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The holidays have come and gone. The regular disciplines and routines of life where filled with other things because of the holiday season, and I find I am having a tough time getting back into the swing of things.
Am I the only one?
The first week of January, I spent time seeking the Lord for direction. During that, I felt like God was prompting me to reread a book for my quiet time that I read over 10 years ago when I launched my ministry Dare 2 Hear.
I actually groaned and grumble, not because the book isn’t good. In fact, it is fantastic, but I was arguing with the Lord, because that season 10 years ago, was hard for me. I launched my ministry after a success conference, however, there were some things that happened simultaneously that brought about a lot of hurt, pain, and loss of relationships. As I was working through that season, a time when I should have been busy promoting, working the ministry, etc. I felt like the Lord asked me to just “Sit at His feet.”
My response was “WHAT???!!!?!? Lord, I just launched into full time ministry, there are things I need, no, that I MUST do!”
God obviously didn’t understand what it takes to get a new ministry off the ground, <insert sarcasm> not to mention that if I went absent from email, newsletters, conferences, speaking etc, then people will look elsewhere to find what they need. Oh, and not to mention the fact, that I am a ‘get-er done gal’ … I’m wired to be a DO-er and doers have a hard time just Be-ing.
That season 10 years ago, was one of the most frustrating and yet rewarding seasons of my life. By the end of that year, I had never felt so close to the Lord. I received healing from wounds and hurts of ministry and my past. I was learning how to just “BE” His kid, and find my worth in just BE-ing who He created me to be, and not in what I could DO.
Yet for most of that year, I was frustrated. I would set aside hours a day to sit at His feet, read His word, pray, listen, only to come away discouraged. I kept waiting for Him to speak during those hours, days, and months, and all I heard was silence …
Yep, crickets, nothing – the silence was so deafening and defeating at times. Then suddenly He would speak. I would be so excited for the next day when the kids would finally go back to school, and I could sit at His Feet. However, I was often met with more silence. Ugh!
Ever been there? Please, oh please tell me I am not alone in my experience.
Silence is hard, I would rather fill the space with talking, noise, or busyness. But silence is sometimes needed. Often times, it’s in the silence, in the stillness that He is there
In obedience, I found the book on the shelf and dusted it off. I purposed to read it and try not to dwell on what happened before. I mean, His Scripture says, He is doing a new thing!
That’s what He wanted to do, right? A new thing? Not a repeat of the last time? As I began reading the book, let’s just say, I may have been obeying, but my attitude stunk.
I knew the book had great content of powerful truths, I mean I had read it before. Yet, how soon I forgot the richness found in its pages. I am also realizing how quickly the demands and responsibilities of life have gotten my focus off what is really important … my relationship with My Heavenly Father. I am only 6 days into my new devotional reading plan, but can I just say WOW!
What book am I reading you ask?
Secrets of the Secret Place by Bob Sorge
Even as I began reading Secret #1: “The Secret of Saying Yes!” God spoke to me.
As I read Secret #2: “The Secret of the Shut Door.” He spoke to me.
Each day, as I read, I can honestly say, I have been encouraged and ministered to. My Heavenly Father is challenging me and revealing truths that I know, but may have forgotten to implement.
Tuesday on my Video Blog(Vlog), I shared a picture and a word of encouragement that the Lord spoke to me on Sunday, about a tornado and being in the eye of the storm.
Later Sunday, as I read Secret #2 in Bob’s book, he said this in regards to Matthew 7:24-27:
“Jesus’ message is unmistakable. He is saying, “If you hear and do what I have taught you in these Sermon on the Mount you will build foundations into your life that will survive the harshest storms of life.” And believe me, friend, storms, will most certainly come! There are some storms that have yet to hit your life, the questions is, will you have the foundation in place to survive the storms?” (page 9)
I peeked ahead to tomorrows secret (#7) since the title intrigued me and the verse was one I was planning on using for today’s post.
This one paragraph immediately caught my eye:
“The secret place is like the eye of the eye of a storm. While all is storming about is, we find an inner sanctuary of rest and peace. There’s something of a paradox here because we are experience both storm and peace simultaneously. When we retreat to the secret place, the storm doesn’t stop. In fact, sometimes it seems that when we run into the Lord for help the storm escalated in intensity!” (page 27)
If you don’t already have this book, I suggest it is a MUST read. You will be challenged, inspired and empowered by the words you read.
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