Saturday, April 22, 2023

Have you ever asked God why specific challenges are being allowed in your life? I believe in one way or another we all have moments when we find ourselves perplexed or outright frustrated with the events of life.

I’ve learned to stop, lean into God and ask Him to speak to me about the matters of my heart. That’s important for all of us to do! If we don’t bring our concerns to Him and leave them at His feet, then those challenges become all the more weighty and we’re more susceptible to turn our frustrations towards Him and lose sight of our real adversary, Satan.

As I journaled with God last month, I asked Him the question I just shared with you. In fact, I’m reading my handwriting as I type this. It says, “God, why are you allowing this to happen? Where is my victory?…” I was trying not to make God responsible for my pain, but it felt hard not to. Nonetheless, here’s what I live by…

If I’m choosing one constant in life, it will always be Jesus.

With that embedded in my heart, I responded to my situation with a resolve to trust Him. I intentionally gave myself one day devoted to hours of journaling my thoughts, reading scripture, and talking to the Lord through prayer. I let Him know how I felt, my frustrations, and how I desperately wanted to know things I did not/and still do not fully understand.

I share this with you today in hopes it will encourage you to seek the face of God! Spending time with Him is literally the BEST thing we could ever do for ourselves. Maybe there are some things in your life you need to write out and explore until you get a response. Give Him your questions. He can handle them. Intentionally meet with Him. That does not mean you’ll exit the secret place knowing everything, but He will NEVER leave you with nothing. You will walk out with an answer even if the answer is, “Keep seeking Me. I hold the answer.” (because that’s how it is sometimes! 😂🤷🏾‍♀️)

By the end of that day, I was far better than I was when I first stepped into His presence. And since that day, He’s given me simple and brief words that have kept me anchored. I’ll share those with you all as lifelines over the next few weeks, but here’s what He said to me in response to today’s big question.

If I have allowed it, then I will be with you as you walk through it. Your victory is coming.

For the person who needs this today, can I just encourage you to stop and let that marinate in your heart? Actually, go ahead and read it again!

If I have allowed it, then I will be with you as you walk through it. Your victory is coming.

The Lord has spoken to me in such beautiful ways in the past month through John 11. I totally recommend reading that! He allowed a man named Lazarus to die because he knew how the story would end. When I read of Lazarus’ sister Mary weeping, I thought to myself, “Mary girl, I feel you and I’m right there with you.” Then John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” I thought, “Wow, if Jesus would cry alongside Mary, then surely He’s got to see me too.” As many times as I’ve heard that scripture throughout my life, it became very personal. The good news for Mary, the good news for me, and the good news for you is that victory with Jesus always comes! Always!

Don’t worry about what’s been allowed. Keep believing in Jesus because victory is coming. He sees where you are, but He’s set on where you will be. The glory of God will be revealed. Do you believe that? (See John 11:40)
Isaiah 43:2 NLT
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Now that you know His response, what is yours?

If this is for you, I totally encourage you to look up scriptures with “I will be with you” and sit with God so He can minister to your heart! Y’all I feel so strengthened in my spirit and grounded in His word! I am fully confident this season is marked! What a time to bloom! 🌸

Have a beautiful day and consider sharing this with someone if you believe it will help them! There will be sweetness unfolding in this year of 2023! I’ve already seen it in some ways and I am trusting God for more. I love you and I am praying for you!

Lena 💛

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