita
"The just shall live by faith !" It is a statement but sometimes I think that it should be followed by an exclamation point. The world has a songs that says, "Getting to know you." Well, to trust God and believe God I need to embrace the character of God. How do I learn God's character? I get to know him and grow in my faith through experiences - mine, yours even the track record found in the Bible. But to truly learn to stand firm as an overcomer, I need those small victories that lead me to greater successes in my own life. When I am not victorious in my own battles, I don't have a personal reference of belief in what God will do. Sometimes we need to be reminded that the failure is in us , not in God. Your story has been food to feed my faith, reassuring me that God can be trusted.