In A Crisis

DAILY PROMPT:  In a Crisis

Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?

Ok, I have been avoiding this post all day. Crisis, sometimes I think that is my middle name.  When I read the e-mail this morning I said to my husband, “ok, which one?”  It’s kinda scary when you look back over your life and see how much of it has been in “survival” mode.  I guess my life is a testimony, that God is mighty to save.

I don’t want to “glamorize” the past, so I will focus on the question.  I can tell you what doesn’t work.  Replaying the details in my mind again and again of how I got there doesn’t help.  Blaming others doesn’t help. Trying to check out doesn’t help.  Leaving doesn’t help.  Drinking and using script drugs to avoid it doesn’t help.  Ignoring it doesn’t help. Denial doesn’t help. Yep, I tried all of those things when faced with various storms.  Needless to say, they didn’t work.  The end result was not good.

What has worked for me in a crisis is to pray, and to ask for help.  Both require that I admit I am not in control of the situation.  Not the easiest thing in the world for me.  Like you, I love helping others, but find it hard to receive help.  It wasn’t till I was homeless with two kids that I admitted I didn’t have all the answers.  I was humbled, and God met me in my brokenness. He sent “Angels” to my aid, too many to name. Yes, God uses ordinary, everyday people like you, to be His Angels. And I learned to receive, from God and from others.  Then the waves stopped, the storm was over, and  the crisis passed.  Thank you Jesus!

It’s only in the storms that our roots grow deep.  Thank you Lord, for every crisis you have led me out of.  Thank you that I can learn with each trial to trust and rely on You more.  And thank you Lord for the Angels you sent my way.

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!  (Romans 15:13 MSG)

Focused on the Goal

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. (Philippians 3:12-14 MSG)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you that You never leave us or forsake us.  Thank you for the trials You have put in our lives that have drawn us closer to you.  Forgive us for taking so long.  Transform our minds, from glory to glory, help us let go of the past, and embrace the now.  Let us enjoy each and every moment, the now, with You.  We treasure Your presence, in the calm and in the storm, in Jesus’ Name.

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