Tag: Encouragement

The “Oceans” Experience

You call me out upon the waters 
The great unknown where feet may fail….

I sang the lyrics, standing on the altar during worship service. The words were deep and profound, filling my mind with great possibilities.

 “….When oceans rise 
My soul will rest in Your embrace 
For I am Yours and You are mine” 

Oh, how my spirit was filled with receiving that revelation: For I am YOURS! And you are MINE! I had lived my entire life looking for this, and even the “Christ & Church” experience I had, failed. I came to realize that no human could give me that, only my Lord and Savior could.

…….Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me 
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now” 

It was comforting to know that God has never failed me, even in the midst of what looked like a crisis. The love that he has for me transcends all things. He wouldn’t overlook me or forget me. The song was building my faith in a way that I had never conceived.

The chorus was the repetition of a promise that I still had yet to truly embrace. I came to understand my ability to focus was paramount in this season that was coming. I came to understand that the ocean was surely going to rise, but not all trouble was an indication that I was doing anything wrong. The fiery darts were coming, but my soul could be at peace, no matter what.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders 
Let me walk upon the waters 
Wherever You would call me 
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander 
And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.. 

Oh, my!!! I had no clue of the magnitude of what I was praying. Trust without borders?? It was easy to say, “I trust you to no end.” When I was tested in this, I looked around and thought, “Wait a minute!” My eyes showed me one thing, and it didn’t look good at all to my human mind. My inclination was to do it my way because I knew what my plan was. But then I realized the very lyrics I sung and believed months prior: “You’ve never failed, and you won’t start now…” Ok. Now to get my bearings together and walk this thing out:

Wherever he would lead and call me.

No matter how it looked.

No matter how it felt.

As I looked around and saw that it was certainly deeper than my feet could ever wander, I had rest in knowing that in faith, and in his presence, I would be ok, no matter what.

The quicker I let go and stopped doing things in my own strength and power, the quicker I was able to receive what he had for me. The “Oceans” season is about learning to abide in him. It is my prayer that you will prayerfully give up your plans and agenda so that he can do the same for you. 🙂

Check out the song here: (Oceans) Where Feet May Fail

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Lyrics: www.google.com
Lyrics to “(Oceans) Where Feet May Fail” were written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm and sung by Taya Smith.

How to Get Your Breakthrough

About a year ago, I created a meme about breakthrough. It was during a Vision Board event that I gained the inspiration for the words that were shared:
Breakthrough

I thought about the question I posed: “What if your ‘breakthrough’ required a fight from you? A push? A shift?” I realized that there really is no question on whether the breakthrough requires action.

The reality of breakthrough is that although there is beauty in the outcome, it is often an ugly process to get through. No matter the circumstance surrounding the need for breakthrough, the hopelessness, despair, and limitations can suck the life out of you. It’s quite a process.

But, I want to encourage you. I have learned the difference between giving up and letting go. I have learned that in the moment where I feel like giving up, that is the moment where I literally have to pick myself up and thank God for the goodness and provision that I have in that moment. When we are at rock bottom, there is only one way to go: UP!!

It is absolutely necessary to learn how to see the good in every situation. Yes, even the darkest of moments. It was very painful to lose my dad so suddenly, but the beauty in losing him was learning so many great things about him. The blessing is in being able to remember the good times. Even in my moments of grieving him, I LET myself release what I’m feeling in that moment so that I can move on with my life. Bottled up grief never served anyone well.

In essence, in order to receive a breakthrough, you must do exactly that: BREAK THROUGH.

Like the pearl wrapped in the oyster, it came as a grain of sand but one needed to BREAK THROUGH the shell to obtain it.

Like the butterfly that transitioned from being a caterpillar, it had to form in that cocoon in order to BREAK THROUGH.

Like the plant that started as a seed under a pile of dirt, it grew towards the light in order to BREAK THROUGH.

So, whatever you’re going through, keep going. Walk in faith knowing that your situation is temporary, not permanent.

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. – Romans 8:25

I pray that these words have been a blessing to you!

 

 

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