Want to See God? Then, Embrace the Challenge!

I had no idea what a life truly “undone” could possibly feel and look like until God placed a “real” challenge in my life recently.

This challenge was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Compared to the rest of my life this challenge fully outweighs them all and it only lasted twelve days.

I can not share the details with you but know that in the time of this challenge God showed himself evident more than at any time of my life.

The emotions I felt during this time ranged from scared, nauseous, depressed, overwhelmed, and stressed. I lost 8 lbs in 12 days due to the emotions I was experiencing.

Like I said, I have had no other challenge in my life that brought these kinds of emotions and feeling in my body. I now have a new-found appreciation for those that are going through “life stuff” that brings them to their knees.

I don’t think it was a mistake God brought this challenge into our family’s life.

The fruit that flowed out of it is as follows:

  • We prayed more as a family and as a married couple.
  • Our teenage girls became a team and really liked each other.
  • We stretched our hearts and minds further than we thought they could go.
  • We saw spiritual gifts arise in both our girls.
  • My husband found his voice and authority.

The evidence of God’s greatness comes forth when we step out of our comfort and into the assignments (challenges) God places in our lives for a purpose and a time.

When we decide to fully embrace God’s grace for each moment of the challenge, He shows up in ways we would have never imagined.

I could write a book how the hand of God showed up in such intimate ways during those twelve days. I knew it was God because there was no other explanation.

I’m not sure exactly what you are going through right now but if it feels like any of the emotions I was feeling I know it’s heavy and can feel hopeless.

BUT, we serve a God that meets up where we are and gives us exactly what we need even when we don’t ask. He just loves us that much!!!

I truly have to say my eyes have been opened to another level of compassion and I want to be here for you to encourage, empower and enlighten you to see that you aren’t alone.

In the midst of the challenge, the last thing you want to hear is some cliché conversations.

Truly the best gift that was given to me during that time was some “authentic” hugs and prayer. That’s what I needed! That’s what I desired! That’s what God used!

How can I pray for you? I’m here and I’ve been there too.

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  • Lisa Burbank

    How can you pray for me? I had to think about that a little while before I posted–muster up the courage. I know He is always in my corner but I sometimes wish I had an earthly friend like that, someone who could love and accept me as I am, someone who keeps me accountable but also bolsters my confidence when it wanes. I love my family and friends very, very much but I am always the odd duck in the group. I always seem to have folks either coming in and trying to take charge/control of my life as they see fit or else they’re the emotional, mental drains that see their cup half empty instead of half full–the “woe is me” crowd. I’m not talking about a romantic friend just someone that I can truly be myself with and not worry that they are going to talk about and share my secrets with others (even my own mother does that, sadly), or use the opportunity to manipulate. I guess I also need help with setting boundaries but it always seems as if I’m going uphill and, oftentimes, it is a lonely place. And, yet, because of the family dynamics I just shared, I’m also a little afraid to reach out for that connection so some help there, too. Thank you!

    • I hear you sister. This is so me …. I had to smile at your reference to the woe is me crowd. I don’t have crowds of friends like that but I have some I lovingly call my Eeyore friends. 🙂 I have looked for an accountability partner for at least 40 years (I’m now 62) but I guess God wants me to hold myself accountable because I’ve never found anyone either – just as you said. I don’t know if you experience this or not, but when people try to control me, they do it in a passive aggressive way. I’m trying to learn to decipher when that is happening so I can change my mindset and be ready for it.

      I’m glad you tossed your fear aside and posted here where it’s safe. Michelle is a wonderful role model and friend.

      • Lisa Burbank

        Oh, yes, I can relate to the passive-aggressive controlling and manipulating! And, as I said, it is sadly in my own family. My mother was widowed 2 years ago and moved in with me a little over a year ago. Suddenly, I have an almost daily dose of that passive-aggressive control pattern. The Good Lord has provided me with the most excellent opportunity to learn how to set those boundaries on my time, my heart and my emotions. And it is no easy lesson to learn. Mom was married to my stepfather for over 40 years (I am 49 years old). He was an alcoholic and abusive in every sense of the word. Sadly, Mom parrots him a lot. But, like you, I am trying to learn to decipher when that is happening. It seems for every step I take forward, I take a few steps backwards but I am learning. If it was easy, the lessons would never be learned. Thank you for sharing! It is good to know I am not alone in this struggle. God bless you & keep you!